November 2017 Print

President's Report

During this time of year many of us give thanks for all that we have including our family and friends that support us every day. For me personally, I find the ability to do this both rewarding and humbling. There are always others less fortunate than ourselves and I hope that you are able to share in this rich American tradition to give thanks for all that you have as well as consider helping those who are less fortunate.   There are some things to consider as we move through this season of thanksgiving. Consider other perspectives. Show Gratitude. Take Action. Have Courage. Find and learn from the hidden lessons.

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Shawnee Chief Tecumseh

Tecumseh was not only the leader of the Shawnee nation but he also led the confederacy of many tribal nations. He was among the most celebrated Native American leaders in history and was known as a strong and eloquent orator who promoted tribal unity. The last few weeks have been full of tragic events both man made and from Mother Nature which have been especially difficult for many of us as we watch our friends and families try to recover from immense losses and personal tragedy due to hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and senseless violence. Let us follow the path of unity to move past the tragedy. 

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.” Dalai Lama

Finally, one measure of strength we have as a nation is our ability to innovate and grow. As we look back at the history or our nation, we can plainly see a pattern where tragedy is followed by innovation. Please remember to keep investing in yourself to prepare to move forward.

Jennifer Baker

President, PMI Metrolina Chapter

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The PMI Metrolina Membership voted and approved the proposed Bylaws changes which have been updated and are now available online.  The PMI Metrolina Bylaws summarize the leadership structure, operations and other fundamentals of how the chapter is organized.

Chapter Awards Season is in Progress

All applications have been provided to the Emeritus Board (past presidents). The Emeritus Board will review and discuss the applications and select a finalist for each award. Winners for each award will be announced in December.

The Emeritus Board will evaluate each of the nominees in detail.  This may include interviews with the nominee/nominator, or require additional information from the team or recipient.  The Emeritus Board will then evaluate applications based on the following criteria for

Volunteer of the Year Award:

  • Importance of the role assigned to the volunteer
  • Quality of results and outcomes associated with the volunteer (accomplishments),
  • Level of time/commitment that the volunteer put towards the role assigned
  • Degree of volunteer going above/beyond the assigned duties


Community Service Project of the Year Award:

  • Importance of the goals laid out for the community service completed
  • Quality of results and outcomes associated with the community service
  • Strength of partnership and degree that teamwork was used to execute the community service


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Calendar of Events

Mooresville Community Meeting
November 2, 2017 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Working Meeting

University Community Meeting
November 2, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Julie Rahm: Nightmare on Overwhelm Street and Other Scary Stories

Ballantyne Community Meeting
November 7, 2017 (6PM to 7PM)
Speed Networking!

Jacksonville Community Meeting
November 7, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Brewery Tour & Discussion with Brewmaster

WLKN Community Meeting
November 9, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
TaTianna Nealy: Risk Management & the RMP Credential

Fayetteville Community Meeting
November 14, 2017 (10 AM to 11 AM)
Roundtable - 2018 Strategic Planning Meeting

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
November 14, 2017 (5 PM to 7:30 PM)
Betsy Kauffman: Transforming a PMO into a VDO

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
November 16, 2017 (6:30PM to 7:30PM)
Working Meeting

Wilmington Community Meeting
November 18, 2017 (8:30 AM to 12 PM)
Volunteer Event - Good Shepherd Center

Asheville Community Meeting
November 18, 2017 (1 PM to 3 PM)
Volunteer Event - Manna FoodBank

Huntersville Community Meeting
Holiday Break!

Hickory Community Meeting
Holiday Break!


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PDU and Educational Opportunities from our Partners

Below you will find links to upcoming PDU and educational opportunities that are offered by our partners. Many of these partners offer discounts to PMI Metrolina Chapter members and participants. Please visit the Educational Opportunities page on the chapter website for discount codes and offers that might apply to the courses listed below.  

Catawba Valley Community College: 
• Full Course Offerings

Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit or call 910.938.6294.

COMNet Group Inc.: 
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - Nov 13 - 16
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - Online (Saturdays) - Nov 4 - 19
• PMI-ACP Exam Prep - In Person (Saturdays) - Nov 13 - 15

Central Piedmont Community College:
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - starts Nov 1
• Project Planning & Control - In Person - starts Nov 6
• Leading the Way in Stakeholder Management - In Person - starts Nov 6
• Determining Business Requirements - In Person - starts Nov 13
• Creating Functional Specifications - In Person - Nov 15
• Certified ScrumMaster Training Course - In Person - starts Nov 16
• Leading the Way in Stakeholder Management - In Person - starts Nov 27
• Using Microsoft Project for Effective Project Management - In Person - Nov 28
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - starts Nov 28

Lean Agile Training:
• Certified Scrum Master Course + Workshop  - In Person, Charlotte - starts Nov 6- 8
• Agile Carolinas Meeting - In person, Charlotte - Nov 8

Northeastern University Charlotte: 
• Master of Science in Project Management - Hybrid and Online

Project Management Training Institute: 
• PMP Boot Camp - In Person, Charlotte - Jan 16 - 19
• PMP Boot Camp - Online - Nov 27 - 30
• CAPM Training Course - Online - Dec 4 - 6

UNC Charlotte: 
• Cost Estimating & Cost Management - In Person, Charlotte - Nov 13 - 14
• Eliciting & Documenting Requirements - In Person, Charlotte - Nov 15 - 16
• Measuring & Improving Processes - In Person, Charlotte - Nov 28 - 29
• Project Quality Management - In Person, Charlotte - Nov 30 - Dec 01
• Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime! 
• Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour couse, Available Anytime!  
• Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification - Online, 35-hour couse, Available Anytime!

Wake Forest University:
•  Certificate in Project Management - In Person - starts Fall 2017

Western Carolina University:
•  Masters of Project Management - Online

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Professional Development


Project Management Point-Of-View (PM-POV)

The PMI Washington DC chapter has started a podcast called Project Management Point-Of-View containing 12-13 minute interviews with various executives and thought leaders about their "point-of-view" on a wide range of project management topics.

Each podcast is worth .25 PDUs (Category A) and can be found in one of the following ways:
Project Management Point-Of-View
• Download it at iTunes by searching under PMIWDC (and subscribe)

Want to be certified?

If you are interested in attending a prep course, please contact or visit our Certification Training page.

Virtual PMP Offering

We are currently exploring offering our PMP class virtually to those located too far from Charlotte to participate locally. If you would be interested in taking the class using this option, please contact

Chapter Mentoring Program

The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina will provide an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provide guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offer advice concerning marketable skills for project management domains. The mentor/mentee relationship will be a three to six month engagement requiring between ten and twenty hours per month from both volunteers. The engagement will be a one-to-one match and will follow specific guidelines to completion to meet the needs of the mentee. 

One of the ways you can make a difference in the field of project management is through mentoring.  Studies have shown that mentoring others with less experience not only improves their academic/work performance but also contributes to their overall well-being, and the well-being of the community.  Members who receive mentoring are less likely to give up, quit their job, avoid pursuing a credential, and lose professional focus.   Please let us know if you would like to mentor someone and make a difference in your community today by contacting!

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Military Outreach

The Chapter is current exploring expanding the Liaison program to include the Charlotte Air National Guard and Reserves.

The Military Liaison team will host a Webinar session on Wednesday 13 December at 7:00 pm.

The Chapter proudly acknowledges Military Mentor and PMP John Farlik for assisting transitioning Military Veteran Theodore Batzel in passing his PMP Exam. In addition, the Metrolina Chapter also congratulates Chris Sessions in our Fayetteville Community who also recently retired from the Army and passed the PMP Exam with flying colors. Congratulations to Theodore, John, and Chris!   

The Chapter also wishes to congratulate Military Mentor, Diane Alexander and the transitioning Military Veteran John Vanderbleek on his new position as an Operational Project Manager.

The Chapter’s Military Outreach team participated in an Onward to Opportunity (O2O) on October 19th at MCAS Cherry Point.  The program was such a success that we have been asked to come again.  In addition, our Liaisons have been asked to participate in another O2O forum on November 16th at Camp Lejeune Military Base.  These and other similar O2O events help our military members transition to Civilian life as they exit the Military and explore new career opportunities.  Our team presents a focused “PM 101” presentation that is intended to help explain Project Management, along with aligning our Military Mentors with those service members wanting additional support

If you are a veteran and have not self-identified in your PMI account, we encourage you to do so.  When you do, you’ll be part of veteran’s email communications that come out to help you know what is going on in the veteran’s community, special opportunities for veterans, and what our Metrolina PMI Chapter is doing to assist veterans in getting connected with and supporting the PM community!

If you are active duty or retired military and interested in supporting this program, reach out to the for more information.

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Open Volunteer Positions on Marketing Team
Currently there are open volunteer openings with the Marketing Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS

  • Newsletter Editor - manage the Chapter's monthly newsletter ensuring all content is received and entered.

Open Volunteer Position on Membership Team 
Currently there are open volunteer openings with the Membership Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS

  • Database Coordinator - manage the Chapter's member database ensuring data remains current.

Open Volunteer Positions on Finance Team 
Currently there are no volunteer openings with the Finance Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS.

Open Volunteer Positions on Professional Development Team 
Currently there are no volunteer openings with the Professional Development Team. A brief description regarding each open position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering in any position, please contact for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS.

Open Volunteer Positions on Programs Team
Currently there are volunteer openings with the Programs Team. A brief description of each position is listed below. If you are interested in volunteering for any position and need more information please contact for more information. To apply, please visit VRMS. 

  • CoChairs for the Asheville Community - act as liaison between community and members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of their assigned community.


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New Chapter Members

Rachel Adams
Essi Akakpo
Lukus Anderson, PMP
John Bates, PMP
Terence Beckwith, PMP
Olivia Bennett
Natalie Berry
Jennifer Bishop
Tara Bolharsky
Chad Bralley
Christopher Brathe
James Brown
Cassandra Cantey, PMP
Veronica Caudle
Susanna Christenbery
Clements, PMP
Randy Coffman
David Cook, PMP
Matthew Cosler, PMP
Carol Diamond
Stephanie Dixon
Cleo Dorsey
Dana Eubanks
Constance Evans, PMP
Carolyn Fagan
Adam Farlow
Blake Featherstun
Lori Federici, PMP
Lindsay Foess, PMP
Jason Fox
Andree Fryar
Temperance Gaines, PMP
Srinivas Gajawada Sarabaiah
Michael Grieco
Peter Grobbelaar, PMP
Hillary Halstead
Marc Handler
William Hardy, PMP
Michael Hightower
Eifion Hughes, PMP
Kathleen Jonila
Wanza Joyner
Brian Keane
Jayanth Kuchana
Charles Lapish
Peter Laudat, PMP
John Lomax, PMP
Bonnie Lowe, PMP
Cornelis Lugthart, PMP
Archie Luna, PMP
Tresure Marable
James Marshall
Ann Mccartan
Eileen Mcconnell, PMP
Mark Miller
Terry-Ann Miller-Salter
Richard Moffa
Yashica Moore, CAPM
Matthew Morris, PMP
Nathan Morrow
Adoum Namde, PMP
Amy Nichols, PMP
Vickie Ovington, PMP
Michael Przykucki
Venkata Subramanyam Puni, PMP
Srividhya Ramalingam
Tandrian Riddering
Kehaulani Robinson
Marcus Rountree
Donna Royster, PMP
Umamaheswara Sadula, PMP
Partha Sarathy, PMP
Amit Saxena, PMP
John Sedelbauer, PMP
Sarah Serpico
Christopher Sessions, PMP
Kelvin Snyder
Todd Sommers
Jerry Summitt Jr
Kimiko Sumner
Chad Turner
Jose Velazquez
Rupa Venkatesh
Chris Williams
Tremillia Williams, PMP
Kimberly Woolsey, PMP
Renee Zullo, PMP

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Jacob Ajayi, PMP
William Clements, PMP
Rory Collins, PMP
Temperance Gaines, PMP
Christopher Gladora, PMP
Christopher Haas, PMP
Patrick Hastings, PMP
Hilary Hunt, PMP
Vipul Mistry, PMP
Patricia Murphy, PMP
Adoum Namde, PMP
Tony Nelson, PMP
Jeanette Phillips, PMP
Miguel Sanda, PMP
Shane Sellers, PMP
Christopher Sessions, PMP
Justin Steele, PMP
Justin Thibault, PMP
Robbi Walls, PMP-PBA
Jonathan Wilson, PMP
Terence Ziemke, PMP
Renee Zullo

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Meet LTC Michael Decicco, PMP:
Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. DeCicco is the Logistics Unit Force Manager in US Army Forces Command G3 at Fort Bragg. He deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom with 3rd Infantry Division in 2003. After company command with 2nd Infantry Division in 2006, he was deployed again to Iraq as a Logistics Advisor.
Mike can be counted on to go the extra mile as a fervent supporter of Metrolina's Military Outreach program, providing advice and feedback to topics under discussion by the Military Liaison team and actively working with the Fayetteville Community on their events and as a frequent guest speaker. In addition to being one of Metrolina's Military Liaisons, Mike is also a Military Mentor for our Chapter supporting our military while they transition to civilian life.
A huge thank you for all you do!!!
Congratulations Mike!

The new PMI Metrolina President John Rush and  VP of Membership Julie Tettmar attended the 2017 Leadership in Motion Meeting in Chicago.  Below are photos of the event:


Photo 1: Hampton Cobb and Julie Tettmar with Jim Snyder, one of the founders of PMI.  Photo 2: John Rush and Mark Langley, President & CEO of PMI.

PMI Metrolina’s Project Mind Team Walks to End Alzheimer’s Disease
The Chapter thanks PMI Metrolina 2017 ALZ Chairperson Joan Hassler, University Community Chair Carmen Scott, and member Dessiree Burris for their outstanding community service. These women are members of the Chapter’s “Project Mind Team”.  They are pictured below representing the Chapter for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's event held at BB&T Ballpark.
Also in attendance (but not pictured) Ajay Puraswani.

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