membership news


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

  Helen Blondin Angela Nordin

And a special shout out to our very own Past President and PMIEF Liasion, Michelle Venezia for finishing her Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) certification.


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

S.Raju Vulapalli
Marino Cutarella
William Hills
Kurt Hoffman
Kristen LaDue
Ryan Mills
Bryan Toepfer
Maria Vetri
James LeBeau
Timothy McKay
William Erb
Angela Nordin
Kevin Montante
Nathan Ingerson
Iris Jimenez
Jaya Shashidhar
Margaret Wilczewski
Donald Gregg
Julie Fiske
Kimberly Del Plato
Lynn La Pietra
Lynn Usack
Katelynn Hodgkins
Bashitha Nanayakkara
Thomas Rigney
Raymond Wenzel
Luz Lee
Anthony Barone
Melissa Foster

We're growing so rapidly in the past few months. We have 890+ members and continue to increase daily. Welcome and thank you to all of our new members. 

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. 

Exciting news... our very own Rochester chapter was featured on the anniversary gallery for PMI Global. Take a look!

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 follow in the coming months.

Please email Michelle Venezia at [email protected] 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.

The results of our first Diversity and Inclusion Survey are IN! To review a summary of the results and to learn how the D&I Committee plans to respond to feedback, locate the Survey results post in the THE "D&I" DISCUSSION section of our website,


Congratulations on a Successful Certification Class!

The Ithaca Branch wants to offer a great big “THANK YOU” to the team who organized our 2019 PMP/CAPM Certification Training Class completed in February. Chris O'Brien, Daniel Kopcow, Michelle Podolec, and Beth Dockstater worked for months researching potential instructors, soliciting RFP responses, finding a venue, arranging for catering, managing enrollment and conducting all the communication involved. A special “Thank You” to Chris O’Brien who stepped up to the plate and took on the role of Project Manager. She kept us all on task and attended to every little detail. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The time and energy you all devoted to this effort is greatly appreciated!

Congratulations to the nine graduates of the training. They braved the worst of Mother Nature’s winter weather (and New York’s winter roads) to attend five day-long classes on the beautiful Cortland County Community Campus near Dryden. They slugged through all the material and practice tests and hopefully made a few new friends. I truly admire them for their commitment to their own careers as well as to the profession of project management.

And congratulations to Matt Collins, who was the first of the class to pass the PMP exam! Not only did Matt achieve his goal in record time (he must have driven right from the class to the testing center), but he then contacted the rest of the class and offered them encouragement. What a considerate “Project Manager Professional ” Matt is!

Why Should You Volunteer for the Ithaca Branch?

There are a number of benefits that come with volunteering. For example, it is a great way to earn PDUs. If you serve at a Director’s level, you are eligible for discounts on events such as PDDS. It looks good on your resume. It demonstrates leadership. It’s a great way to develop friendships. And, - We need your help to keep the Ithaca Branch going!

Did you know that you don’t need to live in Ithaca to volunteer?

Please consider volunteering for one of the many open positions. Information on them can be found at: