December 2018 Print

President's Report

As many of you know, we do not meet as a chapter in December so everyone can focus their time on their family, friends and neighbors. We hope that you are able to replenish and renew during this season of faith and unity.

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” - Reverend Thomas S. Monson

“May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind.”  - Author Unknown

"The seven principles of Kwanzaa -- unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism." - President Bill Clinton

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our chapter in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to serving you in the year to come. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

John A. Rush IV, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA

John Rush

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Highlighting Chapter Members

Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the PMI-Metrolina recognizes an oustanding individual who has gone far and above to support the chapter through volunteer activities. In 2018, the BOD made a decision to rename this award to the Nealand Lewis Service Award. Over the last 20 years, Nealand has been instrumental in promoting project management at multiple levels within PMI. For anyone that has had the opportunity to work with him, you know he nevers misses an opportunity to pay it forward and encourage others to volunteer with the chapter. Through his dedication and support of volunteer activities, Metrolina Chapter has become a leading example for all PMI chapters to follow. In his current role as VP Administration, he ensures his peers keep the members and volunteers at the forefront of all decision making. As a result, we are able to recruit and retain amazing volunteers like Rhonda Evans. Through her passion and support of project management, it is with great privilige we present the 1st Nealand Lewis Service Award to Rhonda. Over 2018, she has served the chapter as an Uptown Community Chair, Programs Director - East/West Communities, Professional Development Day Speaker, and helped shape a new partnership with Apparo. 

Thank you Nealand & Rhonda for everything you do to support PMI-Metrolina!

Nealand Lewis Service AwardNL Service Award - Rhonda

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Volunteer Opportunities

It’s The Holiday Season - Living to Give

By: Nealand M. Lewis, PMP®, PhD. PSAE (abd.), MPM, M.S.Ed., MBA, CICA®

By a quick show of hands, how many of you have heard the acroynm PMIEF?  Ok be honest! I can’t see your hands clearly!!! We as imaginged, although I can’t see you hands, I still apprecaiate your playing along.  The Project Management Education Foundation (PMIef) is PMI’s philantropic arm.  In short order, PMIEF serves underprivileged or at-risk youth with often complimentary project management trainings. Some liaisons have helped build schools in impoverished areas around the world and even trained nonprofit organizations (NPO) to better cope with disasters like the Carolina’s recent destructive Huricane Florence. From a mission perspective, PMI chapters all around the world offer contributions of their time in spreading project management for social good.

Ok, let me frame a “social good” idea for you.  Think of either a financially challenged inter-city high school or a local charter school lacking project management expertise. Do you think our imaginary schools here could come to love project management as you do now?  It’s possble if in fact you undertake showing the school Principal how project management can be used to install their new PC system.  Taking it a step father, you volunteer your own time to insure delivery of their PC project on time, in scope, and at cost.  Any eduator “worth their chalk” would bite at the chance.  Guess what, you’re now effectively spreading project management for social good!

Our high school in the aforementioed example needs solid PMs perhaps because as PMI Global states “in the 21st century, the global demand for skilled project managers is at an all-time high as organizations and agencies continue to focus on higher productivity and greater customer satisfaction with minimum resources” (PM Network, 2018).  Budgetary cutbacks have left many eduational facilities in a similar quandry.

Toledo states “unlike corporations with mature processes, not-for-profits may not have the project management expertise. Donating your time to teach project management to members of these organizations will benefit their causes in ways you can't even imagine. It may very well be that basic scheduling and budgeting techniques are the most important tools they will need. And a good scope management plan is almost always needed” (Toledo, 2011, p.21).  Further, Griffiths & Campbell remind us “learning occurs through experience and results in a permanent or lasting change in knowledge, skill or attitude.  In short, the more [we] teach others a specific skill, the more experience [they] gain which translates as learning (Griffiths & Campbell, 2009, p. 25). You might even ask as a new PMP and pursuing a career in project management, what’s in it for me?  For one, marketability and value. Said another way, your skills will be in heavy demand by companies and organizations in multiple industries.  So why not Give to Live?  Want to learn more about joining PMI Metrolina’s PMIEF team? Send an email to  Happy Holidays!


Griffiths, K., & Campbell, M. (2009).  Discovering, applying, and integrating: The process of learning in coaching.  International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring. 7(2). 16-30.

PMIEF (2011). Careers in project management. Retrieved from

Toledo, R. (2011). The giving network. PM Network, 25(9), 21.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact for more information.

  • Sponsorship Chair -  Assist the Marketing Team in identifying and recruiting sponsors for Chapter events including Monthly Meetings, Workshops, and Annual Conference (PDD), as well as other activities as needed.
  • Marketing Email Coordinator - Send Email reminders for meetings and events.
  • Chapter Photographer - Take photos at community meetings to post to website and social media using personal camera equipment.
  • Marketing Director - Assist the VP of Marketing to create and maintain marketing and public relations campaigns.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Membership Outreach -  The position conducts outreach activities to existing members, prospects, and lapsed members via phone and email.

Professional Development:
  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Mentorship Program Chair - Responsible for the chapter mentoring program, vetting mentorship participants, and overall program improvement.
  • PMP Prep Chair - Assists in the execution of technical and logisitical support of Metrolina's training program.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • Ballentyne Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Fayetteville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Hickory Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Jacksonville Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • West Lake Norman Community Chair - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
  • Programs Administrator - provide administrative support for programs chairs under the supervision of the VP of Programs.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact for more information.

  • PMI Educational Foundation Liaison - Chapter PMIEF Liaison
  • Military Liaison - PMI Metrolina liaison to local military groups and installations.

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Administration & Governance

 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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Calendar of Events

Asheville Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Ballantyne Community Meeting
December 11, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) 
Volunteer Event
Location: Second Harvest Food Bank

Cabarrus County Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Fayetteville Community Meetings
Happy Holidays!

Hickory Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Huntersville Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Jacksonville Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Mooresville Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

University Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
December 11, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) 
Volunteer Event
Location: Second Harvest Food Bank

West Lake Norman Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

Wilmington Community Meeting
Happy Holidays!

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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:
To register for any courses, visit or call 828.327.7000 ext. 4294

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

Central Piedmont Community College:


  • Stay tuned for upcoming training events

Lean Agile Training:

Northeastern University Charlotte

Project Management Training:

Sherpa LLC

Check out or follow Sherpa llc. on LinkedIn to learn more about future training and events for PDU credits.

UNC Charlotte:

Wake Forest University:

Western Carolina University:

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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:

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

"Have you ever said to yourself, I wish someone had told me that when I started?"

Here's your opportunity!!

Become a Mentor for the Metrolina Chapter Mentorship Program and you will have the unique experience to:
  • Recieve PDUs
  • Participate in the development of your mentee's career
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Share lessons learned 
  • Be a part of an exciting team
  • Build your network

You don't need all the time in the world or all the answers . . . . just the will to lend a helping hand!

If you are interested, please email


The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina provides an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provides guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offers 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. 

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New Chapter Members

Vinodh Kumar Alagar Sundaram Jeremy Hodges
Margarete Alves Yolanda Holiday
Doug Arcure Karen Howard
Jeff Ason Thomas Jennings
Flora Asongwe, PMP Robert Jones
Charlene Bell Jamal Jordan
Kelly Benston Murugesan Kandasamy, PMP
Tya Bolton Joan Llaneza
Julie Bovair, PMP Brenda Lowder
Lakethia Bragg Pamela Mackie, PMP
Chinyere Brown Suzanne Marie
Tyron Brown David Moss, PMP
Charles Butler Crystal Mullinix
Jack Cochran Jenna Nguyen
Milan Cofield Sean Oshea
Heidi Currence Iris Percentie
Jessie Dadzie Allison Perley-Harter
Robin Daniel Tekecia Phillips
Sasikanth Devulapalli, PMP Anthony Pittman
Pavan Doppalapudi Chris Rabassi
Malcolm Ferguson Charles Randolph, PMP
Michael France Aaisha Rogers
Brady Gallagher Christopher Snyder, PMP
Jason Gallimore Anita Spurlock
Elise Gastineau Michael Stephenson
Aaron Granger, PMP Wanda Thomas, PMP
Jerome Griffin, PMP Laura Tieber
Ashley Guthrie Brian Trice
Michael Hafen Natasha Tyson
Melissa Hall Christopher Williams
Brian Helms Marc Zeaser, PMP
Joshua Herold, PMP  

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New Certifications for Chapter Members

Essi Akakpo, PMP Nicole May, PMP
Phillip Budidharma, PMP Jennifer Mowen, PMP
Marta Bursuc, PMP Jennifer Obrien, PMP
Edwin Cook, PgMP Gaurav Pant, PMP
Jarrod Coomer, P.E., PMP Andria Ratchford, PMP
Sasikanth Devulapalli, PMP Christopher Reynolds, PMP
Brian Helms, PMP Richard Sanders, PMP
Brian Horne, PMP Nathan Schoch, PMI-PBA
Deanna Jones, PMI-ACP Gershon Scott, PMI-RMP
Jeff Martin, PMP Shelby Shirey, PMP

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