As an educator, social worker, and non-profit executive, Sharon has dedicated her career to working with individuals, institutions, and community organizations to enhance health and well-being for children, adults and families. As an advocate and volunteer for dog rescue, Sharon feels honored to serve on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization to promote the joys of senior dog adoption and help at-risk senior dogs to experience love, security and peace.
In her early professional career, Sharon’s focus in gerontology included research and writing for the White House Conference on Aging, clinical medical social work services in chronic care at Johns Hopkins Hospital, social work consultation for private long term care facilities, creation of a Social Work component for MD’s Professional Standards Review Organization, and the design and direction of the Social Work department for the Sisters of Bon Secours’ extended care.
As Director of Chapter Services for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MD Chapter, Sharon led major gifts and grants campaigns to provide programs and services for clients and families. In collaboration with research and clinical advisors, Sharon created a unique model of M.S. Society Social Work staffing within M. S. Clinics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Centers.
Serving as Vice President, American Diabetes Association (MD), Sharon partnered with health experts and pharmaceutical and corporate sponsors to enhance patient, professional, and public education for people living with diabetes; and was instrumental in the growth and expansion of the award winning ADA summer camp for children and teens.
Sharon’s long commitment to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (MD) as Executive Director resulted in sustained revenue growth, from three hundred thousand dollars at the start to five million dollars annually. Through recruitment of volunteer leadership, infrastructure re-design, team building, and creative corporate and foundation partnerships, her MD Chapter consistently ranked in the National “Top 10” in all categories: revenue, patient and family services, and educational programs. Sharon served on numerous National Leadership Teams to advance strategic visioning, field operations, financial management, programs & services, and advocacy.
Although anticipating retirement, Sharon was asked to serve as Executive Director, Community Health Charities, where she supported public awareness and mission activities of over fifty voluntary health organizations throughout MD. In that role, Sharon expanded resource alliances with health and education institutions, corporations, and foundations, and created a mission focused Grants Program to fund community services for at-risk clients in need of support. Upon retirement, Sharon was recruited to serve as Leadership Advisor to the Brigance Brigade Foundation to help equip, encourage and empower individuals and families living with ALS.
Sharon holds bachelor degrees in Education and Social Work, a master’s degree in Social Work & Community Planning, and has authored several research projects and articles. Throughout her leadership and service endeavors, Sharon has been grateful for the unwavering support of her husband, Lance, and daughter, Jenn, who together help to make her work a “family affair.”