Co-Founder, John Shinholser
VIRTUAL on CARE Talks and The McShin Foundation Facebook pages
We invite you to listen to and learn from eight speakers. They will be educating the audience on addiction solutions. We have different pa...
VIRTUAL on CARE Talks and The McShin Foundation Facebook pages
Percilla Zeno, also known as the Healing Partner, is changing lives, and freeing people from lifelong trauma with her autobiographical interactive book, ‘I AM Healing’: The 7 Secrets to Wellness and Self-Care. Saks Fifth Avenue hand-selected her powerful book to launch in their store. Percilla holds numerous certifications under the umbrella of health and wellness and is a certified registered peer recovery specialist & energy medicine practitioner apprentice.
As the Healing Partner, Percilla helps people tap into their own ability to express, empower, and effect their own lives in powerful ways.
PerCilla Zeno is a retired Navy wife of 31 years born in Washington, DC, and reared in San Diego, CA. She is an energetic voice in our time—sharing her moxie, wit, and wisdom as an authentic motivational speaker/community educator, prolific healer/entrepreneur, and now dynamic author. Her mantra is simple: “Let go, clear your fear, and flow forward, while filling the negative spaces in your life with positively everything you need.” When not healing herself or her clients with Energy Medicine, she can be found dancing, traveling, meditating, or loving on her four children and husband, Luis. She lives in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
Zach is a West Virginia born man in long term recovery. He is a graduate of McShin's recovery jail program in Pamunkey Regional Jail. His pathway to recovery was through the criminal justice system. Now he is living a great life in recovery and is a father to his son, Zavid
Jenny Derr is a family member that has been affected by addiction. Through her tragedy of losing her son Billy, she is a strong motherly voice in our community. She helps so many families that are affected by addiction as well as those that are still addicted or are in recovery.
Anthony is in long term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder. He is the Executive Director of Virginia Association of Recovery Residences (VARR).
Sam is a person in long term recovery from Blackstone, VA. After years of active addiction an intervention landed him in Texas where he got clean and sober. Soon after, he learned he had a calling. After working in other areas of the treatment field, he found that I had a talent for helping those with addiction. When he is guiding a family through this process, helping them with what and what not to do. He has the peace and satisfaction of knowing that he is doing exactly what he has been created to do, help others.
Dr Peter Breslin is a native of Virginia and completed his Psychiatry training at Virginia Commonwealth University. Despite being raised in Northern Virginia, his roots are growing in Richmond as this is a rich city that provides a wide range of enjoyable activities. Living near the river allows for the convenience of being able to go hiking/jogging on the trails with his dog. A favorite pass-time is to spend time on the rocks along the James River while his dog tires herself out jumping from rock to rock and swimming after sticks.
Lavatta Palm is a person in long-term recovery since February 2012. She is a wife, mother, daughter, and friend to any person in need of support. She strongly believes in many pathways to recovery. She enjoys spending time with her family, meditation, gardening, education, and advocacy.
She volunteered in the community at a local women's shelter and at a disability resource center. She is currently in the bachelor’s program at Nevada State College. She is presently a state lead for Recovery Advocacy Project.
Lavatta was employed at the Sahara Hotel and Casino for 18 years and currently employed at Foundation for Recovery, a Recovery Community Center in Southern Nevada. She is Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist, and Women's Success Program manager and a Certified Community Health. She gets to coach/mentor local and justice-involved women how to access resources and training; to enhance their recovery. Favorite Quote:
"I have great respect for the past. If, you don’t know where you’ve come from; you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.”
" Maya Angelo”
She left her hotel job in 2006 and moved to Florida, where her mother lived. In 2007 her mother passed away, who was a significant structure in her life. Lavatta was prescribed opioids over the years for pain. When she lost her mother, she was prescribed medication to cope with this tragic loss. With the new medicines in combination with opioids, it did not take long before this habit had become an unhealthy coping mechanism, which lasted until June 2010 when her eight-year-old son and three-year-old twins wondered outside of the home, while she slept (which was a side-effect of the combination of drugs) and over sleeping meant not coping effectively. The Department of Family Services temporarily removed the children from the home. Lavatta had difficulty accessing services for the Substance use Disorder she developed. She came across many roadblocks hearing, "your insurance does not cover that." Finally, able to access services with a community-based organization where she paid a sliding fee scale for her addiction related treatment. She developed healthier coping skills and learned how to effectively deal with life.
Her sons were reunified with her and their father. The eight-year-old now 18 is an honor roll student graduating from high school (class of 2020). He is enrolled in college fall of 2020; he has a driver's license. The twins that were three are now thirteen; one is in accelerated math, reading, and English classes, the other in theater of the arts. They are happy loving well-adjusted young men.
Lavatta once thought to her, "I wished I had known someone who went through this." There was not, but today she gets to be that person for others. She helps them find pathways to recovery, access services and resources so they, too, can achieve long-term recovery. She says, "I would not change a thing about my recovery journey." She is passionate about helping others succeed on their recovery journey.
I am a person in long term recovery and what that looks like for me is I have not used drugs or alcohol since May 25th 2001!
I am currently working in Peer Support, I am the Director of our BCOR Program which stands for Building Communities of Recovery. We are currently in year one of a three year SAMHSA grant.
I am currently working in four Rural counties in Nevada which include Nye, Mineral, Elko and Lyon counties.
I have finally fallen into my purpose in life!