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Project Management Office

SIMPLIFY. STANDARDIZE. IMPROVE.

The Project Management Office is part of the University Services Finance & Systems Department. Our mission is to provide best practice and disciplined approaches to identify, prioritize, and successfully execute a portfolio of initiatives and projects that are aligned with the University Services strategic vision and mission. We're here to help! 

Our Project Management Office operates under the following pillars to improve and maximize the organization's efficiency and effectiveness.

Meet the Team

Songul Reed
Is the current Director of the Project Management Office and certified Six Sigma Black Belt, trained Master Black Belt with over 20 years of experience in managing small projects to large programs. Her career has provided numerous opportunities to use a wide variety of project and process management approaches and methodologies at the Global Corporations. She joined the University of Minnesota in March 2019. 

Diane Kleinman
Is a Project Manager/Business Analyst with over 28 years of experience at the University of Minnesota as a Technical Writer, Instructional Designer, Project Manager, and Business Analyst on a wide variety of projects within various University Services business units.

Sheila Dunham
Is a Project Manager/Business Analyst with over 25 years of experience in business/system analysis, process analysis/improvement and managing projects from large to small.  She joined the University of Minnesota in January 2020.

John Ellenbecker
Is a Project Manager/Business Analyst with over 4 years of experience in business/system analysis, process improvement, and managing projects. He joined the University of Minnesota in March 2020.

Leann Mikkelson
Is a PMP Certified Senior Project Manager/Business Analyst with over 26 years of experience leading cross functional and world wide teams to implement IT, simplification and process improvement projects.  Leann spent most of her career working for a large multinational corporation before joining UMN in 2017 as a Project Manager/Business Track Lead for the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) project to implement TRIRIGA.

Susie Crist
Is a PMP and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Project Manager/Business Analyst with over 20 years of experience in leading projects and implementing process improvements and cost savings initiatives.  She joined the University of Minnesota in August 2021.