The New Jersey Chapter of the Project Management Institute
(PMI) presented two awards for Outstanding Service to PMI and to the
New Jersey Chapter on June 11, 1996.
The Awards were given to two engineers associated with Schering-Plough
that have been involved with PMI since 1982: Anthony Accatatta,
PE, Director of Technical Operation's Engineering, and Herb Kaplan,
PE, who has been retired since 1985, and was formerly Director of Corporate
The association of both Engineers goes back to 1970 when Mr.
Accatatta was hired by Mr. Kaplan as a Packaging Project Engineer. Both
became involved with PMI in 1982, when the organization was initially
established and had a few dozen members in the New Jersey Chapter. Since
that time, the local Chapter has grown to over 1000 members, and is the
largest chapter of the Institute which has an international membership
of 23,000. The local chapter provides monthly technical meetings on all
aspects of Project Management, along with an annual symposium and related
The Outstanding Service awards were the first ever bestowed
at the Chapter level, and were a result of the proactive leadership
and personal involvement that they both exhibited as members of the
Board of Directors and in recognition of outstanding services and contributions
to the New Jersey Chapter PMI.
Mr. Accatatta has served as Vice President, Administration,
Vice President Programs, was the founding editor of the chapters quarterly
newsletter "Projections," and has been an advisor for the past six
Mr. Kaplan has served as an advisor for fourteen years, and
has been heavily involved in the annual symposium for the past ten
The awards were presented by William Ruggles, the International
Ex-Officio of Technical Development, who noted that it was a distinct
honor for Schering-Plough to have both a current employee and a retiree
from the corporation recognized for the outstanding contributions made
2015 --- The New Jersey Turnpike Authority - Garden
State Parkway Widening – Phase 2 Program
Pictured: Louis Vazquez, Peter T. Kuhne, P.E., PMP (Atkins),
Malini Swaminathan (Atkins) and Lamis T. Malak, P.E.(NJTA).
The Project of the Year Award winner: the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
- Garden State Parkway Widening – Phase 2 Program.
Honorable Mention was awarded to Montclair State University for
its successful September 2014 launch of the Canvas Learning Management System
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority Project Team presentation was led
by Program Managers Ms. Lamis T. Malak, P.E.(NJTA), Mr. Peter T. Kuhne,
P.E., PMP (Atkins) and Ms. Malini Swaminathan (Atkins). They discussed
a variety of elements of this complex program, the challenges the team had
to overcome, and the key ingredients that led to its success. Program scope
included: design and construction of a third lane to the northbound and
southbound Parkway, widening the shoulders, main line and local road bridge
widening and replacement, existing drainage system replacement, and safety
improvements such as roadway lighting, guide sign replacement, storm water
management basins maintenance, and relocation of utilities. Major bridge crossings
at the Mullica River, Bass River, and Patcong Creek were also rehabilitated
The multi-million dollar program required the coordinated efforts of
more than 1,000 professionals over a six-year period to develop the design
and construct the improvements and included members from: NJ Turnpike Authority,
Atkins North America, Jacobs Construction, as well as seven engineering
and seven construction firms. Successful program results include:
increased efficiency in maintenance and operations, reduced traffic
congestion, improved motorist safety, and further enhancements to the Garden
State Parkway as an emergency evacuation route.
2014 --- Atlantic Health Systems
/ Chlinton Integration Project
The project’s objective was to support the merger of Chilton Hospital
into Atlantic Health System and was led with extraordinary professionalism
and great success by project managers Danielle Meglaughlin and Jennifer
The project involved implementing technical solutions to support
the business requirements in the following areas:
Implementing technical infrastructure that will establish secure
network connectivity between Chilton Hospital and Atlantic Health System:
- Human Resources
- Finance Accounting / Financial Services / Payroll /
Business Advisory Services
- Strategic Sourcing
- Medical Staff Office
The success of this project has positioned Chilton as part of Atlantic
Health System to build upon a history of successful collaboration. This
includes clinical affiliations in obstetrics, cardiology and other specialties.
It also ensures that both institutions remain at the forefront of medicine
- Network Infrastructure
- Email integration
- Domain Integration
- Information Security
- Desktop Management
- Service Desk Support
The decision to merge demonstrates ongoing efforts by AHS to expand
its nationally recognized programs and services into more communities
throughout the region. It also assures that Chilton will continue to serve
as a licensed, acute care facility, expand its program offerings and provide
Chilton patients easier access to world class care in the comforting arms
of their community hospital.
Key members of the Chilton Hospital IT Integration Project team
include: Mark Lederman, Vice President & Chief Information Officer;
Eileen Tarnacki, Manager, Project Management Office; Danielle Meglaughlin,
Project Manager; Jennifer Scatcherd, Project Manager.
2013 --- Solix's Design and Implementation of the Connect2Compete
Project Team - Janice Molloy, General Manager Project Management.
Also joining are Rick DiLollo, Director - Project Management;
Mark Ashnault, Senior Director - Application Architecture; Ray Rojas,
Director - Network Support; Landon Swaim, Manager- Operations; Abhishek
Sinha, Lead Architect; Amanda Severson, Call Center Supervisor, Stuart
Waldrum, Senior Vice President & CIO; Eric Seguin, Vice President
of Corporate Development and Government Programs. Client – Sonja Murray,
Executive Vice President Connect2Compete.
Solix’s design and implementation of the Connect2Compete Program
(C2C) is the winner of this year’s PMINJ Project of the Year. As a leading
provider of eligibility determination, program management and customer
care services, this project and partnership was an ideal fit for Solix.
Connect2Compete, championed by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC), is a national nonprofit organization connecting leaders from communities,
the private sector, and leading foundations.
Picture from NJBIZ
2012 --- St. Peter’s University Hospital
C2C has a primary goal of helping ensure future generations
of Americans can compete in the global economy by accessing technology
through three offers: free digital literacy training, discounted high-speed
Internet, and low-cost computers. C2C was created as a public, private
partnership focused on making broadband available to parents of children
in the National Free School Lunch Program as one third of all Americans,
100 million people, have not adopted broadband at home.
The challenge for Solix was to take an unknown program from
idea to implementation, using a proven disciplined project management
approach to enable this broad based goal.
C2C required Solix to develop multiple systems and processes
to allow for a variety of application methods, determine if applicants
met the C2C eligibility criteria, and interface with cable and computer
partners on their offerings. In parallel, the processes and systems needed
to encompass complex program integrity components to manage potential
Solix successfully delivered a highly visible, comprehensive
program for the C2C partners and stakeholders. The initial pilot program
launched in April 2012 to select students in San Diego, California schools
with a follow-up launch in October 2012 to over 600 schools located in
17 different states. The C2C program involved a computer partner and
eight different (voluntarily participating) cable/internet providers.
Join us to learn how the Solix team successfully implemented
Connect2Compete’s Program designed to bridge the digital divide by helping
low income families discover the transformational power of the Internet
and the ability for technology to improve lives.
Project Team - Cindy Kottler, Director of Clinical
and Business Systems, Patricia Carroll, Chief Operating Officer
and Senior Vice President; Elizabeth Wykpisz, VP/Patient
Care Services , Chief Nursing Officer and executive sponsor;
Frank DiSanzo, VP/CIO and Chief of Strategy and
Donna LeSieur, Account Executive vendor representative.
2011 --- Workers Compensation Claims
Solution by NJM
St. Peter's University Hospital Clinical System Implementation
is the winner of this year’s PMINJ Project of the Year. The project
involved the build and implementation of an acute care clinical computer
system installed across all service lines of a 478 bed major teaching
hospital to deliver an entirely paperless electronic health record.
The scope included building 20 applications, configuring
75 interfaces and the deployment of 750 devices. A total of 3500 end
users were trained including nurses, physicians and ancillary department
users. The project required St. Peter’s University Hospital to “think
outside the box” to identify solutions and strategies to deliver the
project on time, within budget and scope. The success of this project
has positioned the hospital to deliver exemplary patient care while
meeting federally mandated Healthcare Reform requirements.
As recipients of PMINJ’s Project of the Year, several individuals
from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company (NJM) will provide
a presentation on the Workers Compensation Claims Solution. This
project is the largest business/technology initiative in the company’s
history. This program successfully implemented five major technology
solutions and involved over 200 people across 11 departments. It
also allowed NJM to move away from its legacy systems to more flexible
solutions and streamline its claims process to better serve its policy holders.
The team members attributed the success of this project to the outstanding
teamwork and dedication of NJM’s employees.
The focus of this presentation will be the use of project
management tools, successes and challenges, and most importantly the
impact the Workers Compensation Claims Solution has had on NJM.
The team members (Poonam Bhargava, Harold Fink, Kathleen Flaherty,
Larry Fore, Margaret Inman, Loretta Kreutzberg, Jack Parra and Carol
Voorhees) joined NJM between 1985 and 2005. They have a broad range
of experience. The head of the Project Management Office is Harold
Fink and the Director of this office is Carol Voorhees. The other
individuals deal with administration of Business Solution Delivery, implementation
of enterprise-wide Document Management and Integration solutions with
business applications, Policy Administration and Financial Systems, Workers
Compensation medical bill review system, Workers Compensation Claim Center,
cash management, general accounting, actuarial, and statistics.
2010 --- Connect by Hertz
Terri Ciccodicola, PMP, Senior Director, Global Program Management
Jackie Vander Ploeg, General Manager
Car Sharing, while popular throughout Europe,
has been growing in the US. Hertz Corporation saw an opportunity
to be the first rental car company to launch a global car sharing program.
Connect by Hertz car sharing enables members to drive in and out of town
on a pay-as-you-go basis; it is a solution that provides customers with
an economical, convenient and socially-conscious alternative to car ownership.
Bringing Connect by Hertz to life involved the due diligence
and steadfast adherence to critical project management tactics. The
project as a whole centered on the design, implementation and support of
this new business. To meet their goals, the Connect by Hertz team
was able to leverage Hertz’s resources and infrastructure, such as fleet
purchasing power, customer service center and a renowned, trusted and established
global brand, to create a new value proposition within the car sharing
2009 --- Major League Baseball Network
Launch of the Back Office/Broadcast Backbone LAN and Network
Presented by Cindy Cortell, Major League Baseball
Members of the team included:
Mark Haden - VP of Engineering & Information Technology
Cindy Cortell is representing the Major League Baseball
Network IT Department. Through this project, the team was able
to successfully launch the Major League Baseball Network on January
1, 2009 in about 50 million homes, making it the largest single network
deployment in cable/satellite television history. The project team
was given the exciting challenge of building a network infrastructure
from the ground up following the acquisition of MSNBC’s former studio in
Secaucus. The former MSNBC building required a complete overhaul
to replace the antiquated broadcast equipment and cabling with state of
the art, high definition broadcast systems and a fiber optic cable infrastructure
utilizing a 10 gigabit fiber backbone. In addition, there were no
existing studios to retrofit or IT infrastructure.
Peter Surhoff - VP of Operations
Tab Butler - Director of Media Management
Mark Henry - Director of Broadcasting
Jeffrey Vee - Senior Manager of Network Infrastructure
Simon Tse - Senior Manager of Network Infrastructure
Marc Jellinek - SQL Manager
Luke Bodenstein - Information Technology Engineer
Adam Hakanjin - Information Technology Engineer
Mike Carstens - Manager of Operations
Juan Londono - Service Desk Analyst
Paul Pimenta - Service Desk Analyst
Brian Kabus - Service Desk Analyst
Daniel Gainey - Network Architect
Anthony Tesoriero - Manager of Service Desk
The team had a very aggressive and definitive timeline for setting
up the broadcast and back office backbone. Design, build, and implementation
were accelerated. Work that normally would take two months was
completed over two weekends. As you may imagine, this presented
various challenges which are addressed in the presentation.
2004 --- Virtual Corporation
Kaiser Permanente Business Continuity Program Implementation
Virtual Corporation teamed with Kaiser to implement over 6,000
departmental recovery plans within an 18 month period. There were 50
individual projects implemented. It was the largest BC program
launch ever undertaken. The projects success was due to the extraordinary
teaming effort and constant communication between the two corporations.
Scott Ream founded Virtual Corporation in 1994 specifically
to assist large, geographically dispersed organizations with implementation
of appropriately scaled, sustainable business continuity programs.
Mr. Ream is currently serving as a member of the Editorial Advisory
Board for Contingency Planning ? Management Magazine.
Project Leaders for the project (Key Contributors):
Scott W. Ream - President,
Skip I. Skivington -
Director, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente
Larry Fischer - Project
Executive, Virtual Corporation
Aaron Diskin - Senior
Consultant, Virtual Corporation
Bob Farkas - Senior Consultant,
2003 --- MerkMedco's Managed Care, L. L. C.
OMEGA AUTOMATED PHARMACY PROJECT
of Willingboro New Jersey
Merck-Medco's Engineering Department resides in Franklin Lakes,
New Jersey. The project was managed by Wayne Rice, the overall Project
Manager. The Project Team consisted of the following individuals.
Mike Brosie, Vice President Engineering
Chris Hess, Senior Director-Project Planning
John McGivern, Executive Director, Automated Pharmacy
Wayne Rice, Vice President- Pharmacy Operations
George Smith, Aggregate Planner
Mike Szesko, Director-Process Development
Project Objective : build an automated pharmacy in Willingboro,
NJ, which will be the world's largest pharmacy by 2003 dispensing 780,000
perscriptions a week. The project was implemented and successfully
closed, ahead of schedule on October 5, 2001. The operation is
in full swing today.
2000 --- Home ? Garden Television 1999 Broadcast Center
In order to accommodate growth, Home ? Garden Television (HGTV)
expanded their Knoxville, Tn. facility. This expansion included an increase
in active networks from one to four (including an increase in transmission
capacity.) This project also included the expansion of HGTVs Master Control
facility; an increase in on-line storage capacity and construction of
new building linking the original site to the parking garage. The additional
space allowed the construction of an Internet/Web command center; which
became the showplace for the Internet presence of HGTV and its sister
Project Manager - Tom Michales - Senior Project Manager, AF
1999 --- Aurora Data Center Conversion
The Aurora Data Center Conversion was a complex project to
replace outdated data warehouse hardware platforms and related software
with the latest hardware and software at Lucent Technologies' principal
data center. The project's mandate was to accomplish the data center
conversion without interrupting critical business systems, which included
general ledger, financial code conversion, product sales, and human resource
applications. The affected data bases range from 100GB to more than
a terabyte and user communities from 100 to 1000 users.
Project Manager - Stephen P. Kruger - Manager-IBM Global Services
1997 --- Chase/Chemical Bank Merger Team
1996 --- PSEG Bergan Repowering Project
Project Manager Robert W. Dunn led the Bergen Repowering Project
. This project also won the Regional Project of the Year.
The Bergen Repowering Project encompassed the conversion of
a thirty year old conventional fossil fueled generating station to a
facility that incorporated the latest in engineering technology with the
existing assets of the station. The project team exceeded their goals
and achieved the main objective of providing PSE?G customers an efficient,
environmentally friendly power generation station.
1995 --- PSEG Mercer Generating Plant Rehab
1994 --- Port Authority of NY/NJ World Trade Center Bombing