The University of San Francisco: Information Technology Services
Project Mgmt

About the PMO

PMO Charter

Learn more about our vision, missions, and goals in the USF PMO Charter.

PMO Team

David Kirmse

David is the Project Management Office Director (PMO) for the University of San Francisco. David has more than 13 years of program and project management experience across various industries including Life Sciences, Technology, and Higher Education.  Prior to joining USF, David spent 10 years at Deloitte Consulting specializing in establishing and leading PMO’s for large scale, global programs.

David’s responsibilities at USF include overseeing the USF Project Portfolio, leading the PMO and Service Management functions, and managing the universities key strategic initiatives. David holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Pepperdeine University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Diana Fernandez

Diana brings 20 years of Project Management experience to USF. Diana's diverse background includes large construction infrastructure projects (including historical and LEED certified projects), Operations Management and Project Management in the areas of higher education, investment banking, retail, corporate and government projects. Diana has recently joined the AJCU-PPM Committee as the Communication Lead representing USF and the ITS, PMO.

Diana is currently working on the Faculty Prehire Onboarding Project, the Faculty Online Course Evaluation Project and the Network Infrastructure Redesign Project.

Teresa Young

Teresa brings over seven years experience in marketing, communications, and project management. Prior to joining USF, Teresa was the Green Infrastructure Communications and Public Outreach Lead at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a department of the City and County of San Francisco. In that role, she led and implemented strategic community engagement initiatives to help shape the planning and design of ten large-scale storm water management projects in the City.

Teresa holds a master's in business administration from San Francisco State University focused in sustainability and corporate responsibility and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Nick Recchia, Ed.D.

Nick brings over seven years experience in technology, information security, and project management. As a former client support specialist, security administrator and current Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) he has led a variety of USF ITS projects including: PCI compliance, policy refresh, enterprise encryption, NAC upgrade, and various Security Education initiatives. He has also developed learning opportunities for the USF community (both in-person and online) and served as part-time faculty for SOE.

Prior to joining USF in 2007, Nick worked as an educator and technology coordinator at a K-8 private school. Nick holds a doctoral degree in education focused in organization and leadership from USF. He also holds a master's in teaching, and bachelor's degree in psychology, all from USF.

John Soulsby

John brings over 15 years experience in project and product management working in various industries including financial services, speech software, healthcare, specialty apparel, and not-for-profit. Prior to joining USF, John worked at TechSoup Global as a Product and Project Manager for the GuideStar International program. In this role, he worked closely with global partners and distributed teams to deliver a new strategy and product re-design aligning with TSG Global Data Services goals and partner needs.

John holds a bachelor of arts in management from Golden Gate University and, more recently, has become a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. 

PMO Process

The USF PMO Process is based on Project Management Institute (PMI) principles with adaptations to meet the university's Mission, Vision and, Strategy. Visit the PMO Process page to view the ITS Project Lifecycle and PMO Toolkit.

Project Portfolio Document (PPM)

The PMO collaborates with the ITS Project Portfolio Management (PPM) team to manage the IT Projects portfolio:

  • Works with the PPM team to make the IT project-selection process successful
  • Maintains and publishes a master projects list
  • Assists the PPM team with project resource capacity management in order to make optimal use of IT resources.
  • Escalates project risks to the CIO and provides recommendations

PPM is a method of aligning projects with USF's strategic goals, determining the optimal mix and sequencing of proposed projects, and managing projects as a single portfolio.