McShin Staff

John Shinholser
Board Member Emeritus, President

Honesty Brackett Liller
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

Erin Mayberry
Erin Mayberry
Female Program Director
Erin Mayberry was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from JR Tucker High School and continued her education at Mary Baldwin College as a cadet in the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership. She is the proud mother of two daughters. Erin struggled with a substance abuse disorder for over twenty years before finding recovery November 10, 2014. She is incredibly grateful to the McShin Foundation for introducing her to recovery, for all the love and support she received, for the introduction to her chosen pathway to recovery and for allowing her to work with other women seeking the same growth and freedom she has found.


Before I Got Sober, I Couldn’t See Who I Was. Now, I Value Myself in Recovery

Brenda Perkins
Female Programs Administrative Assistant

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.

Francis Fletcher
Director of Operations
Francis Fletcher is originally from Washington, DC but relocated to Richmond, Va. in early 2013 for a teaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently works for The McShin Foundation, a recovery community organization that provides a peer-to-peer model of recovery for individuals with Substance Use Disorders. He began volunteering at McShin in the summer of 2015 by helping to organize the foundation’s annual September event, Recovery Fest. He was then hired as a peer leader and now serves as the Assistant Director of Men’s Programs, in which capacity he oversees the progress of male participants in McShin’s intensive recovery program. Francis earned his M.A. in art history from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and although his graduate work has been on hold for the past two years he plans to complete his PhD in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. His dissertation is focused on the work of the fifteenth-century painter Andrea Mantegna, but he is more broadly interested in the social status of the artist in the early modern period and connections between Renaissance painting and intellectual history. Francis first visited Florence in 1987 and has been returning as often as possible ever since. He first resided in Florence while carrying out dissertation research as a Fulbright Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in 2007-08. He has taught classes on ancient Roman art as well as Italian Renaissance and Baroque art at Rutgers University, Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and VCU. Francis has also designed and taught courses on women’s history in Italy during the early modern period. In addition to his teaching experience, he has been employed in curatorial departments at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks. One of his goals upon completing his PhD is to return to teaching art history at the university level while also remaining an active part of the recovery community.
Paxton Wolfrey - Intake Specialist
Paxton Wolfrey
Admissions and Intake Specialist
Since graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1994, Paxton has experience working in investments, money management, and risk management. In his previous role as an investment counselor he earned the “Top Producer” Award from Lord, Abbet & Co., and the “Quality of Advice” Award from American Express. He is also a 2003 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, with a Master of Business Administration degree. Paxton’s experience with his own addiction and recovery, along with his current insights and solutions, validate our commitment to “Peer to Peer” services and programs. You will find that Paxton is always ready and approachable to share his story, and never forgets where he came from. Raising two beautiful daughters, Talbot and Hannah, consumes most of Paxton’s free time, while he still enjoys the occasional round of golf or fishing.
Mike Vasilantone
Peer Leader
Alden Gregory
Director of Development
Alden grew up in Richmond, where she attended Collegiate School, graduating in 2012. 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. 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.
Lesley Davis
Financial Controller

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 Finchman
Treatment Services Coordinator

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. 

Bob DeTriquet - Director of Male Programs
Bob de Triquet
Director of Male Programs
Moses Wright - Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Moses Wright
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Moses Wright - Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Tom Majewski - Caroline County Recovery Program
Tom Majewski
Caroline County Community Recovery Program
Tom Majewski - Caroline County Community Recovery Program Tom has 45 years sobriety and has been committed to helping other alcoholics throughout the entire period. After completing the Alcoholic Treatment Program at Caron Foundation in Wernersville PA, he was Manager of the Sobriety halfway house in Pittsburgh PA. From there he joined the staff of Serenity Farms, a recovery center in Hickory PA as an Addiction Psychologist Intern. During his time there he worked with St. Francis Medical Center, Mayview Psychiatric Center, and Gateway Rehabilitation Center, all in Pittsburgh, PA. He relocated to Virginia to help establish a family-operated riding stable and horse-breeding farm. Subsequently he married, has two children, and completed a successful career as a Systems Engineer for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He continued work within the AA Treatment Service Structure in Northern Virginia and then relocated to Fredericksburg VA where he has been instrumental in the workings of AA District 30 Treatment Committees. He was asked to help at the Caroline Recovery Center in Bowling Green, VA and completed Peer Recovery Coach training at The McShin Foundation, Richmond December 2016. He is an avid horseman and artist and remains active in both areas.
Laney Walton - Caroline County Community Recovery Program
Laney Walton – Caroline County Community Recovery Program
Caroline County Community Recovery Program
Laney Walton - Caroline County Community Recovery Program Erin “Laney” Walton comes from a military family who moved all around the U.S. but eventually settled in Fairfax, Virginia where she spent most of her formative years. Laney was a premier athlete in collegiate gymnastics, winning a full scholarship to several schools and achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education along the way. In 2010, she received her certifications as a paralegal and notary public and began working for a well-respected law firm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 2013, Laney began work as a Case Manager for the Fredericksburg area Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where she managed the volunteer case workers assigned to watch out for the interests of at-risk children involved in the court system. Laney is currently a small business owner who regularly works with people of all stripes in managing their life challenges and wellness. She has been sober and active in the Twelve Steps since March of 2004, has hosted and attended many study groups and conferences, has a long-term sponsor, and has herself sponsored many women over the years.
Rachel Moyer
Administrative Assistant

Rachel Moyer is a woman in recovery. She moved from New Hampshire to Virginia with only one goal in mind: to get clean. Rachel has been in Richmond, VA since December 2016 and is learning a new way to live. Rachel considers herself fortunate to work in an atmosphere of recovery. She is able to walk proudly today with her head held high. She has self respect, self worth, a love for others, a desire to help, an eagerness to learn, and a heart full of gratitude. Rachel feels she would not be where she is today if The McShin Foundation had not believed in her and helped her to help herself choose to a new way to live.

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.

Tracy Haskins
AmeriCorps Member
Jillian Nye
AmeriCorps Member
Greg Jones
Marker Project Coordinator

Greg Jones originally from Wise County, Va first began his Substance Use Disorder with alcohol while at a high school party at 17 years of age. From that moment, he depended on mood altering substances to make him happy. His journey has taken him to rehabs all across the country and to jail multiple times. After being released from jail on December 5th, 2016, he entered The McShin Foundation. "I've been released from jail been to rehabs multiple times and always went back to using, only after I entered McShin did I learn that using drugs was only a symptom of my thinking. I learned how to cope with everyday problems without resorting to drugs, built a network starting with the sober living house McShin provided me. I'm very grateful to be working for such a great organization, I owe The McShin Foundation my life"

Cotter Leonard
Facilities Manager
Cotter was born in Kovrov, Russia in 1996. He was adopted in 1998 and moved to The United States. He graduated from Glen Allen High School. He has a passion for cooking and working with individuals with Substance Use Disorders. He entered McShin's residential recovery program in August 2017. In November 2017, he started as an intern and is now a peer leader and Facilities Manager.

Judicial Staff

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Jessii Hall
Judicial Programs Director
Jessica Hall entered the recovery community through the Mcshin Foundation on Aug. 3rd 2014. Since that time she is has been an active member of her society. She was raised in Eastern Henrico County of Virginia and also lived in Mechanicsville, Virginia and Chesterfield, Virginia. Jessica began her addiction at a very young age and hit her bottom just as fast when at the end she was hospitalized after becoming septic. At 21, she is considered a young person in recovery. Jessica began has a judicial facilitator at Chesterfield County jail HARP Program and then later grew in her role at the Pumunkey Regional Jail Mcshin program. With dedication, commitment, and passion for Judicial Programs and Recovery she is now the Director of Judicial Programs at the McShin Foundation.
Patsy Garnett
Director of McShin Hopewell Recovery Center

Patsy Garnett is proud to be a respectable woman in Recovery from a substance use disorder. She started using when she was 13 years old and came into recovery on September 20th, 2016.  Patsy is the proud mother of two fantastic children and she is grateful to have the support of an amazing girlfriend. Patsy is striving to be an inspiration to those who are seeking the absence of mind and mood altering substances.  She feels her mission is to offer them hope and a message of strength.  People can recover "no matter what". 

Cliff Jones  - Correctional Program Facilitator
Cliff Jones
Director of Youth Programs
Cliff Jones is a person in long-term recovery. He has been free from substances since July 21st, 2016. Cliff is a McShin alumni and during his time in McShin he managed a recovery house, was a peer-leader for The McShin Academy, and facilitated a peer to peer substance use jail program. Cliff has now turned his interests into sharing his experience, strength, and hope with young men and women who suffer from the same disease.
Rose Madison
Correctional Program Facilitator

Rose is a mother of 6 children and a grandmother of 7 grandchildren. She grew up in Petersburg, Va. and never thought her life would turn out like it did. She says she heard someone say once "whatever don't kill you, makes you stronger" and feels this is very true in her own life. Rose moved to  Richmond in 2011, without knowing where she was going to end up, but she just knew she had to get out, away from the place where she had hit her rock bottom. She knew she just didn't want to keep using drugs.  She remembers one of her teachers in school telling her that one day she would become a great writer, but drugs and alcohol had done their job and she had finally had enough.  Today Rose is a part of society again.  Rose dropped out of school 30 years ago, but today she is back in school, majoring in Human Services and maintaining a GPA of 3.3. She is doing service work for a wonderful Non-Profit Organization. Rose lost a son almost 2 yrs ago, but hasn't found it necessary to use drugs again. Rose says, "Life is better on this side!"

Vanessa Winckler
Correctional Program Facilitator

Vanessa Winckler

Vanessa Winckler is a person in long term recovery. Her recovery date is in June of 2000. Vanessa used for over 30 years. She is a survivor of molestation, rape, domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse. Vanessa loves helping people and sharing her experience, strength, and hope in jails, churches, treatment centers, and institutions. Vanessa, a convicted felon, owns her own business and also works for Jackson Hewitt Tax Services. Vanessa has her Associates Degree in Human Service and is a Peer Specialist. 

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 anything since September 1, 1988. Today, Marshall is married with two kids, both of whom are lawyers.

Karen Melcho
Karen Melcho-Elliott
Correctional Program Facilitator

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.