Leadership Team

President / CEO


Brenda Vandegrift is an experienced technical program and project manager with strong system engineering and integration experience. Her in-depth knowledge and experience in project management has supported her successful leadership of award-winning teams that effectively plan, execute, and report on highly-technical projects, with success measured in terms of cost, schedule, performance, quality, and morale. Ms. Vandegrift prides herself on being an effective team builder, successful recruiter, and high-involvement leader with proven success energizing and influencing team results through participative, empowered environments. She leads by example as a self-starter/self-motivated team member with continual emphasis on quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

As President, Brenda’s goal is to bring her experience and skills to the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter Board of Directors (BOD) to continue to expand the Chapter’s offerings to its membership. With extensive Project Management Office (PMO) and portfolio management expertise and recognized success developing and executing strategic and tactical plans, she plans to work closely with the BOD to ensure the Chapter reaches its next levels of success in providing quality events and extended membership benefits to the PMI community. Again for 2018, strategic planning surveys were distributed to all current Chapter members as well as prospective members; survey results were then used by the Board to create the Chapter’s 2018 strategic plan.

“Our Chapter is a geographically distributed, diverse, and dynamic membership of Project Management professionals. We have an aggressive plan in place for 2018 to provide the training, educational, networking, and philanthropic events our membership requested. I am excited to be the Chapter’s President for the second year of my term and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, event Project Managers, and our valued volunteers to achieve successful execution of our plan! Best to us all for a successful and enjoyable 2018!"

Brenda has been a PMP and a member of the Southern Maryland PMI Chapter since 2006. Brenda is currently a PMO Manager for Spalding Consulting, Inc., Lexington Park, MD supporting NAWC-AD 4.11.3.

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Vice President / COO

Jeff YelletsJeffrey (Jeff) Yellets is a Project Management Professional (PMP).  He currently works for Spalding Consulting, Inc. as a PMO Manager. Previously, Jeff worked for Eagle Systems, Inc. in Business Development and for Brandes Associates as the Business Unit Director and the Director for Business Development, at SAIC, serving in various project and program management roles in NAWCAD in St. Inigoes, MD and at Honeywell where he served in various engineering and program management roles. He has a Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering and has experience with complex project and program management.  As a manager at Honeywell, he lead a team of engineers and scientists in the engineering, design and delivery of advanced automation and control programs and projects. He has been a PMP and a member of the Southern Maryland PMI Chapter since 2010.

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Assistant Vice President / COO


The Assistant Vice President / COO shall operate as a member of the Board of Directors in support of the President and Vice President of PMI Southern Maryland Chapter and meetings of the Board. This position reports directly to the Chapter Vice President.

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Past President

Vic BalasiVic Balasi is a Senior Director for General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) supporting the NAVAIR Services business group. In addition to his role as Past President, Vic also leads the Military Outreach Program for the Chapter. He previously served the PMI SoMD chapter as President, Vice President, Vice President for Membership and Community Involvement, and Scholarship Chairman.  Vic holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. He is a retired Marine Corps aviation logistician, a USMC Acquisition Professional, DAWIA certified Level III logistician, and former NAVAIR Assistant Program Manager for Logistics for the Presidential Helicopter Program Office (PMA-274).  Vic has been a PMP since June 2009.

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Vice President of Membership and Community Involvement

Chris Cunning currently serves as a Senior Software Developer and Team lead for NAWC-AD 7.2.2 Flight Information Scheduling & Tracking (FIST) system, and has over 18 years of experience providing software development and IT management support for both the USN/USMC and private industry.  He is currently employed by Spalding Consultants, Inc.  Chris is a graduate of Appalachian State University, earning degrees in both Computer Science (BS) and Psychology (BS).  He received his PMP in 2015.  In addition to his work with PMI Southern Maryland, Chris sits on the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the College of Southern Maryland, and is the Chief Technical Officer – South Atlantic Region, for the Society for Creative Anachronism.  Chris currently serves the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter as a volunteer on the Professional Development Day and Communications Committees.

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Asst. Vice President of Membership and Community Involvement


John "Jello" Dzialoski is a Program Manager for RG supporting the 4th Estate and Defense Logistics Agency.  He currently supports our chapters Military Outreach program and previously served as a committee member for the PMI (SoMD) Inaugural Charity Golf Event benefitting the Southern Maryland Food Bank.  John holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Idaho and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is a retired Naval Flight Office, Defense Acquisition Corp member; DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management and Test & Evaluation, and former NAVAIR Integrated Product Team Lead and DCMA Government Flight Representative. John has been a PMP since January 2016.

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Vice President of Finance


Nancy McClintock, PMP (5-2001) is an accomplished professional with years of comprehensive project and program management experience with United States and international governments with not for profit organizations and private sector consulting firms in the areas of finance, health, international development, and conservation. Her expertise includes providing team leadership, strategic direction across matrix organizations, project management strategies to leverage organizational resources, positively influencing company performance and compliance, proposal development, government wide acquisition contract leadership, contract and project revenue budgetary reviews and growth, and client partnership longevity.

Key Competencies; Team Management * Configuration Management * Risk Management * Proposal Development * SDLC * Healthcare Systems Information Technology * Strategic Planning * Customer Relationship Management * Data Analysis * International Development * Corporate Owner * US Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Colombia and Ghana) * Teacher and Trainer * Spanish Speaker

Current Work; Volunteer with PMI SoMD, Calvert County Marine Museum, Treasurer of the Western Shores Civic Association

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Asst. Vice President of Finance

Sanford HolmanMajor General (Retired) Sanford E. Holman joined the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter and attended his first PDD in November 2016 and began chapter volunteer work in July 2017.

He has 37 years of commissioned service with over 22 years of active duty. He hails from Gary, Indiana. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1978.

He has commanded from platoon to division level and has served as staff officer from the battalion to OSD/Joint Staff level.  And, as a general officer, he served as an Assistant Division Commander for Operations; Vice Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center and Vice Joint Trainer for the Joint Forces Command; Deputy Commander for Combined Joint Operations for US Second Fleet; and Commanding General of the 200th Military Police Command.  He also served on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee in support of the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army.

His combat deployments include OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as the Senior Military Advisor and the Advise and Assist Team Leader for US and Australian Advisors for the 3rd Iraqi Army Division from 2004 to 2005.  From 2007 to 2008 for OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM he served as the Deputy Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

His military education and training include two Master’s degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology and the National War college. His awards and decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Joint Meritorious Unit Award,  Army Superior Unit Award, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Service Identification Badges, the Marechaussee Medal (Silver), Cavalry Combat Spurs, and the Tailhook Certificate.

General Holman is married to the former Roxie Kate Allison of Temple Hills, Maryland and she is a federal attorney for NOAA.  They have four daughters, two son-in-laws (one is a Sergeant Major in 25th Division in Hawaii), and three grandchildren. Sanford is a Senior Management Consultant with PCI-Strategic Management in Columbia, MD and PhD student at Capitol Technology University. He has clients in the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the State Department, and the US Agency for International Development.

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Vice President of Administration / CAO


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Corporate Officers

Director of Operations for Programs and Events


Kimberly White is the Director of Events for the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter, PG County

Kimberly White serves as the Operations Director of Programs and Events for the Southern Maryland Chapter of PMI.  In her capacity, she assists the Southern Maryland President of PMI in strategic planning and implementation of special initiatives to promote the goals of program and project management.  The Southern Maryland Chapter produces and presents events across four counties to provide an array of innovative professional development programs.  Mrs. White began event planning following a decade of fashion production.  She earned an BFA in Fashion Design from Otis College of Art and Design, and an MBA in International Business from American InterContinental University.  She has received additional professional development training in copyright law as a Copyright X Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Institute for Internet and Society under Dr. Fisher.  More recently, she received an opportunity to study at project management certification training through Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s Center for Leadership and Innovation.  She previously served as an art instructor at Sun Valley Youth Arts Center where she pioneered a fashion design curriculum prior to joining the City of Los Angeles.

Mrs. White’s fashion career spans more than 18 years of industry experience in the haute couture, women’s ready to wear, juniors and designer market where she specializes in strategic management to manufacture, forge partnerships, design products and produce trade shows.  Her work is characterized by a transformational leadership style to engage in cross-functional teamwork to collaborate across market segments and disciplines.  She is a contributor to the LinkedIn network, The Harvard Business Review and is the recipient of several awards for her multimedia fashion presentations. In 2012 she was awarded LinkedIn’s Top 10% Award by 200 million professionals within 2 months of joining the network.  To date her work has spanned three continents with features in the windows of Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, Otis College (Otis Designs), and Travel Beyond Borders: South Africa.  As a fashion consultant, White remains committed to mentoring students interested in careers in the fashion industry.  Through presentations in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Otis College, FIDM, Ribet Academy and Thomas Starr King Middle School she has mentored more than 300 aspiring students.  She has received recognition by the Deaf Festival, Who’s Who of American Women in Business, and The US House of Representatives for her community involvement in business. Mrs. White’s areas of interest include entrepreneurship, globalization, project management, Agile methodologies, strategic management, and innovation.

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Director of Operations for Education and Certification

CharlesIrvinCharles (Chuck) Irvin is the Director of Information Technology Services at FYI – For Your Information, Incorporated.   Chuck has 20+ years of Federal IT experience, and 8+ years of experience managing, supervising and leading teams. Has participated in many major IT initiatives such as migrations, modernizations, enterprise application certifications, system certification and accreditation, and was presented with a Technical Achievement Award from the United States Coast Guard for his services.  Chuck is also actively involved with the local classic car culture in Southern Maryland.  He is the treasurer of the East Coast Drifters car club which has donated over $10,000.00 to local and national charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, Charles County Hospice, Calvert County Hospice, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospice, and Hospice of the Chesapeake.  The East Coast Drifters also provide a prepared “Christmas Dinner” for approximately 5 to 7 needy families in the area each year.

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Director of Operations for Website and Content Management

Joe DziewitJoseph (Joe) Dziewit, PMP, PMI-ACP is a Program Manager for TSA Inc. supporting PMA-276 USMC Light/Attack Helicopters.  He has over 25 years of experience providing technical program and project management support for government clients.  Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a Master’s of Business Administration Florida Institute of Technology.

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Assistant Director of Operations for Website and Content Management


George Onoh’s career spans more than 17 years, serving industries such as Information and Communication Technology as well as Oil and Gas. He is now an entrepreneur and a graduate student and is also involved in teaching and research in the fields of Information Systems and Cybersecurity.

 As co-founder at Cutting Edge IT Solutions Ltd, he is part of the senior leadership team of the organization. He also led systems design and development projects and has been involved in process automation and deployment of electronic payroll systems for governments and in the development of several web applications.

His interest in pursuing a Board position stems from his desire to contribute more and be a more active member of PMI especially in an area where he believes he will bring relevant experience to the Board.

George Onoh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri. He holds ITIL Foundation Certification – in IT Service Management and also holds a diploma in Oil and Gas Management from the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Information Assurance from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. He is committed to lifelong learning.

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Director of Operations for Volunteerism

MEWHeadshotMegan Wasel works for Avian, LLC and is the Communication Director for a Navy program. Megan has nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience across various industry, government, and international organizations. She holds a BS in Management of Technology

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Director of Operations for Communications

SGwynnheadshotSandra Gwynn, PMP works as an information technology analyst for Bering Straits Aerospace Services LLC supporting a contract with Naval Air Systems Command. She has over 10 years of project management experience. Sandra has a Master's degree in Financial Management and Management for Information Systems from the University of Mayland University College. She earned her PMP certification in 2007.

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Assistant Director at Large

Assistant Director At Large

20170914093729Oliver J. Simms, MPA, MPM, PMP is a native of Washington, District of Columbia.  He serves as a federal Project/Program Manager in the Information Technology Division of the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service.  He has 40+ years in various Information Technology (IT) areas, and has only worked in IT since the age of nineteen. His skill spans many areas to include, but not limited to areas such as project planning, earned value management, risk management, configuration management, software quality assurance , budget & finance, configuration management, software development, testing, and independent verification & validation within both public and private sectors

Oliver will always be remembered for his pivotal efforts in the development of the IRS’ enforcement portion of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) (aka, Obamacare), where he lead the project planning and scheduling activities from conception (2010) to completion (2016).  This included writing Statements of Work, contract, and contractor monitoring, financial accounting, Invoice reconciliations, and E-300 preparation and reporting.

Oliver’s previous assignments with the IRS have included time as a Quality Assurance Analyst (1995) on the TIPPS-1 (Treasury Information Processing Support Services procurement) developing portions of the Enterprise Life Cycle (ELC); the ELC is the IRS' hybrid integrated System Development Life Cycle processes. Prior to that, he was a Senior Information Systems Specialist (1996-2000), supporting the TIPPS-2 contract. I developed test strategies for Year 2000 (Y2K). Finally, as a Project Lead (2001-2002), he supported the BSMO (Business Systems Modernization Office) by auditing, evaluating contractor processes. This work identified needed improvements to contractor systems which would, in turn help in the IRS modernization efforts.

Oliver served a year in Vietnam with the 1st Signal Brigade supervising the largest telecommunications center in Long Bien, Vietnam.   He monitored communications, and provided high-speed, top-secret, crypto-graphic, communications traffic throughout Southeast Asia and the United States.  After Vietnam, Oliver served 3 years in the Army Reserves, 1 year in the Maryland National Guard, and an additional 7 years in the District of Columbia National Guard in Field Communications where he received the rank of Staff Sergeant. After completing his active military career in 1972, Oliver returned to school, in the evenings. Oliver has the following Educational Accomplishments: Salutatorian, Dunbar High School, Washington D.C., 1967, Attended Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, WVA, (class of 1971) Liberal Arts, AA, General Studies (Automated Data Processing) Prince Georges Community College, 1977, BSc, Information Systems Management, University Maryland University College, 1996, MPM, Master of Project Management, DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management, 2001, MPA, Master of Public Administration, Strayer University, Camp Springs MD, 2011, Associates Certificate in IT Project Management, ESI, George Washing University, 8/6/2015

Oliver is a member of the PMI Southern Maryland Chapter, PMI Silver Spring Maryland Chapter, and the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Section 0502, Baltimore Maryland Chapter. Oliver is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through 2022.

Finally, Oliver serves as a Mentor in the IRS’ Veterans.

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Members at Large

Member at Large


Charlie Patterson is an experienced program analyst and data expert with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry, functioning in varying capacities ranging from Lead Helpdesk Technician to Program Analyst.

Charlie has supervised/facilitated training, planned and lead large presentations, reviewed and edited project deliverables and maintained the project information database. Her project management experience consists of leading projects in data management information systems upgrades/migrations, setting IT security policy standards and application development.

Charlie has a Bachelor’s degree in Information System Management and has completed the Dual Masters s’ Degree program in Information Technology with concentration on Information Assurance and a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Maryland University College along with a certificate in Project Management for IT Professionals.She also serves as a member on the board of Commission on individuals with Disabilities, and currently pursuing her PMP certification.

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Member at Large

Lynn ThomasCarol (Lynn) Thomas has supported the Department of the Navy’s research and development efforts as a Contract Specialist in the 2.0 Contracts Competency since 2009 after retiring from a 34-year career with Calvert County Government in which she held numerous positions. The most recent positions included Construction Project Coordinator and Project Engineer II, where she managed the procurement and project management of the Capital Projects in Calvert County for the last 20 years of her career. She completed her Bachelors in Management in 1999 from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a Masters in Technology Management from UMUC in 2005. She attained her Project Management Professional Certification in 2008 and her Level III Contracting Certification from the Defense Acquisition University (DAWIA) in 2011. She has served as member-at-large on the PMI Southern Maryland Board of Directors and the Scholarship and Golf Tournament Committees.

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Member at Large

Kandra Grant

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Member at Large

Mary Haasch

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Member at Large


Lisa D. Price has been a PMI member since 2005 and has experience in private, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Her key competencies are in program/project/portfolio management, strategic planning, and corporate and IT governance.

As Chief IT Governance Officer for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), Lisa is responsible for establishing and managing a new IT Project Management Office (PMO) and IT Steering Committee, and overseeing business analysis, quality assurance, and technical writing activities. She previously served as Executive Director of Strategy, Planning & Performance at Prince George’s County Public Schools where she established and staffed Program Management (EPMO), Project Management (PMO), Strategy Management, and Data Quality Offices.

Lisa holds a Master’s degree (IT) from The Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s degree (IT) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and has completed executive education in strategy and business at The Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Cornell University. Her credentials include the Project Management Professional (PMP), Strategic Management Professional (SMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL Intermediate (Service Strategy), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Master Practitioner of Myers-Briggs. She is thrilled to serve the members of PMI’s Southern Maryland Chapter!

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