membership news


Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving their skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI. 

Joshua DeJong None this month! James Coburn
Daniel Drake    
Emily McPherson    
Muneeb Sohall    
Courtney Warren    


Our chapter continues to grow! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester: 

MaryAnn Ruganis Markian Wirlo Jen Pastorella
Sara Warren Emily McPherson Melinda Guereschi
Stacy Gale Karen Przepiora Rashid Rahman
Mark OBrien Baerbel Post  

We're growing so rapidly in the past few months. We have 870+ members and continue to increase daily. Welcome and thank you to all of our new members. 

Congrats are in order!

Congratulations to Jene Noeson, Director of Mentorship, for being nominated as our Volunteer of the Quarter for Q4 2018. 

Jene has worked tirelessly in the 4th Quarter toward taking the Mentorship program to the next level. Jene was on the Mentorship team but in the Fall of 2018, she accepted the Director of Mentorship role and hit the ground running by revitalizing and upgrading the program. The program went from just being a match program to a comprehensive and engaging program that includes a kick-off meeting with all mentors and mentees that includes guidance and training, a comprehensive guide including expectations of each role as well as governance of the program that includes touch points for the participants throughout the cycle, articulated goals and levels of expectation. Jene worked with chapters across the region as well as across the US, as far as San Francisco to understand and benchmark what other chapters were doing so that our program would be the best it could be as well as a fulfilling experience for our members. Jene has shown exemplary passion, leadership, and dedication to the profession. Thank you, Jene for volunteerism!

Get involved and work with dedicated, highly motivated individuals like Jene too. Check out our volunteer opportunities below. 

Chapter News

Celebrating 50 years

PMI is celebrating 50 years in the industry. Check out all of the happenings from PMI Global throughout the year. 


PMI Global is looking for your feedback on your membership. Take a look in your inbox from a notice from them. SUBJECT: Feedback Needed - 2019 PMI Rochester Chapter Satisfaction Survey

Volunteer with us!

New Volunteer positions are available! Check it out here!

NEWS You Can Use

PMI Celebrates 50 years of Service and Commitment in 2019!!

As part of a year of reflection and celebration, PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours in 2019 toward attaining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations. They are calling upon PMI staff, members, chapters, credential holders, volunteers and any individuals or organizations who want to get involved to pledge their commitment. The PMI Rochester Social Good Program team will be launching initiatives throughout the year to provide opportunities for chapter members to engage. Look for future updates under "Project Management for Social Good" in Pop ROC News. Learn more about PMI's 50th anniversary events here: 50 years.

PM Network has published the 2019 Jobs report, which is subtitled “Where the Action Is”. This geographically oriented report focuses on employment demand for Project Managers, gives a view to trends by industries (i.e. IT, Mining, Construction), and also speaks to what employers are most looking for (i.e. Technical or Not Technical; Organization Change Management Skills).

And then...

Improved User Experience for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam

Starting 1 April 2019, the PMI-ACP® exam will now be delivered entirely through the vendor Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE offers over 5,000 computer testing centers worldwide and PMI-ACP candidates will now have the opportunity to take the exam online while being monitored by an online proctor from their home or office.

The exam fees for the PMI-ACP will remain the same and candidates can schedule their exam (online or at a testing center) beginning 1 March 2019. However, the first day a candidate can take the exam is 1 April 2019.

Candidates who are eligible to take the PMI-ACP exam will be directed to the Pearson VUE site to schedule their exams on 1 March. Also, the PMI-ACP handbook in English will be updated by 1 March to reflect this change.

Project Management for Social Good

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, PMI Global has also announced a “Global Celebration of Service”. While reflecting on the achievements of project managers and the progress of the profession, PMI is asking us to pull together in service, contribute our collective skills and passion, and make a difference in the world together. To accomplish this, PMI is supporting the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. PMI has committed to contributing 50,000 hours towards attaining these goals by 31 December 2019, and is asking members to complete a pledge form for planned service hours in 2019. Please consider making a pledge to donate your time in celebration of service! Read more and make a pledge here.

To support you in your service, the PMI Rochester Chapter social good team is building a robust roadmap of project management for social good opportunities for our members. The first project in our social good roadmap was engagement with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI). A team of more than 20 volunteers remain actively engaged providing project management support to RMAPI’s various working groups. The RMAPI and United Way leadership, along with the many agencies supporting the RMAPI collective, continue to provide positive feedback about the difference the PMI volunteers are making. This important work will continue throughout 2019 and beyond.

The next initiative on our roadmap is our Social Good Training Program. This exciting new initiative leverages curriculum made available from the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) to offer 2 flavors of training: project management skills for non-profits, and project management skills for life for members of the Rochester community. The team is meeting weekly to ramp up for a 2019 curriculum roll-out, and will soon be looking for volunteers who would like to be trained to deliver these courses throughout the year

Save the date for our 2019 Day of Service: Friday, September 13, 2019. We plan to leverage our social good training for a full day of education and consulting to local non-profits. More details will following in the coming months.

Please email Michelle Venezia at if you would like to be engaged in our growing suite of social good programs.

diversity and inclusion update

Earlier this year, the Rochester Chapter of PMI formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee of 4 members, reporting to and being supported by the Chapter President. Wendy Ross, Director of Diversity and Inclusion - along with committee members Herb Marshall, Brennon Thompson, and Peter LePore - invite you to view our Diversity and Inclusion webpage at

On the webpage, you will find the mission of the Committee, as well as the Diversity and Inclusion policy statement for the Chapter. You will also find information about Committee activities and links to videos and presentations that can help you be more aware of how implicit and explicit biases affect people's lives, our society, and even our own behaviors.

Please check back often for more content on the website and for information on how YOU can help us shape our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives!


We need your help!

The Ithaca Branch needs you to volunteer to help us run the Branch. You DO NOT have to live in Ithaca to volunteer!. There are a number of positions and committees that we need filled.  Come on, lend us your talent and your ideas. Help us keep the Branch going.  If you can spare any time at all, please contact Paula Wedemeyer :