PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2022 May Meeting

Panel Discussion

17 May 2022 - Virtual

Presentation State of the Chapter - Mark Barash

PDP Information

Program Number: C02020220517
PM Skills in Both Emerging and Diverging Careers
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 0.5
Strategic - 0.5
Technical - 0.5


Have you ever had an inkling of a thought, “This is hard!  Why am I a Project Manager?”   Most of us have been there.  On May 17th, we are going to take a different twist on this thought.  We are speaking to a panelist of people with various backgrounds who had a different career and moved TO Project Management along with one who moved away and another who has expanded upon the role.  We will learn how each has approached project management, especially in terms of influencing people to finish their work and how others were able to apply project management to other fields.  We look forward to you joining us on this journey of rediscovery with potentially new approaches, a few laughs, and a better appreciation of what we do and how to apply it anywhere.


Monthly Speaker

Judy Balaban, PMP, currently manages the Office of the CIO for Covanta Energy.  Her responsibilities span Portfolio Management, Change/Communications Management and Vendor Management.  Previously at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, she developed and implemented multi-level IT & Business Governance for strategic portfolio creation and program execution monitoring.  Judy has also implemented and run global Project Management Offices at Cushman & Wakefield, International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), Dow Jones & Company, TRAC Intermodal and Realogy Franchise Group. Judy is Past President of PMINJ and President of the NJ SIM Foundation.  Judy holds a Masters Certification in Project Management from George Washington University and a BA from Purdue University.

peterPeter Burbela graduated from NJIT in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a bit of searching, I ended up doing Project Management in the field of electronic Building Management Systems until what I like to call my Star Trek moment — there’s a story in that. That moment had me totally shift my field into the world of food becoming full time a chef and career changer in 2005, but through that time I have always used tech and Project Management every single day of business.

clairClaire Kerr moved into R&D Release Project Management 6 months ago for Nokia’s Optical Business. She managed R&D engineering teams including SW test in both Optical and Wireless Businesses, as well as Wireless Physical Design.  She is a Mechanical Engineer with a BS from Cornell University and an MS from University of Pennsylvania.  In her spare time, Claire helps on non-profit boards and has produced shows for a Community Theater group while raising three children.

sagarSagar B. Patel
opens the line of communication between clients, vendors, and businesses to get projects done. With over 10ish years in healthcare/pharmaceutical organizations from provider of dental treatment to healthcare management, Sagar has experience in CQV consultation, team training, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Currently working as a CQV Project Manager with Integrated Project Services. Sagar holds a Dental Degree, MPH (Masters in Public Health), MS in Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Agile Lean, a current PMP® and CSM certification, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business.

harveyHarvey Peralta
is an experienced telecommunications manager / Marine Corps Veteran, recruited to turn around multiple dysfunctional projects by instituting controls and improving processes that significantly expedited project closeouts. A cellular communication and secured radio transmission systems expert who utilizes natural leadership and interpersonal skills to provide guidance and technical expertise to market directors and executives. A persuasive communicator who builds consensus among stakeholders that facilitates the execution of project deliverables.

joshDr. Josh Ramirez is founder and CEO of the Institute for Neuro & Behavioral Project Management. He is currently building an organization ( that is working on redesigning project management with behavioral, social, cognitive, and neuroscience, in an emerging field of Behavioral Project Management. In addition, he is currently researching application of science to project management to build a foundation of project science under existing practices. You can visit the website for the Institute for Neuro & Behavioral Project Management at, become a member of the institute at, or read more about training for the NPPQ master planner credential at

Other Meetings: None

© 2021 PMINJ
powered by