About Us

About the Chapter

The PMI La Crosse - Rochester Chapter has approximately 250 professionals representing all types of employers in the area. The Chapter includes Wisconsin cities such as La Crosse, Onalaska, and Holmen as well as Minnesota cities such as Rochester, Winona, La Crescent, and Zumbrota. Our vision for our chapter is provide value to the practitioners, the organizations and the communities we serve by promoting project management best practices. In order to accomplish this, our members meet monthly in various locations. The format of these meetings include a brief update from the board, and a guest speaker presentation usually focused on the real challenges of project managers.


Wale Elegbede

Wale Elegbede


Director - Strategy Management Services, Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP), Distinguished Alumni
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with Ethical Leadership Emphasis, Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Information Systems, University of Wisconsin La- Crosse.
Certifications: PMP, Certified ScrumMaster, ITIL, DevOps Certified Agile Service Manager (CASM)

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VP of Communication

Paul Klugherz

Paul Klugherz


Senior Project Manager, Mayo Clinic
M.A., Management, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Certifications: PMP

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VP of Events - La Crosse

Renee Valk

Renee Valk


Project Manager, Marine Credit Union
Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Servant Leadership, Viterbo University
Bachelor of Science (Bsc), Communications and Photography, University of Wisconsin La- Crosse.
Certifications: Certificate in Project Management, University of Wisconsin La Crosse

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VP of Events - Rochester

Chris Coulson, VP of Events

Chris Coulson


IT Senior Project Manager, Mayo Clinic
Bachelor of Science, Business Information Systems (BS), University of Phoenix
Associate of Science, Office Management (AS), University of Minnesota-Waseca
Certifications: PMP

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VP of Finance

Joe Taraba

Joe Taraba


Project Manager, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Project Management Office
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Finance, Texas A&M University, College Station
Certifications: PMP, Certified Scrum Master, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

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VP of Marketing

Jorrie Johnson, VP of Marketing

Jorrie Johnson


Project Manager, City of Rochester, Destination Medical Center
M.B.A., Business, Winona State University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Universit of West Florida
Certifications: PMP

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VP of Membership

Denise Thompson, VP of Membership

Denise Thompson


IT Project Manager, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Program / Project Manager, Organic Valley
M.B.A., Business, Capella University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Language Arts, University of Maryland
Certifications: PMP, Certified Scrum Master

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Past President

Jackie Wright

Jackie Wright Rasmusson


Enterprise Strategic Portfolio Manager, Mayo Clinic
M.A., Management, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Business Administration and Management, Winona State University Certifications: PMP

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