Sharief is a native of South Florida, who was
raised within Broward and Dade Counties She has seen, first hand, the changes
that have taken place in this culturally diverse community. She is in touch with the ever-changing needs
of the people who call Broward
comes from a family of 10 with seven siblings.
Her father was a self-employed clothes salesman and her mother assisted
her father in the financial workings of his clothing company. Both parents have given her strong values,
morals and ethical beliefs, which support the basis of our diverse cultural
community. Her parents instilled a
strong value for education throughout her life.
is a product of the public school system; she graduated from North Miami Senior High
School and immediately started Miami Dade Community College. She later graduated from Jackson Memorial
Hospital School of Nursing in 1992. Barbara is one of the youngest persons to
have passed the RN boards in the State of Florida.
obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Miami Dade Community College in 1994. She continued her educational pursuit and
obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 from Florida International
She continued her pursuit of education and in 2000 she obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Degree from Florida International University.
Barbara has been a resident of Broward County since age 14 years old. She is a very active and energetic mother of three school-aged children. Amanda Murias, age 15 years old, Alyssa Murias, age 13 years, and Hailey Chambers age 7 years old. She is married to Maxwell Chambers. Barbara is an active member of the PTA and a very vocal voice for advocacy of patients’ rights and quality care for the elderly and children of Broward County.
has over 22 years of experience in the specialized field of issues pertaining
to medically complex children. During
the course of her career she worked for the Jackson Memorial Health Care system
and several other hospitals. Barbara had
a love and passion for caring for the sick at home. This passion stemmed from her growing up with
a younger brother diagnosed with several medically complex conditions. Her philosophy was based on the belief that
the quality of life was better if a sick patient could be maintained at home in
their normal environment. This
philosophy prompted her change from hospital nursing to homecare. She later
worked for several national home health agencies as an Administrator and
Director of Nursing. Through this
invaluable experience, Barbara was successful at creating and running
businesses, and making non- profitable businesses profitable.
2001, Barbara visualized and created what is now known as South Florida
Pediatric Homecare Inc. (SFPH). The
company is currently servicing residents of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
The company provides jobs for
approximately 600 professionals in South Florida
and has done so by providing an invaluable service. The company is considered one of the top home
health care agencies in Broward and Miami-Dade
Counties for care of
medically complex children and adults. The
company has developed a reputation for providing high tech quality professional
home health services. Barbara is a hard
working dedicated professional who has strong integrity, ethics, and sound
business practices. Her dedication to
servicing the ill in our community has not gone unrecognized. With the large number of home health agencies
in Broward County
she has been recognized as having one of the best companies in Broward County. This is an enormous compliment. She received
the African American Achievers Award for 2014 for Business and
In 2009, Barbara was elected to the Miramar City Commission, where she served as Vice-Mayor in 2010. In November of 2010, Barbara was elected to the Broward County Commission District 8 seat where she currently serves the diverse population of the cities of Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, and West Park. In November of 2013 Barbara was nominated to serve as Mayor of Broward County and is the first African American Female Mayor, In Broward County’s 100 year history. She brings honesty, integrity, respect, and a professional commitment to strengthen the community with her cohesive plans to reach out and stay in touch with the culturally diverse population of District 8. Commissioner Sharief is a strong advocate for stopping homelessness and prevention of foreclosures in Broward County. She received the Legacy Magazine Award for Politician of the Year in Broward County 2014.
Due to her expansive healthcare background Barbara was selected to serve as Chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee for The Florida Association of Counties. In addition, she is a board member of The Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, The Homeless Initiative Partnership, and The Value Adjustment Board of Broward County. She completed the Certified County Commissioner Program and has completed the Advanced County Commissioner Program as of April 2013. She completed the National Association of Counties Leadership program in May of 2013. She was nominated to serve on the large urban county caucus and the health steering committee for National Association of counties shortly thereafter. She received the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocacy award for representing the 67 counties of Florida effectively during the 2013 legislative session. Barbara was nominated to serve on the Board of Florida Association of Counties and is currently serving as the First Vice President. Barbara’s goals and dreams include representing her constituents on a national level to advocate for economic stability through job creation, small business support, advocating for affordable healthcare and putting an end to the foreclosure crisis.
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