Who We Are
We are project management professionals from around the world coming together to do some amazing things using project management as a tool to improve ourselves and our world. We follow the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge).
Initially, we will use Oakland, CA, USA as our pilot to collaborate with other industries and group interested in helping children and non-profits better manage projects using the various tools, skills and methods affiliated with project management.
Will you join us?
Meet the Team
Sonja C. Stewart, PMP Founder & Project / Program Manager
Since 2009, Sonja (a native of Oakland, CA) has wanted to bring Project Management Professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world together to Network, Develop Professional, Business, Leadership and Personal skills. For over 20 years, she has volunteered for many organizations in the San Francisco / Bay Area. Finally, in August 2016 she took the leap and started the group PJMan & The StarGazers (PJMan stands for Project Manager). Our first project began immediately in December 2016 partnering with the MADE (Museum of Art & Digital Entertainment) to teach kids ages 8-15 yrs. old beginning Project Management, Leadership and Video Game Coding/Programming skills.
Sonja is responsible for developing our Project Management Methodology, tools and the Program for Kids. She also teaches the lessons.
Sonja, first began her Project Management career in 1994 while working for the University of California Office of the President as an Benefits Analyst. She took her first Total Quality Management class there and began implementing the skills she learned. Then while working for Kaiser Permanente at the Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers in 1998, she took her first Project Management class through Project Mentors and that began her quest to become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She received her Certificate of Completion in Project Management from UC Berkeley Extension in 2000 and became Project Management Professional (PMP) certified in 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for the Project Management Institute (PMI San Francisco / Bay Area Chapter) from 2007 – 2009 and served as a teller for the Board of Directors for the global/headquarters of PMI from 2007 to 2009 as well.
She taking a number of coding classes included: Basic, C, C+, Pascal, Fortran, Colbalt and now Scratch. She learned Scratch prior to partnering with the MADE but she recognized the valuable work they are doing.
She is a mother of one (Asia Stewart Washington).
Sherri Alphonso, Program Analyst
After seeing the impact of enrolling her grandson in our program, Sherri decided to join our team. She assists with the classes in a number of roles including coaching. Sherri background includes extensive knowledge of payroll.
Dorothy Davis, Data Analyst
With a Bachelors Degree in Physics and a number of years of QA experience, Dorothy will be reporting on the impact of our program. For now, this is a work in progress since our program is still new. More to come soon..
Dustin Franco, Teacher’s Assistant / Technical Assistance
Dustin is an electrical engineer with a programming background who initially joined the MADE’s wonderful volunteer staff for the Scratch Video Game Programming classes. Since there are at times there were more volunteers than kids so he offered to help us out. His help has been invaluable especially in preparing for and at the Facebook 2018 Family Hackathon where he helped with computers and other electronics and with the students as we prepared to teach Facebook employees kids Scratch. His background includes working at (description & picture coming soon)…..
Donna Jacobs, Quality Assurance / Control Lead & The Voice
Donna is one of the original members of our group. She, Brooke and Sonja are responsible for developing our QA processes, guide and leading the team for testing of the kids games. In addition to being the QA lead, Donna is the voice behind our Mission Impossible style self detonating audio message with instructions for the kids project (SHhhhhh…… they don’t know it’s her).
Donna’s background includes over 20 years experience in the Telcom industry as a Program Manager. Prior to that, she serviced our county n the US Navy.
Sophia Stewart, Program Analyst
Sophia has more than 20 year experience in the Tel-com industry working as a Implementation Manager. Her background also includes training teams in California, Oklahoma and the Philippines. Sophia’s contributions include coaching, program development and adding value in a number of capacities including adhoc.
The MADE teachers and staff
Scratch Video Game Programming
These teachers are IT professionals who volunteer their time and knowledge to teach our kids. They are so patient and thorough and you can see their enthusiasm as they teach the kids.
Scratch Video Game Drawing
Lam Thuy Vo, Video Storytelling
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Lam taught her kids video storytelling using our first project, a simulated lemonade stand, as the story. As a result of her class we will incorporate videos into our projects to tell our stories. One of our younger students, has already created his own YouTube station and recorded his first introductory video. In addition, we were able to arrange an interview for him with an CEO of a major airport (more to come on that in our portfolio). Thanks again Lam!
We’ll post the video from the class on this site and our YouTube channel soon….
Lam Thuy Vo is a reporter.
She tells data-driven stories about economics, social issues and web culture through words, graphics and audiovisuals. In her spare time, you can find her making data visualizations with social data or producing playful videos.
She’s also a journalism educator who has taught workshops and semester-long courses around the world. Please find some tip sheets, courses and workshop materials she’s developed here.
ADVISORS / CONTRIBUTORS:
Sonja’s project management background has given her the opportunity to meet and work with Project Management experts from all over the work. In addition, as we develop our program we meet people who share ideas and best practices.
The following people are only a few that she consults with regarding ways to improve the program. This section is also a work in progress……
Here are a few:
FRANK KOCH – Advisor: Decision Making
Sonja met Frank Koch while working at Chevron from 2006-2007. He was a Decision Analysis Practice leader. In addition to his multiple accomplishments, Frank also shares his project management skills by volunteering at a local high school in Eugene, Oregon.
STACY LEHRER – Shared information regarding designing websites.
Sonja met Stacy at a WordPress meetup in Oakland at the Port Workspaces on Fridays. In addition to the immensely helpful information provided by Tech Liminal, the company that facilitates the Meetup Stacy, the owner of Studio571, a website design and marketing company, often attends and shares insightful information for those of us who are trying to create and manage our own websites. We will use some of the information provided by Stacy for the kids’ Remember Them project.
To help our team stay abreast of the latest project management trends, best practices and skills the following partners have provided services and/or products.
Click to learn more, ExamsPM
Click to learn more, Sensei
Our kids attend school all week and come to class with us Saturdays from 8am to 1 or 2pm. The following sponsors have contributed snacks for the kids, parents and staff:
Grocery Outlet 2900 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
1885 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
5700 Christie Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608
3250 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Whole Foods Market – 230 Bay Place Oakland, CA 94612