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PMI Minnesota Chapter Feburary 2019 Newsletter




Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
February 2019 Newsletter | Volume 21, Issue 2

In this newsletter:
  • Message from the President
  • Member News
  • Events & Registrations
Message from the President

While much of the state is suffering from icy-cold temperatures and dreaming about summer, I’m dreaming about fall!

Plans are already underway for PMI-MN’s premier Fall event–Professional Development Days (PDD)–and there are so many invaluable reasons to attend. The four days of PDD are packed with some of the most dynamic and esteem speakers the Twin Cities has to offer. Moreover, it’s a fantastic time to network with hundreds of project managers and explore motivating educational topics. Like I said, you won’t be disappointed at PDD!

For folks looking to have a more hands-on experience, PDD is an excellent opportunity to engage and volunteer with the Chapter. This year the new PDD Team offers a unique perspective; therefore, we’re eager to deliver one of the best Professional Development Days in the upper Midwest. Ruth Birkholz revealed to me what it meant to her to Chair and lead PMI-MN’s most prestigious event:

I feel very fortunate to be able to Chair PMI-MN’s PDD for 2019. It’s an incredible event for the Midwest Project Management community and offers value in so many ways.

Additionally, Ruth described her first PDD experience last year as an immense learning achievement. She valued the chance to learn from cultivated speakers on emerging project management topics. Furthermore, she cherished networking opportunities with practitioners from across numerous industries and building her skills as an industry leader. I’m so inspired by Ruth’s passion for PDD. She displays tremendous leadership in this role and demonstrates commendable project management ideals. As a significant leader of a project, organization, or team, you must stimulate inspiration, as well as show appreciation for your team members.

The board has a great vision for PDD: create a better-than-ever event to inspire volunteers and attendees to be the best project managers they can be. The board and I encourage you to join us for PDD this year, either as a participant or as a volunteer. Stay tuned for more details!

And if you need me, I’ll be counting down the days until fall.

Best regards,

Janice Pyka






- Janice Pyka PMI-Minnesota Chapter 

PMI-Minnesota Chapter President & CEO

Member News

New Members for the Month of January

Elango Gurusamy

Rich Gall

Karyn Kroening

Carmen Hanley

Bre Grand

Ann Baumann Curry

Vinay Hosamane

Sunil Singh

Max Behrenbrinker

Elizabeth Houser

Lee Skolasinski

Alex Cooper

David Hudson

Sunil Somani

Kenneth Duvio

Tanya Husby

David Sorensen

Musa Kamara

Carrie Jacobs

Stephanie Staska

Todd Aldrich

Shane Kosir

Kendra Thao

Emmanuel B. Morris

Leslie Laubach

Kaila Trossen

Matthew Bares

Karen Laumb

Paul Welch

Melissa Bearth

Jessica Meier

Billy White

Steve Bernard

Dan Prihoda

Jim Seidler

John Bettendorf

Kristi Ross

Laura Murphy

John Caplinger

Melanie Ruprecht

Catherine Miller

Patrick Celaya

Lori Sather

Doreen Swanson

Benjamin Colglazier

Jonathan Schmidt

Jeffrey Talley

Gerard Drewek

Dustin Schuler

Timothy Looney

Brian Engelkes

Steven Sellars

Nicole Lato

Gary Erickson

Kyajes Shakya

Mary Gleich-Matthews

Stephanie Mrachek

Jennifer Sheff

Stephen Ruether

Mark Shepperd

Khurram Sheikh

Mark Torkelson



New PMP® Certifications for the Month of January

Tara Wells

Callie Henry

Zachary Cordie

Amber Becker

Rajendra Kumar Penugonda

Molly Thomas

Martin Caride

Johanna Reed, Ph.D.

Michelle Coulter

Colin Clifford

Susan Rossi

Mathew Glaeser

Vincent Coffeen

Melanie Ruprecht

Matthew Gorden

Martin Steele, Sr.

Sunil Singh

Marsha Helm

Steven Tuschman



Event 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!


February 18 | Panel Discussion: Most Value-Added Healthcare Projects Implemented in 2018
panelists: Andy Hill, Jodie Ice, Mary Lambert, Shyamala Bhat, Tim Eiler
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM |
Crowne Plaza Mpls AIRPORT (1.0 PDU)

February 18 | Annual Business Meeting 2019
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM | Crowne Plaza Mpls AIRPORT

February 19 | Seminar: Courageous Conversations During Stressful Times
presented by Tom Esch
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM |

February 25 - March 1, 2019 | 4.5 day CAPM®/PMP® Bootcamp
presented by Samir Penkar
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM |
State of North Dakota, Information Technology Department (ITD) (35.0 PDU)

March 12 | March Chapter Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:40 AM | Holiday Inn St. Paul-I-94-East (1.0 PDU)

March 19 | Central MN Outreach March 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | St. Cloud State University (1.0 PDU)



Chapter Officers


Janice Pyka
President - 2019


Geraldine Marks, PMP®
Director of Governance/Secretary

Adam Cherrill
Director of Finance

Sara Swanson, PMP®
President Elect - 2019


Manish Kalra, PMP®
Director at Large

Alisha Walter, PMP®
Director at Large

Mohamed Diab, MBA, PhD
Past President - 2018

Devi Chetty, PMP®
Director at Large

Michael O'Connor, PhD
Director at Large


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