Board Nominees

2017 WMPMI Board Nominees

   Gary J VanHaitsma, MBA, PMP -- Running for VP Finance

I have been involved in project management for almost twenty years. I developed my professional skills during over thirty years of experience in IT support and product development working for IBM in Detroit, Chicago, Memphis and several locations in New York. I earned a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University in October, 1999 and I earned my certification as a Project Management Professional in September, 2001.

I have served as the WMPMI Vice President of Finance since December, 2012 after holding the position of WMPMI Finance Director since August, 2012. I also have served for three years as the Treasurer and one year as Secretary of my Condominium Association. This experience provided me with an understanding of non-profit financial management and budgetary planning.

I am looking forward to serving the Western Michigan Chapter of PMI for the next two years. Thank you for considering me as your Vice President of Finance.

   Patricia Boer, PMP, LEED AP -- Running for VP Membership

I have been in project management since 1997 and I became a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) in April, 2007.  I have been a LEED Accredited Professional since March, 2008.  I completed the Harvard School of Public Health Project Management in Health Care Certification Program in November, 2012.  I have worked for Spectrum Health for the past seven years and am currently serving the Priority Health campus as a Sr. Facilities Project Manager.  I have project management experience in retail and educational design and construction, insurance, manufacturing and health care. 

I served as the West Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) Director of Volunteers from 2008 – 2011 and as the WMPMI Vice President of Finance from May 2011 to December 2012.  I had the honor of becoming the VP Membership in December 2012.  The Membership Team also includes Kathy Sidnam and Patricia Brown-May who are currently serving the chapter as the Director of Membership and the Director of Volunteers respectively. 

Since 2014 our chapter has seen record increases in the membership numbers as we exceeded the previous high of 707 members in June, 2009 to 882 members in January, 2017!  It is rewarding to see our chapter growing as we are providing benefits to increasing numbers of project managers in our region.

I am excited about the opportunity to continue working with Kathy, Patricia and the WMPMI membership to maximize the opportunities and benefits of being a member of WMPMI.  I would appreciate your vote!  Thank you for your consideration.

Jeff Kissinger  Jeff Kissinger, PMP, FCT, FCP, CSM -- Running for President Elect

Jeff Kissinger is a senior project manager in the Information Technology Department at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 16 years of experience managing information technology projects in academic and commercial organizations. He also has over 25 years of experience as a volunteer managing projects for non-profit organizations. Jeff led WMPMI’s collegiate project management competition for two years, helped raise $100,000 for WMPMI in 2016 as its Director of Sponsorships, and is currently WMPMI’s VP of Administration. He is also a member of PMI’s 2017 Leadership Master Class.

In addition to being a PMP® certified project manager, Jeff is a FLOW certified trainer and professional and a Certified Scrum Master. He also has a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s certificate in IS / IT project management from Villanova University.  Jeff resides in Jenison, Michigan, with his wife, Vonnee, and their girls Lily and Kali.