LI Region 14 2020 Meeting

    Find Your Leadership Rhythm Speakers

    About the Speakers

    Keynote Speaker

    Ricardo Triana, PMP, PMI Fellow has more than 20 years of experience and is a well-known international trainer, speaker and consultant implementing and advocating on different topics such as Strategy Execution, Organizational Project Management and Interpersonal Skills. Currently he is the President of Practical Thinking Group and a PM advisor with United Nations Office of Project Services and through his work, he has been able to work closely and influence students, practitioners and executives of corporate, government, NGOs and multilateral development organizations in North and Latin America, Europe and Africa. A Colombian and Mexican citizen, US resident, Mr. Triana has traveled to more than sixty countries to deliver consulting, training, workshops and keynotes on strategic aspects of Project Management and created several Project Management post-graduated programs. Ricardo has been interviewed by several media outlets (such as CNN Spanish, Record TV Brazil, Forbes India among others) to talk about PMI and the value of Project Management; has published several videos, articles and has coauthored some books about Project Management. An active volunteer with PMI for the last 13 years, Mr. Triana is a graduate of PMI Leadership Master Class, has held volunteer leadership positions with local and global components, was president of the PMI South Florida Chapter in 2009 and served in leadership roles as a member of PMI Global Board of Directors for 2010-2015 and was Chairman of the PMI Board of Directors during 2014, after his tenure in the Board, Mr. Triana served also Chairman of the PMI Board of Directors Nomination Committee 2017-2018. Mr. Triana received the PMI Fellow award in 2019, the highest and most prestigious individual award presented by PMI for service to the Institute and the project management profession.

    Session Speakers

    Tony Bryant MS, PMP has volunteered with the PMI Midlands Chapter since 2014, starting as Volunteer Project Manager and now serving as the Chapter President. He spent two years in the Vice President, Finance, role helping to build a simple solution for financial tracking and reporting. He has over 20 years of project management experience as a Project Manager working in the Accounting, Healthcare, Government industries. He holds a Master of Science in Information Systems, Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Information Technology, and the Project Management Professional® Certification.

    Charles Volz, PMP is a PMP with a passion for project management portfolio management, project program management, PMO, management and process improvement management, with skills in software project management and software implementation.

    Martin Jones, PMP is a PMP with a passion for project management portfolio management, project program management, PMO, management and process improvement management, with skills in software project management and software implementation.

    Sarah Maxwell is a chapter partner who works with PMI chapter leadership to enhance the chapters’ value to their members.Sarah believes, like the NASA janitor who helped to put a man on the Moon, that supporting PMI’s chapters is the best way for her to help make the world a better place.Sarah has supported Region 5 and 14’s chapters for over five years, as chapter administrator. In that role, she focused on the governance and administration of the chapters, making sure that the chapters maintained their good standing with PMI, and helped chapter leaders find the resources that saved them precious time and helped raise the value of the chapter for their membership.Sarah is a trained singer, actress, costumer, and massage therapist. She is an avid facilitator and was honored to be chosen by PMI as one of two staff to attend TED2019 in Vancouver. She is the current president and co-founder of PMI’s Toastmaster Club, PMI Speaks.Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from George Mason University.

    Glynis Alexander-Tam is the General Manager of a payment services company in Trinidad and Tobago. A certified Project Manager, her specialty is large, complex IT projects and she has worked within the ICT sector as Technical Director and Senior Project manager for ICT projects in Trinidad and in the wider Caribbean for several years. She has previously held the Finance and Strategic Alliance VP positions on her board and has contributed to the management of the last six International Project Management Conferences for her Chapter and she is the current President of PMI SCC.

    Shivani Gupta, PMP, CSM has diverse experience in Project Management, Business Intelligence & Analytics in health care, insurance and the transit industry. She has managed multiple projects in Fortune 500 companies as well as in the Government sector and is currently leading the PMO for a healthcare company.She holds an MBA in Operations & Marketing, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Bachelors in Medicine (ISM) and certifications in Stakeholder management and Statistics . She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), SAFe Agilest, possess Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is actively engaged in research on project management.Shivani has been associated with the PMI South Florida Chapter since 2012 starting out on the Education team, served as VP of Technology for 3 years and is currently President-Elect for the Chapter.

    Jean-Luc Caous has over 25 years of Information Technology and Management experience in the utilities and government sectors. Currently, he is Senior Project Manager for the Palm Beach County Tax Collector, managing IT and construction projects. Mr. Caous embraces challenges and looks for ways to streamline business processes and drives business innovation. Mr. Caous is also currently driving a digital transformation initiative for a property owner’s association.Jean-Luc has volunteered with the PMI South Florida Chapter since January 2015 starting out in the Technology Team, served as President in 2017, and is currently the VP of Membership for the Chapter.

    Claudia Keppinger is a Marketing and Communications professional with 12 years of broadcast Marketing experience. Most recently, served as Manager, Community Relations, PR & Programming at NBC 6 - responsible for overseeing and managing the development and execution of community outreach strategies as well as creating, developing and executing marketing campaigns and event activations for corporate social responsibility initiatives. During her 4 years in that role, she also developed and maintained positive relationships with community leaders and nonprofit organizations across South Florida. Prior to this, she spent 6 years working in Creative Services at Telemundo 51 and NBC 6. In a duopoly role, she assisted in different areas including community outreach, managing on-air talent engagement, assisting in the production of Telemundo 51's annual live telethon, promo produtction and promo scheduling. During the last 2 years there, she held the role of Sales Marketing Producer at Telemundo 51, where she was responsible for all client creative needs across different platforms, including creating and managing full marketing campaigns from concept to execution. She began her career in television as an intern at NBC 6 in 2007 while working toward her Master's degree in Business Journalism. In 2010, Claudia received an Emmy nomination in the Human Interest Story category and a second nomination in 2017 for a PSA campaign.She earned a BS in Business Administration, Human Resources Management and Services, and a MA in Journalism and Mass Communications from Florida International University. Claudia currently serves on the NATAS Suncoast Chapter Board of Governors and as Scholarship Chairman and on PMI South Florida Chapter as VP of Marketing.

    Roger Duke PMP, ACP, CSM has been an active leader in the Augusta Aiken PMI Chapter for many years. He recently completed his second term as President and is currently serving as a chapter trustee in an advisory capacity. Roger has over 40 years of project and program management experience. He recently became one of the first Agile Coaches in the Department of Energy for non-IT projects. Roger is currently a full time professor at Augusta University in their Hull College of Business where he teaches Project Management. He aggressively promotes the importance of certifications to his students and personally holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) credentials. Roger earned mechanical engineering degrees from Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. He spent his youth in Valparaiso, Florida, near Ft. Walton Beach; married his high school sweetheart, Diane; has two children (twins) Matt and Lauren and three grandchildren, Cam, Skyler and Duke. </div >

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    Laura Davidson's real success (and, joy) comes from nurturing the talents and goals of those she leads through fostering commitment of sharing effort as well as success. An experienced project manager; professional speaker; and, a self-proclaimed ‘serial volunteer’ serving locally and globally for 25+ years. Having led over 500 historic walking tours in Atlanta; Laura is also a long time PMI volunteer having served as Past President of PMI Atlanta; LIMC Graduate; CMAG volunteer; and, returning to her local board to now serve as the President Elect of PMI Atlanta. Also, currently a Georgia Aquarium Guest Services Ambassador; Community Emergency Respondent Team member; and, President of the Georgia National Speakers Association. Laura’s love of learning has positioned her to gain industry exposure in Supply Chain; Bio-Metric Data; Release Management and Enterprise Architecture; Laura is currently fostering team and delivery excellence by working as a Sr. Project Manager in IT Security area for IHG in Atlanta, Georgia. </div >

    Aldo (Al) R. Calvi, PMP, PE is currently serving the PMI (Project Management Institute) volunteer role as the Region 14 Mentor supporting 24 PMI Chapters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Jamaica and Southern Caribbean. Along with the PMI Chapter Partner and Chapter Administrator, the Region 14 mentor provides guidance, advice, leadership to the Region 14 Chapter Leaders to develop their leadership capabilities and ensure member value delivery to build strong local Chapters.Mr. Al Calvi was the site lead engineer and project manager for the CACI Inc. Genesis contract providing mission support for Ft. Gordon stationed Military Intelligence units part of the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). The Genesis contract provides sustainment in the areas of Station Planning, electrical, mechanical, IT Infrastructure, Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) and alarms. Mr. Calvi has over forty years of project management, engineering, military and industrial experience in support of US Army active duty, reserves, National Guard, civil affairs, military intelligence, inspector general, and mission critical IT equipment. Prior to joining CACI in early 2005, Mr. Calvi was serving in an active duty assignment in Ft. McPherson, GA as a US Army Reserves Colonel with Army Central Command C9 Civil Military Operations. Mr. Calvi US Army assignments included: 352nd Civil Affairs Command Chief of staff Task Force Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom combat operations, 401st Civil Affairs Battalion Commander, 98th Division Assistant Inspector General, certified military instructor and 82nd Airborne Division Combat Engineer & Maintenance Officer.

    Kimberly D. Smolter currently serves as President for the PMI East Tennessee Chapter while pursuing her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has also served as VP of Programs, Corporate Secretary, and Committee Chair to host the 2017 Region 14 LIM. Mrs. Smolter is driven by her passion for understanding different perspectives, which she feels is key to effective communication and problem solving. She enjoys spending time with her four daughters and five dogs, writing flash fiction and prose, reading anything and everything, and drinking copious amounts of coffee to stay awake and complete her MBA.

    John Luker has provided project leadership across a broad range of industries including finance, transportation, healthcare, information system security, education, and government for over 25 years. John began his postsecondary education at the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!!!). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from both the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BSBA in MIS and from Virginia College with an MS in Cybersecurity. Joining PMI in 2006, he completed his PMP certification in 2008. He is also a life member of the Administrative Science honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. In a previous life, he was a Wilderness Medicine-Certified Field Paramedic who volunteered with cave rescue and mountain rescue units. He also served as Director of Operations and Handler of search dog "Connie" with an urban/wilderness search dog organization. John is an enthusiastic amateur coppersmith, and also enjoys creating jewelry.

    Nimisha Vyas is a PMO analyst. She has 30+ experience in Program Management and System Engineering experience to provide mission-critical value to enhance and transform customer’s mission by integrating innovative technologies and solutions. She has interfaced with customers to align goals and objectives to facilitate design and development of products, solutions & services. She has a Rollins MBA and a BS in computer science from University of Houston. Currently, she servers Florida Community in the following capacities:
    • Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS) – Chair 2018-Present
    • Space Congress, Cocoa Beach, Florida – Treasurer - 2017– Present
    • Program Management Institute Space Coast Florida – President

    Danielle Torley has more than 12 years of commercial and federal proposal management experience. As the Proposal Manager for Xator Corporation, Danielle works closely with the team to plan, develop, and produce proposals for single award and IDIQ opportunities ranging from $1M to $750M. Prior to her current position, Danielle worked as a Proposal Manager in the Washington D.C. area and in Dubai, UAE, managing virtual teams at worldwide locations. Danielle is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is currently serving in her second year as president of the PMI Emerald Coast, FL Chapter. She is also certified at the Foundation Level of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and has served in numerous positions on the board of the Florida APMP Chapter.

    John Stone , VP Member Services for PMI Nashville, is a recognized leader in understanding data, trends, and outcomes. For nearly three years, he has served as VP of Metrics for PMI Nashville analyzing data from the PMI Chapter Reporting System as well as using annual and post-event surveys to better understand the makeup, needs, and opinions of membership. Scrutinizing data gives insight into target specific messaging and contact that results in more effective identification and strategies to reaching and retaining first year members.

    Rosana Juestel, PMP is currently serving as the President of the PMI Columbus, GA Chapter. Since joining PMI in 2014, Rosana first served as the VP of Marketing and Communications. In her tenure as President, Rosana has helped her chapter achieve award recognition in 2019 for the largest membership percentage increase year over year in Region 14. Rosana has created and supported multiple chapter initiatives including program development, events, and marketing campaigns, in addition to strategic initiatives to increase and maintain membership in her chapter. Rosana has project management experience in the public and private sectors with her most recent experience being in the financial sector where she acts as the PMO Program Analyst for Synovus Bank, helping deliver a multi-million-dollar project for the mass affluent and high-net worth customers.
    Kelley Sweeten, PMP is a Senior Principle Engineer working as a contractor for the Missile Defense Agency in support of various Ground Based system components. As an engineer with a PMP, Kelly is able to translate technical concepts and details to senior leadership in relation to Planning, System Requirements, Risk Management, and Earned Value. As a volunteer for PMI - NAC, Kelly has participated in various projects to modernize the chapter website, explore tools to improve communication, and leveraging emerging technology to provide intangible benefits to local chapter members. The most recent being Zoom Technology to prove virtual programs to remote members who have difficulty getting to face-to-face events. Kelly is working with other chapters to encourage co-chapter participation in virtual workshops.