Sheila Smith

CP, PHR

Before becoming a business owner, Sheila served for 11 years as Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Cassidy Turley (now Cushman Wakefield), a commercial real estate firm located in Baltimore, MD, where she implemented and directed the HR function for 1500 employees in multiple locations in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Prior to commercial real estate, Sheila worked in various HR leadership roles in the food brokerage and sales and marketing industries for over two decades.

In the summer of 2012, Sheila formed HR Strategies, LLC, an HR Outsourcing, Consulting and Recruiting firm for small to medium-sized business in Baltimore, MD and surrounding counties, which quickly expanded to the mid-Atlantic region.

Known for a tireless work ethic and a direct and hands-on approach to HR, Sheila took a leap of faith to form HR Strategies after witnessing many small businesses unnecessarily suffer from a lack of foundational tools, education, and resources to maintain compliance. Sheila’s passion is in the details as a subject matter expert, but one of her main roles is to, through education, take the fear out of HR for business owners and managers, and to advise and guide through the constant changes and, alongside her team of experienced HR professionals, deliver customized, ready-to-use services and products. Sheila’s specialty is in the area of Compliance, Leadership Advisory, Policy Development, and Employee Relations.

HRS’ differentiator is in offering a boutique approach to dealing with policy development, tailored products, and a deliberate process in how those services are developed and provided. HRS approaches all client relationships with an eye on the budget, a strategic but realistic plan design, and targeted communications with a goal of providing a swift but flexible method to HR.

Sheila graduated with honors receiving her BA from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Liberal Arts with a triple concentration in Human Services, Social Science, and Business Management. Sheila went on to receive designations of PHR and SHRM-CP. She periodically returns to her alma mater to provide adjunct teaching to pharmacy school graduate students in the areas of human resource management, furnishing for them the proper tools for running their own pharmacies.

Sheila is a member of several business and professional organizations to include Business Opportunity Network, National Association for Women Business Owners, Route 40 Business Association, and others, as well as industry-related groups to include SHRM, CHRA, Carrol County SHRM, and HRCI’s Professional Women’s Network.
Sheila also volunteers her time and expertise by partnering with Catholic Charities and My Sister’s Place providing job readiness training for disadvantaged women in the community.

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Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith

CP, PHR

Elaine Strong

Elaine Strong joins HR Strategies as an HR Associate specializing in client relations, operations and human resource education. Elaine graduates from Notre Dame of Maryland University with a B.A. in Corporate Communications, with an emphasis in Human Resource Management, Marketing and Business. Her career has included human resources, fiscal and operations management in both healthcare and academic organizations for over two decades.

”My greatest attribute is my ability to connect well with others. I am a natural leader and have had much success cultivating innovation and inspiration amongst my colleagues.” Elaine is delighted to join HR Strategies and provide an array of professional and creative services to ensure that business is operating at the top of its game.

Elaine and her husband, Allen, have three grown children and three Bichon Frises (who can be found helping out in the office!) Elaine’s creativity includes painting and gardening; she enjoys exercising and is a member of a local boxing class. She packs a punch in all that she does!

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Elaine Strong

Elaine Strong

Ally Sigelman

Human Resources Generalist

Ally graduated from The University of Delaware with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.  She’s held several positions in HR as well as marketing and administration in both the advertising and the restaurant industries, as well as in local government.

She prides herself in her attention to detail and her strong sense of urgency when it comes to getting stuff done.

Ally is also a 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher.  She enjoys exercising, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé and energetic golden retriever

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Ally Sigelman

Ally Sigelman