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Our staff: meet the people of The Roasterie


Owner/ Founder of The Roasterie 

Danny was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, and is the middle of ten children. During his senior year of high school he traveled to Costa Rica as a foreign exchange student and spent several weeks picking coffeel It was at this moment that his passion for it ignited. After his return he received his B.A. from Iowa State University with a double major in International Studies and Political Science, and a structured minor in Economics. In 1993 he received his MBA from the Rockhurst University Executive Fellows Program in Kansas City.

After holding various sales and marketing positions for ten years, he decided to take the leap and start roasting coffee in the basement of his home in Brookside. In 1993 he founded The Roasterie based on three basic premises: to find the best coffees in the world, to roast them the best way known to man, and get them to his customers as fast as humanly possible. In 2001 he was awarded "Super Taster" status on th Specialty Coffee Institute Sensory Aptitude Test.

He serves on a number of advisory boards for various local companies and associations, and is currently on the Board of Regents at Rockhurst University, and the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is also past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

2005 marked the birth of Danny's son, Terry, as well as the opening of the first Roasterie Café in Brookside, just blocks from where The Roasterie began. In 2008 his daughter, Sophia, was born; and in 2010 the second Roasterie Café opened, this time in Leawood, Kansas. The third Café is located inside the roasting factory, underneath their beloved DC-3 airplane, Betty.


Café General Manager

Born in Lebanon, Carla O’Neill graduated from The American University of Beirut with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and served as Marketing Director for the distributors of Volkswagen and Audi in Lebanon.

Carla moved to the United States in December 2000, and two years later she followed her nose to The Roasterie. She has added a lot of pizzazz to the staff, managing everyday operations and customer service for The Roasterie Cafes. She is passionate about keeping customers happy and informed every day.


General Manager

Before joining The Roasterie in 2003, Stacy managed retail hardware stores and worked in accounting for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Born and raised in Independence, Missouri, she now lives “in the country” in Buckner, Missouri with her husband and spends her free time chasing their young twins.