Meet Our Team
Fun Fact: he learned to barefoot waterski in high school while working at summer camp. As a kindergarten student, his ride to school was often on the back of his grandfathers Harley, and motorcycles became a lifelong passion.
After completing undergraduate (he’s a Jayhawk) and graduate degrees, he spent most of his professional career as a “road warrior” in healthcare sales and consulting, covering territories in the northeast and mid-atlantic regions.
Today, thanks to the Welcome House and “the promises,” his life is filled with family, friends and fellowship. He enjoys spending time with his wife, being a dad to his children Keira, Kennedy, and Greyson, riding his Harley and getting tattoos. Jamie believes wholeheartedly that relapse does not have to be part of recovery.
Micah Haen, CADC, CPS, MPS (Operations Director) was a resident of Welcome House from February 2015 through August 2016, where he worked tirelessly as Kitchen Manager.
His experience motivated him to change careers and he soon started working towards certification as an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. Hired as Resident Relations Manager in August 2016, Micah is passionate about his role at Welcome House because it allows him to develop a closer connection with people in need. “It keeps me grounded, and reminds me of what is really important in life,” he said.
His service at Welcome House also provides an opportunity to give back to the program which has given him the most important thing in the world: a purposeful and meaningful life – a life he never believed possible.
In his spare time, Micah can be found at local farmers markets and flea markets, reading a good book, spending time with his family and friends, and trying new restaurants and food.
Two of his heroes are Thomas Keller, Chef/Owner, of The French Laundry in Youngsville, CA, his personal favorite restaurant; and Fabrizio Schenardi, whom he claims is “the best Chef I’ve ever worked for.”
Quirky things about Micah: he likes to pickle and can vegetables, he is a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek and a music snob.
Mitchell Chalk, CPS, (Administrative & Program Support Manager) is a graduate of the Welcome House. He also serves as a notary public for residents of Welcome House.
His successful participation in the rehabilitative jobs program led him to his current professional role.
Mitchell has a strong passion for helping and providing those in need with the necessary building blocks for success. He believes spreading positivity is highly contagious.
Mitchell is currently a student at Metropolitan Community College studying computer science. He is an avid hiking/biking, kayaking, and fitness enthusiast. When he’s not outside enjoying nature and fitness, Mitchell has a passion for spending time with his loved ones, cooking, and even owns a guitar he doesn’t know how to play.
Being a part of the Welcome House program, Mitchell appreciates the importance of giving back and staying as close as he can to recovery. He says, “I hope I’m in the position to help others for the rest of my life.”
Casey Urso, MAADC I, PP-PE 1, (Recovery Support Specialist) former resident of the Welcome House, is originally from central Virginia. He moved to Kansas City several years ago for a new start but his addiction progressed to a point he became disparate to seek help. He became a resident at Welcome House in 2014 and has since dedicated his life to his own personal recovery and helping other’s to find recovery “that no addict seeking recovery need ever die from the horrors of addiction”.
Casey has an extensive music background and is currently working towards a college degree in liberal arts. He integrates physical fitness and spiritual practices into his own program which he enjoys doing when he’s not at work or school. He also enjoys increasing his collection of tattoos and spending time with his friends.
Tyrone earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Kansas State University in 1992. His career has primarily focused on providing direct services to people living on the margins: the poor, those with mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, former offenders, and the unemployed.
As a Lead Case Manager with the TANF (The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) population, Tyrone accomplished his goal of a reaching a 70% compliance rating on behalf of his clients. His passion, knowledge and ability to connect with people has supported many clients in attaining their life goals and achieving self-sufficiency.
He has been a passionate student of people for almost 35 years. In his first career, Jim served 45 years as a Naval Aviator, Airline Pilot, (33 years) FAA Flight Inspection Pilot and Instrument Procedure Specialist. He logged about 9,000 hours in 27 different airplanes with ratings in the Sabreliner, B-727, B-737, BE300 and Convair 500 and logged 102 carrier landings aboard 6 different aircraft carriers.
Jim is a graduate of Wichita State University with a B.S. in Petroleum Geology and a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Jim’s personal mission statement is, “Create a loving world at peace through nurturing, understanding, growth and service.” It is a mission he has tried to live up in most areas of his life. Jim has been active in a 12 Step Program and recovery for over 33 years.
In his free time, Jim enjoys breathing new life into tired furniture, tapping into his creativity and artistry. He also is a proud husband and father of two sons and a daughter.
Jim Searing, MAADC I, (Recovery Support Specialist) is a graduate of the Welcome House program. He moved to Kansas City from Los Angeles and has lived here for over 35 years. Jim received his undergrad from UMKC with a focus on business and has started his MBA program at Park University. He is also working towards his credentialing as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jim is a firm believer in the pledge, “I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A., always to be there, and for that, I am responsible.”
He likes to volunteer his time walking dogs for Wayside Waifs, enjoys camping, hiking, traipsing through the woods, and travel.