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.
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.
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 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.
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"
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".
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 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 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 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.