Dianne Lutz is a Partner with ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA, IT Staffing and Project Management Institute® and International Institute of Business Analysis® aligned training organizations headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dianne has been with both organizations since their inception in 1997 and originally held responsibility for Operations Management under the direction of President Mark Balish until 2003. During that time, she witnessed the explosive growth of the business and learned first-hand the impact of exceeding customer expectations.
In 2003, Dianne transitioned from Operations into a Sales Account Executive role and took on responsibility for interfacing directly with the firm's clients on staffing and training opportunities. Under her management during 2003-2008, the company’s accounts and relationships flourished. As a result, Dianne was asked to lead the sales efforts for the insurance and financial services lines of business for both ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA.
In 2009, Mark Balish offered Dianne a Partnership position with an ownership
share in ConsultUSA. The company realigned itself from an ownership perspective
that year and transformed into a women-owned business enterprise (WBE). In her
capacity as Partner for ConsultUSA, Dianne is a key stakeholder in the delivery
of organization's strategic objectives. She provides leadership and works
effectively across both ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA to develop innovative
corporate solutions resulting in exceptional consulting and training services
for a wide array of clients. She also mentors the sales and marketing teams and
ensures that client satisfaction levels are consistently high.
As a resident of the Pittsburgh area, Dianne is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree. She successfully completed the Katz Graduate School of Business Executive Education program in MBA Essentials at the University of Pittsburgh and has attended numerous courses in Project Management and Business Analysis through PMCentersUSA.
Joseph Lukas, PMP®, PE, CSM, CCP
Project Management Practice Director & Vice President of PMCentersUSA
Joe Lukas PMP®, PE, CSM, CCP is a principal consultant for ConsultUSA and serves as Vice President of PMCentersUSA. Joe is a thought leader and keynote presenter with more than 30 years of experience in business analysis and project management encompassing program and portfolio management as well as international project management. His projects have spanned numerous industries including manufacturing, product development, information technology and construction.
Among his varied strengths, Joe has demonstrated expertise in scheduling, earned value analysis, risk management and interpersonal skills development such as managing effectively through understanding emotional intelligence and personality styles. He has published more than 30 articles on various project management topics, and is regularly invited to be guest speaker for companies and organizations seeking to improve performance and meet strategic objectives through effective project management.
Joe leads the experienced and skilled consulting and instructor team for PMCentersUSA and is responsible for the execution of repeatable solutions as well as the development and quality of the organization's courseware. Joe still serves as an Instructor and provides PM Mentoring, Executive Coaching, and Consulting Services, as well as develops both public and customized, private training programs for companies and organizations nationally and internationally in the area of Business Analysis and Project Management.
Joe is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PM®I). 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.
Joe graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and received his Professional Engineer (PE) license in 1979. He became a Certified Cost Planner (CCP) for the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) and has served on the Genesee Valley Section Board in various positions including Section President. Joe earned his Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) designation from the Scrum Alliance in 2012.
Rick Clare, PMP, CBAP, CSM, MSPM
Partner, Project Management Staffing Solutions Director & Oracle and Business Analysis Practice Director
Rick Clare PMP®, CBAP®, CSM, MSPM is the Project Management Staffing Solutions Director, Oracle and Business Analysis Practice Director, and Partner for ConsultUSA and serves as a principal consultant where he is responsible for providing expert consulting services to companies seeking improvement in project management and business analysis.
Rick's early career experience was as a Senior Oracle Database Developer, performing analysis, design, development and documentation on numerous database systems using Oracle and its complete set of development tools. He has worked on projects that involve all aspects of the application development task, including strategy, analysis, design, build, implementation and production, as a business analyst and project manager. His training background is as an Oracle instructor, course developer and technical school administrator. He has provided services for many organizations, including: General Physics Learning Technologies, the US National Guard, and the Oracle Corporation. Rick also led an intensive 32 week Oracle career course for EIS in Canada.
Rick has written numerous documents including course material, help manuals, installation instructions, and system manager guides. He has presented at numerous conferences, such as Oracle’s IOUG, the Oracle Developer Tools User Group (ODTUG) conference, the Building Business Capabilities Conference, the Project Management/Business Analysis World conference, and the PMI® Global Congress. He led the IIBA® Chapter Development Committee and orchestrated work and contributed to a new IIBA® book Managing Business Analysts. As a result of his effort, Rick served on the IIBA® Senior Leadership Team as Vice President of Chapters.
Rick earned his CBAP® in 2008 and his PMP® in 2009 along with Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) in 2012. Rick earned his Master's degree in Project Management (MSPM) from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Partner & Senior Account Executive
Jodi Cagno is a Partner and Senior
Account Executive for ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA. Jodi has been with both companies since 2002 and
originally held responsibility as Training Coordinator, serving as the main
point of contact for all training-related projects. In 2003, Jodi was promoted to assume the company’s
Operations Manager role, where she managed all vendor contracts, HR concerns, client
billing and facility needs, processed payroll, and provided oversight to the
coordination of all training programs.
In 2010, Jodi was again promoted,
this time into the role of Account Manager where she held responsibility for
several of the organization’s large accounts, and further developed the
organization’s growing client base. Because of her high level of performance
and demonstrated dedication to the growth of the business, Jodi was named a
Partner in 2015 with an ownership share in the company. She continues to serve
as a Senior Account Executive for ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA and is a
contributing member of the organization’s Senior Leadership Team.
Jodi is a graduate of Indiana
University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. As part of
post-graduate work, she has successfully completed the University of
Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business Center for Executive Education
MBA Essentials program. Jodi has
attended a number of Project Management and Business Analysis courses through
PMCentersUSA and also supports the local Pittsburgh chapters of the Project
Management Institute and International Institute for Business Analysis.
Andrea Durkac is
the Manager of Recruiting for ConsultUSA, where she has been a team
member since 2008 when she first joined the company in a Recruiting
Administrator role. Through her dedicated efforts and focus, Andrea
progressed to the position of Technical Recruiter, where she excelled
and consistently delivered high quality results. In 2016, Andrea was
promoted to head up ConsultUSA's Recruiting organization and named
Recruiting Manager. In this role she is responsible for the management
and performance of the entire recruiting team. Andrea heads up all
national recruiting initiatives for the company, working closely with
the Account Management organization, to ensure the company's clients are
receiving the highest level of service. In addition, Andrea is a member
of the ConsultUSA leadership team and contributes to the company's
strategic planning efforts.
Prior to joining ConsultUSA,
Andrea worked as a Training Specialist for a large non-profit foundation in
Orlando where she was responsible for the delivery of a full
range of training activities. Andrea holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources Development &
Human Resources Management from Webster University as well as a Bachelor's
Degree from Edinboro University.