Founded in 1958

First Call, formerly called the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, was founded in 1958 to serve the Kansas City metropolitan area.

First Call 

First Call provides clinical, educational, and prevention services to individuals and families in Greater Kansas City impacted by substance use disorders. Our prevention and recovery services impact over 60,000 individuals each year in the Kansas City area.

First Call has an extensive written materials library on substance use disorders and recovery in the metro area, the Speas Resource Library. Materials are available to the public on request.  


To learn more visit stoptheshame.info

Governing Board 

Board Member
George Lopez, Chair
Nicole Esquibel, Vice Chair
Eric Burtin, Secretary
Trisha Hokanson, Treasurer 
Karen Boyd
DJ Piere
Sergeant Garron Carter
Karen Gerson
Kurt Hadermann

Patrick James Martin
Laura Mussulman 
Dee Pack 
Richard D. Rhyne
Professional Affiliation 
Paramount Bank
Avila University
Burtin & Associates, Inc.
J.E. Dunn Construction Group
Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
Shaffer Lombardo Shurin
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Community Volunteer
Cohen Financial

Cornerstone Companies
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Cargo Largo
Lathrop GPM LLP

Our Team 

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Emily Hage
President & CEO 

emilyh@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8052

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Ryan Toothaker 
Chief Financial Officer 

ryant@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8053

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Keith Faison, CCJC, CRADC, LAC
Corrections Services Team Lead
keithf@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8056
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Megan Fowler, LCSW, LSCSW
Director of Recovery Services

mfowler@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8061

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Sarah Emanuels
Family Services Counselor

semanuels@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8081

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Megan Keller, MS, MAADC II
Family Services Team Lead

megank@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8047

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Michelle Irwin, CRPS
Community Outreach Specialist

michellei@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8046

Sarah Link Furguson
Development & Events Manager

sferguson@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8048

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LaTanya Dumas, 
Re-entry Counselor


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Bethany DePugh, CPS
Recovery Advocate

bdepugh@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8057

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Margaux Guignon, CRPS, MRSS
Director of Prevention Services

mguignon@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8058

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Deborah Lee
Crisis Call Coordinator
deborahl@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8040
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Melissa Gard
Director of Operations & 

mgard@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8041

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Kelli Jo Parr
Grants Manager

kparr@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8065

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Andrew Dixon
Recovery Advocate

adixon@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8050

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Rita Mwongong
Recovery Advocate

rmwongong@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8067

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Ann Schlafer
Crisis Call Counselor

akirchhoff@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8066

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DeMarco Vaughn 
Community Prevention Specialist

DVaughn@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8055

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Kris Rochelle
Reentry Intake Advocate
krochelle@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8083
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Nhi Tuggle, LMSW
Family Services Counselor

ntuggle@firstcallkc.org | 816.800.8044

2021 Annual Report & Accomplishments

Click HERE to view First Call's most recent IRS Form 990.