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PMI Minnesota Chapter January 2019 Newsletter


Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
January 2019 Newsletter | Volume 21, Issue 1

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Message from the President

Hello and welcome to 2019, PMI-MN Chapter!
As we begin a new year, we also begin with a new Chapter Board of Leaders. Before we move into sharing our 2019 Chapter plans, let’s first reflect on and thank Mohamed Diab, our 2018 Chapter President, for his stellar leadership.
Mohamed led our Board & Chapter efforts to identify and flesh out key strategies that will propel our Chapter into further successes. He continued to build on what many of our previous leaders have put in motion for the betterment of the Chapter.
Mohamed was instrumental in promoting committee collaboration and streamlining efficiencies throughout our Chapter. As project managers, we appreciate the collaboration and increases in efficiency.
I would also like to thank him for setting up the 2019 Chapter Board for success. Thank you, Mohamed Diab—we appreciate you and your leadership! And thank you to all of our previous leaders for setting us up for continued success.
Let’s get back to the basics. Why are we a Chapter? I would love to hear from our members and learn about their expectations.
Being a volunteer for PMI-MN, whether you are part of the Board or a committee, is a privilege. With that comes responsibility and duty. As the 13th largest Chapter in PMI (out of 300+), many other Chapters look to us and aspire to emulate us. Each and every volunteer has a duty to be professional, ethical, respectful, and to hold a high level of integrity.
Being a Chapter volunteer is also fun, engaging, and an excellent way to forge long-term relationships and hone your already great skills. Please join us as a volunteer as it is important for our growth and success. We also want to embrace diversity and inclusivity. We value your input and welcome you with open arms as a Chapter volunteer!
I look forward to meeting each one of you,

Janice Pyka, Masters in Project Management & MBA

PMI-Minnesota Chapter President


Member News

New Members for the Month of November

Taylor Ackerman
Knute Alger
Mary North Asmus
Kevin Barr
Nagaraj Bettadapura
Sadie Borneman
Reine Castillo
Nancy Clauss
Colin Clifford
Zachary Cordie
Bobbi Cronin
Ryan Curl
Kim  Danh
Kristy Dean
Stephen Eromobor
Kristi Felland
Heather  Fisher
Don Gosselin
Brian Greenhoe
Karen Hayes
Marsha Helm
Stephanie Henderson
Brian Hepp
Andrea Kemmerer
Mary Kishe
Laurie Laper
Christopher Larson
Michelle Marlowe-Sistad
Bob Martin
Christy McKinlay
Molly Monahan
Mercedes Murua
Aaron Neville
Charmaine Nickerson
Dan O'Brien
Marwan Orfali
Timirkumar Panchal
Douglas Pernell
Gerald Pollard
Paul Prentiss
Lise Rediske
Douglas Sawyer
Jennifer Schultz
Marie Senn
Arne Skaalure
Tiffany Snaza
Martin Steele
Vimaladevi Subramaniam
Isiuwa Tanimojo
James Thielen
Michael Topitzhofer
Ramiro Torres Rodriguez
Bryan Vargas
Eric Webb
Xusheng Zhang

New PMP® Certifications for the Month of November

Karen Bergstrand
Michele Bradley
Benjamin Crist
Jodi Feldmann
Bre Grand
Dan O'Brien
Dain Peer
Tamara Sundgaard

Please Join Us at the President's Gala!

This year we will be hosting the President’s Gala in appreciation for all of your hard work as PMI-Minnesota Chapter volunteers. Come celebrate and dress up as Vikings or pirates for this year’s theme—whether it may be as a swashbuckling pirate, a true Scandinavian seafaring Viking, or a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. Interpretations are up to you to decide as to which type of Viking or pirate you would like to be.

There will be food, entertainment, and companies to enjoy! We also encourage you to bring a guest to the party. This year’s celebration will be located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, January 19th, 2019 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 16th.


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 15, 2019 | Central MN Outreach January 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | St. Scholastica (1.0 PDU)
January 22, 2019 | Central MN Outreach January 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | St. Scholastica (1.0 PDU)
January 22 - January 24, 2019 | ACP (Agile) Certification Course
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Watermark Learning (21.0 Contact Hours)
February 12, 2019 | February Chapter Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM | Midland Hills Country Club (1.0 PDU)
February 25 - March 1, 2019 | 4.5 day CAPM/PMP® Bootcamp (Bismarck, ND)
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | State of North Dakota, Information Technology Department (ITD) (35.0 Contact Hours)
March 12, 2019 | March Chapter Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:40 AM | Holiday Inn St. Paul - I-94 E (1.0 PDU)
March 19, 2019 | Central MN Outreach March 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | St. Cloud State University (1.0 PDU)

Chapter Officers

Janice Pyka, MPM, MBA
Geraldine Marks, PMP®
Director-Governance/Board Secretary
Adam Cherrill, PfMP®
Director of Finance
Sara Swanson, PMP®, CSM®
President Elect/COO - 2019
Manish Kalra, PMP®
Director at Large
Alisha Walter, PMP®
Director at Large
Mohamed Diab, MBA, Ph. D
Past President - 2018
Devi Chetty, PMP®
Director at Large
Dr. Michael O'Connor, Ph. D, PMP®, PGMP®, IPMA-B, NPDP
Director at Large


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

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