About US

Our History

The Duke Project Management Community of Practice (PMCoP) was organized in 2017 with primary support from the NIH-funded Duke Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA), which is housed administratively in the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

Informal discussions across Duke made clear the need for a “home” for people working in project management: a survey found that nearly 600 Duke employees have at least some project management responsibilities.

Many of these individuals, however, are in isolated pockets and may be the only project manager in their workgroup. 

By connecting project managers and creating a robust community, we can learn from each other, enhance our individual and collective success, and support one another’s development. 

Who Are We?

The Duke PMCoP is a home for all at Duke and the Durham VA Health Care System who are passionate about helping achieve project goals, whether through the formal or informal use of project management best practices. Our membership is broad – many of our members are certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs), many are not, and we work in a variety of fields — but we are all committed to ensuring that our projects are on track, on budget, and on time and that they meet exceptional quality standards.

If you want to learn about project management, contribute your own knowledge, and interact with others who share your interests and professional responsibilities, this is the group for you!

Meet the Team

2021 Duke PMCoP Steering Committee

The Duke PMCoP is governed by a Steering Committee composed of professionals passionate about project management best practices and who represent settings across Duke and the Durham VAHCS. The Steering Committee developed a charter for the Duke PMCoP and holds a standing biweekly meeting for planning and decision-making. Current members are as follows:

Chris Todd, MPH

Committee Chair

Kris Herring, PhD

Director of Programming

Emily Miller, PhD, PMP

Former Committee Chair

Director of Mentorship

Marcus Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHA

Director of Sponsorship, VA Liaison

Amelia Karlsson, PhD

Director of Communications

Mary Ellen Matta, PMP

Director of PMCoP Toolbox

Hilary Bouton-Verville, PSM, RLAT

Director of Membership

Duke PMCoP Subcommittees

The Duke PMCoP also has the following subcommittees: the Toolbox Committee, the Membership Outreach Committee, the Communications Committee, the Sponsorship/VA Committee, and the Programing Committee. Click below to learn more information on the missions and goals of each subcommittee.