Upcoming Events

2020 April - PMP / CAPM Exam Prep Course (4 sessions)

April 04, 2020
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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PMP Exam Prep Course - APRIL 2020 (4 sessions)

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19th Annual Spring Symposium

April 17, 2020
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Suburban Collection Showplace - Diamond Center
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374
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PMs as Thought Leaders, Win-Win Negotiators, and Peak Performers

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2020 May - PMP / CAPM Exam Prep Course

May 09, 2020
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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PMP Exam Prep Course - MAY 2020

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Meet The PMIGLC Directors


Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Director of Academic Outreach

Minimol Mathew

Minimol Mathew is our Director of Academic Outreach. Mini has been a volunteer for the Outreach for a number of years and has been very active with teaching GLC’s PMP 101 Skills for Life workshop for community non-profits , schools and academic institutions like Oakland University DIS department undergraduates.

Mini is an Enterprise Project Management Office Manager for Little Caesars Enterprises/Ilitch Holdings. Prior to that she was a PMO manager at Rainbow Rehabilitation centers where she established a PMO office from scratch. She also served as an IT Director for Continuity Programs. Mini completed her Masters in Physics from Cochin University of Science & Technology, India. She got her PMP in 2008. As the Director of Academic Outreach, Mini will be working with the institutions of higher learning to help them integrate PM skills into their curriculum, assist with providing them with PM speakers, case studies and assistance from PMI and our chapter.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Brand Marketing

Paul West

Having been a volunteer with PMI Great Lakes Chapter since 2014, Paul brings energy and commitment to his volunteer role with PMI GLC, striving to bring new ideas and energy in providing value to PMI GLC membership. Paul’s volunteer roles have been as Marketing Manager 2014 – 2015; Director, Brand Marketing 2016; VP Marketing 2017, 2018; and currently as Director, Brand Marketing
since 2019.
As Director of Product Management and Implementation with BullsEye Telecom, Inc., Paul has established and manages the PMO there, instilling project management structure and discipline across the organization. He also manages a portfolio of technology products. Paul has over 25 years of project management and broad marketing experience in product development, product marketing, marketing communications, product portfolio management and strategic planning & development, working fortune 100 companies such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, also several advertising and marketing agencies including DDB Needham, Young & Rubicam, and Dentsu.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Certification

Ronald Papa, Jr.

Ronald Papa is a Technical Product Owner for FCA since 2018.  Prior to that, he worked at Comerica Bank for 17 years. He has been working in IT for banking and financial institutions for 25 years doing IT project management, support, and risk management.  He has been a proud member of PMIGLC since obtaining his PMP certification in 2007. 

Ron completed his PhD in Management Information Systems from Walden University in 2013.  He has also been an adjunct instructor at Baker College in Auburn Hills since 2011 and is currently teaching project management at Oakland University since 2018.  In addition, Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Walsh College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Oakland University.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Contracts

Hariharan Ramaswamy

Hari is a Senior Financial Consultant for Data Consulting Group and has been working with the City of Detroit for the past 18 years. He is well seasoned in Oracle ERP, data analytics, operational controls, integrated solutions and project management. Hari has earned masters’ degrees in Psychology, Computer Applications, IT Management, and Accounting, Economics, and Banking while pursuing his interest in the study of General Law. Most recently, he received his MBA in Finance & Accounting from Oakland University and his PMP certification.

Apart from continually expanding his knowledge, Hari loves to devote time to regional and national non-profit organizations as a Finance Auditor and event coordinator. On the weekends, Hari likes to plan trips to visit his kids on the East Coast and volunteer at Hospice. 

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Finance

Gilbert H Rollins, II

Gilbert (Gil) Rollins was a Managing Consultant with EDS, retiring at the beginning of 2005. He has over 30 years of project management experience ranging from one location, privately held to multi-billion, multinational firms. Gil has been an active member of PMI/GLC/ISSIG since 1996, working on membership surveys and 3 years on Membership Committee. Gil recently was VP of Finance/Treasurer. He was the VP of Membership for two years, VP of Administration/Secretary and is currently Director of Finance Operations. Gil has a BS/ME - Kettering University, Flint, MI (formerly General Motors Institute).

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Meetings

Jan Nicholas Beneker

Nick Beneker is an IT Project Management Leader. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP) certifications from PMI.  He has be a member of PMI since 2001 and joined the Great Lakes Chapter in 2017. He also has ITILv3 Foundations, Service Design, Service Operations and Continual Service Improvement certifications. Nick has an MBA from the University of Michigan and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Biology from Oakland University. 
Nick worked for Unisys Corporation for 37 years where he started as a mainframe computer operator and progressed through positions such as application developer, process and data modeler, project manager, program manager, Earned Value Management manager, process engineering manager, proposal developer and lead of the Unisys Federal Systems Project Management Community of Practice.  The first half of his career was supporting Unisys Internal IT and the last 15 years were in Unisys Federal Systems Division based in Reston Virginia. 
Nick lives with his wife Debby in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have two sons, one in Chicago IL and the other in Boulder CO.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Membership Promotion

Carla Patrick-Fagan

Carla Patrick-Fagan is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Management Analyst. She has 20+ years of healthcare industry experience managing a variety of projects for healthcare IT, government, pharma, health insurance, managed care and health systems to achieve strategic goals.

She was most recently with CareTech Solutions as a Service Desk Client Relationship Manager for national clinically integrated network systems. A notable project was her successful implementation of a new self-service portal for a hospital client. 

Ms. Patrick-Fagan has a master of business administration from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business and a master of health services administration from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus.  She earned a bachelor of science degree in social science from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.  She maintains her certification as a project management professional (PMP).

Ms. Patrick-Fagan is an active member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP); She is an appointed parliamentarian of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, a public-service organization in Southfield, Michigan.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Seminars

Kandra Chinnshaw

Kandra is currently a Business Analyst at BCBSM.  She has over 20 years in Information Technology and 15 years in Catering/Event planning. She has worked in many industries including Health, Automotive, Energy, Education and Government. After beginning her career as a Desktop Support Technician and a part-time party planner, she soon realized she really enjoyed using her "creative" side along with her "process driven" side. This approach has enabled Kandra to be very successful managing projects and exceeding expectations in different roles throughout her career. Kandra loves to have fun and “MAKE IT HAPPEN” with collaboration, planning and lessons learned.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Detroit Mercy.  She earned her PMP in 2018. Outside of work, She is a "HouseHead" (a person who enjoys the genre of electronic & soulful music)  and enjoys ballroom dancing, live jazz concerts, travelling and of course events!


e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Social Media

Valerio Crovasce

Valerio has a considerable experience in project, program and portfolio management with main focus on industrial automation and robotics.

He has served in various corporations as the director of project and site management, global corporate PMO manager, and project manager.

He has worked across industries, including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, renewable energies, and others.

He has lived in multiple countries in Europe, Asia and North America, and enjoys cross-cultural environments.

Valerio holds a MS in Aeronautical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy and an MBA with concentration in Finance at the University of Michigan-Flint.

He lives in West Bloomfield with his wife, two children and their rescue dog.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Speakers

Suja Joseph

Suja is a Business transformation professional with more than 15 years leadership experience in the areas relating to Information Technology (IT) Profile Management, Asset Management, On-boarding, Incident, Problem, Change, Knowledge Base Management delivering application and infrastructure enterprise projects.  Highly skilled in executing planning, scheduling, organizing, and tracking processes, ensuring the feasibility of each deliverable for projects while accountable for the alignment with business objectives and business expectations.  Suja has worked at EDS/HP and has performed consultant work at Marathon Oil, Air Liquide and Shell Oil.

As Speaker Director at PMI GLC since 2010, Suja continues to be an asset to the PMI community by securing speakers for dinner meetings, Spring Symposium and PDD.  She enjoys developing a rapport with the speakers, and does whatever she can to meet the needs of the speaker, as well as, the Chapter.

Suja also loves being involved with her church, especially teaching children, while she is also devoted to her husband and three boys.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Sponsorship

Jayaram Narasimhan

Jayaram Narasimhan, B.E, MMM, PMP


Over 15 years’ experience with TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES spanning Business Consulting , IT Solutions Delivery and Program management for Projects in the areas of Lean Consulting, Business process transformation, ERP Implementation ,Business Analytics,Merger and Acquisition , Innovative Next Generation Solution build for Manufacturing Clients .
Over 14 years of Discrete Manufacturing Industry Experience (Automotive OEM ) covering multiple cross functional projects spanning Supply Chain, New Product Introduction, Product Engineering, Marketing and After Sales , Industrial Engineering & Projects , and New Business Development.

Total experience : 29 years with project locations in India, Netherlands, Italy and US


  • PMP Certified since  30th March 2011 and keeping the certification active through CCRS, PMP # 1398458 , valid till 29 Mar 2020
  • Member of PMI  from 16th Dec 2009 – Member ID 1692601
  • Attended Annual PMI Symposium in 2012 at Chennai
  • Member of PMI, Chennai Chapter India 2011, 2013
  • Member of PMIGLC from 2014.
  • Participated in PMIGLC Annual Symposium as a Poster Presenter.
  • Active Member of PMI, Great Lakes Chapter –
  • Publicity Manager , -  2015 – 2016 –  2017
  • Manager Sponsorship -  2018 – 2019 -2020

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Symposium

Synthia Adams

Synthia Adams, PMP, is a Senior Consultant in the Managed Services group and brings a cross industry experience to support her Corporate clients. Her background includes healthcare, automotive, utility, and gaming. She is an experienced PMI PMP © certified Project Manager with over 10 years of professional experience. Her current concentration is with Data Privacy, CyberSecurity and Compliance. Synthia joined PMI GLC in 2014 and volunteers  with the Sponsorshiop Team and was the Manager in 2017. Synthia holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Technology

Gia L. Todd

Gia L. Todd is the Founder and Principal owner of J. Edward Training Group, LLC, a technology consulting company specializing in software integration, training and support.  Gia knows that technology is sophisticated and believes in simplifying it for the workforce through targeted education and coaching.  With over 20 years of Information Technology education and experience, Gia proudly supports the Legal, Healthcare, Nonprofit, Construction and Education industries.  

Gia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology and a certificate in Executive Leadership and Lean Six Sigma. She is a certified Project Management Professional and lends her talent and skills to the Michigan Council of Women in Technology, Project Management Institute (Great Lakes Chapter) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC Detroit).

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Volunteer Management

B. Kent Potts, Jr.

Kent Potts, PMP, is a Program Manager for Automatic Systems, Inc, a global manufacturer of automation and integrated systems. Kent serves as 2020 Director Volunteer Management, and has served in various roles on the PMIGLC chapter Board for the past 7 years.  He has also held various leadership, engineering, quality, and consulting positions within multiple locations of Meritor, Honeywell, AlliedSignal Automotive, Yale Materials Handling Corp., and Dover Corp. Kent has lead multinational programs – most recently in China and Mexico. He has three US and EU patents pending for manufacturing process equipment and product designs. Kent holds both Master of Engineering and BSIE degrees from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He has practiced with PMP certification from Project Management Institute, Inc. since 2003. Kent has been published in Computers and Industrial Engineering, and he has spoken at several engineering and project management events.

e-mail: [email protected]

Director of Volunteer Promotion

Thagu Vivek

Thagu Vivek is currently employed as a Program Manager at DCS, Inc, Troy, Michigan. Managing the entire Data Management Suite of Products and Programs - leading a software development team including new business development, brand development, marketing, customer relations, new products architecture and distribution network initiatives. He has more than 19 years experience in project management and program management areas, with applications ranging from manufacturing, software design, quality control, Engineering services, and Information technology. He received his Program Management (PgMP) certification from Project Management Institute(PMI).He has a masters degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a MBA from Oakland University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society of Quality.

e-mail: [email protected]