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January 2019 Newsletter Article Index  


President's Message

Welcome 2019!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of CHRA’s Board of Directors and volunteers, we hope everyone is well, and we wish you a very healthy and prosperous 2019. We look forward to a value-packed year ahead for all of our members, and never hesitate to reach out to any of us should you have some feedback.

Let’s kick the year off with our January Education Program, "Eat. Sleep.Move.Breathe" that will be held January 16, 2019. Dr. Kim Bercovitz (aka "Dr. Kim") drives home an important message around developing and sustaining a healthy work culture, and the impact it has on productivity. We hope to see you there.

Hope 2019 is off to a strong start!


Jason Nemoy, PHR

CHRA President, 2019



Welcome CHRA's New Members from December


- Kristen Durkin - VP Business Development, HighTower Fiduciary Plan Advisors
- Patrick Kelly -
Recruitment Supervisor, University of Maryland Medical System
- Jung Smith
- Brianne Harrison -
Sr. Human Resources Generalist, RSM McGladrey, Inc.
- Crystal Jackson
- Haley Cooney
- Ally Taylor -
Pressley Ridge
- Kelly Hamilton -
Oak Crest
- Andrea Guzman -
Benefits & Retirement Coordinator, Maryland Department of Human Services
- Cindy Penner -
Manager, Talent Acquisition, MedStar Health
- Trish Backer-Miceli -
Vice President, Kelly & Associates Insurance
- Jim Toner -
Director, HRBP-Retail, Under Armour, Inc.


Congratulations to Denise Snyder of Atlantic Financial FCU for winning the 2018 CHRA member survey gift card drawing!


2019 Membership Renewal - It's Not Too Late to Renew!


Your Association continues to hear your voice and provide the valuable educational programs, networking opportunities, information and resources to support our mission to provide best‐in-class resources to empower the human resources community to drive business success. To serve you, the Board of Directors focuses on four primary goals:

  1. Deliver Member Value
  2. Build Community
  3. Enable Professional Growth
  4. Be a SHRM Chapter Model of Excellence

CHRA has several renewal options:

  • AUTO-RENEW MEMBERSHIP OPTION - The most convenient!
    Professional Members may enroll in the auto-renew membership option which means that you will never need to remember to pay your dues again - CHRA will do it for you! Just select the “Auto-Renew” selection for your designated membership type. You can cancel at any time, but you will always receive a reminder before being charged.
    CHRA offers two Corporate group memberships: Corporate Elite and Corporate Complete. If your company has 5-20 HR professionals that want to save on dues, contact CHRA today!

Renewal is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Log-in to
  2. At the very top of the page click "Manage Profile."
  3. Choose the option to securely renew online and choose the membership type that you fall under.

Not a member yet? Click here to join now! (Or invite a colleague to join)



Upcoming Events


Member Transitions Connections Club - Conference Call

January 8, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 


Monthly Education Program - "Eat.Sleep.Move.Breathe"
January 16, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Johns Hopkins University, Eastern Campus


Legislative Webinar
February 14, 2019
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Monthly Education Program - "Building Trust: The Key to Unlocking Relationships & Driving Results"
February 20, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
CCBC Owings Mills Campus


Monthly Education Program
March 20, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial Learning Center


Annual Spring Conference
April 11, 2019
Martin's West

Click here to view our full 2019 Calendar of Events! 


CHRA Awarded 2018 SHRM Chapter Status


The competency-based SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® credentials are the new global 

standard in HR certification. These credentials are among the first HR certifications focused on teaching and testing the practical, real-life information HR professionals need to advance their organizations, and excel in their careers today, including knowledge, skills, and behavioral competencies.

The SHRM Learning System Champion status is a recognition of our chapter’s hard work to elevate the HR profession through professional development and HR knowledge among members, gained from SHRM certification. SHRM created this prestigious distinction in support of its premier educational product. This status also helps to promote the HR profession at the local level by using the SHRM Learning System® for SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP. 


CHRA's next SHRM Certification Preparation course will begin this April and registration is now open!



CHRA's 2019 Spring Conference

“Elevate, Innovate and Dial Up” Your Business at CHRA's Annual Spring Conference!
April 11, 2019 | Martin's West, Baltimore, MD

Deadline to be included on printed brochure: January 15, 2019


We welcome vendor partners to sponsor and exhibit their products and services which are critical the success of our HR professionals. CHRA’s Annual Spring Conference provides topics for the professional development of HR practitioners within Maryland. This conference will attract over 400 Human Resources professionals from around the greater Baltimore area.

There are multiple levels available for sponsoring and/or exhibiting at this conference. For more details, click here to download our Exhibitor/Sponsorship Agreement. Please 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 please contact CHRA at 443-966-3870.

Registration for regular HR attendees will open in early February.



Maryland SHRM State Council - HR Advocacy Day in Annapolis

January 11, 2019

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to visit with your state senators/delegates at the opening of the 2019 Legislative Session!!
• Learn about Top Maryland Employment issues
• Advocate as a Chapter
• Take away tips for continuing the advocacy moving forward!


$35.00 to attend

Tentative Schedule
8:30 – 9:00AM Continental Breakfast (Miller West Senate Meeting Room)
9:00 – 9:30AM Advocacy Prep: Talking Points & Logistics regarding top employment bills
9:30 – 11:00AM Visits to State Senators and Delegates
11:00AM – 12:00PM Advocacy Educational Program (back in the Senate Meeting Room)

RSVP to Cheryl Brown no later than January 4, 2019
ONLY 45 spots available - Register Early!


Career Center & Job Listings


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:



Junior Achievement Volunteer Opportunities

JA BizTown (5th grade)

Volunteers serve as a mentor/coach to a small group of 6-8 students as they operate a real business for the day, encouraging students to communicate and collaborate with one another, while thinking critically and getting creative. Volunteers provide those "ah ha" moments daily as they help students discover the value of themselves, their education, and their future beyond the classroom. Through the experience, volunteers will develop their own communication skills and learning how to effectively manage a team. Take a look at this video to see this booming town in action! We have opportunities throughout the school year.

JA Career Success (high school)

The program equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Volunteers can work with students on many different topics including resumes, cover letters, interviewing techniques, etc. Individual volunteers work with JA staff to find the right school fit. The time commitment is typically from 1-2 hours.


Please contact Mandy Snyder at for more information. 



SHRM Foundation Spotlight

The SHRM Foundation relies on contributions and support from champions like you. Thank you for believing in our mission and helping to spread the word about the great work of the SHRM Foundation. Below are some resources and linked information about the SHRM Foundation and their current programs.



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