About Our Instructors

All instructors in Successful Projects programs have served in senior level project management positions, are excellent instructors, and are PMP® credential holders. They come from a diversity of industries and provide specialty knowledge from different areas of project management.

Individual instructors are all highly-capable of teaching alone and they are also willing to collaborate together with any one of the other instructors in this group to best fit the needs of our individual and organizational clients.

Renee Adair, PMP, DASM, CVTL

Project Management Fundamentals, PMP Exam Prep
Telecom, Infrastructure and Information Technology

Renee Adair is the owner of Successful Projects. Renee brings over 25 years of business leadership and project management experience. She is also a Cross Product Lead at Dell Technologies working on transformative cloud and data center initiatives.  Prior to owning Successful Projects, Renee served as a Program Director for a leading telecom consulting firm, focused on overseeing delivery of multi-million dollar, complex outside plant engineering projects. She is experienced in managing projects, leading and mentoring project managers and building a Project Management Office (PMO). Renee also worked in Information Technology for fourteen years including roles in support, network administration and Director level management. She brings a wealth of real world experiences in managing complex projects that has helped shape her solutions oriented and customized approach toward project management training and coaching.

Renee is an active volunteer within the project management community and is a passionate advocate for the project management profession and supporting the advancement and enrichment of project managers through a better understanding of disciplined approaches available to help ensure project success.

Location: Austin, Texas

Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow

Project Management Fundamentals and PMP Exam Prep Project Leadership, Keynote Speaker

Frank P. Saladis is a dynamic and engaging instructor. Students have found his teaching style to be entertaining, energetic, and encouraging as he finds an inspirational approach to a variety of real life situations. He is a professional trainer who presents his thoughts in a lively and logical fashion, which makes him an excellent team member and consultant. He has published numerous leadership and project management books and articles. He is also an internationally known presenter at the Project Management Institute Annual Symposium, Project World and other project management events.

Frank is the owner of Blue Marble Enterprizes, Inc, a consulting firm that provides training and consulting on professional project management and leadership training. Frank is the originator of the now globally celebrated International Project Management Day. For his contributions to the promotion and development of project management, Frank received the prestigious PMI Fellow Award in 2013, the PMI Person of the Year Award in 2006 and the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2015.

During Frank’s 30+ years in the telecommunications environment, he held the position of National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy organization. His responsibilities included the development of project management offices (PMOs) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

Frank is a graduate from the PMI Masters Class and has a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from George Washington University.

Published Works:

  • Your Future as a Project Manager (2005)
  • Audio Book – Your Future as a Project Manager (2005)
  • Value-Driven Project Management (2009)
  • What Functional Managers Need to Know about Project Management (2009)
  • What Executives Need to Know about Project Management (2009)
  • Bringing the PMBOK® Guide to Life (2009)
  • Mastering People Skills: A Guide for Project Managers (2012)
  • Positive Leadership in Project Management – A Practical Guide to Enhancing Individual, Team and Organizational Performance (2013)
  • A Day in the Life of a Project Manager (2013)
  • Project Management Workbook and PMP® / CAPM® Exam Study Guide (Multiple Editions)
  • Author- AT&T IMS Project Evaluation Review Process
  • Co-Author-AT&T IMS Project Management Guideline

Location: Greater New York City, New York Region

Case studies with Frank Saladis as instructor: Austin Simonis

Kevin Wozniak, PMP, ITIL, FLMI

Project Management Fundamentals and PMP Exam Prep

Kevin Wozniak is a Program Manager for a life insurance third party administrator (TPA) overseeing large, client-based programs and actively managing operations and information technology programs for clients.

His diverse background started by working on IT infrastructure projects in the 1990s, where Kevin worked as a network engineer and managed IT operations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Transferring to Houston, Texas in 2010, Kevin moved into a product development project management role where he implemented annuity and structured settlement products and software solutions. In 2013, he moved into a role managing a sales software development team, overseeing complex life insurance launches on web-based and desktop software platforms, managing competing priorities and multiple release streams. He managed direct reports in multiple countries and states across the U.S.

Kevin is a certified PMP since 2012, and has spoken at several conferences, including the national PMI Conference. He also maintains his ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) Service Foundations certificate as well as FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute). He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

In addition to his professional achievements, Kevin has coached youth tackle and 7 on 7 football for elementary and junior high school players since 2010. Coaching is one of his passions and he has presented a project management seminar on the relationships between project management and coaching football.

Location: Montgomery, Texas

Todd Williams, PMP

Project Management Fundamentals and PMP Exam Prep

Todd is an active management consultant and project management instructor. Utilizing nearly thirty years of manufacturing and service industry experience and following his mantra, “Strategy, People, Process, and then Technology,” he specializes in helping organizations building the infrastructures to execute successful projects and rescuing troubled projects. He started his career as a manufacturing engineer, morphed into a software engineer, and promoted to a project manager. He has run two successful consulting companies—the first focused on software development and the second on fixing failing projects.

He has experience in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, factory automation, automotive, healthcare, information technology, marketing, and insurance. Todd has managed projects between $100,000 to $30,000,000 (USD) using waterfall, phased, agile, critical chain, and hybrid methodologies.

Mentoring and coaching has been part of Todd’s portfolio since 2013. Eighty percent of his mentees are female and range from new college graduates to moms returning to the workforce. His male mentees are generally in career or vocation transition.

 He is the brainchild of Successful Project’s Vision to Value program that teaches project managers six different areas that will help them in their career and in their organizations:

  •  Focusing on delivering value rather than the constraints of scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Creating an executive leadership structure that effectively supports the project for proper sponsorship.
  • Building and communicating achievable strategies to meet the corporate goals while accommodating compliance and maintenance projects.
  • Ensuring that people adopt change through effective change management.
  • Establishing appropriately lean governance that meets compliance.
  • Implementing a culture leadership throughout the organization.

 He is the author of two books:

  • Rescue the Problem Project, A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (2011) an Amazon bestseller in project management.
  • Filling Execution Gaps, How Executives and Project Managers Turn Corporate Strategy Into Successful Projects (2017)

In addition, he maintains blogs on LinkedIn.com, ProjectManagement.com, his own Back From Red Blog. He supports  numerous periodicals and news sources including CNN/Fortune, CIO Magazine among others.

 He is an internationally acclaimed speaker doing over 30 presentations and workshops a year throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

Rich Maltzman, PMP

Project Management Fundamentals and PMP Exam Prep
Sustainability, Professor Boston University

Rich Maltzman is an engaging and driven instructor who provides students with a deep, rich learning experience. He focuses on the converting weaknesses into strength while teaching students how to apply learned skills to everyday situations.  He is currently Master Lecturer, creating and teaching graduate courses at Boston University.

Rich is the co-founder of EarthPM, LLC, a company devoted to integrating sustainability thinking into project management. His integration of a holistic, global view of project management has resulted in international engagements looking for the long-term success of our planet and social systems.

Rich has an engineering background with a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, an MSIE from Purdue University, a mini-MBA from Wharton and a Masters Certificate in International Business Management granted jointly from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and INSEAD of France.

Published Works:​ ​

  • Green Project Management (2012)
  • Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach (2014)
  • Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel (2015)

Location: Greater Boston, Massachusetts Region

Loredana Abramo, PMP

Project Management Fundamentals 

Loredana Abramo is a global citizen, who has lived and worked in several international locations, across 4 continents.   Loredana started her career as an engineer, developing and delivering large national telecommunications networks in Italy, Japan, South-East Asia, Australia and the US.

Wanting to expand her skills beyond the technical realm, she moved into business development, service delivery readiness, and program management. Loredana has held leadership roles in Customer delivery, such as PMO Deputy Director for a large infrastructure program in Australia and Senior Project Director role for a transportation project in Hawaii, as well as global roles in the corporate program office, from competency development to IT deployments and Corporate Quality improvement programs.

Loredana holds a Doctor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, is a certified Professional Engineer in Italy and has a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from DePaul University. She is a PMP®, a member of PMI, a senior member of IEEE, and a TIA Convergence Technologies Professional.

Always dedicated to sharing her skills and knowledge in project management, Loredana has written and presented multiple papers in support of IEEE, PMI, and IPMA, has co-authored a book on Project Management competency development (Bridging the PM Competency Gap – 2017) and is now facilitating online Project Management courses at Boston University Metropolitan College. 

 Location: Greater Chicago Area

Deb Roch, PMP

Soft Skills and Team Leadership, Project Management Fundamentals

Debbie Roch is a Program Manager consultant with Cartesian, Inc. currently providing Project Management services to a Fortune 500 Telecommunications client. Her prior role was Enterprise Project Management Office Director for HP Enterprise Services. She is an experienced change coach who blends her counseling, training and leadership experiences to assist leaders in embracing positive change and directing their own personal and professional growth. She is a results-oriented teacher with strong business, project management, and client relationship skills. Her technical background in applications development in project implementation helps her understand the complexities in students’ projects. Debbie has years of success at transforming troubled business accounts by creating positive client relationships and delivering program excellence.

Her global experience ranges from client interface to requirements gathering in Turkey, system installations in Argentina and program management for a global client server deployment.

Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary, a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She has designed and delivered a variety of seminars to allow individuals to reach their highest potential both in the public and private sectors.

Her career highlights include working at EDS (Hewlett Packard) as a Developer and Project and Program Manager in Information Technology for 23 years and at Cartesian, Inc as a Program Manager for 8 years.


Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina

Case studies with Debbie Roch as instructor: Reyna Zendejas,

Amy Gau, PMP

Project Management Fundamentals

Amy Gau is a project management instructor through university programs and small business administration workshops. She has a talent for effectively communicating technical information to various audiences. Amy is the owner of ANS Technical Ventures, formerly known as Successful Projects AG, a company that provides project management consultants and customized training to companies and individuals.

Her customized training includes building a useful business case, building project management processes, leading a project in a team environment, and negotiating an effective plan.

While working at IBM, she formalized her project management passion with end-to-end project management of global projects across multiple areas, including IT, marketing, manufacturing and sales.

She has received outstanding achievement awards for her work and has been a conference presenter for Showcase and IBM products. Amy has more than 19 years of experience leading projects for a wide range of companies to include large international IT companies and small non-profit organizations.

Her specialty is helping organizations implement workable plans to reach their objectives with efficient use of limited resources and has been honored with the Hometown Hero Award by the city of Rochester, MN for her projects that had a significant positive financial impact on the city.

Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Physics and has completed post-graduate work in Industrial Engineering.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota Region

Dan O’Neil, PMP, PgMP

Military and Private Sector Project Management, Project Innovation and Project Management Fundamentals

Dan O’Neil is a senior project manager for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. In that role, he leads strategic projects, including video visits allowing patients to meet remotely with physicians and clinical redesign leveraging technology and the patient-provider relationship. He has developed and delivered programs that integrate technology and customer service, yielding results across a wide variety of industries – defense, entertainment, transportation, and health care.

He is a West Point graduate who served over 10 years in the US Army and attained the rank of major. His military experience included command of combat engineer companies in Europe, the US and the Mideast as well service on planning staffs at battalion, brigade, and division levels. Following his military service, Dan worked for the Atlanta Olympic Committee, the Walt Disney Company, and Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines).

Working together with others at Mayo, Dan has created course offerings in communications, leadership and Disney-style customer service for health care.

Dan earned an MBA with a Health Sector Focus from Duke University and an MS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is dedicated to helping students complete their personal and professional objectives.

Location: Rochester, Minnesota Area

Geoffrey West, PMP

Construction, PMP Exam Preparation

Geoffrey started his career in the construction industry in 1991 as a commercial and residential framing contractor. He traveled across the country building Western Auto, NTW, Coastal Marts and custom homes. He also worked in a metal fabrication and machine shop, in his free time. By 1998, Geoffrey was working for a Construction Management firm building public schools across the state. He started as a superintendent and worked up through assistant PM, PM then Building Program Manager. In 2012 he moved to the general contractor side and started retail, financial, medical and restaurant construction. Along with the public school and athletic facilities projects he has built SMG movie theaters, DaVita and FMC dialysis clinics, Capital One banks, Granite City Food and Brewery, Raising Canes, Austin Java, multiple tilt-wall warehouse / retail buildings along with City of Austin and TFC projects. Geoffrey earned his PMP certification in 2012 and has taught the PMP Exam prep classes since 2013. 

Location: Austin, TX


Jim Stewart, PMP

Agile Coach, PMP Exam Preparation/Foundations

Since 2003, Jim has been an independent practitioner engaged in multiple endeavors including consulting, training and mentoring. A Project Management Professional since 2001 and Certified Scrum Master since 2013, he helps organizations increase their project maturity by applying best practices.

Jim has been teaching classes and developing courseware since 1983, initially in computer science and subsequently in project management. Since 2003, he has taught PMP prep for Project Management Academy and for his own customers. He has taught classes at UMass Boston, masters classes at Brandeis University, and recently co-taught masters classes at Boston College and Clark University.

In consulting, he most recently provided project management services to a cloud services firm wherein he provided Agile coaching, managed cybersecurity projects and provided expertise in portfolio management. He is currently focused on helping organizations who are seeking to make a transformation to the Agile approach.

Jim is on the PM advisory board of a training organization called MindEdge, Inc.and is co-author of the book, “Facilitating Project Planning Meetings: A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success.” He received his Agile coaching, PMI-ACP and Scaled Agile (SAEe) certificates in 2019 and presented a one-day Intro to Agile/Scrum workshop at Project Summit/Business Analyst World in the Greater Boston area. He has worked on projects, facilitated meetings and taught in France, Belgium and Austria. He is currently mentoring a US Air Force vet to transition to a project management career.

 Jim received his PMP certification in 2012 and has taught the PMP Exam prep classes since 2013. 

Location: Boston, MA


Lane Peters, PMP, PE

Project Management Fundamentals
Construction Project Management

Lane Peters is an engaging instructor with expertise managing engineering and construction projects.  He frequently uses real world examples from his past projects to enhance students learning.  Lane has extensive knowledge in both the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PmBOK®) and the construction extension to the PmBOK.

Lane has over 15 years experience managing engineering and construction projects in the electric utility field.   He is currently Site Manager of Dairyland Power Cooperatives’ Genoa Generating Site.  He has managed many diverse projects ranging from nuclear dry cask storage to air quality control retrofits on large coal fired generation plants valued at over 100 million dollars.

Lane has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from Viterbo University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Location: Greater La Crosse Area, Wisconsin

Ángel Águeda Barrero, PMP, PRINCE2

Spanish Project Management Training, Agile

Ángel Agueda is an excellent instructor with expertise in agile project management and global IT project management knowledge. He is known to teach in a manner that is enjoyable for students as he uses business games to assist in learning project management essentials. Ángel has a long list of certifications in Project Management: PMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), MoP (Managing of Portfolios), P3O (Portofolio, Programmes and Project Offices), Scrum Master, Product Owner.  His focus is to improve project management competencies of accidental or vocational project managers and improve the maturity of organizations by teaching project management in business schools through collaboration with Project Management Institute’s Madrid Spain Chapter.   He is currently an independent trainer and project management consultant and has over 25 years of experience in software development and implementation of business solutions for companies such as Microsoft, ING, Siebel and Informática El Corte Inglés,as well as a variety of other international clients.

Ángel has a Masters degree in Information Technology and a Masters in Management Information Systems and Communication.

Location: Madrid, Spain

Eric Rogers, PMP

Construction Project Management

Eric Rogers has an enthusiastic teaching style that engages students through his experience as a project manager in the fast-paced construction industry. Eric is an excellent mentor for construction project management students and is fluent in understanding the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PmBOK®) and the construction extension to the PmBOK.

Eric has over 5 years of construction project management experience and is currently the Project Manager within the utility division of M.J. Electric. Here he manages electric, fiber optic, telephone, and cable construction projects ranging from $50,000 to $15 million. Eric suggests that construction project managers start with a good understanding of the PmBOK but also encourages individuals to read the Construction Extension to the PmBOK.

Eric has a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Northern Michigan University. He also has a Certificate in Project Management from the Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management Program through the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Case studies with Eric Rogers as Instructor: Jared Harmond

Gary Scherling, PMP, P2P, PMOC

Specialist in IT Proje​ct Management, Agile/Scrum, and PMO

Gary Scherling is a project management consultant and mentor with experience in IT project management, agile/scrum and PMO. He has a unique approach to presenting information and training integrating most individual learning styles. Gary has strong communication skills and gets his point across simply, which has been instrumental in his management of critical complex projects. His passion for project management and seeing the success of fellow managers is evident in his pursuit to start a special interest group – PMO Ottawa, and involvement in the local PMI chapter.

Gary has worked with significant accounts internationally in addition to smaller clients and individuals as an effective mentor. His business career includes work in various IT projects, SAP migrations and upgrades, PMO set-ups, customer support, process methodologies, ITIL based service management, facilities management and federal government outsourcing.

Gary has continually shown versatility and drive in defining and delivering IT solutions using project management, process analysis, and innovative thinking as he identifies the best solution. He understands the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge, and has expanded his project management certification with PRINCE2, a practice approach widely adopted in Europe, and the complete Agile project management, focusing on Agile/Scrum for IT development. Gary has developed and delivered various presentations and papers on project management and portfolio management, and has contributed to PMI standards in program and portfolio management.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Ahmed Zouhair, PMP

Business Administration, Emotional Intelligence, ITIL, Agile, Project and Program Management

Mr. Zouhair is a project and program management practitioner with more than 20 years of professional services experience Teaching, Training and consulting in Project and Program Management for various fortune 500 companies.

Ahmed is the founder of the Project Management Training and Consulting, Inc. A consulting small business organization that provides training and consulting in project management.  Ahmed has an extensive experience in IT Projects, ITIL, Agile/Scrum and PMO. Ahmed is the founder of the Austin Project Management Toastmasters club and the Central Texas College (CTC) Project Management Program.  Ahmed has a bachelor’s in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and a Master’s of Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999.  He is pursuing a DBA program at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, TX. He is also an active volunteer with the Austin Project Management Institute and SCORE.

Located: Austin, TX
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