PMI Rochester Chapter Trustees

PMI Rochester Trustees are comprised of the chapter’s past presidents actively volunteering with the chapter. This position is looked to as having objective opinions on topics which are weighed against past experiences and long term future results. Trustees bring support to the current Board with their knowledge and PMI experience. We thank them for their continued support of PMI!

Theodore R. Boccuzzi, PMP – 2002-2003


Theodore R. Boccuzzi, PMP, has over 30 years of capital, manufacturing, Information Technology and product development project experience serving as Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Engineering Manager, Construction Manager, and Mechanical Design Leader supporting worldwide programs. He is the holder of three patents for work associated with web conveyance.

Mr. Boccuzzi provides consulting on all phases of project management to businesses in the United States. Specializing in areas such as project planning, project change control, earned value analysis, risk management, project management best practices, establishment of project management offices, and facilitate value engineering sessions. He has helped organizations implement project management methodologies and best practices that meet their specific organizational needs.

Mr. Boccuzzi is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and a member of the Project Management Institute, serving as President of the Rochester Chapter (2002–2003), as a member of PMI’s Ethics Review Committee (2010-2014), as Chair of PMI’s Ethics Review Committee (2015) and is currently serving on PMI’s Ethics Member Advisory Group.  Mr. Boccuzzi has contributed to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Third Edition, and The PMBOK® Guide, Third Edition: An Overview of the Changes, Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®), Second Edition, and AMA Handbook on Project Management, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions


Albert Gubiotti, PMP, CSP – 2007-2013


Al Gubiotti is the Vice President of Project Solvers of America, a project management training and consulting company. He currently teaches a Project Management Course on “Finance and Project Management”. He has been employed by Rochester BCBS, ITT Automotive, Western NY Computing Systems, Schlegel and Dollinger Corp. He has an extensive background as IT Manager, MIS Consultant, and Project Manager having installed manufacturing management and data collection for over 30 companies, increasing their capabilities to compete in an evolving marketplace. Most recently he was a Project Manager on Health Insurance Systems responsible for membership, claims, patient management, and mandated business systems.

Mr. Gubiotti was President of the PMI Rochester Chapter from 2007-2013. He served on the Fairport Public Library Community Planning Committee and the Rochester Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He also served in the US ARAM Signal Corp as a 1LT from 1966-1972.

Mr. Gubiotti has his AAS in Business Management from SUNY Delhi and his BS in Business Administration from Bryant University, Rhode Island. He is a Certified Systems Profession (CSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).


Gary Heerkens, PMP, CPM, MPM, CPC, CIPM, MMC, CBM, CIPA, PEng, MBA, IAPPM Fellow, AAPM Fellow – 1998-2001, 2005-2006


Gary R. Heerkens is the president of Management Solutions Group, a firm that provides progressive and effective project management training and consulting solutions. Before establishing Management Solutions Group, he managed projects for Eastman Kodak for over 20 years and later served as staff assistant to Kodak’s director of project management, developing and delivering project management training, developing project process methodology, and consulting within Kodak. 

Mr. Heerkens is a long-standing seminar provider for Project Management Institute’s SeminarsWorld series and was the project management education provider for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.  He has been invited to speak at 16 of the last 17 PMI Global Congresses – including encore requests at the 2007 and 2008 events. In 2015, he was invited to be the speaker representing the United States at the IPMA World Congress. 

Mr. Heerkens was a contributing editor to PMI’s PM Network magazine from 2009 through 2015, writing on “the business of projects”. He authored McGraw-Hill’s Briefcase Book on Project Management, still a leading seller today, and The Business-Savvy Project Manager, which was published in 2007.

Mr. Heerkens is a member of several professional societies, including PMI, IAPPM, APBM, AAPM, and IPMA, where he has received a number of professional certifications; he has been honored as a Fellow by IAPPM and by AAPM. In 2012, Solutions Network of Canada named him one of the 25 best project managers in North America

He was president of the PMI Rochester Chapter from 1998-2001 and was re-elected president in 2005-2006. He’s a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and holds an MBA from RIT.


Larry Heininger, PE, PMP – 1996-1997, 2006-2007


Larry Heininger has been an active member of PMI Rochester since 1993 and a PMP (#3613) since 1994. He has served the Rochester Chapter as President ‘96/’97 & ‘06/07, Program Chair ‘95/’96 & ‘05/’06, Election Chair ’01 and Executive VP ‘14/’15.

Larry has a BS Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State. He has 38 years of diversified experience in private practice and government. He was Amherst, NY Town Engineer and Director of Development Services for the Town of Irondequoit, NY. He has managed/designed projects in New York, nationally and internationally. Project teams have included multiple consultant groups from the Rochester area and national/international firms.

His teaching/speaking experience includes Boston University Project Management, Rochester Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Department and Project Management topics at local and national symposiums. 


Brian Gregory, PMP, MBA, MPM - 2013 - 2016


Brian Gregory is the Manager of Project Management for D3 Engineering in Rochester, NY. Previous experience has centered on product development of electrical, hardware and software systems in the transportation, security technology, SMT and IT industries. Organizations served include Navistar International, ALSTOM, BOSCH Security Systems, Lenel, Hover Davis and Frontier Communications.
Mr. Gregory’s passion for the art and science of Project Management led him to earn his PMP in 2010 and subsequently joining the PMI Rochester Chapter. Since joining the Chapter, he has served the PMI Rochester Community as:
- Director of Certification/Re-Certification (2011-2012);
- Executive Vice President (2012-2013);
- President (2013-2016); and
- Past President (2016-2017). 
He has also been involved in the PDD planning team and planning/executing the 2017 Region 4 Leadership Meeting held in Rochester. Currently, he is serving the PMI Rochester Chapter as the Chapter Social Good Operations Manager.  Additionally, he was a speaker at the 2015 PDD and at multiple Chapter Meetings.
Mr. Gregory earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Michigan Technological University, MBA from Indiana University and Master’s Degree in Project Management from Western Carolina University. In addition to his PMP, Mr. Gregory earned the Robert Bosch Project Management Professional (RK-PMQ) certification in 2012.


Michelle venezia, pmp, pmi-acp - 2016 - 2018


Michelle Venezia is the Director of the Project Portfolio Office at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her varied professional background spans IT technology, healthcare, medical device and defense industries, leading a range of projects, programs, and portfolios including IT implementations, international new business capture and proposal development, new product research and development, product commercialization, manufacturing production, and after-market service. She has managed global teams in the US, Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and led PMO start-ups, Agile transformation activities, and enterprise organizational change initiatives.

Ms. Venezia was President of the PMI Rochester chapter from 2016-2018 and is currently the chapter liaison to the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). She has a passion for utilizing project management for social good and is currently leading a program to provide project management support to the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), an unprecedented community-wide effort to reduce poverty in the Rochester and Monroe County region by 50 percent over the next 15 years. She has presented at multiple regional and global PMI leadership conferences and served on the subject-matter expert review committee for the Standard for Organizational Project Management®.

Ms. Venezia has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP). Additionally, she is a graduate of PMI Global’s Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC).