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.
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.
Aaron Iffland, Ph.D.
Aaron Iffland is a full-time faculty member at San Diego Continuing Education teaching courses in project management, entrepreneurship, and information technology. He is also a lecturer at San Diego State University where he teaches courses in quantitative research methods, advanced statistics, program planning & evaluation, and budget & resource management. Aaron has been teaching at the postsecondary level for over 10 years. He previously taught courses in finance, economics, organizational behavior, business management, mathematics, statistics and entrepreneurship at Platt College, Montana State University-Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and City College in Billings, Montana.
Aaron has over 20 years of experience in project management and administration in the non- profit, banking and information technology industries. He owns and operates a consulting firm that specializes in information and decision sciences.
Aaron holds undergraduate degrees in economics and agricultural business. He also earned master's degrees in both accounting and information systems. Additionally, Aaron holds a Ph.D. in education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. His research activities include business simulations and predictive analytics. He recently co-authored an open educational resource textbook for small business planning.
Michelle Gray, Dean of Business & Information Technology
Michelle Gray accepted the position of Dean for the Business and Information Technology, and Distance Education for Continuing Education with the San Diego Community College District on September 2017. Before joining the educational system, Michelle was the President and Owner of Gray Sourcing, a project management and staffing company in San Diego. As a 25 year seasoned business owner, Michelle has owned 4 companies, including Gray Systems Argentina, Gray Systems, and Gray Soft. What started as a three person computer repair shop grew into a thriving information technology corporation with government and commercial clients throughout the United States and Latin America. The company was recognized as the “Technology Company of the Year” by the Department of Commerce and received numerous awards over the years for its attention to detail and customer service. Michelle serves on the Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Board, and has worked over the years to evaluate proposals for City Grants focused on small business development and job creation. She draws on her history as a business owner, technology contractor, recruiter, and project manager to support the exciting programs at San Diego Continuing Education.
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.