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2019 PMI Minnesota 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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The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Tracie Jacobson as our January 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Tracie’s tireless efforts were integral to the success of the 2018 PDD conference. Her duties included working with members of all chapter committees, interfacing with vendors, reviewing website and app content, assisting at team meetings and posting minutes over a period of 11 months. No task was too small or too large - from decorations and menu planning to speaker selection and contract review. Her incredible organizational and time management skills kept the PDD team focused and her sense of humor endeared her to everyone on the team.

PMI-MN would like to thank Josh for her time and dedication.

Congratulations, Tracie!!!


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Amy Bangen as our February 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Amy Bangen serves on the Sponsorship Committee. In recent months, the sponsorship committee is experiencing a high level of turnover, leaving a big gap to fill during the transition to fill the committee with new members and new co-chairs. Amy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to step up and keep the team on course and the sponsors served. Amy took the initiative to create agendas for weekly conference calls to keep the team apprised and to train members on critical processes and resources for delivering and selling our services to sponsors and partners during this transition. She has invested an extraordinary amount of time in preparing data and reports that significantly benefit the team and our team’s ability to better serve our sponsors and partners. She is the “go-to" person that has been critically important to a better transition for the sponsors and the PMI sponsorship team members. She deserves a huge thank you!

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


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Babalola (Bobby) Coker as our March 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Bobby has always been self-motivated from day one to leverage his skillset to benefit the greater Chapter through Information Technology (IT) and the crafting of the 3rd Guidebook.

Bobby always has a positive and cheerful attitude and is open to receiving suggestions and feedback from Chapter members, and leadership. Bobby is a team player. Bobby consistency goes above and beyond and is a regular attendee of our IT team meetings. We are grateful for Bobby, and his invaluable efforts to volunteerism to date for the Project Management Institute Minnesota Chapter, and the IT Team. We eagerly look forward to our IT prospects up ahead!

The 3rd Guidebook application would not be where it is today had Bobby not assumed the lead and enhanced the resource on behalf of the Chapter!


PMI-MN would like to thank Bobby for his time and dedication.

Congratulations, Bobby!!!


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Benjamin Crist as our April 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Ben joined the Finance Team at the beginning of the calendar year and was tasked with reconciling the 2019 Board-approved, top-down Chapter Balanced Budget with the bottoms-up Committee expenditure plans developed at the end of 2018. Ben led the effort to work with each committee Chair and explain the rationale for the budget challenges, address questions and concerns, and capture discrepancies as risks (threats and opportunities) for mitigation throughout the year. Ben accomplished this complex assignment ahead of the first quarter deadline. He is a tremendous asset to the PMI-MN finance team and to the chapter as a whole!


PMI-MN would like to thank Ben for his time and dedication.

Congratulations, Ben!!!


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Jacque Ince and Francine Dupont as our June/July 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Jacque and Francine were instrumental in delivering the PDD 2019 speaker line-up, coordinating the overall governance structure and detailed review processes, procedures and tools within the team.  They both, as the Committee Team Lead (Jacque) and a committed team volunteer (Francine), stepped in a phenomenal way to ensure that the speaker deliverables were completed on time, within budget and presented to the Board according to our Milestone plan.  Amazing job as new volunteers to PMI MN and the PDD program.  Thank you for your extraordinary effort to ensure the event's success!


PMI-MN would like to thank both of them for their time and dedication.



The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Lynn O'Gara and Colin Clifford as our August/September 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

This year the Professional Development Days (PDD) committee made a decision to pursue a different system for attendee registration and ticketing than had been used in years past. Knowing this would require substantial effort on the part of our PDD Operations Committee, Lynn O'Gara went above and beyond the role of Operations Committee Team Lead and put forth the effort to provide detail test planning and execution, testing coordination and meeting support, and provided critical business line input and approvals at each turn. Colin jumped in from the beginning, learning a brand-new system through hands-on knowledge transfer sessions, and built the foundation of the registration from the ground up; then testing the final aspects of the system coding performed by our vendor partners toward the end of the implementation project. The efforts to make sure that the system was fully transitioned from one environment to another, configured to PMI MN PDD standards, and accessible for our community members to register for PDD is invaluable and appreciated greatly.


PMI-MN would like to thank both of them for their time and dedication.



The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Ifeomar Amaikwu Cley as our October 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Ifey has done an outstanding job since becoming a volunteer on the MarComm team. Ifey has been handling all the social media posts being sent out by the MarComm team. She is very responsive and makes any requested updates or changes to social media promotions as soon as they come in. Even though the MarComm team only consists of two people at the moment, Ifey has not shied away from putting in a significant amount of time and effort into making sure that MarComm team continues to serve our members and the various committees effectively. Without Ifey, the MarComm team would be greatly hampered in our ability to promote the events for PMI MN. We would like to say thank you to Ifey for all her hard work, and the support she has provided to other volunteers.


PMI-MN would like to thank her for her time and dedication.


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Caryn Donly as our November 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Caryn has been a strong, positive and critical volunteer in the Professional Development Days (PDD) Committee throughout the planning process. She has provided a steady, ongoing presence from Day 1. Caryn has mentored our new team leads to help them gain their footing in the PMI and PDD process, not only brought historical learning, tools and background forward for excellent context, but also been exceptionally receptive to the new and exciting ideas and possibilities we have brought into scope for PDD 2019. She has been 100% willing to step in and help us succeed by helping her team, and helping the other teams have the resources needed to move forward at every steps of the way. Caryn has, many times, been the glue that has held PDD past and present together. Her work to help us get to the finish line successfully is greatly appreciated!


PMI-MN would like to thank her for her time and dedication.


The PMI-MN Chapter is honored to present Ruth Birkholz​ as our December 2019 Volunteer of the Month. 

Ruth volunteered directly with Janice, the Chapter President & Board Liaison for the PDD Committee, since January. Ruth has volunteered tirelessly, an easy 40 hours a week, to collaborate with her team and across all Chapter Committees to plan the Chapter's Premier PDD Event. Ruth runs smart, organized meetings, is always inclusive, and promotes collaboration & empowerment throughout. She enjoys engaging with her team, and her project management skills are top notch. Ruth is a Class Act Professional Project Manager who appreciates her diverse team and she possesses an attitude to learn from her team members all while enjoy giving back to the Chapter and Chapter Members and always with a great sense of humor. Thank you, Ruth, for all that you give and for your phenomenal contributions which have contributed to the success of The Chapter!


PMI-MN would like to thank her for her time and dedication.