Previous McShin Board Members
John M. Shinholser, Board Member Emeritus,
John Shinholser serves as the President of The McShin Foundation, which was founded in 2004 and named for its two recovering co-founders, John Shinholser and Carol McDaid. Shinholser and McDaid have dedicated their lives to helping individuals and families in or seeking recovery from the disease of addiction. The McShin Foundation operates on the founders’ belief that by helping others find and sustain recovery, they can better sustain their own recovery. Shinholser and McDaid decided to establish a non-profit recovery community resource foundation based on this belief and on the work Shinholser had been engaged in with individuals in the recovering community since 1982.
John is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He owned and managed a successful contracting business for over 30 years, during which time he served as President of the Richmond Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association and was twice recognized as a national award winning Original Design Faux Finisher.
John Shinholser served as President of SAARA of Central Virginia Affiliate and is a former board member of SAARA of Virginia.
Carol McDaid, Board Member Emeritus,
Carol McDaid serves as Principal at Capitol Decisions, Inc. Capitol Decisions has a special expertise in addiction and mental health policy. For over two decades, Ms. McDaid has worked with leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, prevention and consumer organizations and mental health consumer and provider organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health.
With over 25 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides clients with public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including behavioral health, Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector reimbursement issues.
Ms. McDaid served as a strategist and advisor to the Parity NOW Coalition, which was influential in passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.” This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally.
The Parity NOW Coalition became a model for also successfully advocating for inclusion of addiction and mental health benefits in health-care reform legislation. Addiction and mental health provider and consumer organizations made up the coalition as well as the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and other partners. McDaid served as an advisor and strategist to this Coalition during the health care reform debate in Congress.
To make a difference at the local level, in 2004, Ms. McDaid co-founded the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, John Shinholser. McShin is the leading non-profit, full-service recovery community organization committed to serving individuals and families in and seeking recovery from addiction in the State of Virginia. McShin offers peer-to-peer recovery support services that include recovery coaching/mentoring and housing.
Because Ms. McDaid personally struggled with addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues. She is a founding Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and currently serves on the Board of Young People in Recovery. In 2007, she received the Johnson Institute’s America Honors Recovery Award.
Before coming to CDI, Ms. McDaid worked for seven years as Senior Vice President at R. Duffy Wall & Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations consulting firm. There she managed the health-care practice and represented hospitals, providers, insurers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and cancer research interests. She has also been a senior Washington representative at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and a manager in the Employee Benefit Services Group of PriceWaterhouseCoopers Washington National Tax Service.
A North Carolina native, Carol McDaid graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she majored in Political Science.
Native of Baltimore, MD Diana has lived in Richmond, VA for twelve years. She retired from Verizon Communication Company in 2002. Diana received an Associate Degree in Business in 1980 and recently received an Associate Degree in Human Services from J. Sargeant Reynolds. Diana received a Peer Recovery Specialist Certificate from River City Integrative Counseling. She is currently seeking a Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate and a Peer Recovery Specialist license. Diana is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Upsilon Alpha. Diana is a member of Georgetown High School Alumni and served as President of the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter. She recently became Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Georgetown High School National Alumni.
Diana has a deep passion for helping people. She has provided service to the community and people in recovery for twenty-nine years. Diana has carried the message of hope to jails and hospitals and has served as a liaison for Verizon Community Service and Baltimore Police Department. Diana has served as a volunteer for the Richmond Federal Drug Court Treatment Team. She completed her internship at The Healing Place and continues to volunteer. Diana is honored to be a member of The McShin Board. She is a widow with three children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren who enjoys traveling and cooking.
Mike Mason – Treasurer
Mike was the Director of Development for the McShin Foundation from December of 2010 through May of 2015. He is also the Treasurer for the McShin Foundation Board of Directors and is an accredited Peer Recovery Coach.
He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has lived in Richmond since 1985. He graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Finance.
Mike Owned and operated The Steak Escape in 6th St. Marketplace for almost 20 years. For the last five years he has worked as an Associated Person with a Commodity Trading Firm.
Mike, a person in long term recovery, has been clean since December 10, 1994. He is married to Dinah Lee and is the father of Michael Carter, born February 3, 1992. Personal interests include golf, chess and other games. He is very grateful to be a Board Member at the Mcshin Foundation today.
Bernard G. Meyer, Jr.
As a co-founder and President of MGM Law, Bernie has seen action on and off as well as in and out of court. A Richmond native, he was a standout basketball player at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1968 with his law degree. Bernie’s wealth of legal savvy has scored with his clients — keeping them coming back and referring others for over 40 years.
Real estate, construction, finance and business transactions law are the primary focus of Bernie’s law practice.
As an AV® rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell law directory, Bernie is viewed by his peers as having the highest quality and ethics rating possible for attorneys. He has been twice listed in Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Real Estate law, and was also listed in the inaugural List of Top Lawyers published by Richmond Magazine.
His commercial real estate practice encompasses real estate acquisition, development and finance. He works with construction companies, developers, small shopping centers and small business owners. He has worked with many of the most reputable developers in the area. By securing enforceable contract terms, adequate funds, and finance contingencies as well as anticipating and minimizing potential hurdles, Bernie’s goal is to protect his clients and move the process along so they can get down to what they do best — business.
Darin Parr was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He graduated from J.R. Tucker High in 1980.
Darin has been employed with RC Matze Construction Co as a carpenter from 1980 to 2001 then as project manager from 2001 to present.
Darin has a passion for helping people with substance abuse and alcohol problems get on the road to recovery for the past ten years. He has worked as a volunteer with Rubicon, the Salvation Army and the Henrico County Jail and within his local community with individuals looking for a better way to live. Darin hopes to continue doing the same thing with the Mc Shin Foundation.
Darin and his wife reside in Sandston, Va
Dr. James E. Thompson, M.D.
“Dr. Thompson received his MD from VCU School of Medicine in 2004. He is now one of the few doctors in the Richmond area that is board certified in addiction medicine – Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
He has many years experience practicing addiction medicine and is currently on staff at the Farley Center in Williamsburg in addition to running the innovative outpatient addiction treatment clinic – Clean Life Medical – in association with the McShin Foundation. He has a deep and personal understanding of the disease of addiction and a passion for helping the patients and families who suffer from it.
Nancy Robinson Spratley is retired from being a receptionist/outpatient counselor for Rubicon Inc. Spratley previously worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks as a Director of Playgrounds and Therapeutic Recreation Instructor. She has also worked as a trainer for HIV/Aids prevention and education. Nancy, a woman of Faith, has served The Central Atlantic Region of Narcotics Anonymous as a Regional Committee Member, Public Relations Chair, and a Regional Delegate and is a strong advocate for treatment for persons affected by substance use disorders.
Wil Inge is a person in long term recovery. What this means to Wil, is that he has not found it necessary to use drugs or drink alcohol since 11/03/08 after utilizing the residency program at Mcshin. He was born in Richmond Va June, 22 1970. He called both Ashland VA and Kill Devil Hills NC home, growing up and as an adult. He graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1993 receiving bachelor degrees in English and Theater. He is a working contractor pulling the oars at West End Building Services, a class A general contracting company. He moonlights pursuing his passions guiding water fowlers and fisherman on the waterways of Va. He has two daughters Avery Drew Inge and Sydney Inge that, along with his relationship with his higher, power are his greatest treasure.
“Working with the clients at Mcshin is a real opportunity to fight the battle against the disease of addiction on the front lines. It provides me with the potential to help another addict recover from the disease while solidifying my own recovery by helping others.”
Jimmy Christmas is the Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director of River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, a progressive community-based mental health organization and outpatient clinic. He is also the Founder and Director of Clinical Operations for Focused Outreach Richmond, a non-profit whose mission is to, “Provide safe, supportive, and structured housing for individuals that experience psychiatric conditions that have been recently released from jails and prisons.”
Prior to starting these practices in January of 2009, Jimmy had served for nearly 16 years as an adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, where he served as a Field Instructor, evaluated graduate applications, served on various committees, served as a research assistant, and taught both undergraduate and graduate coursework that focused on social justice.
Over the course of his 20+ year career, Jimmy has held a variety of clinical, leadership and consulting positions with outstanding human service organizations, including the Daily Planet, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, CARITAS, Henrico Area Mental Health in various capacities (Lakeside Center, Crisis, Drug Court), Hallmark Youth-care, Casselton Consultants, Residential Applications a group home licensed the Department of Social Services that he founded, Family Counseling Center for Recovery, and Insight Physicians. He continues to provide clinical consultation services to many Richmond area hospitals and medical practices and law enforcement organizations. For the past two years, Jimmy has been involved at the leadership level with the Richmond Reentry Council directing efforts to integrate service delivery to persons with complex psychiatric, health and social service needs as they transition back into the community.
Jimmy Christmas received both his BSW and MSW degrees in Clinical Social Work from the VCU School of Social Work. He went on to obtain his license to practice clinical social work (LCSW) from the Virginia Board of Health Professions in 2002. Current professional affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, the Richmond Reentry Council, the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Association, and the Association of Community-based Providers. Specialties: Jimmy’s clinical specialties include dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and individual, group and family psychotherapy, As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Jimmy integrates traditional therapies with yoga to treat depression, substance abuse conditions, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, and PTSD.
Wayne was born January 3, 1955 in Newport News, VA. Having completed four years of college Wayne was a career salesman. Prior to his death on July 9th, 2016, he was employed as an outside sales rep for Euclid Chemical Co., serving VA, MD, and WV.
He sat on the board and was a former chairman of the Richmond Behavior Health Authority, responsible for providing mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse and prevention services to Richmond and he was the first member of the McShin Foundation board of directors. Wayne also served on the board of the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia.
In 2007, he and his wife, Audry Patry Blanks, founded Richmond After Care II, an umbrella organization for two recovery houses that provide structure and support for those trying to reshape their lives.
Wayne resided in Richmond and had been in successful long term recovery for over 22 years.
Carol Pleasants, an addict with 22 years of recovery. A proud addict in long term recovery, Carol is a participant in a 12-Step Program where she shares her experience, strength, and hope. She is available to the recovering community in any way she can serve. She believes in the McShin Foundation’s mission to reach and help as many addicts as possible to become clean, productive members of society. She believes that any addict can lose the desire to use and find a new way of life
Matthew was born and raised in Mechanicsville VA. He is a 1985 graduate of Lee Davis High School in Mechanicsville and attended East Carolina University for 3 years. He also has 4 certificates in Auto Mechanics and is a certified peer to peer coach. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the drums and percussion. He works for the Pet Nutrition Center and is an active member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church. He also currently attends Liberty University Online, to obtain his bachelors in Psychology.
With 5 years clean in long term recovery, he is a member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, NCADD and SAARA. Matthew was in the McShin pilot program at Pamunkey Regional Jail and also went through the re-entry program McShin offers. He is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society as a Team Recruitment Chair for the Mechanicsville Relay for Life, and drives for the Road To Recovery program.
Mr. Daniel has 2 boys , 15 and 11 , and is grateful every day for recovery , and being able to give back.
Born September 3, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. Moved to Richmond, VA in 1955 and graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 1960. Graduate of University of Richmond with B.S. Degree in Marketing, 1964. United States Navy Officer from 1964 to 1971. Returned to Richmond to pursue a career in business. Retired from Pump and Equipment Co., Inc. in 2001. Sobriety date is June 22, 1982. Has been very active and committed to service work in recovery to include five years as a co-facilitator for after care at St, John’s Treatment Center and some nine years in service work with the Virginia Department of Corrections and other penal facilities. Personal interests include golf and fishing as well as being a long term supporter of University of Richmond athletics, serving several terms on the Spider Club Board of Directors. Married to the former Donna Jean Ligon of Dallas, Texas and residing in Richmond.
John was born August 12, 1947. He was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He started working at West End Machine and Welding in 1966. Mr. Rueger became owner of the business in 1972. He was a long term member of the Richmond Ski Club. He is a member of Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA). He has over 6 years of successful recovery. He resides in the West End of Richmond with his wife Kathy. John has four children.
I am the Horticulturist and Grounds Department Manager at the Country Club of Virginia. I enjoy tennis, golf, swimming, and dancing.
James Dean is a lifetime resident of the Richmond area. He has two children from his first marriage – James, Jr. lives and works in Northern Virginia; Katrina is married to John Steffy and lives in Ashland. Jimmy has two wonderful grandchildren – Tabatha Mills who teaches 3-year-old children at Hatcher’s Child Development Center and Walker Steffy who is an 8th grade student at Liberty Middle School. He met his wife Elizabeth at Hatcher and they married in 1993. Both teach adult Sunday School and are deacons at Hatcher, having also served as Deacon Chairs in the past.
Jimmy retired from the Postal Service after 35 years as a letter carrier. He delivered flowers part-time for Coleman Brothers Flowers for the next nine years. Now he enjoys being fully retired with time to spend in his annual vegetable garden and travel whenever the opportunity arises.
Lynette Ruffin Goode was born in Southampton County, VA. She is the youngest of four children, two brothers, and on sister. She graduated from Southampton High School in the top 25% of her class. She then attended Virginia Union University, graduated with a BS Degree in Psychology. After graduating from VA Union University she then began working for Signet Bank, now called Wachovia. In 1995, a career advancement opportunity was made available to her. Then she became a proud employee of Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company of VA, which she was a benefit analyst for the Dominion Power dedicated unit… In 1997 there was a career interruption due to illness. As a result it was necessary that she retire.
In 2005 a life altering decision was made. Many years of being physically challenged she began writing a book called Keeping the Faith When It Seems like There Is No Hope. The book will be available for your reading pleasure Summer of 2009. In 2006 she founded D.E.O.N. (Drugs, Education, Obesity, & Nutrition) Intervention, a non-profit organization. In 2006 she was approached by one of her physicians to talk to a patient that was dealing with similar challenges that she had gone through, she then decided that there was a tremendous need to help others to overcome life obstacles. Before she became disabled she had such a passion to make a difference in children’s lives, she now volunteers her service as an officer of the court which is called (CASA) court appointed special advocate for Henrico County. If she is not busy enough she attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College where she received a Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling. In the past she was a mentor for the Virginia Heroes. She is a motivational speaker.
She currently sits on the following boards:
1. DEON Intervention, Inc. – Founder & Chairman of the Board
2. The McShin Foundation
3. Grayson Park Community Advocate
She is affiliated with:
1. Henrico County Public Schools after school program funded by 21 Century Grant.
2. St. Mary’s Hospital Gastric Bypass Support Group
3. Christian Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church of Chesterfield, where Dr. Robert T. Williams, Sr. is pastor – She serves as a youth leader, president of outreach ministry & resource coordinator for the youth department.
She currently resides in Henrico County, VA with her husband of 19 years. She has one child and she is currently a full-time student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She lives by a quote from her book “Always keep faith & hope alive”.
Born October 13, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia. Graduated from Hermitage High School in 1973. Employed with the Motor Carrier Division of the State Corporation Commission from June of 1973 until July of 1995 when the Motor Carrier functions were transferred to. Currently serves as Case Manager at . Was introduced to the McShin Foundation in 2005 when serving as chairman of the Building & Grounds committee at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church were McShin facilities are now located. Serves as liaison between McShin and its faith based partner, Hatcher Church. Personal interests including motorcycling and woodworking.
She is a native Richmonder and 1978 graduate of VCU School of Social Work. She has been active in the community with many volunteer roles and board memberships. Her particular passion is working with teens & young adults. As a member of Bon Air Baptist and Northstar Community, Susan is a liason with our faith based community. Susan an her husband reside in Midlothian.
August 2008 – December 2009
2010 – 2013
Daniel Payne, Board of Directors
Daniel was born December 19, 1977. He was born and raised in the Hanover Courthouse area of Hanover County. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1999. He is the Executive Director of The McShin Foundation. He also is the owner and operator of, Widespread Solutions, LLC, a full service company specializing in home and property maintenance.
Daniel is a member of SAARA, Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance. In 2005, Daniel received Hanover County Ruritan’s Community Service Award for his work in the county relating to substance use disorder recovery. In 2006, Daniel received Caron’s Community Leadership Award for his development of the McShin Foundation’s recovery home service model. A program that employees those who are new to recovery or fresh out of prison with a safe work environment. This model was developed to serve the newcomer with early financial stability and also serve as a funding flow for the foundation. The model benefits all, the home/business owner, the addict seeking recovery, and the foundation. Daniel has been featured in The Richmond Times Dispatch (Metro section), The Mechanicsville Local, The Community Observer (Chesterfield), The Virginia Associations of Community Service Boards 2005 Annual Report, and The USA Today (Life Section).
Mr. Payne is married to the former Cara McKenzie Cockey of Richmond. They reside in Hanover with their sons Jack and Gabriel. Mr. Payne has over 8 years of successful recovery.
April 2006 – April 2010
Henry Bulifant IV
Henry Bulifant is owner of H.F. Bulifant & Sons, Inc., Bulifant Construction Corp., Bulifant Properties, Inc., and The Next Step, Inc. H.F. Bulifant and Sons, Inc. is a construction company that specializes in diasaster repairs, i.e: fire, smoke and water damage repairs. Bulifant Properties, Inc. is a family real estate holding and property management company. Bulifant Construction Corp. is a real estate maintenance and land scapping company. And, The Next Step, Inc. manages recovery houses for men and women in recovery for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Henry was born on August 17, 1950 in Richmond, Va. He has spent most of life in the Richmond area. He attended Huguenot High School and graduated in 1968. During high school he worked part time jobs while school was in session and during the summers he would always work in the construction trades. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1968 to 1972 as a crew chief on the C-130 B & E model aircraft. He served 2 of his 4 years overseas and Honorably discharged.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended John Tyler Community College and graduated in 1974 with Honors and received an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees. While at JTCC he worked in the library while classes where in session and in the summers worked in the trades. Upon graduation he transferred to the College of William and Mary. He graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree. While attending William and Mary he worked in the library during class semesters and during the summers he worked with the professors performing land use determination studies.
After College he worked for NASA in Newport News at the wind tunnel facility. The wind tunnel facility generate the environment to test wing designs on various experimental aircraft. After returning to Richmond he went to work for Bremmer Youngblood and King, a consulting engineering firm that specialized in land use development.
In August of 1977, he started H.F. Bulifant & Sons, Inc. . In 1978 Bulifant Construction Corp was established and The Next Step, Inc. was established in 1991. Bulifant Properties, Inc. was formally established in 2004.
During his years in business he has been active and served on various committees in the Richmond Metro Chamber, VAMA, The Blue Goose, Richmond Home Builders Association, The Remodelors Council, The Restoration Committee, Retail Merchants Association, PDCA, Better Business Bureau, Richmond Claims Association and the JTCC Foundation Board.
He is married and has 2 sons and 4 dogs. His areas of interest and hobbies are: skiing, golf, stamp collecting, gemology, computer technology, and quality time with his family. His areas of philanthropy are: Sgt. Santa, ESI, Church, The Next Step, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and The United Way.