McShin Staff

John Shinholser
Board Member Emeritus, President

Honesty Brackett Liller, CPRS
Chief Executive Officer
Honesty Liller is a woman in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder since May 27, 2007. She is the Chief Executive Officer of The McShin Foundation, a non-profit peer-to-peer Recovery Community Organization (RCO), that serves individuals and families with Substance Use Disorders. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of McShin as well as community and advocacy events. Honesty serves as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking recovery from addiction, works with participants to develop individual and personalized plans for recovery, provides problem solving and life skills as well. Honesty's mission as CEO is firmly rooted in community outreach and involvement. She spends each day connecting with individuals and families who have been touched by addiction. The McShin recovery residential program offers 175 residential recovery beds. Participants can enter into community, intensive, or extended recovery residency programs. All are welcome from the community who have a Substance Use Disorder. Honesty works tirelessly in the community to help individuals and families heal from addiction. She campaigns for individuals with a SUD to put the shame and pain of addiction behind them. Honesty leads a peer system of care and recovery through recovery coaching, providing support groups, navigating court cases, and job coaching. Also, she was on the Enforcement Workgroup for Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Prescription Drug & Heroin Task Force and is a founding board member of Addiction Recovery Political Action Committee (ARPAC). She is the recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award given by Faces and Voices of Recovery in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Great Boss. She was also featured on Face The Nation discussing addiction & recovery in America. In addition, she was awarded the Stettinius Fund honor from The Community Foundation. She was influential in the SAMHSA Recovery Month Award process for McShin for three years. As well as the Faces and Voices of Recovery Joel Hernandez Award for McShin. From 2008-2012, she led the Recovery Voices Count Campaign.  Recovery has given her an amazing life. To spend time with her husband and 2 children is a gift that keeps giving!! ...More

Jesse Wysocki
Chief Operating Officer
Jesse Wysocki is the Chief Operating Officer of The McShin Foundation.  Born in Suffolk, VA, his childhood was spent following his Dad’s Navy career until moving to Chesterfield and graduating from L.C. Bird High School. Previously, he worked as a Human Resource Director at The Towers Retirement & Assistant Living Community and was the Transition Peer Mentor and Overnight monitor at The Healing Place. Jesse is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Peer Recovery Coach who has been featured on “Hero’s Among Us” Segment of WTVR Channel 6 and the “Faith That Works” segment of WWBT Channel 12. He has been recognized as an outstanding motivational speaker for Sussex I Prison and been the keynote speaker for numerous Department of Corrections facilities, while also being featured on panel discussions for Substance Use Disorder for local and state organizations.   Jesse lost his oldest son to a Substance Use Disorder, and now takes pride being a beacon for those struggling through the darkest of nights.  His clean date is January 10, 2012.  Jesse resides in Chesterfield where he proudly parents his five children.   Jesse was featured in two news segments, watch the CBS 6 Heroes Among Us feature here, and speaking on a potential new law here. Jesse in the news

Brenda Perkins
Female Program Director

Brenda joined the McShin Foundation family in September 2015.

Brenda was born and raised in the Richmond area. She graduated from Douglas Freeman High school and continued her education at the Bon Secours School of Practical Nursing.  She worked in the medical field for 25 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse at various locations in the Richmond area

Brenda has a history of a substance use disorder and after being charged with prescription fraud, entered into the Health  Practitioners Intervention Program in 2002 and was introduced to 12 step recovery at that time. She has been an active member of the recovery community and has maintained her sobriety since January 17, 2002.

Bob DeTriquet - Director of Male Programs
Bob de Triquet
Male Program Director
From Suffolk, Virginia, Robert de Triquet came to The McShin Foundation on August 2nd, 2016. He immediately involved himself with the mission of the organization and the camaraderie of the recovery house. He managed the men’s program house for five months before transitioning to Eco Flats, where he was a peer leader, building up the community and creating an atmosphere of recovery. In 2017, he became Director of Men’s Programs and his involvement is now hands on with the men, their families, and community connections. Robert enjoys art, the outdoors, thinking, cooking, and collecting Levi merchandise. He is passionate about this field and believes in the importance of the recovery house environment in the process of recovery.

Alden Gregory
Director of Development
Alden grew up in Richmond, where she attended Collegiate School. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University in December of 2015. In the fall of 2017, Alden began the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alden’s passion for working with individuals and families affected by Substance Use Disorders stems from her family and friends who strive for recovery from the disease. Her experience with The McShin Foundation started in the summer of 2015 as an intern, where she facilitated groups and assisted with grant research. After her December graduation, she returned to the foundation as Special Projects Coordinator. Since then, she has grown into the Director of Development position, maintaining donor relations, planning events, supervising our AmeriCorps members, managing volunteer coordination and writing grants. Alden aims to use her voice and time at The McShin Foundation to reduce the stigma of addiction and offer hope to the families and individuals it affects.

John Trak
Intake Coordinator
John Trak is the Intake Coordinator for The McShin Foundation. He is typically the first point of contact when someone reaches out for help for them self or a loved one. Born in Richmond, VA, where he spent a lot of time in his family's restaurant, he starting work at a young age.  His early work experience landed him in very good jobs, but his substance use disorder always showed up. He struggled off and on for years, in and out of jail, until finally he surrendered.  He is Alumni of The McShin  Foundation and now works two jobs, managing a business in the evening, and working as an Intake Coordinator during the day. He has successfully completed an Intervention Theories and Practices course, he is a Certified Recovery Coach, and has also worked as a Peer Mentor for The Healing Place. He has 6 wonderful children and a loving wife at home. He has had his civil rights restored and is now a very productive member of society.
His passion is helping people by being able to share his own personal experiences and show them their is a better way to live life.
Daniel “Danny” Pisano
Peer Leader

From Charlottesville, Virginia. Daniel attended Berklee College of Music where he studied Music Business and Artist Management. A musician, recording artist, and person in long-term recovery, Daniel excels in a creative environment. Daniel had been using alcohol and drugs to cope with the loss of his father at a young age. His addiction would lead him to have numerous encounters with the criminal justice system and would eventually be incarcerated for a year. Upon his release, he enrolled into our intensive program at The McShin Foundation in 2017. He would become a peer-leader and assistant house manager at Dumbarton House. Daniel is not afraid to share his experience, strength, and hope with others who are struggling and he continues to work towards his dreams of being a performing artist, audio engineer, and entrepreneur.

Karla Baylor
AmeriCorps Service Member
Karla lives in Hanover County, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude with an Associate degree in Human and Social Services from Bryant & Stratton College in April 2016. She has a certificate for Recovery Coach and Peer Leadership Skills as well as Peer Recovery Specialist Training. In July 2018, she started volunteering at the McShin Foundation. She is now an AmeriCorps member who mentors the female participants. Karla is dedicated to sharing her story with others since finding recovery in 2016. By “giving it away,” she can use her own journey as a means to help others on theirs.
Christopher “Cricket” Ronquest
Project Director/Peer Leader
Christopher “Cricket” Ronquest 
From Hanover County, Virginia, Cricket was first exposed to recovery at the age of 15 when a judge ordered him to attend 12-step meetings because of his addiction. For nearly two decades, he continued to use substances uncontrollably until The McShin Foundation began a substance abuse program in Pamunkey Regional Jail, where he was incarcerated at the time. After having served the majority of his adult life incarcerated as a result of his addiction, he now has the privilege of entering jails and prisons to facilitate the same groups that changed his life. Cricket has found that the easiest way for him to continue on his pathway of recovery is to help others like him. Since his graduation and release in August of 2015 he has not been arrested, has been a member of a multi jurisdiction re-entry council, has had his civil rights restored, and has traveled the country carrying his message of hope wherever he goes.
Cricket is the proud father of Caden and Colton, identical twins, and gets to enjoy being an active member of his family and community.
Garth Roberson
Data Management
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Garth was raised both there, and in Roanoke Virginia, and has a younger brother.  The summer after his high school graduation, he worked in Northwestern University’s lock shop as an apprentice, and then was employed by T-Mobile as a Business Customer Support Representative. Garth then attended American National University and in 2016, obtained his Associates Degree in Network Administration.  His Sober and Clean date is 11/08/2017.   Garth resides in Richmond’s Northside, and enjoys touring the local area.  He likes listening to music in his spare time and describes his tastes as eclectic with an interest in Young Post Rock, especially Mellowdrone.  His favorite move is the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller “Total Recall.”
Ginny Thrasher
Peer Leader

Ginny was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She moved to Richmond in 2011. She has battled with her addiction since she was a teenager. Today, she is a person in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder who has been in recovery since July 8, 2016. Ginny is an alum of The McShin Foundation. She went through the female recovery residential program and was a house and peer leader for six and a half months. Ginny is extremely grateful to The McShin Foundation for helping her learn the tools to find a new way to live and for reintroducing her to 12 step recovery. Her favorite part of McShin is the peer to peer recovery model. Most of the staff members are in recovery and are examples to our participants that recovery works. Ginny enjoys being able to be that example to other participants now that she is part of this staff.

Jillian Nye
Assistant Female Program Director
Jillian was born and raised in Highland Springs, Virginia. She entered the McShin Foundation on January 27th, 2017 for six weeks, after which she continued to volunteer daily and remain involved. She completed one year as an AmeriCorps member, serving at McShin and giving back to the community. Jillian is a Certified Recovery Coach and Peer Recovery Specialist. Recovery has strengthened her relationship with her family, her significant other Jeremy, and her amazing daughter Jaycee. Jillian hopes to continue her professional and academic career in the Substance Use Disorder and Recovery field
John Trak
Intake Coordinator
Karla Baylor
AmeriCorps Member
Peer Services Coordinator
Melanie Belden
Financial Coordinator/Peer Leader
Melanie Belden was born in Prince George's County, Maryland and moved to Hanover, Virginia in 2000. She has battled on and off with the disease of addiction since her late teens. She found recovery when she entered The McShin Foundation, as a participant, on December 10th 2016. Melanie has maintained her recovery since that day. She lived in one of our recovery residences for four months until transitioning to Eco Flats in April of 2017. There she became a house manager and peer leader. She mentored the female residents and helped continue building an atmosphere of recovery. One of the many gifts recovery has given her was being able to move back in with her 3 daughters in March of 2018. In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family fishing, camping, sewing  and exploring nature.
Michael McDermott
Michael has been in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) since November 15, 1991. As the child of a career soldier, he was born in Germany, living there, California, New Jersey, Montana and Virginia, before returning to Germany, where he attended high school. After attending Rutgers University and beginning his trucking industry career, he moved to the Richmond area in 1993, continuing his professional advancement in the transportation and technology fields. Michael is grateful for the life his recovery has given him, and is a passionate public advocate to socially destigmatize all those suffering and recovering from SUD. In his spare time he can be found busy maintaining a multi-acre rural haven, while dreaming of enjoying sunshine, serenity and a cigar on a tropical beach.
Moses Wright - Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Moses Wright
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Mr. Moses Wright, CSAC is a 30-year professional in substance use disorders (SUD) whom has worked in a variety of settings through his career. His “clean date” is 1/4/82, and he currently provides Board Approved clinical supervision to those seeking certificates as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Assistant (CSAC-A) and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).  Moses pursues his interest as a Life Coach in recovery dynamics, especially areas related to Family of Origin, Shame and Attachment Disorder (codependency).  He is married to Brenda Sookins Wright and they have two children, Marwin and Karla. Moses is a “Green Dragon,” having graduated Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker High School, prior to attending St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia where he obtained his undergraduate degree.  Moses collects turtles, gardens and travels in his spare time.  He resides “South of the James,” and is a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Simone Williams
Peer Leader

Judicial Staff

Karen Melcho
Karen Melcho-Elliott
Judicial Program Director

Karen was born in Illinois and moved to Virginia in 1989.  She graduated Orange County High School with an Academic Letter and a separate degree in Printing and Graphics.  Karen studied English, Creative Writing and World Religions at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She found recovery in 2017 after coming to the McShin Foundation. Karen loves her life in recovery and the support she has found at McShin. She feels a deep sense of gratitude and a passion for sharing her recovery in her new position as a Jail Program Facilitator with the McShin Foundation.

Marshall Tucker
Correctional Program Facilitator

Marshall is a person in long term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder, which means he has not found it necessary to use any mood or mind altering substances since September 1, 1988. He is from the Richmond area, attended the Engineering program at VCU in the 70’s and loves math.  Marshall retired from Quebecor Printing Company in 2011 as a Quality Control Analyst, and he currently hold certificates for Recovery Coach and Peer Leadership Skills as well as Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.  He has been committed to carrying recovery’s message of hope to jails and institutions as a meeting facilitator for over 20 years and loves working with the forgotten people…the castaways of our society.  Marshall is married with two children, both of whom are lawyers.