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President's Message


What can I say about the Spring Conference? How about: Amazing! Powerful! Well-executed! Stellar!

The conference certainly exceeded expectations! We heard and learned from dynamic keynotes, breakout speakers and exhibitors. We composed, sang, and danced to our own HR song. And we had great conversations!

Thanks go out to Keynote speakers Matt Jones and Angus Clark, the Breakout speakers, Exhibitors and Sponsors, Stringfellow Management, Martins West, Volunteers, CHRA Board and Past Presidents, and all those in attendance. We appreciate the role each of you played in making this year's event successful and memorable. And congratulations go out to our scholarship winners Katie Tuszynski and Donna Tittle!

I want to give a special thanks and kudos to Lori Raggio and the Spring Conference Committee: Amanda Russo, Jordan Porretto, Stuart White, Colette Colclough, Susan Wolfinger-Schmitt, and Jakiraman Jones for their hard work and flawless execution of this years conference. They continue to raise the bar, respond to your suggestions, and deliver quality and relevant content around hot HR topics.

Thank you for completing our post-event survey. We appreciate your feedback and recommendations. Here are a few quotes I'd like to share:

"Your program was on point. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share your day."

"You did an amazing job in managing your committee and putting together a powerful program. I have been to more than a few conferences and this was the best."

"Great conference Lori! You hit a home-run! And your committee is truly stellar."

"Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Spring Conference. It was one of the best and just what my thirsting HR spirit needed!"

"I enjoyed meeting some very nice people and loved Matt Jones' keynote!"

"The day was amazing from start to finish. Rock Stars attract Rock Stars...and Angus Clark fit right in!"

We also received and appreciate your suggestions and ideas for improvements and will take them into consideration for next year's conference.

Next up in May, we will hold our Dual-Certification Prep 1-Day Boot Camp on May 12th. This interactive day of learning will help you prepare for the SHRM-CP/SCP or PHR/SPHR exam.

And don't miss our Annual Diversity Celebration and Education program on May 17th. This year's format will be a little different. We will be hosting a "Fireside Chat" panel discussion on the topic of, "Are We Really Ready for What's Next in Diversity & Inclusion?" It's a great opportunity to hear from and speak with a dynamic panel of professionals and business leaders. We will also be awarding the coveted James W. Rouse "Excellence in Diversity" Awards!

It has been an amazing experience serving as President of CHRA. I continue to learn and grow in my new role and credit all of you - our members and partners. Our conversations don't have to stop now that the conference has concluded. I want to hear from you and look forward to many more opportunities, this year and beyond, to have a dialogue. Thank you for being a part of the CHRA community and all that you do to advance the HR profession.

Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP



Let's give a warm welcome to our newest members…

Katelynn Alexander
The Poole and Kent Corporation

Steve Braun
President & CEO
Search Consultants International

Patricia Brletic
Senior Recruiter
Transamerica Life Insurance Co.

Jarrett Brooks
Recent Graduate

Jill Cochran
Human Resources Generalist
Merritt Properties
Jacqueline Cook
April Hall
HR Specialist Trainee
State of Maryland
 Karen Jacobs
The Integrity Team, Inc.
Roslyn Jennings
Human Resource Officer II
Dept. of Juvenile Services
 Pamela Johnson-Pearson
University of MD School of Pharmacy
Bradley Kelly
Sheri Kitchin
VP Business Development / HR
b.well Connected Health

Andrea Korphage
Human Resources Administrator
Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Julia Le Gendre
Human Resources Manager
Erickson Living

Tanya Leanovich
HR Generalist
Madysen Leyh
Stacie Morris
Human Resources Supervisor
Howard County Dept of Police
Patty Nelson
Field Service Specialist
Katya Rojas
Matthew Spalluzzi
Zoe Sparer
Accounts Assoiciate
Towson University

Suzanne Trionfo
Office Manager
Beatty Development Group, LLC

Rachel Walter
Videology, Inc. 
Bonnie Wrzosek
HR Generalist
The Chimes of Maryland
Corinne Yoder
Human Resources Specialist
Gray & Son, Inc./Maryland Paving, Inc.


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:

  • Stacey Burr
  • Hope Carper
  • Tracy Funk
  • Renee McNally
  • Lori Raggio
  • Tedd Smith
  • Karen Strubel
  • Wanda Wiley
  • Nancy Zimmerman

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


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



May 12, 2017 - Certification Preparation 1-Day Boot Camp (Sold Out!)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD


May 17, 2017 - Monthly Education Program / Annual Diversity Event
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial Hunt Valley, MD


June 8, 2017 - Summer Quarterly Networking Event / Members Only Crab Feast

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Padonia Park Club, Cockeysville, MD


June 21, 2017 - Monthly Education Program *Registration Opening Soon!
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
CCBC Owings Mills, Owings Mills, MD


November 7, 2017 - Annual Fall HR Employment Law Conference


****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!****

Call for Speakers
CHRA Monthly Program Education Sessions
Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017


The CHRA Professional Development Committee is looking for presenters for CHRA’s Monthly Meeting Programs (two hours in length) for the education season that begins September 2017 and runs through June 2018.

Speakers who provide strategic content that is engaging and highly interactive are preferred. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • “How To’s,” (Preferably using case studies or
  • How to create and use HR Metrics
  • How to create and use a Compensation Analysis
  • How to fully utilize HRIS
  • How to conduct an HR audit
  • Social media, effective/managing effective
    recruitment strategies
  • Change management
  • Regulatory/Legislative updates, how they affect HR
  • HR’s ability to impact the bottom line
  • Other Case studies / Workshops (ex: Day in the lifeof;
    How you created buy in from your CFO/CEO;Myers
    Briggs and other tools, etc.)
  • Other innovative programs (ex: gaming/gamification, drivers of success, etc.)
  • Finance Essentials for HR Professional
  • Effectiveness of Diversity Recognition in the Workplace
  • Talent Management/ Performance Discussions
  • Employee Benefit Trends
  • HR as a Strategic Coach
  • Hired, Oriented, On Board…What’s Next?
  • How to Influence Employees and Managers
  • Developing Leaders and Managers
    New NLRB Playbook
  • Social Recruiting
  • Low/No cost employee engagement and how toimplement
  • Anti‐Discrimination – New Protected Classes
  • Workplace Flexibility Ideas and Strategies

  Programs presented by consultants or attorneys must provide general HR professional development education and cannot be marketing/sales oriented to their specific products, firms or services. Consultants, attorneys or other service providers are expected to partner with an active HR client or practitioner during the presentation.

CHRA education sessions are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month and are two (2) hours in length. The prospective dates that we are currently trying to fill are:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 8:30am - 11:00am
    CCBC Owings Mills Campus, Owings Mills, MD

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:30am - 11:00am
    Location: TBD

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:30am - 11:00am
    Location: TBD

The CHRA Professional Development Committee is also looking for presenters who offer education webinars to offer them to the CHRA membership (one hour in length) for HRCI and SHRM re-certification credit. These webinars will be held for one hour over the typical lunch time-frame from 12pm to 1pm. Those submitting proposals should be presenters who have webinars developed (including their own webinar hosting software, webinar moderator/facilitator, etc.). CHRA would also like to receive a recorded version to archive for our members to re‐visit. If this is something you are interested in please complete the separate Webinar Proposal Form. The monthly meeting proposal form can be found below.

You can find the Monthly Meeting proposal form here. COMPLETE AND RETURN TO CHRA AT INFO@CHRA.COM NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2017.

Diversity & Inclusion Corner

Save the Date: Annual Diversity Event - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The 2017 CHRA Annual Diversity & Inclusion Event being held on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at PSA Financial in Hunt Valley will include the presentation of the J.W. Rouse Award.


Thank you to our Diversity Event Sponsors: 

Monthly Diversity Holidays and Cultural Observances can be found at Diversity Best Practices.

CHRA Student Section 



Student Scholarship Awards

The annual Student Scholarship Awards were presented at the CHRA Spring Conference on April 13, 2017. The winners were:

     -   Donna Tittle – Undergraduate Student at CCBC

     -   Katie Tuszynski – Graduate Student at Towson University

Congratulations to both winners who received $1,000 checks from CHRA!




College Relations Committee

College Relations Committee members have been busy visiting college campuses to meet students and promote careers in the Human Resources profession. They also provide valuable assistance to all students with resume reviews, interviewing skills practice, and career counseling.

In March, we participated in a Resume Workshop and a Career Fair for Psychology and Human Services at Stevenson University, as well as a panel discussion on “HR in the Real World” at CCBC Owings Mills. In April, we presented “Interviews: Ready, Set, Go!” to students in the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity at Stevenson University and also conducted Mock Interviews with the members. We attended the Spring Career Fair at Stevenson University to promote CHRA, with assistance from several Member Services Committee members.



In May, we will be conducting interviews with students in the Business and Professional Communications classes at Stevenson University.

Thank you to our committee members who make these activities possible by volunteering their time and expertise.

If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, or volunteering to help with any of our events, please contact Jean Turner at

 CHRA Summer Quarterly Networking Event

Members-Only Crab Feast

June 8, 2017  |  5:30-8:00 p.m.

Padonia Park Club


We are spicing things up this year! Mark your calendars now to join your fellow CHRA members for an all you can eat Crab Feast. $25/person for all you can eat crabs (and other picnic food!), beer/wine/soda, great networking, and much more! We do anticipate a sell out for this event, so register early.


CHRA Members - $25.00 (Not a member but want the member rate? Sign up today!)


New Sponsorship Opportunity Through 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 New 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 new 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


  Donate to the United Way and help your 

Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation! It's simple.


Please remember that when you make your United Way donation, you can designate your funds to go to the Chesapeake HR Foundation, which utilizes all funding for their 'Pathways to Success' Program, a program for youth based on the "7 habits of highly effective youth." There is also a plan for a 'Horizons to Success' Program, which will benefit veterans as they search for employment.

Just select the amount you want to donate, and 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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