February 2018 Print

President's Message

February brings us Groundhog day (6 more weeks of winter) :(, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day. At PMI Pittsburgh we also want you to think of February as time to volunteer. As I mentioned last month we are really going to ramp up the volunteer campaign. Because building our bench of leads is so important to us I wanted to have the person responsible for growing our membership and volunteer base highlighted in this issue of the newsletter. So I would like to introduce to you Lou Martina, PMP. Lou has been volunteering in the membership space for several years and is now ready to setup into the shoes of our exiting VP Joanne Sarachine. Don’t worry Joanne didn’t go to far as I am sure you know she is the new VP of Finance, but more on her in an upcoming newsletter. Ok Take it Away Lou.

Kimberly Reed
President, Pittsburgh PMI

Volunteer Opportunities

Your Help is Needed!

The PMI Pittsburgh Chapter is looking for volunteers to fill current open opportunities within the group. Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Do you have an interest in helping as a Corporate Coordinator within Outreach? Have you wanted to help plan the ‘Professional Development Day (PDD)?

If so, we could use your help!

PMI Global has created the Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) for our members to post or apply for volunteering opportunities within the Chapter. Over the next few weeks, we will be adding ALL of our volunteer opportunities to the VRMS system. You will be hearing more, as we encourage the chapter members to view and apply for these volunteer opportunities directly within the VRMS.

You can access this system from the PMI Global Site by logging in with your PMI credentials to View Opportunities and to Update your Volunteer Profile. Updating your profile will allow you to be notified automatically about volunteer opportunities that match your areas of interest.

Current Volunteer Opportunities – look for these and more on VRMS!

  • OUTREACH: College/University Liaisons, Corporate Coordinators, Event Staffing
  • EDUCATION: Professional Development Day Committee
  • VOLUNTEER: Volunteer Recognition Committee; Volunteer Services
  • MEMBERSHIP: Director, Chapter Analytics, Welcoming Committee,
  • COMMUNICATION: Chapter/Department Coordinators
  • and MORE!!!

Reasons to Volunteer

The Pittsburgh Chapter is transitioning to a single-threaded process of matching the needs & wants of the Chapter & members within the VRMS. We need over one hundred twenty (120+) volunteers each year to keep the Chapter moving forward. The success of the chapter, and its departments & committees, depends on our member-volunteers to do the upfront and behind the scenes work to bring our events, meetings, and community good-will to fruition.

And we need you to make this all happen! So, what’s in for you?

  1. The opportunity to make a real difference within the Chapter:
  • Improve the new member welcoming process
  • Map out the volunteer career paths
  • Become a mentor to a high school or college student thinking about a career in project management

2. Be the face of the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter:

  • Chapter Meeting Greeter - Registration Desk
  • Welcome new members into the Chapter just like you wanted to be greeted & welcomed when you joined!
  • Gain personal and professional growth by sharing your time & talents while giving back to the chapter.

Earn PDUs - You earn 1 PDU for each hour of volunteer service (up to 45 max per cycle)

To view more details about our current volunteer opportunities and apply, please visit PMI's volunteer management system or contact us at vp_membership@pittsburghPMI.org if you are interested in volunteering!

Recent Volunteer Positions Filled:

New: Melissa Smith, ‘Director – Volunteer Services’
New: Tim O’Connor, ‘Director – Chapter Analytics’
New: Arturo Riccadonna, ‘Member Liaison – Education & Training’

Recent Volunteer Positions – Open (to be posted in VRMS):

New: ‘Membership - Member Liaison – Outreach’
New: ‘Membership - Member Liaison – Company Coordinators’
New: ‘Membership - Member Liaison – Marketing’
New: ‘Membership - Member Liaison – Communications’
New: ‘Membership - Member Liaison - Programs & Events’
New: ‘Membership - Director – Member Services’
New: ‘Volunteers - VRMS Coordinator’ – (will be posting for two of these positions in VRMS)

New: ‘Communications - Director – Technology’
New: ‘Communications - Coordinator – Social Media’
New: ‘Marketing - Director of Marketing’
New: ‘Communications – Director of Communications’

More positions to be posted as they are announced!


Louis Martina, PMP

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Upcoming Meetings

February Chapter Meeting

When: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: The Step-by-Step Voice Makeover Strategy
Presented by:  Lynda Stucky
Location: Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), 337 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PDU: 1


We are all judged by the way we sound. Your message is more compelling with speech, language and voice skills that captivate and engage your listeners. Align your speech, your speech, language, and voice skills with your professional goals and see for yourself the impact you will have on your audiences whether you speak to an audience of one or 1000!

  • Discover how you would like to be perceived so that you can communicate authentically through a perceptions exercise.
  • Explore the 9 speech, language, and voice competencies that every great leader has studied and mastered.
  • Develop ear training techniques so that you can self-monitor your own skills.
To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!

February PMI Monthly Chapter Meeting - Johnstown Satellite

When: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: The Step-by-Step Voice Makeover Strategy
Presented by: Lynda Stucky 
Location: The Boulevard Grill, 165 Southmount Blvd Johnstown, PA 15905
PDU:  1

The meeting of the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter: Johnstown Satellite location, is a great networking opportunity and a place to earn 1 PDU. We will explore what will make us both unique to Johnstown and one with the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter.

5:00 to 5:30 Sign in / Welcome and Horderves
5:30 to 6:30 Local Presentation (1 PDU) “Project management as it relates to scheduled plant maintenance shutdowns and the development and use of the project countdown schedule.” – by Don Strazisar
6:30 to 7:00 Food and Networking (CASH BAR)
7:00 to 8:00 LIVE Pittsburgh Streaming Presentation (1 PDU)

Networking, Food, PDUs with a CASH BAR (Great beers on tap)

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!

February PMI Monthly Chapter Meeting - Mid-State PA Satellite

When: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Schedule Fire Alarms During Session Breaks: Developing a Project Management Conference
Presented by: Lynda Stucky
Location: Penn State University - Room 22, Technology Support Building, 300 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803
PDU: 1

In 2015, members of the Penn State Project Management Community developed and staged the University’s first project management conference. Matt Gourley, the chair of the steering committee for the conference, will discuss the goals of the conference, the planning issues faced by the committee, the first conference day, the post-mortem recommendations, and how those recommendations have informed planning for more recent conferences.

6:00-6:30: Networking and Introductions
6:30-8:00: Meeting

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!

Engineering LIG Meeting

When: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 5:00PM - 6:00PM (Before Chapter Meeting)
Topic: Challenged Projects – Techniques for Recovery
Presented by:  Ed Santavicca, MS, PMP
Location: Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), 337 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PDU: 1


Today’s fast-paced project environments are creating project life cycles short on the necessary up-front planning. These accelerated life cycles can be the beginning of runaway and challenged projects. This presentation addresses the definition & causes of challenged projects and the four phases of project recovery:  Entering, Analysis/Assessment, Execution/Control, Closing with emphasis on the first two phases.  The recovery process will be examined as applied to a real-life case study.

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!


When: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Caliente Pizza & Draft House - Bloomfield, 4624 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
PDU: 1

Join us for a PMI Networking mixer event. Pizza Talk!

Guests will put their name and a topic into a hat (Facilitator will select names - 5 maximum) to discuss a PM topic

The guests with their topics selected will have five minutes to open up the discussion, and then five minutes for Q&A on their topic

Register now via the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter website, as this event will fill up quickly!

Contact: Diane Mastramico @ k84spde@aol.com

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details!!!

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Professional Development

PMP Certification Alert

The PMP Certification exam will change on March 26, 2018 to reflect the 6th edition of PMBOK that was recently released. If you are currently preparing for the exam, please make sure that you sign up for and take the exam before March 26. More information is available here.

The PMP/CAPM certification study group is available every Wednesday evening for chapter members to prepare for the exam. Click here for information on the study group.

PMI Pittsburgh’s next PMP Prep class will cover the new edition of PMBOK. This class is normally held on five Saturdays beginning in mid-February. The exact date and location will be set when we learn when the course materials will be available. Contact the VP_Education if you want to be alerted when details are finalized.

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Visit the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter website Volunteer page to learn more about membership and volunteering.

New Chapter Members

As of February 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,758 members. Please join us in welcoming the following new chapter members since the last newsletter: Adam Benigni, Gregory Briski, Craig Brooks, Peter Brusamonti, Jeffrey Buckley, John Cassin, Yuriy Chernyavskiy, Florindo Chivucute, Ronald Coleman, Caroline Cox, Travis Crouse, Tamunogbenye Dago, Karma Edwards, Danielle Fitch, Patrick Folaron, Carl Fox Jr., Travis Gallagher, Jeff Hahn, Rebecca Hall-Herndon, Brian Henderson, Janeya Hisle, Suheyla Isildak, Bobbi Jamriska, Ronald Johnson, CHRISTINE KANALIS, John Kusar, Daniel Laird, Devin Leibert, Maximillian Lieberth, Teagan Maguire, Ian Mavero, Lukasz Mazurkiewicz, Johnathon McGarry, Jennifer Morris, Layba Oulare, David Pannunzio, Anthony Perry, Misty Piatek, Jason Pipes, Michael Pudup, Kyle Reasbeck, Carol Rigdon, Terrence Saylor, Stefan Selvoski, Stephen Shadle, Dhananjay Sharma, Todd Suplita, Christopher Treleani, Kevin Trostle, Kathy Walker, Travis Whalen, Joseph Wildes

Welcome to the Chapter!

Hope we all take a moment to welcome our new chapter members if they attend a meeting or event in Johnstown, State College, or Pittsburgh. Remember, we were ALL new members at one time!

New Chapter Credentials

As of February 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,258 credentials in the membership (PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-ACP®, PGMP®).  Please join us in congratulating the following new chapter members that received a new credential since the last newsletter:  Jon Albinini PMP; Christopher Baker CAPM; Thomas Barbe PMI-ACP; Daniel Beahm PMI-ACP; Richard Browning PMI-ACP; Jason Fronczek PMP; Matthew Hershey CAPM; Jason Hohn CAPM; Jordan Hohn PMP; Daniel Francis Hunt PMP; Bobbi Jamriska PMP; Patrick Kahle PMP; Gregory Kopycinski PMP; Jennifer Luhmann PMP; Dee Remington PMP; Timothy Sokolak PMP; Mark Sustarsic PMP; Jessica Tanaka PMP;

Congratulations, New Credential Holders!

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