Secretary George Owings has requested that Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) staff be highlighted in upcoming editions of the MDVA e-newsletter, so you learn a little bit about us and our commitment to serving Maryland Veterans. Today, we focus on Sharon Murphy, Director of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
Sharon Murphy began her State career in July 1984 when she joined the small staff at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home as the Assistant to the Commandant. She was one of the first staff hired to prepare for the opening of the veteran’s home. In her more than 34 years at Charlotte Hall she has been an integral part in the operation and expansion of the Home, watching it grow from 4 residents and 20 staff, to the current occupancy of 410 residents and over 500 employees. Since Charlotte Hall first opened on January 29, 1985 over 6,000 veterans have been admitted.
In June 2008, Sharon accepted the position of Director, Veterans Home Program. As Director, she is responsible for daily monitoring of the operation of the facility to ensure contract compliance with Federal, State and local regulations and to provide oversight of resident care, fiscal management and support services. Sharon is responsible for preparing and administering the Home’s annual operating budget and capital improvement projects. She serves as the on-site advocate for residents and responds to inquires by residents, family and elected officials. She is actively involved in the marketing of the home and maintains liaisons with veteran and community organizations locally and statewide to promote the awareness of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and the services it provides.
Sharon resides in Southern Maryland, near the farm where she grew up. She loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Sharon enjoys being on the water, traveling and searching for sea glass along the Patuxent River.
We are very fortunate to have Sharon working for MDVA and caring for Maryland’s Veterans.