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 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. 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 the become one as well. She is happily married with two beautiful children. Liller was promoted to CEO of McShin in 2013.
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 is a member of the Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church and has an NA home group. He continues to expand his journey of recovery in all aspects of his life through education, volunteering, spiritual involvement, and much more.
Mike Mason; Director of Development; Treasurer of Board
Michael is the Director of Development for the McShin Foundation. New at McShin, starting in December 2010, Michael is also the Treasurer for the McShin Foundation Board of Directors and an accredited Peer Recovery Coach.
He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has lived in Richmond since 1985. Graduate with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Finance.
Owned and operated The Steak Escape in 6th St. Marketplace for almost 20 years. Worked for the last five years as an Associated Person with a Commodity Trading Firm.
Clean since December 10, 1994. Married to Dinah Lee and is the father of Michael Carter, born February 3, 1992. Personal interests include golf, chess and other games. He is very grateful to be working at Mcshin today.
Hunter Jones; Information Technology Director
Hunter Jones has managed McShin's website since 2008. He also works with various computer technologies for other small businesses and non-profits.
David Rook, Peer Leader / Intake Specialist
David has been an electrician for several years spending the majority of that time in Virginia and Florida battling a substance use disorder. He has been married to Michelle Rook for several years and has two sons. 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.
Jay Biggers, Peer Leader
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.
Brandi Welch, Peer Leader, Weekend Staff
Matthew Cunningham, Peer Leader, Weekend Staff