PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

August 2019 Newsletter


August Meeting Recap

Dilip Lillaney provided attendees with a very informative and thought-provoking presentation on “Business Transformation and the Role of the PM.” He provided his perspective on projects and how Project Managers can elevate to a higher level by understanding the business objective, project type and the importance of communication.

He also gave insight on how to determine when to use an agile or waterfall approach for projects. Thank you Mr. Lillaney for sharing your expertise and insight!

Please be sure to provide your feedback on the August dinner meeting by completing the electronic survey. Your feedback is needed so that we can continue to improve!

September Chapter Meeting

 Please join us for the September Professional Development event on Monday, September 16, at the Aloft Hotel from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. This month’s topic is “The Art and Science of Risk Management,” presented by Naveen Agarwal, Ph.D. This session will be worth two (2) Strategic PDUs.

Please be sure to register by September 7 to receive the early bird discount and by September 10 if you would like to secure a dinner reservation. Remember to login with your PMI credentials when registering in order to receive your PMI_NEFL member discount.

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Fall Personal Development Day–Save the Date–Wednesday, October 23

Come and check out everything you have wanted to know about scheduling using MS Project! Don’t just learn how to click, learn how to manage projects!

Cindy Lewis has over 20 years of experience in this software and is the author of Microsoft Project 2019 Step-by-Step.

This event is worth eight (8) PDU's will be held at Nova Southeast University Rm 221 from 8:00AM-4:30PM. For pricing, discount deadlines, learn more about the speaker, directions, and a sneak peek, see the registrastion page below:

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CAPM Scholarship

Congratulations to Robert Bolton, our first CAPM scholarship winner! Your 50/50 raffle funds at work! John Luker presented the check to Mr. Bolden at our August Chapter Dinner Meeting. You too could get lucky like Robert!

Here is how:

Are 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..

Skillfest is Coming!

If you are in the job market or just looking for an opportunity to network, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 24, for our quarterly Skillfest Recruiting event! The event will be held at Dave & Busters from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Recruiters will be onsite, and you will have the opportunity to chat with them and other members. The cover charge will include an optional professional headshot photo session, a light buffet, and non-alcoholic drinks. You are also welcomed to enjoy the cash bar, games, and even have a fun evening with the family.

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Call for Speakers

Do you know or work with a local professional, senior PMP colleague, or community/business leader that you would want to hear give a presentation on project leadership, skills and techniques, or a specific knowledge area within the project management profession? If you answered “yes,” we would love to hear from you! Please fill out our Call for Speakers form online or email Larry Flowers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject, “I Know a Speaker.”

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 5 – 7 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 PMI Global 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.

PDU Claims

If you have attended previous chapter events, remember to claim your PDUs!

Find a list of PDUs from previous events here.

Find out how to claim your PDUs here.

Member Spotlight

Candis Smith, PMP is our August member spotlight!  Candis has been a member of the chapter since 2012 and received her PMP certification in 2018.  That was a great accomplishment that she is very proud of.  She currently works as a Change Execution Director at Deutsche Bank.

Candis headshotOutside of work, Candis has a busy family life.  She and her husband have four children and are in the process of adopting two more teenagers.  She is an avid dance mom to her 14-year-old daughter who has been a competitive dancer for 10 years.  She also has 2-year-old twins (boy and girl) and a 7-week-old newborn baby girl.   

Candis is originally from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago and has been living in the US for 21 years.  She moved to Jacksonville 10 years ago with her job and loves listening to soca and reggae music, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys meeting new people, learning new cultures and traveling.  Her motto is God, love, life, family and friends.  She strives to be a better version of herself each day and does her best to make a difference.

Candis, we wish you the best on your adoption and look forward to seeing you at future chapter events!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are pleased to announce some of our new volunteers:

Introducing: Valorie Stoeber - Director of Networking Events

Previously, Valorie was the PMI-NEFL Director of Social Media. In her new role, she will support the volunteers representing 6 geographic regions of the PDU + networking events.

Valorie Stoeber is a Senior Project Manager with Citizens Property Insurance with over 20 years project management experience. Valorie lives at the beach and enjoys travel, live music, and theater.

Valorie will be supported by her terrific team of Regional Coordinators:

  • Karen Hacker—Palm Coast
  • Melissa Doyle—Downtown Jacksonville
  • Elizabeth Collins—Orange Park
  • Alex Besuden—Jacksonville Beach
  • Amanda Johnson—St. Augustine
  • TBD—Fernandina/Amelia Island

These events will be an informal, one (1) PDU event in a bar-style location with a guest speaker, a sponsor, and a limit of approximately 20 people. The purpose is to provide a PDU from the PMI Talent Triangle, updates on the local job market, and the camaraderie of fellow professionals in locations that support members who might not be able to attend the monthly dinner meetings.

If you are interested in speaking at a PDU + Networking event or would like to support by volunteering, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Outreach Event

What a great turnout for Feeding Northeast Florida that was held on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  This was truly an amazing and humbling experience.  Some tidbits:

  • Feeding Northeast Florida services 8 counties. 
  • The donations come from places like Publix, Costco, Aldi’s, etc. 
  • Not only do they provide food but also personal hygiene items as well as simple household items like toilet paper, paper towels and diapers. 
  • Did you know that the national average of people that have food insecurities: 1 in 8
  • Florida average: 1 in 7
  • And this was shocking, the zip code where they are located in Duval county, 32254, is 1 in 3. 

FNEF logoThe local Harvey’s store closed a while back located directly across from the site’s parking lot. This created what is called a food desert.  Meaning that there is not any grocery stores available.  People that do not have the means to drive, ride or walk are left stranded.  This is where this company provides services to the local area churches, rescue missions, shelters, etc.  Without them the numbers would be more staggering. 

Today our chapter along with another group from the Navy had a “Potato Pallooza’ day.  We bagged sweet potatoes for families of 4 from huge bins.  When that bin was emptied they brought more.  Nothing is wasted. Any potatoes that cannot be bagged are placed in another bin for pigs to eat.  In total we all bagged almost 12,000 pounds of potatoes.  The exact total was 11.773 pounds that will feed about 2,810 families.

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Congratulations to everyone that helped today. Volunteers are always welcomed Tuesday-Sunday.  Below is the link:

Chapter Spotlight

The Board of Directors had their mid-year planning session and we are excited to learn and hear more about what is in store for the future of the chapter and beyond. The board meets twice a year, with the January meeting laying out the plan for the upcoming year and the summer as a mid-year check in to see how things are progressing.

Larry Flowers hosted the mid-year meeting. Looks like everyone had a great time! This is what they are working on:

  1. Upcoming PMI Global Conference (Oct. 5 -7) in Philadelphia
  2. Budget review
  3. Programming (i.e. dinner meeting speakers) now – January
  4. Education workshops now - January
  5. 50th Anniversary of PMI events
  6. 25th Anniversary of NEFL Chapter events
  7. CAPM Scholarship

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

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Brian Egan
Emily Lance
Michelle Lemmon
Cheryl Scimeca
Robin Lehman
Dennie Johnson
Rafael Appe
Skip Pletcher
Neil Woodger
Shantrell Merkison
Rhonda Mansfield
Vanessa Stewart
Reginald Jackson
Lidia Klemetsrud
Andrew Struckhoff
John Murphy
Ty Hall
Leona Mount
Michael Ryan
Rhadisha Davis
Dayton Warfle
Siarhei Ivanou
Joy Leverett
Yetta Bonsell
Lica Patterson
Kachen Coarsey
Zane Sadik
Khushbu Patel
Goodness Bankole
Mary Macgregor
Michael Dutilly
Bryce Bennie
Anthony Korte
Shannon Varnado
Amy Doherty
Douglas Hanson
Lawrence Lay
Tanya-Lee Thompson
Edgar Alvarez

Robert Bolden - CAPM
John Murphy, Jr. - CAPM
Lisa Deluca - PMP
Soumya Jonnalagadda - PMP

John Sierra
Patricia Riggs
Dorinda Geans-Jay
Karen Sager
Mary Bracey
Jean Martin
John Piselli

Varaha Satya Madem Venkata
Jenene Geerdes Karamon

Julio Morales

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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