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. 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
Erica Dutcher – Program Coordinator
Erica is the Program Coordinator II for the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care and GO Virginia Region 6 at the George Washington Regional Commission. Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, Erica served the Fredericksburg region as the Community Care Leader for Micah Ecumenical Ministries working with the homeless from 2017 until 2022. Erica received her Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Colorado State University, and she has spent her career focusing on inclusivity, whether that be with children on the autism spectrum, disabled veterans, or the homeless community.
Email | Phone: (540) 642-0522
Mike West – Continuum of Care VISTA (until August 15, 2022)
Michael is a retired academic researcher and policy/program analyst, primarily in disability services for youth and adults. He currently assists non-profit organizations with pursuing grant funds and conducting project evaluations as a consultant or as a volunteer. He and his family have resided in Virginia since 1987. In his free time, he enjoys spoiling his granddaughter and participating in online gaming communities. Michael was attracted to the Virginia Housing Alliance’s AmeriCorps VISTA program for several reasons: First, he was seeking opportunities to apply his skills to help address community needs in his adopted home state. Second, he has very satisfying prior experiences with housing and employment services for homeless veterans. Finally, he is a wheelchair user, and the program had service needs in evaluation and monitoring that could be performed with accommodations.
Email | Phone: (540) 642-0577
Brooklyn Bare – Continuum of Care Intern (Until August 12, 2022)
Brooklyn is a social work intern from Virginia Commonwealth University in her senior year of her Bachelor’s degree. Brooklyn started her journey with the Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care in February of 2022. Brooklyn enjoys spending her free time volunteering at the local Parks and Recreation center as a coach and taking photos.
Email | Phone: (540) 373-2890 ext. 351
Elizabeth Heflin – Summer Intern (until August 12, 2022)
Elizabeth is a summer intern with the Continuum of Care and is assisting with affordable housing initiatives in the region. Previously, she has worked with the CoC on homeless service projects and has enjoyed learning from CoC staff about local resources and data. Specifically, Elizabeth is interested in studying policy aimed at ending unsheltered homelessness in urban areas. She is currently a senior at Emory & Henry College and is studying Political Science and History.
Email | Phone: (540) 373-2890 ext. 352