Comprehensive Project Management (PMP®)Faculty

Ramses Maldonado, PMP, ITIL, PRINCE2

Ramses Maldonado has more than 21 years of hands-on experience as a senior Project manager and Program manager responsible for business case, planning, design and implementation of large scale technology projects for Fortune 500 companies in the United States and globally. He currently serves as the President for the South Florida Project Management Institute Board of Directors and has serves as director for more than 7 years.

Maldonado is the founder and President of Wireless & IP Technologies (WIT), a company focused on the design and implementation of Internet of Things and machine-to-machine technologies and integrating them with strategic IP technologies, such as IP surveillance and Video analytics.

Maldonado has been directly responsible for managing budgets, scope, timelines and multi-functional, multicultural teams, both virtually and collocated.

Prior to starting his business, Maldonado was a Senior Project manager at Verizon Business. For 15 years, he worked in multiple project management roles at the company as a senior project manager responsible for software development projects, speech recognition initiative and enterprise wide Voice Over IP technologies for both call centers and office buildings, in a variety of industry sectors including private/public companies, Government and Healthcare. Maldonado was also involved in the creation and implementation of the Strategic Program Management Office (SPMO) that oversaw large scale project portfolios at Verizon.

Today, he works empowering businesses with the tools to remotely monitor, control and manage the performance of their operational assets through a web-based portal solutions.

Maldonado earned a master’s in Project Management from the George Washington School of Business and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He also earned a master certificates in e-commerce and e-business from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is a certified PMP (Project Management Professional), with formal training in ITILv3 (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) and PRINCE2, Agile Project Management.

Greg Chavarria, MSMIS, PMP, ITIL V3

Greg Chavarria has been an adjunct instructor for FIU for the past 7 years.  Since then, he has facilitated many professional seminars that have provided practical application of project management.  This has allowed many professionals to earn professional certifications, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.

Mr. Chavarria has worked within the government sector in various capacities for over 12 years. He is experienced in highly critical Information Technology management roles, such as IT Section Commander for the Miami Police Department for 2.5 years, and Technical Specialist for FEMA Urban Search and Rescue.  He has also served as Chief Information Officer for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, from 2011-2012. Under each agency, Mr. Chavarria was able to streamline projects, minimize costs, and increase operational productivity.

Innovation, efficiency, and continuous improvement characterize his career accomplishments and abilities.  He is a strong believer in the idea that core Project Management skills and continuous professional education contributes to a successful career.  He is committed to education and has served as an adjunct faculty member for business and technology courses for schools, such as University of Phoenix and Strayer University.

Mr. Chavarria achieved a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Miami.  Thereafter, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management of Information Systems, from FIU. He holds the PMP and ITIL V3 Foundation certifications.

Jason S Dinter, PMP, MS, MA, CSM

Mr. Dinter has experience in project management, strategic planning, client services, and hardware and software product implementation across a wide variety of industries. A few of these industries include financial services, telecommunications, defense, and TV/satellite broadcasting. His experience includes working in project management for Fortune 500 companies, consulting product implementation for large organizations, and providing strategic direction as a management advisor to the CIO of the U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon.

Additionally, he has Professional Academic experience as an adjunct faculty member of Departments of Communication, Information Technology, and Business at George Mason University, Broward County Community College, Florida Career College, and Barry University.

Mr. Dinter has dual Masters Degrees in Information Systems (M.S.) and International Communication (M.A.), from American University in Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor's Degree from George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA, and is a Certified Scrum Master and Project Management Professional.

Ruth Elswick, PMP

In addition to teaching the PM College curriculum, Ruth Elswick contributes her extensive project management experience in course development and instructor mentoring.

Ms. Elswick brings an abundance of experience to the area of project management, both as a practitioner and educator.  She gained her project management experience working within FDA-regulated industries and has held various project management positions for major pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device organizations. In her current position as a Senior Instructor for PM College, a project management training company, Ms. Elswick is responsible for much of the design, development, and delivery of an extensive project management curriculum.  Prior to joining PM College, she was President of Elswick Project Management, Inc., performing consulting and training services for Fortune 500 companies, such as Baxter Healthcare, Dade International, Warner Wellcome, IBM, Motorola, AT&T, and UPS. Ms. Elswick holds a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree, from East Carolina University.

Stoyanka Petrova, DBA, MS, BIT

Stoyanka Petrova has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology industry holding leadership positions in project management and software development for Fortune 500 companies, managing large complex global projects.  As an adjunct faculty, she teaches Project Management, Process Analysis, Enterprise Information Systems, Web Management and Database Management courses at Florida International University. In addition, Ms. Petrova has taught Systems Analysis and Design, Project Management, Web Design, Software Development and Web Performance, Databases, Office Integration and Automation, Security and Business Recovery courses in the last 7 years at Jones College and Supply Chain Management (eBusiness, eCommerce, eMarketing) at University of Phoenix. She has built and taught leading courses in Web Design and Multimedia department, as a lead technology instructor at the Miami International University of Arts and Design.

Ms. Petrova serves the Board of Directors at International Association for Management of Technology and she is actively involved in the Organizational and Leadership Committees. She has presented a research paper at IAMOT 2009 conference “Management of Green Technology” a topic for Green Project Management and chaired R&D sessions at IAMOT 2011 conference "Technology and the Global Challenges: Security, Energy, Water, and the Environment"; in IAMOT 2013 conference presented paper “Modeling scenarios for smart grid components manufacturers with risk and performance evaluation”.

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