PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

November 2018 Newsletter



In this issue: Nov. Dinner Meeting Recap | Black Friday SaleBylaws Vote | PMI-NEFL Election | December Holiday Social | CAPM Scholarship | Skillfest | Partner With Us | Mentoring | Habitat for Humanity | Volunteer | Our Sponsor


November Chapter Dinner Meeting & Military Appreciation Night

In honor of Veteran's Day, our Nov. 12th event featured Timothy D. Kornacki, Major USMC (Ret.) from For Their Honor with a session focused on military transition into the civilian workforce in the field of Project/Program Management.

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For Their Honor’s mission is to enable and produce the most prepared and transitioned Veterans that will be successful both personally and professionally. They held a panel discussion on the value that Veterans bring to not only the Program/Project Management domain but the civilian workforce over all.  They also took time to debunk misunderstandings, educate and raise awareness while enabling corporate leaders to tap into a tremendous resource. 

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Also in attendance were military outreach groups, including 5 Star Veteran's Center, the USO and our sponsors, Onward to Opportunity. The evening began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an insightful and enlightening presentation and panel discussion. We also recognized PMI-NEFL members who have served and issued service coins from the Project Management Institute. As a PMI chapter, we are fortunate to have so many military within our membership, and the outstanding support of a community and local organizations who are dedicated to supporting those who have served. 

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Proposed Chapter Bylaw Changes 2018

PMI requires that each chapter review its By Laws periodically. Your Board of Directors has recently completed this review. Proposed changes have been reviewed by PMI and are reflected in the 2018 Chapter By Laws document.

Significant Changes

  1. Modified Board member term limits to allow no more than 10 consecutive years as a Board member.
  2. At the recommendation of PMI, moved non-required Board positions from By Laws to policy & procedure document. 
  3. Renamed Secretary to VP Administration.
  4. Moved Board of Directors start date from 1 January to 1 April. Elections shall be held in January each year.

The next step in the process is for the Chapter Memebership to approve the updated document. In the next few weeks you will receive an electronic ballot from PMI. Please signify your approval by completing the ballot when it arrives.

Black Friday Sale

Set a calendar reminder for Friday, Nov. 23rd because PMI North Florida has the best Black Friday Deal ever!  For, $299 members have the opportunity to attend all of the 2019 Chapter Dinner Meetings plus the 2019 Holiday Social. That is the opportunity to earn up to 22 PDUs in 2019 for less than $15 each. For non-members, the cost is $334 and includes one FREE year of PMI-NEFL Chapter Membership.

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Note: the link to purchase this package will be available for 24hrs on midnight 11/23/18 and ending midnight 11/24/18, so mark your calendar today to login to this page and purchase!

2019 PMI NEFL Chapter Board of Directors Elections Announcement

The Northeast Florida chapter has almost 1,000 members and is guided by a Board of Directors (Board).  The Board performs strategic and tactical planning, develops and manages the chapter finances, and plans and coordinates professional, educational, networking, and social events for the members.  

Election 2019If you would like to expand your leadership skills, give-back to your profession, and expand you network of local, regional, and national project management professionals, we encourage you to seek a position on the Board.   The only requirement is that you are a PMI NEFL member in good standing.   Serving on the Board is a great opportunity to leave a mark on our chapter as we continue growing from a medium sized chapter to a large chapter with the PMI network.

In 2019, the PMI NEFL membership will have the opportunity to elect one new member to the Board.   The position is for Vice President of Sponsorships.  The Vice President of Sponsorship will be responsible for working with our local community for opportunities to partner with corporate, higher education, recruiting, and other not-for-profit organizations to provide value to the PMI NEFL Chapter.   Candidates should be comfortable talking about the value that project, program, and portfolio management brings to an organization, reaching out to local companies to seek creative opportunities to partner, and working with the other Board members to understand the chapter needs and opportunities for program sponsorship.   

Elections will be held in January 2019.   The term officially begins April 2019 for two years.   The Board will work with the newly elected Board member from Election night until April on transition activities.   Involvement in the monthly board meetings and the 2019 strategic planning session will be expected prior to April 1st.

Completed Candidate Information Packets are due by January 11th, 2019 at 11:59pm.  The Candidate Information Packet is available on the PMI NEFL website.   Please send any questions and completed forms to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

December Annual Chapter Meeting & Holiday Social

PMI NEFL Holiday SocialGood Friends, Food and Fun - Facilitated by the PMI-NEFL Board Members

Come enjoy a festive evening of light-hearted networking with our members.   Besides bringing your business cards and sense of humor,... we encourage you to bring your spouse, co-workers, mentees and students to join in.  One does not have to be a member to participate in our chapter events.  The evening will feature an array of ice-breakers and networking games to keep the conversation and laughter rolling.  Come strenghten existing connections and create new ones for a prosperous new year!  ​

When: Monday, Dec. 10th 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Embassy Suites on Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville

Appetizers will be provided; a cash bar will be available.

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CAPM Scholarship

CAPMAre you a recent College Graduate? Are you beginning your journey in the PM profession and want a career boost without adding to your Student Debt?

The PMI North Florida Chapter can help. Any Chapter member who passes the CAPM exam can apply for a Scholarship to cover the exam fee.

Please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The New Year brings new budgets, are you looking to begin a new role? January 07 will see the first quarterly SkillFest session, bringing together local recruiting firms and chapter members for informal networking and connection. Price, location and sponsors all to be confirmed on the website and communicated by email and social media.

Do you know anyone who can take headshots? We are looking to include a professional photographer.

Please contact Eddie Sumner for more details on attending or sponsoring at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Partner with Us

partnershipThe PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars and the 2019 Quarterly SkillFest recruiting sessions.

Does your company want brand exposure in a growing market and access to a professional and diverse membership? We would like to hear from you.

We are also looking for volunteers in a Director role to act as an Account Manager for each partner. Responsibilities will be to engage at periodic intervals and ensure the value we provide exceeds their expectations.

A VP of Sponsorship will be elected to the Chapter Board in 2019 and will manage this program. For the interim, please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Want to give back to our profession but do not have time for a VP or Director-level position within the Chapter? We are looking for volunteers in a Mentoring Program to generate experience for PM Rookies.

If you are an experienced PM looking to help or new to PMing and need a leg-up, please contact Eddie Sumner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Habitat for Humanity

IMG1857Does your employer offer you a volunteer PTO Day? Do you have a spare Saturday to help a local family? The North Florida Chapter is looking to organize two volunteer dates with Habitat for Humanity in 2019. One weekend day in Spring and a week day in Fall for networking and team building, all in aid of a great cause.

If you have previous experience with Habitat, any help would be gratefully appreciated. Please contact Eddie Sumner for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer With Us


Have you thought about volunteering with PMI NEFL?  Here are some of the key benefits of volunteering:

  • Gain skills and knowledge outside of your day-to-day tasks at work
  • Strengthen and build your network
  • Work closely with other PM Professionals
  • Earn PDUs
  • Have impact and make a difference within the Chapter and the NEFL community.

It takes a lot of hard work to support the PMI NEFL Chapter throughout the year.  We need creative and energetic members that want to create a rewarding experience for the NEFL Chapter members.  We have lots of opportunities for you to build on your experience and share your passion.   

Your PMI NEFL leadership is beginning to plan for 2019.  Apply to be a volunteer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to be on the 2019 PMI NEFL Board send your nomination form ( to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Thank you to our sponsor, Nova Southeaster University - Jacksonville Campus!

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 Welcome New Chapter Members!

Carol Oneal

Debbie Michala

Joe Larsen

Vonda Jordan

Jeremy Johnston

Karen Goldstein

Ann Ames

Alys Lisella

Daniel Noll

Jonathan Borg

Anthony Versage

Kristy Hardy

James Roberts

Taryn Bellino

Jacqueline Nicholson-Galiley

Kristin Kristen

Brent Miller

Courtney Waters

Tonyia Pritchard

Angie Casteel

Phyllis Pearson

John Goetz

Jacqueline Oxendine-Genaille

Ralph Cahill

Vidyasagar Raghunathan

 Congratulations -  New Certifications!

Melinda Allain  - PMP

Connie Pirkle  - PMP

Kevin Wall  - CAPM


 Celebrating 5-Year Anniversary!

Dana Baker

Rob Flaris

Gene Wassmer

Philemon Cherukupalli


Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

Justina Taylor

Kimberly Brooks-Hall


Celebrating 15-Year Anniversary!

John Watson 

Frances Butler

John Lorbeer

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