Chapter Leadership

Chapter Leadership Org Chart

 

2023-2024 Board of Directors

President - Marshal Oller, PMP

Position Overview

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Marshal Oller is a dynamic servant leader who has successfully delivered transformational initiatives for fortune 100 companies, health care innovators, elite military organizations and innovative start-ups. For over 25 years he has expertly led teams that have produced cutting-edge digital solutions to the delight of his stakeholders.  As a Senior Technical Program Manager for Nike, Marshal oversees Corporate Information Security (CIS) support to Nike’s global Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Central Finance (CFIN) program which is Nike’s #1 strategic initiative. 

Marshal has been a member of the Portland PMI Chapter since 2013.  He began volunteering with the Outreach portfolio in 2018 and advanced to the VP of Outreach / PMI Portland Chaper Board Member role in 2020. Marshal’s leadership of the Outeach team produced the 1st ever virtual Portland Chapter Meeting, the strategic partnership with APEX systems, and dozens of in-person outreach networkings events.   

He is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a Scaled Agile (SAFe) Product Owner, Product Manager and Advanced Scrum Master.  Marshal is a Willamette MBA Honor Graduate and possesses a Master’s degree in Logistics & Transportation from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  When Marshal isn’t wrangling programs, coaching global teams or helping people achieve their dreams he can be found cheering rooting for the Timbers, listening to live music or spending time in the majestic Pacific Northwest with his dog and two kids. 

President Elect - Drew Krause, PMP

krause drewDrew is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in healthcare and banking. Recognized for their exceptional support to C-suite executives of prominent organizations in the Northwest, Drew has consistently demonstrated a keen ability to streamline operations, manage complex projects, and foster collaborative relationships. Through a unique blend of strategic vision and operational expertise, Drew has spearheaded diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
 
Drew obtained his PMP and joined PMI Portland as Assistant VP of Governance and Policy in 2023. Throughout his time, he has been key in finding talented speakers for annual conferences.

  

Past President - Ken Loewen, PMP

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Ken Loewen was elected to the role of President-Elect of the PMI Portland Chapter in August 2021 and will serve in this role for one year in preparation for stepping into the role of Chapter President. Ken has been an active participant in Portland Chapter activities for several years, including serving as a speaker at the 2018 Region 1 Conference hosted by the Portland Chapter and at multiple PMI Portland Annual Conferences.

Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business (Accounting) from the University of Colorado and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He began his career in public accounting, earning the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) credentials from the American Institute of CPAs, and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential from the Institute of Management Accountants.

Ken worked for several years each in the Technology and Strategy practices at Deloitte Consulting, during which time he was promoted to Sr. Manager and received his Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. From 2006 – 2011, Ken managed more than two dozen merger and acquisition and divestiture projects for Microsoft Corporation and, promoted to Group Finance Manager, served in a Finance leadership role at a Microsoft subsidiary in Paris, France. In 2011, Ken returned to Deloitte Consulting, where he led the Knowledge Management function for the Global Technology practice leader. Returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2015, Ken delivered project, program, and portfolio consulting services and training at Advisicon, Inc., a Vancouver WA-based project and portfolio management consultancy as Director of Professional Services, then Director of Client Solutions, and then founding Director of the BI & Analytics Division.

Ken recently joined Satori Technology LLC as Business Intelligence Engagement Manager, a role in which he serves as project manager and subject matter expert delivering business intelligence and analytics solutions focused around financial and operational reporting.

In 2006, Ken was elected to a six-year term as National Councilor of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, following which he was appointed to the volunteer role of Chief Financial Officer and National Treasurer for three successive two-year terms. Ken has also been an active church volunteer for many years in both elected and appointed roles.

Ken and his family live in Vancouver.

Secretary - Titu Hariharan, PMP,PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, LIMC '19

Position Overview

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 Titu has over fifteen years of leadership experience in project management, business analysis, education, event management, sales & marketing, and customer service. She has worked in IT Project Management, Software implementation, health care IT Projects, and Business projects in the government, healthcare, non-profit, and defense sectors. She works as a Sr. IT PM at DSHS, State of WA.

 

Over the last 8 years, Titu Hariharan served in various leadership roles at the Portland Chapter of PMI, as the Chapter President from 2018-19. Titu is passionate about project management and is involved at the chapter, regional, and global levels of the Project Management Institute, and is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Master Class, LIMC ’19. She continues to stay connected and contribute to the Portland Chapter project management community.

 

 

Executive Communications

 

VP of Governance and Policies - Nicole Nowlin, PMP

Position Overview

nowlin nicoleNicole Nowlin is a certified Project Management Professional with over a decade of experience in project and program management, though if you ask her, that's been her default working mode since high school. She enjoys being the facilitator for her teams to get their puzzle finished, regardless of the industry she is working in. An overcommitted volunteer with an extensive nerdy wardrobe, Nicole is proud of her multitasking superpower, her recent kidney donation, and her bachelor's degree in International Business/Japanese from Pacific University. 

 

Governance Portfolio

 

 

VP of Finance - Daniel Cobb, PMP

Position Overview

 

 

Finance Portfolio

Asst. VP of Finance   Open 
Bookkeeper Marie Escamilla

 

 

VP of Membership - Alexis Pam

Position Overview

pam-alexis.jpgAlexis is the sole US based Social Media Customer Experience Specialist for the Dr. Martens global social channels. During her time at Dr. Martens, she has simultaneously operated as a volunteer project and event coordinator for the company’s DE&I Taskforce. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Alexis is a Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) that is eager to engage within cross-functional groups in efforts of creating community. Upon deciding to join the PMI Portland Chapter, she knew she did not want to be a bystander within the organization. With motivation and guidance from fellow chapter members and leaders, Alexis is looking forward to volunteering as the VP of Membership. 

 

Membership Portfolio

 

 

VP of Marketing - Caitlin Feely, PMP

Position Overview

feely-caitlin.jpegCaitlin Feely is a dynamic project professional, and certified PMP, who is passionate about 
community and relationship building. She currently works as the Content Operations Manager at a higher education technology agency, Archer Education, where she splits her time between operations and serving the larger company through leading projects within the PMO.
She has served previously on two boards, the Northwest Oregon Volunteer Administrators Association and as chair of Archer’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board. Caitlin is thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop and enrich the PMI Portland community by serving as 
the VP of Marking.

 

Marketing Portfolio

Director of Sponsorship Devdeep Aikath, PMP
Director of Sponsorship Development Jessica Spicher, PMP
Asst. VP of Marketing Communication Naznin Akter, PMP
Director of Social Media Molly Chitwood, CAPM
Director of Newsletters Destiny Billington, CAPM
Director of Content Strategy Stephen Young, PMP
Director of Marketing Analytics OPEN

 

VP of Operations - Lily Fitzpatrick

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Lily Fitz has volunteered as PMI member since 2013 and currently serves as the VP of Operartions & Technology. She has supported the Chapter as Assistant Technology with onboarding new members, implementing virtual meeting solutions, also as Technology Director by helping members to follow the chapter best practices for procedures and processes. She is an active member of Global PMI. She is a founder of the PMI Guatemala Chapter,  Former Washington D.C. member & Maryland entrepreneurs. She served community as PDX-Women & Chick-In-Tech | MESA Coach | Oracle | Brain and Cognitive Science | Talk-In-Tel VP of Education & PSAS as SpacePort PDX Researcher.  

Lily Fitz has spoken at PSU’s PICMET conference on the role of EQ in Agile Project Management. She had provided leadership as an Agile Consultant web and mobile for OPM assessment,  EPG, PMO, BPA & Data Science. She has aided complex Strategic Projects for: SpacePort PDX, Energy, Image Processing, Health, Educational, Non Profit, Government, Environment & Community Development.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick holds an Engineering & Computer Science degree, a Master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management | Project Management Graduate | New Product Development | User-Centered Design | Energy Policy & Management Certificates from PSU. She is also trained in Strategic Project Leadership, Neuroscience, EQ & Google’s “Search Inside Yourself”. Lily Fitz lives in the Portland area with her geek husband and two grown up kids. She practices yoga and meditation, hikes and swims. When she is not having fun in the great Portland outdoors, she enjoys serving the local community.

 

Operations Portfolio

Asst. VP Operations OPEN
Nicholas Van Tulder, PMP
Isabella Baldez
Ticole Waller
Scott White, PMP
Kori Wallace, PMP
OPEN (Forwarded to Web Admin1)

 

VP of Outreach - Angie Eastman

Position Overview

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If you haven't met me, my name is Angie Eastman and I have a menagerie of experiences and am enthusiastic about all of them.  My all time favorites include aircraft operations in the Navy, School District Program Management in Alaska, and my current role Engineering Operations at Nike.  I truly love volunteering and sharing that passion with anyone who is interested.  The outreach team at PMI has been my volunteering homebase for the past three years and I look forward to many more years with the group.

I want to continue the amazing work we accomplished the past few years and build on the partnerships we established during our Covid adventure.  A heartfelt thank you to all our sponsors and volunteers through this challenging time.  Now that we are doing more in person the continued professional growth and FUN can begin.

 

 

Outreach Portfolio

 

  

VP of Professional Development - Sireesha Akula, PMP

Position Overview

akula-sireesha.jpgSireesha (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 OPEN
Director of Education Sean McNiff, PMP, PMI-ACP
Director of Workshops OPEN
Asst. Dir. of Workshops Nicholas Teed, CAPM
Director of Mentoring Richard Zernickow, PMP
Professional Development Volunteer OPEN
Disciplined Agilie Liaison Titu Hariharan, PMP, PMI-ACP

 

 

VP of Programs - Rob Lesniowski

Position Overview

lesniowski robRob is a servant leader who empowers ambitious teams to achieve strategic goals and navigate change. With an analytical mind and a decade of experience in driving process excellence, leading cross-functional collaboration, and delivering impactful results, he is a versatile project professional who thrives on tackling challenges. His diverse background spans from serving in the Department of Defense, consulting for IT infrastructure, helping make potato salad, and working in professional services, giving him a unique perspective and an edge in helping teams seize opportunities.

After retiring from his military service, he came back to the PNW and discovered a passion for making a difference in this community. When he is not busy working, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter at home. He is thrilled to have the chance to contribute to the growth and success of the PMI Portland chapter as the VP of Programs.

Programs Portfolio