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2016 PMI-MN 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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Amy Bangen

April 2016 - Amy Bangen 
Amy has been a long-standing member of PMI-MN.  She has been a solid member of the Sponsorship Committee since its inception and has developed the Delivery Program from scratch for all of our sponsors.  Without her behind the scenes efforts, we would not have sponsors returning year after year.  Amy has contributed to the successful functioning of the sponsorship committee by her continued commitment to Sponsorship Delivery and by writing the majority of the playbooks and documentations needed for continued functioning.  This year she took on a newly developed Delivery Lead position training all new volunteers on how to handle the role.  Additionally, she has completely reorganized the Sponsorship SharePoint page, spending multiple sessions with PMI Minnesota Administrator and others to smooth the process of scheduling, placement, billing and other aspects of the Sponsorship process.  In short, her willing participation has been invaluable.

PMI-MN would like to thank Amy for his time and dedication. Congratulations Amy!!!


Brian Cohn

August 2016 - Brian Cohn 
Brian took the lead this year as "Chair pro tem" for the MarComm team. His "day job" was consuming a large amount of his time, and part of that was that it required him to travel extensively. Still he pitched in and put in a lot of extra hours to administer and manage the team, attend meetings and report to Operations. He was covering a lot of bases and from what we've seen, he has done an exemplary job. While he has since turned the reins over to the able hands of Rico Mace (Chair), he continues to put in a lot of time covering a lot of bases

PMI-MN would like to thank Brian for his time and dedication. Congratulations Brian!!!


October 2016 - Daniel Hill 
Ben Franklin is purported to have said that we do well by doing good. Daniel Hill epitomizes this through his work and contributions to the annual Paint-a-thon. Daniel has volunteered for this worthy cause for more than the past ten years and was this year's project leader. He recruited a great team of volunteers, kept the work well organized, and led the team to a fantastic job on the house and an ecstatic homeowner. When things did not work exactly as planned (such as more damage to the siding on the garage), he quickly developed and had the team execute contingency plans.

Let's give a big thank you to Daniel for organizing this high visibility event with professionalism, humor, and humility.


November 2016 - Laura Wakefield 
Laura Wakefield has been an enviable Program Manager for our Breakfast Meetings in St. Paul for approximately 7 years. That, in itself, is a worthy achievement. However, Laura has brought professionalism to the role that has been appreciated by the speakers and those attending her events. She has not only mastered the tasks of her role but she looks for the improvements and has bought in highly engaging speakers. Thank you Laura for providing a great sense of comfort and the confidence in knowing you so handily take care of all the needs to bring these events to life. This thank you is not only for a single month but many months of superior volunteering for our chapter. PMI-MN would like to thank Laura for her time and dedication. Congratulations Laura!

Sasha Denisova


December 2016 - Sasha Denisova 
Congratulations, Sasha Denisova! Our chapter is constantly looking for additional and better ways to communicate with its members and the local Project Management community. A key element of this communication strategy is connecting through social media channels. Prior to Sasha joining the Communications team the chapter had not been posting information about our events and initiating conversations on a regular basis. Sasha has been instrumental in increasing the number of posts in our LinkedIn Group, Facebook page, and Twitter feed with multiple posts each week. In doing this we have increased the number of members of our LinkedIn group (our most effective social media channel) by nearly 1000 members this year to break the 1000 member barrier.

Thank you, Sasha, for helping us get the word out about our events and the value of being a part of PMI-MN

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