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Project Management Instructors

The project management instructors at the University of Chicago Graham School bring a wealth of project management experience to the students in our downtown Chicago classrooms and our online project management classes. Our instructors facilitate highly interactive courses, using case-studies or in-class activities to ensure that course focus is relevant and immediately applicable to any organization.

Most of our instructors are credentialed Project Management Professionals as certified by the Project Management Institute; many have PhDs in relevant fields. All will provide a strong, interactive experience to ensure that your skills and knowledge align with the three tenets of the PMI talent triangle: technical project management, strategic and business management, and leadership. Project management professionals taking our classes earn 16 professional development units per class.

Elaine H. Alexander, MBA, MS, PMP, PgMP, is an experienced Director of Global Projects and Programs for a local Fortune 100 company. She has over 15 years of management experience across several industries with a focus on new product development, portfolio planning, quality improvement and the integration of acquisitions into the corporate culture. She has an MBA from Temple University as well as an MS from both Northwestern and DePaul University. She is a certified PMI, PMP, and PgMP.
Jim Betourney, MBA, is a retired business consultant from IBM.  He has provided “fit for purpose” business management consulting in strategy and change disciplines for over 25 years to Fortune 200 organizations. Although rising from an information technology background spanning 37 years, Jim is a business oriented strategist with in-depth experience resolving complex business and IT issues at the strategy level. He has held several senior management positions for Fortune 500 companies as well as providing consulting services to many small businesses and start-ups. He is a popular speaker and just recently published his first book “Cultivate Synergy, Structure, and Elevated Profits - A Guide to Aligning Business Direction, Strategy and Execution." He has an MBA from Governors State University.
Michael Bremer is president of the Cumberland Group, specializing in process and business performance improvement. Mr. Bremer holds a BS in Business (Accounting) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is a certified Six Sigma expert (Motorola) as well as a national director for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence. He has co-authored 3 books.
Joe D’Mello, MBA, MS, PhD, PMP, is president of Exequity which focuses exclusively on enhancing client execution capabilities.  He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University. He has a Master’s Certification in Project Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is also a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. D'Mello received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jay Goldstein, MBA, CSM, CSPO, is a practicing Agile professional experienced in improving and developing successful Agile transformations from the functional team level to multi-team scaling in fast-moving tech ventures. He has helped support employee engagement, low turnover and high growth through innovation, empowerment, flexibility, transparency, openness, and continuous improvement through his consulting practice. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and Certificates in Agile Coaching and Agile Team Facilitation, Agile Coaching Institute as well as CSM, CSPO from the Scrum Alliance.
Dan Heck, PMP, is an active consultant to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of project management, problem solving, leadership, innovation, and communications. He was a Principal Product Design Engineer and Principal Manufacturing Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace for 15 years prior to dedicating his career to improving others. Mr. Heck facilitates engagements with all levels of corporate responsibility around the U.S. and in 16 countries. He has facilitated programs at the University of California-Irvine, Northwestern University, and Kendall College. Dan earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at DePaul University with a focus on innovation and well-being.
Jack Hilty, PMP, is a Senior Business Architect with significant enterprise-wide experience. He holds a BS in Computer Science from DePaul University and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Business Process Management Professionals (ABPMP) and Data Management Association (DAMA). He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Larry Joseph, MS, PhD, PMP, has had extensive success in cross-functional problem solving in complex, large programs for a diverse set of clients. He has taught at several universities. Mr. Joseph holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering with a MS from Tufts University and a BChE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Prasad S. Kodukula, Phd, PMP, PgMP, is an award-winning speaker, coach, author, and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of professional experience. He is the founder & CEO of Kodukula & Associates, Inc., a project management training, coaching, and consulting company in Chicago, Illinois. He has spoken to audiences spanning more than 40 countries on a variety of topics in project management. Prasad has trained or coached several thousands of project/program/portfolio managers at 40 Fortune 100 companies, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the United States government. Examples of major companies where he taught include Abbott Labs, Boeing, BP, Chrysler, Cisco, Corning, Dow Chemical, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, Medtronic, Motorola, Sprint, Volkswagen, and United Technologies Corporation. Prasad is also co-founder and CEO of Neochloris, Inc., an alternative energy technology company. Prasad holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and Rutgers University. He was recognized by the Project Management Institute as “Best of the Best in Project Management” with 2010 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. He also received prestigious awards from the USEPA and the States of Kansas and Illinois for outstanding achievements in education, training, and technology innovation. Prasad is a co-author or contributing author of eight books and more than 40 articles.
Janice Koerber, MBA, CBA, is Managing Principal at Sentient Point, Inc. as well as a Certified Business Architect (CBA) with over 20 years of experience in leading international and multi-cultural teams. She was instrumental in the creation of the Business Architects Association’s business architect certification exam. She holds an MBA from the University of Illinois.
Mike Marco, MBA, has over 15 years of management experience in Information Technology. He has published a number of books related to the field of project management and is a popular speaker on the topic of project management/business analysis in many venues. Mr. Marco has an MBA and a BS/BA in Technology Systems and International Commerce from Andrews University.
Eric Pratt, MPM, MBA, PMP, is a senior program director for a Fortune 500 company. He has many years of experience across industries in project management, IT management, and consulting. He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and he holds a Master’s in Project Management (MPM) and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Doug Rose, MS, JD, PMP, PMI-ACP, CTT+, is president of Everymind, a nonprofit technology and management company that specializes in eLearning and project management. Mr. Rose holds a Master’s in Information Management and a JD Degree in Technology Commercialization Law from Syracuse University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP), Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+), as well as Cloudera Certified Hadoop Developer (CCHD).
Jennifer Schmidt, MBA, PMP, is a senior consultant. She has over 25 years of diverse project implementation and management experience in working with senior level executives in non-profit, real estate, banking, telecommunications, software, and finance consulting. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Mark Werwath, MS, Phd, PMP, brings a rich background of project/process management and 25 years of new product development experience to the classroom. He began his career in industrial engineering with Motorola, developing a strong operations background as he supported factory automation, process streamlining, and process optimization. Moving to Northrop Grumman he focused on new product development, managing the teams that designed, developed, and produced RF transmitters. Mark then returned to Motorola, and during his 20 year tenure worked in nearly every sector of the business including handsets, infrastructure, and the government side, leading teams that developed, tested, implemented and integrated large scale technology projects. As a principal with Pro-Lima Consulting, Mark's clients included Abbott Laboratories, Baxter Medical Products, Northwestern Technological Institute, DePaul University, and University of Chicago. Mark then moved on to WMS Gaming and worked as Executive Director of Program management of new product development. Mark is currently the Director of Masters in engineering management and Associate Director for the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University. Mark has a PhD in Organizational Development from Benedictine University.
Fernando Yepez, MA, MBA, PhD, PMP, has over 20 years of professional experience working for Big Five consulting firms and as an entrepreneur. He is a Consultant’s Consultant. Fernando is a thought leader with a track record of leveraging cutting edge economic and management theory to develop pragmatic business solutions for clients. Areas of concentration include Strategy, Business Modeling, Technology, Service Delivery, Change, and People. Core competencies include designing innovative business solutions; working with key stakeholders and top management teams to achieve a shared vision; and delivering large, complex, international projects on time and on budget. Fernando has a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Wisconsin.