Meet our staff

We are young people in recovery, certified recovery coaches who are also trained in Mental Health First Aid.

We are committed to making sure our students get the best recovery support services possible through one-on-one coaching, continued peer support, and motivational interviewing. We partner with surrounding counties and colleges to provide our students with quality education.

About our staff

Cliff Jones

Director of Youth & Family Development


Cliff Jones is a person in long-term recovery. He has been free from substances since July 21st, 2016. Cliff is a McShin alumni and during his time in McShin he managed a recovery house, was a peer-leader for The McShin Academy, and facilitated a peer to peer substance use jail program. Cliff has now turned his interests into sharing his experience, strength, and hope with young men and women who suffer from the same disease.He is a trained Peer Recovery Specialist and a Certified Peer Recovery Coach

Honesty Brackett Liller

CEO McShin Foundation

Honesty Liller is a woman in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder since May 27, 2007. She is the Chief Executive Officer of The McShin Foundation, a non-profit peer-to-peer Recovery Community Organization (RCO), that serves individuals and families with Substance Use Disorders. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of McShin as well as community and advocacy events. Honesty serves as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking recovery from addiction, works with participants to develop individual and personalized plans for recovery, provides problem solving and life skills as well. Honesty's mission as CEO is firmly rooted in community outreach and involvement. She spends each day connecting with individuals and families who have been touched by addiction. The McShin recovery residential program offers 155 residential recovery beds. Participants can enter into community, intensive, or extended recovery residency programs. All are welcome from the community who have a Substance Use Disorder. Honesty works tirelessly in the community to help individuals and families heal from addiction. She campaigns for individuals with a SUD to put the shame and pain of addiction behind them. Honesty leads a peer system of care and recovery through recovery coaching, providing support groups, navigating court cases, and job coaching. Also, she was on the Enforcement Workgroup for Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Prescription Drug & Heroin Task Force and is a founding board member of Addiction Recovery Political Action Committee (ARPAC). She is the recipient of the Vernon Johnson Award given by Faces and Voices of Recovery in 2015. She was also featured on Face The Nation discussing addiction & recovery in America. In addition, she has been the Secretary Clerk of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church for the past five years where McShin’s Recovery Community Center is located. She was influential in the SAMHSA Recovery Month Award process for McShin for two years. As well as the Faces and Voices of Recovery Joel Hernandez Award for McShin. From 2008-2012, she led the Recovery Voices Count Campaign. Recovery has given her an amazing life. To spend time with her husband and 2 children is a gift that keeps giving!! ...more

We can overcome anything together

An estimated 24.6 million million Americans aged 12 or older have used an illicit drug in the past month.

What example are we setting for our future generation?. We believe our culture is sick, the rise of drug use is an indicator that the general population is increasingly self-medicating instead of communicating.

At McShin Academy we emphasize openness and honesty, our staff are candid with our students, giving them a real world view of the dangers of continued alcohol and drug use.

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For youth it seems daunting to enter recovery when seemingly everyone around them is using drugs and alcohol.

The mentality of "if I'm doing it, and my friends are doing it, that means everyone is doing it" is toxic to the well being of society.

We stand

After the initial hesitation of entering recovery wears off students see that recovery is not only possible, but it's fun.

Our staff help our students see how recovery has the opportunity to change their lives, as well as everyone else around them..

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