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UWCPL Advisory Board

We acknowledge our distinguished board members for their expertise in the field of leadership, and thank them for their contributions to the UWCPL.

W. Scott Cameron
Global Project Management Technology Process Owner, Proctor & Gamble Company (retired)

W. Scott Cameron recently retired as the Technical Associate Director of Global Project Management at Procter & Gamble (P&G). He spent over half of his 44-year career managing capital projects within a variety of P&G Business Categories. He received P&G’s highest engineering honor, the Prism Award, which recognizes knowledgeable individuals who make sustained contributions to the Company. Award recipients are sought after as a resource and as a role model for other P&G employees.

Scott was a member of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Implementation Strategy Committee (2006–2011) and Strategic Communications Committee (2009–2011). He has also served on the NASA Academy of Program and Project Leadership Advisory Board and Southeast Ohio Project Management Institute (PMI) Advisory Board. Scott holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University.

Scott Converse
Program Director, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scott Converse is the director of project management and process improvement programs for the Center for Professional & Executive Development in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business. In addition, he developed and directs the Technical Leadership certificate series, a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the School of Business, and is a lecturer in the Wisconsin School of Business’ MBA program.

Scott has developed courses for and has expertise in the areas of project management, portfolio management, technology project implementation, process improvement, Six Sigma, business statistics, data analysis, and data mining. He offers over a decade of applied experiences in the field, having worked as a former IT director and technologist for an Internet software developer.

Scott is a Six Sigma black belt and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from UW-Eau Claire.

Darren Dalcher
Professor of Project Management, University of Hertfordshire
Director, National Centre for Project Management (NCPM).

Dr. Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management, an interdisciplinary center of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, charities, NGOs, and the learned societies. He is active in numerous international committees, standards bodies, steering groups, and editorial boards. He is heavily involved in organizing international conferences, and has delivered many international keynote addresses and tutorials. He has written over 150 refereed papers and book chapters on project management and software engineering. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process. He is the editor of a major book series, Advances in Project Management, published by Gower Publishing, which synthesizes leading edge knowledge, skills, insights, and reflections in project and program management, and of a companion series, Fundamentals of Project Management, which provides the essential grounding in key areas of project management and leadership.

He has built a reputation as leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management and leadership, and has worked with many major industrial, commercial, and charitable organizations and government bodies. In 2008 he was named by the Association for Project Management (APM) as one of the top 10 influential experts in project management, and has also been voted Project Magazine’s Academic of the Year for his contribution in “integrating and weaving academic work with practice.” He has been chairman of the influential APM Project Management Conference since 2009, setting consecutive attendance records and bringing together the most influential speakers. In October 2011 he was awarded a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the Association for Project Management for outstanding contribution to project management.

Owen Gadeken
Professor, Defense Acquisition University.

Dr. Owen Gadeken is a Professor of Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Before joining the DAU faculty, Dr. Gadeken was a project manager at the U.S. Department of Energy Operations Office in Oak Ridge, TN. Prior to that, he served as an Air Force officer and civilian engineer working on missile development programs at the U.S. Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Dr. Gadeken has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska, an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, England. Dr. Gadeken has published over 50 articles and papers on project management and leadership in nationally recognized journals. He is a frequent conference speaker and has given keynote addresses at international project management conferences in Oslo, Norway; Vancouver, Canada; Washington, D.C.; and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Dr. Edward Hoffman
Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
Director, NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)

Dr. Edward Hoffman directs the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership and is NASA’s chief knowledge officer. He works within NASA and with leaders of industry, academia, professional associations, and other governmental agencies to develop the agency’s capabilities in program and project management and engineering.

Dr. Hoffman has written numerous journal articles and coauthored Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects (NASA, 2005) and Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders (Wiley, 2000). An adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University, he also speaks frequently at conferences and associations. He holds a BS in psychology from Brooklyn College and MA, MS, and doctoral degrees in social and organizational psychology from Columbia University.

Terry Little
Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
Director, NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)

Terry Little was the Department of Defense’s most seasoned manager of major programs, with more than 25 years’ experience leading major weapons acquisitions. One of the Department’s most forceful advocates for program management innovation, he is cited by many people as the best program manager in recent DoD history. Currently he consults on acquisition leadership and business development with the Spectrum Group and with Modern Technology Solutions. An honorary professor at the Defense Systems Management College, he has presented case studies to every program manager class at the College for the past 15 years.

Mr. Little served as executive director of the Missile Defense Agency—the senior civilian in an organization of approximately 8,000 employees—while concurrently directing the $14B Kinetic Energy Interceptor Program. Earlier, he was the first director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence, which enhanced all acquisition activities through developing RFPs, streamlining contracts, devising incentives, and overseeing contractors.

His many awards include the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award (received twice), the Executive Service Presidential Rank Award; and the Air Force Stewart Award for Excellence in Program Management. Mr. Little holds an MS in systems analysis, Air Force Institute of Technology; and an MBA, University of West Florida. After graduating with distinction from Officer Training School in 1967, he served eight years’ active duty in the Air Force.

Kris Randal
Administrator, Division of Family & Economic Security, State of Wisconsin
Department of Children and Families

Kris Randal is the Administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families’ Division of Family and Economic Security, where she oversees the state’s child support and welfare-to-work (W-2) programs. Her depth of knowledge and proficiency in her current leadership role derives from 28 years of experience working for various state agencies as an assistant legal counsel and in management positions.

Ms. Randal recently spearheaded the state’s dramatic reform of the W-2 program in order to better assist low-income families gain sustainable economic independence by getting parents back on their feet and into the workforce. During this major overhaul, Kris’s project management skills resulted in performance-based contracts which hold W-2 agencies more accountable for providing employment services and financial assistance to families.

Kris is also working on enhancing Wisconsin’s child support program, which affects 357,000 families. Recent program changes increase the services available to non-custodial parents to help them gain the skills to maintain a job and consistently contribute to the financial well-being of their children. This multi-group project requires working with numerous agencies to combine available resources so both parents can fully participate in raising their children. Ms. Randal is also steering a state-wide enterprise to streamline standardized documentations, and she recently negotiated a new Wisconsin child support debit card contract.

Kris is a University of Wisconsin Law School graduate and also holds an MBA in Management from the Wisconsin School of Business.

Mark Rounds
Vice President of Operations, Central Operations, The Boldt Company

Mark is the Vice President of Operations for The Boldt Company’s Central Operations Group. He oversees all construction projects for Boldt in southern Wisconsin and Illinois. He has been involved in the construction industry since 1980 holding positions as laborer, estimator, project manager, and vice president. He leads his projects through creative collaboration by coaching highly functioning teams to accomplish large and complex projects. Known for his desire to teach, he educates his staff to be the very best builders in the industry.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin (UW) and is a registered professional engineer. He is an honorary scholar at UW and is one of the teachers of the Leadership Development class in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Diane Walleser
Vice President of Student Services & Enrollment Management, Columbus State
Community College

Diane Walleser is a marketing and business management veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in diverse industries including brewing, foodservice marketing, financial services, and higher education. In her last corporate role, Diane served as vice president of marketing for First Federal Savings Bank, where she was responsible for managing the marketing activities of 70 retail branches. Since 2001 when she made the move to academia, she has worked in the community college environment as an instructor, associate dean, marketing director, and enrollment development director.

Currently, Diane is the vice president of student services and enrollment management at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that position, for 10 years Diane served as vice president of enrollment management at Madison College, where she oversaw marketing, recruiting, admissions, advising, financial aid, and records for 40,000+ students. She also directed the college’s strategic planning, quality improvement, and accreditation processes. At Madison College, Diane was an integral member of the leadership team that planned, funded, and provided oversight for the college’s recently completed $134 million construction and renovation project. She was the executive sponsor for technology enhancements to the college’s student administrative system and was on the steering committee for the college’s migration to the Workday payroll and finance system.

Despite significant experience with major projects, her strength is in managing ongoing small- to medium-scale projects that improve processes and enhance service to students. As resources become increasingly limited in an environment that’s inherently resistant to change, Diane has found that maximizing efficiencies is often accomplished by harnessing the advantages of current systems, streamlining processes, and using technology so staff can concentrate their efforts on high-value student support functions. Her project success is attributed to the ability to foster talented teams, encourage quality improvement in a complex environment, and maintain a steely focus on student needs.

Diane earned an MBA from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and received a doctorate in higher education leadership from Edgewood College.

Hugh Woodward
President, Macquarie Business Concepts

Hugh is a well respected strategist in all aspects of the project management profession. He is a former leader of the Project Management Institute, an accomplished speaker and educator, and an experienced practitioner.

Hugh has played a leadership role in PMI since 1993, serving 2 consecutive terms as Chair in 2000 and 2001, and almost 6 years as a member of PMI’s Board of Directors. He was President of the Southwest Ohio Chapter from 1993 to 1995, and served as a member of the PMI Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors for 9 years. He was certified as a Project Management Professional in March 1992 and appointed a PMI Fellow in September 2005.

Hugh is the President of Macquarie Business Concepts, a consulting firm promoting the achievement of strategic goals through the application of effective project portfolio management. Previously, he was a program manager for the Procter & Gamble Company, where he spent over 20 years leading teams focused on operational and process improvement in both manufacturing and business services.