Please review the candidate biographies below and choose up to 3 candidates on the next page.
Paul Allen, PMP currently serves as the President of the PMINEO Board of Directors. Prior to this position, Paul was Secretary of the Board of Directors and the Vice President of Special Projects where he led the development of the PMINEO long-term strategy, Blueprint 2020.
If reelected to the Board, Paul will continue to focus on delivering membership value and advancing the growth of the chapter. As the local arm of PMI, our chapter is in a unique position to deliver membership value by providing chances for members to network directly. Networking is not just among our members, but also with the corporate leaders in the area who need project management talent. We have shown over the past several years that financially being a member of our chapter makes sense, with the outstanding programming funded by a combination of sponsorships and member dues.
Professional Paul makes companies in the transportation industry profitable. He is the Director of Solution Delivery and Support for TMW Systems where his team provides professional services necessary to ensure successful implementation of the TMW software products. With a strong background in project management, business analysis, program management, and strategy development he is able to provide a unique approach to ensure software deployments exceeds customer expectations. Paul has experience in the governance of other non-profit organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Toastmasters International, and Hudson Velo Club.
I am Thad Foster, PMP, Christian, husband, father, and Project Management Professional (PMP). I would like to be considered for the PMINEO Board, because I am passionate about our profession and supporting new project managers advance their skills and career.
I believe my experience can bring a distinct balance to the PMINEO leadership team. I have spent the last two decades in product development for Schindler Elevator Corporation and currently JLG Industries. The experience of developing elevators that you use every day as you enter multi-story buildings and construction equipment that you see at every construction site you pass, can provide a different vantage point during training activities and peer forums from our Information Technology project management professionals. While the toolbox and soft skills are largely the same for us all. The insight from challenges we face in different disciplines of project management can help each of us grow in our own professional roles.
I feel that my experience leading global teams qualifies me for this role. In addition to directly leading projects for much of my career, I have managed a team of project managers located around the world for the last five years. This team leads projects with combined annual project budgets up to $20 million. My team leads integrated product development teams of direct employees residing in 7 JLG facilities around the world as well as off-shore vendor resources. I am in the process of transitioning to a role that manages the New Product Development process at JLG. This role aligns well with the roles and responsibilities of the Governance Board.
In addition to my professional experience, I have relevant volunteer experience as a member of the operations board for the Wooster Swim Club Boosters. I had the privilege of spending two years as president leading a team of volunteers supporting both the Wooster YMCA and the Wooster Parks and Recreation Swim Programs. This included but was not limited to recruiting swimmers, organizing team building activities, leading fundraising, and prioritizing spending to insure two swim programs had all the tools necessary to develop the youth swimmers in Wooster.
I feel now is time to transition my volunteer focus and use of my leadership skills to further the Project Management profession. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.
Todd R. Jones, PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, is a highly skilled and experienced project management professional who has spent his career at Westfield Insurance. Todd has extensive experience applying traditional project management methodologies as well as iterative and agile approaches - as a developer, architect, testing leader, project manager, and senior project manager. Among his most challenging projects was to lead the Testing Project Team to adopt an agile approach to deliver a $90 MM program composed of 6+ projects to replace an aging legacy system with a custom-configured package, incorporate a modern data model, deploy a new ECM tool, and integrate with over a dozen legacy systems and external vendors. Todd indicates that one of his greatest thrills is to join a struggling project and re-engage the team, working together to deliver the expected business value.
Todd is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Northeast Ohio chapter (PMINEO), where he has volunteered since 2010. Todd currently serves PMINEO as a member of the chapter’s Operations Board, where he oversees a portfolio of projects focused on delivering increased member value. Todd is also a recent graduate of Project Management Institute's Leadership Institute Master Class (2016). Todd is also the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Harold Kerzner Project Management Excellence Award.
Since 2010, Todd has also served on the board of the Grassroots of Westfield (GrOW), an employee-run political education and engagement organization, where Todd has been fortunate to be the only two-term President. From the simple (voting) to the more involved (holding political office), GrOW is a non-partisan group lending support for employees to make a difference through involvement in the political process as well as specific information regarding candidates and issues that directly affect our families, communities, and industries.
Todd serves on the Advisory Board for Ecosystems of Innovation, LLC., a local incubator and accelerator providing capital investment, leadership development, and project management resources to create ecosystems that foster breakthrough innovations.
Todd is an accomplished author of several articles and other publications on various topics related to project management. Todd is a recent past speaker at the PMI Global Convention and STPCon – the annual convention for The Software Test Professionals Convention (STP) which serves the global software testing and quality assurance community, providing more than 50,000 professionals with information, education, and professional networking opportunities. Todd has also spoken at multiple PMI Chapters and will be a featured speaker at PMI’s 2017 Leadership Institute Meeting and at the DevOps East Conference.
Tim Oberschlake, PMP, PgMP, has over 49,000 hours of project, program and portfolio management experience during the course of his 30 year career. He has held numerous project / program / portfolio management positions within a wide variety of industries to include business consulting, healthcare, education, retail and manufacturing. Tim earned PgMP and PMP certifications and has been a member of PMINEO since 2015. Tim has also served on the PMINEO Governance Board for the past two years. Tim was a cofounder of the Ohio Independent Nonprofit College and University CIOs (OHINDCIO) and served as Vice President and President from 2011 to 2013. He also served on the Ohio Board of Regents Chief Information Office Advisory Board (BOR-CIO) from 2008 to 2013 and the State of Ohio Management Improvement Commission (MIC2000) in 2000. Tim was a member of Educause from 2008 to 2012, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) from 2000 to 2007 and the Healthcare Information Systems Society from 1999 to 2007.
With an empty nest at home, Tim is looking to serve the project management community in Northeast Ohio. He would like the opportunity to strengthen the firm base that has already been established in the PMINEO and continue to expand =he organization as we move forward in the future. Those who have worked with him in the past understand that he is a tireless worker that seeks to make a difference in the companies, organizations and individuals that he touches.
Tim Oberschlake graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point after majoring in Electrical Engineering (EE). In 1987, he received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association award as the top EE graduate at the academy. Tim also has a Masters in Educational Leadership from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.
Tim’s first project experience was as a West Point cadet working on the Star Wars project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Tim continued with this work during his senior year at the academy and won an IEEE contest based upon a Nuclear Particle Beam / Intercontinental ballistic missile simulation and associated research paper. Tim served as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army after graduation from West Point. He then joined Andersen Consulting (Accenture) after receiving his honorable discharge in 1991.
Tim was a member of Andersen’s Technology and Integration Services practice. He entered the firm as a staff consultant. After several promotions, he held the title of consulting manager when he left the firm in 1995. He managed teams of client and consulting personnel in custom and packaged software implementation projects. These projects included a PeopleSoft ERP implementation, point of sale system, manufacturing system, data maintenance application, and an order, shipping and billing system. Clients included companies such as Proctor and Gamble, The Timken Company, Cincinnati Bell Telephone and Blockbuster Entertainment. This worked spanned multiple industries to include manufacturing, retail and telecommunications. While at Andersen, Tim has several white papers published internationally. These included papers on data access layers, data environments in new age architectures, distributed data design, GUI standards, and GUI design and implementation.
Tim moved to Northeast Ohio in 1995 and joined Camelot Music in North Canton, Ohio. He started as the software development manager for distribution center systems. In this position, he managed the development of software changes to distribution center systems, electronic data interchange (EDI) software and collaborative technologies. Some of the accomplishments while in this position were published in Computer World and Executive Retail Review in December 1995. HP professional published an article about the team’s use of solid state database accelerators in 1996. After being promoted to Director of Computer Services, Tim managed all data center operations, software production control, technology services and help desk services that supported corporate headquarters and 455 stores across 37 states. He also continued to manage several programs/projects such as increasing technology infrastructure capacity, streamlining procurement processes and developing strategic plans for several areas within the organization. Tim was the promoted to Director of Technology Research. In this position, Tim directed all research, prototyping and implementation of new technologies. This included leading the requirement analysis and implementation of a new point of sale system as well as the implementation of a store communication architecture using iterative software development methodologies.
Tim was a Chief Information Officer (CIO) of two different organizations for the next 13 years (1999 to 2013). The first was Aultman Health Foundation in Canton Ohio for eight years and second was Walsh University in North Canton Ohio for five years. While at Aultman, Tim led a portfolio of programs and projects. This included the implementation of a clinical information system from Cerner, a physician information network, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Lawson, a network infrastructure replacement, consolidated technology service center, multiple strategic plans for Aultman and two other independent network hospitals. Accomplishments at Aultman were noted in several industry journals such as Health Data Management in 2003 and Advance for Health Information Executives in 2003 and 2004. Aultman was nationally recognized as the Most Improved Most Wired hospital in 2001 and 2002 for implemented technology improvements.
Similar to the experience at Aultman, Tim led a portfolio of programs and projects while at Walsh University. This included the selection and implementation of an electronic portfolio system, institutional portal/intranet, and learning management system as wells as several technology infrastructure projects to include standardizing and updating 110 classrooms, expanded network/wireless capabilities, server/desktop virtualization, single sign-on portal, facility access control, video surveillance system, data center consolidation, and replacement of a legacy phone system. Tim also managed several non-technology projects such as graduate recruiting, diversity and inter-cultural competence, enrollment management scalability, and operational scalability. He also traveled to Uganda to create a technology strategic plan for a new university near the city of Gulu.
With all the kids off to college, Tim decided to move back into consulting in 2013. Since making that decision, he has led several large programs / projects. These include a large data warehouse program for Nationwide Insurance, several PeopleSoft upgrades, a Cloud ERP vendor selection, and a multi-year Cloud ERP implementation program. Recent white papers and published articles related to this work includes Data Warehouse Development Methodology Framework in 2014, Program and Project Rapid Alignment in 2014, and Iterative Solution Scoping in 2015. When not leading projects, Tim manages the Cleveland Office for Navigator Management Partners which includes building the consulting practice, developing new client relationships, and consulting team development.
Tim currently lives in North Canton, Ohio with his wife Sheryl. He has a son and step-daughter in college (Jonah and Jordan) and three other children who are on their own (Timothy, Molly, and Jonathan). He also has one three year old granddaughter who unfortunately lives in the dreaded state of Michigan. Ohio State gear has been part of every Christmas since she was born.