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PMI-MN December 2018 Newsletter


Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
December 2018 Newsletter | Volume 20, Issue 12

In this Email: 




Message from the President


Dear Members,

As I prepare my last newsletter address to the Chapter this year, I feel very privileged to be part of such great leadership. The team I have been fortunate enough to lead has worked diligently to advance the landscape of our chapter operations and services. The Change Management process can be complicated to execute but we have remained focused on the endless opportunities of growth that it can yield. The team took tremendous strides encouraging PMI Minnesota to remain a top chapter globally, but most importantly to provide more first-rate services for our members including:

  • Outreach opportunities – increasing the number of learning and networking events for North Dakota and throughout the extended region of Minnesota
  • More affordable event and networking opportunities
  • Educational scholarships – supporting students enrolling in project management programs
  • Regional and global recognition of digital capabilities – boosting operation efficiencies
  • Accounting audits – capturing any gaps in our accounting systems supporting best practices

These are only some of the successes our Chapter has been privy to over the past year and they could not have been accomplished without the dedication and wisdom of our volunteers.

Other improvements included the restructuring of our Operations Committees to hone in on more effective ways to serve our members. Our committee leaders did an amazing job this past year. As mentioned earlier in my letter, the Change Management process provided improvement as well as identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the chapter, which enables volunteers to determine where more efficiency was needed. Overall, it proved to be a tough year in some areas but, we, the Board Leadership, as well as Committee Leadership and countless volunteers, prevailed.

Finally, I encourage you to look at our great achievements which have been praised by the Global Project Management Institute.  Many accomplishments have been made in 2018 on both individual and large-scale initiatives and I look forward to what is coming in the future. Thank you all very much for your continuous support of PMI Minnesota and I wish each of you great success in the coming year!

Best regards,

- Mohamed F. Diab  MBA, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
PMI-Minnesota Chapter President & CEO


Member News

New Members for the Month of August

Christopher Allen Logan Grauer JJanna Miller
Sangeetha Anandkumar           Dimple Gujral Shamil Mirza
Thomas Beste Kelsey Hansen Pauline  Misiak
Tyler Bird Nathan Hansen Lisa Mohr
Diane Blaschko Heidi Heitkamp Parker         Alice Musumba
JoAnn Boudreau Cate Hesser M. Renee Nawaz
Michele Bradley Linnea Hill Ulrich Nielsen
Terrence Brown Meredith Hinke Akpovi Obakponovwe
Laura Casas Jennifer Hoddinott Karen O'Connor
Brandon Christel Christine Holloway Juli Okal
Shannon Coulter Karl Holter Rajendra Penugonda
Sandra Christiansen Michelle Hovet Christopher Samson
Elizabeth Cousins Craig Hovet Sandy Schmall
Stephen Bunge Samantha Infanger Molly Schutz
Benjamin Crist Karen Jacobson Jeffery Stahl
Justin Data Shreyasee Kambale Mark Sturgis
Melanie Dwyer Chris Kibler Kim Vagt
Keith Fehr Eric  Kolehmainen Mayli Vang
Kim Feist Greg Lauderdale Uma Vempati
Mark Feitel Andrea Larson Jeff Walker
Mark Ford Sedgwick Lewis Paul Wendland
Tracey Fowler Scott Maghan Jessica Westcott
Gretchen Froehner Donald Mathews Kevin Zernel
David  Gates    Jonathan McDonald    Karen Zimmer OBrien
  Thomas McGrath Prosper Zoumanigui


New PMP® Certifications for the Month of August

Joseph Forman Elizabeth Cousins        Marti Brown 
Jeffrey Lange      Chris Vostmyer  Sandra Christiansen 
Greg Lauderdale          Matt Wirth   Nicole Dimassis  
Molly Schutz    


Monthly Renewal Drawing Winners

PMI Minnesota Chapter members who renew their membership are automatically entered into a drawing and if chosen at random receive a $50 VISA gift card. Joshua Miller is the winner for the month of October. Congratulations Joshua and thank you for your continued support and involvement.


Membership Elects New Officers

Elections recently closed for the 2019 PMI Minnesota Board of Directors. Below are the results of this year’s election:

President Elect - Sara Swanson, PMP, CSM

Director of Governance - Geraldine Marks, PMP

Directors at Large - Alisha Walter, PMP, and Michael O’Connor, Ph.D., PMP, PGMP, IPMA-B, NPDP

Our thanks to all who participated in running for election and to our members who participated in voting.

PMI-MN Nominating Committee


Events & Registration

The Chapter schedules events for project management professionals (members and guests) throughout the year at the following locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul; Duluth-Superior; St. Cloud-Waite Park, Mankato in Minnesota & Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks in North Dakota.  Please visit our Chapter Website Events Calendar!

January 8, 2019 | PMI Project Management Professional (PMP®) & Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM ®) Certification Prep Course (8w)
6:00PM - 9:00PM | Minnesota State University Mankato - Edina Campus (24.0 Education Hours)


January 22 - January 24, 2019 | ACP (Agile) Certification Course
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Watermark Learning (21.0 Contact Hours)




Chapter Officers

Mohamed Diab, MBA, PhD
Geraldine Marks, PMP®
Director-Governance/Board Secretary     


Adam Cherrill, PfMP® 
Director of Finance


Janice Pyka
President Elect/COO - 2018       
Manish Kalra, PMP®
Director at Large

Alisha Walter, PMP®
Director at Large


Chris Doyle
Past President - 2017
Sara Swanson, PMP®
Director at Large
Matt Mehring
Director at Large


PMI-MN Office
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, MN  55416
phone: (651) 917-6246  
fax: (952) 929-1318     

PMI Headquarters
Four Campus Boulevard
Newtown Square, PA 19073-3299
phone: (610) 356-4600
fax: (610) 356-4647


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