President - Ken Loewen, PMP
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.
President Elect - Marshal Oller, PMP
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.
Past President - Rochelle Petty, MBA, PMP, SPHR
Rochelle Petty, MBA, PMP, SPHR has over 13 years of progressive leadership experience, distinguished by commended performance & proven results. She has worn many hats as a project professional, from Business Analyst and Project Manager to her current role as a PMO Senior Manager - often at the same time! Rochelle's experiences have led her to embrace one thing: Murphy's Law is real. To mitigate, Rochelle works strategically with Executives, Stakeholders, and SMEs to ensure a continuous alignment with objectives.
As President-Elect for PMI Portland, Rochelle plans to work with the President to ensure continued value-added member activities, while ensuring that volunteers can work together effectively and strategically behind the scenes.
Super-power: Bringing order to chaos
Personal keywords: Empathetic, Action-oriented, Strategic, Visionary, Learner
Specialties: Project Portfolio management, Program management, Project management, Business process improvement, Change management.
Secretary - Titu Hariharan, PMP,PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, LIMC '19
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.
VP of Governance and Policies - Sarah Foote, MBA, CAPM
Sarah Foote joined PMI Portland in 2017 while completing her MBA with a concentration in Project Management from Concordia University, Portland. Over the years Sarah served as the 2019 Assistant Director of the Annual Conference and in 2021 she took on the role of Director of the Annual Conference. Sarah is now responsible for the dual role within the chapter of governing over the bylaws as VP of Governance and Sponsor of the Annual Conference. She is excited to build a team of volunteers from all backgrounds and experience levels that will provide professional experience to level-up power skills, ways of working, business acumen, portfolio management skills, program management experience, risk management knowledge, supply chain management experience, and much more. What got us here will not get us there - so let us level up our skills and understanding as a community. She is honored to be taking this challenge on.
Annual Conference Committee
Director of Annual Conference Jena Passaretti, PMP Assistant Director of Annual Conference OPEN AC Sponsor Lead OPEN AC Marketing Communication Lead OPEN AC Finance Lead OPEN AC Customer Experience Lead OPEN AC Registration Lead OPEN AC Volunteer Lead OPEN AC Speaker LeadOPEN Director of Annual Conference Operations Steve Milford AC Venue Lead OPEN
VP of Finance - Dan Cobb, PMP
Dan has spent much of his career as a Technical Program Manager and Product Manager at Tektronix, Xerox, and most recently A-dec. Dan joined the Portland PMI Chapter in 2017 and earned his PMP in January of 2018. During his long career, he spends much of his own time volunteering for local organizations and first started volunteering for the PMI Portland chapter as an Assistant VP of Finance early during COVID19 outbreak and while seeking a new career.
Dan enjoys helping others, woodworking, remodeling homes, metal working, restoring classic British motorcycles, fly fishing, and learning new skills.
VP of Membership - OPEN
VP of Marketing - Abigail Mahnke, PMP
Abigail is an energetic Technical Project Manager currently at Nike. Her previous career experiences have spanned the healthcare, fitness, and marketing industries. She is a graduate of the Colorado State MBA program with a concentration on strategy.
Abigail is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with an innate ability to connect with her stakeholders, create a common vision and drive tangible business results. Ever since joining the PMI Portland Chapter Abigail has been a volunteer. Her passion is to connect with new members and share how PMI Portland has improved her career trajectory. Abigail is excited to take her volunteerism to the next level as PMI Portland’s VP of Marketing
VP of Operations - Gary Marx, PMP
Gary is a retired USAF officer who spent the last 12 years of my 24 year career planning and executing large military exercises. After my retirement I worked as US Army civilian for 4 years in an office created to plan and execute one large project, the merging of McChord AFB and Fort Lewis to form Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In 2013 I started work at Bonneville Power Administration as the Technical Training Manager, where I, and a team of 15 oversee five formal apprentice and trainee training programs. In the past I volunteered to work on the Information Technology Committees for both the PMI Olympia Chapter and the Olympia Rotary. I joined the PMI Portland Chapter in 2014 and became the Assistant VP of Operations in 2019.
VP of Outreach - Angie Eastman
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.
Asst. VP of Outreach Dominique Bradley Director of Academic Outreach Angela (Angie) Eastman-Aytes Director of Association Outreach Nasim Karami Asst Director of Association Outreach OPEN Director of Corporate Outreach David Reynolds, PMP Asst Director of Corporate Outreach Dan Schweitzer Director of Community Outreach Colton Smith Director of Jobs Program Jerry Young, PMP Assistant Military Liaison - Strategic Marketing Brooks Dahmen, PMP Director of Military Liaison Joe Tobias, PMP Director of Government Outreach OPEN 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
VP of Programs - OPEN
Asst. VP of Programs Sue Erickson, PMP Director of Events OPEN Position Overview Asst. Director of Events Nazih Hijaouy, PMP Director of Registration Karl Ahlen, P.E., PMP Asst. Director of Registration OPEN Director of Roundtables Bruce Rosenblatt Director of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Position Overview Asst. Dir. of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Director of Special Events OPEN Director of Program Support Ming Xie