Speakers at the IT PMO / Portfolio Management Conference

Conference Chair:

Randy Wimmer

Accomplished, results driven leader with over 25 years of IT and business experience. Developer of strategies as well as tactical solutions enabling IT Portfolio Management and PMO capabilities within various companies such as Allstate Insurance, MillerCoors and currently Walgreens. Successfully and consistently demonstrates an ability to deliver seamless, cost effective solutions leveraging critical thinking and established frameworks (e.g. PMBOK, CMM, ITIL, etc.). Enjoys working in a team setting that utilizes common goal/objectives definition, collaboration, joint problem solving, and knowledge sharing. Develops fellow professionals (internally/externally) by providing coaching, mentoring, and serving as a volunteer conference chairman for CAMP IT Conferences. He is an avid craft beer fan and is planning to take the Certified Cicerone exam.

Nicole Bergen
Nicole Bergen is the IT PMO Manager at Walgreens, overseeing the PMO’s resource management as well as the methodology adoption for a succinct usage across IT. In addition Nicole leads the IT project performance measurement to ensure on-time, in scope and within budget delivery. Nicole graduated from EWS (European Academy for Foreign Languages and Businesses) in Leipzig, Germany with a degree in International Business.
It is Nicole’s professional passion to develop value driven processes to foster successful and meaningful adoptions of ways of working, especially within the PMO.
Mark Buchynski
Mark is an energetic, results-driven executive with more than 20 years of professional experience working hands-on with Fortune 500 corporations, growth organizations and startups to address their critical business priorities.

He has more than 15 years of experience in management consulting, using his operational experience and process-oriented background to take a discerning look at clients’ existing processes and recognize risks and opportunities associated with current performance. Mark has been successful in leading change initiatives by focusing on critical drivers of initiative adoption.

Mark has a proven ability to accelerate the rate and success of initiative adoption by shoring up one or more of the key change management program levers and setting the right tone within the organization.  
Laura Dribin
Peritius was founded in 1989 by Laura Dribin, a refugee from a big five consulting firm. She watched projects succeed, but saw too many fail or limp across the finish line. She believed there was a simpler way.
So, Laura began a journey to find wise people who understood the value of solid and repeatable approaches, but didn’t get lost in those approaches when a creative solution revealed itself. She believed she could mix experience with drive and make these complex initiatives easier to complete. She knew that the hardest part of any job was to hire individuals with strong soft skills / high EQ that knew how to engage people and get them to drive to the desired outcome. . The end result is her current company, Peritius Consulting.
Today, Laura spends her time actively growing her business, biking, getting out of town as much as she can for fun and gilding her empty nest!
Greg Gardner
Greg is a Principal with over 18 years of proven success as a trusted advisor, leading business process, finance, technology and change programs. He has deep expertise in PMO development and complex program management and turnaround. He generates ideas and drives outcomes by leveraging his strong people skills, analytical and strategic thinking, and experiences across many business processes, including CRM (sales, service and marketing), finance and claims processing and broad knowledge of IT solutions. He has delivered for clients in the healthcare (including pharmacy benefit management and Medicare Part D), IT, hospitality, financial services, shipping, government, business services and heavy equipment manufacturing industries.
Connie Inman
I enjoy building a strategic vision and helping others bring the vision to reality. Planning and organization come naturally to me and are skills that I use on and off the job. I consider it my mission in life to be a resource for others to learn, grow, and feel valued for their contributions.

I am a trained and experienced PMO leader with the necessary skills required for strategic, tactical, and technical leadership. I have experience building successful teams including identifying roles and responsibilities to developing new departments and reorganizing departments with the purpose of effective and quality driven service delivery.

Familiar with developing business, technology and financial policies and procedures. Experience with building prioritization models that align project investments with corporate strategy. Skilled at recruiting and leading effective technical and business teams along with formulating and implementing business development strategies – often through the completion of projects and presentation of strategic plans. Industries include private, public and government sector environmental projects, manufacturing, automotive, consulting, merchant services processing and virtual call centers, environmental engineering, and oil & gas.

I have effective communication skills, leadership and team building ability in addition to a proven commitment to first-rate service and customer satisfaction. I am dedicated to the successful delivery of projects, methodologies, and practices in a manner that brings both customer and team value.
Jeannine McConnell
Jeannine McConnell is an Enterprise Strategist with ServiceNow. In this role, Jeannine provides executive level consulting to extend the value of service management across the corporate enterprise and support organizations in their efforts to transform and modernize. This includes all aspects of IT, HR, marketing, finance, legal as well as project and portfolio management.

Jeannine is a supporting member of the Project Management Institute, with certifications in Program Management, Project Management, as well as the IIBA with a certification in Professional Business Analysis. Jeannine also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt with a focus on transactional activity, is ITIL certified and holds CRISC and CGEIT certifications from ISACA. Jeannine is also actively involved in the Business Relationship Management Institute. She is also a contributor on some of Microsoft Press’ best selling publications on software engineering.

Before joining ServiceNow in 2015, Jeannine worked in technology for a diverse range of organizations, including Borland, TIAA-­‐CREF, Kronos, Fruition Partners and KPMG. She has over 35 years experience in technology holding multiple patents in software development, specifically in the areas of human resources and payroll. She has led global ITPMOs, as well as HRIS operations, led software development teams, and started software quality organizations. With over 7 years of experience with ServiceNow, she has employed the value of the platform as a tool to transform the enterprise as both the application owner and consultant.

Jeannine’s passion is to help organizations optimize performance, incorporate best practices and execute successfully on their strategic roadmaps. She is excited to bring her varied background in IT, R&D, Payroll/HR, and Project and Portfolio Management to help organizations all sizes and industries find success in extending ServiceNow across the enterprise.
Susan Mallett
In her current role as IT Portfolio and Process Manager Susan is responsible for managing the IT Project portfolio working with company leaders to prioritize and capacity plan. Susan was the co-creator in establishing the Charter Mfg PMO in 2012 including successfully creating and implementing PMO and Project Management processes and procedures used across the corporation. Accomplished Certified Project Manager earning her PMP certification in 2007 and MCPM from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2013.
Jeff Manhardt
JEFF MANHARDT is a strategic technology leader with over 18 years of a proven track record achieving project & program management objectives while utilizing situational leadership to manage global teams. He has managed dozens of projects & programs for a Buffalo-based top 20 Bank and is a bank acquisition specialist. Jeff’s experience, skill-set and thought leadership propelled him into managing the Technology Program Management Office in July 2014 responsible for program managers, project/program support personnel & business requirement analysts and a portfolio of over 100 projects & programs.

Over the last 10 years, Jeff’s results oriented, process driven leadership approach has culminated with projects & programs completing within 10% of time and cost earning him an award for Best Technology Project Manager in 2014.

Jeff has also serves as Adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo & Canisius College Center for Professional Development and has spoken at conferences such as Finance Transformation Summit, Recession Proof PDUs and at multiple PMI chapters in the Northeast and internationally.

Jeff received his PMP® certification in May 2005 and has served on the PMI Buffalo chapter Board since 2007 in the positions of VP of Programs, VP of Professional Development, VP of Technology & Business Services and VP of Finance. Jeff is a 2013 LIMC graduate and has been elected to serve as Board President starting January 2017.

Jeff has also served on the boards of the Buffalo Chapter of the IIBA, BA/PMWorld Toronto Board of Advisors & the Graycliff Conservancy.
Ross Pallan
I am a Business Relationship Manager and the key liaison that establishes partnerships with business and technology leaders developing roadmaps, strategies and solutions. As an effective Information Technology Business Partner, I interact and communicate with individuals at all levels in diverse functional areas solving business problems by translating user requirements with IT solutions. Multiple high profile projects relied upon my Program & Project Management expertise to direct the work of matrixed project teams. One of my primary responsibilities is the Workday IT Project Manager. I managed the technical implementation of Workday, integrations with existing vendor and in-house applications, partnered with HR throughout the entire project lifecycle analyzing and recommending business process improvements and solutions, and collaborated with HR and the implementation partner on project planning and issue resolution.
Alyce Reopelle
PMP certified with 18+ years demonstrated successful IT project, program and governance leading organizations to far exceed Senior Executive expectations. Adaptive leader inspires IT to superior achievement through communications, collaboration and mentoring, Solutions-oriented, organized and results-driven leader. Excels in project, program and portfolio management. Enabling PMO structures and governance to fit within company cultures.  
Linda Roach
Linda Roach brings 17 years of experience in product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing to her role as Vice President of Marketing for Planview. Upon joining the company in 2004, Linda led the launch of Planview Enterprise, repositioning the company from a single product to a highly successful multiple product line. Prior to joining Planview, Linda held management positions at Pervasive Software, VTEL Corporation, and Kodak where she led go-to-market initiatives covering new products, product line expansion, and opening new market segments. Linda holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has participated in Executive Education programs at the University of Michigan, Wharton School, and University of Texas at Austin.
Patricia Saint
Pat is a global IT Portfolio Manager at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis who is leads strategic portfolio governance, process improvement initiatives, Account and Project Manager onboarding, and oversees the CIO’s - “key projects” monthly status reporting. Also a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps reserve, Pat has over twenty-five years expertise in IT management, implementation, and consulting primarily in defense, aviation, and healthcare industries within corporate, government, and military sectors.   Pat is a graduate of Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.  
Jennifer Scarlato
Jennifer Scarlato is a Senior Solution Consultant with Rego Consulting. Jennifer has been implementing project portfolio management solutions and setting up governance frameworks for more than 10 years. During that time, Jennifer has worked closely with large and small organizations to define and automate business processes, implement enterprise-class PPM and Application Portfolio Management solutions, and provide strategic guidance on best practices when implementing a Project Management Office. She is a subject matter expert on core PPM functionality including resource management, project management, portfolio management and financial management as well as Application Portfolio Management.
Claude Scher
Claude is a graduate of Compiegne Technology University in France with an engineering degree in Computer Science and holds a master in Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Since 2012, Claude has been a repeat presenter at the CAMP IT Portfolio Management Conferences
Throughout his career, he has had the chance to be involved and managed at different level of leadership a variety of projects and programs in the Information Technology and Supply Chain field. At GE Healthcare, Claude managed several global IT implementation projects for Supply Chain and Manufacturing spanning across Europe, Asia and North America. At Kohler and Johnson Controls, he was responsible for large ERP implementations with an opportunity to perform complex contract management including portfolio management work.
More recently, Claude spent 4 years at MillerCoors as an Enterprise Portfolio Manager, overseeing the implementation of a new PPM solution as well as the deployment of several Portfolio planning and sequencing processes as well as release / dependencies management.
Claude is currently the PMO manager for Charter Manufacturing, a very large family-owned steel and iron production and manufacturing company in Mequon, WI where he enjoys working on maturing PMO organizations.
Claude is also the current President of the PMI Milwaukee / Southeast WI Chapter.  
Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah is skilled Program Manager with more than 11 years of experience managing cross functional complex projects, large integration and transformation projects, IT project portfolio management, and PMO governance processes in large organizations. Jigar is currently working for R1, a Healthcare Financial Consulting Firm, in its PMO department working on project, program and portfolio management services. Jigar holds PMP and Agile certifications. Jigar has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Operations and Leadership and Change Management.
Andrew Smith
Andrew is a Senior Program and Project Manager with Robert W. Baird’s Project Services group. Over his 13 years of project delivery experience, he has worked with a variety of organizations ranging from small startups to Fortune 200 companies. In addition to project management, Andrew has led lean transformations, managed $100 MM project portfolios, coached agile teams and developed business analysis methodologies.
Andrew has a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife and two sons.  
Lisa Snyder
Currently Lisa is the Director, IT Program Management at Walgreens Boots Alliance. Over the last fifteen years she has implemented Portfolio, Program, Project and Resource Management capabilities at several companies including True Value and Constellation Brands. She also has experience across a variety of technologies – ERP, Category Management, custom tools, content management, and custom web tools. Lisa has an MBA from Kellogg and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois.

Annur Sumar
Annur Sumar is a Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP and technology consultant in the areas of Infrastructure Design, Enterprise Content Management, CRM, Microsoft Azure, System Center and Cloud Technologies. Annur is an industry recognized leader and independent speaker around strategic service automation, technology driven process improvements, IT service alignment, engineering best practices and operations management. All of which are targeted in his presentations to helping businesses with complex IT environments lower Total Cost of Ownership and raising Return On Investments.

Prior to joining a Microsoft Partner Consulting firm, Annur served as a Vice President of Technology for Duff & Phelps. One of the world’s leading independent financial advisory firms serving client needs in the areas of valuation, investment banking, transaction advice, and dispute consulting. During his tenure at Duff & Phelps, Annur worked closely with Microsoft product teams and case study managers in providing invaluable feedback around how businesses such as his were able to benefit from cloud technologies that were molded into business solutions. As a Microsoft MVP and industry expert, Annur brings 10 years of experience to work actively with other MVPs and Microsoft Partners to provide industry insight and strategic direction.