McShin Foundation Board Members
John M. Shinholser, Board Member Emeritus, Staff
John M. Shinholser, President
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 currently serves as Chairman of the board of Rubicon, Inc., 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 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.
Terry Kinum, Board of Directors
Born September 3, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. Moved to Richmond, VA in 1955 and graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in 1960. Graduate of University of Richmond with B.S. Degree in Marketing, 1964. United States Navy Officer from 1964 to 1971. Returned to Richmond to pursue a career in business. Retired from Pump and Equipment Co., Inc. in 2001. Sobriety date is June 22, 1982. Has been very active and committed to service work in recovery to include five years as a co-facilitator for after care at St, John's Treatment Center and some nine years in service work with the Virginia Department of Corrections and other penal facilities. Personal interests include golf and fishing as well as being a long term supporter of University of Richmond athletics, serving several terms on the Spider Club Board of Directors. Married to the former Donna Jean Ligon of Dallas, Texas and residing in Richmond.
Wayne Blanks, Board of Directors
Wayne was born January 3, 1955 in Newport News, VA. Having completed four years of college Wayne is a career salesman. He is currently employed as an outside sales rep for Euclid Chemical Co., serving VA, MD, and WV.
Wayne is an active Board Member of SAARA (Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance) of Virginia.
He is married to Audry and currently resides in Richmond. Wayne has successful long term recovery for over 13 years.
Nancy Spratley, Board of Directors
Nancy Robinson Spratley is retired from being a receptionist/outpatient counselor for Rubicon Inc. Spratley previously worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks as a Director of Playgrounds and therapeutic recreation instructor. She has also worked as a trainer for HIV/Aids prevention and education. She is the Regional Committee Member of Narcotics Anonymous for CARNA. A strong advocate for treatment for persons affected by substance use disorders. A woman of Faith.
Carol Pleasants, Board of Directors
Carol Pleasants, an addict with 22 years of recovery. A proud addict in long term recovery, Carol is a participant in a 12-Step Program where she shares her experience, strength, and hope. She is available to the recovering community in any way she can serve. She believes in the McShin Foundation's mission to reach and help as many addicts as possible to become clean, productive members of society. She believes that any addict can lose the desire to use and find a new way of life.
John Rueger, Board of Directors
John was born August 12, 1947. He was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He started working at West End Machine and Welding in 1966. Mr. Rueger became owner of the business in 1972. He was a long term member of the Richmond Ski Club. He is a member of Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA). He has over 6 years of successful recovery. He resides in the West End of Richmond with his wife Kathy. John has four children.
Charles "Chick" Jordan, Board of Directors
Charles "Chick" Jordan
A native of Virginia Beach, Mr. Jordan graduated from the University of Virginia in 1973. He has worked in the hotel, restaurant, and catering business for the last thirty years. Mr. Jordan has been active in the industry association. He has served on the Board of Directors for twenty years and was president of the Virginia Restaurant Association twice and the chairman of the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association in 2000. Since 1988 he has owned his catering business Catercorp in Hanover County and The Marquee Event Hall in Richmond. He is an active member of Second Baptist Church with his wife Elaine, and their three sons.
James "Jimmy" L. Brooks, Board of Directors
James "Jimmy" L. Brooks
Mr. Brooks has been in successful long term recovery since September 17, 1985. He is the father of two children, Jim Jr. ,26, and Morgan Cheyene, 12. Mr. Brooks is a 1995 Cum Laude graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds, where he recieved an AAS in Horticulture. Jimmy says: "I would not trade my journey for anything. I truly believe in what I am doing for my recovery and the McShin Foundation!!"
Matthew Daniel, Board of Directors
Matthew was born and raised in Mechanicsville VA. He is a 1985 graduate of Lee Davis High School in Mechanicsville and attended East Carolina University for 3 years. He also has 4 certificates in Auto Mechanics and is a certified peer to peer coach. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the drums and percussion. He works for the Pet Nutrition Center and is an active member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church. He also currently attends Liberty University Online, to obtain his bachelors in Psychology.
With 5 years clean in long term recovery, he is a member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, NCADD and SAARA. Matthew was in the McShin pilot program at Pamunkey Regional Jail and also went through the re-entry program McShin offers. He is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society as a Team Recruitment Chair for the Mechanicsville Relay for Life, and drives for the Road To Recovery program.
Mr. Daniel has 2 boys , 15 and 11 , and is grateful every day for recovery , and being able to give back.
Darin Parr, Board of Directors
Darin Parr was born and raised in Richmond, Va. He graduated from J.R. Tucker High in 1980.
Darin has been employed with RC Matze Construction Co as a carpenter from 1980 to 2001 then as project manager from 2001 to present.
Darin has a passion for helping people with substance abuse and alcohol problems get on the road to recovery for the past ten years. He has worked as a volunteer with Rubicon, the Salvation Army and the Henrico County Jail and within his local community with individuals looking for a better way to live. Darin hopes to continue doing the same thing with the Mc Shin Foundation.
Darin and his wife reside in Sandston, Va.
Bernie Meyer, Board of Directors
Bernard G. Meyer, Jr.
As a co-founder and President of MGM Law, Bernie has seen action on and off as well as in and out of court. A Richmond native, he was a standout basketball player at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1968 with his law degree. Bernie’s wealth of legal savvy has scored with his clients -- keeping them coming back and referring others for over 40 years.
Real estate, construction, finance and business transactions law are the primary focus of Bernie’s law practice.
As an AV® rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell law directory, Bernie is viewed by his peers as having the highest quality and ethics rating possible for attorneys. He has been twice listed in Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Real Estate law, and was also listed in the inaugural List of Top Lawyers published by Richmond Magazine.
His commercial real estate practice encompasses real estate acquisition, development and finance. He works with construction companies, developers, small shopping centers and small business owners. He has worked with many of the most reputable developers in the area. By securing enforceable contract terms, adequate funds, and finance contingencies as well as anticipating and minimizing potential hurdles, Bernie’s goal is to protect his clients and move the process along so they can get down to what they do best -- business.
Dr. "Jimmy" Thompson, Board of Directors
Dr. James E. Thompson, M.D.
Dr. Thompson is a board certified Internist who specializes in Addiction Medicine. He is now one of the few doctors in the Richmond area that is board certified in Addiction Medicine. He received his medical degree and his post graduate training at VCU Medical Center. He has a deep and personal understanding of the disease of addiction and a passion for helping the patients and families who suffer from it.
Cynthia H. May
Board of Directors
John S. Finn, Jr. is one of the Virginia’s leading Realtors, who has earned an outstanding reputation as a pre-eminent professional in the industry. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer in sales and credits his success to his patience to conduct extensive research and the ability to manage the technical aspects of each transaction. Additionally, John has served on the Property Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth Girls Scout Council and the Virginia State Committee on National Home Ownership Strategies sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Moreover, he officiated as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Business League of Richmond. John serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Association of Realtors. His civic involvement includes the local chapter of the American Heart Association and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. John has a son, Antonio who resides Portsmouth Va. John lives in Bon Air, Virginia with his wife Lorri and youngest son John III.
Wil Inge is a person in long term recovery. What this means to Wil, is that he has not found it necessary to use drugs or drink alcohol since 11/03/08 after utilizing the residency program at Mcshin. He was born in Richmond Va June, 22 1970. He called both Ashland VA and Kill Devil Hills NC home, growing up and as an adult. He graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1993 receiving bachelor degrees in English and Theater. He is a working contractor pulling the oars at West End Building Services, a class A general contracting company. He moonlights pursuing his passions guiding water fowlers and fisherman on the waterways of Va. He has two daughters Avery Drew Inge and Sydney Inge that, along with his relationship with his higher, power are his greatest treasure.
"Working with the clients at Mcshin is a real opportunity to fight the battle against the disease of addiction on the front lines. It provides me with the potential to help another addict recover from the disease while solidifying my own recovery by helping others."
Jimmy Christmas is the Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director of River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, a progressive community-based mental health organization and outpatient clinic. He is also the Founder and Director of Clinical Operations for Focused Outreach Richmond, a non-profit whose mission is to, “Provide safe, supportive, and structured housing for individuals that experience psychiatric conditions that have been recently released from jails and prisons.”
Prior to starting these practices in January of 2009, Jimmy had served for nearly 16 years as an adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, where he served as a Field Instructor, evaluated graduate applications, served on various committees, served as a research assistant, and taught both undergraduate and graduate coursework that focused on social justice.
Over the course of his 20+ year career, Jimmy has held a variety of clinical, leadership and consulting positions with outstanding human service organizations, including the Daily Planet, Virginia Treatment Center for Children, CARITAS, Henrico Area Mental Health in various capacities (Lakeside Center, Crisis, Drug Court), Hallmark Youth-care, Casselton Consultants, Residential Applications a group home licensed the Department of Social Services that he founded, Family Counseling Center for Recovery, and Insight Physicians. He continues to provide clinical consultation services to many Richmond area hospitals and medical practices and law enforcement organizations. For the past two years, Jimmy has been involved at the leadership level with the Richmond Reentry Council directing efforts to integrate service delivery to persons with complex psychiatric, health and social service needs as they transition back into the community.
Jimmy Christmas received both his BSW and MSW degrees in Clinical Social Work from the VCU School of Social Work. He went on to obtain his license to practice clinical social work (LCSW) from the Virginia Board of Health Professions in 2002. Current professional affiliations include the National Association of Social Workers, the Richmond Reentry Council, the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Association, and the Association of Community-based Providers. Specialties: Jimmy’s clinical specialties include dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and individual, group and family psychotherapy, As a Registered Yoga Teacher, Jimmy integrates traditional therapies with yoga to treat depression, substance abuse conditions, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, and PTSD.