Meet our Staff

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


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.  

Office Support

Christina Applegate

Christina is a Montgomery County-native and U.S. Army Veteran. She served as a military police officer in Texas and deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. After receiving an honorable discharge, she went back to school and received her Associate Degree in Business Administration-Accounting Assistant. She joined Montgomery County in December 2019.  

Shuttle Drivers

We employ four part-time Veterans Shuttle drivers. This dedicated team will take residents from their homes to any nearby VA medical facility and back again. Medical appointments must be made 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.

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 performing 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.

Michael Ludwig

Michael grew up in Montgomery County and is a U.S. Army Veteran. He served as a military police officer in Virginia and deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He continued his service in the Pennsylvania National Guard and retired as a master sergeant with twenty-one years of service after a final deployment to the Middle East in 2018.