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President's Message


At this year’s Annual Spring Conference, we had 11 Past-Presidents in attendance and took a moment to recognize and thank them for their leadership and continued participation in CHRA. I have had the great opportunity to speak with some of them about their experience as President of CHRA and get their advice for our members who are thinking about getting more involved, joining a committee, or aspiring to be on the CHRA Board.

Sharon Scibeck (President: 1996-1997)
At that time, we had about 1000 members and had one person who was our Administrator. We interviewed several management companies and selected The Joseph E. Shaner Company (now Stringfellow Management Group). It was a great move for our association and one of our top accomplishments at that time. We also won a SHRM Pinnacle Award for the Pathways to Success Program and were even televised on a local news station.

Being President of CHRA challenged me professionally. It is a lot like running a business. I have made connections with so many people and developed many professional friendships – which would have never happened if I had not actively participated in CHRA. I even developed public speaking skills!

My advice to members is to commit to volunteer on a committee for at least one year and pick an area where you would be stretched the most. I have stayed with CHRA to keep in touch with friends and to continue to learn. My ears are different today – my different experiences shape how I hear and apply new information. CHRA is home for me.

Dennis McGough (President: 2000-2001)
I had just become VP of HR at Maryland School for the Blind. At the time, CHRA had about 850 members and we had been working with Shaner Company for a few years, who helped us manage our budget more closely. We were still printing and mailing a monthly newsletter and annual directory and made the decision to publish them electronically, cutting printing and mailing expenses and utilizing technology. Being President-Elect and then President taught me how to develop and manage teams and be a salesman. It was a great experience!

My advice for members it to be active. And if you’re a manager, I encourage you to get your employees involved with CHRA. It’s a great opportunity to learn, grow, and make life-long connections.

James Packer (President: 2005-2006)
When I was President of CHRA I was about to take on a Regional HR Manager role at my company. Becoming President helped me to be more confident in what I could take on and my ability to manage and lead from afar. We had around 700 members and could not draw members based on recertification credits. We had to push networking and create value through face-to-face networking. We were good at getting top notch speakers at monthly meetings (i.e. Mayor of Baltimore) and reaching beyond the HR circle to get highly relevant and exciting speakers.

I encourage members to utilize CHRA to get more experience beyond your own workplace. I find that joining a committee can lead to promotions within CHRA faster than in a company. And you’ll build your network and earn recertification credits that will lead to more career opportunities in the future. I’m seeing more people coming back to CHRA only when they need a job. I encourage you to be more involved while employed to build relationships so that when you’re in need of a job you’ll be more connected. Do something good for CHRA, not transactional like in your day-to-day (especially early in one’s career). You can gain valuable experience such as leadership, vendor management, and project management.

Jania Stout (President: 2011-2012)
I started as Membership Director and then moved up to President. We had around 700 members but placed a higher value on the quality of our members versus quantity. We reinstituted QNE’s from the feedback we received from members – hosting more networking opportunities to build bonds, create a sense of family, and learn from each other.

My advice to members is to get involved - get what you give and pay it forward. And to past members, come back to CHRA with a fresh set of eyes. I have grown so many wonderful professional and personal networks and I still have relationships with people from that time.

If our Past-Presidents’ advice have you thinking about becoming more active in CHRA, the 2018 Board nomination packets will be coming out this month. You can nominate yourself for an open Board position or you can start by joining a committee, volunteering at an event, or initiating a dialogue with someone on the Board to learn more.

Thank you to all of our Past-Presidents for your leadership, advice, and influence. You have been an integral in achieving our Mission to “provide best-in-class resources to empower the human resources community in their effort to drive business success.”

Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP



Let's give a warm welcome to our newest members…

Veobia Akilo
City of Baltimore

Juliette Braman
Student SHRM Member

Selina R. Brooks
Administrative Services Manager
Maryland Care Management, Inc.

Keia Eaves
Director of Operations
RELI Group Inc.
Kira Harris
Business Coordinator
Verizon Wireless

Olivia Kelly Hunter, PHR
Talent Acquisition Manager
Southern Management Corporation
April Hurst
Federal Government

Whitney Johnson
RealStreet Staffing
Naomi N. Jones
Human Resources Manager
Green Bay Packaging
 Eve Keil
Student SHRM Member
Diane Kraus
HR Coordinator
Center for Vein Restoration
Angelia Renee Lawson
HR Generalist
Harford County Government
Jennifer Marana
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Greater Baltimore Medical Ctr.

Mare McCall
Human Resources Manager
RELI Group Inc.
Christine L Peacock
Managing Director, Head of HR
Christine Peacock
Tuesday Proctor
HR Officer I
Kim Ramsey
Excutive Assistant
Aetna Health Plans
Tyler Salley
Talent Innovation Solutions Engineer
Medix Staffing Solutions, Inc.
Patricia Schammel
Human Resources Manager
Maryland Pump & Tank, Inc.

Lynette Todd Patterson


Dontia Walker
Student SHRM Member
Karen Walsh
Sr. HR Consultant
impactHR, LLC
Thomas Watkins
Manager, Talent Acquisition
CareFirst BlueCross BlueSheild
Melissa Wells
Talent Acquisition Partner
Kennedy Krieger Institute 
Zipporah Williams
Johns Hopkins
Colleen Wood
Chief People Officer


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:

  • Nicole Barnwell
  • Selina Brooks
  • Mare McCall
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Dr. Thomas Mitchell
  • Linda Napoli
  • Jason Nemoy
  • Anna-Maria Palmer
  • Tina Schmitt
  • Warren White

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


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Consider Serving on the Board in 2018!


CHRA will soon be accepting nominations for Board of Director positions for the 2018 calendar year. If you have ever considered serving at the board level you should apply!

General CHRA Board of Directors Information:
CHRA Board of Director terms are 1-year in length but you may serve for multiple terms. The CHRA board has monthly board meetings the alternate between in-person and conference call. Your first meeting would be a half day transition meeting this November, and then monthly board meetings would start January 2018, typically on the first Thursday morning of the month from 8:30am – 10:30am.



Serving on the CHRA Board of Directors is a great way to:

  • Give back to the Greater Baltimore HR community.
  • Have a direct impact on the education and events being provided to HR Professionals.
  • Build a larger network of professional connections in the HR industry.
  • Earn re-certification credits.
  • Build your professional resume.

The Call for Nominations will be sent the week of September 11. 


Legislative Corner: Maryland Workplace Fraud Act – Are You Complying?

By Donna M. Glover, Esq., Director, Legislative Affairs


Did you know that under Maryland's Workplace Fraud Act, workers in the construction and landscaping industries are presumed to be employees of the person or business for whom they perform services. So, although all employers must be wary of misclassifying workers as independent contractors, the Maryland DLLR is keeping special watch over those employers in the construction and landscaping world. The Workplace Fraud Act provides four exceptions by which the presumption of employment can be overcome. Those are:

1. The worker may be an "exempt person." An "exempt person" within the meaning of the Workplace Fraud Act is an individual who operates an independent business as a sole proprietor and who has no employees other than a parent, child, or spouse.

2. The worker is an independent contractor if, based on an application of the ABC test to the facts and circumstance in the specific case, an independent contractor relationship exists:

  •  The worker is free from direction and control over the manner and means by which the work is done;
  •  The worker is engaged in an independent business or occupation of the same nature as that involved in the work; and,
  • The work is performed outside the usual course of business of the person for whom the services are performed, or the work is performed outside of any place of business of the person for whom the work is performed.

3. A business may subcontract some of its work by entering into a contractual relationship with another business entity, which may have its own employees, to do the same type of work as the business, at the same location where the business is working, without creating an employment relationship between the two businesses.

4. A business may subcontract some or all of its work to another business entity if:

  • The work is done under a written contract that meets certain statutory requirements;
  • The business entity provides an affidavit indicating that the individual or business entity is an independent contractor who is available to work for others;
  • The business entity is registered with the Department of Assessments and Taxation and is in "good standing;" and,
  • The business entity holds any and all required occupational licenses for the work performed.

Regardless of which exception may apply, the employer must provide each worker with whom it contracts with a written notice, in both English and Spanish, which explains the implications of the individual's classification as an independent contractor or "exempt person" rather than as an employee. The DLLR provides on its website a model “Notice to Independent Contractors and Exempt Persons.” For more information about the Workplace Fraud Act, including the model Notice, click here.



12th Annual Fall Human Resources Conference Now Open for Registration!

Employment Law / Legislative

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Martin's West, Baltimore, MD


*This conference has been approved for 5 HRCI/SHRM credits (2 hours strategic)



Offering 5.00 hours (2 hours strategic) of recertification credit, CHRA’s Annual Fall Conference focuses solely on legislation and employment law updates that are an integral part of day to day operations for HR practitioners in Maryland. There will be exhibitors featuring the latest products and services of interest to HR professionals and door prizes. Register now today!


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!


  CHRA Calendar of Events



September 20, 2017 - CHRA Monthly Education Program
"Defending Your Hill: What You Should (and Should Not) Do When You Receive a Charge of Discrimination"
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD


October 12, 2017 - CHRA Members-Only Fall Quarterly Networking Event
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The PFE Group, Hunt Valley, MD


October 25, 2017- CHRA Monthly Education Program
"Achievement Now!"
8:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

CCBC Owings Mills, Owings Mills, MD


November 7, 2017 - Annual Fall HR Employment Law Conference
8:00 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD
Sponsorship/Exhibitor Form


December 7, 2017 - Quarterly Networking Event/Members Only Holiday Party
Mustang Alley's, Baltimore, MD


Save the Date for our 2018 Programs!


January 17, 2018 - Monthly Education Program

February 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program


March 21, 2018 - Monthly Education Program


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


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!****


CHRA Student Section  


College Relations Committee

We would like to invite our student CHRA members to join the College Relations Committee. We would love to have your perspective on how we can provide additional value to future HR professionals. Our committee is composed of members who work in the Human Resources field, and we could use your expertise with social media to help us reach more students.

Now that summer is coming to an end, we are looking forward to working with our partner schools. We are working with the Career Services departments at Towson University, Stevenson University, and CCBC to help us connect with more students.

We are available to assist students 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

If you are interested in becoming a member of the College Relations Committee, or if you need assistance with your career preparation, pleases contact Jean Turner at


Diversity and Inclusion Corner


Diversity Quote of the Month
"What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don’t make a difference in how we are treated." – Yolanda King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Getting Past Charlottesville
If your organization is anything like most, your HR offices and leadership teams have been struggling with what your organization’s “proper response” should be to the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA several weeks ago. Our roles as HR and diversity professionals and business leaders, as bridge builders and mediators, are being put to the test, despite whatever personal opinions we may have along the political, racial and cultural spectrums. Nick Jaworski, a contributing writer for Current Events in Diversity & Inclusion, admits that it is not easy to remain completely unbiased, but reminds us to be mindful of who we represent as an organization, especially our employees, clients, and customers. “Being silent and angrily divided will only attract a violent and hostile environment… Open a discussion in a safe environment to bridge a gap… Show care and compassion for every person in the organization…It’s not your job to judge… It’s okay to draw a line and say what [behavior and values] are acceptable here…” Read more advice and recommendations for helping to shift the focus and dialogue to find the best solutions for your organization by clicking this link.


Monthly Diversity Holidays and Cultural Observances can be found at Diversity Best Practices


Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Hosts 2nd Annual Her Path to Promise Educational Program


Junior Achievement of Central Maryland Inc. (JA), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people to succeed in a rapidly changing economy, hosted its second annual “Her Path to Promise” program designed to assist young women transitioning from foster care through initiatives like college preparation, career exploration and mentorship.


The educational program hosted 20 participants from the organization Women in Transition, a local non-profit helping young women transition from foster care successfully. It was held at Towson University last weekand provided three days of interactive self-assessment, college prep, career exploration and mentoring from female professionals.

“Her Path to Promise is an inspiring initiative that helps young women recognize their strengths and abilities, allowing them to enter the workforce with confidence,” said Jennifer Bodensiek, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. “The interactive sessions and exposure to different career paths demonstrated the opportunities available to them, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone involved to make this possible.”

The in-depth panel discussion featured Kim Campbell, Director of Human Resources for Basys software company; Colette Colclough, Vice President of Human Resources at Maryland Public Television; Angenella Fleming, Human Resources Director for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated; and Jennifer Stano, Employment, Classification and Compensation Manager for Towson University.

The young women were also gifted with professional attire from Potential Me, an organization dedicated to providing disadvantaged women with the tools needed to obtain financial independence.

Businesses from the local area participated in a career fair, which gave the young women access to a variety of industries. Representatives from Chesapeake Human Resources Association, Barcoding, Clapp Communications, EZ Shield, PayPal, Northrop Grumman, Toyota Financial Services, Humphrey Management, Coca-Cola, MACPA, COMPASS Cyber Security, Maryland Live!, and Wegmans were all in attendance....

Click here to view the full article in citybizlist: Baltimore


 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. 


New Sponsorship Opportunity Through 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 new 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


  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


  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


  Donate to the United Way and help your 

Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation! It's simple.


Please remember that when you make your United Way donation, you can designate your funds to go to the Chesapeake HR Foundation, which utilizes all funding for their 'Pathways to Success' Program, a program for youth based on the "7 habits of highly effective youth." There is also a plan for a 'Horizons to Success' Program, which will benefit veterans as they search for employment.

Just select the amount you want to donate, and 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.

  Need Information on Advertising and Sponsoring with CHRA?


Need access to 1,000+ Association members, as well as hundreds of additional HR practitioners? CHRA offers several cost-effective opportunities to sponsor, advertise, and even post jobs. If interested, please download this helpful brochure.


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