Quarterly Newsletters

2022 Qtr 2 Newsletter

Q2 2022 Newsletter can be found here.

This issue includes:

PMI-HVC Elections
Chapter 20th Anniversary Celebration
Member Spotlight on Shannon Priest
Upcoming Events

2022 Qtr 1 Newsletter

Q1 2022 Newsletter can be found here

This issue includes:

President's Message
Call for Nominations
Member Spotlight on Kenneth Wisinski
Upcoming Events

Summer 2021 Newsletter

The Summer 2021 Newsletter can be found here

This issue includes:

  • President's Message
  • Member Spotlight on Sachin Golhar
  • Upcoming Events
  • Fall PMP Bootcamp 
Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Spring 2021 Newsletter can be found here. 

  • President's Message
  • Board Elections
  • Membership Corner with Spotlight on Nic Jain
  • Virtual PMP Boot Camp in July


Winter 2021 Newsletter

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Fall 2020 Newsletter

The newsletter is attached. Happy Fall!

PMI-HVC Newsletter Fall 2020


Summer 2020 Newsletter

The newsletter is attached. Enjoy!

PMI-HVC Newsletter Summer 2020


Spring 2020 Newsletter
President's Message Winter 2019

Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours a healthy, successful 2019!

To kick off 2019, our first chapter meeting on January 17 will be a panel discussion. Make sure you attend this interesting dinner meeting where area leaders in PMO Strategy Program and Project Management will share their views and answer your questions. Registrations accepted on our website until Noon January 17.

You’ll also want to join us for the February 18 chapter meeting from the comfort of your home, office, or wherever you have connectivity for an interactive webinar titled “Future Proof Your Career With the New Hard Skills of Leadership” with Colette Pellissier.

What’s planned for the March 21 meeting you ask? “Stand and Deliver: Learn How to Deliver a Persuasive Presentation” with Stacie Barrett, Director of Internal Communications at Domino’s.

Visit our website to learn more and to register. Chapter meeting info for April, May, and June will post very soon. I look forward to seeing you at a chapter meeting.

PMI-HVC’s new VP of Training, Bob Sloma, and new Director of Training, BobLuke Wejinya are in the process of planning, designing, and revamping the chapter’s training development program. Stay tuned for an announcement on the variety of offerings (classroom and online) planned for our members and the greater Ann Arbor project management community.

More positive changes are coming! The PMI-HVC board is working to implement many of the 2018-2019 objectives (shared this past November) designed to increase member value, enable corporate, academia, community/social good outreach, and structure a framework for volunteer management.

We are also looking for Chapter volunteers, colleagues, and partners to help us develop and implement programs and activities that support improvement and value of our profession. If you would like to become involved, please contact me, or any of the board members.

Don’t forget to like and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook!


Christine Blair

President, PMI-HVC


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Winter 2020 Newsletter

Winter Newsletter - January 2020

Happy New Year! The PMI-HVC board is excited for 2020. There is much to look forward to.
Upcoming Chapter Meetings - Mark your calendar!
For details and to register go here. 
  • January 20 Successful Project Manager Strategies with Samhar Hoz
  • February 20 Change Management for Business Success by a Project Management Professional with Dr. Hani Emari
  • March 16 All Things Agile with Paul Rakowicz
  • April 23 Building Trust: Tell the Stories Employees and Customers Really Need to Hear with Babette Ten Haken
Training through PMI-HVC 
Our VP Training, Cathy Fisher, is working on certification training offerings as well as professional development for our members and the greater Ann Arbor project management community. Stay tuned – an announcement is coming soon. 
Our chapter has a new logo
As part of PMI’s brand refresh, chapters have also adopted a customized version of the PMI logo. Our PMI-HVC logo appears in the lower right corner in purple. PMI’s brand refresh also means that our Chapter will also see a brand refresh. You’ll notice subtle changes over the next few months, including our website. Your support and understanding during the refresh is appreciated! 
PMI: The Project Economy
Thanks to technological advances, companies are changing, people are changing, the world economy is changing, project management is changing, and so is PMI. To learn more, here is an interesting article on the Project Economy.
Disciplined Agile (DA)
DA is a toolkit of Agile strategies and practices to compliment any agile framework or method. The chapter is looking for someone to take on the role of DA Agile Champion for the Chapter. You must be qualified, experienced in Agile approaches, deeply enthusiastic about promoting Agility and building local community through peer collaboration and education. If interested, please get in touch with Heather Benson.

New PMP Exam launching July 1st
PMI is offering PMP candidates the opportunity to be part of a pilot group that takes the exam before its global launch July 1, 2020. Here’s what you need to know to participate. Be sure to check out the helpful exam content outline and reference materials.

PMI-HVC Board Nominations
A seat on the PMI-HVC board is an opportunity to participate in the future of our growing chapter. You will have the opportunity to contribute your fresh ideas and gain diverse experiences. You’ll be involved in strategic and tactical planning, policy, and management oversight of the chapter, plus have opportunities to: 

Sharpen your skills in leadership, strategic thinking, diplomacy• Build your business acumen skills
Collaborate with local, regional, and a national network of project management professionals, volunteers, and leaders
Shape the future of our chapter and support the profession in our community
In accordance with PMI-HVC Bylaws, nominations are open for board candidates to serve the chapter for the 2020-2021 Program year. Each board member term is 1 year. 

President • VP Finance • VP Programs • VP Communications • VP Membership • VP Training • VP Administration

To be eligible you must:    
- Be a member of PMI and PMI-HVC in good standing     
- Have approved volunteer hours for PMI-HVC     
- For the position of President; you must be a current or past board member

You can nominate another member (or yourself) for any open position by sending an email to elections@pmi-hvc.org.

Please include the following information:

Name of the nominee and contact information
Reason for suggesting this candidate
Your name and contact information
Questions? Contact the Nominations & Election Committee at elections@pmi-hvc.org.
Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2020.

Candidates will be announced/introduced at our April Chapter Meeting, with the election process occurring during May.  

Sad News. PMI-HVC is saddened to share that our chapter member, Ted Kallman, passed away at his home December 25th. Ted served as CEO of Tiba-USA. As an expert and author in Agile and Flow Management, Ted’s books, his trainings, and consulting work have been well received worldwide by individuals, teams, and organizations. Ted had also served as the former president of the PMI Western Michigan Chapter (PMIWMC). 

Volunteer Opportunities. We have several volunteer opportunities available.  If you have a couple hours or more to give, let us know. 

Remember to like and follow us on LinkedIn!

Best regards,

Your PMI-HVC Board

Presidents Message Summer 2019

Hello PMI-HVC members!

Your chapter is officially on summer break until September.

Belonging to PMI-HVC is a great opportunity to network with others in the PM field, deepen your project management knowledge, and earn PDU’s. Thank you for choosing PMI-HVC as your chapter!


PMI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

This is PMI’s 50th year anniversary and PMI-HVC wants to help celebrate too!  Heather Benson is planning a special celebration for October and looking for volunteers to help. If interested, please reach out to Heather at VPPrograms@PMI-HVC.org.


Volunteer Announcements

Welcome to our newest volunteers!

  • Smitha Shetty is helping with volunteer management with Grace, VP Membership.
  • Raveen Prabakaran is serving as PMIEF Liaison. Raveen is the chapter’s communications and activities link between PMI’s Educational Foundation and our chapter.
  • Samhar Hoz is our new Corporate Sponsorship Manager serving to establish, maintain, and execute the chapter’s corporate sponsorship program.
  • Kurt Donovan is helping Heather with coordination and set up at our chapter meetings.


Chapter Meeting Programs

VP Programs, Heather is pleased to share that our Chapter Meeting calendar for the 2019-2020 program year is filling up fast! Here’s our fall lineup:

9/19/19 - Speaker: Rich Sheridan – Chief Joy Officer

10/21/19 - Chapter Open House & PMI 50th Anniversary Celebration

Speaker: Bob Sloma – Manufacturing & Cyber Security: Is Your Plant Floor Vulnerable?

11/21/19 - Speaker: Rich Weller – Artificial Intelligence in Project Management

You can register today for the meetings on the Chapter Events page on PMI-HVC.org



The PMP examination is changing December 16, 2019. If you’re currently pursuing the PMP, you’ll want to make sure you are on track to take the exam before December 16.

The PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition is not changing and the exam will continue to utilize the PMBOK Guide as one of the key sources for the exam content. There’s still time to get this done with the help of PMI-HVC. The chapter is offering two PMP Certification courses this fall (see below). Each course will meet for 5 Saturdays.

9/21/19 to 10/19/19 at Washtenaw Community College

10/26/19 to 11/23/19 at Eastern Michigan University

Registration for the courses is open on PMI-HVC.org Events page. If you know of someone who may be interested, please share. Questions? Reach out to Bob Sloma at VPTraining@PMI-HVC.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get to know new people, network, take on new challenges, further develop your leadership skills, and to know you’ve help your chapter get better.

Chapter Bylaws Committee Member

There will be a review and update to the PMI-HVC Chapter Bylaws starting this fall. If you are interested in serving on the Bylaws Update Committee, please reach out to me at President@PMI-HVC.org.

Instructor(s) PMP Training Class

Prepare and deliver assigned course presentation materials to class for one or more instructional modules corresponding to PMI Knowledge Areas. Preferred skills include experience or comfort presenting live before a class or group of project managers.  

Volunteer at Large

Perform a variety of important roles in support of chapter programs, events and functions. Your efforts are essential for the chapter's operation, enabling the chapter to provide the value that you and other members expect.

2020 Nominations & Elections Committee

Looking for two volunteers to serve on the Nominations & Elections Committee to deliver an efficient, effective, professional, and transparent nominations and elections process.

Other volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Grace Verville at VPMembership@PMI-HVC.org


Reminder, keep your PMI.org profile up-to-date when you change companies, mailing address, phone, or email address.

Please follow our social media sites on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest news and the Events Calendar for chapter activities.

If there are any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please reach out to me at President@PMI-HVC.org.

Have a great summer and thank you for supporting your chapter. On behalf of the PMI-HVC Board, we hope to see you all in September!

All the best,


Christine Blair, PMP


President's Message Spring 2019


This issue of the President’s Message is called “Prelude to Spring” (after all, Spring is right around the corner). Sharing Chapter news, events, and development (training) opportunities with each of you!


March chapter meeting

Our March chapter meeting requires pre-registration!!!

Stand and Deliver: Learn How to Deliver a Persuasive Presentation

Presenter: Stacie Barrett, Director of Internal Communications at Domino’s

When: Thursday, March 21. Doors open 6 pm; chapter meeting starts 6:30 pm

Where: Domino's Farms - Domino's Pizza Lobby F, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Ann Arbor 48105

Important: Online registration will close on March 18th at Noon. ALL participants MUST pre-register by Noon on 3/18 for the event. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

No late registrations or walk-ins accepted.

Don’t miss out! Register today on the Events page at www.PMI-HVC.org!


Nominations & Elections

Want to get involved and have a say in how your PMI Chapter is run? Nominate yourself or nominate a colleague.

Nominations are open for officers to serve the chapter for the 2019-2020 program year. The nomination and election process is underway in accordance with the PMI-HVC Bylaws and our chapter’s practice.

To be eligible you must:

Be a member of PMI and PMI-HVC in good standing
Have approved volunteer hours for PMI-HVC
For the role of President - You must be a current or past board member
Questions? Reach out to Calvin Haddad at Elections@PMI-HVC.org.

Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2019.


Development (Training) Opportunities

Announcing – PMP Certification Training Course Coming to Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College! Details to post soon on PMI-HVC.org. Interested in volunteering as an instructor? Reach out to Bob Sloma, VPTraining@PMI-HVC.org.

Menlo Innovations is holding their second annual Innovative Tools and Practices of High-Performing Organizational Culture Conference on March 7, 2019. Menlo has partnered with Westminster College's Center for Innovative Cultures to present this hands-on workshop at Menlo Innovations, 505 E. Liberty St., LL500, Ann Arbor. Plus, Rich Sheridan will deliver a keynote at this event on the topic of Creating a Culture of Joyful Leadership. 

Our friends at Menlo Innovations have offered a discounted rate of $99 to those interested in participating. You can register by copying/pasting the link below in a browser then entering the code ' AATPWGUEST' to receive your discount.   


PMI-Great Lakes Chapter’s Spring Symposium is Friday, April 26th from 8 am to 5pm at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi. For more info, visit https://pmiglc.org/Symposium


Get Involved

Seeking four (4) PMI-HVC member volunteers to work the Community Kitchen (Food Gatherers) on Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. Please sign up under Events on PMI-HVC.org.

Your PMI-HVC board is dedicated to working hard to nurture a connected community of professionals who share the same sense of purpose – to support each other in learning, leadership, and service. 

We’re always looking for energetic people to get involved and help make our chapter the best it can be! No matter where you are along your project management career journey, or how much time you have to give, PMI-HVC has volunteer opportunities to match your interests! Check out the PMI-HVC.org Volunteers page or email Grace at VPMembership@PMI-HVC.org.

PMI-HVC Seeks Corporate Sponsors to Help Support Chapter Programs/Activities.

As a PMI-HVC sponsor, your company name, products, and services will be in front of current and future business leaders. Becoming a sponsor means your company will help support continuing education in the latest trends, topics, and ideas in project management. Partnering with PMI-HVC through sponsorship will also help your company:

Attract qualified project managers
Highlight your products and services to over 630 members
Build your company’s brand
Enjoy networking opportunities and create new business opportunities
Contact Ed Pelic, Corporate Outreach Director, if your employer or organization may be interested in a sponsorship opportunity with PMI-HVC.  corporateoutreachdirector@pmi-hvc.org


Quotes to Ponder

“Leadership isn't communicating what we need. Leadership is communicating what we can contribute.” ~ Simon Sinek

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your PMI-HVC Board welcomes your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to improve our chapter, and also knowing what you find beneficial as a member of the PMI-Michigan Huron Valley Chapter. On behalf of your Board, thank you for choosing PMI-HVC!

Enjoy all that the month of March offers: NBA March Madness, St Patrick’s Day, the Ides of March, Shamrock Shakes, and more including Daylight Savings Time Sunday, March 10, 2019.

All the Best,

Christine Blair

President, PMI-HVC