PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter

BOD Election Candidates

BOD Election Candidates

 

2020 PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter
Board of Directors - Meet the Candidates!

President Elect – Dan Eslinger, PMP (single candidate)

Dan EslingerDan Eslinger is a Global IT Program Manager responsible for implementing IT Innovation and Digital Transformation. He has filled several leadership positions in the PMI Chapter, including VP of Marketing, during which he attended LIM. Dan has a strong financial background and filled several leadership positions in other non-profit functions. He is interested in continuing to support the PMI SWO Chapter where he can be of the greatest service to the membership. Our PM Profession is going through much change, and he is a proponent of bringing people along and getting broad adoption of new ways to be successful.

In addition to has past role as VP of Marketing for PMI SWOC, Dan has filled several leadership positions in the Faith-Based Organization Leadership Board, Volunteer Building Project Leader, and Scouts BSA District Team Member. He is an active member of PM Executive Forum.

VP of Digital Transformation & Technology (DDT) - Lewis Combs, PMP

Lewis CombsLewis Combs has 34 years of IT experience and nearly 20 years in Project Management. For the past 13 years, he has focused on security project management including incident response, forensics, threat intelligence and reverse malware engagements. As VP of DTT, Lewis would like to push for cross pollination of project management into the world of security planning, operations, and incident response planning.

VP of Digital Transformation & Technology (DDT) - Ron DeJonckheere, PMP

Ron DeJonckheereRon DeJonckheere has been delivering technology solutions to fortune 100 companies since 1996. He enjoys reading the manual, experimenting, and learning new/better ways to accomplish things. In addition, Ron’s been delivering new technology in the telecommunications space since 1996. He has been on a digital journey for years. Enabling organizations and teams with the latest tools/technology excites him and he enjoys solving technical challenges.

As VP of DTT, Ron will work closely with the Chapter to map the strategy. He will help leverage technology to transformation how the Chapter interacts with feedback and data, making it as easy as possible to get engagement with our community and providing technology workshops for members to gain knowledge. As VP, his aim is to continue the SSO and leveraging integration points to provide a congruent experience between systems and managing the vendor contracts and tools maintenance, and enablement for cross-functional tools & processes.

VP of Finance – Teresa Knittle, PMP (single candidate)

Teresa KnittleTeresa Knittle has been doing Project Management for over five years and obtained her PMP certification last year. She has over 17 years' experience in the financial industry. Her interest in becoming more involved in the chapter paired with her desire to move PMI SWOC forward with any capacity available and simply just wanting to be involved!

VP Professional Development – Kathleen Bland, PMP

Kathleen BlandOrison Swett Marden said, "Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great." Kathleen Bland sees the value that PMI Global and the Southwest Ohio Chapter bring to project managers and thought leaders in our area. Both are seizing occasions and elevating them to be great.

Kathleen Bland is currently a Project Manager with Highlight Technologies (https://highlighttech.com/) with 9 years of experience in her current role. In 2015, she earned her PMP certification, in 2017 she joined the chapter, and since 2018, she has been volunteering with the Professional Development team to organize monthly meetings and Summits. In addition, she has also worked with an afterschool program (https://www.avenuesforsuccess.net/) to provide data analysis and program management services since 2015.

Within the PMI Southwest Ohio Chapter, she is the current Director of Summit 2020 (falls under the Vice President of Professional Development). Outside of the PMI chapter, Kathleen has served as President (1x) and Vice President of Public Relations (2x) in the Environmentally Speaking Toastmasters club.

Our world is changing. The chapter must adapt to seize new opportunities as they arise. As the Vice President of Professional Development, she promises to set her sights on the horizon and guide us into the future project economy. There will be more pivoting and adapting to the ever-changing future of the project economy and she says she is ready to take on that challenge! As Captain Jack Sparrow said, “Now...bring me that horizon.” Will you let her lead you on this upcoming adventure?

VP Professional Development - Aaron Kopel, PMP

Aaron KopelAaron Kopel brings deep knowledge in both Project Management and Agile frameworks, practices, tools, and techniques. In addition, he has a wealth of connections in the global community to recruit great speakers and new ideas for the Southwest Ohio PMI. Aaron has been a founder, chairman, organizer, trainer, and speaker for many Agile and Project Management focused meetups and conferences in the region including Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis. Aaron holds many professional credentials including PMP and PMI-ACP, and is the only person in the region who holds the top two Scrum Alliance certifications of Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Aaron has deep roots in the SW Ohio region, having worked with and trained thousands of people in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. He was also a co-founder, chairman, and board member of AgileIndy for seven years, increasing membership from zero to 1,700+, organized two monthly meetups (23 per year), and created the largest 1-day Agile conference in the USA.

Aaron’s perspective on the future of the Project Management profession is that we must recognize that uncertainty is a way of life. The global pandemic has made that more obvious to all of us, and we must learn and adopt Agile approaches to remain competitive, let alone relevant. So, if you would like to see more Agile focused topics and professional development opportunities, both conceptual and real-life from the trenches, vote for Aaron.