WSHRMA August Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful summer weather we have been having here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Your WSHRMA board took the month of July off to recharge and we came back this month energized, focused and ready to tackle some big issues.

    During our board meeting this month, we discussed the feasibility of the Fall Conference this year. We talked about the uncertainty of which phase of reopen we may be in by November and if an in- person event was even going to be possible. We discussed the possibility of moving to a virtual event, and after considering our time and talents and our memberships potential for virtual fatigue, as most of us are working and learning remotely, we made the decision to cancel this year’s conference. It was not an easy decision for us to make, but we are committed to providing quality programs for our members and won’t settle for anything less. We will be working with our speakers and hope they will both consider staying on board with us and being a part of the 2021 Spring Conference.

    We will continue to offer our monthly programming as a virtual meeting and encourage you all to stay connected with the chapter. We are also planning something fun this Fall, so keep an eye out for more to come on that!

    If you are interested in being a part of the 2021 WSHRMA Board of Directors, please contact me in the next few weeks to let me know which position you may have interest in so Dedra and I can connect with you.

    As always, please feel free to reach out to any of your WSHRMA board members if you need assistance. We are here for you.

    Stacey Scalf

    WSHRMA President 2020

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    Calendar of Events

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    September's virtual luncheon

    Wednesday, September 09, 2020


    Top 5 Employment Law Developments & What’s on the Horizon

    Presenter: Kellis Borek, Vice President, Labor & Legal Services General Counsel

    Session Description:

    The past year has brought many changes in laws and regulations affecting employers plus the impact of Covid-19 on the workplace. This presentation will explain the top 5 developments in Employment & Labor Law in 2020. Topics for discussion include Discrimination and Harassment, Washington Paid Sick Leave, ADA, NLRB, and updates relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  

    Presenter Description:

    Kellis Borek is the Vice President of Labor & Employment Services and General Counsel for Archbright. She oversees the legal work of Archbright’s team of attorneys who provide advice and counsel regarding all aspects of employment and labor law to employers in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Kellis serves on the Leadership Team at Archbright supporting corporate strategy and compliance. Kellis is an expert in labor and collective bargaining and has a history of providing labor and employment advice to Archbright members. When the opportunity arises, Kellis still provides legal support to Archbright members. Kellis is a thought leader for Archbright; she speaks at events and leads a team that creates all educational and compliance content for Archbright. Kellis has practiced employment and labor law for over 25 years. She is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho. Kellis earned her B.A. from Washington State University and her J.D. from Seattle University. When not working, she spends time with family, friends, cooking, and traveling.


    $10.00 Member Ticket

    $20.00 Non-Member Ticket



    Thursday, October 29, 2020

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

    Plan to join us for a scary good a virtual membership event!

    Details to come…

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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...


    John Bower, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Membership Director

    John recently joined the Holly Ridge Center team as their Human Resources Director in May of 2020, an organization he became acquainted with while serving as their employee benefits broker during his time at EHL Insurance.

    John has over 25 years of strategic and hands-on HR experience from a variety of industries, including health insurance, software development, shipping logistics, and aerospace parts manufacturing. He is a SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified professional and has maintained his Washington State Life and Disability insurance licenses.

    John grew up in Bellevue, WA and graduated from Sammamish High School (Go Totems!) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA (Go Wildcats!).

    John has lived in Poulsbo with his wife Kelli since 1995, where he’s also actively coached youth sports for his two sons, Carson and Colton, including baseball, basketball, football and a little bit of soccer. In addition to volunteering on the WSHRMA board, he also volunteers on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels Kitsap.

    John and his family have been Seattle Seahawks season ticketholders since the Kingdome days. GO HAWKS!


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    SHRM Certification

    Now Accepting Applications

    Get certified in HR! Act now to save $75 on exam fees with early-bird pricing and learn how you can test from home. 

    Why Get Certified?

    • It’s a stamp of excellence!
    • Certification helps you get hired!
    • It can help you earn more money!
    • Certification keeps you current!

     Register now, applications being accepted APPLY NOW

    • The winter testing window to take the exam is December 1 – February 15, 2021.
    • The early-bird application deadline is through October 16.
    • The standard application deadline is through November 6.
    • If you have already registered for the Spring testing window the dates are June 1 - August 15, 2020

    Click Certification to be taken directly to the WSHRMA certification/recertification page or click on the link at the top of the WSHRMA webpage for more information!

    once your certified-

    Did you know there is a SHRM certifcation app for iPhone users? The official certification app from the Society for Human Resource Management, exclusive for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holders. Maintain and grow your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP via the SHRM Certification app!

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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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    If you are a SHRM member, you have a direct line to Diveristy & Inclusion resources at
    Additionally, stay up to date on COVID-19 resources at


    If you are not a SHRM member and would like to join and designate WSHRMA as your local chapter, visit and click on Membership at the top of the page!




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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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