Our PMCP Adjunct Instructors
Dave Almos, Founder
Dave Almos has over 30 years of experience in executive positions for commercial high-tech enterprises. He has been involved in several business start-up operations and has managed all aspects of the business life cycle, including major endeavors from start-up and acquisition to divestiture and shutdown. He has provided strategic planning consultation to a wide variety of business operations.
Dave is the creator and adjunct instructor of the Project Management Certificate Program offering at San Diego Continuing Education. He has lectured on Entrepreneurship, Business, Decision Making and Creativity in Business for UCSD Extension and has created and taught a wide variety of courses at San Diego Continuing Education in the areas of Project Management and Entrepreneurship.
He provides mentoring and career coaching services and is currently consulting in information technology, project management, and general business process improvement.
Dave is currently serving as Advisor to the PMCP Alumni Network.
Ray W. Frohnhoefer, PMP
Ray Frohnhoefer has a 40-year history of helping organizations that want to improve performance, transform, and grow. His personal mission: improve the practice of project, program, and portfolio management.
Ray was a textbook co-author and lecturer for eight years for the Edison Engineering Advanced Course in Computers, a Master of Science program developed for General Electric employees. Since that time, he has had a dual career in both management practice and education.
As the Managing Director of PPC Group, LLC, Ray has published two books and a variety of short articles and academic papers that have been published and presented globally. He is currently offering project management and related courses and mentoring at UCSD Extension, San Diego Continuing Education, and California Southern University, as well as at corporate campuses in the greater San Diego area.
Ray is also a 15-year volunteer for the Project Management Institute and a 10-year supporter of the PMI Educational Foundation. He served as President of PMI San Diego in 2005 and is currently supporting the PMI global Board of Directors as a member of the Ethics Review Committee.
Thomas P. Parham, PMP
Tom Parham has 30 years of professional experience, leading transformational technology and business initiatives for venture-backed startups, SMB and Fortune-scale enterprise in the Financial Services, High Tech, Life Sciences, Product Marketing & Distribution, Entertainment and Professional Services industries.
Tom has been an adjunct instructor of the Project Management Certificate Program since its second delivery at San Diego Continuing Education.
Tom has a BS in Business Information Systems from CSULA, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master, and is a member of PMI-SD in good standing.
Ellen Lekatz, President of PMI San Diego Chapter
Ellen Lekatz is a results-oriented and customer-focused leader in the program and project management profession. She is an analytical project manager with a wealth of experience overseeing large scale projects in various public and private sectors. Ellen has built high-performance teams on a global level. She has also initiated and orchestrated program management office (PMO) development, SDLC, strategic business cases and the execution of these initiatives.
Scot Steinwinder, Defense Acquisition, Level III Program Manager
Scot Steinwinder is a Defense Acquisition, Level III Program Manager with over 15 years of experience as a Program Director of matrixed, multi-disciplinary, product and project teams leading the execution of project portfolios in excess of 300 projects/programs and $10 Billion. He has established and led multiple Project Management Offices serving healthcare, medical device and international defense organizations. Scot’s specialty is the rapid implementation of Information Technology organizations and processes providing project governance and execution for international corporate merger and acquisition integrations.
Scot, a career Naval Intelligence Officer, retired from the US Navy in 2013. He has certificates in Project Management and Agile Project Methodology from Syracuse University.
Michelle Fischthal, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Michelle is a proven leader in the development, management, and implementation of change initiatives in education, business, and international operations, programs and technology. Expertise in project management, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution enable her to successfully lead in diverse and challenging environments.
Michelle applied ten years of business and international operations, organizational development, project management and training skills to higher education in 2001, developing and leading the Admissions Processing Center at Alliant International University through the implementation of a centralized office that serviced seven campuses. She moved on to the San Diego Community College district managing projects and resources to support the institution’s student, faculty and research systems and operations.
Michelle was previously responsible for managing and enhancing the non-credit Business & Information Technology Program at all six San Diego Continuing Education campuses along with Continuing Education's Distance Education Program. In the Fall of 2013, she opened the new 42,000 square feet facility designated as the Campus of Excellence for Business and Information Technology for San Diego Continuing Education. The new facility provides state‐of‐the‐art and technology‐ rich classrooms, computer labs, multipurpose areas, and administrative offices to support the business technology curriculum. The building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Michelle is now Dean of Institutional Effectiveness responsible for the development and implementation of integrated planning and continuous improvement for San Diego Continuing Education. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness also encourages and supports evidence-based planning and decision-making, strategic planning initiatives, and institutional research. Michelle was an adjunct instructor in SDCE's Project Management Certificate Program during the 2016/17 academic year.
Pamela Marie Baker, MBA, PMP
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Ms. Baker works with stakeholders to deliver engagements, increase process efficiencies and minimize costs and defects utilizing Project Management, Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma methodologies. She has demonstrated success delivering $50 Million projects and business process improvement initiatives with $5 Million cost savings across a broad range of industries, including: biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and technology. She directs her enthusiasm and experience to achieve synergy and obtain maximum customer satisfaction.
Ms. Baker has extensive experience as a leader with Fortune 500 companies. She uses proven methodologies to frame project deliverables, align internal and external resources, and define timelines and budgets. Ms. Baker has a consistent track record of delivering projects ahead of schedule and on budget. Her experience includes managing on-site and virtual teams in the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America with groups as large as 75 people. Ms. Baker is an Adjunct Professor of Business and Management courses at 2 major universities - University of San Diego – Extension and at San Diego Community College. She has worked as a Director of Program Management, Program Manager, Project Manager/Operational Excellence Manager for a number of corporations such as AON (formerly Hewitt Associates), Dell, Motorola and Thermo Fisher (formerly Life Technologies), and as a Consultant to large organizations. As part of Dell’s Professional Services Division (Management Consulting), she managed projects for external Fortune 500 clients. She began her career at Motorola, where she held numerous positions during her twelve year tenure. At Motorola, she delivered major customer implementations on site in the countries of US, Brazil, China, Spain and Korea.
Ms. Baker is an active member of a number of professional organizations, such as Project Management Institute (PMI), San Diego and Orange County chapters, American Society of Quality, North County San Diego/Palomar and San Diego Sections, along with Business, Engineering and Healthcare associations. She has 5 years of experience of holding a variety of board positions on non-profit professional organizations. She is an active speaker on Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, Operational Excellence, as well as a mentor and career coach to the next generation of project managers.
Ms. Baker earned an MBA from the DePaul University, with a major in International Business, and a BS from Northwestern University in Computer Science Engineering. She maintains Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) since 2002, along with Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from American Society of Quality since 2010. She lives in San Diego, California where she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
If you are interested in learning more about our Adjunct Instructors and PMCP Alumni Network Committee and would like to practice what you have learned in the PMCP Certificate program, reach out today. Use our online contact form or call (619) 388-1800 for more information. We look forward to meeting you.
"The PMCP program at the San Diego Continuing Education Center was a great course. My instructors, Ray and Dave, are extremely knowledgeable and possess extensive experience in Project Management. They kept the class engaged and motivated throughout the entire course."Jayden J.