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President's Message

I’m happy to announce we have solidified our partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Maryland with the assistance of a generous donation from the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF).

We are sponsoring a JA program this month: JA Her Path to Promise. This is an intensive summer program on the campus of Towson University that creates pathways for young women to prepare for high-demand careers, while building a peer network and supportive community around them. They will have exposure to female mentors, college campuses, workplaces, hands-on activities, and other experiences to begin the process of preparing for a successful life after graduation from high school.

If you’re looking to give back to your community, we are seeking volunteers on July 25th & 26th to conduct Mock Interviews, participate in an HR Panel Discussion, Networking, and host a booth for a Mock Job Fair. More information can be found in the Foundation & Community Involvement section of this month’s newsletter.

We are also coordinating another JA program later this year and look forward to sharing those details and offering yet another opportunity to give back to your community.

We are excited for our new partnership with Junior Achievement in support of CHRA’s strategic goal of Building Community. As always, we appreciate the continued support of CHRF toward our effort to provide community involvement opportunities to our CHRA members.

I hope you are having a wonderful and safe summer.

Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP



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

Katie Alford
Human Resources Generalist
Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC.

Stacy Brown
Baltimore City Government

Jacqueline Bullard
Student Member

Kevin Emerson SVP, Director of Human Resources
Howard Bank

Bethany Harp
Richard Hartman
HR Director
PF Growth Partners, LLC

Basheera James
Baltimore County Public Schools
Yolanda Johnson Corporate Director of HR
Presbyterian Senior Living
Jessica Martin
Budget Specialist
Johns Hopkins University
Kelly McHoul
HR Benefits & Payroll Specialist
Kelly & Associates Ins. Group
Richard Perrier
Vice-President, Health & Benefits
Aon Consulting
Lauren Pierce
HR Director
Carroll Independent Fuel, LLC.

 Kaila Poinsatte-Jones

Student Member

Carla Satteson Executive Recruiter ABEL Personnel
Nicholas Fletcher
Assistant Director - Masters Programs Graves School of Business (Morgan State University)

Stephanie Simmons-Wallace
Student Member 
Phyllis Sivels Administrative Assistant

Marissa Waskiewicz Director of Client Services
Summit Insurance Advisors
 Brion Weintzweig Director
Able Hands Mobile Chair Massage

John Grammer, Jr. EA

Premier Consulting Group, Inc.

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:

  • Trish Backer-Miceli
  • Kevin Bultman
  • Jason Nemoy
  • Lauren Pierce
  • Nancy Zimmerman
  • Kerstin Miller

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


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



CHRA's Fall Programs will be announced later in the Summer!


Save the Date:

August 8, 2017 - Maryland SHRM Chapter Support Webinar
Webinar facilitated by SHRM


November 7, 2017 - Annual Fall HR Employment Law Conference
Call for Speakers Application Form (Deadline: June 30)
Sponsorship/Exhibitor Form


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


****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!****


June 8 Quarterly Networking Event:
CHRA Members Only Crab Feast - Thank You!



Special thank you to our event sponsors:


Glad you all could join us! We had a blast!

CHRA Student Section  


College Relations Committee

For many of your organizations, summer interns are present in your office working diligently on projects, applying their academic knowledge to gain practical job skills, learning the rules of the workplace, and integrating into your companies. I was reading an article in the Baltimore Sun, “Dressing in Style for That Summer Internship” (June 8, 2017), and wanted to share some valuable tips to our student members (and perhaps, to recent grads starting their first jobs out of college): reported that 33% of how someone is perceived as being professional is based on their attire. For the summer intern, that can be costly on a tight budget. The article went on to provide some tips to dress for success and keep some of your hard-earned money in your pockets:

  • It’s okay to shop at consignment or secondhand stores and online (i.e., eBay).
  • Pick out items that can be paired with things in any kind of office environment: business, business-casual, and casual.
  • Choose attire that can be dressed up or down.
  • Be sure to check the quality (no holes, tears, missing buttons, or stains).
  • Add your own personal style with appropriate accessories, such as scarves, handbags, jewelry, ties, watches, and cardigans (some offices are chilly in the summer).
  • Shop the sale racks at your favorite name brand stores. This time of year, you’ll find spring and summer favorites already on sale.

One other point that was not mentioned, but a personal favorite is: do not wear wrinkled clothes. No matter the brand or age of your attire, it’s a good practice to neatly press your clothes. You’ll present yourself well and make a great impression.

The article concludes with a final piece of advice: “Dress your best and work hard.” Showing initiative, asking questions, partnering across functions or departments, and arriving to work (and meetings) on time, go a long way to make a positive and lasting impression on an organization. Your goal is to be seen as a professional and “feel a part of the company.” And the company knows you’re an intern on a limited budget, there to gain experience, and possibly get hired.

I hope you are having a great summer and internship experience. As a reminder, CHRA is helping student and recent grads to save money:

Students can join for $5 or $15 and Recent Graduates can enjoy a discounted membership of $30 for up to one year out of college.

Laura Locke - President, CHRA

If you are interested in joining the College Relations Committee, or volunteering to help with any of our events, please contact Jean Turner at

CHRA Foundation & Community Involvement Committee Announces New Partnership with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland


CHRA has a new partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Maryland. With the help of the Chesapeake Human Resources Foundation (CHRF) we will be sponsoring the Junior Achievement Her Path to Promise on July 25th & 26th at Towson University.



This program aims to:

  • Increase the percentage of students who graduate from high school and consider additional formal education to achieve their desired careers.
  • Help students understand their ability to pursue college or career training after high school and realize that financial assistance is possible.
  • Create self-sufficient women who are empowered to reach their true potential.
  • Inspire students to broaden their view of possible careers and explore options that align with their interests.

This program will allow 20 young women from Baltimore City the opportunity to create pathways for themselves, by providing exposure to female mentors, college campuses, workplaces, hands-on activities, and other experiences to begin the process of preparing for a successful life after graduation from high school.

Women in Transition is a group of 20 young women ages 18-21 transitioning out of the foster system. These girls are in dire need of these 21st century and life skills to prepare them for their futures. During the program, girls will be hearing from Dress for Success, getting resume feedback, and completing mock interviews with corporate women.

We are seeking volunteers for the following:

Tuesday, July 25
10am-12pm: Mock Interviews
12pm-1pm: Networking Lunch

Wednesday, July 26

10am-11am: HR Panel Discussion
1pm-3pm: Mock Career Fair

To volunteer for the one or both dates listed above or for any event questions, please email Mandy Snyder, Junior Achievement of Maryland:

Spring Conference Song


Thank you so much if you attended the CHRA Spring Conference 2017! Each of you brought your creative skills and talents to the day which resulted in many engaging conversations. Attached is the song we all created together. What an amazing process. Enjoy the song and feel free to share it with your colleagues. I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Spring Conference.

Follow the link below:


 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.

Call for 2017 Fall Conference Presenters
Deadline: June 30, 2017

The presenters will be facilitating 60-minute sessions during the conference (inclusive of questions). We are looking for strategic content and detailed proposals regarding topics that relate to employment law and legislation, in an engaging and highly interactive format. Examples of specific topics that the Fall Conference committee is looking for are:

  •  Maryland legislative updates
  • “How To’s” – e.g., How to Protect Trade Secrets and Confidential Information; How to Prevent Sick Leave Abuse
  • Pay Equity Issues
  • Changes to the FLSA regulations

All proposals must follow the format on the attached document (click below to download) or it will not be considered. All proposals must be received no later than June 30, 2017. Submissions after this date will not be considered. Please understand that as a non-profit organization, CHRA is not able to provide speakers with honorarium or travel expenses.

Send proposals to: Kerstin Miller and CHRA. Selection of presenters will be made several weeks after the submission deadline. All potential presenters will be notified of their selection shortly thereafter. We are extremely grateful for all potential presenters and for their willingness to submit a proposal!



Update of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Survey on Maryland Paid Sick Leave Bill

As a follow up to our recent communication (See Below) regarding the Maryland paid sick leave bill, and in line with one of the Governor’s Executive Orders relating to sick leave, which sought to obtain more input from the community on paid sick leave, an online survey collecting information regarding employers’ and employees’ input on paid sick leave is now available on the DLLR’s website. Here is the link should you wish to participate:


Previous Update: We recently communicated with you regarding the anticipated Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“Act”), click here to read that article. UPDATE! On May 25, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Act, which generally would have mandated employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. The veto sets up a potential veto override clash on the bill when the next session opens in January 2018, or perhaps during a special session prior to the opening of next year’s session.

Governor Hogan stated, “Rather than working with us in good faith they instead passed a terrible, poorly written, and deeply flawed bill which was worse than the one that even liberal Democrats had rejected for four straight years in a row;” and “If we allow this bill to go into effect in January, it would be disastrous to our state economy and make Maryland less competitive in our region. It would kill small businesses and jeopardize thousands of jobs.”

So, Maryland employers may be subject to a sick leave law next year, but for now the bill is dead. Notably, the Governor signed three Executive Orders relating to sick leave. Those are:

  1. An E.O. that establishes “a fact-finding” study of the effects of paid sick leave on small businesses in the state, which is something the Governor said the legislature failed to consider.
  2. An E.O. that requires State agencies to offer paid sick leave to contractual employees.
  3. An E.O. that requires that State agencies give preferential treatment in bidding for State contracts to companies that offer paid sick leave to employees.

Stay tuned!

CHRA's New 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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