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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.

About Us

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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

      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 | Intake Coordinator

      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.

    • Jillian Nye

      Director of Female Programs

      Jillian was born and raised in Highland Springs, Virginia. She entered The McShin Foundation on January 27th, 2017 for six weeks, after which she continued to volunteer daily and remain involved. She completed one year as an AmeriCorps member, serving at McShin and giving back to the community. Jillian is a Certified Recovery Coach and Peer Recovery Specialist. Recovery has strengthened her relationship with her family, her significant other Jeremy, and her amazing daughter Jaycee. Jillian hopes to continue her professional and academic career in the Substance Use Disorder and Recovery field.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Nathan Mitchell

      Community Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator

      A Yankee transplant, Nathan is a person in recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. He came to The McShin Foundation after participating in a McShin jail program where he was first introduced to a better way of life. In addition to his position as community outreach and advocacy coordinator, Nathan is a house leader and certified peer recovery coach passionate about sharing his experience, strength, and hope. When he isn’t cooking family meals, his eclectic, and perhaps esoteric, musical interests mean that he can be found belting out anything from Brumel to Queen, Barenaked Ladies to Verdi. He is also known to edit Bob and has strong opinions about the Oxford Comma.

    • Matthew Conner

      CPRS | Administrative & Data Manager

      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 community, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, going to the gym, playing soccer, pickleball, and whipping up new recipes in the kitchen.

    • Karla Baylor

      CPRS | Weekend Staff

      Karla Baylor is a certified peer recovery specialist who found recovery in 2016. She graduated summa cum laude from Bryant & Stratton College with an Associate degree in Human and Social Services. Karla’s exemplary volunteer work at McShin earned her The McShin Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year award. After successfully completing her AmeriCorps contract, Karla became a full-time staff member at McShin. She’s eager to increase her involvement and work performance whenever an opportunity arises. She believes “we can only keep what we have by giving it away”.

    • 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.

    • Dixie Lewis

      Drug Screening & Medication Coordinator

      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.

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

(804) 249-1845

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