PMI MINNESOTA CHAPTER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021

Sara Swanson, Past President

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Ruth Birkholz, President, CEO

Manish Kalra, President Elect, COO

Aaron Kielhack, Director of Governance

Kimberly Berger, Director of Finance

Jacque Ince, Director At Large

Michael O'Connor, Director At Large

Brandon L. Guthman, Director At Large

Matt Mehring, Director At Large

PMI MINNESOTA CHAPTER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021 BIOS

Sara Swanson, Past President

Current Chapter Role(s): Past President, Board Liaison for Professional Development Days (PDD) Committee

Past Chapter Role(s): President, President Elect, COO, Webinar Moderator, Webinar and Seminars Program Manager

Profession: Digital Experience and Commerce Program Manager

Fun Fact: I have 5 beautiful children and I am a Grandma

Ruth Birkolz, President, CEO

Current Chapter Role(s): President, CEO, Board Liaison for Professional Development Days (PDD) Committee

Past Chapter Role(s): President Elect, COO, Chair Professional Development Days (PDD) Committee

Profession: VP - Senior Data Analyst, U.S. Bank

Fun Fact: I am an avid GB Packers and WI Badgers Fan!

Manish Kalra, President Elect, COO

Current Chapter Role(s): President Elect, COO, Board Liaison for Membership Committee

Past Chapter Role(s): Director of Finance, Director at Large, PMP Instructor, Seminars Manager, Professional Development Chair

Profession: Program Manager at Fairview

Fun Fact: Traveled to Rome for EMEA, a lot of fun, learning, and networking

Aaron Kielhack, Director of Governance

Current Chapter Role(s): Director of Governance

Past Chapter Role(s): Member of PMI MN and North Dakota Outreach

Profession: Sr. Project Manager for the State of North Dakota Information Technology

Fun Fact: Enjoys reading military history and playing tennis (and usually losing). Also, is a lifelong East Coaster who moved to North Dakota in 2011.

Kimberly Berger, Director of Finance

Current Chapter Role(s): Director of Finance

Past Chapter Role(s): Vice Chair/Chair of Professional Development Days

Profession: Sr. Project Manager at Digineer

Fun Fact: Has been to 43 countries and hopes to visit all 200+.  Has been playing piano since the age of 6 and still enjoys playing and learning new pieces.  Also, has picked up learning the drums a few years ago and briefly formed an all-girl band.

Jacque Ince, Director At Large

Current Chapter Role(s): Director at Large, Board Liaison for IT Committee

Past Chapter Role(s): Speaker Committee Lead – Professional Development Days (PDD) Committee

Profession: Global Operations Excellence Project Manager, H.B. Fuller

Fun Fact: Former Collegiate & Semi Pro Athlete Who Enjoys Travel – Weight Training – Sports - & Life Outdoors… Go Pack Go!

Michael O'Connor, Director At Large

Current Chapter Role: Director at Large, Board Liaison for Sponsorship, Finance Committee

Past Chapter Role(s): Co-Chair Community Outreach

Profession: Director Strategy and Project Management, Healthcare

Fun Fact: Favorite travel destination is the Caribbean

Brandon L. Guthman, Director At Large

Current Chapter Role: Director at Large

Past Chapter Role(s): Co-Chair/Vice Chair Information Technology (IT), Chair Information Technology (IT)

Profession: Enterprise Storage Engineer, HealthPartners

Fun Fact: My last name “Guthman,” translates from my German heritage into the English language and is articulated as “Goodman.”

Matt Mehring, Director At Large

 Current Chapter Role: Director at Large, Board Liaison for Outreach

Past Chapter Role(s): Director at Large 2018, Past President 2011, President CEO 2010, President Elect COO 2009

Profession: eBusiness manager/ Technical Project Manager at Federal Reserve of Atlanta

Fun Fact: 3 adults sons and I am a Grandpa. Enjoy long distance bicycling like in Cuba, Hawaii, Spain, Costa Rica, Ragbri, Grabaawr and looking for more adventures. 

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