Southern New England Chapter of PMI

Candidates 2008

2008 - 2009 SNEC-PMI Board of Directors

Election Candidates (listed alphabetically by last name)



 Darwyn Azzinaro, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Darwyn Azzinaro has been a PMI member since 1997, a PMP since 1999 and on the SNEC Board of Directors since 2002 (Treasurer, Director of Education and currently Director of Communications). He is also a certified OPM3 Assessor and Consultant. He has a passion for volunteer leadership and actively contributes to the project management profession. Additionally, he is an experienced project manager and instructor.

Darwyn has a record of solid accomplishments with the SNEC-PMI Chapter and PMI. He established and chaired the SNEC Strategic Planning Committee which introduced the organization to strategic and operational planning and budgeting. Also, he created and chaired the SNEC Education Committee and was chair of the SNEC Project Management Conference Committee which delivered SNEC’s first conference. He was part of PMI’s Portfolio and Program Management standard development team and is currently on PMI’s standards development team for OPM3, Second Edition.

Darwyn is currently a project management methodology consultant for InSource. Darwyn’s previous positions include Sr. Project Manager at Aetna and Sr. Project Manager with Siemens Business Services. Additionally, he instructs Project Management Fundamentals, PMP Prep and PMO courses and is a part-time adjunct professor at Holyoke Community College.

What Darwyn can offer SNEC-PMI
Darwyn strives to assist SNEC-PMI in its ability to create value for our members, volunteers, PMI and the discipline of project management. He believes in the value of volunteerism and the people who volunteer for SNEC and PMI. He hopes to expand our environment where volunteer opportunities will continue to assist individuals as they seek to grow. Additionally, he aspires to grow the synergies between SNEC PMI and the business, academic and non-profit communities so that all can prosper from the use of project management.

 Wayne Botha, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors


Brief professional biography:
Wayne is an IT project manager with a PMP specializing in e-Business Project Management. His formal education includes a B.Sc majoring in Psychology and Information Systems and an MBA in E-Business. Wayne has trained students in Saudi Arabia and managed IT projects in both South Africa and the USA.

In his current role as Project Manager for CIGNA, Wayne manages applications on an Internet facing web-portal. Like many project managers today Wayne has overcome the challenges to build and maintain onshore/offshore development teams to leverage cost efficiencies.

In 1996 Wayne completed a six-month course in Project Management at the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership.

Wayne is a published author and enthusiastic Toastmaster. Toastmasters International develops Communication and Leaderships skills which has certainly helped Wayne in his role of Area B2 Governor for Toastmasters.

Wayne’s friends and colleagues frequently make fun of his South African accent.

What does Wayne offer and bring to SNEC-PMI?
Wayne travels internationally and has worked in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Holland. Wayne brings a unique international perspective to the SNEC-PMI Board of directors.

As one of a handful of Project Managers working directly with Internet facing Web Portals has experience with overcoming the unique challenges in this leading edge technology. We can expect more and more SNEC-PMI members to be faced with implementing web-portal applications in the future as e-commerce continues to grow unabated. Wayne’s experience will be instrumental in creating programs to meet the need of tomorrow’s SNEC-PMI ecommerce Project Managers.

As a published author Wayne can advise and assist all SNEC members to share their experience with other Project Managers in order to advance our body of professional knowledge.

As an experienced public speaker, Wayne places a high value on the need for Project Managers to become skilled presenters. Today’s project managers need to go beyond “reporting status” and must “Present the Project” to stakeholders. Wayne’s brings years of public speaking experience to SNEC-PMI members, including a simple and repeatable process to craft memorable PowerPoint Presentations.
 Kim Chamerda, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Kim is a currently a Program Manager with Hartford Technology Services Company (HTSC). She has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry in roles ranging from project/program manager, manager of matrixed teams, benefits consultant and financial underwriter to line/departmental manager. She has been involved in large-scale projects since 1995.

In her current role at HTSC, she is managing several programs in the P&C division. Prior to HTSC, Kim worked at Aetna in various roles, including project management and also in benefits consulting at AON and Mercer Management Consulting in Los Angeles.

Kim has both a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She received a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Boston University in 2000 and then her PMP designation in 2001.

She currently lives in Bloomfield where she is an elected official in her town government.

Kim became active in the Southern New England chapter in 2000. Kim was very active in the chapter and helped craft the SNEC job search functionality and content which now resides on the website. She also was a meeting PM several times in the past.

What does Kim offer and bring to SNEC-PMI
Kim would bring energy and a broad perspective to the role. She wants to promote project and program management as job functions crucial to the success of any company. Because she has a broad background in various roles, she understands the position that PMs are in from both sides. In addition, she wants to ensure that members get what they need from the chapter as it continues to grow in membership.

 Debanjan Dey, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Deb has 9+ years experience in the IT Industry focusing on Global Outsourcing, Consulting, Program Management and had stints with firms who are pioneers in these areas including 6+ years with Infosys ($4B+ Global company, www.infy.com). He is currently employed with CSC Covansys (part of $16.1B conglomerate, www.csc.com) and in his role as Sr Director, is helping Fortune 1000/500 customers understand and embrace the strategic importance of structured sourcing and the solution aspect.

In the past, Deb has executed complex, high end, CXO focused technology and business consulting projects in the US, Europe, Middle East and India for many Fortune 500 organizations (like Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, ING, Mellon Financial etc), program managed delivery of multiple projects with focus on financial (margins, productivity), people and organizational matters and done solution developments (building ground up Go to Market solutions).

In addition, Deb has expertise in collaborating with people across diverse portfolios, backgrounds and locations, project planning and management, solution design, options evaluation, and ROI analysis. He has the Project Management Professional designation, an Engineering Degree in Electronics & Telecommunications and several other technology certifications like CCSA, CCSE, BS7799 LA.

Deb has also written a white paper on “Architecting ebanking High Assurance Security Solutions” which was published in the USA-HASE symposium and in the past he has spoken to local PMI chapters.

What Deb offers SNEC-PMI
Deb brings enthusiasm, dedication to the project management cause, and excellent project management skills coupled with creativity and a sense of purpose. He describes himself as being fortunate to have stints in Consulting, Project Management and Business Development which has helped him become a rounded individual with broader perspectives on most aspects i.e. ability to see the big picture quickly and unite people to achieve a particular objective. He has the desire to promote the benefits of project management as a discipline as well as SNEC-PMI as a resource to project managers and other interested parties in the Greater Hartford area as well as throughout southern New England.

 Kimberly Dornisch, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Kimberly has over 15 years of program and project management, as well as organizational management of large IT teams within financial services companies. She spent 14 years as a consultant with American Management Systems, Inc., providing project management experience to lead large system integration and conversion projects for financial services and insurance firms across the United States. She worked at Hartford Life to establish a project management office for the Investment Products Division, which consisted of over 40 project managers managing 70+ projects. She is currently an Assistant Vice President at MassMutual Financial Group, leading the Retirement Income Systems team, consisting of over 100 employees and consultants, providing project delivery and production support services for the Retirement Income business unit. She has served on the SNEC-PMI Board of Directors for the past two years as the Asst Director and Director of Marketing.

What Kimberly can offer SNEC-PMI
Leadership, creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to taking SNEC-PMI to the next level as an organization dedicated to promoting project management competencies and opportunities for its membership.

 Fred Johnson, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Fred has over 14 years successful project engineering management for aerospace technology initiatives as a project manager with United Technologies Corporation. His prior experience includes project management at Sikorsky Aircraft. At Sikorsky, Fred was the team lead for many technology projects, most notably, the first engine source selection for a military platform in the company’s history. Fred currently works at Pratt & Whitney where he leads a team to develop innovative engine repair solutions for the F-22 Raptor.

Fred has expertise in Team Building, project planning, problem resolution, earned value management, and strategic technology solutions. Fred is also the Project Manager for the SNEC-PMI Restructuring Committee that will allow the SNEC chapter to grow even stronger.

Fred holds the Project Management Professional designation, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Bridgeport.

What Fred can offer SNEC-PMI
Many years of experience from other professional organizations, dedication, and excellent project management skills coupled with creativity and a sense of humor. Desire to create increased brand recognition for the PMP credential throughout companies within Connecticut.

 Gina Lumia, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Gina has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles from development to project lead, project manager, director of project management and portfolio/project management. She is currently at Travelers as the Portfolio/Program manager working in a data warehouse group. She has a team of project managers whose focus is project delivery in a complex environment. Gina has been a Project Director and Portfolio/Program Manager with Travelers since 2006 and one of her primary goals has been to define and implement project management best practices in her area. Her prior experience includes project and program management at Hartford Life and The Hartford, as well as many other companies as a consultant.

Gina has been an active member of the chapter for several years working with programs, education, and membership. She was instrumental in the development and pilot of the SNEC PMI Mentoring program. She has been the Director of Programs for the past year.

Gina received the Project Management Professional designation in 2003 and a holds a degree in Information Systems.

What Gina can offer SNEC-PMI
Gina brings to the table past experience in the chapter from working on various committees to being Director of Programs. She has contributed to the development and growth of the chapter and looks forward to continuing to build a strong and dynamic chapter with close ties to the business communities. She is dedicated, enthusiastic, and passionate about project management. Gina possesses the ability to motivate and energize others, has keen leadership skills, as well as excellent interpersonal, networking and project management skills. She would be honored to continue to serve.

 Julie McEvoy, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Julie has over 20 years successful project and program management in software development initiatives, including defining and implementing new processes and best practices. Julie has been a project leader or project manager with 3M since 1988. In addition, Julie has experience in software design, has held the office of President, Vice President and Secretary in the 3M Club where she organized and led events and event committees. Julie has been awarded for her work at 3M. Although Julie is a newer member of PMI and the SNEC chapter, she has greatly enjoyed the chapter meetings attended and is eager to get involved and assist wherever needed to promote project management.

Julie holds the Project Management Professional designation, a Bachelors degree in English and a minor in Computer Science.

What Julie can offer SNEC-PMI
The ability to motivate and energize others, business acumen, leadership skills, excellent interpersonal and project management skills. A belief in servant leadership and a strong desire to be a resource to SNEC PMI and business peers interested in project management.

 Richard E. Narowski, PMP, PE
Candidate for Board of Directors

Rick is the President of R.E. Narowski & Associates LLC, a management consulting service, specializing in business systems integration and optimization. He has over 30 years of experience in Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Information Technologies and Program management. He has a BSEE and MSCS from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Prior to starting his own business, Rick was the Chief Information Officer for Hamilton Sundstrand’s Industrial and International businesses, and a member of the mergers and acquisition team. He was responsible for leading the strategic IT initiatives for these businesses and managing the projects dealing with integrating the geographically diverse operations. In 1994, Rick was the senior HS representative and project manager for a $31M program to create an aerospace design and manufacturing joint venture in Moscow, Russia. He has also directed the Quality audit program, written several sections of a Malcolm Baldridge application which earned a site visit, and established a Software Quality Assurance department. He successfully led a project to establish a design and manufacturing center in Frankfurt Germany to address the Airbus market.

Rick has also been active with community support. He was the chairman of the Board of Directors for RADAR, an alcohol and drug abuse resource center in Hartford; member of the Board of Directors for Wheeler Clinic; and member of the Canton Zoning commission. He is also a strong supporter of the United Way and its Day of Caring, and Habitat for Humanity. You can find him on one of the Habitat builds in the greater Hartford area, or on one of their international Global Villages efforts. He is a private pilot, and serves as the Treasurer of the Connecticut Valley Flyers, Inc.

What does Rick offer and bring to SNEC-PMI
Rick will bring a very broad background to SMEC-PMI with personal experience in many different project areas as he has done extensive international work in over 50 countries and has expertise as a Board of Directors member and chairman. His background provides him a point of view that encompasses small, medium and very large companies, as well as all levels of management. He has excellent written and presentation skills ranging from developing and delivering small training classes to making a presentation on joint ventures to Vice President Al Gore’s and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomydin’s Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation.

Rick is an experienced facilitator, works well with people, is comfortable in multiple cultures and is a strong leader. He is an ardent believer in the program management methodologies and the need to teach and spread its use.

 Joe Noonan, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Joe has 28 years of experience in the software development and IT industries in various roles from software testing, software development, project lead, project manager and director of Software Development. He is currently employed at IBM as the Technical Manager for the Upstate New York and New England region managing the relationships with many large area accounts such as Aetna, The Hartford, Travelers, CIGNA, ING, StateStreet Bank, Fidelity Investments and many others. He manages a team of 9 technical specialists and 3 architects that provide solutions to complex IT problems for these accounts that focus on project delivery and project communications through automation of the software development/delivery process.

Joe received his Project Management Professional designation in 2004 and has been active in the chapter as the former chapter Secretary and Director of Communications. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Charter Oak State College in Connecticut.

What Joe can offer SNEC-PMI
I would look forward to bringing my past experience as chapter Secretary and Director of Communications as well as a deep enthusiasm for helping the chapter to build on its successes and grow. I find the SNEC-PMI chapter to be strong and vibrant and want to be a part of building on the successes of the past to make it even better.

 Renee Overton-Palma, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

I have eight-(8) years of successful Project and Program Management experience in both business and technology. I am a new Project Manager with LifeCare Inc. as of this month. My prior experiences include serving as a Senior Project Manager and a Senior Business Process Consultant at UnitedHealth Group, Morgan Stanley, and Health Net. In addition, I have expertise in consulting with work groups on communications, solution engineering, options/impact evaluation, cost benefit analysis, and defining and implementing best practices. I make a concerted effort to always participate and lead various Project Management oriented committees at my places of employment as I believe that after recognizing a need for change it is best to be part of the solution.

I hold the Project Management Professional designation, a Master Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from George Washington, a Bachelors of Liberal Arts from the University of Connecticut and have been a member in good standing for SNEC of PMI since 2005.

What Renee can offer SNEC-PMI
I am highly capable and offer a strong ability to promote team, tons of enthusiasm, consistent dedication, a broad knowledge of project management skills and a pro-active/can-do attitude. I have commitment to promote the benefits of project management as a discipline as well as promoting SNEC PMI as a resource to project managers and other interested parties in the Greater Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield county areas. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors.

 Richard Sheldrick, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

I have over 15 years of successful project and program management experience for major manufacturing, financial, entertainment and outsourcing corporations working on infrastructure, telecommunications, and application development projects for them, as either a full time employee or as a consultant.

Some of the corporations I have worked for include, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Stanley Works, Mohegan Sun Casino, The Phoenix, USCO, IBM, Michelin Tire, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Computer Sciences and EDS.

While working for these companies, my primary responsibility was to use the PMI Methodology and Best Practices to implement projects and programs assigned to me, and to promote the benefits of using these practices to the senior management of the companies.

I hold a Project Management Professional certification (PMP) with a Masters Degree in Project Management, Bachelors degree in Computer Science and an Associates degree in Business Management.

What Richard can offer SNEC-PMI
I can offer the organization my organizational and management skills acquired in over 30 years of working with major corporations both as a people manager and project manager. I can bring a wide range of experience to help to build a stronger and more widely recognized Project Management organization here in southern Connecticut by thinking out of the box to develop new programs for the Chapter to increase membership and corporate recognition.

I will be a resource for new project managers who need a mentor to guide them through the complexities of the PMI methodologies and to assist them in becoming successful and professional project managers.

 William Stronge, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

Bill is a seasoned IT professional with over 14 years experience in business process and information technology. During that time he has worked in project management, leadership and applications development. Bill has been responsible for project management duties for 10 years and has been leading projects since 2000. He currently is working for Nestlé Waters North America focusing on E-Business projects and its associated technologies and processes. In previous roles he has worked on supporting business processes from customer service and eCommerce to finance and reporting.

His abilities to work as part of a team has been proven while being involved in the successful business design and implementation of applications on a global scale during which time he had the opportunity to interact with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to achieve common goals.

Bill holds degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Harford. He also holds a Master Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University as well as a Master Certificate in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

What Bill can offer SNEC-PMI
I would be honored to serve and believe that I can contribute to the advancement and growth of the professional Project Management industry by applying my dedication , knowledge and leadership values. I also want to help further the mission of the chapter and ensure that all members benefit from being associated with the organization. I look forward to the challenge of actively participating on various committees to ensure that all chapter members have the opportunity to express their beliefs and contribute.

 Scott Sutton-Hall, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

As an experienced Project Management Professional, PMP consultant, IT Systems Analyst and Technical Project Manager, Scott brings over 14 years of project management, business consulting and information technology experience to his clients. He has been employed to work with companies such as JPMorgan-Chase, SmartMoney.com, New York Life Insurance, and Johnson&Johnson.

A recent transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Scott was an active volunteer in the Central Ohio chapter of PMI and is now serving on the SNEC Web Committee.

Scott has been an active participant for many organizations including serving as the Vice President for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Scott received his Project Management Professional designation in 2005, holds several Microsoft credentials, and received a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management from Ohio Northern University.

What Scott can offer SNEC-PMI
Scott offers enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, broad product management knowledge and experience to promote the growing Southern New England chapter of PMI. Scott offers a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas, and has a unique blend of business management and core IT skills. He will use these skills to further expand the organization's goals. Scott has a hands-on leadership approach and encourages and supports all members to be actively involved.

 Steve Teebagy
Candidate for Board of Directors

I have over 10 years experience building and maintaining mutually beneficial business partnerships with small, mid-market and large enterprise businesses throughout New England. While I do not have a traditional project management background, I have strong experience developing and executing professional business plans, leading and coordinating teams of cross-functional resources and owning bottom-line responsibility for project-based technology implementations and customer satisfaction.

I've recently joined William George Associates (a PMI Registered Education Provider and Platinum Sponsor of the May 2nd SNEC-PMI Conference) as Connecticut Director of Business Development, and am responsible for all WGA business activities locally. Previously, as Solutions Principal for EMC Corporation Global Services here in CT, I was directly involved in scope definition, statement-of-work development and execution oversight for dozens of application development and other IT projects. Prior to joining EMC, I was an account manager for Microsoft Corporation here in New England for over 5 years, during which time I organized and ran numerous successful marketing campaigns and business events.

I graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, MA, with an interdisciplinary major in Management Information Systems and Marketing. I am currently accumulating the requisite PM training contact hours in order to sit for the CAPM exam, and aspire to continue toward PMP certification in the coming year.

What Steve can offer SNEC-PMI
I believe my professional commitment here in CT to the advancement of the Project Management profession (through People, Process and Tools development), marketing experience and proven success in building relationships would make me a valuable contributor to the SNEC-PMI Board of Directors. While I am open to any/all assignments that the BoD would like for me to pursue, unquestionably I would be well-suited to activities involving PM community outreach, development and/or training initiatives, marketing program and event execution and partnership efforts with local PM-focused business partners and vendors. What I may lack in direct project management expertise, I certainly make up for in passion, energy and a commitment to personal and professional improvement.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and the opportunity to serve the local PMI chapter.

 Lynn Van Sweden, PMP
Candidate for Board of Directors

I have over 15 years of successful project and program management for business and technology initiatives, including defining and implementing best practices. I have been involved in project management with Diageo since 2001. My prior experience includes project and program management at Coca-Cola, Northrop Grumman, and Millennium Chemicals as well as for non profit organizations in a volunteer capacity. I am also the team lead for several special interest groups at my current company and currently hold the position of Treasurer with our Project Management Network. I have recently volunteered with SNEC in the last year's effort to reorganize the board structure and by-laws update.

I hold the Project Management Professional designation, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting and financial analysis.

What Lynn can offer SNEC-PMI
I have a passion and energy for promoting project management skills and tools, coupled with the desire for continual learning and expanding of my own project management skills. I am dedicated to the promotion of the benefits of project management as a discipline as well as SNEC PMI as a resource to project managers and other interested parties in the Greater Hartford area as well as throughout southern New England. I am a team player that promotes staying focused on the goal at hand, while building relationships and having some fun along the way.