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.
Shinholser also served as Chairman of the board of Rubicon, Inc. (2012-2014), Virginia's most comprehensive substance abuse treatment facility (230 beds).
In 2005, Shinholser received the prestigious America Honors Recovery Award from the Johnson Institute -- one of six recognized (nationally) who have been affected or afflicted by alcohol and other drug addictions, and have given back to their communities so that future generations may know the possibility and power of recovery.
In 2005, he also received, along with his wife Carol McDaid, the Caron Foundation's Outstanding Alumni Award.
In 2006, Shinholser received the coveted OSAS (Virginia Office of Substance Abuse Services) Award of Virginia for Significant Contributions to the Field of Substance Use Disorder Recovery. This award is typically given to professionals in the field. Mr. Shinholser was the first recovering community member to receive this award.
Under John’s leadership McShin won the Recovery Community Organization of the year Award for the United States AKA The Joel Hernandez Award presented by Faces and Voices of Recovery in a Washington D.C. ceremony in June of 2011.
Also under John’s tutelage McShin won the national SAMHSA Recovery Month 2011 Flicker Award.
John Shinholser has been featured in Addiction Professional Magazine, Newsweek, The Richmond Times Dispatch (Flair, Metro, and Business sections), The Mechanicsville Local, Richmond Free Press, and Virginia Association of Community Service Boards 2005 Annual Report.
John also has been in many news broadcasts and national documentaries to include The Anonymous People.
John is an appointed citizen member of the 2008, 2009, 2010 Virginia General Assembly joint Senate /House sub-committee on substance abuse (SJ77). John co wrote the Recovery Coach Manual and travels the country providing Authentic Recovery Coach Training.
John and Carol traveled to Whales in 2011 to participate in the first recovery walk as well help launch The Living Room in Cardiff, a Recovery Community Center.
John was appointed an Honorary Deputy of the Richmond City Sheriff Office in July 2013.
John is a member of Henrico County Drug Court "Advisory Council" and "McShin Board Member Emeritus".
John currently resides in Hanover with his wife Carol and his daughter Mary Page. He has been clean and in successful long-term recovery since August 10th 1982.
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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.
Matthew Cunningham has been weekend staff at the Mcshin foundation since December 2013. In 2015 he was awarded the employee of the year. He is certified in recovery coach training and peer leadership. He was introduced to recovery on august 10, 2012 while incarcerated, he hasn't looked back since. He is very active in his own recovery, he visit's jails and institutions, on a monthly basis, to share his story hoping it can help someone else.
Michael C. Quinn was born and raised in Richmond with a younger sister and attended St. Christopher’s school. He left Richmond to study at the University of Mississippi before moving out of the U.S. to live in Australia for a year and returning to earn his B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating from college, he worked as a property manager for a real estate firm before he chose to become an educator and teach at a private elementary school in Richmond for three years. In 2015, he became a participant at The McShin Foundation. Living in one of our residences enabled him to begin his recovery and start giving back to the foundation as well as the recovery community as a volunteer before he was hired as a McShin Intake Specialist. Michael enjoys duck hunting with his chocolate Labrador retriever, Louise.
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Lesley Davis was born and raised in Richmond, VA and has a history of Substance Use Disorder that goes back to early childhood. She struggled off and on for years battling the disease of addiction. It wasn't until she entered The McShin Foundation as a participant and was surrounded by others in the recovery community that she was able to fully engage in recovery. Lesley has been in recovery since October 27, 2015 and went through our female recovery residential program. She was a house/peer leader for over 6 months and volunteered at the foundation to give back to the organization that helped save her life. Lesley has been employed full-time with McShin since July 2016. She is grateful for the many opportunities that she has been given and to the foundation for introducing her to her chosen pathway of recovery. Lesley has one daughter and is now actively involved in her life again thank to recovery.
Brandi Fincham was raised in Romney, West Virginia. During her middle school years, Brandi started using alcohol and drugs recreational. It was only a matter of time before she was dependent on opiates. She managed to graduate Hampshire High School in 2007 and continue on to receive her CNA certification in 2008. In 2010 Brandi became the mother to her beautiful daughter, Ayla. Brandi is an Alumni of The McShin Foundation and has not found it necessary to use drugs or alcohol since January 17, 2016. Today Brandi serves as the Treatment Services Coordinator for The McShin Foundation.
Matthew David Sim is a man in long-term recovery from Substance Use Disorder since February 21, 2017. Matthew David is originally from Boston, MA but relocated to Richmond, VA in 2011. Matthew, born in Canada, is our youngest staff member at the age of 18. He attended five different high schools and graduated from our recovery high school, McShin Academy, in June, 2017. He was then hired as a peer leader and now serves as the Director of Social Media, in which capacity he is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for McShin's social media websites. This includes blogging, creating social media profiles, managing regular posts, increasing the follower count, building the brand up and most importantly responding to customers. Matthew owned multiple non-profit gaming organizations at the age of 15, sending teams out to compete in nationwide tournaments streamed all over the world. Although his work has been on hold for the past three years he plans to start up another non-profit gaming team to represent recovery. One of his goals upon starting his team is to return to teaching gaming at a spiritual level while also remaining an active part of the recovery community.
My name is Patsy Garnett. I am a respectable woman in Recovery from a substance use disorder. I started using when I was 13 years young and came into recovery on September 20th,2016. Today I am officially a year clean at the age of 31. I have two fantastic children and an amazing, very supportive girlfriend. I am striving to be an inspiration to those who are seeking the absence of mind and mood altering substances only to offer them a hand of hope. My message is becoming stronger against the face of defeat.