PMI Southwest Virginia Chapter

Elections for 2020 PMI - SWVA Board of Directors

To PMI-SWVA Chapter Members,

Our nomination period closed on September 8, 2019. CONGRATULATIONS to our Nominees!
Voting will begin Thursday, October 3 and conclude at 11:59 PM Sunday, October 13th.  Please monitor your e-mail for your safe and secure private invitation to cast your vote!

We are proud to present to you the following Candidates that will appear on the Ballot for our 2020 PMI-SWVA Board positions:

Candidate: Still OPEN!

Board Position: President-Elect (3-years)

Candidacy Information:

The President-Elect shall serve as the primary backup for the Chapter President, and shall be mentored by the President to ensure seamless transition of chapter leadership.  The President-Elect is the successor to the President who will assist the President with his or her duties of managing the Chapter and assume the role of the chapter president if the president is unable to perform duties for any reason. 

If you are interested in this senior leadership position or know someone in our membership you would recommend to lead our chapter, please email either Brian Blackwell, our 2019 Election Committee Chair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Paige Kanode (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our current Chapter President for more details. 

Candidate: Darryl Agee

Board Position: VP Communication / Marketing  (2-years)

Candidacy Information:

Darryl Agee is currently an IT Project Manager for Advance Auto.  He also teaches the PMP Prep and Project Management classes locally here in Roanoke, Virginia.  He became a PMP in January of 2006 and holds an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery, MS in Computer Info Systems from the University of Phoenix, and BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute.

Darryl has a long distinguished track record serving our chapter as VP of Programs for over 4 terms and plans to carry over this high level of commitment and focus to this new role of VP of Communications/Marketing.

As a long-time member and board member, I am always excited to be a contributor to my SW Virginia PMI Chapter.  I hope to bring this energy and excitement about PMI and project management to the role of VP of Communications/Marketing

Candidate: Chris Riha

Board Position: VP of Treasury and Finance (2-years)

Candidacy Information:

Chris Riha is currently a technology consultant with over 40 years of experience in, IT, Clinical Engineering, cybersecurity, project/program management.  During his career he has managed a team of over 70 employees and annual operating budget of $15M, as well as multimillion-dollar capital projects.  Additionally, Mr. Riha has been employed as a consultant for the US Army Medical Department, the WHO and several US based hospital corporations.  Recent and current clients include academic, healthcare and legal business sectors.  Mr Riha is also a guest lecturer at Virginia Tech in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

            Mr. Riha has a physics-based undergraduate degree and thesis-based MS in Health Science from James Madison University.  He is a Clinical Engineer (CCE-1997), a Project Management Professional (PMP-2009), and ITIL Foundationv3, CISSP, Security +, certified (2017).  He has published as primary author 7 articles in peer review journals.

I believe with my experience, and education I could provide good financial guidance and oversight to the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Project Management Institute.  If elected/selected for this position I would provide not only guidance and management but transparency to the financial records.

Candidate: Heather Price

Board Position: VP Technology (2-years)

Candidacy Information:

Heather Price is a local to the Blacksburg Area, and has always had a passion for volunteering and community outreach. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, has helped co-found a chapter for 100 Girls of Code in the New River Valley, and has volunteered at many events for local organizations. She has a background in web development and is currently pursuing a Project Management Career. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming and video games.

If elected, I will continue to focus on bringing great content to our website, establishing A/V solutions for potential virtual meetings, and ensuring our task management platform is the most optimal solution for our group. I believe that I will be a great fit for VP of technology as it bring together my two passions – web development and project management.

Candidate: Carri Edmiston

Board Position: VP Programs (2-years)

Candidacy Information:

Though originally born in Southwest VA, Carri grew up in South America. After graduating from an international boarding school in Quito, Ecuador, she moved to Chicago, IL and attended North Park University. There she received a double B.A. in Communications and Youth Ministry with a minor in Art. After graduating Cum Laude Carri returned to the area and began working at the Transportation Institute at Virginia Tech. Starting in systems and equipment management, she quickly transitioned into Project Management and has been working with the Center for Technology Development for 7 years. She received her PMP certification in March of 2018 and has served on the Board of Directors as a Director at Large for the past year and a half. She currently lives in Christiansburg with her husband and 5 month old son.

If elected, I am excited to spearhead the planning and execution of our monthly chapter meetings. My goal is to take feedback from chapter members, those on the board, and other project managers to plan topics and trainings that will simultaneously develop us as professionals while helping us earn PDUs. I plan to work with the VP of Development to bring in new chapter members and provide exciting and engaging content for all those connected with our chapter and those we have not yet reached. Along with the trainings, I would like the chapter meetings to be a place of helpful networking where Project Managers can connect with other PMs to share ideas, see a new way of managing projects, and find support in our chosen fields.

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Interested in serving on our Board?...

Please contact any one of our Board member to discuss and learn more about any of these or other volunteer positions.


Published September 29th, 2019

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