Growing up, Mary Patricia Garrahan-Masters was interested in social work because her father believed in social justice and would always think of solutions to social problems around them. She studied at Georgetown University and went on to graduate with honors from Villanova University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She also received a master’s degree in social sciences, law, and social policy from Bryn Mawr College. In 1974, she began her career as a geriatrics case worker at the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services in Pottsville, PA. From 1980 to 1984, she served as a social service director at Dowden Nursing Home in Newtown Square, PA. During this time, she also served as the director of admissions at St. Francis County House in Darby, PA, and as a teacher at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA. From 1985 to 1988, she served as a medical social worker at the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, PA. From 1988 to 1990, she served as a medical social worker at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In addition to her primary appointments in social work, Ms. Garrahan-Masters also served as a part-time social worker at Delta-T Group in Bryn Mawr, PA. Outside of the field, she worked as a part-time staff coordinator at Garrahan Equipment Inc. in Havertown, PA, and she previously contributed poetry to Lynx Magazine, a literary arts journal at Villanova University. Civically, she has served throughout her community in local politics, with local churches, and with disabled American veterans. In 2017, for her accomplishments in her career spanning more than 40 years, Ms. Garrahan-Masters was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who. In her spare time outside of work, she enjoys astronomy, cats, and Greek-American culture.
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