Thank you to Lehigh Valley Health Network and Rally In The Valley.
John Shinholser is president and co-founder of The McShin Foundation and co-founder of CARE Talks, LLC. The McShin Foundation, founded in 2004, is 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. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He has over 35 years in long-term recovery.
Devin Reaves, MSW, is a person living in recovery since 2007. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. Devin is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC) whose mission is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use.
Abby Letcher, MD, is a family physician whose practice is dedicated to the idea that healing happens in relationships. She moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2003 and helped build the Valley’s first and only federally qualified health center, the Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley. She has had the privilege of working with innovators from the Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Family Medicine.
Travis Snyder is a native of Schuylkill County and person in long term recovery from a substance use disorder. He has not used a mind or mood altering chemical for over 6 years. As a result of this choice, hard work, and a healthy lifestyle, his focus and awareness remains on recovery. He does this one day at a time, with the unconditional love, support and mercy from God, family, friends and a growing recovery community he founded called "The Skook Recovers."
Brooke M. Feldman is a person in long-term recovery and social justice advocate. After losing her mother at a young age due to addiction and spending her adolescent years cycling through Philadelphia's behavioral health and juvenile justice systems, Brooke began her own recovery journey at the age of 24. Since that time, Brooke has served in a variety of professional and volunteer roles targeted at making wellness and recovery available to all.
Donna Jacobsen didn’t imagine seven years ago that she would be an inspiration for other parents facing crises through their child’s disease of addiction; she was wondering if her daughter and their family might survive. Donna’s personal recovery sparked her passion for advocacy. Since then, she has been an unstoppable champion of addiction awareness and recovery in the Lehigh Valley. Donna is a parent group leader for Lehigh Valley’s Parent Support Groups.
Marisa is a Brooklyn based actress and producer. She found acting at an early age, and after graduating from NYU Tisch she pursued a professional acting career. Soon, she became disillusioned with acting and was attracted to the instant gratification of clubs and drugs. Marisa found herself in a treatment facility at 25 years old for heroin addiction.
Marianna Horowitz was born and raised in south central Pennsylvania and has been the Program Coordinator for PRO-A (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance) in Harrisburg since 2014. She is an ambassador for the organization’s mission to expand recovery opportunities and eliminate stigma.
Michael Loy is a performance management director for one of the leading drug and alcohol treatment providers in Pennsylvania. Prior to his current role, Michael worked with adolescents, gaining 10 years of experience leading and developing programs, creating staff development models and writing and teaching a corporate-wide approach for client centered drug and alcohol treatment. Alcohol and drug free since November 4, 2002, he has spent the better part of the last 16 years sharing his story.
Samantha went from varsity cheerleader to heroin addicted mother, and then spent over a decade in active addiction. Prescription pain killers and then heroin led Samantha to the brink of death. With treatment, the support of her family, and those in long-term recovery she has been able to overcome her addiction with over 6 years in active recovery. She recently completed her Master's degree from St. Joseph's University and is happily married with 2 children.