APRIL 2019


Hello everyone! I just have a few things for you this month. First, I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make our Triathlon a huge success. There are too many folks to thank individually but I do want to thank Deb Foote who was our PM on this project. Thanks Deb!! We had three schools participate and I know everyone had an amazing time. Congratulations to Marquette University, they were the big winners this year.

This weekend is the PMI Region 4 meeting. It is being held in Detroit MI. Valerie Carpenter and I will be attending. I know we will come back with some great information from the other chapters in our region. Checkout our social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) as I will be sharing some pics with you. Looking forward, we are planning to try something new for our last meeting before the summer break. We will be hosting our June chapter meeting at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus. We hope you can join us in Gibsonia for this exciting meeting. If Gibsonia is too far for you to travel don’t worry, we will broadcast the meeting to the other locations.

The last thing to share with you. We are in the very early stages of working with one of founding chapter members and PMI Fellow, Fred Arnold. Fred is working on a social project that will be announced in the coming months. This will be an opportunity for our PMI chapter members to give back to high school students in an economically distressed community. I will have more details for you soon. This is a huge opportunity for our chapter, and I know I can count on you to help make it a success. More to come!!

Now I want to introduce you to another new board member Heidi Pastirik.

Heidi Pastirik, your new VP Governance - I have been involved with PMI for 14 years and the Pittsburgh chapter for 11 years. Upon moving back to Pittsburgh, I found our chapter to offer fantastic growth and networking opportunities, and immediately saw the value in volunteering. I became the first VP of Outreach and was fortunate to work with a great group of volunteers.  The Outreach team grew from just a handful to over 50 by the end of my two terms. We developed many new chapter offerings for members to network and earn PDUs outside of the downtown area including lessons learned sessions, hands on workshops, networking mixers and coffee talks. I look forward to again serving the chapter in my new role, ensuring the highest value proposition of chapter services to members!


Upcoming Events

MAY 1 TO OCTOBER 11 - Pittsburgh PMI Project of the Year

After several years, the PMI Pittsburgh chapter is bringing back Project of the Year award. This competition will challenge organizations across the region to create and submit their best entries in the professional, academic, and community realms. 

The deadline for submission will be on October 11th, and award winners will be announced at our November 13th Chapter Meeting.

We will be setting up a link to our submittal form and requirements shortly.

For general inquiries, please contact the Project of the Year committee at Project_of_the_year@pittsburghpmi.org.

Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Company Coordinators

Your PMI chapter wants to increase the value to the companies that sponsor our members. Part of that effort is to help identify how we can best add value within member companies and raise member awareness of educational opportunities. To meet that objective, the position of Company Coordinator serves as a key volunteer for our member 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 dir_outreach_corp@pittsburghpmi.org for more information. We look forward to partnering with you.


Membership Update – 1847 Members!

“Welcome!” to our NEW MEMBERS and “Thank You!” to our existing members who renewed their chapter memberships in February & March.  All of you are keeping the chapter viable and moving forward.  We appreciate your continued membership, and the energy that you bring to our chapter. 


Yes, thank you, to the thirty-nine (39) new members in February!   And a sustaining ‘Thank you’ to the one-hundred fifty-eight (158) members who renewed their chapter memberships over the past two months. 


Thank you for voting with your checkbooks and debit cards that we, as a chapter, may be on the right path of providing the professional and personal value to your careers and project management profession!  

Welcome New Members:  February & March 2019


Mara Aragones, Kristina Badali, Carollynn Bolt, Ellen Considder, Julian  Costa, Colette Cox, Jerry Crockett, Jenna Davis, Louis Frankel, Gwen Harring, Jaclyn Heckman, Katie Heckman, Philip Held, Jon Hicks, David Luprek, Theresa Lyons, Beth Maxwell, Adam Mazza, David McLaughlin, Jakobus Meyer, Robert Morgan, Duane Olcsvary, Misty Patcyk, Holly Peterman, Kathleen Regan, Kimberly Rothwell, Sugandha Sahay, Ryan Schmid, Leslie Sharp, Cynthia Sjoberg, Eric Small, Richard Snyder, Randy Swackhammer, Jennifer Thomas, John Tracy, Jim Whitecotton, Denice Withrow, Amy Wylie, Natalya Yanovich


Congratulations to the twenty-three (23) new credential holders from the past 60-days:

Kristen Alvarado, PMP, Priyang Anandarajan, PMI-ACP, Ryan Coe, PMP, Clayton Collins, PMI-ACP, Aaron Detwiler, PMI-ACP, Lindsey Dunmyre, PMP, Monica Fletcher, PMP, Roxanne Hammar, PMP, Philip Held, PMP, Jon Hicks, PMP, Jason Hoffman, PMI-ACP, Scott Livingston, PMP, Lukasz Mazurkiewicz, PMP, Evan Miller, PMP, Stephen Mozelewski, PMP, Charlie Mutschler, PMP, Michael Newell, PMP, Misty Patcyk, PMP, Michael Price, Jr., PMP, Mark Robison, PMP, Lauren Schmitt, PMP, Susan Spiridonakos, PMI-ACP.  
Changes are coming from VP-Membership


There are some changes coming to our chapter members which are being created and implemented by the current “Member Services” and “Volunteer Services” committees.  Here’s what you are going to see, soon!

A ‘Member Benefits’ page is coming to the ‘Pittsburgh.org’ website.  We will be listing ALL of the benefits that are available to ALL of our chapter members.  Benefits on-the-way, like:

  • Discounted tuition to Waynesburg University, Robert Morris, and Chatham College
  • Free Webinars and training ‘pod-casts’ from New Horizons Computing Learning Centers
  • More to follow!  

John Sinclair, formerly of the Long Island Chapter of New York, is our new Director of Member Services.  John will be coordinating with Marketing to add the Member Benefits details within our website.  Look for these updates, coming this Spring! 



Lou Martina, VP Membership, is developing a new ‘Mentoring’ program within the Pittsburgh Chapter. Following the model developed by PMI Global, the “Pittsburgh PMI Bridge Builders” will pair local project managers with mentors with similar interests and backgrounds. Mentees can be new to the profession or region, or changing knowledge areas within the field.

A survey is being developed for the member base that will identify the different dimensions and attributes that might be used to pair mentors and mentees together.  Additionally, we are working through the declarations and verifications that might be needed to protect our membership in these pairings. This looks very promising! 

Member Credential Summary

as of March 2019
Credential Credential Count
PMP 1,241
PgMP 5
Total 1,356

Volunteer Updates

Open Positions

The Pittsburgh Chapter is searching for volunteers ... find out more from the chapter website.

Please reach out to ‘vp_membership@pittsburghpmi.org’ if you are interested in volunteering.