PMI Phoenix Chapter

Chapter Board of Director Elections

The PMI Phoenix Chapter holds an annual election for rotating offices on the Board of Directors. If you are considering running or want more information on this year’s election review the information on this page and via the links below.

Nominees

Cynthia Ford

Nominee for Board Director

Cynthia Ford

Nominee for Board Director

Born and raised in Ohio, Cynthia moved to Arizona in 2013. She is a graduate of Hiram College and Cleveland State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education Degrees as well as Project Management Professional credentials. Cynthia has served on numerous Boards and Committees throughout her career. Currently employed in the public sector as a Project Manager, she is anxious to bring her eclectic background including being a former educator, event planner, consultant, and community organizer, to the Phoenix Chapter PMI Board. 

Cynthia accepts the challenge and looks forward to impacting the Phoenix Chapter’s membership growth potential, educational and professional development opportunities in addition to continuing as increasing our community involvement. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are of great interest and will be considered when engaging in planning for the Chapter. Having open dialog with members and welcoming innovation will make the Phoenix PMI Chapter even stronger than it is today. 

Cynthia enjoys travel, reading, horseback riding, cooking. With four children and one absolutely adorable granddaughter, family time is the chance to regroup, revive and enjoy the finer things in life.  

Danielle Lee

Nominee for Board Director

Danielle Lee

Nominee for Board Director

A recent transplant to the Phoenix Metro area, Danielle Lee was born and raised in the Las Vegas Valley. She is currently a Program Manager for the Department of Energy as a contractor supporting the Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) enterprise infrastructure programs. Danielle has been in the government administration industry focused on national security for nearly 10 years serving on both DOD and DOE contracts. Her background is in business analytics, supply chain systems, project management, and leading cross-functional teams through process improvement initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisiana, Shreveport. Danielle also received an Honor’s Certificate in Data Analytics from the Data Science 4 All Empowerment Program, a merit-based fellowship program with a less than 2% acceptance rate. Currently, Danielle is pursuing her PMP certification from PMI. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, camping, reading, and learning to play the guitar. 

Derrick Brownell, PMP

Nominee for Board Director

Derrick Brownell, PMP

Nominee for Board Director

Began my project management journey supporting Hospitality IT and manufacturing distribution projects while attending Santa Clara University. Graduating with a degree in Economics I was drafted by Major League Soccer, playing professionally in San Jose, and Charleston SC. Retiring from professional soccer in 2000 I began managing technical projects for ADP (Automatic Data Processing) focused on business process engineering related to Sales Order to Cash, CRM (Salesforce), and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) Programs. In 2010 I joined an Oracle consulting firm building a PMO resulting in the sale of the firm. Currently I am a partner and Sales Leader for The PMO Squad, a Project Delivery Solution provider. In my role I am responsible for attracting new clients and engaging in the planning and delivery of project strategy, talent, and training/coaching solutions. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, traveling with my family,  and coaching/playing soccer.  

Jennifer Lang

Nominee for Board Director

Jennifer Lang

Nominee for Board Director

I am an experienced technical program and service delivery manager, specializing in telecommunications, infrastructure, and service management.  Adaptable, caring, and forthright, I bring integrity and compassion to my work.  Follow-through and follow-up are my forte when managing people, business, programs, or projects.  Dependable, honest, knowledgeable, and always respectful, with an intense and inexhaustible work ethic exhibited over three decades of experience in technology, including federal, state, local government, and international assignments. 

A ten-year member of the Phoenix Chapter of PMI, I maintain my PMP certification, a Master’s in Technical Project Management, as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and an Associates in Telecommunications Engineering Technology.   

My vision for the Phoenix Chapter PMI Board of Directors is to provide a more widely known footprint within the Phoenix area.  To broadcast the value of Project Management as a whole, PMI as an organization and the Phoenix Chapter as the first resource for local members or those simply wanting to learn more about the craft. 

I have many ideas I would like to submit for consideration on ways to expand the chapter’s reach through local businesses. 

Milan Dordevic

Nominee for Board Director

Milan Dordevic

Nominee for Board Director

Milan Dordevic MBA, PMP is a certified project management leader, author, and business and technology mentor for high-tech start-ups. His expertise is in complex & remote project and product management, organizational development, and change, all of which he has gained over the course of 15 years. Through dynamic leadership and vision, he is driving business and product innovation, automation, digitalization, program efficiency, and scaling agility in the organization.

Prior to joining Proctorio's position of Director of Product Development, Milan managed internationally multi-million dollar cutting-edge software development projects in the areas of Cloud computing, Software for Autonomous Vehicles, Internet of Things, Entertainment, and Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) around the world for largest Fortune 500 companies as BMW, Audi, Samsung, Harman Kardon and Toyota. In 2022 Milan has been selected as an official member of the Forbes Technology Council and its expert panel.

Milan is a PMI member since 2013 and a PMP holder since 2014. He is also a member of five other Project Management associations, where he obtained additional knowledge, perspectives, and certifications.

Milan has an MBA degree from Grand Canyon University, a master’s degree in Engineering Management with an emphasis in Project Management as well a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Sciences. Since 2019 he lives with his wife and kids in sunny Arizona.

Pitchiah Balasubramanian

Nominee for Treasurer

Pitchiah Balasubramanian

Nominee for Treasurer

Pitchiah \"Pitch\" Balasubramanian is a senior versatile, innovative business technology leader with 30 years of progressive leadership experience across five different industries and 18 years of experience in Financial Services and Insurance. He is a servant, thought, and influential leader with an entrepreneurial mindset while solving business problems from people, processes, and technology perspectives. He has an engaging personality with proven leadership skills working effectively in a non-profit organization in strategic and operational initiatives. He is an inspiring leader with people development and management, mentoring and coaching, and a passion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He has been involved, engaged, and served in PMI Global and PMI local chapters - Great Lakes, MI, Pittsburgh, PA, and Chicagoland, IL - volunteer, manager, director, and vice president since 2000. He has presented at the NA LIM conference and led a volunteer team for Global Congress. He holds an MBA, an M.S. in Software Systems, and a B.E. in Computer Science. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at North Central University, San Diego, CA, and is targeted to get his terminal degree by 4Q 2022. He is currently a Director of Industry Consulting at NTT DATA Services, Inc. 

Stephanie Hanko

Nominee for Chair Elect

Stephanie Hanko

Nominee for Chair Elect

Stephanie is a Senior Principal at CSG Government Solutions, Inc., ranked by Forbes as One of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms. As a senior leader at CSG, she developed CSG’s enterprise project management methodology and quality strategy. She forges influential relationships to lead, oversee, and support a variety of small $100k to complex $200M government system modernization projects (e.g., Medicaid, Child Support, and Unemployment Insurance programs). Stephanie has expertise in quality and risk management and a unique competency in analyzing project problems, designing effective solutions, and energizing struggling teams to unleash their success. Stephanie is currently a PMI Phoenix Chapter Board Director and believes in giving back to support project management principles and individuals’ growth in project management expertise. 

 

Stephanie has a Psychology master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2010, is a credentialed PMI Agile Hybrid Project Pro, and is a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She enjoys volunteering for the PMI Phoenix Chapter and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. She places physical fitness high on her priority list and enjoys spending time with her two dogs, three cats, and husband of 24 years. 

Election FAQ

What are the Benefits

Serving on the PMI Phoenix Chapter Board of Directors takes time and dedication, but it is not without its rewards.

Board Members:

  • Further the development and advancement of the project management profession locally in Phoenix.
  • Opportunities for career visibility and leadership growth.
  • Opportunity to expand your network and knowledge with other professionals.
  • Access to the best practices and trends in project management.
  • Have a voice in the strategic direction of the chapter.
  • Earn PDUs: Category E Volunteer Service - serve as an elected volunteer officer for a project management organization including PMI chapters for a minimum of 3 months
Are there current opportunities?

We are currently looking for leaders to join our dynamic team to serve starting in 2022.

The current open board positions are:

  • Chair Elect for Board Chair (2 years)
  • Treasurer (2 years)
  • Board Director (2 years, duties determined by the board)
  • Board Director (2 years, duties determined by the board)
  • Board Director (2 years, duties determined by the board)

Details of roles & responsibilities can be found here in the Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities document. 

How do I know if I qualify?

In order to run in the election, a nominee must:

  • Be a Chapter member in good standing at the time of the election
  • Receive at least three nominations
  • Agree to serve in the position for which he or she is nominated
  • Any Chapter member in good standing may nominate another member
  • A Chapter member may nominate him or herself as one of the three nominations
  • The Chair-Elect must have served 6 months as a PMI® Board member within the last two years prior to taking office.
  • Nominations are submitted by an e-form, which will be opened during the nomination process window.  See the timeline below for the dates.
  • In case of any questions, please email elections@pmiphx.org
What is the process for 2022?

Call for nominations May 2022:

  • Nominations Committee evaluates and interviews the nominees May through July 2022
  • Evaluation may include the following: Nominee’s agreement to be on ballot, resume submission, leadership questionnaire to be filled/submitted
  • Interview with Nominations Committee
  • Nominations Committee confirms nominees July 2022
  • Ballot announcement August 2022
  • Nominee's presentation at August Chapter Meeting: Each nominee gets two minutes to present in front of the chapter members
  • Elections open - September 1
  • Elections close - October 1
  • Results Presentation at October Chapter Meeting
  • Transition Period (Outgoing Board ===> Incoming Board) October - December
Can I Volunteer?

We have a full Nominations Commitee at this time but there will always be next year. If you are interested in volunteering there are several other great options Here.

How do I vote?

All chapter members will receive an email with voting instructions on September 1st when the election opens.  The email will contain a link to the online ballot, allowing you to log in and vote.  The email will be sent to the primary email address in your PMI.org profile. 

Elections Timeline

01 May 2022

01 Jun 2022

01 Aug 2022

01 Sept 2022

01 Oct 2022

15 Oct 2022

01 Nov 2022

Call for Nominations

Nominations Period is now closed

Nominee Confirmation Process

Nominations Committee confirm nominees and request presentations for August 2022

Nominees Announced

Elections Open

Elections Closed

Election Results

Results Presentation at October Chapter Meeting

Transition Period

Incoming board members attend board meetings with their counterparts and begin the transition into their position and take office on Jan 1, 2023.