PMI Baltimore Chapter Nominations Committee would like to present the following candidates for your consideration.
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Maria Killian-Clement, MBA, PMP
I request your vote for President Elect. My vision is to serve our chapter by:
- attracting new members creating 50 new PMs annually;
- growing our military membership 50% annually; and
- increasing training for experienced PMs by 30% annually.
If elected, I will work with each VP to:
- optimize educational opportunities for members;
- elicit feedback from members on their interests (i.e. networking, training, events);
- respond to emails within 24 hours;
- attend chapter meeting on a regular basis to meet members;
- promote collaboration with other Chapters; and
- work with local colleges and universities to grow the PM community
I bring over 28 years of experience with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Air Traffic Organization as a Program Manager (PM). I lead a diverse group of engineers, analysts and other professionals across the United States as we manage the agency’s operational support facilities within the National Airspace System. I’m the President of the FAA's Technical Women's Organization (www.technicalwomen.org) which is a 400+ member organization designed to increase the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within the agency. I recently completed 10 years as a Chapter President for Women in Aviation International (www.wai.org), a 12,000+ member nonprofit organization committed to support women in all aviation career fields.
As a PMP, I joined Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2005 and became an active member of the Baltimore Chapter (pmibaltimore.org):
- (2018-present) Vice President of Special Projects
- (2017) Volunteer – Professional Development Event
- (2016) Co-Chair – Professional Development Event
- (2015) Volunteer – Professional Development Event
- (2014) Volunteer – Co-Author, Chapter of the Year Award Package
I’m also involved with the Go Pro Chapter of Toastmasters International (www.toastmasters.org) where I served as:
- (2017-2018) Vice President of Education - club achieved 100%-member advancement.
- (2016-2017) President - achieved Perfect 10 and Presidential Distinguished Club status.
- (2015-2016) Vice President of Membership - tripled club membership.
Debra Patterson, MBA
I have been honored to serve the chapter in many volunteer capacities such as 2011-2014 Special Projects Team, 2011 - 2013 Director of Sponsorship Team, 2014- 2016 Associate Director Corporate Education & Training and 2016- present as the Vice President of Education.
My name is Debra L. Patterson and I am running for President-Elect. Currently I am serving as the VP of Education for the Baltimore Chapter and as an elected member of Board of Directors. I would like to thank the membership for your continued support of my new role for the chapter. I have been honored to serve the chapter in many volunteer capacities such as 2011-2014 Special Projects, 2011 - 2013 Sponsorship Team, 2014- 2016 Associate Director Corporate Education & Training and 2016- present as the Vice President Education. I currently hold a BS in Global Business Management, MBA, and a MS in Technology Management. Certifications include, Agile Certified Professional, and ITIL v3 certification.
I am going to work diligently to enhance the team collaboration. Big things happen when people come together. We are stronger and better when we collaborate. Silos are broken down. Transformation is realized. Challenges are overcome. Opportunities are uncovered. Success is ours. Collaboration is a critical component of success. I am looking forward to moving this vision throughout the Baltimore Chapter with my colleagues, volunteers, and the membership.
- Increase support of the Baltimore chapter R5 region partnerships, sponsors, training and educational resources.
- Career Fair for PMIBC members – Military, Civilian, Private- who are in transition or considering a job or career change.
- Breakfast with the Board program: program will provide Members a great opportunity to have breakfast with a board member & have candid conversations about the Chapter, its services, the profession, and how PMIBC can help support members' growth and success as project management professionals.
- Most of all bring back the timely notification on the Chapter scholarship for members and their families, as well as restore the Chapter’s Non-profit status for our scholarships and grants programs.
As I have presented my vision and accomplishments in this letter, let me assure you that if given the opportunity to succeed to this leadership role as President-Elect. I will continue to humbly serve the PMI Baltimore chapter membership by using a strong commitment to best business practices. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Debra L. Patterson
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” - Henry Ford
Yvonne Harris, PMP
My name is Mrs. Yvonne Harris and as a Project / Program Manager with more than 15 years’ experience supporting public projects and programs of varying sizes. My Project Management experience has afforded me many opportunities to support military, federal, and state employees. I am a Baltimore native and was awarded my bachelor’s degree in 2005 from Coppin State University.
During my career, I have has gained valuable experience by applying my love of working with people to solving complex challenges and developing thoughtful solutions that are ready for immediate adoption by teams.
I began volunteering with PMIBC in May 2016 working with the Membership and Volunteer teams. I have supported new strategies for membership outreach as well as internal team communications. PMIBC’s strategic vision for 2017 outlines our chapter’s need to “Reach out to increase sponsorships and partnerships, especially its corporate and academic involvement.”
My goal if elected is to rebrand our chapter’s image through media, online, print and electronic mediums. I believe this is the first and most intricate step in revamping PMIBC’s communications with our corporate partners. My experience volunteering with PMI has allowed me to form several strategic partnerships which coupled with my experience, will springboard my efforts in tackling the tasks necessary in reaching rebranding goals.
In addition to rebranding the communications strategy tackling several secondary goals will help the chapter expand its membership base. Reaching new members by expanding our social media footprint with weekly shares, providing useful project templates and real-world advice from our Project Managers. Finally, working with our membership team to establish a mentor program for PM’s to learn and apply their real-world experiences will expand PM best practices.
Thor Tryggvason, PMP
I request your vote for the position of VP of Communications. In that position my vision is to redesign current outreach to members. Provide education and training close to our members. Improve our communications and see if we can streamline our communications to better serve our members.
If elected I will work with our board and our members to:
- Continue to provide a variety of training and seminars to our members
- Utilize data analysis to better serve our members and improve reach out
- Continue work on improving website and communications platforms
- Review communication strategy to better serve our members
- Work with other chapters to provide more training and information opportunities for our members.
I have over 15 years of experience in project management in both telecommunications and healthcare fields. I have led a variety of engineers, analysts and developers and dozens of development, integration and installation projects.
As a PMP, I joined the PMI and the Baltimore chapter when I finished my PMP exam in 2013. I have been a member of the Baltimore chapter since then. I have volunteered for the Baltimore chapter for the Professional Development Event for 2014-2018. I created the RFID tap-and-go system that we use at the PDE event which enables us to register and submit PDU information to PMI after each event.
John D. Lewis, PMP
You, as a member of the PMI Baltimore Chapter (PMIBC), are part of a large community dedicated to learning, developing, exercising, and sharing project management skills. You come from around the world, bringing a wide array of personal and professional capabilities, interests, and needs. While this introduces new challenges - such as meeting a broad spectrum of development goals - it also provides unique opportunities - like connecting with many others who can support you, and whom you can support.
PMIBC has tremendous potential to serve the current membership and to welcome new members. Whether providing support for new members moving here from a different geographic location or those who are changing to a new occupation, we must provide services and support in these transitions. We must also support seasoned members, by developing connections with others to share their experiences, delivering services appropriate for current and anticipated professional needs and responsibilities, while enabling all to hone project management skills.
As a certified PMP for over 13 years and a Maryland resident for the past 22, I understand these challenges and would welcome the opportunity to work for you in meeting them as your PMIBC VP Membership. Since joining the Board of Directors as interim VP Membership in September 2018, I have begun defining (and, more importantly, achieving) both short-term and long-term goals for this position including bringing on-board three new Director positions in the Membership team - thereby establishing a framework for ongoing and increasing success in meeting your needs, as members of PMIBC, and building a vision for the future. I would welcome the opportunity to continue implementing services for you and supporting you in your ongoing project management endeavors.
Position is open as no candidates were received.