December 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from Our President

Tis the Season

Can you believe it’s already December 2020? The end of a year that has arguably been the most head scratching, surprising and challenging.  Thankfully the holiday season is here – a time of hope, cheer, reflection and to be festive! 

As my time as President comes to a close, I am filled with emotions of pride, gratitude and reflection. I love this chapter! I am thankful for our chapter and committee members, sponsors, community partners and the best board of directors ever!!  My time as chapter leader has been fun and rewarding, surrounded by the right people with a common goal, dedication and determination to affect change. As a long time HR professional and volunteer leader of this esteemed chapter, I have had the privilege to support others in the profession I love and it doesn’t get much better than that. The saying goes “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life”. Giving back, shaping vision and initiatives, and serving others provides a sense of fulfillment that adds value to life. 

HoCoHRS has always added value for its members and the HR and business community, and more this year than before despite the pandemic. Whether it is the monthly educational programming pre-approved with HRCI and SHRM certification credits, networking, career readiness workshops for college and high school students, and professionals in search of their next position, certification preparation, scholarships and educational reimbursement for certifications, monthly communications and other resources, or supporting our local charities with recognition and donations, initiatives are continuously being planned and implemented all the time.

Looking back on this year, a few positive moments come to mind - babies were born, people discovered a newfound sense of creativity and flexibility, families connected in new ways, many businesses flourished, people became resourceful and rekindled dormant personal and professional connections. I am looking forward to 2021 so that we can welcome a new day, season, and year with open-mindedness and optimism. For some of us, we should stop trying to make sense of 2020 (it never will) and put that energy towards 2021, finding our personal “why” and creating a sense of purpose for the new year. Out of chaos and challenge, purpose emerges with an energized feeling of new beginning.

As a long-standing professional society and affiliate of SHRM, HoCoHRS is approaching 20 years in 2021.  All the efforts and initiatives laid over each of those preceding 20 years has prepared the chapter to move into the next era.  It is that foundation, knowledge and enthusiasm that sets us up for more successful years to come. I look forward to seeing you all in 2021, virtually or in person, as we continue to find purpose and our mission of “advancing the profession and serving the professional”.

Happy Holidays!


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Upcoming Events

High Performance Teams - How To Make Them And Keep Them Charged

Join us on Thursday, December 17th from 8:15-10:30am. Our very own Rachel Carey-McElwaney from Emerging Lotus Coaching, LLC will be our speaker! Registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday, December 16th.


About Our Program:

We all know employee engagement plays a big role on performance. We also know it runs deeper than parties and prizes. What is it we are trying to achieve? What tools can we use to assess?

Learn how to build awareness and strategically partner with executives across the country to infuse the team engagement with the energy needed to create powerful results and avoid burnout in the year ahead!

About Our Speaker:

As the Founder of Emerging LOTUS Coaching, Rachel Carey-McElwaney coaches leaders to master their communication skills and find their signature style to command respect and engage their teams as confident compassionate leaders that drive results. She also partners with organizations to take a coach approach to performance management and engagement.

After being introduced to coaching through Human Resources, Rachel studied many different approaches to coaching and earned her professional coaching certification specializing in Energy Leadership from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and later her Associate Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She also became certified as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and a Job and Career Development Coach. 

Rachel is active in her community as a founding member of the Crofton Professional Toastmasters. She has served on the board for the Signature Program at Arundel High School for the past 5 years and was awarded the 21st Century Education Foundation Business Partner Award in 2016 for her work there.  Rachel is a Reiki Master and Mindfulness Teacher to Elementary School aged children through school and private programs.  She also serves as the Professional Development Chair for the Howard County HR Society.  

When she is not shaping the leaders of tomorrow, Rachel loves spending time with her husband and two children,  She has two dogs, one of which is a teenager that keeps her on her toes.  In her spare time, she is writing a children’s book which is a tell all documentary proving once and for all that Santa is Real.  

Thank You To Comar Cyber For Sponsoring This Month's Webinar!

Comar Associates, Inc. (Comar), is an established Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), safety/ environmental health and cyber services and training consulting firm with offices in Silver Spring, MD and Washington, DC. Since 1986, the company has been offering IT, technical support, training, program development, management consultant services, and equipment procurement and delivery. 

this webinar has been approved for recertification credits

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Chapter Happenings

Congratulations to our 2021 board of directors

Click here to learn more!

Tina L. Pavlish Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 winner of the Tina L. Pavlish Scholarship is Katelyn Gould. 

Katelyn Gould is a resident of Crofton, Maryland and attends the University of Maryland Global Campus, as an undergraduate student studying Human Resource Management.  In addition to maintaining an exceptional GPA (Grade Point Average), Ms. Gould has worked with ICYPAA (International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous), where she served as the Accessibility Chair, making great strides with inclusion for the deaf community.  Today, Ms. Gould is working as an HR Assistant, helping to process payroll, recruit and onboard team members, and update general policies and procedures.  In the future, Ms. Gould hopes to complete her studies, become an HR Manager for a nonprofit organization, and run a small consulting firm to assist small businesses with their HR needs.

We are excited to share that HoCoHRS has been awarded the 2020 SHRM Learning System Champion Status, and we received recognition at the virtual Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting that took place before Thanksgiving.

We are recognized as a strategic partner to SHRM, providing outreach and HR Education to our chapter members.

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News You Can Use

Totes are back!

And now for a limited time only, also get the free Digital HR eBook! Use promo code DIGITALHR when you join or renew as a professional member.

Being a SHRM member + a local chapter member, such as us (HoCoHRS) provides you with exclusive resources you can rely on to advance your career.

Join or renew today and experience the best of both worlds!

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Diversity and Inclusion

Click here to learn more about being an ally in your workplace

SHRM, and its members, have an opportunity and an obligation to use our unique professional expertises in solving a significant equity crisis in America.
Learn more about Together Forward @ Work and read the full report at

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Professional Development

SHRM People Manager Qualification (PMQ)

60% of workers leave their jobs because of their managers. Improve your workplace culture and reduce employee turnover by providing your people managers with the training they need. Build their management skills with the SHRM People Manager Qualification.

Take the first step today

Interested in a virtual speaking opportunity?

Share your knowledge & expertise with students at the University of Maryland.

The Management and Organization Society (MOS) seeks to introduce students to the management field and build better leaders by bringing together management professionals, faculty, and students. By connecting students to these resources, MOS aims to encourage the development of University of Maryland students into well-respected leaders in their respective careers.

Presentation topics must be related to leadership and management. 

If interested, contact our College Relations Committee for more details by emailing [email protected].

Did you know the SHRM Foundation offers two FREE certificate programs on hiring individuals with disabilities and hiring veterans?  

Learn more about Employing Abilities @ Work Certificate here:

Learn more about the Veterans at Work Certificate here:

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Prepare for Success: HoCo HRS’ Non-Profit of the Quarter

We are so thankful for the work that Prepare for Success does in our community. They've been supplying the school children of Howard County with the supplies they need to be successful since 2000, and they put together an all-time high of 3,800 kits for students so far this year. You can learn more about how they help the community and how you can help them on their website or their Facebook page

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Career Corner

Check out these job opportunities!

Maryland SHRM State Council Job Resources

SHRM HR Job Board

If you have any opportunities that you would like to have us include here, please email [email protected]

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Member Spotlight!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our committee members!!!

BecHaRitable Committee:
Katherine Mooney
Lee Eybel
Elicia Wood
Cindi Mitchell
Diversity Committee (DIY):
Nicola Edwards
Kenya Ray
Rubitha Logan
Syreeta Swann
Keli Wilson
Pat Hall
Monica McMellon-Ajayi
Christine Pervaiz
Vanessa Bell
Cheryl Brown
Dawn Rhodes
Lee Eybel
Latoya Hicks
Kristen Lohmeyer
College Relations Committee:
Pamela Drury
Ana Liesch
Kathleen Lewis
Cheri Herschman
Nomi Schmuckler
Katherine Mooney
Saron Alemseged
Legislative Affairs Committee:
Dawn Rhodes
Lee Eybel
Rachel Carey-McElwaney
Idell Tillman
Cindi Mitchell
Programs Committee:  
Lee Eybel
Idell Tillman
Cindi Mitchell
Dee Lind  
Rachel Carey-McElwaney
Workforce Readiness Committee:
Franca Monthe
Yvonne Millwood
Tashia Young
Minal Patel
Karen Akinmuyisan
Cindi Mitchell
Christine Pervaiz
Shannon Burlingame
Leslie Gaetjans

Welcome to our new members!

Monica Kindle

Sonja Henderson

Lisa Boss

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Get Involved with HoCo HRS

Why Volunteer?

Gain New Experiences and Insights
Give Back and Help Others
Create Connections with People
An Overall Sense of Accomplishment


Our chapter is a great place to get more involved with the HR community in Howard County. We have several committees, listed below, who are seeking volunteers to assist with our various initiatives. Complete our Volunteer Application today or you can reach out to us via email - [email protected]

College Relations

Communications and Social Media  

Diversity and Inclusion  

Legislative Affairs  


Professional Development  


Workforce Readiness

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