|AACE International Activities: M. Cristina Baltazar, PSP has been active in AACE since 2009. She served as Vice President of the National Capital Section from 2009 to 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of the Baltimore Metro Section.|
As a member of the National Capital Section, she successfully recruited AACE members from the Baltimore area to re-establish the Baltimore Metro Section. Her firm hosted the first Baltimore Metro Section meeting in Fall 2010, and continues to be a regular host for monthly meetings. Cristina participates in both sections by proctoring certification exams, seeking presenters and venues, and creating/maintaining the section websites. She attained her PSP certification in 2009 and is in the process of obtaining her EVP certification.
Cristina is also a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and a Certified Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). She has 17 years of experience in the transportation industry, and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Cristina started her career as a bridge engineer for a design firm and continued as a project manager for a heavy highway contractor. She moved into the project controls profession in 2004 by providing project management, cost estimating, and CPM scheduling services with a local consulting firm.
In 2008, she started her own firm to continue providing project controls services to her clients in the Maryland area. MCS Consulting, Inc. is a woman-owned certified minority business which provides CPM scheduling, cost estimating, claims analysis, and project management services.
Goals and Objectives:
My primary goal would be to provide continuity and open communication between the local sections. By sharing information, we can become stronger as a region and be able to take advantage of all the experiences our fellow sections have had. In addition, I would like to increase membership and participation by increasing communication and seeking feedback from members
||AACE International Activities: Dr. Dan Melamed, PhD, CCC has been an active member of AACE International since 2004, is a member of the National Capital Section, and is currently serving his first year as a member of the Technical Board. He has also served the National Capital Section as vice-president for one year, president for the National Capital Section for two years, and is currently assisting the new set of officers as past president. He is also currently represents the AACE International National Capital Section in the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS). In addition to being a Certified Cost Consultant, Dan Melamed has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He is a member of AACE International, Sigma Xi the Scientific Honor Society, as well as the American Chemical Society. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications and one patent. Currently, Dan is with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM). He is experienced on budget formulation, performance metrics, and risk assessment and analysis. He has also been involved in the certification of project controls systems (using an Earned Value Management System) for new contractors for the EM program.
Goals and Objectives:
As Director of Region 2, I will work to improve member, inter-sectional and association level communication, as well as growth and enthusiasm within AACE International. This would include:
- An effort to increase local and regional membership and participation.
- Determine the needs and goals for the individual sections and work with those sections to meet those goals to insure their growth and development.
- Continue the efforts to improve inter-divisional communication and activities, continue effort to establish a regional conference in Region 2, similar to the regional conferences elsewhere in the country.
- Work to increase interactions between allied professional groups and organizations and the AACE International.
- Communicate Association plans and objectives to the Sections and (equally important) communicate suggestions and ideas from the Sections to Headquarters and the other Regions.
||AACE International Activities: Mark Nagata, PSP has been a member of AACE since 2002. He has published and presented eight papers at Annual Meetings in both the Project Scheduling and Claims and Dispute Resolution tracts. He was a major contributor to the development of the Recommended Practice on Forensic Schedule Analysis and has also participated in each of the revisions.|
Mark is a Director/Shareholder with Trauner Consulting Services, Inc. and has over 11 years of experience in the areas of claim preparation and analysis and the implementation of project controls on highway, transit, bridge, entertainment, museum, health care, educational, military, and high-rise residential projects that range in value from under $1M to $8B. He is also an award-winning and certified NHI instructor and has taught over 50 seminars across the nation and internationally covering Claim Analysis, CPM Scheduling, and Specification Writing. He is also a co-manager of the PMI-Scheduling Community of Practice’s (formerly the College of Scheduling) Best Practice Guide for Schedule Impact Analysis and he has contributed to the Best Practice Guide for Schedule Management.
Goals and Objectives:
AACE’s commitment and track record of developing and cultivating a grassroots effort to increase the body of knowledge within the industry is unmatched and I believe this support within AACE is one of the many characteristics that sets AACE heads and shoulders above other industry groups. I would like to be part of this effort by continuing to forge a symbiotic relationship between my efforts at AACE and PMI’s Scheduling Community of Practice, by insuring that we have consistency among our technical documents like AACE’s Recommended Practices and PMI-Scheduling Community of Practice’s Best Practice Guides.
As Director-Region 2, my goals include:
- Take advantage of my experience and involvement in both organizations to strengthen AACE and the industry.
- Increase the local and regional AACE membership.
- Travel to the Region 2 sections to better understanding their challenges and finding creative ways to overcome them.
- Communicate with Regional Directors to identify best practices and sharing those best practices among Region 2.
- Participate in the development of a Region 2 strategic growth plan in coordination with AACE and assist Region 2 in achieving its goals.
- Facilitate providing courses for AACE certifications.