WSHRMA March Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    Thank you all for joining us for the February luncheon presentation on financial wellness in the workplace and how HR can impact it presented by David Beck of One Strategic Capital. I think it was a very timely and informative topic that gave us all quite a bit to think about.

    As many of you know, we collect survey data after each luncheon and as part of that survey we ask for luncheon topic ideas that you would like to see. Over the past few months we have seen more and more suggestions for overall wellness in the workplace topics including financial and mental wellness. With these suggestions in mind, our Programs Director Adrian Dooly has worked diligently to bring you the topics you asked for.

    In March we will have Tanya Hall, MFT, CADC1, Community Liaison with Rainier Springs Hospital presenting on Mental Health in the Workplace including substance abuse. This session will focus on signs and symptoms to look for and will provide solutions and resources for you once you’ve identified a problem in your workforce.

    As March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. our non-profit will be Kitsap Brain Injury. We hope to see you all there.

    Please don’t forget to register for the Washington State VLS and Employment Law Conference in Bellevue on March 12th and 13th and save the date for the WSHRMA Spring Conference on May 13th!

    Stacey Scalf
    2020 WSHRMA President

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    Mental Health in the Workplace

    Presented by
    Tanya Hall, MFT and Larisa Klein, MA

    March 11, 2020
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Program Description:

    We will be providing an overview of mental health and substance abuse issues in the work place, focusing on the signs and symptoms to look for and solutions and resources once you have identified a problem in these areas.

    About the Speakers:

    Tanya Hall, MFT, CADC 1, Community Liaison - Tanya Hall has 20 Years of behavioral health experience ranging from counseling and therapy with adolescents and their family members, to clinical utilization review for three different inpatient behavioral health hospitals. Tanya received her bachelor degree at the University of Idaho and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University.  Tanya is also a certified drug and alcohol counselor. In addition to being a therapist, she has also taught on-line bachelor level human service classes for 15 years. Tanya has served in roles such as therapist, program director, director of utilization review and teacher.

    Currently, Tanya is a Community Liasion with Rainier Springs Hospital. In addition to business development, a large part of this role is community education and helping to share resources, bring awareness of and working towards de-stigmatization of mental health and substance abuse issues in the workplace. This includes serving on community task forces, sponsoring events with shared focus and participating in educational presentations to corporations and agencies throughout the community. 

    In her free time, Tanya enjoys spending time with her 6 year old son and husband, exploring nature in her camp trailer, playing games and spending time with friends. 

    Larisa Klein, MA, Director of Business Development - Larisa Klein has 13 years of behavioral health experience with the majority of her experience in private, stand-alone psychiatric hospitals. Before joining SpringStone, Larisa was the Vice President of Business Development for US HealthVest, a startup behavioral hospital company with facilities in Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle and Boston. She Managed the business development for certificate of need projects, inpatient and outpatient program development, oversight of business development and assessment/intake functions within hospitals and was an instrumental part of the military program start up, Extra Mile Military Care. Prior to her role with the US HealthVest she was part of the startup team at Cedar Hills Hospital, as the Director of Business Development for seven years. Larisa holds a Master of Arts in counseling from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Counseling & Psychology and an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxazhachie, Texas. 

    Larisa enjoys being outdoors with her husband Joshua snowboarding Mt. Hood, enjoying the beaches on the Oregon coast and wine tasting in the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge. 

    Featuring Non-Profit:

    Each month WSHRMA hosts a non-profit that benefits our community. At this March's luncheon, we will be featuring Kitsap Brain Injury for Brain Injury Awareness month. While learning more about this subject, it is their hope to gain sponsors for their upcoming event.

    Skookum Contract Services
    4525 Auto Center Way
    Bremerton, WA 98312


    $30.00 Member Ticket

    $40.00 Non-Member Ticket

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    Tune in live for:  

    • An outlook on policy priorities coming out of Washington and how they will impact the workplace
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    Meet the Board of Directors

    Each month we will take a look at who makes up the 2020 Board of Directors. This month we will get to know...


    Adriann Dooley, Program Director

    Adriann is currently an Account Executive in Employee Benefits for The Partners Group. Adriann was previously a Senior Account Manager at HMA and a Senior Implementation Manager at Cigna. Adriann brings to The Partners Group a service-oriented mind and deep carrier knowledge which allows her to serve and advise her clients not only during the implementation process but through the daily challenges and strategic planning as well. She believes in always doing what’s best for the client and motivates those around her to do the same.

    Adriann holds a B.A. in Business Management from Western Governors University.

    Adriann enjoys staying active (barre, cycling, running, and hiking), attending sporting events/concerts (Go Sounders!), eating at all her favorite restaurants (new and old!), traveling, and spending time with her family (her niece and nephew Brendan and Kiera are amongst her favorites).

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    Have you been thinking about certification but have been putting it off.  Certification sets you apart as an expert in Human Resources. The window for SHRM certification is open, don’t put this off another day. A voluntary certification is often seen as evidence of an individual’s drive and motivation.  More and more employers are looking at certification to assess whether an individual possesses the skills and knowledge required for successful performance.

    Apply by March 20 to get the early-bird rate and save $75!

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    Ideas and Suggestions

    We love your great ideas, suggestions, comments, and concerns-so we can improve!

    Please send them to [email protected]

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    HR Day on the Hill – Recap

    Courtesy of: Monica Blackwood, Legislative Director

    The State’s capital found itself flooded with HR professionals on January 24th for the WA SHRM annual HR Day on the Hill.  A few members from our chapter made the trek, caught up on legislation and met with representatives.  There was quite a bit of discussion surrounding the Paid Family Medical Leave now that it is being accessed by employees – there are aspects within the language which are being clarified, as well as simply the incredible influx of requests for leave that Employment Security had received.  By this point in January, there had been over 20,000 requests submitted, when it was anticipated that there would be about 6,000 requests made per month.  Of course the hope was that things would level out as the program got off the ground.  (Update:  as of the end of February, ESD is saying that review and decisions of requests are taking up to 4 weeks’ time.)

    In addition to the discussion around PFML, there are two bills that were highlighted.  One is SB 5142 – Increasing equitable gender representation on corporate boards.  This requires a corporation to have a minimum of one female director on its board by December 31, 2020, as well as a report that states information regarding the gender of each of the domestic entity’s directors on its board.  The bill in its entirety can be found at

    The other bill was SB5772, Increasing Employment Opportunities for Spouses of Military Members.  The efforts of this bill include governmental entities and businesses to initiate a demonstration campaign to increase military spouse employment; requires the Office of Financial Management to develop a military spouse recruitment program and consult on the development of that program with interested stakeholders; and requires certain state agencies to submit a specific report to the human resources director.  Read the bill at

    Make sure to mark your calendars to attend HR Day on the Hill 2021, likely happening January 22, 2021!

    To check out some of the photos Monica took while at the event, please click here!


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    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    We would like to thank our generous sponsors of our 2020 luncheons. Your commitment enables WSHRMA to continue to provide informative and collaborative opportunities for our Chapter.

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