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President's Message



It’s hard to believe the Fall Legislative & Employment Law Conference is just around the corner! You’re in for another great day of education, exhibits, and networking at this year’s conference. In preparation for our November 7th event, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect, with great admiration, on CHRA’s accomplishments in 2017. Back in April at the Spring Conference, I highlighted our plan to support our new Mission and Goals in 2017. Our Board has worked tirelessly for our members, affiliates, and sponsors throughout the entire year and I look forward to sharing another update with you at the Fall Conference.

This year is flying by and before you know it, I’ll be seeing you at the Holiday Party on December 7th at Mustang Alleys! Reserve your spot to bowl or sponsor at our year-end members only event! It’s another opportunity to network, celebrate, and give back to our community.

I look forward to seeing and speaking with you soon.


Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP



Let's give a warm welcome to our NEW & RETURNING members…


Amanda Vlangas Albright - Anderson, Coe & King, LLP
Devin Allen (NEW)
Carolyn Barrick (NEW) - Ivymount School
Mabel R. Barron - Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes, Inc.
Kim Bercovitz - X bytes
Tiffany Lynn Bogardus - imre, LLC.
James R. Booth - Phoenix Color
Heather Marie Bowen (NEW)
Page Bradham PHR SHRM-CP RACR - University of Maryland Medical System
Kim Brock - Strong City Baltimore
Heather Broomall - Patient First
Sheryl L. Bruff  - Space Telescope Science Institute
Lisa Burke - AF BT Services
Barbara J. Burke -The Maryland School for the Blind
Tracy Camponeschi - ARTEX Fine Art Services
Sharon L. Carmody PHR - Calvert Education Services, LLC
Melanie R. Cavaliere - CEBS Health Innovations
Stephen Cheek (NEW) - Chairvolotti Financial
Theresa Chrapaty (NEW) - Maryland Department of Human Services
Matthew Coogan - Mariner Finance
Kisha Dawkins - Breakthru Beverage Group
Margaret M. Dawson
Jason S. Delman PHR - Mariner Finance, LLC
Michael F. DiMaggio SHRM-CP PHR Fellow - Fidelity Engineering Corporation
Rob Duffy - Ultimate Software
William L. Dunson MBA SPHR Fellow - Constellation Energy
Tracey Ellison MS SPHR SHRM-SCP
Marge Everett - SSC Coaching
Leda Favor
Melissa Ferrell -The HR Team, Inc.
Linda M. Fidazzo PHR - Design Collective, Inc.
Susan G. Fine PHR - New Pathways, Inc.
Allyson Fisher PHR - Armada
Christine D Foster - First Financial Federal Credit Union
Robin Gaskill SPHR - RR Donnelley
Kathy Gesswein - University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Kay Glover (NEW) - N.C.I.A.
Brian Godfrey - Picket Fence Financial
Karen Gonsman - Spring Grove Hospital Center
Kenneth Gower - William T. Burnett & Co., Inc.
Ryan Griffin (NEW) - Robert Half Finance and Accounting
Mary Hackney (NEW) - Sierra Lobo Inc.
Patti Hammer - PSA Financial
Kirsten Harmon (NEW) - Lemek LLC dba Panera Bread
Mary M. Hatfield, CCP - Medifast, Inc.
Debra Jean Hawkins - EBA Engineering Inc.
Amanda Henry (NEW)
Jennifer L. Hervy - ConnectYourCare
Brian M. Hoover SPHR SHRM-SCP - Mosaic Community Services, Inc.
Ashley Horner (NEW) - The Hire Group, LLC
Tracy M. Houghton PHR - APL Federal Credit Union

Kristin M Jazwiecki - SafeNet Assured Technologies
Jennie Jenkins - Tidal Federal Solutions, Inc.

Professor Yong-Yeon (Justin) Ji - Towson University

Shellon Johnson (NEW)
Patricia Johnson -
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Yolanda Johnson -
Presbyterian Senior Living
William E. Johnson
Melanie Jones (NEW) -
Brookings Institution
Jerrod Jordan (NEW) -
Strong City Baltimore
Danielle Jorden-Ellis -
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, Inc.
Gerald M. Kavanagh
Eve Keil
G Dean Killon
Helen A. Kopeck SHRM-CP -
Northern Pharmacy
Susan Heneson Kornblatt -
HALO Branded Solutions
Laura R.M. Kuhl PHR -
Mariela Leary -
The HR Team, Inc.
Gerri Leder -
LederMark Communications
Patricia Levin SPHR SHRM-SCP -
Clinical Associates, P.A.
Eileen M. Levitt SPHR SHRM-SCP -
The HR Team, Inc.
Fanny Levy-Segall -
Johns Hopkins Health System
Jeffrey lewin (NEW) -
Dunbar Armored, Inc.
Laura M Locke SPHR SHRM-SCP -
Brian R. Lynch MS SPHR SHRM-SCP -
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

Kristen Madzarac - R Home Communities
Jean A Mantegna SPHR SHRM-SCP - Harford County Public Schools
Barbara Martin (NEW)
Angie Martin - The HR Team
Kenya Massey - Creative Human Capital Solutions
J E Mays - Kingsdene Nurseries, Inc.
James T. McAtee
Jocelyn McCarty - Kennedy Krieger Institute
Dennis G. McGough Fellow
Ryan P. McShane
Craig W. Medlyn SPHR Fellow - The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Robert Mellendick - Baltimore Federal Financial
Jamila Mettee - Frederick Ward Associates
Helene Meyers - The HR Team, Inc.
Trish Miceli - Kelly Associates Ins. Group
Theresa Y Miller (NEW) - Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Kara Miller - Videology, Inc.
Kelly A. Mitchell MS SPHR Fellow - impactHR, LLC
Anthony J. Montcalmo - Stevenson University
Tonya Morant - Maryland Department of Transportation
Holly Moye - Merritt Properties
William H. Muth PHR 
Patty Nelson

Jason L. Nemoy PHR - Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC
Susan F. O'Hare PHR 

Larry G. Orwig SPHR
Mark F. Ostrowski MSW Fellow
James A. Packer SPHR SHRM-SCP Fellow - Cardinal Health
Patricia Pence - Window Nation
Holly Phipps Adams - Mrs. MedStar Health
Cynthia PreVatte 
James P. Randisi - Randisi & Associates, Inc.
Ulrica Rawlings - Securityplus FCU
Anne Reeder, PHR - Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A.
Regina M. Resch SPHR - Cristal USA Inc.
Kristin Reynolds - Point Breeze Credit Union
Stewart Ridgely - Trion
Adrienne Roper PHR - USALCO LLC
Anissa Rose - St. Paul's School
William F. Rothenbach SPHR SHRM-SCP - Haines
Amanda Russo PHR - Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.
Charles F Ryan III - Aerosol Monitoring & Analysis
Derrick Scheetz (NEW)
Aubrey N Scheppske - Atlantic Realty Management, Inc.
Sharon L. Scibek SPHR Fellow - H. Beck Inc
Deborah R. Scoblick PHR
Joann D. Sherrer-Fornoff SPHR - Summit Talent Group
Jack Skeen (NEW) - Skeen Leadership Group
Fredrick A. Smock SPHR SHRM-SCP Fellow - Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.
Jonathan Spivey - Trion
TeChera St. Rose - WMS Partners, LLC
Brian M. Staples - Baltimore County Public Library
Mark C. Steurer - The Home Sales Company, Inc.
Jania E. Stout - Fiduciary Plan Advisors
Godfrey A. Streat
Tara Sullivan (NEW) - Community Action Council of Howard County
Karen A. Suter MBA - Tulkoff Food Products
Jennifer L. Swatling SPHR GPHR - Baltimore Aircoil Company
Marion G. Thompson SPHR - Baltimore Aircoil Company
Michael Tilrico
Kathleen Turner - Erickson Living
Michelle R. Valdez - DTLR, Inc
Christine V. Walters JD MAS SHRM-SCP SPHR - FiveL Company
Karen Warthen - The HR Team, Inc.
Susan L. Webster SPHR SCP - Kelly & Associates Ins. Group
Chava Weinheber - Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc
Jennifer Wheeler - Stevenson University
Steven B. Wheeler - Wheeler & Associates, Inc.
Cindy Williams - AlphaStaff
Venus M. Windmiller SPHR CPP
Nancy E. Zimmerman SPHR - Community College of Baltimore County

Welcome Back 2018 Corporate Members!


Enoch Pratt Free Library
Kennedy Krieger
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

Referrals Recognized


We appreciate ALL of our members, but especially those who refer us to new members! This section is reserved for recognition to those who refer new members to CHRA. 

A special thank you to:

  • Ryan McShane
  • Jason Nemoy
  • Anna-Maria Palmer
  • Jenn Phillips
  • Charles Ross
  • Kimberly Theobald
  • Ollie Thomas Jr
  • Michele Wentworth
  • Warren White
  • Wanda Wiley

 ...for referring new members in the month of October! Thank you for your continued support of CHRA by referring new members.


2018 Renewal Season is Upon Us! 


Your Association continues to hear your voice and provide you with the educational programs, networking opportunities, information and resources that you value and that support our mission to Provide best‐in-class resources to empower the human resources community in their effort to drive business success. Along with our mission and in an effort to serve you, the Board of Directors has been focusing on 4 goals this year:

1. Deliver Member Value
2. Build Community
3. Enable Professional Growth
4. Be a SHRM Chapter Model of Excellence


CHRA has several renewal options:

  • AUTO-RENEW MEMBERSHIP OPTION - The most convenient!
    Professional Members can enroll in the auto-renew membership option which means that you will never need to remember to pay your dues again - CHRA will do it for you! Just select the “Auto-Renew” selection for your designated membership type. You can cancel at any time, but you will always receive a reminder before being charged. ALL members who select auto-renew will be entered a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card! The winner will be selected at the Annual Spring Conference on April 12, 2018.
    CHRA offers two Corporate group memberships: Corporate Elite and Corporate Complete. If your company has 5-20 HR professionals that want to save on dues, contact CHRA today!

CHRA makes membership Renewal as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Log-in to
  2. At the very top of the page click "Manage Profile."
  3. Choose the option to securely renew online and choose the membership type that you fall under.

Not a member yet? Receive the remainder of 2017 for FREE and only pay 2018 Membership Dues by clicking here to Join Now!


Last Chance to Register for CHRA's Fall Conference!

Registration Closes 9 a.m. Friday, November 3



Employment Law / Legislative

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Martin's West, Baltimore, MD

 5 HRCI/SHRM credits (2 hours strategic)


Registration Closes 9 a.m. Friday, November 3



Offering 5.00 hours (2 hours strategic) of recertification credit, CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR practitioners in Maryland. There will be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals and door prizes. Register now today!


Join in Our Friendly Challenge in support of CHRA's Fall Conference
You’ve likely heard the saying “no pain, no gain.” Two of our Board members have taken this mantra to heart in support of CHRA’s Fall Conference! Jason Nemoy, Director of Marketing has issued Brian Lynch, Secretary/Treasurer, a challenge: 

For every Like/Comment that we receive on the following LinkedIn post advertising Fall Conference, Jason and Brian will each do 1 push-up at the next Board meeting. 100 Likes/Comments = 100 Push-ups! Please Like/Comment on our social media post by clicking here to support Fall Conference and make Jason and Brian break a sweat! 

And if you haven’t yet registered for Fall Conference, do so before registration closes! It is a tremendous opportunity to learn about “hot topics” in HR such as recent legislative trends, leave management, pay equity and more, as well as network with new contacts, reconnect with friends, and earn 5 hours of HRCI/SHRM credit (2 hours strategic)!


Employers’ Role in Changing “Me Too” to “Not Us”

By Donna M. Glover, Esq., Director, Legislative Affairs


The news has been fraught with allegations of sexual harassment by major players in the television and movie production industries, high tech and venture capital firms, and others. High value employees alleged to have engaged in harassment and/or promulgating an environment that supports sweeping complaints under the rug are no longer being hidden by the silence of victims (female and male) that have allegedly been subject to sexual harassment and/or sexual assault in the workplace. However, as we know, harassment can occur at any level in an organization – and not just by high value employees.

Employers, mainly executives and human resources, play a pivotal role in changing the chorus of “me too” to a refrain of “not us.” Executive and human resources professionals must lead the way for creating a diverse, welcoming, and supportive environment where employees who believe they have been harassed can trust that their concerns will be taken seriously, investigated timely, and addressed as necessary. Although it seems daunting to build such trust, it can and must be done by employers not only to defend against claims of harassment, but to strive to create a workplace where women and men can be productive and where both are equally valued.

In light of the recent media spotlight on harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a statement entitled, “WYSK: What to Do if You Believe You Have Been Harassed at Work.” It is pretty simple – tell the person who is harassing you to stop and/or follow the steps in your employer’s anti-harassment policy. The EEOC goes on to state that if there is no policy, talk with your supervisor or other manager and ask for help. The EEOC also reminds employees that they can file a charge of discrimination and/or meet with an EEOC representative to discuss options.

By now, employers should know that a strong anti-harassment policy is a requirement for properly defending against harassment claims. Now may be the right time to dust that policy off, update it as necessary, and re-communicate to all employees with an emphasis on the commitment to maintaining a workplace free of harassment. However, that alone will not build trust; actions always speak louder than words in a policy, so employers must act when internal complaints of harassment are made or when they know that bad behavior is occurring. Taking prompt, appropriate action can help to build trust with employees and, at the same time, provide a defense to claims of harassment – who could ask for anything more?


CHRA Workforce Readiness & Career Center


The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a useful section consisting of transition and employment resources. Be sure to check our Job Board daily or set your email preferences (inside of your member portal) to email you anytime a new job is posted. Also, keep an eye out for our Bi-weekly members-only 'Jobs Flash' email highlighting current listings on the CHRA Job Board. Positions posted now include:


  Do not miss out on your potential career opportunities and keep an eye on our Career Center.

To post a Job onto our website, please click here.

 Interested in attending a local job fair? Follow this link to view upcoming local job fairs in Maryland!


  CHRA Calendar of Events



November 7, 2017 - Annual Fall HR Employment Law Conference
8:00 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD
Sponsorship/Exhibitor Form


December 7, 2017 - Quarterly Networking Event/Members Only Holiday Party
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Mustang Alley's, Baltimore, MD


Save the Date for our 2018 Programs!


January 17, 2018 - Monthly Education Program

February 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program


March 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program


April 12, 2018 - Annual Spring Conference
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


June 20, 2018 - Monthly Education Program



****Don't forget to keep up with Non-CHRA events at our Industry events page! Click here for more details regarding Non-CHRA programs, events, and more!****


CHRA Student Section  


College Relations Committee

All CHRA Student Members are invited to attend the 6th Annual MD SHRM College Relations Networking Event (see attached flyer) at CCBC Essex on November 30, 2017, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The topic will be “Tips on Landing that First Job.” Come and enjoy meeting fellow students from area colleges who are interested in working in the Human Resources profession. You will be able to network with HR professionals from the MD Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association, who can answer your questions about various aspects of the HR profession.

To reserve your seat, please go to

CHRA Student Members, please contact us if you need assistance with the following:

  • Resume reviews
  • Interview preparation
  • Linking you with prospective employers for internships and regular positions
  • Providing information about a variety of careers within the Human Resources profession

Committee members find it very rewarding working with future HR professionals. To prepare students for positions in the Human Resources field, we need committee members who are available to support outreach to our partner colleges. If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, please contact Jean Turner at


CHRF Fellows – Recognizing the Best in the HR Profession


Founded in 2010, the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation Fellows program honors high-achieving HR professionals. CHRF Fellows are nominated and chosen based on outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the human resources profession as well as service to the Chesapeake Human Resources Association and the greater Baltimore region. With 22 current members, the program is capped at a percentage of CHRA membership, accentuating the honor. Beyond the recognition, CHRF Fellows gather to exchange ideas and are able to attend “by invitation only” events.

Nominations for a new induction class will be happening soon, and more details are to come. Please consider nominating an esteemed colleague for the honor of becoming a CHRF Fellow.


 CHRA Listed in Top 25 Associations in Baltimore Business Journal


We are excited to announce that CHRA was listed on the BBJ’s Top 25 List of Associations!

Click here to view the full list of Associations recognized


We are proud to be recognized along side of National Organizations! Thank you to our members and friends who make this possible. 


Sponsorship Opportunity: CHRA Monthly Email Blasts

If you have a special event or product that you would like CHRA to feature to our 3,300+ HR members and associates, this opportunity will be of interest to you. Details:

  • CHRA will send up to one exclusive sponsored email blast per month; sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a total of 12 email blasts the entire year.
  • Sponsors will send the email ready details to CHRA. CHRA will simply take those details and put into our email blast software to send out. CHRA will not provide any graphics work. Details can be sent in a flyer format (jpeg) or simply with wording and logos you would like to have included.
  • CHRA reserves the right to decline the promotion of any event that it deems to be a direct conflict with CHRA's mission, or its own events and/or products.
  • Cost: Just $400 per email blast.

Contact CHRA at 443-966-3870,, to reserve your space or for more information.

CHRA's Mission and Goals

The CHRA Board of Directors is excited to share with you the new mission statement for the organization, as well as the four overarching goals of the organization for at least the next three years. It is our promise, as your elected board of directors, to continuously strive to achieve these goals and work toward this mission so that you, as members, receive the best possible return on investment for your CHRA membership!

CHRA Awarded 2016 SHRM Learning System Champions


The competency-based SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® credentials are the new global standard in HR certification. These credentials are among the first HR certifications focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to advance their organizations, and excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills, and behavioral competencies.

The SHRM Learning System Champion status is a recognition of our chapter’s hard work to elevate the HR profession through professional development and HR knowledge among members, gained from SHRM certification. SHRM created this prestigious distinction in support of its premier educational product. This status also helps to promote the HR profession at the local level by using the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP.


Interested in Sponsoring a CHRA Event? Think of CHRA for Upcoming Marketing Budgets!


Consider sponsorship to many of CHRA’s great events! Whether you are an Affiliate Member or a professional HR member whose Company provides services to the HR community – see the opportunities available to promote yourself to our ever growing membership! Click on this link --> SPONSORSHIP! and call Kristen Phillips at 443-966-3870 ext. 148 or Jennifer Downs at 410-878-7965 to discuss how we can help you grow your business!

 We Want YOUR Suggestions!

CHRA is always looking for suggestions from members and this time we would like to know any fun locations for our next Networking Event!

If you have any fun location suggestions for future Networking Events, please let us know at

 Did you know… 


CHRA has an online Member Directory and you have complete control over the visibility of your contact information?


· CHRA never gives out our members emails or phone numbers.

· CHRA members can connect with each other through the members-only CHRA online directory; a member benefit to help connect like-minded professionals.

· You have FULL CONTROL over the privacy settings in your CHRA online member profile!

Don’t want certain information public in your profile?
Click herefor easy instructions to make it private

  New from When Work Works – FREE Workflex Assessment 


Ever wonder how your workplace flexibility strategies stack up against other organizations in your industry across the U.S.? Now you can find out by completing the free Workflex Assessment courtesy of When Work Works. The survey takes roughly 15 minutes to complete and once finished you’ll be provided feedback on what your organization is doing well and about opportunities for improving your flexible workplace policies. 


 SHRM Designation and Certification Credentials

For more information on the SHRM designation, please see the linked article below.


PHR/SPHR/GPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM SCP Certification Credentials - BREAKDOWN 


 Submitting Professional Development Credits (PDC’s) for your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certifications

Denise Smoot, MD SHRM Certification Director has created an easy to follow tutorial document on how to submit chapter Professional Development Credits to SHRM. 

Click here to view the tutorial. What a great resource! Additional information can be obtained by visiting


  Recent Member News

Are you a CHRA member who has recently received the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR designation or who recently took on a new position and would like to announce it to the membership? If so, please let us know. To share news with other members in an upcoming newsletter, please email us at


  Get Involved CHRA Style! 


CHRA offers many ways to get involved in our organization. For members, we have numerous committees that are always looking for new volunteers. And by volunteering on a committee, you can earn up to three (3) HRCI recertification credits per year! Companies that are interested in getting involved and reaching out to HR professionals can sponsor CHRA events, or advertise through our website and mailings to over 880 members, and thousands of HR professionals in the area! 

Click here to see our full list of Committees


 Did you know that you can contribute to the Chesapeake Human Resource Foundation (CHRF) simply by designating #8595 during your United Way giving?

CHRF is the fundraising arm of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA). Our vision is to develop and provide the funding necessary to run and expand programs in connecting people to work. We are dedicated to supporting community outreach in the form of successful CHRA facilitated programs. Recent Funding includes the Junior Achievement “Her Path To Promise” initiative. All participants are from at-risk backgrounds in Baltimore City and transitioning from the foster care system.

Please consider giving back to the community through these noteworthy efforts that engage the expertise of human resource professionals and make a difference.

For more detailed information, please visit the CHRA website and click on the CHRA section.
CHRF Webpage Link

Anyone donating to the United Way campaign can designate their funds to the CHRF! Just indicate the following:

Agency Donation number: 8595

Chesapeake HR Foundation

9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050

Thanks for the support! We appreciate it.

  Need Information on Advertising and Sponsoring with CHRA?


Need access to 1,000+ Association members, as well as hundreds of additional HR practitioners? CHRA offers several cost-effective opportunities to sponsor, advertise, and even post jobs. If interested, please download this helpful brochure.


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