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President's Message



We each have the power to co-create our relationships, our workplace cultures and our lives. Building community which has been our theme for CHRA this year allows us to co-create professional and personal relationships. Below are two examples.

I want to thank CHRF for the second year of their financial sponsorship to the Junior Achievement Her Path to Promise event. The increased monetary contribution resulted in 40 additional young women being able to participate in the event this year. I also want to thank and recognize our CHRA members who volunteered their time at this event at Towson University. The feedback I heard was that it was an amazing and heartfelt experience and it was wonderful that CHRA contributed to the success of the program for these young women. Volunteers included:



- Adam Yasneski - SECU

- Tom Benner - SECU

- Claudia Neill - SECU

- Elizabeth Zambito - LifeBridge Health

- Jennifer Quinn - All-Pro Placement Svc.

- Lynnlee Friia - Catholic Charities

- Patricia Johnson - DLLR

- Heather Nelson - Fotheringill & Wade, LLC

- Lori Raggio - Inspire Greatness Coaching and Consulting LLC 

- Jay Jones - Maryland Public Television

- Cristal Fortino - McDaniel College

- Kelly Polk - Stanley Black & Decker

- Sharon Scibek - The Workplace Architect

- Te’Chera St. Rose - WMS Partners LLC

- Laura Locke - Danfoss

- Jean Turner Former - CHRA Board Member

- Mark Hornberger - CPI / New Options Group, Inc.


On Thursday afternoon we networked with the young women from area Baltimore City High Schools encouraging them to relax and bring their best self forward in their discussions with us. We then conducted mock interviews and provided feedback and tips for future successful interviews for internships and jobs. Many of these young women were very prepared, enthusiastic, had well thought out mature questions and exuded confidence.

On Friday morning the HR panel focused on First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions was dynamite and well received by over 60 young women from area Baltimore City High Schools. The panel provided two one-hour sessions and panelist Mark Hornberger former CHRA board member and current CHRF board member was the most popular guy in the room...the only guy in the room. Some of the young women asked good questions and were clearly there to learn.

On Friday afternoon I manned a booth for CHRA where 

the young women learned what an association is, how important HR is to the success and growth of any organization, and they had an opportunity to win 2 books,  a deck of 'inspirational quote' cards, as well as peanut butter chocolate treats that my husband perfected. I witnessed transformation in some of the young women from the mock interviews to how they presented at the booth. I received strong handshakes, direct eye contact, great questions, meaningful conversation, their level of confidence had strengthened, and they had found their voice.

If this experience sounds intriguing and exciting and prompts you to want to give back to our community, please contact me at 410-440-5160 or and I can provide you information about upcoming Junior Achievement volunteer opportunities.

The second item I would like to draw your attention to is an opportunity to build and strengthen our HR community by providing your input to one area that the CHRA board of directors will be focused on during the remainder of 2018 which addresses the CHRA strategic plan.

Lifelong Member Home – Communicate to professionals that CHRA serves as their membership “home” from entering and transitioning out of the profession; customizing benefits and services to meet each category’s unique needs. I would appreciate your thoughts so please feel free to send an email to me at

Enjoy Augus

Lori Raggio, PHR, SHRM-CP




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


Margaret Abrams - HR Specialist, Mariner Finance LLC
Jeanette Brown - Student
Rebecca Budd - HR Manager, Oak Crest
Joanna Chambliss - Stifel
Katherine Demers - Associate, HR Practice, Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC
Sima Fried - Associate Attorney, Thomas & Libowitz, P.A.
Krysannia Gorodn - Student
Donna Henrie - Consultant, IRIS Consulting
Vanessa Jeffries - Social Security Administration
Nick Karelas - Student
Nicole Keimig - FILA USA, Inc.
Sterling Kelly - HR Generalist, LifeBridge Health 
Pamela McAdory - Workforce Relations Specialist, General Dynamics, Mission Systems
Alexandra Miller - HR Intern, Strategic Factory
Ed Mullin - Baltimore Robotics Center
Winifred Olaniyi - Student
Kemi Omotoso - CallRevu
April Papst - HR Manager, Domani Wealth
Candita Polk - Student
Mariann Richardson - Human Resources Manager, Erickson Living/Oak Crest Village
Jordana Shapiro - HR Manager, Cato Networks
Carly Tilson - Strategic Factory
Katie VandenHeuvel
Gloria Winchester - Student  


 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:

  • Danielle Bradley
  • Michelle Kess
  • Russell Koch
  • Tina Kummelman
  • Batsheva Lazar
  • Thesda McIvor
  • Melanie Morris
  • Jason Nemoy
  • Carly Tilson
  • Nancy Zimmerman

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


CHRA's Executive HR Roundtable


The CHRA Board of Directors is pleased to present the Executive HR Roundtable! Comprised of CHROs, Vice Presidents, and Executive HR Practitioners, the Round Table is a new value-added program designed to bring C-Suite HR Professionals together for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking. We’ve been successfully piloting the program for several months, and are now ready to officially present this exciting new program to our members.

The HR Executive Roundtable currently has 35 senior HR Executives representing Maryland employers from a variety of industries. Led by our Governing Committee (Brian Lynch, Jason Nemoy, Lori Raggio, Gina Resch), the group meets approximately six times per year. If you are interested in being considered as a participant of the Roundtable and meet the criteria listed below, please reach out to me at or 410-440-5160.

The criteria for joining CHRA’s Executive Roundtable:

  1. 10+ years of relevant HR senior-level/Executive experience in multiple HR disciplines
  2. Key decision maker in HR at their organization
  3. Ability to Inspire at strategic level
  4. Demonstrated experience setting org-wide strategy and driving for results
  5. Working in Baltimore-metro Region / Local leader for HR
  6. Willingness to contribute, share and engage with the group/network, including “best practices”, innovative ideas, and challenges
  7. Current member of CHRA

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.



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 CenterTo 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!


Workforce Readiness Networking Pilot Program


We’ve heard very clearly from our members that you value the networking opportunities provided by CHRA. In order to make networking easier, we are piloting a color coded dot system.

As you arrive at an event and get your name badge, if you are an employer with a current HR opening, please add a red dot to your name badge. If you are exploring new HR opportunities, please add a green dot to your name badge. We strongly encourage you to engage each other in dialogue to learn about the room full of potential new hires and employers.


*The Workforce Readiness section of the CHRA website will soon be under construction in order to better serve you. We will let you know when the pages are re-launched.



CHRA Calendar of Events


August 9, 2018 - Members Only Crab Feast Networking Event
5:30-8:30 p.m. - Conrads Seafood Restaurant, Perry Hall, MD


September 12, 2018 - Monthly Education Program "Me Too? How to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"
5:30-8:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD 


October 17, 2018 - Monthly Education Program "GEN Z Leadership - Meet Your New Workforce!"
8:30-11:00 a.m. - CCBC Owings Mills, MD - Save the Date


November 7, 2018 - 13th Annual Fall Employment Law Conference
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Martins West, Baltimore, 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!



Exhibit at CHRA's Annual Fall Conference!

(Employment Law/Legislative)
November 7, 2018 | Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


Deadline to be included on printed brochure: August 10, 2018


CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR practitioners in Maryland. This conference is known for attracting 250+ human resource professionals from around the greater Baltimore area and now is your chance to be one of the many exhibitors to feature the latest and greatest in products and services of interest to HR professionals. Please remember that we can only accept a limited number of exhibitors and sponsors, and we do fill up quickly.

There are several different levels and price points available for sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this conference. For more details, click here to download our Exhibitor/Sponsorship Packet. Simply complete the form and send to CHRA at or mail to 9 Newport Drive, Suite 200, Forest Hill, MD 21050. If you have additional questions feel free to contact CHRA at 443-966-3870.

Registration for regular HR attendees will open in September.



SHRM CEO Keynote Address


SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, gave the opening keynote "Writing Our Own Future" on June 17, 2018 at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago.


Click here to view the YouTube link of his presentation



SHRM Government Affairs/A-Team webcast


Click here for a PDF of the presentation slides from the Thursday, July 12th SHRM Government Affairs/A-Team webcast. You may access the full length webcast from last week here. For all other information you can visit the SHRM Policy Action Center


Junior Achievement Volunteer Opportunity 


Junior Achievement Inspire Event


Our newest capstone event is kicking off in Fall 2018 (October 18th at the Timonium Fair Grounds) – the highlight of JA Inspire will be the Career Exploration fair which will feature an interactive, hands-on showcase of careers with Maryland businesses, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and secondary and post-secondary institutions. Exhibitors will share their career opportunities, career advice, and will engage 3,000 students with equipment and technology, giving students the chance to “step into the shoes” of employees. This is going to be a great opportunity for the students to have real life discussions with professionals in the various careers. Please check out the video below to see what JA Inspire is all about!


CHRA Student Section  

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.


SHRM Retired Membership Rates

Did you know there are discounted SHRM membership rates for retired members?

 There are two options that SHRM offers retired individuals:

  • There’s a retired annual membership for $55 each year and is available to any professional SHRM member who has retired from active full-time employment. These members do not have voting rights and may not hold office in the Society, but do have access to all other SHRM member benefits, discounts and offerings.
  • There’s also a retired life membership with a one-time rate of $480 available for SHRM members who had a professional membership for at least 10 years are now retired from active full-time employment. They get all the benefits of SHRM membership.

Both retired membership options can be activated by calling SHRM’s Member Care center at +1.800.283.7476, option 3 (US Only).

 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


Red Cross National Volunteer Opportunity for CHRA Members


Are you interested in real estate/finance/IT and enjoy working with volunteers? Apply to join the REFIT Steward program for the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake Region!

What is REFIT? - Real Estate, Finance and IT.

The REFIT Steward Program will provide a team of volunteers in your local Red Cross region who will act as support for the national volunteer groups in Real Estate, Finance and Information Technology. Their job will be to enable volunteer engagement that supports an integrated work force in these CFO units and recognize them for their contribution to the Red Cross.

Key Responsibilities and Qualifications:

  •  Promote understanding of how volunteer work in the CFO units connects to the mission
  • Serve to facilitate and engage volunteers in the region to maintain volunteer workforce and preserve availability
  • Support CFO units as they add new volunteers and welcome them to the region
  • Support and encourage virtual engagement activities and events; attend Red Cross events
  • Have demonstrated experience to validate engaging volunteers
  • Strong verbal, written and communication skills with multiple modalities
  • Work experience with volunteers or leading volunteers preferred

For questions, please email Click HERE to apply!


Sponsorship Opportunity: CHRA Monthly Email Blasts

Now reserving spots for 2019 - All 2018 months have been claimed

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!


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 here for easy instructions to make it private

CHRA’s Corporate Membership Options


DID YOU KNOW? CHRA offers corporate based memberships to offer a great value and substantial savings for members who are in organizations that have multiple employees who would like to be part of CHRA. The Corporate Complete Membership allows up to 5 individuals from your organization to benefit from four monthly meetings and one of our semi-annual conferences each year…all at a small investment of $1,000. This is an annual savings of over $875! For larger organizations, the Corporate Elite Membership offers 20 or more employees from your organization a 50% discount on all CHRA events. Come join your corporate peers such as LifeBridge Health, SECU, Baltimore County Public Schools and Catholic Charities by investing in the professional development of your HR teams! For more information, visit us here.



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  


  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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