2018 BOD Election Candidates

    Chapter Members, it is time for to elect your new officers to the Project Management Institute’s Southwest Ohio Chapter Board of Directors. We have excellent candidates for each position and encourage each of you to vote for the candidate of your choice. We have the following open positions to be filled, so be sure to check your email for instructions on how you can vote.

    Keith Siepel, PMP, BBA, SSGB, CISSP - VP of Finance
    Over the past 2 years, Mr. Siepel led a complete audit of our chapter’s financials for the years 2013 – 2016 in order to reconcile and restate our income and expenses over that period of time with corporate PMI to assure accuracy in our financial reporting.

    Currently, Mr. Siepel is working to align the financial planning and budgeting process of our chapter with the chapter’s strategic goals as we move forward. As part of this alignment we have restructured our bookkeeping accounts to provide better visibility into financial activities (i.e., Summit 18, Region 4 meeting, etc…).

    If voted to continue as the VP of Finance, Mr. Siepel will continue to align the financial planning, manage & monitor budgets, prepare and deliver all financial reports as required by chapter by-laws, and file all state and federal tax forms on behalf of the PMI Southwest Ohio chapter.

    Mr. Siepel is an IT Professional with over 30 years of experience spanning a diverse career covering several industry domains with measurable success. With his degree in Finance, Mr. Siepel has been a small business owner for over 20 years while working as a consultant, senior technical project manager, IT Director, and currently as an IT manager. In addition to his PMP certification (held since 2008) Mr. Siepel is also a CISSP, and Six Sigma Green Belt.

    Gene Perry - VP of Membership
    Gene Perry is a Senior Security and Safety Consultant with 14 years of experience as a Project Manager. Gene joined PMI in December 2017, but he is no stranger to giving back to the professional community through participation and volunteering to lead in professional organizations.

    As a member of ASIS International, Gene has contributed, for almost a decade, as a volunteer leader on numerous levels and has served as Chapter Secretary, Vice Chairman, and Chairman. During his two-year tenure as Chairman to the ASIS Cincinnati Tri-State Chapter, Gene authored the chapter's first-ever strategic plan and led activities resulting in a 400% increase in chapter revenue and two national awards for New Membership and Current Member Retention for a chapter in 2014. Gene continues to volunteer to ASIS International as a Chapter Certification Committee Chairman, Mentorship Liaison, and is a member of the ASIS Professional Certification Board. Finally, Gene is a volunteer committee member to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Assistance Group (TAG) to the International Organization of Standards Technical Committee for Security (ISO/TC-292).

    Given the opportunity, Gene is excited to contribute these levels of involvement and experience to the success of the PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter. A retired Army veteran, Gene is a combat veteran and was awarded the Combat Action Badge and two Bronze Stars. His hobbies include cooking, wood working, physical fitness activities, marksmanship, and anything outdoors.

    Lacey Strete, PMP, MCP, CSSYB - VP of Outreach
    Lacey Strete is a Program Manager at APEX and has been an active Board member in the role of VP Outreach for the past 2+ years. Prior to this position, Lacey was a trainer for the PMP certification class, coordinated the volunteers for the very successful Deer Park High School program, and named as a Volunteer of the Year for the Chapter. Lacey is passionate about project management and engaging across various outreach partners to continue to bring value and awareness of the profession.

    Lacey is excited to continue in this role and contribute to the future success of the chapter.



    Meridith Grommon - VP of Professional Development
    A mother, wife, student and lifetime west sider and seventh year member with PMI is looking to serve as the next VP of Professional Development.

    Meridith is an Enterprise Project Manager at Cincinnati Bell and holds additional leadership roles within the organization such as President of Cincinnati Bell’s Young Professional group. In preparation for board leadership positions, Meridith completed the United Way’s 2017 Fall Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD) program and since then has been on St. Joseph’s Orphanage YP Board.

    This year, Meridith has served under the current VP Professional Development by coordinating the planning and execution of Networking and Dinner events as well as play a key role in hosting the PMI Region 4 conference.

    Meridith’s focus as VP of Professional Development will be:

    1. Continued development of the Mentorship program.
    2. Continued focus on diversifying locations and topics for Networking and Dinner events to reach broader membership locations and development needs.

    Lisa Pluckebaum, PMP, MBA - VP of Professional Development
    Lisa Pluckebaum has an MBA from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She currently works as a Project Manager for Krauss-Maffei that builds machines for various industries. Lisa joined PMI to grow as a leader and project manager while expanding her project manager network and recently obtained her PMP certification in 2018. She has a passion for community organizations and is very involved in the city with hundreds of connections. 5 years ago she founded the Big Ten Alumni Club of Cincinnati and still leads a team to coordinate events with local alumni clubs and communicate event through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In). She has been able grow the Big Ten Alumni Club to over 600 members within the last 5 years. In addition, she enjoys running, playing intramural leagues, and volunteering her time at Bethany House (women's shelter) and other local charities.

    For the SW Ohio PMI chapter, Lisa would like to focus on increasing chapter membership and bring in newer professionals by changing the way we market and providing new event types. She would also like to expand our speaker topics, engage CXO-level speakers, and offer opportunities to explore projects hands on. Cincinnati has so much to offer if we only give people a chance to see it.