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A Quality Project Management Education

Working professionals with earned doctorate or master’s degrees, Saint Mary’s project management faculty members infuse career experience into their teaching and engage in their discipline in creative and scholarly ways. Our faculty members strive to provide you with a quality project management educational experience, lively online teaching, and engaging, thought-provoking discussions.

Saint Mary’s students note that our faculty members are available, helpful, understanding, and engaged in university life. In their roles as advisors, Saint Mary’s faculty also speaks with students about career and academic plans as well.

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Program Director

  • Program Director

    Bill Johnson, PMP, MSPM, is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Project Management at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Previously, he worked as a project manager in the areas of education, government, and nonprofit.


  • Adjunct Program Associate Professor

    Cathy Bartholet, PMP, is an experienced project leader and educator. She brings over 25 years’ experience as a project, senior project, and program manager and over 12 years as an instructor.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Karen Rainford, PMP, specializes in project management education and customized course development, bringing real life project and portfolio management experiences from the financial, telecommunications, health care, and information services indus

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Tom Shipman, PMP, is a Senior Program Manager working in the area of Engineering and Technology development.

  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. Richard Berg is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s. He has been providing instruction in a variety of courses in the M.S. Project Management Program for over 14 years. 

    His professional career includes serving as a Sustainment Program Manager and Sr. Staff Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, BAE Systems, and CenturyLink Communications.

  • Professor

    Mary Dunphy is a professor in the Project Management program, MBA, and Cybersecurity programs since 2005.  She also has several years of online and blended teaching experience from other universities.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Dave Honkanen is an independent consultant specializing in EPMO/PMO deployment, operation, and maturity advancement.

  • Assistant Professor

    Dr. D Gregory Kerkvliet holds a B.S. in Business and Information Technology Management, Masters of Science in Information Technology, and a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership.

  • Ted Kobold is a project management professional and educator with decades of local academic and professional experience. He is project management certified and longtime member of the project management institute.

  • Adjunct Instructor

    Will Smith has been an adjunct professor with Saint Mary’s for four years. He teaches PRM 600 Foundations of Project Management, PRM601 Project Scope and Scheduling, PRM620 Agile Projects, and MBA505 Special Topics: Project Planning.