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March 2019

President's Message

CHRA 2019 President, Jason Nemoy, PHR

Spring (Conference) is in the Air!

Dear Colleagues:

We hope this newsletter finds you well. On behalf of our Board of Directors and volunteers, we sincerely appreciate your continued support of CHRA as we approach our 90th year as an Association.

Spring Conference is in the air! We hope you can join the nearly 450 HR practitioners and vendors at our annual Spring Conference "Elevate, Innovate & Dial Up HR" on Thursday, April 11th at Martin's West Baltimore.

Our Committee Chair, Amanda Russo, and her team listed below are working hard behind the scenes to help put together a value-packed and fun event.


2019 Spring Conference Committee


Director, Spring Conference - Amanda Russo, Daft-McCune-Walker, Inc.

Darcy Boegner

Lakeisha Brown, Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Elton Clark, Rails to Trails Conservancy

Kiara Crenshaw

Kimberly Graham, Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Andrea Guzman,Maryland Department of Human Services

Jennie Higgins

Jakiraman Jones, Maryland Public Television

Candace McCollin, SECU

Monica Meneses

Lori Raggio

Jonathan Spivey, Trion

Most of our board members will be in attendance, and we will carve out opportunities throughout the day to connect with you for conversation and to share ideas to continue to strengthen CHRA.

Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Very best regards,

Jason Nemoy

President, CHRA


CHRA Member Survey - The Results Are In!

John M. Ruyter, CHRA President-Elect

Dear Colleagues:

Each year, CHRA conducts a Member Survey as a way to continuously gauge the value of our services, our member satisfaction, and ideas for improvement. As a new Board Member, I was excited to review the recent 2018 survey results to learn if other members felt as positive as I do about CHRA’s value.

I’m happy to report that the results were overwhelmingly positive. Let me provide you a few highlights:


  • The majority of members spoke highly of CHRA and recommend it to others
  • Most members join, and/or renew, as way to increase networking, access information and resources, and to attend training/events for learning and credits

As suggestions for ways to improve member value, members thought that new locations and adding more topics around strategic HR trends and technology would be valuable.

As we look at other opportunities in 2019, there were two items that also jumped out as areas of expansion for CHRA:

  • First is our social media presence. If you aren’t following CHRA on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, please do so now… it’s an easy way to see updates and we plan to expand our efforts in communicating through social media.
  • A second opportunity is growing our volunteer network. A vast majority of members have never volunteered for a CHRA committee or event. I certainly appreciate that we all have extremely busy work and personal lives, but volunteering at CHRA can be valuable in many ways. It allows for deeper networking with members of CHRA, can be used as credit hours for HR certifications, and in most cases can be done with a very small time commitment.On top of that, I’ve also learned through my own efforts, that it can be a personally rewarding experience.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering, check out our various committees to see which might be of interest to you, or email to express your interest.

Thank you again for your time in completing the survey.

I look forward to sharing with you the results following the 2019 annual survey.


Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for a fun way to get involved in CHRA? The Affiliate Involvement Committee is seeking volunteers who love to network and want to help in planning CHRA's Quarterly Networking Events. If you are interested, please contact


Welcome CHRA's New Members from February

Adenike Akintilo, Year Up Baltimore

Matt Ayers, GBMC Healthcare

Erika Buffaloe, House of Ruth Maryland

Janean Burgess, JMT

Kellie Butler, TAI Engineering

John Carberry, Year Up Baltimore

Katie Coleman, Benchworks

Bonnie Crandell-Kwon, GBMCHealthcare System

Amber Criner

Lorrie Davis, Strong City Baltimore

Patricia Furches, Harford County Fire & EMS Foundation

Dayna Gilliard, Year Up Baltimore

Shauna Gordon, Baltimore County Public Schools

Patrick Hodge, Disability Solutions

Bonnie Jackson, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

C. Stephen Jones, Towson University

Brad Kouyoumjian, Baltimore County Public Schools

Jimmese Lyons

Anna-Gaye Martin, Pall Corporation

Diamond Mfomen

Toni Montgomery, Baltimore CIty Health Department

Lisa Nugent, CRISP

Julio Quiros

Krystal Ragin

Roland Selby, Year Up Baltimore

Kelsie Shannon, Pompeian Inc.

Helen Sipes, Beckley's Enterprises Inc.

Elizabeth Ushamirsky, TridentUSA Health

Keri Winger, ThompsonGas

Do you know an HR colleague who would benefit from membership in CHRA? Invite them to become a member on our website here.


Join Us For Our Upcoming Events

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Workshop -"Why Community Engagement is Your Best Talent Retention Strategy"

March 13, 2019 (New Date! Rescheduled from February due to weather)

8:00 - 9:30AM

Webinar: "Developing A Financial Wellness Strategy"

March 13, 2019 


March Monthly Education Program-"LeaderSHIFT-From Control to Empowerment"
March 20, 2019
5:30 - 8:00PM
PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD

CHRA Annual Spring Conference, "Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up!"


April 11, 2019
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD

Click here to view the full 2019 Calendar of Events and to register online!




March 13 Webinar

"Developing a Financial Wellness Strategy"

(Free for CHRA Members!)


The next CHRA Webinar, "Developing a Financial Wellness Strategy" will take place March 13, 2019 from 12:00-1:00PM.


Presented by Michael Cammarata, CFP, ChFC, RICP, Tide Creek Financial Group, and Tom Charla, MassMutual Financial Group, this program will touch on how an employee financial wellness program affects your bottom line; defining the different components that  make up an effective financial wellness program; things to consider as you implement your financial wellness program.


The program is pre-approved for 1 hour of General/HR credit by HRCI, and 1 SHRM Professional Development Credit.


Registration is free for CHRA members - $20.00 for Non-Members and $10.00 for Student Non-Members.

Space is limited, so register here!

Previous webinars are available for download on the CHRA website.

Simply log on to, click "Events" then "On Demand Webinars" to go to the download page. Webinar downloads are free for CHRA members, $20 for non-members.



Junior Achievement Workshop

"Corporate Culture Beyond the Cubicle:
Why Community Engagement is Your Best Talent Retention Strategy"

March 13, 2019 8:00 - 9:30AM (New Date! Rescheduled from February Due to Weather)
Continental breakfast will be served

During this session, select HR executives and area business leaders will learn and discuss:

  • Why companies are feeling the pressure to recruit and retain the best and brightest talent
  • How community engagement strengthens employee engagement and morale
  • How organizations can align their mission and brand with a meaningful community cause
  • What companies can do to maximize the impact of working with a non-profit

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Paige McFeely at or by calling 410-753-3290. Registration will not be offered on the CHRA website.

For more information on Junior Achievement of Central Maryland click here


Become a "Conscious Leader"

Join Us for our March Education Program

"LeaderSHIFT-From Control to Empowerment"

March 20, 2019


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD

Presented by CHRA Past President, Ryan McShane, HR Evolution LLC.

The historical concepts of leadership through an authoritarian lens no longer serve the intended outcomes of today’s information-based society. While authoritarian may have worked during the industrial era, a new leader is emerging to support the information era, ͞The Conscious Leader.

In this program we will demonstrate how past practices do not fit today’s workforce needs and identify how to create the shift in perspective that does equip leaders with the skills and competencies to lead today’s workforce. 

This program has been pre-approved for 2 hours of General/HR credit by HRCI and 2 SHRM PDC's.

Register here!


Call for Speakers - September, 2019 - June 2020, Monthly Education Programs


Deadline to Submit - April 1,2019

Have a great idea for for a Monthly Education Program?

The CHRA Professional Development Committee is now seeking presenters for our Monthly Education Programs.

Presenters will deliver CHRA's Monthly Meeting Programs (in-person meetings, two hours; webinars, one hour) for the education season that begins September 2019 and runs through June 2020. 

To submit a speaker proposal, and for more information, click here.


Student Chapter Scholarships - Apply By March 31

Deadline to Apply - March 31, 2019 - Presented at the Annual Spring Conference, April 11, 2019

CHRA is proud to offer two $1,000.00 scholarships in 2019. The scholarships are granted to one undergraduate and one graduate student who:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the field of Human Resources
  • Possesses proven leadership ability
  • Is actively involved in CHRA or other HR related organizations.

CHRA is pleased to announce that two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be presented in 2019.

We will begin accepting applications for the scholarships now. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.


Scholarship recipients will be announced at the CHRA Spring Conference, April 11, 2019.

For information and an application, please click here.


2019 CHRA Annual Spring Conference

"Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up HR" 


April 11, 2019

7:30AM - 4:00PM

Martins West, Baltimore

This year's event promises to be one to remember. The Annual Spring Conference will take place Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 7:30AM-4:00PM at Martins West located at 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.

The Conference Committee has planned six breakout presentations along with two excellent keynotes. Our morning keynote is Emily M. Dickens, J.D., SHRM Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff. Our afternoon keynote you may have seen on Americas Got Talent, Kechi Okwuchi.

Kechi will share how the hills and valleys of her recovery shaped the belief system she has today: "My scars do not define me". She will communicate that elevating one's internal qualities above their physical attributes elevates one's self-worth, which in turn frees a person from the world's ever-changing standards.

Registration is now open and available online until April 9, 2019. For the full conference agenda and to register, click here.


Career Center & Job Listings

Looking for a new career opportunity - or have an opportunity to share?


The CHRA Career Center features local HR job openings and a section listing 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.


If you are an employer seeking a qualified HR professional, visit the Career Center on to post an open position.

Table of Contents

President's Message
CHRA Member Survey
Volunteer Opportunity
Welcome New February Members!
Upcoming Events
March 13 Webinar
Junior Achievement Workshop - Community Engagement and Talent Retention
March Education Program
Call for Speakers
Student Chapter Scholarship Awards Deadline
CHRA's Annual Spring Conference - April 11, 2019
Career Center & Job Listings

Helpful Links

CHRA's Mission & Goals

CHRA Sponsorship Opportunities
Details on the HRCI certification program
Details on the SHRM certification program
Donate to CHRFoundation
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