Sam Shoukas – Continuum of Care Program Director

Sam started working with the Fredericksburg Regional CoC in May 2017 as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the Virginia Housing Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Upon completion of her VISTA year, she was hired to stay on as the new Continuum of Care Coordinator. Prior to working with the FRCoC, she worked as an Adult Protective Services Worker with Fauquier County Department of Social Services, during which time she also served as co-chair for the Fauquier County Re-Entry Council and facilitator of the Thinking for a Change program with the local probation and parole office. While completing her master’s degree, she worked as an intern with Empowerhouse, the community’s domestic violence provider, where she developed a curriculum for a support group for LGBTQ+ domestic violence survivors, and as an intern with Homeward, the CoC lead agency for the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care, where she worked to include individuals with experiences of homelessness in the planning of homeless services in the Richmond area. Sam received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington and her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Email | Phone: (540) 642-1578

Cecelia Stephens – Continuum of Care Assistant

Prior to joining Fredericksburg Regional CoC, Cecelia worked in both healthcare administration and the fitness industry. She has a passion for helping her community thrive both individually and collectively and has dedicated her life to supporting others. In addition to volunteering, she continues her work locally as a Registered Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach. With over ten years of experience as a trainer, teacher, and coach, she is excited to serve her community on a larger scale. She believes everyone can learn how to improve their quality of life and we all deserve that chance. Supporting each other and sharing knowledge is what gets us there. Healthy starts at home and Cecelia is dedicated to ensuring the growth of both Fredericksburg Regional CoC and the residents of the region.

Email | Phone: 540-642-1581

Aisha Balogun – Continuum of Care VISTA

Aisha began her VISTA service year with the Fredericksburg Regional CoC during August 2020 through the Virginia Housing Alliance AmeriCorps VISTA Program. She joins the staff after graduating from Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and a B.S. in Architectural Design. Aisha undertook several projects related to equity and the built environment during her time at Stanford, including ethnographic research on Charlottesville’s Market Street Park and the development of a vision plan for Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom.

Email | Phone: 540-642-0577

Maria Cornett – Continuum of Care Intern

Maria started as an intern with Fredericksburg Regional CoC in August 2020 as a Bachelor of Social Work Senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Maria will graduate with her BSW in May 2021. Maria is interested in working with the homeless population upon graduation. She lives in Lake Anna and volunteers with organizations in the area during her free time. She is excited to join the team and learn more!

Email | Phone: 540-642-0522

Kate Gibson – Deputy Director

Kate has been providing staff support to the Fredericksburg Regional CoC since September 2015. Prior to working with the Fredericksburg Regional CoC, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Foothills Housing Network, a local planning group of the Virginia Balance of State CoC. Kate graduated from the University of Mary Washington in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation. She lives in Fredericksburg and volunteers as a Girl Scout Daisy leader.

Email | Phone: (540) 642-1579