MAY 2018


Spring has sprung.  Finally!

In the last few months, I have been getting a ton of requests from folks who are interested in studying for their PMP but are having a hard time attending one of our PMI Chapter offerings due to schedule or location. Either they cannot commit to 5 Saturdays, they are unable to come into downtown Pittsburgh, or they have missed the one-time a year we offer our boot camp. As you know, we are focusing on adaptive delivery in 2018 and want to find a way to adapt this PMP training to a virtual audience. I have had the privilege to work with a well-known PM professional (I won’t give his name until we sign a contract) on this very type of training at my day job. I think we are very close to signing a contract to offer this same virtual training for PMP prep to you the Pittsburgh chapter. So, if you are interested in studying for your PMP and want to do it from the comfort of your home, maybe in your jammies, (we won’t tell) we will soon have the plan for you.

Speaking of virtual meetings... We have been piloting virtual meetings for several months. The pilot has been a success and we will begin rolling out that option to all members free of charge next month as a larger pilot. Keep your eyes open for the announcement. I would also like to hear from you. Do you like the changes we have made so far? What else would you like to see changed? Send us an email letting up know what you think.

Next month we will have an introduction to our VP of Policy and Governance Dan Polaski.  


The elections for PMI Pittsburgh Chapter Board members will be held soon. All interested parties please contact the Director of Nominations and Elections at All members, we encourage you to actively vote when these elections are held. Thank you in advance!



For the first time, the Chapter is requiring the Committee Directors, Chairpersons, and Vice Presidents to use the PMI-VRMS (Volunteer Management System) to add, track, and assign our volunteers to their open volunteer opportunities. It’s been a slow and steady modification, for the good!

Keep up the good work!

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!


The April month-end Chapter Membership total is one thousand seven hundred sixty-nine (1769). A new high for the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter!

Sixty-six (66) New Chapter Members:

Steve Abate, Kristen Alvarado, Runjun Baishya, Christopher Balogh, Steve Bardos, Matthew Birx, Denise Breslin, Dominique Briggs, Heather Byrns, Christian Calabro, Darnell Christian, Ryan Coe, Noah Delmar, Jourdan Englert, Mohamed Farag, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Paul Flowers, Robert Flynn, John Frazier, Michael Galisin, Benitez Gill, Andrew Goodman, Daphne Harris, Paul Heinl, Tiffani Holmes, Joseph Johnson, Matthew Kovach, Majdi Kowarik, Katherine Loheyde, Bruce Lubic, Jillian Lusk, Patrick McCort, Kelly Mcelhaney, Martha Messmer, Evan Miller, Jacob Miller, Mark Murr, Pradeep Nallathambi, Jamie Oelschlager, Lauren Oldham, Subbarao Pedapati, Todd Petrie, Meredith Platt, Amber Pollastrini, Michael Pontzloff, Michelle Purcell, Paula Reese, Gary Royce, Marwan Sadaka, David Schmidt, Yuvaraj Sethuramalingam, Cindy Spence, Brian Evan Stull, Bhagwati Subramaniam, Paul Talaga, Christopher Thomas, Kimberly Tinker, Vincent Wallander, Mary Weatherbee, Dale Weisensee, Teofiel Weston, Teague Willits-Kelley, John Wilson, Dan Witherspoon, Raj Yellavala, Amber Zmuda,

New PMI Credential Holders: APRIL 2018

Erin Bestic PMP, Emily Glass PMI-ACP, Tiffani Holmes PMP

Special Note: Emily Glass earned both of her PMP & ACP credentials within forty-five (45) days of each other! Way to go, Emily!


Warm thank you and congratulations messages go out to ALL our Chapter members for believing in the value and benefit of PMI Membership, as well as to our Chapter volunteers within our different departments and committees that help to make our Education & Training seminars, Chapter Events & Programs, and Outreach Socials successful.

Volunteers like Frank Bloise, UPMC Company Coordinator, Melissa Smith, Director- Volunteer Services, and Sam Jackendoff, who wears many hats within our Chapter. THANK YOU to ALL of our volunteers!