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President's Message


The results are in from the 2016 Annual Member Survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback, both positive and constructive, and suggestions on ways we can continue to enhance the value of your CHRA membership. Here are some highlights:

75% of respondents became a member of CHRA for HR Education.
Our goal is to provide a great line-up of speakers and relevant topics to ensure you have opportunities for HR Education and Networking throughout the year:

  • Our January education session on “The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team”, presented by Mary Ann Kmetyk and Lisa Shuster, was highly engaging and informative. The model, based on their partnership with best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, is based on five behaviors: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results. The audience participation was fantastic and I thank you for sharing your ideas and experiences!
  • Our next Monthly Education Session: Conducting Workplace Investigationsby Judi Jerbi, Heather Dalton, and Eric Paltell will be held on February 15th. This session will provide information to help you ensure the integrity of investigations and make intelligent decisions about how best to respond to and resolve the situation. I look forward to seeing you there!
  • Mark your calendars for the CHRA Spring Conference on April 13th! Our theme this year is: “HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation.” The conference committee is working tirelessly to secure speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. If you’re interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, spots are still available! If you’re tweeting about the event, use the conference hashtag: #conversationmatters
  • Don’t miss our Diversity & Inclusion Annual Event on May 17th! We will once again be presenting the James W. Rouse Diversity Award to a local organization which best exemplifies an attitude and environment of acceptance and inclusion. And we’ll hear from another inspiring keynote. If you’re looking to nominate your organization, the information linked here

50% responded they are interested in a one-day prep course on both HRCI and SHRM Certification.
New this year is a Dual-Certification Prep 1-Day Boot Camp being held on May 12th. Whether you are planning to sit for the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, or SPHR exams, this full day of interactive learning will help you prepare for the test. Space is limited!

44% joined CHRA for recertification credits.

All of our education programs are approved for both HRCI credits and SHRM PDC’s.

44% feel we should rotate the location of our events.

We continue to evaluate different venues around the greater-Baltimore area. There are many factors that impact where we hold our events – parking, size of venue, availability, sponsors, and price. Already we have secured rotating locations around the area for our upcoming events and are in the process of evaluating venues for our quarterly networking events and monthly education sessions this year. We assure you we are mindful of location and are doing our best to accommodate your requests.

In the coming months, I will highlight more survey results and tie them to action plans we are evaluating and developing to respond to your feedback.

I want to thank my peers on the Board, Kristen Philips and Stringfellow Management Group, and our Committee Volunteers for your hard work, energy and commitment to CHRA’s members, mission, and goals.

And I can’t forget to announce the winner of Member Survey Drawing (a $50 gift certificate to Starbucks). Congratulations goes out to Cindy Lewis!

Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP


CHRA Has New Contact Information - Please Update Your Records!


Chesapeake Human Resources Association
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Phone: (443) 966-3870 / Fax: (443) 640-1031

(all other details for CHRA also serve as CHRF’s contact info)

Kristen Philips, CAE | Executive Director | | Ext. 148
Samantha Devine | Associate Director | | Ext. 145
Rachel Schley | Meetings Registrar | | Ext. 150


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

Amy Brenner
HR Generalist
Freddie Mac

Mercedes Bucelato
Director of Finance and Administration
The Center Club

Tiana Cobbs
Human Resources Intern
Strategic Factory

Kate Davis
HR Manager
Stringfellow Management Group

Tia Davis-Halstead
Human Services
 Allison Haynes
HR Assistant
SAGE Dining Services, Inc.
Kim Hock
Human Resources Manager
SB & Company, LLC
 Nia Jones
HR Manager
The Y in Central Maryland
Stacey Karayinopulos   Christina Kennon Student
MaryJo Lloyd
HR/Accounting Manager
CCL Label

 Mehnaz Shoostry
Student Aid
CCBC Catonsville

Natagne Van De Wall


Dateya Willingham
Team Leader
Social Security Administration

Jeremy Zuck
Human Resources Manager
Airgas USA, LLC

Thank you for your membership, support and dedication.
Please allow us to welcome you to CHRA by watching our NEW, New Member Welcome Video. 

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:

  • Shannon Fleming
  • Kathy Herold
  • Laurie Luczak
  • Phil Romm
  • Cynthia Spearman
  • Nancy Zimmerman

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


Don't Forget to Renew Your CHRA Membership for 2017!

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," and then click the "Membership" icon.
  3. Choose the option to securely renew online and choose the membership type that you fall under.

When renewing your membership, CHRA has several options:

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.

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 Members: Update Your Profile and Win $100

CHRA is in the process of having its data analyzed for future benchmarking initiatives. We are asking that ALL CHRA members visit their online profile and update their demographic information TODAY, including all demographic information about your organization (industry, organization size, etc.), how long you have been in the field of HR, what your service provider category is, etc. Every member that participates in updating their data will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Visa Gift Card!


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


February 15, 2017 - Monthly Education Program
Conducting Workplace Investigations
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Rolling Road Golf Club, Catonsville, MD


March 15, 2017 - Monthly Education Program
Leave Management Workshop: An Interactive Session Talking the Toughest Leave Management Issues
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD


April 13, 2017 - Annual Spring Conference
HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation
Martins West, Baltimore, MD

Click here to sign up as an exhibitor


May 12, 2017 - Certification Preparation 1-Day Boot Camp
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 21, 2017 - Monthly Education Program
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
CCBC Owings Mills, Owings Mills, MD


****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!****

Diversity & Inclusion Corner

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

Call for 2017 James W. Rouse Diversity Award Nominations

Does your organization go above and beyond to develop and implement an outstanding diversity initiative?

The CHRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee is now accepting your official award nominations for Baltimore area businesses and organizations that demonstrate commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace through their human resources efforts and initiatives! Prior award winners include organizations such as ADP, Southern Management Corporation, McCormick & Co., and University of Maryland Medical Center. We are looking for nominations in any of the following four categories:

Small companies = under 100 employees
Mid-size companies = from 101 – 500 employees
Large companies = more than 500 employees
Educational Institutions: K1-12, Community Colleges and Universities

Nomination Deadline: April 7, 2017


Nominations and questions can be sent to CHRA’s Diversity and Inclusion Director, Michelle Huggins, at, and copy CHRA at

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.

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

CHRA's Spring Conference Registration Opening Soon - Keep an Eye on Your Inbox for our Announcement Email


Exhibit at CHRA's 2017 Spring Conference

CHRA Annual Spring Conference
“HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation"

April 13, 2017
Martin’s West | Baltimore, MD

CHRA is accepting exhibitor and sponsorship registrations for our 2017 Spring Conference, which will take place on April 13, 2017 at Martin’s West! The theme of the 2017 CHRA Spring Conference is, "HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation." The conference attracts over 350 Human Resource Professionals from the Greater Baltimore area.

Please complete this linked form, and if you would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor, complete it and fax back to 443-640-1031 or scan/email back to Please remember that we can only accept a limited number of exhibitors and sponsors.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CHRA at 443-966-3870. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

CHRA Student Section 


ANNOUNCING TWO $1,000 Scholarships in 2017

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017


 Each $1,000 award will be granted to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Human Resources
  • Possess proven leadership ability
  • Actively involved in CHRA or other HR related organizations.

We will begin accepting applications for both of these $1,000 Student Scholarships now. To apply, the online application must be completed in full and submitted with the following attachments:

  • A current copy of the applicant's resume
  • Official school transcript demonstrating full or part-time enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program as of Spring 2017.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    » At least one professional reference from a faculty member, school advisor, current/former employer, or HR professional.
    » No more than one personal reference from a non-relative may be used.

Award winners will be announced at the 2017 CHRA Spring Conference on Thursday, April 13, 2017.


Qualifications for Entry:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • If enrolled at a Community College, students must be working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in the future – referred to as a Transfer Pattern/Pathway and NOT a Certificate.
  • Must be a CHRA Member, membership qualification applies to those CHRA members whose dues are activated by March 1, 2017.
  • Applications must be received by April 1, 2017


College Relations Committee

Committee members are actively working with Towson University, CCBC, and Stevenson University for onsite events this Spring. Our committee supports these schools with Mock Interviews, Resume Critiques, Mentoring, Speakers, and attending various events to promote careers in Human Resources.
Upcoming events in March include Mock Interviews and a Panel Discussion on the topic of “HR in the Real World” at CCBC, and Resume Critiques and participation in the Careers in Psychology and Human Services event at Stevenson University.

If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, please contact Jean Turner at

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.


Get the most out of your CHRA Membership with the 

CHRA Member Partner Program


CHRA is seeking a few members who would like to volunteer as a partner to new members.

The partner program was created to effectively transition new members to the many benefits of CHRA. It is designed to pair members together to meet, network and discuss how to gain the most out of their CHRA membership.

CHRA cares about our members, and through this program all members will have the opportunity to work with each other to become an active part of the association. They will have someone to attend meetings with, someone to call with questions about CHRA, someone to help familiarize them with social media aspects, association benefits, and so on.

If you are able to commit to an hour or two each month and have a desire to help new members experience the same great benefits you have by sharing your personal experience, please contact Harry E. Florio, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HCS, SHRBP.

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! Our most recent Networking Event was held at Mustang Alley's and our upcoming October 6 Networking Event is going to be held at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Penguin Coast Exhibit).

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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