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The McShin Foundation Staff

The McShin Foundation is available around the clock for those who are ready to begin or continue their recovery.

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The McShin Foundation is an authentic peer-to-peer organization, meaning that nearly all of our staff members have lived experience of Substance Use Disorders and recovery.

Our Founders

John Shinholser Board Member Emeritus, President & Co-Founder

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. John has been in long-term recovery 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 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).

Carol McDaid Board Member Emeritus, Co-Founder

Carol McDaid serves as Principal at Capitol Decisions, Inc. For over two decades, Carol has worked with leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, prevention and consumer organizations and mental health consumer and provider organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health. With over 25 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Carol provides clients with public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including behavioral health, Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector reimbursement issues. Because Carol has personally struggled with addiction, she understands the challenges, political and personal, of dealing with alcohol and drug issues. She is a founding Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and currently serves on the Board of Young People in Recovery. A North Carolina native, Carol McDaid graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in Political Science.

Honesty Liller CPRS | Chief Executive Officer

Honesty Liller is a woman in long-term recovery from addiction. She has been drug and alcohol free since May 27, 2007. Honesty's mission as CEO is firmly rooted in community outreach and involvement. She gets to walk in her purpose every day helping those in the community heal from their addiction. She is responsible for community and fundraising events, advocacy, public relations, and is a Recovery Coach to females in our program.

Our Staff
    • Jesse Wysocki

      CPRS | 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 settling in Chesterfield. Previously, he worked as an HR Director at The Towers Retirement & Assisted Living Community and was the Transition Peer Mentor and Overnight Monitor at The Healing Place.

    • Christopher "Cricket" Ronquest

      CPRS | Assistant Director of Operations

      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. 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.

    • Joyce Bronson

      CPRS | Director of Admissions

      Joyce is a person in recovery from Richmond, VA. She has been involved with The McShin Foundation since April 2019. Her journey started as a participant, she quickly became a peer leader and house leader within the organization. The experiences she had while a participant in the program have fueled her passion for helping newcomers feel at home when they arrive at The McShin Foundation, the same way she was welcomed when she first arrived. Joyce is dedicated to her job and motivated, currently she is continuing her education and pursuing her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Addiction.

    • Morris Bayton

      CPRS | Director of Male Programs

      Morris A. Bayton is a person in sustained recovery from substance use disorder who was born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. After graduating from Petersburg High School, he attended Hampton University where he majored in journalism. When Morris fully embraced recovery he discovered a passion for helping others to find recovery from SUD as well. His duties as an Americorps member include recovery coaching, facilitating group discussions, and assisting participants with applying for social service benefits.

    • Dixie Lewis

      Director of Female Programs

      Dixie is an alumni of The McShin Foundation and walked through McShin's doors in February of 2019. She has sustained her personal recovery ever since the first day she came to McShin. Recovery has allowed Dixie to be granted physical custody of her 5-year old son, obtain a driver's license and move into her own home. In her free time, Dixie enjoys going out to eat, spend time doing fun activities with her son, and getting together with friends for game nights.

    • Melanie Belden

      Financial Controller

      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.

    • Matthew Conner

      CPRS | Director of Quality Control & Data

      Matthew is a person in recovery from Richmond, Virginia and became involved with The McShin Foundation in October of 2018. Through his experience having lived in one of McShin’s recovery residences, Matthew identifies the recovery house as having a vital role in one’s recovery. In addition to his involvement in the McShin and recovery communities, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, going to the gym, playing soccer, pickleball, and whipping up new recipes in the kitchen.

    • Nathan Mitchell

      Outreach Director

      Nathan is a person in sustained recovery from a substance use disorder. He was first introduced to recovery through a McShin Foundation jail program in Warrenton, Virginia; where, upon release, he moved into a McShin recovery residence first as a participant, then a peer leader, and then a house leader.

      As a recovery coach and advocate, Nathan was selected to join a National Peer Council of people with lived experience of substance use disorders to guide research led by Community Catalyst, partnering with Faces & Voices of Recovery, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). This groundbreaking research, "Peers Speak Out: Priority Outcomes for Substance Use Treatment and Services," is the first national examination of treatment and recovery services outcomes prioritized by people with substance disorders.

      As McShin's Outreach Director, Nathan works in the community to reduce stigma, eliminate barriers, and increase access to recovery support services. As a state organizer with The Virginia Recovery Advocacy Project, Nathan works with grassroots advocates across the Commonwealth and throughout the country to create better public policy in response to America's addiction epidemic.

      Nathan is also host of McShin's award-winning recovery podcast, Get in the Herd, which broadcasts live three days per week tackling a broad range of recovery-related topics.

      When he isn’t cooking big meals, his eclectic - and perhaps esoteric - musical interests mean that he can be found belting out anything from Beethoven to Broadway to Brumel to Barenaked Ladies. He is also known for his strong opinions about the Oxford Comma.

    • Monique Runge

      Peer Community and Program Liaison

      Monique started her recovery journey here at the McShin Foundation in early 2021. She remained involved with the community by volunteering at McShin. She now is serving as an Americorps member, focused on interacting with participants in the women’s intensive program. She is a Peer Recovery Specialist and peer recovery coach, and hopes to impact and empower young women to find a better way of life in recovery. #normalizesobriety

    • Walter Randall

      Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

      Walter Randall, a native of Portsmouth VA is married to Tracy L. Randall who brings three (3) daughters while he brings four (4) sons and together seven (7) grandchildren to their wonderful family. Walter graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1985, then immediately joined the Army to start his military career as a Chaplain Assistant. In 1993, he began addressing his struggle with addiction and has been clean from drugs since September 2, 1995 (25 yrs clean). Walter was called to the ministry and licensed and ordained as an Elder on October 21, 2018, by Bishop Melvin Williams Jr., Senior Pastor of The Temple of Judah in Richmond, VA.

    • Moses Wright

      Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

      Moses Wright, CSAC is a 30-year professional in Substance Use Disorders (SUD) who has worked in a variety of settings throughout his career. His Recovery Date is January 4th, 1982, 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).

    • Diana Lieber

      Correctional Program Facilitator

      Diana is the Correctional Program Facilitator, for The McShin Foundation, at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail located in Front Royal, Virginia.

    • Justin Bognar

      Media Director

      Justin Bognar was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, is a person in recovery, and an alum of the McShin Foundation . He received his Bachelor’s degree in audio engineering in 2007 from Full Sail University. Justin has had the opportunity to tour the country putting his degree to use as a live sound audio engineer and stage hand. In his free time, Justin enjoys going to the gym with friends, playing the drums, and going to the river.

    • Zach Dunn

      AmeriCorps | Peer Leader

      Zach is a person in recovery and a Richmond, VA native. He graduated Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and went on to a corporate career. In 2017, after going through some family issues his substance use disorder progressed. Now as an AmeriCorps representative and peer leader, he gets to give back through house leadership, helping new participants acclimate to recovery and using his peer recovery specialist tools to help participants address their needs. Zach believes this is all thanks to McShin and their ongoing support to help individuals rebuild after trauma and recover from substance use disorder.

    • Christina Davis

      AmeriCorps | Peer Leader

      Christina is a grateful person in recovery. She came through the intensive program of McShin in June of 2021. Since completion of the program she has become an AmeriCorps representative, recovery coach and PRS. Christina enjoys giving back to her community and being a part of. She states "I never thought that I would ever be able to live free of my addiction but thanks to the McShin foundation and my fellow peers it has become possible."

    • Matthew Grant

      CPRS | Peer Leader

      Matthew is a former Americorps representative. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and playing disc golf.

Call us today to get started on your road to recovery.

(804) 249-1845

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