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Project Management Graduate Program Faculty

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, is currently the Program Director for the Master of Science in Project Management and the Master of Science in Information Technology Management at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.


  • 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

    Alfred is a business performance expert presently working for Lockheed Martin as part of the customer relationship management team. He is also a certified Lean/Six Sigma Blackbelt specializing in Continuous Process Improvement.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

    Thomas A. Kiekhafer MA, PMP, has over 40 years of experience working in various aspects of the medical device industry including operations, manufacturing engineering, product development, project management, and business analysis.

  • 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

    Richard Berg has been providing instruction in a variety of courses in the MS Project Management Program for nearly nine years. His professional career includes serving as a Sustainment Program Manager and Sr. Staff Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, BAE Systems, and Qwest Communications.

  • Instructor

    David P. Cahill III is a project management consultant specializing in OPM3 and capability maturity assessments.  David has an independent consulting company in Minnesota.  He has been operating it for 6 years and has worked in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.