Sharen joined Our Health as the Executive Director in April 2010. As administrator, she is charged with the responsibility for implementing the policies and programs of Our Health. Sharen worked for the City of Winchester for nearly 30 years, retiring as Director of Administration and Human Resources. She administered the human resources function for the City’s 500+ employees, grants, training and employee development, and marketing and public information.
Sharen has a passion for training. Since 2009 she has been a trainer for Business and Industry at Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions. In this role she serves as the Workforce Solutions business and industry training contact for the LFCC service delivery area. She also conducts trainings in Leadership, HR Management, Conflict Mediation, Ethics, Public Administration and Developing Effective Teams.
Sharen has both a bachelor and masters degree of art, psychology from University of Richmond. In her career, she has acquired her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, Conflict Mediation Certification through Shenandoah University and a HR Trainer certificate through Development Dimensions International.
Community involvement is also a passion for Sharen. She validates this through her various roles: Member and Past President of Winchester Rotary Club, Vice President of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Board of Directors for Shenandoah University Center for Public Service and Scholarship and Virginia Youth Ballet, member and Past President of the Winchester Society of Human Resource Management and the International Personnel Management Association-Virginia Chapter.
Her commitment to the City of Winchester is clear with her many years of service. She had the opportunity to Co-Chair the City of Winchester’s All America City Team on its journey to achieve this national recognition. This award is coveted by communities throughout the United States and the competition is fierce. The application process requires the City to select three programs that have been implemented in the community that have made a positive difference in people’s lives. One of those chosen was the Our Health story. “As I learned of the success of this program I was amazed at its uniqueness and its important role in serving the needs of the region’s non-profits and public service agencies. Through this I had the opportunity to meet and work with many people whose lives were changed for the better because of this collaborative model. To serve on this team was one of the major highlights of my public service career. Our team went on to win this coveted title thanks in large part to the Our Health story. Little did I know at the time that five years later I would have the opportunity to serve as its Executive Director! Coincidence – I think not.”
Our Health Moment:
“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Our Health, Inc. This organization is dedicated to serving our many partners so that they can serve the needs of the community. My passion in life is service and I am dedicated to living the Rotary Motto – Service Above Self. I have been fortunate in my life to have many opportunities to serve others through both my work and volunteerism. This position in particular allows me to use my skill set to help others be able to better meet the needs of the clients they serve. If Our Health can make it easier for our partners to do their work, then we have succeeded. Our team of employees at Our Health is dedicated to make this happen and I am fortunate to be a part of this mission. “