President - Richard Ferrin, MS, PMP
Mr. Richard “Ric” Ferrin, MS, PMP, is a Senior Program Manager for Integrated Surveillance and Design (ISD), a small, veteran owned, aerospace company located in Wilsonville, Oregon. Ric received his MS, Business Administration from Strayer University, Manassas, VA, his PMP certification in February 2007 and his ITIL Certification in May 2011.
After a nearly 24-year career in the US Navy, Ric and his family settled in northern Virginia, where Ric supported several US Govt. Programs, from Missile Defense to Medical Therapeutic research and development. In March 2013, Ric relocated to Portland, Oregon.
Joining PMI Portland in May 2013, where he made his desire to volunteer, was immediately put to work supporting the Monthly Chapter Meeting. Ric assumed the Director of Events duties upon the departure of the incumbent, a position, he held for 3 years. Following this, Ric was elevated to the Asst. VP of Programs for 1 year, before being elected to the VP of Programs in 2017.
He is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues, thinking critically and creatively, and motivating others with his clear leadership capabilities.
In his downtime, Ric is an avid hiker (walker really) and photographer. He has a special affinity for plants, flowers, and scenery–one of his photographs was a finalist in The Oregonian garden photo contest in 2018!
President Elect - Rochelle Petty, MBA, PMP, SPHR
Rochelle Carter-Petty is a PMP and SPHR certified expert with an MBA in IT Management. Currently a Shared Services/ IT Project Portfolio Manager at Biamp Systems, her 12+ years of experience are distinguished with commended performance & proven results.
Rochelle has experience leading implementation programs, integraing newly acquired businesses, managing vendors, re-engineering business processes, and creating project management templates and guides for success. She has worked closely with Executives to create and optimize IT PMOs to ensure project alignment with strategic objectives. Her demonstrated ability stepping into amiguous situations to bring about organization and clarity has created paths for successful execution on difficult, at-risk projects.
Past President - Penelope Luedtke, PMP
Penelope has been involved in PMI since 2013 with her first volunteer stint at the PMI Global Education Conference. She became PMP certified earlier that same year.
An employee for the City of Portland since 2000, Penelope began in IT as an analyst and currently is a Senior Program Manager building a Facilities Asset Management Program. Her extensive volunteer involvement includes neighborhood associations and PTAs in addition to PMI. She strongly believes in the benefits and opportunities afforded with a PMI membership and strives to help all members realize the full value of participating in the PMI Portland Chapter.
Kevin has had an extensive career in business, the media, and publishing. As a corporate leader he was Managing Director and Vice-President of Cadence Management Corporation, an international project management training firm and a REP. Most recently he introduced project management concepts to Dexter Design and Development Co., a precision manufacturing firm, and led the team to achieve AS9100D/ISO 9001:2015 certification. Kevin has been a member of PMI since 2005 and has volunteered both at the chapter and global levels. He earned his CAPM in 2010 and his PMP in 2015.
In his off-time Kevin enjoys brewing his own beer, playing soccer and joining friends and family members for a once a week WOW night.
VP of Governance and Policies - Michael Goetzke, MBA, PMP
Michael is a Project Manager with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He received his PMP certification in 2011 and is currently employed at World Wide Technology. His interest in Project Management started in 2008 as a Government contractor and soon after he began volunteering with the local PMI Chapter. In addition to volunteering with PMI, he has previous experience as the President of the Cabana at Waikiki condo association and currently serves on the board of the Public Arts Commission in Forest Grove. His hobbies include running, fishing, and crabbing.
VP of Finance - Kyle Townsend
Kyle Townsend is CAPM certified and seeking his PMP. He has volunteered in Arizona as the assistant VP of Operations and seeks to improve his knowledge and understanding through volunteering here in Oregon, his new place of residence.
Kyle has over five years of finance experience and loves his new city. He is eager to learn and grow from those around him.
VP of Membership - Sandra Koelle, PMP
Sandra Koelle earned her PMP in 2013, a "game changer" in her project management career. She currently works in a large PMO as the NW Program Lead for a major membership system deployment at Kaiser Permanente. Sandra has been active in PMI Portland for many years and has held leadership roles since 2017 as Director of the 2019 Annual Conference and Director of PMP Certification from 2017 - 2019. Sandra holds a B.A from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Marylhurst University. Transplanted from the East Coast in 2001, Sandra has reveled in all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. She enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and nurturing the many interests of her 16-year-old son.
VP of Marketing - Kelley Duron, M.Ed., CSM
Kelley Duron brings more than two decades’ experience managing projects for diverse industries including publishing, utilities, and education to the Marketing team. She has a deep background in communications and enjoys helping organizations “translate” broad, complex strategies and objectives into actionable tasks that employees and other stakeholders easily understand and buy into.
Kelley has led several multi-million-dollar Federal education grants, worked with local political campaigns and non-profits, and played critical roles in system updates and customer service improvement processes. She loves fiction writing, walking her dog, Jagger, and reliving her childhood through her two young grandkids.
VP of Operations - Hakan Kutgun, PMP
Hakan is a creative developer and implementer of new ideas with an ever curious and critical mindset. Upon attaining his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Middle East Technical University, he worked as a teaching assistant at the same department. Over a diverse engineering, academic and entrepreneur background, he has more than 10 years of PM experience spanning across startup, construction and defense projects with extensive experience managing large scale technical projects. He volunteered for social fundraising projects, acted as career mentor for vocational school students and keynote speaker in various universities over the years. As a diligent professional and licensed professional, he also served as a board member in occupational safety board of his former company in addition to his PM roles. He is a certified PMP, occupational hazards expert and lifeguard as well as a photography artist. Being an ever passionate learner, he is now pursuing a graduate degree in Portland State University’s Engineering and Technology Management Department.
VP of Outreach - Open
Asst. VP of Outreach Dominique Bradley Director of Academic Outreach Liz Lockhart, PMP-ACP Director of Association Outreach Joe Tobias Asst Director of Association Outreach Meei Lum, PMP Director of Corporate Outreach David Reynolds, PMP Director of Community Outreach OPEN Director of Jobs Program Jerry Young, PMP Assistant Military Liaison - Strategic Marketing Angela (Angie) Eastman-Aytes Director of Military Liaison Marshal Oller, PMP Director of Government Outreach Vighnesh Umapathy, PMP Director of Toastmasters Club Rakesh Semenchalam
VP of Professional Development - Sireesha Akula, PMP
Sireesha (Siri) Akula is currently an Engineering Manager at Intel Corporation leading a team of hand selected rock star engineers to bring flagship Ethernet products to market. She is an accomplished grateful leader in validation and customer management with 14+ years of industry experience backed by a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and PMP certification.
Siri regularly applies engineering principles for problem-solving, process design and optimization in all projects and teams. Leads with truth and transparency advocating for grateful and inclusive culture to build trust and form effective teams in the organization. Uses project management fundamentals to lead teams on complex projects to meet project goals and flex with rapidly changing environments.
Her leadership and service spans multiple non-profit organizations including the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Speakeasy Toastmasters, Beaverton School District and Washington County Community Gardens. She is very involved with SWE and served on almost all the board positions and was Past President of Columbia River SWE section. She is currently helping Columbia River section as Nominating Chair to build leadership pipeline and also serving as a Leadership Coach to five professional sections in the society.
In her spare time, Siri loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors with family and friends. Very excited to be part of PMI leadership and looking forward to thrill PMI Portland chapter members with their most sought after professional development events.
Professional Development Portfolio
Asst. VP of Prof. Development Trisha Bennett, PMP Director of PMP Certification Melody Fisher, PMP, PMI-ACP Asst. Dir. of PMP Certification OPEN Director of ACP Certification OPEN Asst. Dir. of ACP Certification Rohit Garg, PMP Director of Workshops Jahzeel Ormeno, PMP Asst. Dir. of Workshops Abdullah Mansoor, PMP, PgMP Director of Mentoring Sheldon Philips, PMP Asst. Dir. of Mentoring OPEN Disciplined Agilie Liaison Titu Hariharan, PMP, PMI-ACP
VP of Programs - Shannon Heizenrader, PMP
Shannon is a project manager who channels her drive to impact the greater good into everything she does. She’s known for using her communication skills and compassion to build relationships and find innovative solutions. Shannon’s focus is healthcare, including senior care. In Shannon’s current position she is the project manager of strategic initiatives. In this role, she supports a variety of projects as well process improvement and standardization.
Within the chapter, Shannon has provided the name tags for many of the monthly chapter meetings as the Asst. Director of Registration from June 2017 to the present. In January 2019 she became the Assistant VP of programs. Shannon volunteers her time with the chapter as she believes it is important to give back to her professional community.
Asst. VP of Programs Shannon Heizenrader, PMP Director of Events Lorraine Gleeson Asst. Director of Events OPEN Director of Registration Stephen Fellin, PMP Asst. Director of Registration Ken Fontenot, PMP Director of Roundtables Bruce Rosenblatt Director of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Asst. Dir. of Speaker Acquisition Debbie Flinders Director of Special Events OPEN