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CHRA's Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by CHRA members to set the strategic direction for CHRA. To share your ideas with the CHRA Board of Directors at any time, please contact info@chra.com.

 

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President

  


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John Ruyter, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Vice President, HR

GP Strategies

11000 Broken Land Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044

202-746-1866

 

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 SHRM State Council and attends all State Council meetings 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.


President-Elect


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Debra Temple, PHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director, Human Resources & Global Talent

GP Strategies Corporation

11000 Broken Land Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044

240-315-7169


Assists the President in achieving association goals. In the absence of the President, performs all presidential responsibilities. Chairs the nominating committee and manages 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.


Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 


Jennifer Downs, CPA
President
Benefit Audit Group
521 Larson Court, Suite 2A
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 878-7965 / fax: (443) 703-2311

 

Together with the President, holds CHRA signing authority for negotiable instruments, contracts and other legal documents. Provides financial guidance to the Board regarding investments and other negotiable instruments. Provides budgetary information to individual Board positions. Approves the association's invoices and oversees deposits of checks and cash. Works with tax advisors to assure compliance with required association 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. Assists in the development of the association's annual budget.



Immediate Past President

 


Jason L. Nemoy, PHR

Practice Director, Human Resources Recruiting

Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC

110 West Road, Suite 420

Towson, MD 21204

410-608-8870


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.

Directors:

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


 

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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

410-608-8870

 

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



 

 

Vacant


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, Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference







Darcy Boegner, SHRM-SCP
Director, Talent Management
Catholic Charities
2300 Dulaney Valley Road
Timonium, MD 21093
(667) 600-3422

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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Monica Meneses, SM-HRD 

Human Resources Generalist

Space Telescope Science institute

3700 San Martin Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 300-6968


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 Engagement




 

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Megan LaRocque, M.S.
Principal Consultant & Executive Coach

LaRocque Consulting Group 
Baltimore, MD
(410) 456-2852


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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Tina Schmitt, SHRM-CP, CHRCR, PHR

Director, Talent Acquisition

Kennedy Krieger Institute

1741 Ashland Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21205

(443) 923-5815


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

 

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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
410-440-5160


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.

Director, Volunteer Engagement

 

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Karen Satchell, SPHR, SCP

Johns Hopkins University

8318 Dalesford Road

Baltimore, MD 21234

(667) 208-7361

 

Responsible for partnering closely with Management Staff and CHRA Board Members regarding the development, engagement, and oversight of the Association’s volunteer base. Assist with developing a pipeline of Committee Volunteers for future Board positions.



CHRA's Staff:

Executive Director


Kristen M. Philips, CAE, IOM
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1148 / fax: 443-640-1031
kphilips@stringfellowgroup.net



Associate Director


Maria K. Donovan, QAS
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1150/ fax: 443-640-1031
maria@stringfellowgroup.net


Director of Meetings


Tricia Clarke, CMP
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1141 / fax: 443-640-1031

tricia@stringfellowgroup.net


Financial Manager


Mary Skudzinskas
Stringfellow Management Group, Inc. 
2331 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
443-966-3870 ext. 1118 / fax: 443-640-1031

mary@stringfellowgroup.net




 

 

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