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

  • ExecRanks

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

F:  804.201.4816

" 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

F:  804.201.4816


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).