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Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
November 2017 NEWSLETTER | Volume 19, Issue 11

In this Email:


Message from the President 

Dear Members,
It’s Thanksgiving month. In that spirit, a big THANK YOU! To all our members, volunteers, partners, sponsors and friends – we would not be the organization we are today if it were not for you. We continue to be one of the largest and most innovative chapters in the world because of the inspiration, participation and feedback you have provided.
Thank you to our volunteers who make everything possible: Soliciting speakers, coordinating classes, breakfast, lunches and dinner meetings, webinars, special events, community services, volunteer training, student outreach for all ages (K-12, college undergrad and post-graduate), hundreds of website pages, newsletter content… An incredible array of services provided to our profession throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Our volunteers put in more than 8000 hours each year!

Please consider nominating outstanding chapter volunteers for recognition. Just login to our web site, click on “Members Only” and select “Forms”, and open one of the volunteer recognition forms listed under “Nominations” near the bottom of the page. Throughout the year we celebrate our outstanding volunteers, and once a year we confer three special awards: Volunteer of the Year, Team of the Year, and Chapter Colleague. Please take a few moments of your valuable time to let someone know that they made a difference and nominate them for an award.

Our members recently elected four new representatives to the Board of Directors, and if you haven’t been introduced, please check out our web site. Janice Pyka will be moving into the Chair of Operations spot next year, taking over for Mohamed Diab, who moves to the President / CEO positon (and I move to the Past President / CoB role). Joe Perzel will be moving from Director At Large to Director of Finance. Manish Kalra and Sara (Lien) Swanson move onto the Board. Manish and Sara both come from our Operations team, and I want to thank them for recruiting and training their replacements. I also want to thank outgoing Board members Terri Kimball, Michelle Maas and Jerry Gomes for their service to date, and in advance for their continuing volunteer roles.

Just as onboarding activities are important at your place of employment, they are important to our volunteers. This year we were privileged to be able to offer a high level of volunteer participation in PMI’s Region 2 (R2) and Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) training programs. This in addition to our annual transition sessions for volunteers. Some volunteers are new to a role, while others have valuable experience to share, and we strive to provide Opportunities For Excellence for all our volunteers. We are also busy filling open committee positions as current volunteers transition into new roles. If you are interested in volunteering for 2018, please contact, or visit the Join Us tab on our web site.

The upcoming holidays mark the end of the year and the transition to a new one. It is a time for reflection and planning. I have been privileged to work with an outstanding team of volunteers, drawn from a growing and vibrant membership. It has been a remarkable year, full of challenges, the excitement of change and personal growth. I hate to be redundant, but once again I have to say THANK YOU!


Chapter News
Upcoming Exam Updates

In 2018, the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exams will change to align with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition and the new Agile Practice Guide, which serve as references. Information for each exam can be found in the appropriate Exam Content Outline on
Beginning 26 March 2018, the PMP exam will reflect content from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Exams administered before 26 March 2018 reflect PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition. On 26 March 2018, the PMI-ACP exam will also update to reflect the new Agile Practice Guide. Updated information for the CAPM exam will be shared in an upcoming Friday Facts and on the Update Center.

Volunteer of the Month
Joel leads the WebStreaming Team for Chapter Breakfast and Dinner events. He has been responsive with all requests he gets for help and information, and has been consistent in ensuring that WebStreaming is available for each event. Congratulations Joel! >>Read More

Chapter Transitional Meeting
by Janice Pyka, 2018 President Elect & COO


On Saturday, October 14th, the Chapter gathered together 28 key members from the Board, Operations and Committees to begin planning for 2018.  Mohamed Diab, 2018 Chapter President, kicked off the meeting by sharing highlights from our Membership Survey (see newsletter article for some of the highlights). Brain Cohn, MarComm Committee, facilitated our productive meeting, and we thank him for his thought provoking and engaging meeting.
 The key question posed to all of us, “How can PMI-MN Chapter Committees better support each other?” 
We have a strong & dynamic chapter, let’s build on our strength and support one another.  At the end of the day, each committee committed to key action items to help support, promote and gain momentum with our strong desire to continue to grow and build our team and Chapter.  >>Read More
2017 Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship

Congratulations Harry Azoh! Harry is the latest recipient awarded the Ana Alvarez-Holmberg Scholarship.  He was awarded the scholarship at a PMI-MN function on September 18 in Bloomington.

The scholarship was created as a living tribute to the memory of one of our great members and volunteers. Jointly sponsored by ATD-GTC (Association for Talent Development – Greater Twin Cities) and PMI-MN (the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute) as an annual scholarship, the award provides $2000 to the winning candidate. >>Read More

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Member News

New Members for the Month of September 

  • Abdihakim Ahmed
  • Julia Albarado
  • Britt Bender
  • Milind Bhat
  • Lori Bye
  • Virginia Carlson
  • Matt Carr
  • Sharon Charles
  • Deborah Cheney
  • Christopher Chesla
  • Michael Colicchia
  • Geri Colosey
  • Hemilse Debrouvier
  • Lonna DenDooven
  • Sean Dullea
  • Jeff Duppong
  • Neal Feldhahn
  • Bradley Fenimore
  • Matt Frank
  • Janell Gibble
  • Marlene Grand
  • Patrick Green
  • Chad Guastella
  • Hagre
  • Robert Hanson
  • Elizabeth Heyer
  • Kayla Hoffman
  • Chad Holtmeyer
  • Savannah Hovis
  • Kong Hwong
  • Jacque Ince
  • Jennelle Jacobson-Gallus
  • Jen Jensen
  • Kevin Charles Johnson
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Emelyne King
  • Jennifer Kirk
  • Adam Kobler
  • David Kuhn
  • Paul Lamers
  • Paul Langie
  • Holly Larochelle
  • Wendy Larson
  • Jennifer Lastine
  • Sarah Lavins
  • M.H. Sven Leverson
  • Garrison Lloyd
  • Todd Madole
  • Megan Magnuson
  • Kathryn McConoughey
  • Andrew McElrath
  • Pam McGee
  • Andrew McVay
  • Joel Norenberg
  • Chelsea OConnor
  • Seong Oh
  • Josh Olson
  • Mary Kim OMalley
  • Jennifer Oppold
  • David Ott
  • Shanta Owens
  • Richard Paulson
  • Carl Priest
  • Chelon Rasmussen
  • DJ Reardon
  • Brian Sagedal
  • Katherine Selkowe
  • Ashish Shrivastava
  • Aihua Song
  • Tracy Stearman
  • Wayne Steege
  • William Thompson
  • Brian Vail
  • Kristine Wagner
  • Shelly Wallen
  • Christine Winterkamp

New Certifications for the Month of September

  • Nicholas Blahna
  • Lora Drenth 
  • Chad Griswold 
  • Wendy Haroldson 
  • Isaac Krueger 
  • Darius Mercer 
  • Michelle Novak 
  • Eric Powell 
  • Peter Steinhagen
  • Karin Kneeland
  • Derek Wittman

Monthly Renewal Drawing Winners
PMI Minnesota Chapter members who renew their membership are automatically entered into a drawing. Using a random number generator, each month we pick 1 winner who will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

For the month of August the gift card goes to Gabor Bartok. Congratulations Gabor, and thank you for your continued support and involvement.

For the month of September the gift card goes to Rick Kalgren. Congratulations Rick, and thank you for your continued support and involvement.

PMI Minnesota Chapter members who renewed in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were automatically entered into the drawing. Using a random number generator, we pick one winner for the $200 Visa gift card. The winner of this quarter is Glenn Gregersen. Congratulations, Glenn Gregersen, and thank you for your renewal in the PMI-MN Chapter. 


Save the Date - Register and Save 

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.

Check our PMI-MN Events Calendar on the Events tab at for ongoing details and registration for upcoming events.

November Events:
No Breakfasts or Dinners in December

January Events:
  • January 9 - Breakfast
  • January 15 - Dinner 
  • January 20 - The President’s Gala: Volunteers, brush off your fedora and shake out those glad rags! The President’s Gala will be at the Wabasha Caves (6:00PM - Midnight) and will be a 1920’s Gangster Theme. Let’s have fun and dress to meet the Gangsters of the 20s! RSVP and details to follow!

Chapter Officers

Chris Doyle
Geraldine Marks, PMP®
Director - Governance/Board Secretary
Michelle Maas, PMP®
Director of Finance
Mohamed Diab, MBA, PhD
President Elect/COO - 2017
Jerry Gomes, PMP®
Director at Large
Alisha Walter
Director at Large
Terri Kimball, PMP®
Past President - 2016
Joe Perzel, PMP®
Director at Large
Mark Neumann, PMP®
Director at Large

PMI-MN Office
1611 County Rd B West, Ste 320
St. Paul, MN 55113
phone: (651) 917-6246
fax: (651) 917-1835

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