Instructors

Theresa L. Cochenour, PMP

Theresa CochenourTheresa L. Cochenour, a senior consultant and instructor for PMCentersUSA, has over 30 years of experience across a variety of industries. Theresa’s project management experience includes managing large groups with significant budgetary responsibilities, as well as acting as the project manager for several successful key projects with significant time and cost constraints. While successfully attaining goals of cost saving and revenue generation, Theresa developed a reputation for a practical approach to problem resolution and building cooperation within teams.

Her project management experience began at Mellon Financial Corporation as a project manager, with responsibilities for managing a staff of programmers to support several loan applications. As a Senior Project Section Manager, she was involved with managing Consumer Asset Systems Section. Under her direction, this area successfully supported fifteen different consumer loan applications. Theresa’s responsibilities included administration of a $2.8 million dollar budget, management of forty-six computer programmers and eleven project managers, across Pittsburgh and Philadelphia sites. Theresa managed the first ever Home Equity Securitization, which sold $650 million dollars of Line of Credit Home Equity accounts to investors.

During 2000, Theresa worked to ensure that fifteen applications within the Loans Section were Y2K compliant. This included tracking and monitoring all coding, unit testing, system testing and integration testing of all applications. While at Mellon, Theresa successfully managed the integration of the AFCO subsidiary systems personnel into the Technology Delivery Division at Mellon while establishing long term plans to improve the quality of the first web enabled application developed in the area. (2002)

Theresa spent several years as a Program Manager within the Program Management Office at Giant Eagle’s headquarters where she was responsible for portfolio management oversight of projects for marketing, merchandising, HR, Risk, Legal, and Supply Chain areas. During this time, Theresa also developed a standardized methodology for project management, contributed to the creation of project templates, and coached project managers and IS resources on how to actively support the project life cycle.

Theresa graduated with honors from Waynesburg University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She earned the PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in 2000 followed by the CMM Level 2 certification in 2001. In 2008, she completed a Master’s Certificate in Project Management program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. She is a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she actively consults and instructs in Project Management.

Joseph Lukas, PMP, PE, CCP, CSM

Joe Lukas is the Project Management Practice Director for ConsultUSA and serves as Vice-President of PMCentersUSA. He has more than 30 years of experience in project management – encompassing project portfolio management and international project management. His projects have spanned numerous industries including manufacturing, product development, information technology and construction/engineering.  Among his varied strengths, Joe has demonstrated expertise in scheduling, earned value analysis and risk management. He has published over 30 articles on various project management topics and is regularly invited to be guest speaker for companies and organizations seeking to improve performance in project management.

Joe is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® since 1985. While living in Rochester, NY, Joe was very active with the PMI Chapter, serving in various positions including two terms as Chapter President.  His efforts in growing the Rochester Chapter were recognized in 2001 when Joe was honored with an award for his outstanding contributions to the Chapter. Early in his career, Joe received his Professional Engineer license following his graduation from Syracuse University where he earned B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He earned his Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) credential in 2013.

Joe become a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) for the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) and was honored to be named the recipient of the 2017 AACE Technical Excellence Award, bestowed in recognition of his outstanding technical contributions made in the project and cost management community. Joe’s previous AACE honors include being chosen by the attendees of the 6th World Congress on Cost Engineering, Project Management, and Quality Surveying at the 52nd AACE international meeting to receive the Jan Korevaar Outstanding Paper Award. The award is presented at each World Congress to the author of the paper which receives the highest attendee evaluations of all papers presented at the Congress. Joe’s paper on “Earned Value Analysis – Why it Doesn’t Work” covered the common errors encountered in implementing earned value on projects and recommended corrective actions.

Joe leads the experienced and skilled 35+ member consultant and instructor team for PMCentersUSA & ConsultUSA.  He provides and oversees PM Mentoring, Executive Coaching, and the Project Management Practice area of ConsultUSA, the exclusive solutions and staffing partner for PMCentersUSA. In addition, Joe develops customized, private training programs for organizations nationwide and assists clients in the development of PMOs and Centers of Excellence in the areas of Business Analysis and Project Management.  Because of the organization’s work with its clients, CIOReview Magazine named PMCentersUSA among the “Top 10 Most Promising Project Management Consulting/Services Companies in 2019.”

Joe Lukas is a thought leader and frequent presenter at national, international, professional society, and virtual expos and events on topics related to Project Management and Business Analysis.