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John M. Shinholser, President/Founder; Board Member, Staff
John M. Shinholser, President/Founder; Board Member
John Shinholser serves as 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 in the Richmond area for over 25 years.
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 twice recognized as national award winning Original Design Faux Finisher commemorating the quality of his work. John Shinholser served as President of the SAARA of Central Virginia Affiliate and is a former board member of SAARA of Virginia. Shinholser also currently serves on 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 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. 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. John is an appointed citizen member of the 2008 Virginia General Assembly joint Senate /House sub-committee on substance-abuse (SJ77).
John currently resides in Hanover with his wife Carol and his daughter Mary Page. He has over 28 years of successful long term recovery.
J. Daniel Payne, Executive Director; Board Member, Staff
J. Daniel Payne, Executive Director; Board Member
Daniel was born December 19, 1977. He was born and raised in the Hanover Courthouse area of Hanover County. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1999. He is the Executive Director of The McShin Foundation. He also is the owner and operator of, Widespread Solutions, LLC, a full service company specializing in home and property maintenance.
Daniel is a member of SAARA, Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance. In 2005, Daniel received Hanover County Ruritan's Community Service Award for his work in the county relating to substance use disorder recovery. In 2006, Daniel received Caron's Community Leadership Award for his development of the McShin Foundation's recovery home service model. A program that employees those who are new to recovery or fresh out of prison with a safe work environment. This model was developed to serve the newcomer with early financial stability and also serve as a funding flow for the foundation. The model benefits all, the home/business owner, the addict seeking recovery, and the foundation. Daniel has been featured in The Richmond Times Dispatch (Metro section), The Mechanicsville Local, The Community Observer (Chesterfield), The Virginia Associations of Community Service Boards 2005 Annual Report, and The USA Today (Life Section).
Mr. Payne is married to the former Cara McKenzie Cockey of Richmond. They reside in Hanover with their sons Jack and Gabriel. Mr. Payne has over 8 years of successful recovery.
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.
Mike Mason, Treasurer
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. He is a graduate with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Finance.
He owned and operated The Steak Escape on 6th St. Marketplace for almost 20 years. He worked for the last five years as an Associated Person with a Commodity Trading Firm.
Mike has been clean since December 10, 1994. He's 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 grateful to be working at Mcshin today.
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.
David Dunston, Board of Directors
Born October 13, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia. Graduated from Hermitage High School in 1973. Employed with the Motor Carrier Division of the State Corporation Commission from June of 1973 until July of 1995 when the Motor Carrier functions were transferred to DMV. Currently serves as Case Manager at DMV. Was introduced to the McShin Foundation in 2005 when serving as chairman of the Building & Grounds committee at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church were McShin facilities are now located. Serves as liaison between McShin and its faith based partner, Hatcher Church. Personal interests including motorcycling and woodworking.
I am the Horticulturist and Grounds Department Manager at the Country Club of Virginia. I enjoy tennis, golf, swimming, and dancing.
Lynette Ruffin Goode was born in Southampton County, VA. She is the youngest of four children, two brothers, and on sister. She graduated from Southampton High School in the top 25% of her class. She then attended Virginia Union University, graduated with a BS Degree in Psychology. After graduating from VA Union University she then began working for Signet Bank, now called Wachovia. In 1995, a career advancement opportunity was made available to her. Then she became a proud employee of Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance Company of VA, which she was a benefit analyst for the Dominion Power dedicated unit… In 1997 there was a career interruption due to illness. As a result it was necessary that she retire.
In 2005 a life altering decision was made. Many years of being physically challenged she began writing a book called Keeping the Faith When It Seems like There Is No Hope. The book will be available for your reading pleasure Summer of 2009. In 2006 she founded D.E.O.N. (Drugs, Education, Obesity, & Nutrition) Intervention, a non-profit organization. In 2006 she was approached by one of her physicians to talk to a patient that was dealing with similar challenges that she had gone through, she then decided that there was a tremendous need to help others to overcome life obstacles. Before she became disabled she had such a passion to make a difference in children’s lives, she now volunteers her service as an officer of the court which is called (CASA) court appointed special advocate for Henrico County. If she is not busy enough she attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College where she received a Certification in Substance Abuse Counseling. In the past she was a mentor for the Virginia Heroes. She is a motivational speaker.
She currently sits on the following boards:
1. DEON Intervention, Inc. – Founder & Chairman of the Board
2. The McShin Foundation
3. Grayson Park Community Advocate
She is affiliated with:
1. Henrico County Public Schools after school program funded by 21 Century Grant.
2. St. Mary’s Hospital Gastric Bypass Support Group
3. Christian Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church of Chesterfield, where Dr. Robert T. Williams, Sr. is pastor – She serves as a youth leader, president of outreach ministry & resource coordinator for the youth department.
She currently resides in Henrico County, VA with her husband of 19 years. One child was born of the married and she is currently a full-time student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She lives by a quote from her book “Always keep faith & hope alive”.
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 ParrDarin 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.
John Lowndes, Board of Directors