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President's Message


March is the time of year when I think of the color green. Spring is around the corner and there is a day this month dedicated to wearing green. Whether you’re ready to show off your green thumb or digging out a funny green hat, here are all the ways CHRA is GREEN:

We’re going GREEN!
As part of my commitment to share and respond to survey results, 97% of respondents said that email is their preferred method to receive communication from CHRA. In response, we will no longer mail flyers for monthly meetings or quarterly networking events. If you want to support CHRA in going green, please be sure to log into your CHRA profile and update your email address.

We’re giving away GREEN!
The College Relations Committee will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships again this year. The deadline of April 1st will be here before you know it, so go online to view eligibility requirements and submit your application. The winners will be announced at the Spring Conference on April 13th. Best of luck!

We’re saving you GREEN!
We are working every day to create value for your CHRA membership:

  • The Workforce Readiness Committee continues to build on its efforts to assist veterans in our community and HR professionals in transition. Our 30-day job postings are only $100 and our internship postings are FREE! We email our job and internships listings to our members twice a month and they can be viewed by the general public anytime.
  • The Spring Conference Committee is offering a $25 discount if you register early for the upcoming conference. Check it out and save some green!
  • Corporate Complete and Corporate Elite Membership Packages offer discounted memberships when you sign up multiple individuals from your company! It’s a great benefit for your employees and a savings to your bottom line.
  • Students and Recent Graduates can join for a discount and have full access to education and networking events. If you’re a full-time student, attend your first two meetings for only $5 each (a great discount over professional member rates). And for all meetings after your first two for the year, you will receive a 50% discount on member pricing!
  • Did you know we connect you to discounted online education? CHRA members received a 10% discount on all courses.

Your friends and colleagues are GREEN with envy!
We heard from you in our annual survey how you get value out of your CHRA membership: networking, education, creating connections, professional development, legislative and HR trends, committee participation, conferences, recertification credits, job board, and “gets me out of the office.” We encourage you to refer your friends and colleagues so much, that we’re having a contest! If you refer a colleague or friend and they join CHRA during the month of March, your name will be entered to win 1 of 3 gift cards! You might just be one of CHRA’s luckiest members in March!

If you’re looking to go green, save green, or win green, CHRA is here for you!

I look forward to seeing you at the Monthly Education Session (March 15) and the Quarterly Networking Event (March 30). Of course, you can share your ideas, thoughts, and feedback anytime by emailing me at:

Your President,

Laura Locke, SHRM-SCP



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

Todd Allen
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

Jessica Baker
HR Generalist
Knorr Brake Company

Stacey Caprino
HR Business Partner
University of Maryland Medical System

Julie Degrafft
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Paychex, Inc.

Jamie Dembeck
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
 Christine Foster
HR Manager
First Financial Federal Credit Union
Brentina Horshaw
Employee Relations Manager
 Laurel Kamosa
HR Intern
Strategic Factory
Jon Karp
Director, Human Resources
Fishman Flooring Solutions
 Jammie Lyell
Financial Representative
T. Rowe Price
Katherine Martineau

Tiffanie Meadows

Katarzyna O'Donnell
HR/QA Assistant
Nave Communications

Tina Marie Price
Recruiting Manager
SB & Company, LLC

Tralene Putman
State of MD
Anne Reeder
HR Manager
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A.
Natalie Reeder
 April Shifflett  Heather Turk
Human Resources Manager
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Eryka Williams
HR Partner
Prince George's County Public Schools
 Angela Wilson
Associate Director, Learning and Organ. Development
University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, 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:

  • Michelle Childers
  • Claire Fultz
  • Renee Lane-Kunz
  • Ashley Marso
  •  Joyce Phillip
  • Judy Pika
  • Shawn Talley
  • Jean Turner

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


Register Today for the Spring Conference!

April 13, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Martin's West, Baltimore, MD
"HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation"

Register on/before Thursday, April 6 to receive the early bird discount ($25 off)!*


Boasting 5.50 HRCI & SHRM recertification credits (up to 2.50 Strategic HRCI credits depending on which breakout sessions you attend), prices that haven't increased in over seven years, two fantastic keynote speakers and education sessions featuring six programs to choose from, and over 35 exhibitors from the greater Baltimore region showcasing the latest and greatest products and services (along with some great door prizes!), this is truly one conference you do not want to miss! Click here to view the full event page.


$165 CHRA Members
(by April 6, $190 after)

$250 Non-Members
(by April 6, $275 after - But why not just renew/join today for less than the difference in price?)


March Membership Promotion

Who will be CHRA’s Luckiest Members in March? You could be one of three winners!

Refer a colleague or friend who joins CHRA during the month of March and your name will be entered to win 1 of 3 gift cards! Note: new member must list your name as the referral in order to be entered to win. Winners will be announce in the April newsletter.



CHRA Members Only Quarterly Networking Event
March 30, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Fazzini's Taverna - 9811 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD


Join CHRA members for an evening of food, fun and networking. Just $20 to attend, but you must be a member.

$20 Registration includes:
  •  Two Drinks
  • Appetizers
  • Networking
  • Door Prizes and more!

    Thank you to our event sponsors:


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


March 15, 2017 - Monthly Education Program
Leave Management Workshop: An Interactive Session Talking the Toughest Leave Management Issues
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD


March 30, 2017 - Members Only Quarterly Networking Event
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Fazzini's Taverna, Cockeysville, MD


April 13, 2017 - Annual Spring Conference
HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation
Martins West, Baltimore, MD

Click here to sign up as an exhibitor


May 12, 2017 - Certification Preparation 1-Day Boot Camp (Only 7 Spots Left!)
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PSA Financial, Hunt Valley, MD


May 17, 2017 - Monthly Education Program / Annual Diversity Event
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
PSA Financial Hunt Valley, MD
Nominate a Company for the James W. Rouse Diversity Award before April 7


June 21, 2017 - Monthly Education Program
8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
CCBC Owings Mills, Owings Mills, 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!****

Diversity & Inclusion Corner

Save the Date: Annual Diversity Event - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Call for 2017 James W. Rouse Diversity Award Nominations

Does your organization go above and beyond to develop and implement an outstanding diversity initiative?

The CHRA Diversity & Inclusion Committee is now accepting your official award nominations for Baltimore area businesses and organizations that demonstrate commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace through their human resources efforts and initiatives! Prior award winners include organizations such as ADP, Southern Management Corporation, McCormick & Co., and University of Maryland Medical Center. We are looking for nominations in any of the following four categories:

Small companies = under 100 employees
Mid-size companies = from 101 – 500 employees
Large companies = more than 500 employees
Educational Institutions: K1-12, Community Colleges and Universities

Nomination Deadline: April 7, 2017


Nominations and questions can be sent to CHRA’s Diversity and Inclusion Director, Michelle Huggins, at, and copy CHRA at

The 2017 CHRA Annual Diversity & Inclusion Event being held on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at PSA Financial in Hunt Valley will include the presentation of the J.W. Rouse Award.

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

Exhibit at CHRA's 2017 Spring Conference

CHRA Annual Spring Conference
“HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation"

April 13, 2017
Martin’s West | Baltimore, MD

CHRA is still accepting exhibitor and sponsorship registrations for our 2017 Spring Conference, which will take place on April 13, 2017 at Martin’s West! The theme of the 2017 CHRA Spring Conference is, "HR: Driving Business Success Through Conversation." The conference attracts over 350 Human Resource Professionals from the Greater Baltimore area.

Please complete this linked form, and if you would like to be a sponsor or exhibitor, complete it and fax back to 443-640-1031 or scan/email back to Please remember that we can only accept a limited number of exhibitors and sponsors.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CHRA at 443-966-3870. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

CHRA Student Section 


ANNOUNCING TWO $1,000 Scholarships in 2017

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2017


 Each $1,000 award will be granted to one undergraduate student and one graduate student who:

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

We will begin accepting applications for both of these $1,000 Student Scholarships now. To apply, the online application must be completed in full and submitted with the following attachments:

  • A current copy of the applicant's resume
  • Official school transcript demonstrating full or part-time enrollment in undergraduate or graduate program as of Spring 2017.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    » At least one professional reference from a faculty member, school advisor, current/former employer, or HR professional.
    » No more than one personal reference from a non-relative may be used.

Award winners will be announced at the 2017 CHRA Spring Conference on Thursday, April 13, 2017.


Qualifications for Entry:

  • Must be a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • If enrolled at a Community College, students must be working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in the future – referred to as a Transfer Pattern/Pathway and NOT a Certificate.
  • Must be a CHRA Member, membership qualification applies to those CHRA members whose dues are activated by March 1, 2017.
  • Applications must be received by April 1, 2017


College Relations Committee

The start of the Spring semester has been a busy time for the College Relations Committee. We will be on campus at Towson University, CCBC Catonsville and Owings Mills, and Stevenson University interacting with students who are interested in the Human Resources profession. We look forward to meeting students at these upcoming events:

March 7, 2017 – CCBC Catonsville - Mock Interviews

March 27, 2017 – Stevenson University – Resume Reviews

March 29, 2017 – CCBC Owings Mills - HR Panel Discussion

March 30, 2017 – Stevenson University – Careers in Psychology and Human Services

April 18, 2017 – Stevenson University – Spring Career Fair

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


Student Spotlights

Name: Darnise Samuel
Hometown: Capitol Heights, Maryland
College: Towson University
Major/Graduation Date: Business Administration, Human Resource Management/ May 2017
CHRA Member Since: October 2016

  1. What brought you to your college and what do you want to do with your degree?

    Towson University’s campus first caught my eye when I made a visit on a college tour during my senior year of high school. The campus was beautiful, it was medium-sized, and the location was convenient. Also, Towson University offered great opportunities for academic and social growth through many on-campus organizations and community groups. As a human resource management major, I plan to become a human resources manager or director for a mid-size company or for the Washington D.C. government.

  2. What attracted you to the field of HR and what specific areas of HR are you interested in?

    I was originally inspired by a family member to work in the field of HR. After hearing the work she did and seeing her grow in the field, I decided to look into HR to learn more about it. I also came to realize that I have some main characteristics of a successful HR employee such as being detail-oriented, a “people” person, and trustworthy. After discovering these connections, conducting my own research, and learning from other HR professionals, I decided that HR was right for me and until this day, I do not regret my decision to study HR. The specific areas of HR I take interest in are recruiting, and training and development. These two areas play an important role in making decisions about who is not only the best fit for a position, but a company as a whole and they require continuous engagement with different people.

  3.  When you are not in classes, what do you like to do with your time?

    When not in class, I like to spend my time hanging with family and friends, working at my internship, studying for classes, and shopping. I also like to dedicate some of my time to extracurricular activities. I am the Secretary of Towson University’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), so some of my time goes towards helping coordinate sessions and fundraisers with my team, attending meetings, and participating in on- and off-campus SHRM activities.

  4. Tell us about your experience during an internship, co-op, or as a volunteer on- or off-campus.

    Towson University hosts an annual community service project during the spring semester called The Big Event. Many on-campus organizations come together to provide service to different parts of the community whether in a local neighborhood, a nearby organization, or right on campus. Last year, I volunteered with Towson University’s gospel choir, Infinite Praise Ministries, and our assigned project was to clean the front and back yard of an elderly lady’s home near campus. I enjoyed volunteering as a group with some of my peers because this was a great way to do a positive deed for someone else while still bonding with one another.

  5. Tell us something about yourself that we would otherwise not know or guess.

    Singing has been a hobby and passion of mine since I was young. I originally started singing at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where I was and still remain a member of the youth choir. While young, I sung soprano, but as I got older I began to sing alto. I have a love for different types of music, but I enjoy singing gospel the most. During high school, I was a member of the Bowie Gospel Choir and for three years of college, I was a member of Infinite Praise Ministries.

Name: Mehnaz Iqbal Shoostry
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
College: Community College of Baltimore County
Major/Graduation Date: December 2017
CHRA Member Since: January, 29 2017

  1. What brought you to your college and what do you want to do with your degree?

    I moved to the US from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, in September 2013 to be with my brother and parents and decided to get a US degree as it would help in enhancing my career as I plan to look for opportunities based on my past work experience or maybe a totally different field. I do plan to go for my master’s degree, but that will happen once I am have secured a good position in an organization.

  2. What attracted you to the field of HR and what specific areas of HR are you interested in?

    With 23 years of work experience in customer service related fields and managing teams in later part of my profession, I found communication and listening to be my strongest points. I will be taking HR Management class next semester to get a better idea on the next steps to take. My previous work consisted of project management where I was managing teams and connecting different departments to ensure the projects were completed on time. Various projects required me to hire new people for different fields, as and when an opening came up, planning budgets for the departments. Interact with IT personnel, audit department and planning and procedures for terms and conditions, to name a few. Being exposed to and working closely with everyone gave me the capability and opportunity to learn a bit of everything.

    I have honestly not thought about any particular area of HR to be in but as long as it involves interacting with people, especially employees, I feel that’s where my past experience will help me excel.

  3.  When you are not in classes, what do you like to do with your time?

    I am actively involved in various clubs and associations on campus and work as a student aid at the International Student Services office. If not on campus, it’s time for family, friends and a strict scheduled timetable for studies to make sure all school work is submitted on or before time.

  4.  Tell us about your experience during an internship, co-op, or as a volunteer on- or off-campus.

    Being an F1 student, I can work and volunteer only on campus, which resulted in joining different clubs and organizations. I have been active as a Student Life Ambassador, which connected me with different people on campus and helped me to come out of my shell as well. Assisting in various events opened up different avenues and change in mindset on a lot of misconceptions we acquire as learned behavior.

  5.  Tell us something about yourself that we would otherwise not know or guess.

    I was born in Karachi, Pakistan, grew up in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E and moved to the US in 2013. Like many others I read books, watch movies, listen to music (not into opera) write short poems and have a keen interest in photography (I capture what catches my eye and not what others want me to). I have traveled to different countries, as love discovering new places and the plan is to see all of the US States first (where I have not been as yet) and then other parts of the world. In UAE, I used to volunteer with different animal rescue groups and have had foster fails many times. Four of my cats came to the US with me and I plan to start volunteering again and hopefully open a no-kill animal shelter.

 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 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.


Get the most out of your CHRA Membership with the 

CHRA Member Partner Program


CHRA is seeking a few members who would like to volunteer as a partner to new members.

The partner program was created to effectively transition new members to the many benefits of CHRA. It is designed to pair members together to meet, network and discuss how to gain the most out of their CHRA membership.

CHRA cares about our members, and through this program all members will have the opportunity to work with each other to become an active part of the association. They will have someone to attend meetings with, someone to call with questions about CHRA, someone to help familiarize them with social media aspects, association benefits, and so on.

If you are able to commit to an hour or two each month and have a desire to help new members experience the same great benefits you have by sharing your personal experience, please contact Harry E. Florio, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HCS, SHRBP.

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! Our most recent Networking Event was held at Mustang Alley's and our upcoming October 6 Networking Event is going to be held at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Penguin Coast Exhibit).

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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