Annmarie Curley, PMP
Annmarie Curley is a senior project management consultant with over 20 years Information Technology experience. She has extensive experience managing global teams and complex projects across financial, healthcare, Higher Education, and IT consulting services sectors. With hands-on experience of the full software development lifecycle, Annmarie promotes smart and effective use of process improvement, project management and software lifecycle methodologies and tools to ensure continuous improvement and best practices. She has a track record of focusing on high risk areas of a project or program, realigning projects that need rescuing, and delivering improved processes and technical solutions that result in tangible business value.
Annmarie founded Newgrange IT Consulting LLC in 2010 to help organizations succeed through effective strategy, planning, and project execution services. She has demonstrated experience assisting clients with strategic IT planning, project management, project risk analysis, business process improvement, business analysis, team leadership, organizational change management, project management best practices, and software development process improvement.
Originally from Ireland, Annmarie moved to Vermont in 2006 after spending 10 years in New York City. She enjoys all the outdoors activities that Vermont has to offer and can be found on the ski slopes with her family in the winter, and hiking or spending time on the lake in the warmer weather!
Annmarie has a BSc in Applied Computing from University of Ulster, Ireland.
Mr. Ezra Hall is a Director in GLOBALFOUNDRIES Aerospace and Defense Business Unit with 27 years of electrical engineering experience and 17 years of project management leadership. Mr. Hall’s previous employment includes 20 years at IBM. Mr. Hall manages complex semiconductor related projects and programs for aerospace and defense customers, specializing in creating novel solutions to technical, legal, security, and business challenges with a focus on advanced leading edge technologies. Mr. Hall is a founding member of the National Defense Industry Association electronics division and currently serves as an executive advisor in his capacity as a committee member.
Mr. Hall successfully led a major divestiture work-stream for the transition from IBM Microelectronics to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, achieving continuity in Trusted semiconductor supply to the US Government. This result was achieved through leading team members across multiple companies/divisions and closing complex negotiations between industry and the government. Mr. Hall was selected by IBM as Master Inventor in 2015, holds 18 US Patents (additional pending), and applies a high degree of innovation in managing projects and solving challenges with a results oriented approach.
David A. Jones, Ph.D.
David A. Jones is a Professor of Management, holder of the John L. Beckley Professorship, and Academic Director of UVM’s, The Sustainable Innovation MBA—the #1 ranked “Green MBA” in the U.S. (Princeton Review, 2018). He joined UVM in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The University of Calgary.
Professor Jones is a passionate educator who was honored to receive a University-wide teaching award (the 2009 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award). David teaches MBA courses (e.g., Strategic CSR and Sustainable Value), and regularly conducts full-day leadership development seminars, having trained over 1000 executives and managers in Vermont alone.
In his work with organizations, David applies principles of sustainable business strategy, triple bottom line thinking, and shared value creation. For instance, he has worked with several companies to design or enhance their corporate volunteerism programs, and assess how their employees respond through participation in community service, job attitudes and behaviors, retention, and skill development. David also served as Chair of the Board for a non-profit organization called the New Sudan Education Initiative whose mission was to build secondary schools in South Sudan.
As a scholar, Professor Jones spent the first portion of his career publishing research on perceived fairness and revenge in the workplace, and on employee recruitment. More recently, he has become a recognized thought leader in the emerging area of employee responses to their employer’s community engagement and environmentally sustainable business practices. His work in this area includes eleven published studies, theory development pieces, and literature reviews; two co-edited journal issues and a co-edited volume; academic conference roles as theme-track chair, symposium discussant, and expert panelist; and key note addresses and visiting scholar positions. Professor Jones has authored over 90 papers presented at scholarly conferences, and published over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers, including articles in top academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of four peer-reviewed journals, including two leading outlets in which his work has been published: the Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Jean Kissner, MBA, PMP
Jean Kissner is an operations, IT and project management professional with over 25 years experience in a number of consumer products and eCommerce consulting companies. She recently established a consulting practice, Excellence in Operations, focused on partnering with organizations to solve operational issues and build operational capabilities with people, process and tools. Jean has a BA in Psychology from Cornell, and a MBA from UVM. She earned her PMP in 2012, and taught project management at Champlain College and UVM’s Continuing Education program.