Dana S. Burl
Director, Communications, Outreach, and Advocacy Program
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Ms. Burl began her service to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs as the Director of Communications, Outreach, and Advocacy in October 2013. In her role she oversees communications and public affairs for the Department. Ms. Burl serves as the department’s public information officer and public information act liaison. She is responsible for designing all written publications, for managing content for the Department’s website, for managing social media and email communications, for representing the Department at community events, for staffing resource tables, and for providing briefings in the community on veterans’ benefits and services in Maryland. She serves as the Secretary’s Designee to the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention and the State’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. She also sits on the Balance of State Continuum of Care Board. Additionally, under her direction is the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program and the Veteran Services Specialist Program. She is currently the co-lead on the Maryland based Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans and Families. She serves as the department’s customer service initiative liaison and annually trains MDVA staff on customer experience best practices. She is trained to facilitate the VA S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training.
She began her professional career in Delaware and served as an investigator with child protective services from 1997 to 1999.
Ms. Burl provided case management services at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center from 2000-2008, overseeing work release, intake and home detention populations. During her tenure with the Detention Center, she served as an adjunct instructor and field training officer. She taught suicide prevention in corrections as well as mental health and substance abuse in corrections in the entry level correctional training academy as well as the in-service training program.
Ms. Burl served as an adjunct professor at Baltimore City Community College from 2011 to 2012 and began her service to the veteran community in 2012 when she was hired as the central region resource coordinator with Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration’s Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans Program.
She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware in 1997 and her master’s degree in psychology from Towson University in 2005.
A former military spouse, she lives in Anne Arundel County with her two sons.