membership news


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

Cynthia Mullaney-Evans None this month! None this month!
Daniel Pashina    


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

Rebecca Boss Anand Choudri Charlie Colbert
Lennard Emanuel Eric Enloe Andrae Evans
Jill Fisher Renne Formicola Amy Goldman
Chris Haller Josh Kleppe Lori Kramerson
Kenyatta Lane Anjalu Linggi Donald Lucas
Raj Mangaraj Sayed Mujtaba Masood Denette Mitchell-Perez
Nancy Mooney Valerie Pitka Christopher Potter
Krishnendu Sarkar Ritmar Siurano Amy Thompson
Christopher Tyo Carla Vick  



PMI Rochester Chapter has partnered with ITMPI to offer our membership a new benefit! A one-year ITMPI premium subscription, valued at $199! ITMPI, which stands for IT Metrics & Productivity Institute, is the leader in online PDUs for PMP or higher certification holders. ITMPI offers online PDU approved courseware allowing subscription holders to earn up to 500 PDUs per year! PMI Rochester is giving a one-year subscription to any member that renews their chapter membership or any new chapter memberships. This new membership benefit is effective this month, May 2018 and runs through May 2019. The Chapter will send out an email each month to eligible members, which will include the coupon code they can use to start their one-year premium subscription. Check out ITMPI’s website by clicking here! If you have any questions about this benefit, please contact the VP of Membership, Robin Louvain, at

Volunteer spotlight: volunteer of q2 2018: Keith Ewanyk

Congratulations to Keith Ewanyk for being the recipient of our Volunteer of the Quarter award for Q2. Keith has been a practicing IT PM since 1994, in the education, healthcare, telecom, and IT industries. Keith was PMP certified in 1998 and has served four times as PDD Director Keith is a shining example of what it means to be a volunteer. Keith volunteered to be the Director of Professional Development Day 2018.

In this position, Keith developed and oversaw all project tasks and timelines, and initiated a committee of volunteers to support the event. With the help of his team, Keith worked closely with many members of the PMI ROC chapter and his committee members to monitor the conference budget, session organization, marketing materials, attendee details, and general event details. Keith managed everything from tactical items to larger, strategic initiatives, donating numerous hours out of his busy schedule to ensure Professional Development Day 2018 went off without a hitch; and that it did! 

We interviewed Keith about his experiences volunteering with PMI; here’s his take: 

PMI ROC: What all went in to being the Director of PDD 2018? 

Keith: “A lot of work, as my wife said to me one day, who are all of these PMI people on your frequently called list and why did I drop to #5 as the most frequently called person on your cell phone?"  Yes it is hard work but it was also fun, and as a one of the smallest PDD groups we made it work and I think I speak for the whole committee that we would do it again.  Ok, maybe not until a few years pass by.”

PMI ROC: What was your favorite part of PDD 2018?

Keith: “The enjoyment of a successful day where I think we as a chapter really got to show off how to do it right.”

PMI ROC: What does volunteering for PMI ROC mean to you?  

Keith: “Volunteering for PMI ROC is a wonderful opportunity to give back, network and have fun.   You meet so many other like-minded people in the profession and get to share your war stories, polish and learn new skills and even enjoy some laughs.   Volunteering also allows you to test and validate your PM skills in a non-work environment with one of the toughest groups around - your fellow PMs!”

PMI ROC: How can people get involved with PMI ROC?   

Keith: “Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer!  There are so many opportunities, both big and small.  Give it a try, you will be surprised on what you can do and learn and all while having fun, serving and earning those precious PDUs.   By the way , I have more than enough of those PDUs, so I must be volunteering for the other reasons!”

The Award

Keith was recognized on September 25th at our chapter meeting where he received the Volunteer of the Quarter - Q2 award. In Keith’s words: “I was surprised and was not expecting it.  It was an honor to serve and be recognized.” Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work toward the PMI ROC chapter. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated! 

If you’re looking to get involved in Rochester with a group of like-minded, and motivated individuals, consider PMI ROC. To learn more and see our open positions, visit our page here: 

The possibilities are endless! 

We’ll leave you with some advice that Keith shared with us.

PMI ROC: Do you have any advice for current volunteers?

Keith: “Get involved, if you don't try it, you won't get the full experience.  There are so many opportunities to serve, learn, grow and enjoy with your fellow PMIers of ROC. As PMs, we all have special skills and our community needs you.”

Learn how to get involved at 

Chapter News

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!

PMI Rochester Nominated for Chapter of the Year

Members of the PMI Rochester Board were honored to be able to attend the 2018 PMI North American Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) and Global Congress in Los Angeles, California! What a thrill for us to be amongst chapter leaders and Project Management professionals from all over the US and world! Our visit to the convention was more than attending and gathering up some wonderful learnings and ideas to bring back to the chapter. Our chapter was a finalist for Chapter of the Year 2017 in Category II (301-1500 members) and one of our own, Michelle Venezia, Past-President was chosen to be in the PMI LIMC Master Class 2018/2019!

Being nominated for Chapter of the Year 2017 was quite an honor and here are some of the reasons why we were nominated; we provided tremendous value to our members by providing Professional Development opportunities through our chapter meeting offerings, certification courses, Communities of Practice, and Professional Development Day, where 325 folks attend (that includes over 30% of our chapter members)! Our Outreach programs are like none other. We hosted a “Junior Achievement in a Day” at a Rochester city elementary school, we hosted a fundraising meeting to support “Honor Flight” and contributed at the leadership level to PMIEF, we host complimentary events like “PMI at the Ballpark” and we began to engage volunteers and local colleges in preparation of “ROC The Project”, an intercollegiate competition which engages our members as mentors and PMO panelists, the academic community with student teams, and the corporate community with executive judges. Additionally, some of our core resources that we update and provide monthly to our members are Pop ROC News, available webinar offerings from and timely updates from global on our website as well as engaging our members monthly with our modern and engaging email communications. We also rebranded our entire website in 2017 which gave the chapter a fresh new look and feel including mobile viewing support. Along with our new look and feel, we also introduced virtual meetings to our chapter members. It was a way to engage our Ithaca Branch members more in the Rochester offerings and offer additional engagement to our members' busy lives. We also introduced a Student Branch at Brockport College which brought on 12 new student members. We introduced a new program of Diversity and Inclusion after receiving some difficult but very necessary feedback from our members. We heard it and we did something about it. A director of Diversity and Inclusion was appointed and the chapter leadership started the journey of bringing education and awareness of this important social topic. This is something no other chapter in North America had previously done. While we were a finalist, and proud of it, a chapter in Melbourne, Australia won the award. Lest we not forget that we won this honor back in 2015 and our sister chapter in Buffalo won in 2016!

All of the above things were spearheaded by our Past-President, Michelle Venezia so its no surprise that she was accepted into the very honorable and prestigious Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC)! PMI LIMC is a year-long learning opportunity that is part of PMI’s continuing efforts to cultivate volunteers. This program is designed to provide intensive training and development in leadership techniques, strategic and business management practices and other key skills applicable to volunteer, career and interpersonal development. This program is not easy to be accepted into. It is very competitive. The program only accepts 30 students a year and it is a global program. Only a certain number of students are accepted from North America and this year Michelle was accepted! We are so thrilled this has happened. It is a tremendous opportunity for growth as she will be working with Project Management professionals from all over the world for a year! The first meeting of this years students was at the North American LIM. We are all so excited for Michelle to have this opportunity, especially after her dedication and transformation of our chapter the past 2 years.

For our Board members, attending the North American LIM and Global Congress is a time of refreshing and renewal of learnings and ideas. Our Board is a group of very dedicated individuals who want to continue the transformation of the chapter by bringing new offerings and ideas to the Rochester experience. The convention was a full week of engaging sessions, keynotes and breakouts. We spanned several topics including leadership, methodology, ethics, emotional intelligence, personal growth, generation mindsets, Marketing, and Outreach. We also spent time networking and met so many wonderful leaders in the organization that inspired us to see through a new lens as well as celebrated with many when attending the Awards Gala. It was an amazing time and education had by all! Watch for new programs to come!"

News You Can Use

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® 

Just this fall PMI posted ‘The Project Manager of the Future, Developing Digital-Age Project Management Skills to Thrive in Disruptive Times.’   This commissioned research was conducted online by Forrester Consulting for PMI among 469 human resources (HR) professionals who hire, direct, oversee, and/or train staff that work on projects or programs, as well as 523 project leaders.

Content within this in-depth report addresses Top Drivers to Effectively Manage Disruptive Technologies, Performance Levels, Nurturing Culture, Digital Age Skills, embracing the next level of Tools and Approaches, and Career Path.

We encourage you to take advantage of this work by reviewing this quick read, reflecting upon your personal action plan, and sharing it with your colleagues.  The report is available for download here.

Project Management for Social Good

PMI Rochester volunteers continue their engagement with Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative. More than 20 volunteers are now actively engaged in RMAPI teams, providing pro-bono project management support. Interested in learning more about the work of RMAPI, and its impact on the community? A recent article published in the Rochester Beacon lays out the significant challenges and misunderstanding related to the RMAPI efforts.

In addition to the support of RMAPI, PMI Rochester is building out a roadmap of additional social good programs for 2019. Next up is the development and roll-out of a curriculum intended to teach project management skills to non-profits, as well as teaching the broader community project management tips for life skills. The team is also working on a 2019 day of service project, where our members will have the opportunity to use their skills to give back to the community in a 1-day team initiative. If you share a passion for project management for social good, check out the volunteer opportunities available to support our team.

PMI Rochester is a proud supporter of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). Take a look at PMIEF’s 2017 annual report to learn more about this incredible organization.

A Message to You...

Lori Gacioch, PMI Rochester Chapter President, has a personal and heartfelt message for all of you.  Check it out to get the inside scoop on the exciting things in store for the upcoming year. 

Get your volunteerism on now!

New Volunteer positions are available! Check it out here!


PMP/CAPM Certification Training Class

Discounted Pricing Ends October 31st 

If you have been considering sitting for your PMP® exam but feel like a bootcamp is not your style, we are offering a multi-week class that will help you prepare for your certification. The class will meet each Friday for five weeks beginning on January 11th, 2019 and ending February 8th, 2019. We have reserved an extra Friday (February 15th) as a snow day in the event that … well because we live in upstate NY.  The sessions will begin at 8:30 am and end at 5:30 pm, with a one-hour lunch break and two 15-minute breaks on each day.  

The class will include:

  • A copy of the PMBOK 6th Edition
  • Printed and digital copies of all training materials and handouts
  • A training booklet
  • 10-15 minute practice tests after every knowledge area
  • A 4-hour practice test at the end of the training to help you assess your progress
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments
  • A light lunch


Seating is limited so sign up today!

PMI Rochester reserves the right to cancel the training should enrollment not reach a minimum number of attendees. In the event of a course cancelation, registration fees will be refunded.

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 :