September 2017 Print

President's Report

There is so much going on! It is always so amazing to me how fast the lazy days of summer are gone and we are back in the normal day to day mode. Labor Day starts the month off to “officially” end the summer. Many of the communities took the summer off to enjoy it with their families will resume meetings this month. Many of us will pause and remember the heroes of September 11th on Patriot Day. We will very quickly move into national celebrations like Constitution Week and local events like our Professional Development Day.

The 2017 Charlotte Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police, and EMS who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer, or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. This year the event will take place on the 9th of September at the Duke Energy Center from 8:30-2pm. The Stair Climb benefits the FDNY CSU, helps with costs for FDNY families attending Memorial Weekend and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.

September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.” Senator Dr. Bill Frist

Since 1955, September 17-23 has become the week the nation sets aside to reflect on the document that guarantees our greatest liberties. The DAR petitioned Congress for Constitution Week, and it was signed into national law August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Since then, schools and other patriotic organizations are asked to promote, through education, the Bill of Rights and other laws that help govern our nation. It is also the goal to increase the knowledge of civic      responsibilities that all United States citizens share. Since 1787, this great document has governed our great nation through many changes, and changes have been made to the document which reflects that it is a “living” document and not one that is lost in the pages of time and history.

“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”  President James Madison

The Metrolina PDD entitled "It Starts with US" Will take place on Saturday 9/23/17 at UNCC Center City. With 3 exciting Keynote speakers, and 5 Tracks encompassing over 20 different Track Speakers, it is sure to be an exciting day of learning and fellowship among our community of Project Management Professionals. Track titles include: Project Leadership, Strategy, Community Project Management, Processes/Methods, and Industry Showcase. Please consider joining us for our Friday Master class taking place on Friday 9/22/17 led by Laura Barnhard and our PDD symposium taking place on Saturday 9/23/17. There are still some volunteer opportunities so please contact Bryan Hall at: or 704-363-1113. I hope that you can take the day to dedicate to learn and visit with your Metrolina family!

“A mission statement is not something you write overnight... But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.” Author Stephen Covey

Jennifer Baker

President, PMI Metrolina Chapter

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PMI Metrolina Chapter Election Update

The election for the 2018-2020 PMI Metrolina Chapter Board of Directors and the proposed by-laws changes have concluded. The Nominating Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's election and who took the time to vote.

The results of the election are as follows:

Role Candidate
President John Rush, IV, PMP, PMI-PBA
VP Membership Julie Tettmar, PMP
VP Programs Bryan Hall, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-PBA
VP Administration  Nealand Lewis, PMP

Congratulations to the new Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term! The new board will begin shadowing the existing board starting September 1. On January 1, 2018, the board listed above will begin their official term of office. The changes to the By-laws are effective immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact 

Chapter Awards Season is Approaching

The chapter is offering the membership an opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to the career and to the community.  Members can self-nominate or nominate another member.  Each award has a specific form to complete.  Completed forms must be emailed to the address provided on the form. Forms must be sent by midnight on the 29th of September.

On October 2nd, all applications will be 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
  • PMI Metrolina Volunteer of the Year Application 


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
  • PMI Metrolina Community Service of the Year Application

PMI Metrolina's Professional Development Day Master Class - September 22, 2017

Laura Barnard presents IMPACT Engine.  

In this live event, Laura will help you transform your performance, mindset and value to your organization so that you can accelerate your career growth, reputation and ability to deliver IMPACT at any stage in your Project Management career.  Click here to register!

PMI Metrolina's Professional Development Day - September 23, 2017

  • 23 Hours of PDU credits available
  • Discounted tickets for Students and Veterans
  • 5 different Tracks to participate in including the new Community Track!
  • Event Gift Bags with Speaker Book provided
  • Prize drawings held thoughout the event
  • Morning & Lunchtime Keynote Speakers
  • 15+ Vendor Tables
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Register here now as space is limited!

2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Charlotte, NC

Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our Project Minds team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Project Minds Page

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Registration at 9am 
Ceremony at 10am 
Walk at 10:30am

Route Length: 2.1 Miles, 1.1 Miles, & .25 Miles

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Calendar of Events

Ballantyne Community Meeting
Labor Day Break!

Jacksonville Community Meeting
September 5, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Milton Bulian: Workplace Personalities

Gastonia Community Meeting
Labor Day Break!

Mooresville Community Meeting
September 7, 2017 (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
Paul Naso: From Yoga Master to Scrum Master

Cabarrus County Community Event - American Red Cross Blood Drive
September 11, 2017 (Two Shifts available:  10:00 AM to 2:30 PM or 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Canteen Volunteers & Donors Needed!

Fayetteville Community Meeting
September 12, 2017 (5:30 PM to 7 PM)
Randy Gay: Lean/Six Sigma for Project Managers

WLKN Community Meeting
September 14, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
James Brendle: Trends in Collaboration

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
September 11, 2017 (6 PM to 7PM)
Roundtable: Hot Topics!

Asheville Community Meeting
September 18, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Dana J. Gibson: Mission Health DAPTIV PMO

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
September 19, 2017 (5 PM to 7:30 PM)
Michael J. Hughes: Networking as a Strategic Project Management Resource

PDD Master Class
September 22, 2017 (8 AM to 5 PM)
Laura Barnard Presents IMPACT Engine

2017 Professional Development Day
September 23, 2017 (7:30 AM to 5:15 PM)
It Starts with Us!

Wilmington Community Meeting
September 23, 2017 (10 AM to 11 AM)
Sandy Skipper: Leading Agile Retrospectives

Huntersville Community Meeting
September 25, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
Back to School: Preparing for PMP Certification

Hickory Community Meeting
September 28, 2017 (6 PM to 7 PM)
James Brendle: Trends in Collaboration

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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 - Sept 18 - 21
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - Online (Saturdays) - Sept 9 - 30
• PMI-ACP Exam Prep - In Person (Saturdays) - Sept 18 - 20

Central Piedmont Community College:
• Determining Business Requirements - In Person - starts Sept 7
• Project Planning & Control - In Person - starts Sept 12
• Project Management and Business Analysis Information Session - In Person - Sept 13
• Using Microsoft Project for Effective Project Management - In Person - starts Sept 18
• Leading the Way in Stakeholder Management - In Person - starts Sept 20
• Project Management and Business Analysis Information Session - In Person - Sept 22
• PMP/CAPM Exam Prep - In Person - starts Sept 25
• Project Management and Business Analysis Information Session - In Person - Sept 26
• Data Gathering and Requirements Elicitation - In Person - starts Sept 27 
• Determining Business Requirements - In Person - starts Sept 28

Lean Agile Training:
• Certified Scrum Master Course + Workshop - In Person, Charlotte - starts Sept 6-8
• Agile Carolinas Meeting - In Person, Charlotte - Sept 7 6-8 PM
• Certified Scrum Master Course + Workshop  - In Person, Charlotte - starts Oct 10-12

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

Project Management Training Institute: 
• PMP Boot Camp - Online - Sept 5 - 8
• PMP Boot Camp - Online - Sept 18 - 21
• PMP Boot Camp - In Person, Charlotte - Oct 9 - 12
• CAPM Training Course - Online - Sept 25 - 27

UNC Charlotte: 
• How to Deliver Customer Value and Business Results - In Person, Charlotte - Sept 21 - Free Session!
• Principles of Project Management - In Person, Charlotte - Sept 26-27
• 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 September 7, 2017

Western Carolina University:
•  Masters of Project Management - Online

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Professional Development

Fall 2017 PMP Preparation Course – **LAST CHANCE BEFORE EXAM CHANGES IN 2018**

Our Fall PMP Prep Course will begin October 7, 2017 and be held for 5 consecutive Saturdays, concluding on November 4th.  The location is yet to be determined, but will be held in the Charlotte area.  More information can be found HERE, including a link to register for the class.

Class times each Saturday are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Price:  Chapter Members - $695,  Non-Members - $845

Existing PMPs: PMPs can earn 35 PDUs for attending the course. In addition, helping study groups earns the PMP 1 PDU for every hour mentoring (up to 15 hours), and that is free!

For more information, or to inquire about discounts for your company hosting these sessions, please contact Doug Harrington:

Have you thought about taking the ACP and had questions or need some guidance from someone who has already taken and passed the exam?

We are trying to gauge interest in a study group for people who wish to take the ACP exam. If you would be interested in this, please answer this 2 question survey:  PMI-ACP Study Group Survey (click here to access)

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

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

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

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 is a volunteer opening 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. 

  • Ashevile Community Program Chair - as the Community Leader, has primary responsible for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Director East - has primary responsibility for coordinating meetings and content for assigned communities.


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New Chapter Members

Joseph Amon
Merit Bajonero
Tesaria Ball
David Barszczowski
Lee Basey
Brian Baute, PMP
Clay Benton
Lynda Bird
Michael Brewer
Cynthia Bryant, PMP
Carolin Burger
Kari Bygate, PMP
James Cicali, PMP
Paul Cracknell, PMP
Rebecca Duffy
Donna Edwards, PMP
Gregory Evans, PMP
Tim Ferguson
Andrew Ford, PMP
Susan Fritzen, PMP
Cathleen Guidry
Chris Haas
Elizabeth Halford
Christian Hall, PMP
Lawrence Haynes, PMP
Lukas Holub
Angela Hudson, PMP
A. Kahn
Kristin Kenyon
Peter Kolawole
Jeri Leach, PMP
Rebecca Livingston
James Maas
Erica Machado, PMP
Ryan Manning
Karin Mariano
Walt Mckinley, PMP
Kasey Miller, PMP
Jennifer Mogavero
Tommy Moody
Jeffrey Mueller, PMP
David Nedved, PMP
Christopher Newby
Michael Nichols
Chukwunonso Okeke, PMP
Stephen Price
Ralph Quesada, PMP
Shahid Rahu
Heidi Ransom
John Ray
Pam Reidy
Donald Richardson
Richard Robinson
Cynthia Rojas
Matt Roller
Nancy Sawyer, PMP
Timothy Scott
Tyanna Seyedkazemi
John Shutak, PMP
Chappelle Smalls, PMP
Aneiko Smith
Joyce Smith
Justin Steele
Camille Sterling
Jared Sugar
David Swank
Joan Tolbert
Larry Unferth, PMP
Srikanth Vasamreddy, PMP
Kalpana Vemulapalli
Megan Vogel, PMP
Amanda Warfield, PMP
Jenny Westbrook, PMP
Cazzie Williams
David Wilson
Adam Young
Carl Zindars, PMP

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Tonii Coleman, PMI-ACP
Annette Eakins, PMP
Gregory Evans, PMP
Adam Gobbo, PMP
Brian Gonzales, PMP
Jason Gorrie, PMP
William Heffner, PMP
Kimberly Honan, PMP
Michael Kane, PMP
Sebastiano Magistro Spurio, PMP
Joe Mahaffey, PMP
Sheri Moore, PMP
Wes Murdock, PMP
Cynthia Spice, PMP
Megan Vogel, PMP
Jeffrey Wilson, PMP

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Meet Nealand Lewis, MS.Ed., MBA, MPMP, CICA®, PMP®,  A.A.S.R.M.M.32:

Nealand Lewis has served in volunteer roles ranging from Metrolina VP of Membership, VP of Marketing, PMI Global Operations Program Standards Edit Committee Chairperson, Metrolina Chapter President, PMI Global Operations Component Regional Mentor, PMI Global Operations Chapter Member Advisory Group, and PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Committee Lead. He is also a proud graduate and Valedictorian of the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class of 2008.

Nealand has been responsible for initiating several long-standing programs that have increased the chapter’s presence throughout the local community. Most recently, Nealand jumped into leading the newly formed University Community. He immediately took charge and got people to be focused and engaged. In the first meeting, there were multiple co-leaders, a community service leader and a project named.

A huge thank you for all you do!!!

Congratulations Nealand! 

 Thank you for those who joined us at the August 17th Uptown Community Loaves and Fishes Sip n' Sort event!  Several PMI members across the Charlotte area gathered to sort groceries that will be provided to those individuals and families in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who are in need.  After sorting several pounds of food, all volunteers met at the Sugar Creek Brewery for a networking session with other organizations across the city.  Proceeds from the networking session benefit the Loaves and Fishes mission (   

The Uptown Community recently partnered with Loaves and Fishes to help them achieve their goals in serving the community.  We encourage you to obtain PDUs and watch the newsletter for upcoming community service events that support their cause.

The Fayetteville Community hosted a Microsoft Project Workshop at Cape Fear Valley Health Education Center on Saturday, July 22nd and it was a success.  All seats were sold out and we plan to host another MS Project Workshop in January or February 2018 with more seats.  Special thanks to Michael Wharton who taught the class and William Stewart from Northeastern University, who provided breakfast to all attendees.


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