2018 Chapter Elections

Board of Directors Election 2018

PMI Rochester's Elections for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors will begin on April 20.

Election timeline is as follows:

 April 19  Board of Election Nominations Open
 May 18  Closing Nomination
 June 29  Voting Opens
 July 15  Voting Closes
 July 18  Election Results Announced
 September 1  New Board Members Take Roles


Open positions this year are:

  • Vice-President of Marketing and Communications
  • Vice-President of Governance
  • Vice-President of Finance


A full description of responsibilities can be found here.


the nominees are...


Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Zachary Sweet


Zac has been a member of the PMI Rochester chapter since January 2017. He was appointed by the Board to VP of Marketing and Communications role in mid-May 2018 when the seat was vacated. Before that, Zac was serving as both the Director of Technology and the Director of Documentation and Administration, and still holds those roles today. Zac is seeking his PMP certification in the near future. In 2017, Zac was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Quarter for Q4, as well as the Volunteer of the Year for 2017 overall. The role of Director of Doc&Admin has given Zac the opportunity to sit with the board and listen to the long-term strategy and the dedication that the Rochester chapter has to its members.  Zac helped orchestrate the delivery of the offering of virtual meetings to our members as well as implementing an email platform giving us the ability to send mail using our pmirochester.org domain!

Zac is currently employed at Wegmans Food Markets, where he is a Project Coordinator. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Management Information Systems.

Zac is highly motivated and passionate about change. By providing a modern perspective to the Marketing and Communications portfolio, Zac is confident that he will be an asset to the chapter. Zac aims to assist with attracting interest for other young professionals and to provide a fresh insight into the overall planning, governance, and strategy of the chapter as a whole.


Vice President of Governance

Christopher Joy


Chris Joy earned his PMI Project Management Professional credential in 2006.  In his 20 years at Xerox Corporation Chris has served as a Project Manager, Program Manager, PMO Manager, and in various other leadership assignments – with his most recent focus in Organizational Transition / Transformation roles.  Chris most enjoys opportunities to identify and grow people’s strengths, bring them together as a team, and utilize process and technology to maximize their level of success.

Chris is a Rochester native who currently lives in Fairport with his wife Sarah and 3 children (Anna (12), Libby (11), and Michael (6)).  He graduated from SUNY @ Buffalo (“UB”) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration including concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems.   He has an array of volunteer experiences, and has been looking for an opportunity to more fully apply himself in service the broader community; with his children now all school-aged (and more independent every day) he has the time to commit to doing so.

“I’ve enjoyed serving as VP of Governance over the past six months.  I’m appreciative of this great group of people ranging from the Board of Directors to so many dedicated volunteers to the membership at large.   This board is clearly committed to the continued strengthening of our contribution to the profession and various facets of our community.  I look forward to continuing to be part of that.”


Vice President of Finance

Debra Jacyszyn


Debra is currently serving as the PMI Rochester Vice President of Finance. She earned her PMP certification in 2008. She has a passion for serving the PMI Rochester Chapter and wishes to continue to help the chapter strive to foster an engaging and vibrant community. She was recently honored to be named Volunteer of the Quarter for Q1 2018.

She is focused on the PMI Rochester Financial Processes and Procedures to enable successful budgetary preparation and achievement, financial tracking, investment growth and enable auditability for our organization.  Her vision is to enable knowledge and skills enhancement opportunities, help our members engage with outside organizations to share best practices, promote and realize the value of project management and the profession. During Debra’s time as VP of Finance, the Chapter has reached its strongest financial position since inception with sufficient reserve to enable the addition of new member programs such as ROC The Project, Communities of Practice, family summer events, and networking receptions.

Prior to serving as the Vice President of Finance, Debra was the PMI Director of Income. She participated as a member of the 2016 Professional Development Day team as a volunteer to make the day run smoothly and to track and report the financials for the event.

Debra retired from Xerox Corporation after 32 years where she held a variety of positions from Programmer/Analyst, to Business Relationship/Program Manager with budgetary responsibility for over $12M. Debra has over 20 years of experience leading technical onshore and offshore teams in developing innovative solutions for both internal and external Xerox Customers. She also served as a Team Member and a Subject Matter Expert to negotiate the Corporate IT Business Application Contracts. Prior to Xerox, Debra was an Auditor-Bookkeeper for Woodruff Accounting and subsequent to Xerox, she has worked for and managed an office for Liberty Tax Services accomplishing Tax Preparations.

She served as the Vice President of Finance and President of the Xerox Leadership Association concentrating on employee skills upgrade, networking and best practice sharing with other Xerox Caucus organizations.

Debra graduated from Buffalo State College with a BA in Economics and Management and a BS in Information Systems Management.  She has an M.B.A from the University of Rochester – Simon School, in Corporate Accounting, Information Systems, and eCommerce.