Project Management Professional (PMP)® Student Profiles:

Student Profile: Steve Richards, PMP

fullsizeoutput 134fMy name is Steve Richards. I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan but I’ve lived in Southern California for over 35 years. I have an undergraduate degree in Business, an Executive MBA, and now I’m PMP certified! I started my career as a software developer, transitioned to management, then professional consulting with Ernst & Young, then into industry as VP of Professional Services, and then ultimately, I started my own Project Management Services consulting firm. So, I’ve been in this field for over 30 years.

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Student Profile: Tonyia Pritchard, PMP

TonyiaI am an IT professional with over 19 years of IT experience in the field. The last 8 years I have been in management, particularly in Project Management. I am a Certification Addict. When I am not studying for a certification, I love spending my time either on the soccer field or softball field...my two passions are watching my girls play.

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Student Profile: Tiya Mitchell, PMP, CPHIMS, PCHM CCE

Tiya MitchellI'm a Health IT Project Manager and have been working in the Healthcare IT field for over 20 years. The majority of my experience is in medical software and consulting. In those roles, I have worked in Implementations/Project Management, Training and Consulting. I have been performing the project management functions for years and managed several departments, including a Consulting department and a Training department. Project Management was very important is getting the departments initiated and running.

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Student Profile: Cindy Thai, PMP

cindyI am a Production Supervisor for one of the top growing advertising agencies in Canada.  Over the last 6 years, I’ve developed a portfolio specifically in Large Format Digital promotions, HTML coding and Direct Mail marketing campaigns on both vendor and client side. An avid runner, hiker, snowboarder, diver and competitive volleyball player.

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Student Profile: Francis Kuma, PMP

FrancisKumaPMPI'm a reliability engineer for the leading confectionery manufacturer in the world with two kids (a 7-month son and a 2-year-old daughter). I work about 12 hours a day and babysit (be a dad) for the remainder.

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Student Profile: Shehzad Anwar Khan, PMP

Shehzad Anwar Khan PMPA medical graduate, I am a public health specialist working in the humanitarian sector. My association with UN Organizations and with my current employer, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spans over a decade. I always felt that I needed to accomplish the prestigious PMP certification. I achieved the milestone in September this year. The journey does not end here. I intend to excel in the field of Project Management through continued efforts in academics as well as learning from my peers. To me the experience in the field, is essential to my success.

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Student Profile: Onke Dilizo, PMP

Onke Dilizo PMPMy name is Onke Dilizo, I am an Industrial Engineer by qualification. I reside in South Africa. I am an Installation Project Manager at Varian Medical Systems Africa. I was previously employed at GE Healthcare, also as an Installations Project Manager. I have also managed projects in various industries including food & beverage manufacturing. I have 10 years experience in project management. I am 1 of 5 kids. I have a twin, he is a lawyer. I love my family. I do not have kids as yet. I love soccer/football.

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Student Profile: Pooja Manduskar, PMP

meI'm a Scrum Master and Project Manager working in the software industry for over 15 years now. I'm also volunteering as a peer instructor for PMP exam preparation course in my organization. Over the course of my development career, I have worked on diverse technologies and that tremendously helped me as I moved to a Project Manager role in the past few years.I feel it’s important for new students to read the official PMP Handbook from PMI, they will get a good overview of what PMP is about.

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Student Profile: Khulisani Sibindi, PMP

coolMy name is Khulisani Sibindi, I am an entrepreneur driven qualified Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, PMP certified Project Management Professional who is highly motivated with high ambitions and plans for my career advancement. I have been in the ICT field for over 7 years and in that time have had opportunities to visit several countries appreciating their telecommunications infrastructure, and to attend training programs in technology-driven China institutes of learning.

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Student Profile: Jared Dixon, PMP

jaredMy name is Jared Dixon, and I have been a project manager for a little over 3 years now in a federal contracting company. I started pursuing my PMP certification last year with the University of California, Irvine's Introduction to Project Management Essentials course series. Through this course series, I earned my required 35 PDUs required to sit for the exam.

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Student Profile: Carlos Peña, PMI-ACP

Carlos RamirezMy name is Carlos Peña. I come from El Salvador and I currently work at Applaudo Studios as a Project Manager. I enjoy simple things like a cup of coffee, reading a book, eating a good teak in a sunny day and meeting new people. I'm very passionate about music, technology and software development.

In fact, my career started as a software developer and then moved to software testing after earning the ISTQB CFTL. After a few years, I was given the responsibility to start leading projects which I've been doing since 5 years ago. I felt it was about time to get the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®  certification in order to add more value to the people I work with.

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Student Profile: Augusto James Lawrence, PMP

aj2My name is Augusto James, I am from San Jose Costa Rica, I am an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer, and also hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Project Management. I also have a passion for aviation, I am a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor. I have also done some teaching in several universities and computer centers. Have been working in the IT / Technology field for over 20 years locally and internationally. Been involved in projects ranging from implementation, research and development, as well as project management.

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Student Profile: Subrata Guha, PMP

subrata picI'm an engineering professional working for a major EPCIC company, providing services to the oil and gas industry. How important it is for new students to read the official Project Management Professional (PMP)® Handbook from Project Management Institute (PMI)®? PMP® Handbook is indeed a good source of learning. But it might seem quite intimidating to start with. For me, I followed Cornelius' instructions along with referring to the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). It helped that way. OSP material has been quite a help really!

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Student Profile: Mohammed Sleem, PMI-ACP

Mohammed Ahmed SleemMy name is Mohammed Ahmed Sleem. I am working in the IT field for about 15 years starting from a developer using Visual Basic till mobile applications. I started my Project Management journey of 6 years. I managed projects of different sizes. couple of them for 3 years and others are only for one year. I work and lime in Oman. I am from Egypt.

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Student Profile: Gyasi Ambrose, PMI-ACP

Ambrose copyI am a Software Developer by profession with over 8 years experience developing and customizing various types of software systems. I have also worked on Government projects ranging from social program development projects to construction projects. My training is in Electrical Engineering at the undergraduate level and Project Management at the graduate level.  My work experience has mainly been within projects and I have seen first hand how easily projects can go off course eventually leading to failure. This experience and my passion for continual improvement are what drives me to learn about various project management philosophies such as AGILE. I really did enjoy the Agile PrepCast and I look forward to more offerings as I advance to Program, Portfolio and Risk Management.

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Student Profile: Mike Iseman, PMI-ACP

Mike IsemanI was born and raised in Toronto Canada and lived here most of my life- except for attending undergrad and Business School. I've worked in Software since my first job as a developer. I've been in project management ever since I completed my MBA-usually working as a Software PM, mainly working in the digital industry. I passed my Project Management Professional (PMP)® first try in 2013 and the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® on the first try in 2018. I used The Agile PrepCast to prepare for the PMI-ACP® exam.

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Student Profile: Andrei Publico, PMP

AndreiPublicoI am an IT Project Manager with expertise in BPO (Business Process Outsourcing). Fourteen years of employment, combining Operations Management and Project Management in BPO, have earned me sizable experience leading diverse and global projects. These vary from IT enablement, CRM software migration, data center migrations, client ramp projects requiring 1,000+ hires, mobilization of new accounts, facility fit-out, and facility transfers. In my prior assignment as an enterprise PMO Manager, I've been privileged to lead a team of seven project managers. As a volunteer within and outside the workplace, I facilitated multiple training sessions of Project Management Fundamentals courses, and I've trained over 150 learners thus far.

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Student Profile: Rami Kaibni, PMP

RAMIRami is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Scheduling & Risk Management Professional and certified Green Project Manager besides holding other prestigious certifications in project management and having several published articles. He has a bachelor degree in Civil/Structural Engineering and over 14 years of professional working experience in Project Management, Construction Management and Real Estate Development. Rami is results-oriented with strong analytical, conceptual, technical, and leadership skills. Over the course of his career, he worked with highly reputable companies and clients internationally and has been deployed on high profile projects across Asia including the Gulf Region, Middle East, Shanghai/China and currently resides and works in Canada.

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Student Profile: Fedir 'Theo' Ruzhynskyi, PMP, CSM, CSPO

FADIRI am an IT Project Manager with over 10 years of experience in IT and 8 years of project management experience. I work in IT consulting business where I help customers all over the world reaching their business goals. I currently work for Sigma Software, a leading Swedish IT Service Provider. I live and work in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In my work, I am convinced that people, their relations, their teamwork abilities together with their synergy are something that drives businesses and crafts the perfection.

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