CEM Employee recognized by BARCS for her commitment to fostering animals

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) recently featured CEM’s Environmental Scientist Erin Saul in their 2018 newsletter for her dedication to fostering homeless animals. Erin has served as a BARCS volunteer for six years, caring for older animals, or those with medical, physical or behavioral challenges before they find their forever homes.

CEM is proud of Erin’s compassion for her community and love for four-legged friends! Read the full article in the BARCS newsletter here

CEM named key partner in Deepwater Wind’s Skipjack Wind Farm development effort

(Image courtesy of Deepwater Wind)

Deepwater Wind, America’s leading offshore wind developer, recently selected CEM to help accelerate the development of the Skipjack Wind Farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. CEM will support permitting efforts locally and statewide, while also conducts cutting-edge coastal habitat surveys.

This initiative seeks to launch Maryland’s offshore wind industry while offering the area clean and cost-effective energy. To find out more about the project and CEM’s involvement, click here.

Employee Spotlight of the Week

Get to know Alicia Kenny in this week’s Employee Spotlight and join us in celebrating her five year anniversary with CEM!

Favorite part of working at CEM: “The people! The times I have come to the office or attended first aid training the other CEM employees have always been very friendly and inclusive.”

Best experience at CEM: “While working for CEM, I have had the opportunity to be involved in several really interesting projects, including work for several divisions within SHA as well as the Governor’s press events.”

Fun fact about Alicia: “In my free time I like to work with animals as a volunteer at the Maryland SPCA.”

Employee Spotlight of the Week

Get to know Dan Danko in this week’s Employee Spotlight and join us in celebrating his five year anniversary with CEM!

Favorite part of working at CEM: “My friendly coworkers and the work/life balance.”
Best experience at CEM: “Gaining invaluable experiences in my field.”
Fun fact about Dan: “I’m preparing for my first marathon (Baltimore Marathon) in October!”

Employee Spotlight of the Week

This week, get to know Jeffrey Holle!

First started at CEM: July 2017

Favorite part of working at CEM: The team atmosphere of everyone working together.
Best experience during his time at CEM: The best experience has been working with such helpful team members.


Join us in welcoming our newest GIS team member, Lucas Roy!

Service area: GIS

First started at CEM: July 2017

Favorite experience at CEM: “I’ve enjoyed getting invited to CEM First Fridays and various other social events”

Fun fact: “I am currently training for my first triathlon.”

CEM gives 5 percent of annual funding to local philanthropies

With continued support for and commitment to the growth of the community, CEM awards 5 percent of its annual profits to organizations with philanthropic objectives and initiatives. Harford Family House, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding and Eden Mill Nature Center received grants from CEM this month.

“There’s nothing more rewarding for our team than witnessing other organizations give back in ways that are unique and valuable to our community,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Each of us has a role to play locally and beyond, and we feel fortunate to be in a position to help fellow organizations fulfill that role.”

A CEM grant recipient for the third time, Harford Family House serves as the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. With an ultimate goal of ending homelessness in the county, the resources provided by the organization have expanded substantially since its inception in 1989. Today, Harford Family House offers 25 housing units to shelter families in need, while also providing education in life skills, job readiness and individualized case management to help families overcome the cause of their homelessness.“We are so very fortunate to have such a great community-minded and philanthropic company right here in our own backyard,” said Robin Tomechki, CEO of Harford Family House, of the organization’s partnership with CEM. “We thank CEM for their generosity and for continuing to make Harford County a better place to live and work.”

Helping fulfill a mission to provide healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people, CEM awarded a grant to Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) for their unique approach to delivering customized and innovative therapy for a range of clientele.

“When corporations like CEM create a ‘generosity stream’ for small, nonprofit organizations, it can truly transform a community,” said Founder of CTR, Cathy Schmidt.

Schmidt initially founded the organization under the basic principle of connecting individuals with horses who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. The program expanded significantly beyond therapeutic riding. Programs include corporate teambuilding, leadership workshops and bereavement.

Inspired to provide local communities with educational programs centered on caring for the environment, CEM awarded a grant to Eden Mill Nature Center, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization located in Pylesville. The organization, founded in 1991, dedicates its programs to developing a greater awareness and appreciation of natural and historical resources in the area.

“One of the greatest and most productive relationships for any community is the connecting of local nonprofits and local businesses,” said Frank Marsden of Eden Mill Nature Center. “Eden Mill Nature Committee has been fortunate enough to have such a relationship with a local company, CEM. Through their support, Eden Mill has in the past been able to develop an outstanding Nature Center and recently the ability to enhance and grow our volunteer base and leadership, so that we can give back to our community.”

Through this Charitable Giving Program, CEM fulfills its commitment annually to giving back to the community, including non-profit groups striving to improve the human condition.

For more information on each of the 2017 CEM grant recipients, visit them on the web at www.HarfordFamilyHouse.org (Harford Family House); www.CTRChangingLives.org (Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding); www.EdenMill.org  (Eden Mill Nature Center).


CEM is excited to launch our Employee Spotlight feature series. Get to know the faces of CEM and learn more about our team members.

Amanda Hudak
Engineering Service Area

Favorite part of working at CEM:

“We share our accomplishments with the community. The more success we have as a company, the more we can give back to the community.

I have been a member of the Al Cesky Scholarship Committee for about one year. The committee raises funds for scholarships that are given out once a year to a male and female of each high school in Harford County based on their athletics and academics. I was recommended to join this committee by a current member who said they were looking for some new faces to help grow the committee.  Currently, I help out with anything that the committee needs including, being a secretary and helping with their social media presence. I was also able to offer the CEM office as a meeting place once a month. We just recently had our fundraising banquet which was very successful and in the next year we hope to accomplish a running festival!”

CEM honors Memorial Day with a tribute

CEM is proud to recognize, thank and honor the brave men and women of the extended CEM family who have and continue to serve our country. Happy Memorial Day.

Stephanie Hau

  • George Novak, U.S. Navy: Father
  • Charles Muthig, U.S. Marine Corps: Step-father

Joe Hau

  • Robert Hau, U.S. Army: Father
  • Russell Jeffreys, U.S. Air Force: Step-father

Frank Baldwin

  • Michael Baldwin, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • Adam Baldwin, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • William Baldwin, U.S. Army: Grandfather

Scott Murray

  • Timothy Murray, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • Murril Harple, U.S. Army Air Corps: Grandfather
  • James Murray, U.S. Army Air Corps: Grandfather

Andy Wishart

  • Robert Wishart, U.S. Marine Corps: Father
  • Joe Altmann, U.S. Air Force: Father-in-law
  • Tim Jahnigen, U.S. Navy: Brother-in-law

Dan Smith

  • James Smith, U.S. Air Force: Father

Brandon Luedtke

  • Charles Barksdale, U.S. Army: Step-father

Brian Miller, U.S. Navy

CEM’s Stephanie Hau shares inspiration with 2016 Women of Tomorrow award recipients

Stephanie Hau, CEM’s president and CEO, proudly served as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Women of Tomorrow Awards event on Tuesday, March 29, where she was honored as the “Woman of the Present.”

During this year’s award ceremony, Stephanie had the opportunity to speak to motivated young women in the Harford County community. She shared advice with the young ladies to encourage their curiosity of new ideas, actively consider differences and always seek new and progressive opportunities. Stephanie urged the young women to make an impact in their community and beyond by dedicating themselves to learning, contributing and remaining engaged.

This year, four young women received recognition as nominees for the Harford County Women of Tomorrow Award. Each nominee, honored for their unique dedication to volunteer work, leadership, community involvement and academic excellence, received a nomination from a member of the community and completed detailed essays explaining their thoughts on what it means to be a “Woman of Tomorrow.”

With the passion to improve the human condition and give back to the community, CEM awarded each Woman of Tomorrow nominee with a monetary scholarship award, in addition to gifts provided by Harford County and other generous sponsors.

Proud to have had the opportunity to address such a devoted and community-driven audience, Stephanie and CEM congratulates each nominee for this recognition and wishes each young lady continued success.