Meet The Team
Beacon Institute: Veteran Pathways Home is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization listed with:
Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS # 078608468)
SAM (System Award Management) Commercial and Government Entity CAGE # 6H4B4
Standard Industrial Classification System SIC # 8249 & 8299: Vocational school, school/educational services & services otherwise not classified
Sharon (Schlerf) Newcomb is an independent consultant providing organizations with project feasibility and management services regarding US DHHS SAMHSA Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) & Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
National Council on Mental Health
Mental Health America
National Alliance for Mental Illness
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)
Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association
VOCAL Military Advisory Council
VA DVS & ORS Military Peer Council
National Coalition to End Homelessness
National Small Business Association
Sharon (Schlerf) Newcomb
MA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
BA Counseling, BA Business Administration
Founder, President, Chaplain, Beacon Institute (2001)
Beacon Institute: Veteran Pathways Home (2012)
Sharon Schlerf, achieved her MA CISM in 2002, after serving on President George Bush’s Citizens Response Team with Pastoral Crisis Intervention services during 9/11. Experiencing serious injury and permanent physical disabilities and diagnosis of Post- Traumatic Stress (PTS) , 8 months prior, she became a ‘Peer’ with a comprehensive knowledge of both personal and clinical approaches of care.
Sharon is the daughter of US Army Lt Colonel Robert Lyons, a 3 - war veteran (World War II, Korea, Vietnam)with two veteran brothers (Vietnam), son & daughter in-law (Air Force OIF, OEF) two nephews active-duty (Navy/Army OIF/OEF) and currently, grandson active-duty (Army OEF).
She has first-hand insight into the body, mind, spirit needs of our Service Members, Veterans & Families, as well as her service with US DHHS SAMHSA Faith-Based & Community Organizations (FBCO) adjunct faculty and technical assistance for them nationwide, from 2012-2015.
O: 804. 384.9323
" Compass' is Sharon's Service Dog
a German Shepherd originally bred
and trained for Military K-9 or
Law Enforcement services. Named
purposefully by Sharon-- to reflect
the compassion and direction her
'Battle Buddy' provides everywhere.
This is her 'parade rest' pose.
Michael 'Mike' Newcomb,
BA Business Administration, V-CPSS, Peer Bridger
Co-Founder, Vice-President, Trainer
Beacon Institute: Veteran Pathways Home
Michael ‘Mike’ Newcomb, US Army Veteran, one of Virginia’s pioneers advocating for ‘Peer to Peer’ mental health professional recognition, evidence-based best practices and credentialing (2006). A Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) and Peer Bridger in the civilian community until 2013, as a US Army Veteran recognized the serious lack of military behavioral health support services.
He became the first Peer Specialist hired by US Department of Veterans Affairs for Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA in June 2013. Mike introduced US DHHS SAMHSA Action Planning for Prevention & Recovery (APPR) program for both in-patient and out-patient veteran care until June, 2018. As a State of Virginia Office of Recovery Services (ORS) listed as VA Certified Peer Recovery Specialist curriculum trainer, Mike is the Master Trainer for APPR & CPRS training programs for Beacon Institute.
He is the son of World War II Army Veteran, Frank Newcomb, who served on the battlefields of Germany, struggled with PTSD,and was married to Mildred, for sixty years, until he died in 2012.
O: 804. 384.9325
National Council on Behavioral Health
Mental Health America-Virginia (Advisory Council)
VOCAL - Military Advisory Council
VA DVS & ORS Military Peer Council
Sharon & Michael Guest Speakers Series is 'Peer-to-Peer Vets.Us' 'Courage to Change'
PTSD / PTSI Impact on Families Past & Future Generations,
Spirituality/Faith, Holistic Health, Trauma, Grief & Forgiveness
Other Team Members are 'Peers' -- Service Members, Veterans & Family (SMVF) Independent Contractors, as Trainers & Facilitators for Action Planning & Prevention (APPR) for Veteran Pathways Home, trained by Sharon & Michael. They are available for assignment for Veteran Service Organization (VSO) request for their missions, needs, and geographic location of services provided though BI: VPH contracts, Memorandums of Understanding or Teaming Agreement negotiation.
The only trainer for VA Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is Michael Newcomb, approved by the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) & its Office of Recovery Services (ORS).