Chapter Officers

 

Immediate Past President : Alison Mills-Long, PMP, CMQ/OE     (alisonmlong@empoweredbysource.com)

Alison has over 22 years experience in Project Management focusing on the Financial Services industry. She worked with TSYS for 10 years managing bankcard compliance, billing statement redesign and software development projects for clients such as Bank of America, Sears and Nordstrom. Alison was also part of the team that converted the first client to the TS2 platform. Her last position with TSYS was as Associate Director in TS2 Customer Contact Systems and currently works for BB&T as VP/BankCard Vendor Relationship Manager. She earned her B.A. degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She earned her PMP certification in May 2003 and her CQM (Certified Quality Manager - ASQ) in March 2005.

She has been a member of PMI since 1995 and was a founding member of the PMI Columbus, GA Chapter which was chartered in October 1996. She has served as an officer of the chapter since the Columbus, GA chapter founded in 1996. Alison volunteers at for Columbus Hospice, CHRS Healing Notes Program, and is a member of the New Horizons Community Service Board - Development Advisory Board.

 

President : Pam Preer, PMP     (ppreer@gmail.com)

Pam has over 15 years of project experience and is currently employed by TSYS as an Associate Project Director with the International Division. In her current position, she is responsible for assisting clients in converting on to the TS2 system. Her professional background includes project management, compliance management, quality assurance and business analysis. She earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Columbus State University, MBA from Troy University and most recently, her M.S degree in Organizational Leadership from her alma mater Columbus State University.

 

In her spare time, she likes reading leadership and motivational materials, spending time with family and friends and living life to its fullest. She also volunteers with local charities and is a member of Toastmasters International. Pam has two sons and currently resides in Columbus Georgia.

 

VP Marketing and Communications : Rosana Juestel     (rosanajuestel@gmail.com)

Rosana has over 9 years of professional experience in a variety of areas such as, planning, research, coordination, plan implementation, process improvement, customer relations, project management, and marketing/advertising. Rosana is currently working at TSYS at the Risk Management Solutions Operations Division where she supports day-to-day client services and development for the new account, fraud, portfolio management and collection services. She speaks Spanish, English and some German.

Rosana has two bachelor degrees, one in Industrial Engineering from Catholic University of Colombia and one in Business Administration from Columbus State University. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

In her spare time, she loves running, playing tennis, biking, and taking gym classes as well as watching movies with family and friends, listening to podcasts, audiobooks and volunteering for other organizations. Rosana is a member of Toastmasters International and W.net and she has been a member of PMI since 2014. She is excited about the opportunity to help this chapter grow and succeed.

 

VP of Education and Certification : Jodi Wisor, PMP     (wisor.jodi.j@muscogee.k12.ga.us)

Jodi has worked in the IT field for almost 30 years, first in private industry and now the public sector. Her experience includes Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Process Re-Engineering, Education and Application Development & Support. Jodi earned her PMP certification in 2010. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Information Technology from Columbus State University. Additionally, as an instructor for a national university since 2004, Jodi teaches Project Management, Software Applications, Career Development Strategies, and Academic Strategies.

 

Education and Certification Committee Member : Christy Snow     (snow.christy.l@muscogee.k12.ga.us)

Christy Snow is a graduate from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. After caring for the critically ill for 5 years, she decided to explore other interests, including substitute teaching for the Baldwin County School System and taking additional master level accounting courses. Through a whirlwind of events in 2015, Christy found herself making a fresh start in Columbus, GA. In 2016, Christy joined the Project Management Office at the Muscogee County School District as a Project Assistant. Due to her fascination with the profession, she is currently working to further her education in this area and plans to sit for the PMP. In her spare time, Christy enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve this chapter.

 

Education and Certification Committe Member : Renay Eve Davis, PMP     (Davis.Renay.E@muscogee.k12.ga.us)

After working over 15 years in the environmental waste industry with Safety-Kleen Systems in a variety of customer service management roles, Eve found herself in a place she never thought she would...outside of Safety-Kleen. After a series of events and a lot of prayer, she embarked on a new journey within the IT field at the Muscogee County School District. Longing to find her new niche, she decided to further her education in this area. Soon after receiving dual degrees in Networking and Computer Support from Columbus Technical College, she also earned her PMP and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification in 2015. Throughout her career, regardless of the positions she's held or certifications achieved, she knows what matters most are the relationships and partnerships we form along the way. Outside of work, Eve enjoys spending time with her family, church family and does not like to speak of herself in third person.

 

VP of Finance : Thomas Jarrett, PMP     (Tjarrett@tsys.com)

Tom has over 25+ years of experience in Project Management focusing on the Financial Services, and Utility industries. He has worked for TSYS for 12 years managing client implementations, process re-engineering initiatives, and software development projects for clients such as Citizens Financial, BMO, Navy Federal Credit Union, and President's Choice. Tom was also part of the team that converted some of the first clients to use TSYS's call center solution product named 'ProphIT'. His current position with TSYS is Associate Director in North American Project Management where he leads a team of six project managers overseeing large enterprise-wide initiatives. He earned his B.S. degree from The College of New Jersey in Trenton, New Jersey. He earned his PMP certification in September 2004.

 

He has been a member of PMI since 2003 and has held leadership positions in the South Florida chapter as well as the Columbus, GA Chapter. He has served as an officer of the chapter previously as VP of Finance from 2008 through 2012. Tom volunteers at his local church, Central Baptist in Americus by leading and teaching Sunday school classes, he is active as VP of his local home owners association, and the Hands of Hope Ministry.

 

Treasurer : Becky Pence, PMP     (beckypence@outlook.com)

Becky has over twenty-five years of experience in both formal and informal project management. She currently works at TSYS where she has held various positions with several areas of the company and currently leads the Enterprise Risk and Compliance office. She has been an officer in the Columbus PMI Chapter for 5 years as the VP Education and Certification and 2 years as Treasurer in which she is now starting her second term. Becky obtained her PMP in 2003. Other certifications include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.) She has an MBA degree.

 

VP of Membership and Recruiting : Pam Ames, PMP     (pames@tsys.com)

Pam Ames has spent 26 years in the financial services industry; 18 of those years she has worked for Synovus Financial Corp. in the Finance Division. After earning a BBA with a concentration in Accounting at Columbus State University in 1998, she spent her first five years at Synovus in Financial Reporting. Since 2001, she has been integrally involved in developing and implementing several software programs and upgrades for the Finance Division. Her experience in project work prepared her well for the PMP Certification exam in June 2012. Since that time, she has enjoyed participating in the local chapter of PMI and is currently serving as VP of Membership. Pam has recently graduated from the 2013 Leadership Harris County Class, and serves in leadership roles at First Baptist Church of Columbus. Pam is happily married to Dr. Joel Ames, and they have two grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law.

 

VP of Programs : Carmen Dudley     (carmenluzdudley@hotmail.com)

Carmen Dudley recently moved back to the United States after 11 years overseas as a diplomat's spouse. Before moving to Columbus, she held several jobs overseas, including:

  • General manager of the American Employees Association in Nicaragua,
  • Deputy executive officer for the USAID mission in Mozambique,
  • Financial assistant for St. Louis University in Madrid, and
  • Office manager for the Force Protection Detachment at the American Embassy in Brazil.

Carmen speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. She has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and obtained an MBA from American University in 2002. Carmen is originally from Chile and became a United States citizen in 2001. She is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and the Kiwanis Club of Columbus.

 

Chapter Webmaster : Jay Knape, PMP     (knape.jay@gmail.com)

Jay has over 13 years of experience in project management and 15+ years in software development. 11 of those years as a University Webmaster at Columbus State University. Currently employed with TSYS as a Project Manager on special projects. Jay join the Columbus Chapter in 2012 and became an officer in 2014. He received his PMP certification in 2013. He earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from Howard Payne University, and his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Columbus State University.

 

PMI Military Liaison : David Kennedy, PMP     (davidmk84@yahoo.com)

David transitioned from the Army and began a career with Synovus Financial Corporation as a project manager in June 2016. During his eight years in the military, he held a variety of roles ranging from direct leadership to human resources and project manager equivalent positions. David earned his PMP Certification in March 2016 and holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He and his wife Beth Anne have two wonderful children: Lucas and Lillian.

 

PMIEF Liaison : Tamara Gruda, PMP     (tamara.gruda@gmail.com)

Tamara has over 13 year of experience in project management. She’s currently employed by JVL Laboratories where she held various positions throughout the company and is currently head of Research and Development. Tamara’s been with PMI Chapter since 2015 and has obtained her PMP certificate in 2016. She holds Master of Science degree in Engineering and an MBA.