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2023 PMI Minnesota Volunteers of the Month

PMI MN Recognizes Volunteers for their Service

The PMI MN Volunteer of the Month Award recognizes PMI MN members who exhibit leadership, dedication, initiative, and whose multiple accomplishments in their area(s) of volunteerism, on behalf of PMI MN, contribute a high level of impact to the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

To nominate an outstanding PMI MN Volunteer, submit a Volunteer of the Month nomination!

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The PMI MN Chapter is honored to present Rachel Mussell as our December 2023 Volunteer of the Month. 


The PMI MN Chapter is honored to present Rachel Mussell as our December 2023 Volunteer of the Month. 


"This nomination is long overdue! Rachel has always gone above and beyond since she started volunteering on the programs committee. She was instrumental in getting our monthly dinner meetings back to in-person events. She also took over planning of the LIM R2/R3 event last summer, over and above her volunteer commitment to programs. She also helped teach and introductory PM class at Bethel last year. She's helped improve the class, and we'll be teaching it again together at Bethel on 11/11/23."


Thank you, Rachel, for all that you have done for PMI MN !!!


The PMI MN Chapter is honored to present Anaya Twum as our November 2023 Volunteer of the Month. 

"I am thrilled to share my heartfelt recognition for Anaya Twum, whose exceptional work in hosting our first seminar has left a profound impact on our Professional Development Committee and the entire Project Management community. Anaya's dedication, commitment, and outstanding performance have truly gone above and beyond our expectations, and her contributions have been nothing short of amazing.

Anaya's impressive track record as a seasoned project manager, with extensive experience in handling complex projects, has been an invaluable asset to our committee. Her ability to swiftly provide guidance and support to the Professional Development Committee is truly remarkable, and it has significantly accelerated our progress. We are incredibly fortunate to have Anaya as a key member of our team, leading seminars and certifications. Her passion for project management and her willingness to volunteer her time and expertise have made a substantial impact on our professional community. Her contributions align perfectly with our mission of enhancing skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities for project managers.

Anaya, your exceptional work, and the dedication you bring to our committee are highly commendable. We are genuinely thankful for your volunteering efforts, your commitment to professional development, and the positive influence you have on the project management community.

Your contributions are deeply appreciated, and we look forward to achieving more milestones under your leadership. Thank you, Anaya, for making a meaningful difference."

Thank you,

Maggie Pittelko


Thank you, Anaya, for all that you have done for PMI MN !!!

The PMI MN Chapter is honored to present Melissa Merchant as our October 2023 Volunteer of the Month. 


Melissa started her career as an Office Manager. During her first job she managed accounting, finance, human resources, payroll, contracts, licensing, regulatory compliance, and community relationships. She went on with her career at Northstar Capital Market Services working as a Business Analyst. In this position she resolved complex data discrepancies for multiple financial institutions and collaborated with stakeholders to create processes improving accuracy and efficiency. She worked as Chief Operations Officer Guiding organization of 30-40 associates and workflow strategy of all essential business processes. Reviewed and improved efficiency of current business functions, and updates to daily operations. Prepared and presented reports to stakeholders in collaboration to meet objectives.

She worked as a Project Manager managing project initiatives, monitor their progress and completion, and ensure they meet expectations. Interface with stakeholders (VPs, Controllers, Directors, SMEs, and Managers). Submit deliverables, prepare status reports, and establish effective communications. Coordinate cross-discipline team members, identify and resolve issues, and adhere to quality standards. Facilitate training. Currently she works as a Project Management Consultant working at the program level of an IT IMO on post-acquisition IT integration. Major workstreams include Cybersecurity, ERP, Infrastructure, Architecture, AD & Collaboration, ITSM, Change Management, and Synergies.

Melissa has been working as a Manager for PMI MN Mentorship Program!

Thank you, Melissa, for all that you have done for PMI MN !!!