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


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



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!