Featured Members

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.