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What is Project Management?

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), project management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet requirements of a particular project.” Designed to facilitate delivery of project objectives within allocated time and resources, PM is used successfully in many settings, including in the military, government, private industry, academia, and research. 

History of the Duke PMCoP

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! Contact us if you have questions, learn about our events and news on LinkedIn, or join our community. 

PMCoP Governance

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:

Jean BolteJean Bolte, MSN | Jean.Bolte@duke.edu

Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute



Hilary Bouton-VervilleHilary Bouton-Verville, PSM, RLATG | hilary.bouton-verville@duke.edu

Duke Health Vaccine Institute




Marcus Johnson, MPH, MBA, MHAMarcus.Johnson4@va.gov

Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System



Amelia KarlssonAmelia Karlsson, PhD | amelia.karlsson@duke.edu

Duke Health Vaccine Institute




Mary Ellen MattaMary Ellen Matta, PMP | maryellen.matta@duke.edu

Project Portfolio Manager, Duke Health



Emily MillerEmily Miller, PhD, PMP | emily.miller@duke.edu

Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute



Vonda RodriguezVonda Rodriguez, PhD, PMP Vonda.Rodriguez@duke.edu

Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Previous chair, Duke PMCoP



Christian StephensChristian Stephens, PMP | christian.stephens@duke.edu

Duke Office of Research Informatics




Lynn Sutton, PMPLynn Sutton, PMP | lynn.sutton@duke.edu

Duke SOM Vice Dean of Clinical Research Admin. Group
Chair, Duke PMCoP



Chris ToddChris Todd, MPH | chris.todd@duke.edu

Duke Health Vaccine Institute




Mary TrabertMary Trabert, MBA, CAPM | Mary.Trabert@duke.edu

Duke Department of Population Health Science