BEACH is open to all individuals and organizations who want to be a part of the community effort to end homelessness. Our partnership currently includes representation from more than 30 faith, government, and nonprofit organizations. Through BEACH, our members are able to network and consult with the broadest possible range of experts, providers, and stakeholders working to address homelessness.

BEACH Governing Board

The BEACH Governing Board is a HUD-required entity that makes funding and ranking decisions about federal and state funding. The board is endorsed by the Virginia Beach City Council and provides recommendations to city staff and the Council on homeless policies and plans. Board members are elected by the BEACH Community Partnership, and its membership is comprised of representatives from local government, faith, schools, nonprofits, and regional organizations, and individuals with lived experience.


Deborah Baisden

  • Vice Chair
  • VB Home Now Board

Elizabeth Batista-Boone

  • DHS Housing Resources Administrator
  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Human Services

Fatima Tomlin

  • Program Director
  • Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC)

LaShonda Carson

  • Program Director
  • Samaritan House

Karen Smith

  • Day Services Supervisor & Recovery Coordinator
  • PiN Ministry

Mandi Cutchins

  • Director of Missions
  • Potter’s House

Mark Stevens

  • Executive Director
  • StandUp for Kids

Melissa Reid

  • Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
  • Virginia Beach Department of Public Health

Damion Wilson

  • Coordinator, School Social Work Services
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Kathleen Brooks-Johnson, Performance Monitoring Committee (PMC) Co-Chair

  • Behavior Health Clinician III/Team Leader
  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Human Services

Lisa Maund, Performance Monitoring Committee (PMC) Co-Chair

  • Director of Grants & Education
  • Samaritan House

Jeffery Wilkerson

  • Captain, Commanding Officer Third Precinct
  • Virginia Beach Police Department

Marti Chick-Ebey

  • Homeless Coordinator/Coordinated Entry Specialist
  • Hampton Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Carolyn Lopez Rivera

  • Housing Program Manager
  • LGBT Life Center


Ruth Hill

  • Director
  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation

Pamela Shine

  • Homeless Services Administrator
  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation