Steve Brindle, Ph.D., PMP, is a co-founder and partner at Advoco, an international consulting company based in San Francisco where he brings value to clients through a combination of project management capabilities, communication skills and technical expertise. Steve’s qualifications include a Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCSD; a first class honors B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University, UK; and Project Management Professional. Awards include the Fulbright Scholarship; UC Regent’s Scholarship; and ATV College Scholarship.
Fabio De Martino is currently Associate Director of Finance and Information Management Process Improvement at BioMarin Pharmaceutical. In this role, his main responsibilities are identifying, leading, and delivering continuous improvement projects with significant tangible monetary impact, which supports continuous reinvestment in the company. Prior to this role he was a Senior Manager in the Global Quality function at Genentech, where he managed continuous improvements of global projects and programs, and a Manufacturing Engineer at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics where he led critical projects and investigations in compliance with FDA regulations and international quality standards, managing continuous improvement initiatives across Europe, Asia, and the US. Fabio holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Salerno and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Pisa University, Italy, where he graduated with honors cum laude. He is a licensed/registered engineer (Italy), a certified Lean Manufacturing Six-Sigma Black Belt, and a Project Management Professional (PMP). Fabio is the President of the local Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) and a PMP Instructor for the San Francisco Bay Area PMI chapters.
Sutanu Ghosh, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCTS, has served as a PMO as well as a hands-on PM at many distinguished institutions in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, including Bay Networks, Symbol, Lockheed Martin, NetApp and VMware.
A quality enthusiast at heart, he has a passion for “Lean” which led to his 6 Sigma certification. He has been teaching MS Project and MS Excel to project management practitioners for over 10 years. Sutanu has a MS in Engineering from AZ State University, Tempe and is widely published on CAX Tools.
Oliver Gildersleeve, M.S.E.E., PMP®, MCTS, is a consultant and mentor on Microsoft Project and was a technical editor of Eric Uyttewaal’s recent three books on Microsoft Project scheduling. He has taught project scheduling at companies across the country. Previous positions include master scheduler for SAIC and vice president of Project Governance for EPM Solutions. He has worked for Perot Systems, Franklin Templeton, Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan medical device company, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Philadelphia Electric. He was also co-founder and president of Microsoft Project Users Group’s Silicon Valley chapter and has presented webinars on the MPUG.com site.
Athens Kolias, MPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, is a proud alumnus of San Francisco State University, earning her Bachelor's in Marketing. Subsequently, she earned her Master's in Project Management at Keller Graduate School. She is a 30+ year veteran in various project management roles, both in the for-profit world and in the non-profit sphere. She is also a six-year practitioner of the Policy Governance® model for Board Governance. Partners and clients include PMI-SF Bay Area chapter, XLUR8 Educational & Research Foundation, International Policy Governance Association, and Tiffany & Co. PMP clients include Booz-Allen, General Dynamics, HP, the White House's Office of Management and Budgets, and US Marine base Iwakuni, Japan, among others. Athens' long background in customer service underpins her orientation towards leadership development, continuous improvement, servant leadership, strategic alignment, needs elicitation and solutions development.
Catherine Pinkas, PhD, PMP, has been an instructor in Project Management for over 20 years. She has experience in project management in construction, information technology, business development, and events management. Additionally, Catherine has been involved in financial management for over 20 years, providing both support and education to her clients for their financial lives. Catherine is also actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and other community efforts to assist families in need.
Daniel Shimabuku, Ph.D., PMP, is a practicing project manager, and has completed several major infrastructure conversions and software development projects for financial services, eCommerce, higher education, healthcare, distribution/fleet management and manufacturing. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. from the UCLA, an M.B.A. from USC in Management of Information Systems, and a B.A. from UCLA. In 2004, he received his certification in project management from the Project Management Institute, and has been a PMP in good standing since.