Featured Members

Cindy Lewis

This year marks Cindy’s 22nd year as a member of WMPMI. During that time she has frequently served on the board and served as a volunteer in numerous roles.   For the past 5 years, Cindy has been running her own training and consulting business called 4 Pillars of Success® and this business involves lots of travel, providing Microsoft Project Training to clients, tailored project management solutions, and fully customized software training. On one airline alone, they reported that she traveled around the world over 3 times and that is just visiting US clients in one year! 

Cindy is still actively involved in our chapter as a sponsor and she recently spoke at the December luncheon on Agile in Action. She is also a member of PMI-NEFL (Northeast Florida) chapter. She has had the opportunity to speak and attend numerous events over the years with this chapter and decided to join. Cindy has a long list of credentials including both the PMP and PMI-SP from PMI, but she is most proud of her award from Microsoft. She has been awarded a Most Valuable Professional in Microsoft Project for the 6th year in a row. There are less than 50 professionals with this designation worldwide. 

With Cindy’s extensive travel schedule she is often away from home but when she is here, she checks out local art and music events and tries out vegetarian food around town with friends. A fun fact about Cindy is she often receives stuffed monkey (especially sock monkeys) as gifts. This initially started out from one stuffed monkey toy that never left her luggage and pretty soon her clients, family, and friends started adding to the collection. You will frequently find a monkey item in Cindy’s possession. 

Cindy has lots of things coming up in 2019 including a new book. Say hi to her next time you see her.    

  

Aubree Clark

Aubree Clark, PMP, recently joined the WMPMI Board as VP of Marketing. She has been a member of WMPMI since she earned her PMP in 2016. Previous to her joining the board she volunteered as the Assistant PM of Event Day for THEProject collegiate competition in 2018 and continues in this role for the 2019 competition. In addition to her work with WMPMI, she also volunteers as an Outreach Chair with her church. 

Aubree currently works for Amway in the Business Process Management Department. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Cornerstone University and a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Michigan State University. Her career began in healthcare, originally in a histology laboratory and she first learned about project management through process improvement endeavors in her previous position with Metro Health: University of Michigan Health. Aubree is also certified in Lean and Six Sigma and has a passion for process improvement.

Aubree is a Michigan native, originally growing up on a farm with a large family and various animals in rural Stockbridge. She has lived in West Michigan since 2013, and currently resides in Dorr with her husband, Rich, her 12 year old son, Dalton, and 8 year old daughter, Elliana. Her kids keep her busy at the ice rink with hockey eleven months out of the year and coaching at the ballfield the 12th month. They also have a dog, Roxie and a cat, Loki. She enjoys spending time with her family, singing karaoke, food and spirit tasting, playing games, working on home improvement projects, and personal development!

  


Andrew Gill
  

Andrew Gill is a very valuable member of WMPMI. He served sixteen years as a Royal Naval officer before making a career change to engineering and project management and in his former role as VP Programs, he initiated the concept of Veterans Month. Every November all our speakers are military veterans and we offer all veterans and current military personnel free admission to all our chapter events.  As well as serving as VP Programs, Andrew has also mentored a number of college teams for the WMPMI collegiate project management competition, THE Project, as well as judging the event as a member of the member PMO Panel (not at the same time!) Andrew has a a passion for process improvement and personnel development and his activities with WMPMI reflect his particular focus on youth development and support for veterans moving into civilian occupations. He lives in Grand Rapids but still much enjoys travel, even on business, to Europe and beyond. 


Kim Kalman, CAPM – VP Education
  

Kim Kalman, CAPM recently joined WMPMI Board as VP of Education (soon to be renamed Academic Outreach). She has been a member of PMI and WMPMI since November 2013 and earned her PMI certification in November of 2014. Kim became a very active member of our west Michigan chapter in the summer of 2015. It is at this time that she stepped up and accepted the role of Director for THEProject, an annual WMPMI collegiate competition. Now as VP of Education, she continues to have an active role in THEProject. Her role also includes implementation of the 9 – 12 Program, geared towards high school students learning about project management profession with possible expansion towards community colleges.

Kim has had the great opportunity to work at some fine organizations in Michigan. She was a team member of International Operations at Herman Miller, Inc. Executive assistant to presidents and vice-presidents of other corporations here in our local community. While working and expanding her professional experience, she earned an undergraduate degree at Davenport University. She first became aware of project management while working on an international IT project for Amway.

With an entrepreneurial aspiration Kim formed KMK Business Projects, LLC in the summer of 2016. With this endeavor she gets to combine her marketing degree and experience with her project management experience. She says that being involved with WMPMI and our collegiate competition has been a rewarding and gratifying journey.

Kim was born and raised here in Holland/Zeeland area. She often frequents the beach and take strolls along the shore. This brings peace to her soul.

  


Kinga Winiarska, PMP, CSM - VP Marketing
   

Kinga Winiarska, PMP, CSM is the VP of Marketing for our chapter and has been active in WMPMI since August 2011. Since she's taken the helm of marketing in August 2017, she has instituted a quarterly chapter newsletter and created a communications schedule to ensure members never miss hearing about events. Kinga's passion has helped to grow the chapter membership in a short time and we are grateful for her dedication!

 Her current professional role is as a Sr. Project Manager for the Affinity Division of Cigna where she providers her expertise in launching new products, partnerships as well as business support. Prior to her seven years at Cigna, she managed loyalty programs for Spartan Stores and Borders Books and provided competitive analysis, acquisition campaigns, and loyalty and CRM marketing.   

 Originally from Poland, Kinga came to the U.S. in 2001. She attended University in Szczecin and earned her Masters in Business and Bachelor degrees. She speaks fluent English and Polish and some conversational Dutch. She really regrets losing Russian and German which she was fluent in as well.

   
  

Robert Berlin, PMP - Education Outreach Administrator
 
  

Robert Berlin, PMP, is a versatile business and information technology project professional with over 20 years managing medium to large projects in multiple industries during his 47 years in Information Technology. He is currently a Consulting Project Manager with Clover Consulting where he provides project consultation and management in the retail and wholesale food distribution industry.

Robert has been a member of PMI since April 1997! He now serves the WMPMI as the Education Outreach Administrator and he has held leadership or advisory roles in project management and project management education with PMI Central Virginia Chapter, University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, and ECPI University.

He holds a BS in Accounting, an MBA in Management, an MS in Project Management (MSPM), and most recently a Certificate for Advanced Graduate Studies in Business Administration [DBA/(ABD)].

His favorite hobbies are walking, hiking, cycling, baking, canoeing, and learning.


Josh Keeler - Vice President of Administration

   

Josh Keeler is WMPMI’s VP of Administration. Josh began volunteering with WMPMI’s in March of 2016 as Director of Technology and moved into the VP role in 2017. Josh has worked as a senior technical recruiter at Kforce Professional Staffing in the Grand Rapids Technology Group since 2013. He enjoys being able to advocate for people, help them grow personally and professionally, and to subsequently improve his or her quality of life. He truly believes he can help everyone he meets. His career map includes 5 years of agency staffing experience and prior to that he worked for 5 years managing information technology projects in a medical manufacturing environment. 

When Josh isn’t networking with top West Michigan’s talent, you can find him physcially challenging himself in unique ways. The last few years he has been training in circus arts, where he’s been undergoing gymnastics-based strength training, trampoline, trapeze and partner acrobatics. Performing in a local circus for a crowd is just part of the fun he does in the summer! On the days he isn’t circus training, he is training in martial arts, for which he has had a lifelong passion. For him the last 16 years in serious study of Tai Chi and Kung Fu has been about the unification of mind and body, which he feels helps integrate a person intellectually and emotionally.  

In addition to winning hearts and minds, he’s constantly focused on self-improvement and trying to deepen his experience in whatever he is doing. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007 and an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking from GRCC in 2004.  

Josh resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Patricia Boer, PMP - VP Membership

Patti writes:  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 eight 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 967 members in January, 2018! 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.


Ted Kallman - co-author of the national #1 Best Selling and Best Rated book.

As an Enterprise Agile Coach, Ted Kallman helps organizations in the common-sense adoption of lean-agile Flow to increase project and organization effectiveness and value.  Ted is co-author of the national #1 Best Selling and Best Rated book “The Nehemiah Effect: Ancient Wisdom from the World’s First Agile Projects” and “Flow: Getting Everyone Moving in the Same Direction … and Loving It” released in April of 2018.  He also co-authored a book with Jeff Tobe “Coloring Outside the Lines” that is focused on Project Managers.  This book was given as a gift by PMI to all participants at PMIs Leadership Institute Meeting 2015 .

Ted is a PMI-ACP, PMP, CSM, CSPO, CSP.  He is the founder of Agile West MI and currently serves WMPMI as President. As a well-known Keynote speaker he has presented to over 350,000 people over the past 30 years.

Personal:  Born in Fort Devens, MA. Raised in Lansing MI. Married with 4 children, has been a volunteer coach of basketball and soccer. He is a published author and composer of Old Man Worship Band. Interests include: Family, Speaking, Teaching, Travel and Music.

 


Mike Janisse - What Was WMPMI Like 25 Years Ago?

Long-time member and Xerox employee Mike Janisse takes a trip down memory lane to recall what WMPMI used to be like upon joining the early chapter in the 1990’s.

Meetings

The WMPMI meetings were held at Noto’s when it was located on the SE corner of the East Beltline and I-96. We didn’t have a good way to serve Lansing, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Muskegon, Holland back then, so we had a number of members who did travel to the monthly dinner meetings. Chapters were later started in other parts of the state of Michigan, and WMPMI certainly influenced that momentum.

How Did You Become a Member?

In my role at Xerox, I was working with my customer Amway at their location. My contact there was a project manager named Marilyn who I worked with for the prep and implementation of two digital printers. Always looking for an opportunity, I found a PMI newsletter in the room’s trash receptacle. Intrigued, I was able to find the individual who did the work to create the newsletter. While talking with him I tried to break the good news about the new printer that should make his newsletter job easier. My message was misinterpreted. Within days I was handed a pretty large carton of newsletter archives and was told that the job is now mine. In any case, I joined the chapter and learned about newsletter layout.

Impressions After Joining?

I really saw the benefit of Project Management in my job. I couldn’t interest any of the sales team or immediate management in the benefits of PM or a certification at first, but I stuck with PMI and encouraged others to join me at meetings.

For me the biggest benefit was the learning opportunity. I wasn’t formally a project manager but provided project management services to my customers. I spent time reading the PMBOK, helped to document certification classes and asked presenters a lot of questions. I did attend the PMI conferences as well. While first with the chapter, I tried to find learning opportunities in the form of classes and books.

Was the PMP Certification Well-Known?

For those who were members of PMI and businesses who had the pleasure of working with certified PMPs, the certification was highly regarded, but there was an awareness issue of what it was at the beginning. The chapter did a great job trying to overcome the awareness issue by introducing PMI to colleges and universities by attending recruitment events.

Are you still serving on Chorus Board or singing in a chorus?

At the moment no.   I work with the group to put together and print the 24-page program.  While on the board I was always searching for sponsors and advertisers.   That along with the music memorization and choreography....and the program was way too much, especially working with the group of grumpy old men!!  When working with Fontana Chamber Arts for 20 years, I was on the board in a marketing role while serving as recording engineer.  I've spent quite a few years working with non-profit organizations.


 

Jeff Kissinger, PMP, FCT, FCP, CSM

President-Elect, WMPMI

Jeff Kissinger is WMPMI’s President-Elect. His two-year term as WMPMI’s President begins May 15, 2018. Jeff works at Grand Rapids Community College, where he has worked since September 2001, as a senior project manager in the Information Technology Department. He has 18 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 in non-profit organizations.

Volunteering is Jeff’s passion. He has been doing it since he was 19 years old. The work is often challenging, but it’s always meaningful. Volunteering also allows him to learn a lot about himself while having the privilege of helping others. But most of all, he volunteers because it connects him to a worthwhile cause and the community of people for whom that cause supports. Jeff believes that giving to others brings many wonderful returns, which invigorates his spirit and allows him to continue to give more.

Volunteering with WMPMI for the past five years has been no exception. The people Jeff has met and worked with have influenced his work and his life for the better. In many ways, WMPMI has become much like a playground for him where inspiration, enthusiasm, ideas, people, and effort combine to further PMI’s mission to promote the project management profession. This not only benefits the project management profession and those who practice it, but it also helps to ensure that there are people capable of embracing and facilitating the enormous changes that society, as a whole, is experiencing.

In addition to being a PMP® certified project manager, Jeff is a FLOW Certified Trainer and Professional and a Certified Scrum Master. He earned his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1996 and a Master’s Certificate in IS/IT project management from Villanova University in 2012. And, most recently, in October 2017, he graduated from PMI’s Leadership Master Class.

Jeff resides in Jenison, Michigan, with his wife, Vonnee, their daughters, Lily and Kali, and their dog, Mabel.