John M. Shinholser, Board Member Emeritus, 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 served as Chairman of the board of Rubicon, Inc. (2012-2014), 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 is a member of Henrico County Drug Court "Advisory Council" and "McShin Board Member Emeritus".
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.
Honesty Brackett Liller, Chief Executive Officer
Honesty Brackett Liller has been employed full-time with McShin since January 2008. In 2010 she was awarded McShin Employee of the Year. She has been in recovery since May 27th, 2007. Honesty went through our female recovery residential program at McShin when she decided to recover from drug addiction and now she supervises that very house. Honesty is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach and trains individuals on how they become one as well. She is happily married with two beautiful children. Liller was promoted to CEO of McShin in 2013 and she now runs all the day to day operations of McShin, trains individuals on how to administer Nasal Naloxone and is also a notary public. She has coordinated and planned many Recovery Month and other events since being at McShin and with her ongoing advocacy efforts she has attended dozens of meetings in Washington D.C., including the White House, to be a face and voice for recovery. Honesty has been a member of the Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church for 4 years and has maintained the position of church clerk for 3 years. She is on the Enforcement Workgroup that helps the Governor's Opiate and Prescription Drug Task Force and is also a facilitator in the Pamunkey Regional Jail Program, McShin Trinity. She is the 2015 Vernon Johnson Awardee from Faces and Voices of Recovery. She loves to run, exercise, read, and just learn about life as a whole!
William F. Brewer, Senior Peer Leader
Frank Brewer has been in long term recovery since August 6, 2007, and has overcome many obstacles of his past, as well as during his journey of recovery. However, Frank uses his own personal trials and experiences of a troubled youth and adult to spread his story of rehabilitation into a “new healthy life” in recovery.
Since his employment at McShin, Frank has improved his skills and techniques of recovery and has completed “Peer Leadership Training”. Frank has been a Peer Leader at McShin since July 2008, and currently serves as a Senior Peer Leader and mentor. Frank successfully graduated from Henrico County Drug Court in May 2009. Frank has also participated and completed various continuing education programs through SAARA of Virginia and Department of Virginia Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS).
Frank has been the director and community relations coordinator for the Caroline County Recovery Community Center since January, 2011. He works alongside the Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to help those with substance abuse disorders by reaching out, saving lives and rebuilding families.
Frank remains quite active in the recovery community. Frank's involvement with the National Counseling Group (NCG) has earned him a Certificate of Appreciation and he continues to maintain and build strong ties with the organization, especially with the reentry program and Department of Corrections.
Frank continues to expand his journey of recovery in all aspects of his life through education, volunteering, spiritual involvement, and much more.
David Rook, Peer Leader / Intake Specialist
David, a father of two, has been an electrician for several years spending the majority of that time in Virginia and Florida battling a substance use disorder. He tried several times over the years to find recovery, going to treatment centers, sober living houses, etc. His clean date is March 6th, 2012 and he has been working as Senior Peer Leader and Intake Specialist since August 2012. In 2012 he was elected Chairman of the board for the Virginia Association of Recovery Residences, (VARR). In 2013 he was selected as McShin Employee of the year, and was awarded Richmond City Jail Beloved Volunteer Award for his time spent delivering recovery support services to the incarcerated. He was invited to the White House by the ONDCP, and has co-hosted several fundraisers for future politicians who support recovery.
Kristin Roope, Peer Leader, Female Programs
Since entering recovery on June 21, 2012, Kristin has taken on multiple roles in the recovery community. Mentor, problem solver, chauffeur, disciplinarian, manager and friend, Kristin is now a Certified Peer Recovery Coach with the McShin Foundation in charge of the women’s residential program. She and her 10 year old daughter also enjoy working with animals, and are very involved with local equine rescue. Kristin has been sharing her experience, strength, and hope with the women of McShin since June, 2014.
Matthew Cunningham, Peer Leader, Weekend Staff
Brandi Fincham, Peer Leader
Brandi is a woman in long term recovery since 5/20/14. She is a Peer Recovery Coach and is the assistant to McShin's CEO. She is an alumni of the McShin female residential program and loves helping others with a Substance Use Disorder! She graduated from high school in 2007 with a 3.8 GPA and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has a daughter and loves to read, arts & crafts, exercising, and to especially help women in recovery!