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.
Past President - Titu Hariharan, PMP, CSM
Since 2013, Titu Hariharan has served PMI Portland Chapter Board in various capacities; starting in Registration, progressing quickly to Director of Registration, Annual Conference Lead Project Manager for Registration, VP of Programs, and Annual Conference Strategic Committee member. Titu’s decision to pursue her PMP credential led her to PMI's doorstep.
Titu has taken an active role to expand existing programs and starting new ones that bring value to PMI Portland members and the Project Management community, creating awareness and bringing in new members to grow the Chapter.
Titu has experience of over ten years in education, project management, business analysis, event management, sales & marketing, and customer service. She is a leader with strong communication and negotiation skills who can bring people together to achieve project goals and objectives. Titu’s vision is to cultivate a highly engaged culture of members who will learn, grow, inspire, connect with, and give back to the PMI community. Additionally, volunteers are the heartbeat of PMI; a key goal is to reward and recognize volunteers for their contribution and dedication.
Titu enjoys traveling, reading, and learning about the history and culture of the places she visits. She calls PNW home and lives with her husband, soon-to-graduate daughter, college-bound teenager son and Kona, her chocolate lab. Kona looks forward to his daily walks with Titu, rain or shine. Mostly rain J, hey, it is the PNW after all!!!
Lisa is a project manager with a background in aerospace, manufacturing, and high-tech industries.
Currently writing a book entitled, "Tales from the Tech World: my Journey there and back again", Lisa enjoys volunteering at the Portland Chapter of PMI as the VP of Governance and Policy, and previously served on the Board of the Portland APICS Chapter. Lisa also enjoys mentoring young women, college students and young professionals on their chosen STEM careers. Additionally, Lisa is serving on the OTM Project Management advisory committee at the University of Portland.
Professionally, Lisa is the WW Functional Testing Manager, working on an SAP Co-Innovation project, enabling Supply Chain Digital Transformation at HP, Inc.
Annual Conference Committee
Director of Annual Conference Sandra Koelle, PMP Assistant Director of Annual Conference Sarah Foote AC Sponsor Lead Akilah Johnson AC Marketing Communication Lead OPEN AC Finance Lead Kyle Townsend AC Customer Experience Lead Victoria Thai AC Registration Lead Jacob Zych, PMP AC Volunteer Lead Natalee Webb, PMP AC Speaker LeadTim Booher, PMP AC Operations Lead Jesse Boydstun AC Venue Lead Rasha Kroonen, PMP
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 - Omar Ordonez, PMP
Omar has been leading projects in the public, private, and non-profit sectors for over 15 years. His consulting career portfolio includes projects throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. He’s currently a managing partner at Allybee Consulting.
Omar volunteers some of his time at the Portland Refugee Support Group, an organization dedicated to helping refugee and immigrant families integrate into our society through education, life skills training, and social support. He’s a US Army veteran.
For fun he enjoys reading, hiking, and motorcycles. He hiked the John Muir Trail, the Colorado Trail, and 550 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. He also went on a year-long motorcycle ride from the top of Alaska to the tip of South America.
Asst VP of Volunteer Management OPEN Asst. VP of Member Services Michael Goetzke, PMP Director of Member Services OPEN Director of Quality Bamidele "Dele" Adisa, PMP Asst. Dir. of Quality OPEN Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Communication OPEN Director of Volunteer Management Julie Chu Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Management OPEN Asst. Dir. of Volunteers for Chapter Hiring OPEN Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Recognition Rakesh Semenchalam
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.
Asst. VP Operations Gary Marx, PMP Jesse Boydstun Asst. Dir. of Technology OPENOPEN Asst. Dir. of Technology Support OPENOPEN Stephen Wilks, PMP OPEN (Forwarded to Webmaster)OPEN (Forwarded to Webmaster) OPEN (Forwarded to Webmaster) Web Admin 4 Scott White, PMP Web Admin 5 OPEN (Forwarded to Webmaster)
VP of Outreach - Jennifer Whybra-Ucar, PMP
Since December of 2014, Jennifer Whybra-Ucar has been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland Chapter. In March of 2016, she earned her PMP certification and participated in the Portland Chapter’s Mentorship Program in Fall of 2017. She began volunteering as Assistant VP of Outreach in July 2018 and has recently been elected as VP of Outreach.
Jennifer has over 20 years of project and budget management, as well as business analysis experience at Symantec and NWEA. She is committed to PMI’s winning aspiration of, “Empowering people to make ideas a reality.” through partnering with organizations, supporting individual project managers to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed, and giving back to our communities.
Asst. VP of Outreach Kim Geist, PhD Director of Academic Outreach Jackie Felix, CAPM Director of Association Outreach Joe Tobias 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 - Wes Morgan, PMP
Wes is a lifelong learner and relationship-builder. He gathers ideas and perspective by reading, asking questions, listening, and observing. His formal education includes four university degrees – in applied science, civil engineering, and business – from George Fox, OSU, Stanford, and Yale. His favorite way to learn is by doing. One way to “do” just about anything effectively, is via projects. He is particularly drawn to projects that partner social impact with coaching, practically developing both hard and human skills. He is a big fan of community consulting projects at ODN, Lean Portland, and OpenIDEO.
Wes is delighted to support the VP of Professional Development in providing vision and continuity for PMI Portland’s professional development portfolio – the team that organizes and leads educational efforts, including certification, workshops, and mentoring. He hopes to continue service as VP of Professional Development, taking a more active leadership role so the portfolio - and its purpose - can thrive.
Professional Development Portfolio
Asst. VP of Prof. Development Wes Morgan, PMP Director of PMP Certification Melody Fisher, PMP, PMI-ACP Asst. Dir. of PMP Certification OPEN Director of ACP Certification Peter Heaver, PMP, PMI-ACP Asst. Dir. of ACP Certification Rohit Garg, PMP Director of Workshops OPEN Asst. Dir. of Workshops Abdullah Mansoor, PMP, PgMP Director of Mentoring Sheldon Philips, PMP Asst. Dir. of Mentoring Omar Ordonez, PMP
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 Daniel Obi, PMP Director of Registration Stephen Fellin, PMP Asst. Director of Registration OPEN Director of Roundtables Bruce Rosenblatt Director of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Asst. Dir. of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Director of Special Events OPEN