Meet our Staff

Learn about us and how to contact us about available county benefits or other questions.  

Director

Dennis C. Miller, Commander, U. S. Coast Guard (Retired)

Dennis is a 24 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard with service on East, West, and Gulf Coasts. His experiences range from commercial vessel safety, marine casualty investigation, and law enforcement to drug and alcohol counseling, disaster recovery, volunteer coordination, and, of course, leadership.

Veteran Service Officers

We employ three full-time career Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) with years of experience. All VSOs are fully accredited by the National Legal Services Program and vetted by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs per 38 Code of Federal Regulations part 14. Our staff are able to meet with you at our home office, satellite locations in Willow Grove, Pottstown, and Lansdale, or home locations for residents unable to travel.

Jamie Washburn

Jamie is a 22 yr retired Army Guardsman. Both as a citizen and soldier she maintained a musical career. She taught music in private and public schools for over 10 years. She served in the 28th division band providing entertainment, morale, rendering of honors, and community/ international outreach. Military travel took her to Bosnia during operation Task Force Eagle to provide morale support for our troops during the holidays and to Luxembourg for the dedication of the bazooka boogie monument. She joined Montgomery County 6 years ago. 

Ryan Fox

Ryan is a marine veteran.  He served in the brig as a correctional officer. He served five years and received an honorable discharge. After he was discharged in 2009, Ryan went back to school and got his bachelors degree in criminal justice. He joined Montgomery County five years ago.  

Charmaine Ijeoma

Charmaine is a Navy veteran. She served four years and received an honorable discharge. Prior to joining the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs’ team, Charmaine was an Assistant Professor of English. She taught composition and literature courses in academia for 10 years. In 2015, Charmaine was hired by the County to serve as the Homeless Veterans Outreach Officer to combat veterans’ homelessness. Under her leadership, the County achieved Functional Zero in only eight months. Charmaine is also a certified Veterans Service Officer (VSO). She takes great pride in assisting other veterans as well as their family members by processing their claims efficiently. Charmaine has worked for the County for almost five years.  


Shuttle Drivers

We employ four part-time Veterans Shuttle drivers. This dedicated team will take residents from their home to any nearby VA medical facility and back again. Medical appointments must be made of Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between
10 am and 2 pm. Space is limited for veterans and their spouse or caretakers. A two week lead time is preferable to reserve a space.


Robert Walton 

Robert joined the delayed entry program to the US Army in 1974. He reported to Ft Dix NJ in September 1974. After basic, it was regular army primarily at Ft. Hood Texas, as a Military Intel Analyst from 9-30-1974 to 09-29-1977. After regular army, Robert joined the US Army Reserves and, in 1981, the Army National Guard. Robert also worked as a civil service technician, for the PA Army National Guard. He retired in 2012. Robert has been a driver with the county since April 2018.

Eugene Harnack

Eugene is a 21 yr retired National Guardsman. While serving in the guard, he was also employed for 30 years by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole as a Parole Agent, and later as a Parole Supervisor, in the Philadelphia District Office starting in 1972. He began employment with Montgomery County as a part-time Shuttle Driver in January 2016.

Derrick Dawson 

Derrick served in the US Army from 1974 to 1976 in Combat Arms and Infantry and was honorably discharged in 1976. Derrick worked for Veterans Affairs in Philadelphia as an administrations clerk from 1978 through 1979. In 1980, he transferred over to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) serving as a Logistics Specialists until retiring in July 2012. After a proud total of 38 years of Service to the US Government, Department of Defense, Derrick began driving for Montgomery County Veterans Affairs in July 2018 to present.

Joe Paulhamus 

Joe served in the Army National Guard as a radio operator. He decided to leave the military and focus on his professional life. Joe was part of the support and planning effort for Norristown Area High School's performance arts programs for 20 years. Since his retirement, in the last 10 years, Joe has become more and more involved with military and veteran activities. Joe began employment with Montgomery County as a part-time Shuttle Driver in May 2019