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CHRA's Board of Directors

CHRA offers many opportunities for you to get involved in the association, and therefore, get more out of the association. Get to know other HR professionals, build leadership skills, and give back to the community.

To volunteer for a committee, please contact the director via the email links below. You may also visit the Committee Page to learn more.





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Jason L. Nemoy, PHR

Practice Director, Human Resources Recruiting

Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC

110 West Road, Suite 420

Towson, MD 21204



Provides strategic leadership and direction to achieve the association's purpose, goals and objectives. Works closely with the Board to set goals and objectives, and to ensure follow through on key objectives. Serves as CHRA's central contact for SHRM information. Serves as a voting member of the State Council and attends all State Council meetings (at least 50%). Works with the Director, Membership Services in administering the Annual Member Survey. Together with the Past-President, President-Elect and Director, Membership Development, serves on the nominating committee for the current and upcoming Board positions.


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John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President, HR

GP Strategies

11000 Broken Land Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044


Assists the President in achieving association responsibilities. In the absence of the President, performs all presidential responsibilities. Chairs the nominating committee and succession planning for current and upcoming Board positions. Works closely with the Treasurer to ensure financial viability of the association. Attends MD State Council Meetings when appropriate, and in place of President as needed, and reports back pertinent information to the President and to the Board. Works with the current President to ensure regular committee meetings.



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Brian Lynch
Human Resources Director
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
1505 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104
(410) 442-3253 / fax: (410) 442-0130


Together with the President, holds CHRA signing authority for negotiable instruments, contracts and other legal documents. Provides financial advice to the Board regarding how to invest the association's cash or move its assets in various bonds and other negotiable instruments. Provides budgetary information to individual Board positions. Pays the association's bills and oversees deposits of checks and cash. Works with tax advisors to assure completion of the association's timely tax reporting. Monitors and advises regarding the association's liability insurance coverage. Reviews the board minutes from meetings and sends them to the board within one week of the meeting. Will be responsible for assisting with other areas during peak times, such as development of annual budget.

Immediate Past President


Lori Raggio, MS, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP
HR Executive. Coach. Consultant
President, Inspire Greatness Coaching and Consulting LLC

4723 New Town Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Remains actively involved with the Board in an advisory capacity while assuming additional responsibilities mutually agreed upon by the President. Provides assistance as-needed to other Board members and their respective committees to ensure goals and objectives are being met. Serves on the Nominating Committee for current and upcoming board positions. Dedicates time to assist and support the CHRFoundation. Submits Pinnacle Award if applicable.


Director, Membership Development

Lynn K. Argenbright
Vice President, Employee Benefits Advisor
PSA Insurance and Financial Services
11311 McCormick Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
410-773-4118 / fax: 410-773-4139

Solicits, recruits and attracts new members to the association. Establishes an annual goal for total membership including specialty membership such as Corporate Elite and Corporate Complete. Proactively monitors membership renewals and partners with the Director, Membership Services to help retain members. Markets CHRA to prospective members. Provides assistance to the Member Services committee for new employee welcoming and orientation activities as needed.

Director, Marketing



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Warren White, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPRW

Nonprofit HR

(202) 644-7469


Provides marketing strategies for all association activities, programs and initiatives in order to expand the reach and message of the CHRA brand. Collaborates with each Board member's work in order to understand his/her work and determine marketing potentials and venues. Creates and implements marketing action plans designed to advance the interests of the association, including but not limited to ensuring the consistency of the overall message (website, marketing collateral), and looks to increase the utilization of our social media efforts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) as a benefit to current members and an avenue to attract new members. Will function as a public relations agent for CHRA. Will work closely with the MD State Council to make sure that all of CHRA's events are posted on their website. Responsible for brand oversight of the CHRA website with recommendations for change given to Executive Director.

Director, Membership Services




Responsible for developing, maintaining and overseeing membership services. This includes but is not limited to the Member Partner Program, new member orientations, monitoring and encouraging involvement in the online discussion forums, and coordinating any ad hoc special events that are for the benefit of members. Promotes CHRA’s Job Board. Partners closely with the Director, Membership Development regarding recruiting members up for renewal, and engage Corporate Elite and Complete members.

Director, Workforce Readiness

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Tracey Ellison, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

699 Scotsdale Road

Westminster MD 21157

(443) 605-5289

This director works with a committee to monitor and evaluate local activities concerning workforce readiness issues and plans and encourages chapter involvement and activities impacting the workforce readiness arena. The director presents a report or provides updates to the chapter president and fellow chapter members and works in cooperation with state-level workforce readiness advocates.

Director, Government Affairs - Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference

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Kerstin Miller, Esq.
Associate Attorney
Smith & Downey, P.A.
320 E. Towsontown Blvd., Suite 1E
Baltimore, MD 21286
(410) 321-5864 / fax: (410) 321-6270

The Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference Committee is responsible for planning a full-day fall event that strives to provide worthwhile educational opportunities for the professional development of HR practitioners which focuses on Employment Law and Legislative/Regulatory Updates. Determines appropriate popular or important regulatory topics from the prior General Session. Determines the venue, reviews speaker proposals and makes the selections of presentations. The Director, and Committee Members call upon vendors to sponsor the conference, coordinates the logistics of the event and oversees the activities on the day of conference.

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

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Michelle Huggins, PHR, SHRM-CP

Manager, Employee Relations

Maryland Department of Transportation

7201 Corporate Center Drive

Hanover, MD 21076

(410) 865-1202

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee's mission is to educate the membership and those with whom we come into contact to embrace diversity as a foundation for building healthy, inclusive and successful workplaces in the Baltimore metropolitan area. CHRA will be an inclusive and welcoming community in which every individual is respected. The D&I Committee develops the association's programs and positions regarding issues of diversity in the workplace. Provides information concerning diversity to the membership. Plans the annual membership meeting on the topic of diversity, and managers the annual diversity award nomination, selection and presentation process.

Director, Professional Development


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Karen Satchell 

System Administrator

Johns Hopkins University

Plans and schedules the association's monthly membership meetings. Uses member needs assessment data to determine topics, speakers, menus and locations for meetings. Contracts for speakers and arranges necessary speaker accommodations. Arranges facilities, equipment, food and beverages for all association membership activities and events with the exception of the Spring and Fall conference. Partners with other Board members to ensure schedules and needs are clearly articulated. Evaluates programs presented and reports results to the Board.

Director, Spring Conference


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Amanda Russo, PHR, SHRM-CP

Administrative Services Manager

Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.
501 Fairmount Ave., Suite 301
Towson, MD 21286
(410) 296-3333

The Spring Conference Committee is responsible for planning a full-day spring event that strives to provide worthwhile educational opportunities for the professional development of HR practitioners. The committee determines the venue, reviews speaker proposals and makes the selections of presentations, calls upon vendors to sponsor the conference, coordinates the logistics of the event and oversees the activities on the day of conference.

Director, Affiliate Involvement

Jennifer L. Downs, CPA
Benefit Audit Group, LLC
521 Larson Court, Suite 2A
Westminster, MD 21157

Creates value for Affiliate members through the support of various programs specifically aimed to give Affiliate members a face among the Professional membership. Various programs overseen include sponsorship at Quarterly Network Events, the Annual Affiliate Meeting and our Vendor Network Group(s). Collaborates closely with the Director, Membership Development, Director, Marketing, and Director, Membership Services to increase affiliate membership, market CHRA and its affiliates to the professional members and provide education and development opportunities.

Director, College Relations

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Scott Hands, SHRM-CP

HR Generalist


700 Red Brook Blvd.

Owings Mills, MD 21117


Develops student chapters at local colleges and universities, including traditional on-line universities with physical locations in the area. Serves at Board liaison to each established student chapter. Develops strategies to connect students and student chapter members with general membership for mutual benefit. Partners with Director, Membership Development to establish annual goals for recruiting new student members and student renewals. Represents the Board in student chapter recognition activities. Stimulates, promotes, encourages, and supports the Human Resource career choice to college students and helps to connect graduating students into the professional arena and help promote their continued memberships.

Director, Foundation & Community Involvement




Director, Foundation & Community Involvement will liaise between CHRA and CHRF Boards and report back on all Foundation-related items, serve as the program director for CHRA’s defined community initiatives and recommend fund raising initiatives to support community involvement programs.

CHRA's Staff:

Executive Director

Kristen M. Philips, CAE, IOM
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1148 / fax: 443-640-1031

Associate Director

Maria K. Donovan, QAS
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1150/ fax: 443-640-1031

Director of Meetings

Tricia Clarke
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1141 / fax: 443-640-1031

Financial Manager

Mary Skudzinskas
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1118 / fax: 443-640-1031



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