PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

May 2019 Newsletter


May Meeting Recap

The May Chapter dinner meeting was held on May 20th and Bud Relihan, PMP provided a very interesting overview of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises. In addition to providing an overview of SAFe, Bud also made a nice contribution to the chapter CAPM scholarship fund totaling $17 by using buzz words. Thanks, Bud, for your contribution, and thanks to our members that participated!

Please be sure to provide your feedback on the May dinner meeting by completing the electronic survey. We need your feedback in order to continuously improve! 


June Chapter Meeting

The June Chapter dinner meeting will be held on Monday, June 17th, at the Aloft Hotel from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Featured presenters, Darren Greer and Chuck Weiss, will discuss resource management at both the project and enterprise level as they present “Project Portfolio Management.”

This session will be worth two (2) PDUs in the “Strategic” PMI PDU category.

Please be sure to register by June 8th to receive the early bird discount and by June 11th if you want to secure a dinner reservation.


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Attention Military Veteran PMI-NEFL Chapter Members

Tell fellow Veterans how you have benefited from being a Chapter Member in a testimonial video that will be showcased on our upcoming new Military web page!  Short 1-minute testimonial videos will be recorded before the May dinner meeting and during the break. Please contact our Military liaisons, Shelon, Steve and Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for quick and easy instruction. 


 PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp

If you are preparing to take the PMP exam, please consider registering for the PMP Exam Prep Boot Camp. The 3-day boot camp will be held on Thursday, June 6th through Saturday, June 8th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at Nova Southeasterrn University. Dr. Steven Onu, Professor of Project Management and Business Strategy, will lead the class. For more information and to register, please view click here.

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 Professional Development Day

We are excited to share that our April dinner meeting speaker, Jim Van Allan, PhD, will be hosting a Professional Development Day on Friday, July 12th, at Nova Southeastern University. This full-day training will help project managers alleviate the stress and anxiety that comes with working with others to achieve project goals. Team communication skills are critical components to a team’s success. This training will teach you practical skills in reading nonverbal communication, as well as diffusing and managing conflict on a team. Additionally, we will cover the art of reading someone’s personality in order to better engage and connect with them. This day will include stimulating discussions, interactive activities, and genuine conversation about how to make your teams stronger and more efficient.

For more information or to register, click here.

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. You can also contribute to our scholarship fund by participating in our 50/50 raffle at our Chapter Dinner meetings.

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

PMI Global Conference

Registration for the PMI Global Conference has started!  This year’s conference “Progress Made Possible by a Project Manager” will be held October 5th – 7th in Philadelphia, PA.  This is a great opportunity to build instantly applicable skills, hear from high-energy speakers and form lasting friendships.  Please check the website for details.

PMI 50th Anniversary

Did you know that the PMI Global organization will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year? 

There are several ways you can get involved:

  1. Attend one of the scheduled events
  2. Make a donation to the PMI Educational Foundation to help make a difference in the lives of youth and communities around the globe.

Here is a list of a few of the regional events planned by PMI Global:

  • SeminarsWorld in Charlotte, NC May 6 – 9
  • Mega SeminarsWorld in Orlando, FL June 24 – 27

  Book Recommendation

  • Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet

Volunteer Opportunities

We currently have two volunteer opportunities available.

In the role of Director of Chapter Engagement, you will manage interactions between the NEFL chapter and the other FL/GA Chapters to support smaller chapters, to share ideas and best practices, and to promote services to PMI members at a regional level. For more information and to apply please view the following:

The Military Liaison Team is looking for social media savvy volunteers to help administer their social media outreach campaigns to the Northeast Florida military population.  If you are interested, please contact our Military liaisons, Shelon, Steve and Joe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PDU Claims

If you have attended chapter events, don’t forget to claim your PDUs. You can find a list of the PDU categories from previous events on the Chapter website here:

Use this link for instructions for claiming your PDUs:

Member Spotlight

Caitlin Iwanowski is our May Member Spotlight. Caitlin has been a member of the NEFL chapter for one year and just recently received her PMP certification in May 2019. Congratulations Caitlin!

Caitlin works as an Implementation Project Manager for Oracle in the Hospitality Global Business Unit and is responsible for managing the implementation of Property Management systems and services for several large hotel chains.

When she is not managing implementation projects, she enjoys spending time with friends, and going to movies and concerts.

Caitlin is also dedicated to giving back to the community. In addition to being a Big Sister with the Big Brother Big Sister program, she also volunteers with the Red Shoe Crew at the Ronald McDonald House.

Caitlin is also a member of the Young Professional group, The Wild Things at the Jacksonville Zoo, and the Lions Club!

Well done, Caitlin! If you see her at one of the chapter events, please stop and ask her how she does all of this! Thanks, Caitlin!

Chapter Spotlight

Congratulations to Sharon Weatherly, the Chapter’s Past President, for graduating with a Master of Project Management degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on May 4th, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Way to go, Sharon!






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

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 Welcome New Chapter Members!

Tiffanie Long
Marilyn Johnson
Jacqueline Marshall
Brian Lenhart
Nicolas Gallegos
Crystal Maillard
Rebecca Cassidy
Angie Abbott
Scott Kelly
Everet Taylor
Robert Bolden
Soumya Jonnalagadda
Rebekah Kurtiak
Daphne Colbert
Renee Fox
Gilberto Palacios
Rolanda Walton
Frank Maze
Ashwini Jain
Lydia Dehaven-Mckevitt
Harold Holbrook
Sefiya Usman-Musa
Shonas Kibbee
Arne Herenstein
Larry Kent
Teresa Ridley
Joelle Sikora
Michael Dimuro
Eric Joseph
Greg Hicks
Paul Borling
Anthony Campolong

 Congratulations -  New Certifications!

Michael Register - PMP

Benjamin Young - PMP

Olivia Pitts - PMP

Marghani Reever - PMP

Rose Mueller - CAPM

Kat Tuck - PMP

Caitlin Iwanowski - PMP

Elizabeth Raynor - PMP

Brian Lenhart - CAPM


 Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!

Sharon Graham

Celebrating 5-Year Anniversary!

Shawn Renaud

Sharon Palmer

Ismael Rodriguez

Chauncey Freeman

Gina Lynch

 Partner With Us

The 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.

Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Juan 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 PM-ing 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..

Interested in Volunteering?

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. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up on our website.


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