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Our 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.

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 a HR Director at The Towers Retirement & Assistant Living Community and was the Transition Peer Mentor and Overnight Monitor at The Healing Place.

    • 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. Honesty's mission as CEO is firmly rooted in community outreach and involvement. She works tirelessly in the community to help individuals and families heal from addiction. She campaigns for individuals with SUDs to put the shame and pain of addiction behind them.

    • Robert 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Matthew Conner

      Data Management Specialist

      Matthew is a person in recovery from Richmond, Virginia and became involved with The McShin Foundation in October of 2018. Through his experience living 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, the great outdoors and whipping up new recipes in the kitchen.

    • 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.

    • Kim Cornforth

      Corporate Grant Writer

      Kim Cornforth came to The McShin Foundation from the Operation Hope Program in Waterville, Maine on November 26th, 2018. In January of 2019 she started working for the McShin Foundation. Kim enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

    • Karla Baylor

      Assistant Director of Female Programs

      Karla lives in Hanover County, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude with an Associate degree in Human and Social Services from Bryant & Stratton College in April 2016. Karla has a certificate for Recovery Coach and Peer Leadership Skills as well as Peer Recovery Specialist Training. In July 2018, she started volunteering at The McShin Foundation. Karla is now an AmeriCorps member who mentors the female participants. Karla is dedicated to sharing her story with others since finding recovery in 2016. By "giving it away," Karla can use her own journey as a means to help others on theirs.

    • 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 through his career. His "clean 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).

    • Jordan Sachs

      Media Specialist

      Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Jordan is a person in recovery who is passionate about McShin's mission and purpose. Shortly after graduating from Deep Run High School in 2012, his life took a major turn after being hospitalized as a result of appendicitis. After receiving strong opiate pain medication from his doctor, he went down a path of self-destruction in an attempt to achieve the high he fell in love with.

    • 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.

    • Ben Heppert

      Intake Coordinator

      Ben was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He has two daughters, who are 12 and 10. Ben graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After college, Ben spent 9 years as a financial advisor, before ultimately succumbing to the disease of addiction. After many attempts to find recovery Ben found himself in Riverside Regional Jail, from where he eventually was awarded a scholarship to come to McShin. Since then, Ben has found a new way to live and wakes up everyday with extreme gratitude, as he now gets to pay back the gift of recovery of which was so freely given to him.

    • Kyle Goetz

      Graphic Designer | Administrative Assistant

      Kyle is a person in recovery and a proud native of Richmond, Virginia. He came to The McShin Foundation in June of 2019 and quickly became involved with helping to further the message of recovery. Kyle has worked as a graphic design professional for over 7 years and enjoys the opportunity to do what he loves while helping others. Aside from his work at McShin, he is also one of our house leaders. When he isn’t behind a giant computer monitor, Kyle can be found hanging out in the city with friends, body surfing the James River, and drawing flash artwork.

    • Kimberlea Rocher

      Weekend Staff

      Kimberlea was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia and has been in recovery since February 16, 2017. She moved up to Richmond in May of 2017 to continue working towards her degree in Social Work. She became involved with McShin when her son had become a participant in their program eighteen months ago, and today because of their dedication to helping families, he has eighteen months clean. She has continued to stay engaged with McShin because she believes in what they are doing and, as a grateful person in recovery herself, she wants to give back.

    • Hannah Newsome

      Virginia Recovery & Re-Entry Project Coordinator

      Hannah Newsome was born and raised in Woodbridge, VA. She has been in long term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder since November 2014. She is currently in school working towards becoming an RN and spends her free time with her daughter, Emma.

    • 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 any mood or mind altering substances since September 1, 1988. He has been committed to carrying recovery's message of hope to jails and institutions as a meeting facilitator for over 20 years and loves working with the forgotten people... the castaways of our society. Marshall is married with two children, both of whom are lawyers.

    • Joe Pellicane

      Quality Assurance Specialist | Peer Recovery Coach

      Joe grew up in Goochland County, VA and has lived in Richmond for the last 15 years. Joe began his recovery journey March 1st, 2018. He spent a lot of time attending meetings, groups and functions at The McShin Foundation before beginning to work here. He is a Peer Recovery Specialist and a Recovery Coach. He enjoys sharing his experience, strength and hope on the topic of drugs and alcohol in the hopes of helping others struggling with substance abuse. Joe is interested in engaging a long term career in the recovery field.

    • Eric Todd

      Americorps Member

      Eric is a person in sustained recovery from Portsmouth, VA. He came to McShin in January of 2019 as a participant and since has worked at the foundation in a number of different capacities. Recovery has not only granted Eric a second chance at life, he has found purpose in helping others find a new way to live. Eric embraces multiple pathways to recovery, encouraging each individual to find their own unique recovery journey. Staying immersed in the recovery community, Eric lives in a sober living house as well as serving full time as an Americorps representative at McShin’s recovery center. When he is not working, Eric likes to spend his free time with his dog and significant other. To fuel his recovery journey, Eric lives off a diet of Reese's, Ramen Noodles, and energy drinks.

Board of Directors
    • Jim Walker

      Chairman of the Board

    • Angela Gottwald

      Vice Chair

    • Chick Jordan

      Board Member

    • David Dunston

      Board Member

    • Debbie Rosenbaum

      Board Member

    • Dr. Peter Breslin

      Medical Advisor

    • Dusty O'Quinn

      Board Member

    • John Finn

      Board Member

    • Vicki Courrier

      Board Member

    • Virginia Hall

      Board Member

    • Josh Loving

      Board Member

    • Paul Thomson


    • Mary Jenczewski

      Board Member

Advisory Council
    • Andrea Wright

      Advisory Council Member

    • Bradley Hill

      Advisory Council Member

    • C.T. Woody

      Advisory Council Member

    • Kate Obenshain

      Advisory Council Member

    • Sara Daves

      Advisory Council Member

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

(804) 249-1845