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May 2019


President's Message

CHRA President, Jason Nemoy

Greetings everyone!


On behalf of our Board of Directors and Committee Volunteers, we hope this message finds you well.


Wow! A record-breaking nearly 500 attendees joined us for our 2019 Annual Spring Conference held at Martin's West in Baltimore on April 11.


Thank you to all of our presenters, vendors, and attendees  - and especially our volunteer Spring Conference Committee chaired by Amanda Russo - for putting together another outstanding program.


At our May meeting, our Board of Directors will discuss ways to make the event even better to create even more value for all of you. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please share them with the Board at any time by contacting


Are you looking to leverage your talent and manage your career? Join us for our May Monthly Education Program on May 15th.


Start your summer by making valuable connections with other HR professionals at our Summer Quarterly Networking event on the beautiful Rooftop Deck of PSA in Hunt Valley on June 4th.


As you know, HR (and CHRA) is much more than "picnics and parties." Enjoy this brief take on The Importance of HR, by Jack Welch.


Thank you, and wishing you a great month of May! 


Best regards,


Jason Nemoy 


Annual Spring Conference - A Dynamic Program and Record-Breaking Attendance

(Director, Spring Conference, Amanda Russo; CHRA Immediate Past President, Lori Raggio; Emily Dickens, J.D., SHRM Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff; Felix Massey, SHRM Field Services Director; CHRA President Jason Nemoy)


CHRA: A Community of HR Professionals-Conference Video


Spring Conference Photo Album


HR professionals from across the region attended CHRA's 2019 Annual Spring Conference on April 11, 2019 at Martin's West in Baltimore. With record-breaking attendance of nearly 500 attendees and over 100 sponsors and exhibitors, this was our most successful conference to date!


The conference featured two engaging keynote sessions, breakout sessions on key issues impacting the HR profession, exhibitors displaying the latest products and technologies and a mini-concert and presentation from America's Got Talent contestant and motivational speaker Kechi Okwuchi.


For the second year, CHRA partnered with a local organization as a way to give back to the community. Attendees generously contributed four large boxes of needed items and nearly $300.00 in donations for women and children at the My Sister's Place shelter in Baltimore.


Here is what our attendees loved most about the event:


"The quality of speakers and presentations was one of the best I've seen"


"The speakers were all excellent. This is the best CHRA Conference that I have attended. It is a great opportunity to experience more of the community, meet new people, and continue to learn about the HR field in Maryland!"


"The sessions were informative and helpful, the food was amazing, the facility was great - I would come again in the Fall!"



The Spring Conference Committee thanks you for attending and looks forward to seeing you next year!


Would you like to volunteer for the Spring or Fall Conference Committees? Please contact


Spring Conference Door Prize Winners


CHRA Scavenger Hunt - Rosalyn Avery   

CHR Foundation - Cynthia PreVatte, Amy Peterson, Roslyn Jennings, Eileen Levitt 

Asset Strategy Consultants - Pam Karpin & Robin Poore 

Incentive Services - Lorene Huffman 

Mary Kraft Staffing & HR Consultants - Monica Conaway 

Alliant Insurance Services - Christine Foster 

Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union- Karen Staley, SPHR 

Bluestone - Cheryl Miller 

McKonly & Asbury & Dale Carnegie Mid-Atlantic - Michelle Williams, PHR 

Mylestone Plans -Theresa Miller 

Payroll Network - Gina Mallory, PHR 

PSA Insurance & Financial Services - Ellen Highfill 

SECU of Maryland - Karen Snoops PHR 

Paychex - Pauline Forney, Lorene Huffman 

EMP - Robin Moran 

ICF -Rachel Viegas


Make plans to join us for our 14th Annual Fall HR Employment Law & Legislative Conference that will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Martin' West in Baltimore.


For information on becoming a Fall Conference Sponsor, or to submit a Speaker Proposal, click here: CHRA Fall Employment Law/Legislative Conference



Student Chapter Scholarship Awards Recipients


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Student Chapter Scholarship Awards that were presented at the Annual Spring Conference.


Robin Poore, CBP, Benefits Administrator at Brightview Senior Living LLC was awarded the Graduate Student Scholarship Award.


"CHRA has been an influential and helpful resource over the years with all that it offers from networking events to specialized committees and experienced people to guide and support us through various paths in life. I appreciate all they stand for and I am happy to be a part of this growing organization. Thank you." - Robin Poore




Julian Brooks, SHRM Chapter President at Towson University was awarded the Undergraduate Student Scholarship Award. 


"The experience of being a part of this organization is incredibly worthwhile. I want to thank my team for our SHRM Chapter at Towson University..."- Julian Brooks





May Monthly Education Program

"Leveraging Your Talent! - Career Management, Skills Development and Mentoring"


May 15, 2019


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD


About the Program-


Most people do not realize that for almost all companies, their personnel costs are their companies’ largest investment / expenditure!  What are they doing to leverage and protect this vital investment?  And as the economy continues to slowly but steadily improve, your best people are at high risk of leaving.


This session will start with the compelling business rationale for why every employee and manager should be involved in career management and skills development.  Several tools will be introduced including career mapping, future position evaluation, planning for skills building, and more.  The session will then explore the power of mentoring in detail.  Different types of mentoring relationships and structures will be explained followed by elements of and competencies for successfully mentoring. The difference between mentoring and sponsorship will be discussed as well as some best practices with a focus on developing diverse talent through mentoring.


This workshop will be valuable to attendees for exploring their own career growth and for providing tools and process to bring back to their organizations.


About the Presenter-



Stan C. Kimer is recognized as an internal/external consultant with unique skills in employee development/career mapping, workplace diversity, and organizational effectiveness/project management.


CHRA Monthly Education Programs provide great education AND opportunities to make in-person connections with other HR professionals.


Working towards a certification? This program has been approved for 2 hours of General/HR credit by HRCI and 2 SHRM PDC's. 


Save your space and register here today!


Join Us For Our Summer Social Event: Sunshine, Socializing and Summer Fun!


June 4, 2019


PSA Financial Rooftop Deck


Start your summer by making valuable connections with other HR professionals. Join us for our Quarterly Networking Event on June 4th at PSA Financial in Hunt Valley, MD. In addition to great networking, the event will feature delicious food, drinks and exciting door prizes. 


Register for the event here


Showcase your business by sponsoring this event. Sponsorships are available for $350 and include an exhibit table, an opportunity to deliver a verbal "commercial" to the attendees, your company name and logo on e-mails promoting the event and on the CHRA website, and two complimentary event registrations.


To reserve your sponsorship, please contact


Sponsorships subject to approval 


Upcoming Events Calendar


May 14, 2019

Member Transitions Connections Club Conference Call



May 15, 2019

May Monthly Education Program "Leveraging Your Talent! Career Management, Skills Development and Mentoring"


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD  


May 21, 2019

Member Transitions Connections Club In-Person Meeting


PSA Financial Learning Center, Hunt Valley, MD


June 4, 2019

Summer Quarterly Networking Event


PSA Financial Rooftop Deck, Hunt Valley, MD


June 11, 2019

Member Transitions Connections Club Conference Call



June 19, 2019

June Monthly Education Program "Beyond Benefits and Broccoli: How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work"


CCBC Owings Mills, Owings Mills, MD



November 6, 2019

Annual Fall HR Employment Law/Legislative Conference


Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


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


Welcome New Members from April

Mary-Kathryn Beech, Bay Country Veterinary Hospital

Genevieve Bundesen, Discern Health

Al Clark, BW Papersystems

Jennifer Cramb, AOTA

Lynn Finckel, RE/MAX Components

Angela Finney,United Capital

Brenda Gilchrist, University of Maryland Faculty Physicians Inc.

Ellen Highfill, David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd

Donna Hogan, Horseshoe Casino

Lillian Johnson, Goucher College

Alicia Jones, Native Floral Group

Alisa Jordan, City of Baltimore - Department of Human Resources

Pam Long, ACCESS Receivables Management

Christopher Lucas, Athelas Institute

Jennifer Mattes, Charlestown Retirement Community

Renee McCormick, Town of Elkton

Melvin Merritt, Baltimore Convention Center

Kahlan Murray, Jones Lang LaSalle

Jessica Nazemi, Stanley Black & Decker

Jenna Panneton, GSE Systems

Joe Pence, JK Moving Services

Judy Rang, Advance Business Systems and Supply Company

Julia Schinault, Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Virginia Thuo, Mercy Medical Center


Do you have a colleague who would who benefit from membership in CHRA?


Invite them to become a CHRA member by copying and forwarding this link:


Join CHRA Online!


Executive HR Roundtable

Comprised of CHROs, Vice Presidents, and Executive HR Practitioners, the CHRA Executive HR Roundtable is a program designed to bring C-Suite HR Professionals together for thought leadership dialogue, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking.


The Executive HR Roundtable currently has 35 senior HR Executives representing Maryland employers from a variety of industries. Led by our Governing Committee of Brian Lynch, Jason Nemoy, Lori Raggio and Gina Resch, the group meets approximately six times per year.


Eligibility Criteria


  • 10+ years of relevant HR senior-level/Executive experience in multiple HR disciplines

  • Key decision maker in HR at their organization

  • Ability to inspire at strategic level

  • Demonstrated experience setting organization wide strategy and driving for results

  • Working in Baltimore-metro Region / Local leader for HR

  • Willingness to contribute, share and engage with the group/network, including “best practices”, innovative ideas, and challenges

  • Current member of CHRA

To be considered for the Executive HR Roundtable, please contact with information on how you meet the eligibility criteria and we will be pleased to share your information with Governing Committee.


Corporate Membership

Does your organization include multiple HR professionals who would benefit from the education and networking opportunities offered through CHRA? Would you like to save money on membership dues and events registrations?


CHRA offers two (2) Corporate Membership options for your consideration.


Corporate Complete Membership

$1,000 per year

  • Includes one-year of CHRA membership for up to five individuals from one organization

  • Complimentary registration for four (4) Monthly Education Programs per individual

  • Complimentary registration for one (1) full-day conference (where HRCI credit is earned) per individual

Corporate Elite Membership

50% off CHRA membership dues for a minimum of twenty (20) HR professionals from one organization. Membership dues are based on SHRM Affiliation - SHRM Members and Non-SHRM members.


For information on how your organization can benefit from CHRA Corporate Membership, please contact


Career Transition Resources

Currently in a career transition? Looking for support and a place to connect?


The CHRA Workforce Readiness Committee is dedicated to assisting CHRA members and HR professionals who are in transition or are seeking new employment.


Review our Transition Resources

Visit the CHRA homepage here for information on all of the transition resources offered through CHRA.


Join the Member Transitions Connections Club

Connect with others in transition at these upcoming events.Registration is free!


Member Transitions Connections Club Conference Call

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Register here


Member Transitions Connections Club In-Person Meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD

Register 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.


Stay Connected! Follow CHRA on LinkedIn



For the latest CHRA updates, remember to "follow" the CHRA Company page on LinkedIn



"Like" and share updates with your network!


Table of Contents

President's Message

Annual Spring Conference Wrap-Up

Student Chapter Scholarship Awards Recipients

May Monthly Education Program

Summer Quarterly Networking Event

Upcoming Events Calendar

Welcome New Members

Executive HR Roundtable

Corporate Membership Opportunities

Career Transition Resources

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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