January 2022 Chapter Update 



Noelle Allon, Kendra Anick, Charise Barner, Vedas Bey, Nicholas Chan, Megan Farkasovsky, Sudhir Gupta, Diane Hines, Kacey Hoot, Calvin Jackson, Brett Kelly, Rita Lengvarsky, Timothy Mazzacua, James McBride, Duane Mengo, Shannon Moss, Isabel Muga, Brad Murphy, Marysa Myers, Lindsay Pride, Allison Rakocy, Shane Recker, Chad Ringel, Joanna Rivero, Emily Rogers, Gretchen Smathers, Terry Spear, and Juane Tyler! 


Welcome to your 'PMI Pittsburgh Chapter' !  Please reach out to our NEW VP of Membership:  David Begis,  VP Membership, to learn more about the beneifits of your new membership! 



Vedas Bey  PMP, Heather Dawson  AH-MC, Arturo Gonzalez  CAPM, Ryan Headlee  PMP, Douglas Holt  PMP, Tatiana Imler  PMP, Jennifer Luhmann  DASM, Molly MacLagan  DASM, Louis Martina  CD-MC, Brandon Maseth  PMP, Duane Mengo  DASSM, Alankrit Mishra  CAPM, Debra Peterkin  PMP, Holly Peterman  CDBA, Shane Recker  PMP, Andrew Savage  PMP, Karen Skal  PMP, Stephen Smith  PMP, Brian Stofko  PMP, Timothy Stouden  PMP, Rodger Weiss  PMP, Brian Willett  PMP, Daihua Xie Yu, Ph.D. PMP, and John Zak  PMI-ACP,

With these new credential holders, the chapter now has: 

Credentials #Credentials
PMP ® 1,027
PMI-ACP ® 51
CAPM ® 37
AH-MC   9
DASM   5
PgMP   1
CD-MC   1
OTF   1
CDBA   1
Total   1,141


= 81% of current chapter membership (1141)  holds a valid credential!  


MENTORING PROGRAM Gearing up for Spring 2022! 

Please welcome back, Dr. Jennifer Nightingale, Director, Mentorship

It is with much excitement that we welcome back Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Nightingale, Professor, Slippery Rock University, as our MENTORSHIP DIRECTOR.  Prof. Nightingale will again partner with David Begis & Stephanie Motchar to deliver a measurable & meaningful mentoring program for the Chapter.   Please reach out to Jennifer if you are interested in joining the group this term as either a MENTOR or PROTEGE, or if you have ideas for delivering this valuable program to the Chapter. There are a LOT of members who interesting stories & perspectives;  your losses are just as (more) valuable than your wins, from a learning perspective.  AND WE HAVE PLENTY!    

We will be sending out details on the next mentoring class for Winter/Spring Term - 2021. Updates are forthcoming!  WELCOME BACK, Jennifer! 


PMI’s hardship provision is available to any member of the ‘PMI Pittsburgh Chapter’ who becomes unemployed or underemployed as a result of cutbacks and layoffs tied to the covid pandemic. In order to qualify for this provisionthe member must be in good standing and must have paid global and chapter dues for the three previous continuous years, or longer. 

Under this provision, a member is granted a waiver for one (1) year of PMI membership dues and one (1) year of chapter membership dues for only one (1) chapter that the applicant was a member within this most recent calendar year. The hardship provision may be granted for a maximum of two years (lifetime combined value) for each member. 

But to qualify and receive this waiver, you need to make application to PMI.org.  If you have questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact Lou Martina @ vp_membership@pittsburghpmi.org or send a note to  Member Services



'Candidate’s Corner'

The ‘Candidate’s Corner’ is a ‘Members Only’ resume posting feature within the Chapter’s website where you can post your resume, CV, or “elevator pitch” to let your peers and hiring managers know that you are available for that next opportunity! 

To upload your resume to the website, go to “Member Area” and click on ‘Candidate’s Corner’ to upload your resume in PDF format. Again, reach out to Lou Martina if you have any questions.


'Job Search in a Box'

Chapter Sponsors and Corporate Partners can now post their open job positions DIRECTLY into the "Member Area" of the Chapter website.  We hope that this job posting portal will become one of many resources our members can refer to in their job search activities.   Here's the link:    Please let us know what you think!


On a membership note, here are some interesting data points related to our current totals and retention stats:

Metric Month Data DEC-2021
Current chapter members 1411
Delta from previous month -19
Delta percent from previous month -1.3%
New members


Members expiring within 30 days 159
Members expiring within 60 days 305
# current members who were members 1 year ago 1214
Renewals of current members 77
Renewals of lapsed members - rejoined 5
Expired members 43
Member retention % of members from 1 year ago 72.0%
Member retention % from previous month 30 day at-risk 78.6%
Member retention % from previous month 60 day at-risk 39.3%


-Lou Martina, PMP, PMI-ACP, CD-MC

Chapter President

Upcoming Meetings

August 30 2022

August PMI Pittsburgh Board Meeting

August 30th, 20227:00PM to 8:30PM

Monthly PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Board Meeting

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September 5 2022


September 5th, 202212:00AM to 11:00PM


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September 9 2022


BREAKFAST TALK! Panera Bread - The Waterworks

September 9th, 20228:30AM to 9:30AM

Panera Bread- The Waterworks

942 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA, 15238

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$5.00Non members

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September 27 2022

September PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Monthly Board Meeting

September 27th, 20227:00PM to 8:30PM

September Monthly Board Meeting - PMI Pittsburgh Chapter

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October 25 2022

October Monthly PMI Pittsburgh Board Meeting

October 25th, 20227:00PM to 8:30PM

October Monthly Board Meeting - PMI Pittsburgh Chapter

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November 22 2022

November Monthly Board Meeting - PMI Pittsburgh Chapter

November 22nd, 20227:00PM to 8:30PM

November Monthly Board Meeting - PMI Pittsburgh Chapter

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Professional Development

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Academic Professional Development Scholarships

Academic Scholarship:

PMIEF Academic Scholarship 2019 sponsored by our chapter was a success. Adam Egri from Pitt Katz Business School was the winner. Our chapter will continue Academic Scholarship for 2020.

Professional Development (PD) Scholarships

New Horizon Computer Learning Center sponsored two PD scholarships for the Pittsburgh Chapter members in 2019. The winners were Sonja Fenk from Premier, Inc. for winning the PDU course scholarship, and Stephanie Pedersen from GNC for winning the PMP prep course scholarship.   

For 2020, Project Brilliant will sponsor up to two PD scholarships for Certified Scrum Mater training courses.  It is a 2-day interactive workshop for anyone want to learn and implement Scrum.

Details of the course can be found on Project Brilliant website; details on the scholarship and application is on the chapter website under EVENTS and Apply for Scholarships.

PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Milestone Scholarship

The Project Management Institute has donated a PMI Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarship in honor of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter for reaching its 40-year milestone. The scholarship, valued up to US $3,500, may be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals. The professional development scholarship is hosted on PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) websites.  See details of PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Milestone Scholarship.

2020 Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon

The 2020 Intercollegiate Project Management Triathlon will be held on March 27 – 28, 2020. The IPMT is a two-day event that combines a traditional team and individual quiz bowl format along with team building activities. Quizzes are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Participants must be part- or full-time undergraduate students who do not already have a PMI certification. Winners will receive CAPM fee reimbursement, PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Membership, IPMT swag, and professional and peer contacts.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event and throughout the weekend.

Please contact PittsburghPMIAcademicOutreach@gmail.com for more information. We have lots of great activities planned for the weekend – we hope to see you there!

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Relationship Managers

The Organizational Outreach Committee is seeking PMI Pittsburgh members who have dual membership with other professional organizations to serve as relationship managers. This volunteer position provides a unique opportunity to gain PDU's while increasing your professional networking and knowledge base. Of course, anyone interested in becoming a relationship manager is welcome, even if you do not currently participate in another organization.

To join this dynamic team, please contact emcmannpt@gmail.com

Elizabeth McMann

Company Coordinators

Your PMI chapter wants to increase the value to the companies that sponsor our members. To help achieve this, we want to identify how we can best add value within members' companies and raise awareness of education opportunities. To meet that objective, the position of Company Coordinator serves as a key volunteer for our members' companies. This entails a minor commitment and offers PDU’s for participation.

If you are interested please send your name, company, and contact info to Jason.McMann@ert.com for more information. We look forward to partnering with you.

Jason McMann