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President's Message



Happy February and welcome to 2018, the Year of Building Community.

February is a month with many opportunities to celebrate and build community: CHRA’s Free Legislative Webinar, Black History Month, Groundhog Day, The Super Bowl, Lincoln’s birthday, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Washington’s birthday, CHRA’s monthly program; “Ensuring Organizational Compliance: Understanding Wage and Hour Information and Laws”, and American Heart month. Please feel free to share with all your HR colleagues how you plan to celebrate these February dates in the CHRA LinkedIn page.

Recently CHRA sent a member engagement survey to you and we thank you for your responses. We have included a summary of key survey findings in an article in this newsletter. One theme we heard from you is that you wanted to better understand our Association mission and 2018 goals.


CHRA's Mission is to provide best in class resources to empower the human resources community in their effort to drive business success.


I have included above our mission statement and our four 4 pillars. The CHRA Board of Directors is committed to making sure that our energy and talents are focused on supporting the mission. Our 2018 goals will focus on addressing and strengthening our four 4 pillars and we commit to providing you updates on our progress throughout the year. A few examples of our goals include:

  1. Keeping our monthly program costs consistent with the last 13 years.
  2. Offering webinars on hot HR topics.
  3. Providing networking tips and opportunities per your request via the member engagement survey.
  4. Increasing our support to HR students by expanding the number of schools we engage with.
  5. Offering Spring and Fall conferences with bigger and better keynotes and breakout sessions.
  6. Launching new resources and support for members in transition and those looking for their next HR opportunity. 
  7. Offering a 3-day intensive SHRM certification prep course in late Spring.
  8. Announcing a CHRA day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in late summer.
  9. Highlighting member volunteer opportunities with Junior Achievement.

Last month I encouraged and invited you to join me in Building Community within CHRA so the question is: Which of the items below have you engaged in? Please share your answers with your HR colleagues in the CHRA LinkedIn page.


Be bold brave and brilliant
United we stand, no silos
Inspire greatness
Laugh, have fun
Dialogue and connect


Collaborate, be curious and courageous
Outside of the box thinking
Member focused
Mentor others
Urge accountability and commitment
Nurture trust
Innovate and co-create solutions
Transparent open honest communication
Yes, And vs. Yes, But

Feel free to email me at with your questions, feedback and ideas. I leave you with a final quote by Germany Kent, “Be transparent. Let's build a community that allows hard questions and honest conversations so we can stir up transformation in one another”. Enjoy your month and I look forward to connecting again in March.


Your President,

Lori Raggio, PHR, SHRM-CP






Let's give a warm welcome to our NEW & RETURNING members…


Paula Alfone, PHR - Loyola University Maryland
Katie Alford - Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC.
Bernard Aller, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CEBS - POC & Associates, LLC
Staci Amin - Advance Business Systems and Supply Company
Adenike Amodu - Signature flight support
Shiria Anderson - Family Matters of Greater Washington
Steve Anderson - The Archdiocese of Baltimore
William Arrington - Mosaic Community Services, Inc.
Mashal Awadallah - The Arc Baltimore
Michele Bailey, PHR - EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
Shannon Baker - CSA Medical, Inc.
Kathryn Bartol, Ph D - Robert H. Smith School of Business
Tracey Blair - JMT
Laura Bond, SPHR, CPP - AbsoluteCare Medical Center & Pharmacy
Juliette Braman
Charles Bramlet - CristalUSA, Inc.
Steve Braun - Search Consultants International
Angela Bray - Randstad Professionals
Linda Breedlove-Schell - DHCD
Lisa Bricker, SPHR - Celebree Learning Centers
Olu Bright - Hearts & Homes for Youth, Inc.
Amy Broadwater - Maryland Food Center Authority
Diane Brocato, PHR, SHRM-CP - Broadway Services, Inc.
Grace Bromery - drchrono
Lakeisha Brown - Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Eyetta Brown - MD Dept. of Juvenile Services
Tai Bruton - Bruton Corporate Solutions, LLC
Michael Bryant - CTS Consulting,Inc.
Amy Buszka
Teresa Callahan, PHR - McCormick & Co., Inc.
Rebekah Carmichael - Family League of Baltimore
Christal Clore - Priority One Automotive Group
Julie Coccagna - Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
Karen Colonell, PHR - Strateben
Brenda Comer, PHR - MedStar Franklin Square Hospital
Monica Conaway - Department of Juvenile Services
Sonja Crosby - Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union
Katherine Curran - American Trading and Production Corporation
Anne Denford, SPHR - IMRE, LLC
Gregory Derwart, Fellow - Maryland Department of Commerce
Nicole Diffenderfer - The Living Legacy Foundation
Mary Susan Donhauser - SC&H Group, LLC
Darlene Dorman - WMAR-TV
Jennifer Downs, CPA - Benefit Audit Group, LLC
Deborah Downs-lynch - Community Action Council of Howard County
Shannon Duckett - St. Paul's School for Girls
Danielle Dunbar - Leidos
Rebecca Edmiston - Bailey Funeral Home
Scott Einolf, PHR - Waste Management
Michelle Ellis - Schmidt Baking Co.
Olga Etter - IKEA US Baltimore
Kara Etzold, SPHR - Force 3 LLC
Michelle Evans - Security Plus Federal Credit Union
Renee Evans - Pompeian
Karen Evelius, JD - Koffel Associates, Inc.
Matthew Falk - Baltimore County Public Schools
Lauren Faulkner - General Dynamics - Mission Systems
Justine Fernen - Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Gina Fischer - Loyola Blakefield
Gabriela Fishpaw, PHR, SHRM-CP - RPMs Consulting & Coaching, LLC
Shannon Fleming - Strategic Factory
Tiffany Fletcher - Chesapeake Urology Associates
Kristen Fosque - Breakthru Beverage Group
Michelle Fredenrich - Harford Community College
Lynnlee Friia - Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Tracy Funk - Merritt Properties
Christopher Gallagher - Coronis Health LLC
Stephanie Gilotte - Business Health Services (BHS)
Misty Glorioso, PHR - Berkshire Associates, Inc.
Anissa Good - Garvey Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.
Edward Haberek, Jr. - Florida Institute of Technology
Eileen Hanley, PHR - Hanley HR Consulting, LLC
Erin Harriot, SPHR - basys, inc.
Marvin Harris - Space Telescope Science Institute
Melanie Hartlove - The St. Paul Group
Heather Henderson, PHR - Wallace Montgomery
Quinton Herbert - City of Baltimore Office of the Labor Commissioner
Elizabeth Holmes
Ugaunda Hopkins - Ameritox, LLC
Deborah Horsey
Brenda Hughes - Northern Pharmacy and Medical Equipment
James Hutzler
Roslyn Jennings - Department of Juvenile Services
Whitney Johnson - RealStreet Staffing
Laurel Kamosa - ZENETEX
Jon Karp - Fishman Flooring Solutions
Sandra Kelly - Planned Systems International, Inc.
Bradley Kelly
Brian Kopp - Race Pace Bicycles
Jesse Krempel - Prometric
Amy Kriner - Lockheed Martin Corp.
Karen Krug - Fidelity & Guaranty Life
Elliot Lasson, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP - UMBC
Daniel Lasson - System Automation Corporation
Angelia Lawson - Harford County Government

Cindy Lewis - Key Point Health Services
Nicole Leyba, PHR, SHRM-CP - University of Maryland Medical System

Madysen Leyh
Vickie Luther - Gemcraft Homes, Inc.
Jennifer Marana - Greater Baltimore Medical Ctr.
Jeanette Marshall - FEi Systems, Inc.
Joselin Martin, CPA - Hayles and Howe, Inc
Kristen Masters - Celebree Learning Centers
Suzanne McClinton - Erickson Living
Candace McCollin - SECU
Lee McCormick - Insight Management Consulting, LLC
Verna McDade, SHRM-SCP - SYSCOM, Inc.
Megan McElroy - WM T Burnett/STX
Erin McGuinn - DAP Products Inc.
Crystal Mckay - Division of Rehabilitation Services
Tracey McLaughlin, SPHR - MedStar Health
Janet McNally - Team Development
Sharon Mellor - Freedom Federal Credit Union
Tia Merriweather - MedStar Franklin Square Hospital
Kathleen Metzler, PHR
Margaret Michaelides - Cristal USA, Inc.
Margaret Mickens - Maryland Transit Administration
Kerstin Miller - Smith & Downey, P.A.
Leah Mirzayan
Steve Misewich - Employee One Benefit Solutions
Brandon Mitchell
Lauren Moeser - 1st Mariner Bank
Deborah Moore-Carter - Office of the Labor Commissioner
Caitlin Morgan - Mariner Finance
Tamra Murphy, PHR, SHRM-CP - American Cooling Technology Inc
Kimberly Myers - Johns Hopkins University
Linda Napoli - Textron Systems
Caitlin Nicholas - Nicholas & Associates, Inc.
Mora Okeowo - NAACP
Kevin O'Neil - Trion
Amy Orzechowski - G2, Inc.
Candace Osunsade - National Aquarium Baltimore
Anna-Maria Palmer - GBMC Healthcare System
Lauren Pappas, SPHR - The Maryland School for the Blind
Jasmine Parsons, M.S., PHR, SHRM-CO CareFirst Inc.
Rebecca Paschal
Lisa Paul - ADP, Inc.
Nikki Pena, PHR SHRM-CP - Pure Technologies
Lauren Pierce - Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC.
Linda Pietras - Gross Mendelsohn & Associates
Judith Pika - First Financial Federal Credit Union
Emily Plahanski - SHIFT Recruiting
Tuesday Proctor, Proctor DHMH
Jennifer Quinn, CSP - All-Pro Placement Service, Inc.
Casey Quinn - MECU
Michele Reichart - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Samantha Resch - TAI Engineering
Kimberley Richardson - Stanley Black & Decker
Bessie Richardson - CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Tasha Rivera
Charles Ross, III - Harford County Public Library
Laura Rubenstein, Esq.
Ram Sapkota
Lisa Schaefer - Benelogic
Patricia Schammel - Maryland Pump & Tank, Inc.
Sharon Schwarz, PHR - National Security Agency
Judy Seely
Amanda Shirk - American Express Global Business Travel
Sherrelle Showell - Family League of Baltimore
Ashley Singley
Dolores Slater, SPHR - OneMain Financial
Rachel Smith, M.S.- HR Consultant
Brooke Smith - Mariner Finance, LLC
Karen Snoops, PHR - About Faces Day Spa & Salon
Lisa Sobota - McCormick & Co., Inc.
Sandra Soto, PHR - Hargrove, LLC
Diane Speert - Milestone Hospitality
Jennifer Stahl - Quality Automotive Warehouse
Karen Staley, SPHR - Prologue, Inc.
Steve Steinberg - Sole Healing
Miriam Stokes Worthington, SHRM-SCP - Anne Arundel Community College
Karen Strubel - Department of Defense
India Suter - Asset Strategy Consultants
Shannon Taylor - Berman Enterprises/LIVEbe
Kimberley Theobald - Clearview Consulting, Inc.
Lynette Todd Patterson
Lisa Tolson - Baltimore Orioles
Eydie Vendetti - Alban Tractor Co., Inc.
Alyce Verville - Offit Kurman
Jennifer Vogel - The St. Paul Group
Christine von Lange - Christine von Lange
Warren White - Chesapeake Search Partners, LLC
Donna White, PHR, SHRM-CP - PinnacleCare International LLC
Nicole Wilkinson - LJT & Associates, Inc.
Michelle Williams, PHR - MECU
Lynda Wilner - Successfully Speaking
Erica Wilson, PHR - IKEA Perryville
Angela Wilson - University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.
Dawn Witherspoon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - BBSI
Rebecca Yarrison, SPHR - EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
Corinne Yoder - Gray & Son, Inc./Maryland Paving, Inc.
Kellie Zysk - Ajilon Professional Staffing

Referrals Recognized


We appreciate ALL of our members, but especially those who refer us to new members! This section is reserved for recognition to those who refer new members to CHRA. 

A special thank you to:

Mashal Awadallah                  Brian Barrett                              Lindsey Brown                Lisa Cohn                  Tracy Funk                             

Tim Hogan                              Shontae Jones                          Laurie Luczak                Kenya Massey                Lee McCormick                       

Anna-Maria Palmer                 Ellen Truant                              Jean Turner                    Warren White                Nancy Zimmerman


 ...for referring new members in the month of January! Thank you for your continued support of CHRA by referring new members.


CHRA Legislative Update: Here We Go . . . The Maryland Sick Leave Battle Begins

Written by Donna M. Glover, Esq., Director, Legislative Affairs


The 2018 Maryland legislative session opened on January 10, 2018. Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act is at the top of the legislative agenda. The Act requires Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide all employees, including temporary and part-time employees working as few as twelve (12) hours per week, a minimum 40 hours of paid sick leave per year, which if not granted up front must accrue at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would be required to provide the same amount of leave but unpaid. The bill passed, but the Governor vetoed it. A call for a vote to sustain or override is expected early in the 2018 session.

Join us on February 1, 2018, at 11 a.m. to get the latest news on the Healthy Working Families Act and other employment related bills and to learn how to access and track legislative activities. We are using a webinar format, so you do not need to leave your office to attend! You will find additional information, below.


Last Chance to Register and Attend - Webinar Starts Shortly
Webinar: An Insider's Look at the Workings of the Maryland Legislative Process

February 1, 2018 - 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.


Your team of presenters are:
Donna Glover, Esq., - 
CHRA's Director, Government Affairs, Legislative Updates
Rebecca Yarrison, SPHR
Carol Jacober, SPHR

HR professionals are expected to stay on top of employment-related legislative developments. So, join us on February 1, 2018 to learn:

  • How a bill becomes a law (i.e., the Maryland legislative process)
  • How you can access and track information about pending employment-related bills that may impact your business
  • The latest on the legislative battle regarding Maryland's mandatory sick leave bill and overview of employment bills filed thus far during the 2018 session

We will demonstrate how to access the legislative's activity, and to navigate the website to stay informed and on top of the issues that matter to you.

Cost: FREE and open to CHRA members only
*Not a member but would like to view this webinar? Join online today!



SHRM Legislative Update - January 2018

Last year was an incredibly active year for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., and we expect nothing less for 2018. Here are some of the recent updates and items we’re watching that could impact you or your workforce in the future:

  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a decision giving employers more deference for their handbook policies.
  • With 19 mandatory state posting changes coming this month, it's more crucial than ever to be sure that your postings of legal notices are up-to-date.
  • Rules tipping the balance toward unionization by increasing the speed of elections are under re-consideration, and rules allowing for micro-bargaining units have been overturned in the U.S.
  • When considering whether to prohibit or restrict an employee from storing a firearm in a privately owned vehicle parked on employer property, an employer should first consider state laws. Many states have "parking lot storage" laws.
  • State and local lawmakers continue to push for the adoption of paid-sick-leave and family-leave legislative mandates.
  • The call for pay equity legislation continues with bill introductions in many state legislatures.

One thing is clear: HR will continue to evolve and become more complex. You can count on SHRM in this ever-changing U.S. legislative and political landscape to keep you up-to-date.

No matter where you conduct your business, what comes legislatively or what your HR duties are, SHRM is here to guide you along the way. We deliver relevant, timely and easy-to-digest HR resources at your fingertips so you can be even more efficient and effective.


CHRA Annual Member Survey Report
Written by Harry Florio

Each year, CHRA deploys a survey to its members to glean key insights into the value members experience from their membership. From prior year surveys, we learned of the need to modify the survey to better evaluate the engagement levels of our members. Listening to the voice of our membership, we launched the 2017 survey in November with a renewed focus to better showcase:

• The value add our members receive from attended events.
• The level of credibility and trust the membership has from Board leadership.
• Feedback on how to improve the renewal process to aid in retention efforts.
• The pride members have in CHRA and our efforts to be a SHRM chapter model of excellence.

We received valuable feedback on membership areas that we haven’t zeroed in on in the past. Thank you to those who took the time to provide us with feedback on your CHRA experience!

The Board is putting together an action plan to address the feedback received – this will be shared in next month’s newsletter. In the meantime, we want to share some themes from the feedback received:

  • The greatest value received from a CHRA membership is networking and educational opportunities. Between the Spring and Fall Conferences, monthly educational briefings and quarterly networking events, there is an appreciation for the opportunity to engage with local HR practitioners to network and share best practices.
  • 76% of respondents understand CHRA’s mission and values. We will continue to ensure that all of our activities directly relate to focus to provide best in class resources to empower each of you in your effort to drive business success.Key indicators of engagement:
    o 57% of respondents would recommend CHRA to their peers/network.
    o 76% of respondents speak highly of CHRA.
    o 73% of respondents are likely to renew their membership.
  • Responses to “If you were to describe the value received from your CHRA membership in one word, what would it be?”
    o Community
    o Informational
    o Growth
    o Prestige
    o Relationships
    o Camaraderie
    o Local
    o Priceless
    o Resourceful
    o Relevant
    o Meaningful 

On behalf of the Board, thank you for your honest feedback in sharing the value received from your CHRA membership. We are committed to enhancing your CHRA experience to drive the return on the investment in your professional development. Stay tuned for more information on our 2018 action plan to address your feedback while staying true to our promise to deliver member value, build community, enable professional growth, and be a SHRM Chapter model of excellence!

CHRA Spring Conference - Building Community: Be Bold, Brave & Brilliant

 Thursday, April 12, 2018  |  7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  Martin’s West, Baltimore, MD




*This conference has been approved for 5 HRCI/SHRM Credits (Up to 2.50 Strategic credits dependent on breakout sessions attended)  

For the first time in Spring Conference history, attendees will be able to engage with a panel of distinguished local experts representing various business segments who will offer best practices for HR professionals to build community within their own organizations. All participants will be able to submit questions for the panelist to address during the conference through the CHRA LinkedIn group.

To close this year’s conference, Simon T. Bailey, a former Fortune 500 Company executive, will help us learn to Shift Your Brilliance. To get a sneak peek of Simon’s presentation, please click here.

Please click here for the full conference line-up including breakout sessions, sponsors and exhibitors, registration details and how to submit your questions to the panelists coming in the next few weeks. We looking forward to seeing you on April 12th!


CHRA Members: $165

Non-Members: $250 (Join to get the member rate!)



CHRA Workforce Readiness & Career Center


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:


  Do not miss out on your potential career opportunities and keep an eye on our Career Center.

To post a Job onto our website, please click here.

 Interested in attending a local job fair? Follow this link to view upcoming local job fairs in Maryland!


Workforce Readiness Networking Pilot Program


We’ve heard very clearly from our members that you value the networking opportunities provided by CHRA. In order to make networking easier, we are piloting a color coded dot system.

As you arrive at an event and get your name badge, if you are an employer with a current HR opening, please add a red dot to your name badge. If you are exploring new HR opportunities, please add a green dot to your name badge. We strongly encourage you to engage each other in dialogue to learn about the room full of potential new hires and employers.


*The Workforce Readiness section of the CHRA website will soon be under construction in order to better serve you. We will let you know when the pages are re-launched.


  CHRA Calendar of Events 


February 1, 2018 - Member Only Webinar

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - Online Webinar

February 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program

8:30 - 11:00 a.m. - CCBC Owings Mills


March 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. - PSA Financial Services


April 12, 2018 - Annual Spring Conference
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


May 16, 2018 - Monthly Education/Diversity Program


June 20, 2018 - Monthly Education Program



Don't forget to keep up with Non-CHRA events at our Industry events page! Click here for more details regarding Non-CHRA programs, events, and more!


Join the Professional Development Committee


Looking for a way to get involved in CHRA? Join the Professional Development Committee in our mission to enable professional growth by providing monthly educational meetings on hot topics in HR. Volunteer approximately five hours a month to help organize our educational events and in return enjoy networking with other CHRA volunteers and obtain credits toward your re-certification. If interested contact Karen Satchell, Director of Professional Development at


CHRA Student Section  

College Relations Committee Announces TWO $1,000 Scholarships

CHRA is pleased to announce that TWO $1,000 scholarships will be offered in 2018! Each $1000 award will be granted to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the field of Human Resources; and
  • Possess proven leadership ability; and
  • Actively involved in CHRA or other HR related organizations.

We will begin accepting applications for both of these $1,000 Student Scholarships now. Award winners will be announced at the CHRA Spring Conference in 2018 (Date: April 12, 2018).


Click here to review the qualifications and to enter!

CHRA Student Members, please contact us if you need assistance with the following:

  • Resume reviews
  • Interview preparation
  • Linking you with prospective employers for internships and regular positions
  • Providing information about a variety of careers within the Human Resources profession

Committee members find it very rewarding working with future HR professionals. To prepare students for positions in the Human Resources field, we need committee members who are available to support outreach to our partner colleges. If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, please contact Jean Turner at


CHRA Marketing Committee Update

Written by Warren White


I have been working closely with Lori and the other members of the board over the past few months, and together we have outlined three primary areas of priority for the marketing committee for 2018:

  • We’ll work through the course of the year on an exhaustive review of the CHRA website, analyzing the content, functionality, and visual appeal, and making recommendations for updates in those areas
  • We’ll work to improve our ability to gauge the effectiveness of our social media tools, which may include evaluating new analytics platforms
  • We’ll work to better understand our membership by analyzing membership data, including survey responses and other sources, and also to ensure the security and integrity of our membership data

Many of these initiatives are underway, including a partnership with the Workforce Readiness committee to completely revamp and revise the tools and resources available via our website for our members in transition. We’ll take this section of the CHRA website offline, with a goal of relaunching with more current content within the next several months. Finally, we’re targeting early February for the first full meeting of the marketing committee, who will help with our ambitious agenda!

On a personal note, I am very happy to have the chance to serve our CHRA community in this capacity, and I’ll always do my best to make sure I’m a good steward, that I earn and keep your trust, and that any decisions I make always serve our members best interests. I’m very open to receiving questions and feedback directly from our members. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see, please don’t hesitate to call me at 410.372.3034, or e-mail me at


CHRF Fellows – Recognizing the Best in the HR Profession


Founded in 2010, the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation Fellows program honors high-achieving HR professionals. CHRF Fellows are nominated and chosen based on outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the human resources profession as well as service to the Chesapeake Human Resources Association and the greater Baltimore region. With 22 current members, the program is capped at a percentage of CHRA membership, accentuating the honor. Beyond the recognition, CHRF Fellows gather to exchange ideas and are able to attend “by invitation only” events.

Nominations for a new induction class will be happening soon, and more details are to come. Please consider nominating an esteemed colleague for the honor of becoming a CHRF Fellow.


  Recent Member News

Are you a CHRA member who has recently received the SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR or SPHR designation or who recently took on a new position and would like to announce it to the membership? If so, please let us know. To share news with other members in an upcoming newsletter, please email us at


From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations, Second Edition, by CHRA Member, Christine V. Walters, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, JD, MAS featured as #8 on the Most Popular SHRM Books of 2017: HR Know-How at Its Best Based on sales through the SHRMStore, retail booksellers, college bookstores and special sales, here's your list of the top-selling SHRM books over the past year—just in time to help you fulfill your resolutions for 2018. 


 CHRA Listed in Top 25 Associations in Baltimore Business Journal


We are excited to announce that CHRA was listed on the BBJ’s Top 25 List of Associations!

Click here to view the full list of Associations recognized


We are proud to be recognized along side of National Organizations! Thank you to our members and friends who make this possible. 


Sponsorship Opportunity: CHRA Monthly Email Blasts

If you have a special event or product that you would like CHRA to feature to our 3,300+ HR members and associates, this opportunity will be of interest to you. Details:

  • CHRA will send up to one exclusive sponsored email blast per month; sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, for a total of 12 email blasts the entire year.
  • Sponsors will send the email ready details to CHRA. CHRA will simply take those details and put into our email blast software to send out. CHRA will not provide any graphics work. Details can be sent in a flyer format (jpeg) or simply with wording and logos you would like to have included.
  • CHRA reserves the right to decline the promotion of any event that it deems to be a direct conflict with CHRA's mission, or its own events and/or products.
  • Cost: Just $400 per email blast.

Contact CHRA at 443-966-3870,, to reserve your space or for more information.

CHRA's Mission and Goals

The CHRA Board of Directors is excited to share with you the new mission statement for the organization, as well as the four overarching goals of the organization for at least the next three years. It is our promise, as your elected board of directors, to continuously strive to achieve these goals and work toward this mission so that you, as members, receive the best possible return on investment for your CHRA membership!

CHRA Awarded 2016 SHRM Learning System Champions


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.


Interested in Sponsoring a CHRA Event? Think of CHRA for Upcoming Marketing Budgets!


Consider sponsorship to many of CHRA’s great events! Whether you are an Affiliate Member or a professional HR member whose Company provides services to the HR community – see the opportunities available to promote yourself to our ever growing membership! Click on this link --> SPONSORSHIP! and call Kristen Phillips at 443-966-3870 ext. 148 or Jennifer Downs at 410-878-7965 to discuss how we can help you grow your business!

 We Want YOUR Suggestions!

CHRA is always looking for suggestions from members and this time we would like to know any fun locations for our next Networking Event!

If you have any fun location suggestions for future Networking Events, please let us know at

 Did you know… 


CHRA has an online Member Directory and you have complete control over the visibility of your contact information?


· CHRA never gives out our members emails or phone numbers.

· CHRA members can connect with each other through the members-only CHRA online directory; a member benefit to help connect like-minded professionals.

· You have FULL CONTROL over the privacy settings in your CHRA online member profile!

Don’t want certain information public in your profile?
Click herefor easy instructions to make it private

  New from When Work Works – FREE Workflex Assessment 


Ever wonder how your workplace flexibility strategies stack up against other organizations in your industry across the U.S.? Now you can find out by completing the free Workflex Assessment courtesy of When Work Works. The survey takes roughly 15 minutes to complete and once finished you’ll be provided feedback on what your organization is doing well and about opportunities for improving your flexible workplace policies. 


 SHRM Designation and Certification Credentials

For more information on the SHRM designation, please see the linked article below.


PHR/SPHR/GPHR and SHRM-CP/SHRM SCP Certification Credentials - BREAKDOWN 


 Submitting Professional Development Credits (PDC’s) for your SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certifications

Denise Smoot, MD SHRM Certification Director has created an easy to follow tutorial document on how to submit chapter Professional Development Credits to SHRM. 

Click here to view the tutorial. What a great resource! Additional information can be obtained by visiting  


  Get Involved CHRA Style! 


CHRA offers many ways to get involved in our organization. For members, we have numerous committees that are always looking for new volunteers. And by volunteering on a committee, you can earn up to three (3) HRCI recertification credits per year! Companies that are interested in getting involved and reaching out to HR professionals can sponsor CHRA events, or advertise through our website and mailings to over 880 members, and thousands of HR professionals in the area! 

Click here to see our full list of Committees


 Did you know that you can contribute to the Chesapeake Human Resource Foundation (CHRF) simply by designating #8595 during your United Way giving?

CHRF is the fundraising arm of the Chesapeake Human Resources Association (CHRA). Our vision is to develop and provide the funding necessary to run and expand programs in connecting people to work. We are dedicated to supporting community outreach in the form of successful CHRA facilitated programs. Recent Funding includes the Junior Achievement “Her Path To Promise” initiative. All participants are from at-risk backgrounds in Baltimore City and transitioning from the foster care system.

Please consider giving back to the community through these noteworthy efforts that engage the expertise of human resource professionals and make a difference.

For more detailed information, please visit the CHRA website and click on the CHRA section.
CHRF Webpage Link

Anyone donating to the United Way campaign can designate their funds to the CHRF! Just indicate the following:

Agency Donation number: 8595

Chesapeake HR Foundation

9 Newport Drive, Suite 200
Forest Hill, MD 21050

Thanks for the support! We appreciate it.

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