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PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter

Thank you for visiting PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter. We are dedicated to serving the business and educational community of Southwest Virginia through the advancement of Project Management. We provide a forum for professional Project Managers to promote the principles of the Project Management Institute through networking with other project managers, sharing project experiences, providing and receiving training, and supporting Project Management Professionals in their certification efforts. Please join us at one of our upcoming events or contact one of our board members for additional information.

Message From Our President

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January 2024
 
Welcome to our PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter. As we enter 2024, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude as I reflect on the remarkable journey of the Project Management Institute Southwest Virginia Chapter throughout 2023. As the President of our esteemed chapter, it is my pleasure to share some exciting news and outline our vision, mission, objectives, and strategy for the upcoming year.

First and foremost, I am delighted to announce that in the past year, our chapter has experienced significant growth, welcoming over 80 new members. We now boast a vibrant community of over 350 professionals dedicated to advancing the field of Project Management in Southwest Virginia. This accomplishment is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of our members, and I extend my heartfelt appreciation to each one of you for contributing to our shared success.

Since 2003, our vision at PMI-SWVA has been clear and ambitious: to be synonymous with world-class Project Management expertise and high levels of business value delivery in Southwest Virginia and beyond. Our mission is to foster a community of Project Management excellence in Southwest Virginia. This year, I most look forward to working closely with our board to further our mission and vision. Here is your new board as of January 1, 2024:
 
President – Emma von der Lieth
Past President – Iliana Sepúlveda
VP of Administration – Sunshine Richards
VP of Finance – Terresa Odum
VP of Marketing and Communication – Lydia Aluise
VP of Membership – Andrea Martin
VP of Programs – Darryl Agee
VP of Technology – Christine Phillips
Director at Large – Tony Aluise
Director at Large – Phil Hobrla
Director at Large – David Williamson
Director at Large – Vicki Kibbe
Director at Large – Angie Cochran
Director at Large – Candy Campbell-Pritt
Director at Large – Kathleen Osbourne
 
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the dedication of those who have stepped down from board officer positions in 2023. I recognize Chris Riha and Marlene Wray, who have served on our board for numerous years, and to whom I thank for our chapter’s many successes. 
 
In 2024, PMI-SWVA will be leading a year of Transformation. Our chapter will become a space for us to transform professionally and personally, through our chapter, our companies, and our world. The year of Transformation will include:
 
Certification support – through our CAPM/PMP Study Groups and our offerings of micro-credentials.
 
Hosting monthly chapter meetings across industries and topics, as a way for you to further your knowledge and interact with professional peers.
 
Growing the diversity of our partnerships and sponsorships with regional business partners, organizations, and education.
 
Providing an up-to-date job board so you can transform your team or find your new career.
 
I look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings and annual symposium this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in volunteering or new ideas for the chapter.
 
Thank you for your membership and support of our local PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter.
 
Emma von der Lieth, CAPM
PMI Southwest Virginia President
 

Thanks to our Sponsors

Membership Statistics

PMP Members

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This Year New Members

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PMI-ACP Members

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CAPM Members

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Total Members

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Members with No Certification

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PMI-RMP Members

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Student

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PMI-SP Members

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PgMP Members

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Member Recognition

Milestone members (anniversaries)

New credential holders (monthly)

New credential holders (yearly)

New members (monthly)

All members

Name

Year

5th Anniversary (17 Members)

2019
Brian Boggs10-28-2019
Rick Jadin10-10-2019
Kevin Pannell09-24-2019
Cassandra Nolan09-18-2019
Stephen Heckman09-10-2019
Maria Marte09-06-2019
Rene Shipwash08-29-2019
Greg Whisenhunt07-24-2019
Matthew Louvet07-02-2019
Machelle Hall05-08-2019
Ashli Semones05-02-2019
Christopher Hibshman04-29-2019
Kimberly Hudson04-24-2019
Chris Balderson02-18-2019
Iliana Sepulveda Aviles01-24-2019
Christine Phillips01-17-2019
Sonya Rowe01-15-2019

10th Anniversary (8 Members)

2014
Michael Franke10-02-2014
James Specht08-20-2014
Kimberly Graham08-01-2014
Daryoush Nessar07-11-2014
LeAta Jackson06-26-2014
Andrea Stetson05-16-2014
Kelley Lawton03-28-2014
Robert Teague01-15-2014

15th Anniversary (6 Members)

2009
Ravinder Verelly11-23-2009
Jeffrey Rawlings09-04-2009
Ragan Farris04-28-2009
Chad Sweeney04-17-2009
Robin Edwards04-17-2009
June Damewood03-27-2009

20th Anniversary (7 Members)

2004
Jay Wright11-15-2004
Irvin Childress09-20-2004
Vicki Kibbe08-31-2004
Christy Stokes07-08-2004
Angeline Reynolds03-31-2004
Michael Esposito03-19-2004
Melissa Kidwell01-12-2004

Name

Date

Certification

Nathan Miller02-15-2024PMP,CAPM

Name

Date

Certification

Nathan Miller02-15-2024PMP,CAPM

Name

Date

Joseph Greer02-26-2024
AMRITHA DINESH02-19-2024
Prachi Tomar02-16-2024
Ryan Michalski02-15-2024
Mark Neal02-11-2024
Dorothy Snyder02-08-2024
Patrick Cuttino02-07-2024
Gregory Gibbs02-01-2024

Name

Date

Joseph Greer02-26-2024
AMRITHA DINESH02-19-2024
Prachi Tomar02-16-2024
Ryan Michalski02-15-2024
Mark Neal02-11-2024
Dorothy Snyder02-08-2024
Patrick Cuttino02-07-2024
Gregory Gibbs02-01-2024
Tracie Morgan01-15-2024
J Tsacoumangos12-22-2023
Ashish Bharti12-21-2023
Jack Whittington12-13-2023
Marzae Brooks12-10-2023
Susan Doyle12-03-2023
Alex Brendel12-01-2023
Benjamin Johnston12-01-2023
Ashley Tharpe11-30-2023
Elizabeth Booth11-29-2023
Bob Merrill11-21-2023
James Coles11-15-2023
Sarah Lavinder11-15-2023
William Gravell11-14-2023
Anna Dantzler11-07-2023
Katherine Martin11-02-2023
Andrew Harbodin10-18-2023

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