WSHRMA September Newsletter Print

    President's Report

    With all of the changes and uncertainty that 2020 has brought us, one thing that won’t change is that summer will soon come to an end. Days will get shorter and the air will get cooler. Children will begin to return to school in some form or fashion and working parents will face another set of challenges that HR professionals will play a role in helping them navigate.

    I want to thank you all for continuing to participate in our monthly programs. I realize that Zoom fatigue is a reality for most of us, so we are dedicated to bringing you quality, timely programs that will meet your professional needs and provide recertification credits as well.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dedra Miller for her dedication to WSHRMA and share some news with the chapter for anyone not aware. Dedra had a change in her professional life this year. She has transitioned out of HR and into the C-suite, as the Executive Director of Holly Ridge. I can’t wait to see what wonders she will accomplish there! With her transition, Dedra was very transparent that she will not have the time or HR focus in 2021 to serve the WSHRMA board in the way that she would want to serve. I have the upmost respect for Dedra and wish her the best. I know that our paths will cross again and that our chapter will likely call on her as a diversity and inclusion subject matter expert in the future.

    In light of this change, Rachael Taylor and I have agreed to continue in our current roles of President and Past President/SHRM Foundation for the 2021 year. We are actively recruiting for board members for next year. If you are interested in being a part of the board, please contact me so we can see where your time and talents may fit best.

    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


    registration ends on monday, 9/7 at 8:00am!

    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

    All proceeds will go to support the SHRM foundation which provides scholarships and professional development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals, among many other things. Learn more about the SHRM Foundation here.

    Mark your calendars and register for this FREE Event that will be the fun fall meeting this Fall you will NOT want to miss out on!

    More Details to come, but start brainstorming your "spookiest" or "strangest" HR stories to share, think about how you could decorate your Zoom room AND costumes are welcomed to participate in! (HR approved of course!)




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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...


    Marie LaMarche, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Conference Director

    Marie LaMarche, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is currently the Division Director of Labor Relations for Franciscan Health Systems, with over 12,000 employees and 25 union contracts in Washington State. Prior to her current position Marie was the Executive Director of Human Resources for Harrison Medical Center and Physician Offices.

    Marie has over 20 years of human resource management and labor relations experience in the Healthcare, Newspaper Publishing, Media, and Financial industries. Along with the SHRM Labor Relations Expertise panel she previously served on the Employee Relations expertise panel and is a long time SHRM volunteer at the local, state and national level. She has been committed to advancing the profession in the West sound for many years and last year Marie also served as the Program Chair for the 2018 NHRMA Conference.

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    SHRM Certification

    Now Accepting Applications

    YOU still have time!!!! 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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    Community Service

    From our Past President/SHRM Foundation Director- Rachael Taylor....

    October SHRM Foundation Campaign

    Each year, WSHRMA hosts a silent auction in December and donates all proceeds to the SHRM Foundation. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances, we will not be holding our silent auction this year.  Since we know that so many of our members have benefited directly from the foundation and would like a chance to make their annual donation, we are going to do things differently this year.

    In October, WSHRMA is launching a campaign to support the SHRM Foundation! If you donate any amount in the month of October, you will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! Stay tuned for more details on how to donate. For more information about the SHRM Foundation and the incredible things they do for our profession, visit

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    Are you looking for a CANNOT miss Virtual Conference? Join 1,000+ DE&I leaders and gain the strategies you need to mitigate bias and transform workplace culture!

    INCLUSION 2020 will run virtually October 19-21, 2020

    For more information and registration, visit

    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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    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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    Thank you to our Sponsors!

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


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