WSHRMA November Newsletter Print

President's Report

Fall is here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s getting cooler, the leaves are turning and it’s getting darker much earlier. Soon we will be making the transition from pumpkin spice to cinnamon dulce. I hope that you all had a wonderful Halloween celebration even though it may have looked very different this year. I want to send a special thank you to John Bower for organizing our virtual Haunted Happy Hour. Everyone in attendance was in costume and a good time was had by all!

Please don’t forget to register for our November virtual meeting. This month, the event will be on Tuesday, November 10th since the 11th is a federal holiday. We will have a representative from L&I providing overtime exemption training.

I want to thank everyone that took time to vote for the 2021 WSHRMA Board of Directors! As required by our bylaws, the slate of candidates was sent out in advance and a vote was called for. The slate of candidates was approved as presented and will be sworn in during a December event. I’m honored to introduce the 2021 Board of Directors.

President   Stacey Scalf
President Elect     Monica Blackwood
Past President/SHRM Foundation Director Rachael Taylor
Treasurer   Mandy Meigs
Communications & Marketing Director Lori Meagher
Programs Director  Adrian Dooly
Conference Director   Marie LaMarche
Membership Director Rachelle Tate
Legislative Director     John Bower
Diversity/Workforce Readiness Director Lorraine Viers
Secretary  Lalonda Hansen
Certification Director  Kirsten Yunaba Stephens


Following their oaths, new board members will have turnover meetings with their outgoing counterparts and will jump right into budget and planning meetings for the 2021 year.

This year was very challenging for us. It brought a lot of change an uncertainty. As a board we have remained committed to our members and our partners. It looks like at least the early part of 2021 is going to look very similar and we would love your feedback/input. Have you enjoyed the virtual programming? Do you have any ideas that you would like us to consider implementing in 2021 that perhaps you’ve seen work in other organizations? We are here to serve you!

Stacey Scalf

WSHRMA President 2020

Back to top

Calendar of Events

November 10, 2020

Virtual Meeting 11:00am-12:15pm

Washington State Exempt Salary Threshold

Presented by: Robert Joy (L&I), Tiffany Richard (L&I) and Sylvia Cardenas (L&I)

Session Description:

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) invites you to attend a webinar about the new overtime rules that have gone into effect as of July 1. The changes update the exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional workers, as well as outside salespeople and computer professionals.

In this webinar, you will learn about the updates, including changes to the job duties tests for each exemption category and the minimum salary threshold an exempt employee must earn to qualify for exemption from the protections of the state Minimum Wage Act.

The webinar will begin with a 45-minute presentation by outreach specialists from L&I’s Employment Standards program, followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.

Presenter Description:

Robert Joy, Tiffany Richard and Sylvia Cardenas are Employment Standards Outreach Specialist for the Department of Labor & Industries. This team conducts outreach to the public and internal staff on the rules, regulations and processes for EAP workers. In addition to these effective outreach efforts, they also work diligently to create tools, resources and guidance to internal staff members and external stakeholders


$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.

If you'd like more information about becoming a WSHRMA member, please email us at [email protected]. 



Back to top

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...


Lori Meagher, MSA, SHRM-CP, Communications & Marketing Director

Lori in her role of Controller and Human Resources Manager for EcoAdapt brings over 20 years of experience in finance and human resource management from diverse industry sectors. Lori’s passion for working within non-profits and in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of accounting and compliance make her an asset to any team.

With a Bachelors in Business Administration (2011) followed by a Masters in Accounting (2013) from American Military University, Lori is well-versed in demonstrated management best practices and is a natural leader who has been repeatedly utilized within organizations for identifying and implementing improvements to streamline processes.

Lori is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Washington Nonprofits, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and serves on the Board of Directors as the Communications and Marketing Director for the West Sound Human Resource Management Association (WSHRMA). Lori is a certified HR Professional with a SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) certification and is a WA Certified Public Accounting (CPA) candidate and plans on working towards earning her license in the future.

Originally, from Wisconsin, Lori is a born and bred Green Bay Packers fan and Shareholder. She enjoys the outdoors, running, crafting, spending time with her family and has come to admire and love living in the PNW.

Back to top

SHRM Certification

WSHRMA certification scholarship

WSHRMA will award a $200 Certification Scholarship to a WSHRMA member annually. Individual recipients will be selected on the strength of their work experience and their commitment to a career in human resources.
Scholarship funds may be used to purchase test preparation materials, attend a certification preparation seminar, and/or pay the exam fee.
In addition, individuals who have previously taken certification exam during the 2020 calendar year are eligible to apply for reimbursement of exam-related expenses.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

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 standard application deadline has updated to December 1.


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!

Back to top

Community Service

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

October SHRM Foundation Campaign

Congratulations to the winner of our October SHRM Foundation Campaign drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card, Monica Blackwood!

WSHRMA was able to raise $340 for the SHRM Foundation. Thank you to everyone who donated!




Back to top

Grants and Awards

WSHRMA Grant Opportunity

WSHRMA is seeking applications from non-profits who are looking for funding for projects benefiting West Sound area communities. This year’s WSHRMA Grant is focused on SHRM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

If your organization or your favorite non-profit is looking to implement or update its diversity, equity and inclusion programs in light of recent events, now is the chance to receive support for these efforts. One or two projects pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered to receive a grant between $500 and $1,000 depending on the project and funds available.

Additional information can be found HERE. Applications should be submitted to WSHRMA by email no later than November 30, 2020 


Back to top


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!




Back to top

Ideas and Suggestions

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

Please send them to [email protected]

Back to top

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.


Back to top