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, a Recovery Community Organization that helps individuals with substance use disorder. Previously, Jesse 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. He is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Peer Recovery Coach who has been featured on “Hero’s Among Us” Segment of channel six and “Faith That Works” segment of channel 12. Jesse has been recognized as an outstanding motivational speaker for Sussex I Prison and been the keynote speaker for numerous department of correction facilities, while also being featured on panel discussions for substance use disorder for local and state organizations. 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

Bob DeTriquet - Director of Male Programs
Bob de Triquet
Director of Male Programs
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.

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.

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.

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.

Mike Vasilantone
Data Management
Michael grew up in Central New Jersey. After graduating High School he continued his education at Newbury College in Boston MA and UW Seattle, majoring in Communications. Michael's own experience battling the disease of addiction has given him the opportunity to become an asset to McShin by being a Peer Leader in an authentic “Peer to Peer” recovery setting.
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. 

Moses Wright - Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Moses Wright
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Moses Wright - Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
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
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.
Katherine Gumbs,
Peer Leader
Peer Leader
Katherine Gumbs

Judicial Staff

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.