Welcome New Volunteers
Below are some of our talented PMI Portland Chapter volunteers. We'd love to feature you on this page! If you are interested in joining this illustrious group, growing your skills and your network, see the Volunteer Opportunities web page.
Suzanne Dunn, Annual Conference Volunteer Lead
Suzanne Dunn is new to the Portland PMI Chapter, but not to project management. She is a seasoned talent developer, skillful instructional designer, post-secondary educator, and energetic project manager with demonstrated excellence in designing effective learning solutions from inception to delivery. She owned and managed two businesses for ten years in Texas while earning her Master’s and doctorate degrees, and has spent the past twenty years in various roles as a professional educator. Currently, Suzanne is taking time out from her career in higher education to work on attaining her PMP certification, and hopes to return to teaching in the future. Now in her thirteenth year in Portland, Suzanne loves the quality of outdoor recreation and living available in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys hiking, photography and kayaking.
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Jennifer Whybra-Ucar, PMP, Assistant VP of Outreach
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Julie Chu, PMP, Director of Volunteers
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Kathryn Rosson, PMP, Assistant VP of Marketing
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Everett Steele, Social Media Manager
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Nitika Gupta, Director of Workshops
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Hemal Shah, Annual Conference Speaker Lead
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Daniel Obi, PMP, Director of Events
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Aabha Barve, Assistant Director of Quality
Aabha is Assistant Director of Quality Control with PMI Portland Chapter. She moved to Portland in 2009, for her graduate studies in chemistry at Portland State University. After graduating with PhD, she worked at Intel Corp. as Process Engineer from 2015 to April 2018. At Intel, her focus was on module maintenance and process improvement. She also managed many process improvement related projects. She has received Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for process improvement from Intel Corp. In her spare time, she like to paint still life art, landscapes, seascapes etc.
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Rakesh Semenchalem, Assistant Director of Volunteer Recognition
Rakesh Semenchalam is dedicated to giving back to the community. As an electrical engineer, Rakesh has worked in the semi-conductor industry for over 15 years.Recently, he pursued his passion for project management and lean implementation by earning an MBA from Portland State University, and has performed supply chain and strategic sourcing roles in several fields. As a life-long learner, Rakesh is grateful for the opportunity to serve PMI locally.He looks forward to improving skills and meeting new people. Spare time finds Rakesh engaged in soccer: watching, playing, and coaching his daughter and son.
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Yolanda Karp, CAPM, Assistant Director of Mentoring
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Rupinderpreet Brar, Annual Conference Marketing Lead
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Vighnesh Umapathy, PMP, Director of Government Outreach
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Kevin Murphy, PMP, Director of Sponsor Programs and AC Sponsor Lead
Marshal Oller, PMP, Military Liaison
Marshal Oller has extensive experience leading global programs for large-scale government organizations and Fortune 100 companies. For 20+ years he has successfully managed multi-million dollar projects in the United States, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Marshal’s project specialties include supply chain optimization, distribution strategy, enterprise logistics integration, and procurement reform.
His distinguished military career culminated in 2015 as an Army Lieutenant Colonel upon which he returned to his hometown in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children. Marshal is a recent Willamette University MBA honor graduate; he earned a Master in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt (LSSBB) and a Joint Strategic Planner.
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Anushka Hariharan, PMP, Assistant Director of Volunteers of Chapter Hiring
Anushka is a PMP with 5 years of experience in Project Management across various industries such as Localization, Telecom and Printing. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from University of Mumbai, and holds two Master degrees – Master in International Business from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia and MBA from City University of Seattle. She has a passion for process improvement, talent acquisition and retention and customer satisfaction.
She has joined as an Assistant Director of Volunteers for Chapter Hiring. She is excited to be a part of the Portland PMI chapter and is looking forward to recruiting talented professionals and growing the chapter. Outside her professional endeavors, she loves spending time with her 2-year-old son, watching movies and exploring new places.
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Ganesh Bhalerao, PMP, Assistant Director of PMP Certification
Ganesh is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP and Scrum Master. He has 25 years of combined IT technical and managerial experience. He currently works at Oregon Health & Science University as IT project manager.
Ganesh was a volunteer in PMI’s Portland chapter volunteer recognition program in 2013-2015. He took a break in between when he became President of Oregon Marathi Mandal – a 100% non-profit cultural and community organization - where he successfully arranged and coordinated many successful cultural events – some of them featuring renowned artists from abroad.
Ganesh has a passion for teaching. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, he had the opportunity to train aspiring Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts.
Ganesh has joined the chapter back as Assistant Director of PMP Certification. He feels that his event organization training experience will be mutually beneficial to the chapter’s Professional Development program.
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David Reynolds, Director of Corporate Outreach
David had almost 20 years in supply chain, manufacturing, R&D and technology enablement at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City before joining Nike three years ago, where he leads an innovation team focused on digital manufacturing capability. He’s been involved with PMI for almost 8 years and is a certified PMP, with experience in managing large scale facility projects, product innovation and has a special passion for startups. He has a BFA in advertising/fashion photography and MSc in printing systems from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. When David is not inventing the future, he and his family are spending their time outdoors, kayaking, camping and hiking in the beautiful Northwest.
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Ravindra Janapareddy, Director of Technology
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Bamidele "Dele" Adisa, PMP, Director of Quality
Dele is the Director of Quality with PMI Portland Chapter. He has a broad technical background spanning 11+ years at Intel Corporation. He has worked in various roles delivering robust solutions to improve manufacturing process, product quality and customer satisfaction, including being part of the expatriate team to build Intel’s $2.5B chip making factory in Dalian, China. He is a recently certified PMP who is passionate about quality and process improvements. In his current job as a Technology Integration Engineer, he drives improvements in safety, reliability, maintenance efficiency and cost for facilities operations through data-driven analysis, and integrates them back into the plan of record.Dele holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and is a Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt. In his spare time he loves to read, go to the movies, spend time and travel with family.
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Cullen Stapleton, Director of Association Outreach
Cullen joined the Portland chapter of PMI in the spring of ’17 after six years as a stay at home dad. In his current role for PMI he is Director of Association Outreach and is chartered to find areas of intersection in the project/program disciplines between other professional associations and Project Management Institute.
Cullen spent over a decade in the telecommunications/mobile device industry working for start up, mid, and Fortune 100 sized companies in the U.S. and internationally. His speciality is in the Professional Services domain with extensive experience in project management, business development, and account management.
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George Henry, Relationship Manager
George is a Relationship Manager within the Corporate Outreach Portfolio of the PMI Portland Chapter. As a newly certified Project Management Professional, George is interested in understanding trends in the evolution and application of PMI methodologies within local businesses. He has over 8 years of project management experience in a contract manufacturing setting, delivering custom metal components for automation, aerospace, energy, and tech industries. Working as General Manager, George has pioneered the adoption of project management practices and standards for an organization where there were previously none. The implementation of these standards has laid the foundation for PM process performance, directly contributing to increases in stakeholder satisfaction.
George is from Ontario, Canada. He is new to Portland but has already found a hockey league and has started exploring the beautiful Oregon back-country. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Queen’s University.
Shannon Heizenrader, Asst. Director of Registration
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Katerina Ingraham, Asst. Director of Communications
Katerina is the Assistant Director of Communications with PMI Portland Chapter. Having been with PMI for less than a year, she is focused on growing the membership base and enhancing the membership experience by better leveraging technology with marketing. She has over 10 years of project management experienced coupled with technical skills, graphic design skills, and a marketing background. She is also in the forefront of identifying the importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in contemporary marketing.
Katerina is from Saratov, Russia. She enjoys Portland's wet winters as a alternative to the long cold and snow-filled winters back home. She has a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Saratov State University.
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Yvonne Khoo, PMP, Annual Conference Speaker Lead
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Oluwaseyi Ayodeji, PMP, Director of AV
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Margaret Coursey, PMP, Annual Conference Volunteer Lead Assistant
Margaret accumulated extensive experience as an IT Project Manager through her employment at Bank of America prior to becoming certified as a Project Management Profession in January 2016. She lives in Washougal, and has a passion for her community which she displays through her extensive volunteer work. Margaret is on the Board of the Washougal Schools Foundation, is their Social Media Marketing Coordinator and volunteers at the annual Stride for Students event held in May each year. Margaret also assists with special projects at her community Church, helps the local no-kill animal shelter, and has been trained to deliver Financial Literacy curriculum to local schools and non-profits through the Financial Beginnings organization based in the Northwest. When not working or volunteering, Margaret loves to read and stays fit by working out and hiking some of the many trails in the Columbia River Gorge.
Daniel Roblero, PMP, Director of Military Liaison
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Tosin Abiodun, Assistant Director of Annual Conference
Tosin Abiodun is an aspiring project management professional with experience in event management and marketing in the educational, non-profit, and government sectors. Tosin obtained her PhD in African Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an avid reader, technology enthusiast and a power connector.
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Sandra Koelle, PMP, Director of PMP Certification
Sandra Koelle has had her PMP certification since April 2013. Currently, she is a Senior Project Manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, where she has led cross-functional projects related to products to market for health plan operations and strategy, provider directories and network adequacy, and other regulatory projects. Prior to April 2013 she was the Health System Transformation project manager for the Oregon Health Authority in Salem. During her 3 year tenure with the state of Oregon, she managed projects for the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project, including the implementation of the electronic health record at the new facility in Salem, and a variety of other related projects for the Addictions and Mental Health division. 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, thriving on hiking trails in the Cascades, in tidal pools at the coast, and at community events rain or shine. She enjoys gardening, reading, and nurturing the many interests of her 13 year old son.
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James Bennett, PMP, Web Admin 5
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Bryce Tucker, PMP, Asst. Dir of Technology Support
Bryce Tucker, PMP, was an officer in the United States Coast Guard until July of 2016. He is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science and attending The Tech Academy software development bootcamp program. He is looking forward to contributing to the Portland PMI Chapter through his knowledge and experience with various technologies and hopes to have a positive impact.
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Lisa McCaffrey, MBA, VP at Large
Lisa is an Army brat and a happy transplant to the Pacific Northwest. She completed her MBA in Operations and Technology Management at the University of Portland where she enhanced her skills to work with both IT and Operations to break down functional silos. She has worked in manufacturing and with an athletic shoes, apparel and sports equipment company, combining her skills as a project manager and business analyst with her Lean training to create efficiencies within the IT and Supply Chain departments. Lisa also serves as Director of Student Chapters for APICS as she enjoys working with students as they are the future supply chain leaders.
Lisa loves her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Maximus Happiness, Max for short. No pun intended. She enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful state of Oregon.
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Kyle Townsend, Asst. VP Finance
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Michael Goetzke, PMP, Asst. VP Member Services
Michael currently works for World Wide Technology and has over 10 years of Project Manager experience in the IT industry. Prior to moving to Portland, Michael served as a PMP prep course instructor and worked as a volunteered for the PMI Honolulu Chapter. As Assistant VP of Membership Services he looks forward to showing people the value of being a chapter member.
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Hakan Kutgun, PMP, VP Operations
Over a diverse engineering, academic and entrepreneur background, Hakan has more than 10 years of 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. 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. As a creative developer and implementer of new ideas with an ever curious and critical mindset, he is looking forward to pushing PMI Portland to the future with a stronger and more efficient infrastructure as the new VP Operations.
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Lynnda Sorensen, PMP, Asst. Dir. of Mentoring
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Wesly Smith, PMP, Asst. VP Professional Development
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Ashish Gupta, PMP, ACP, VP Professional Development
Ashish is very passionate about developing a strong project management community in Portland area. He believes that project management office determines an organization strength and hence more active business community. As an Asst. VP of Professional Development, Ashish helped with developing ACP certification program.
Ashish has more than 17 years of experience in IT field and currently work for the City of Portland as a Technology Business Consultant. He is PMP, PMI-ACP, and SAFe certified. He earned his engineering degree from National Institute of Technology Allahabad, and his dual Masters in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from Portland State University.
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Sheldon (Shel) Philips, PMP, Dir. of Mentoring
Shel has been a project manager in IT implementation for over 30 years with PMP certification since 2009. He has authored 9 books on spreadsheets and developed a number of applications used in the travel industry and for fleet management. Shel is an expert at system training (web-based or in person) and professional management coaching. He currently specializes in Data Center Move planning and execution, IT infrastructure implementation, and IT Account Management. Shel has been a Mentoring Program participant since its restart in 2015 and is excited about bring his talents to the perpetuation of the program.
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Jenessa Stieglitz, Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Management
Jenessa Stieglitz is a Business Systems Analyst at The Multnomah Athletic Club. She holds an MBA from George Fox University. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in several book clubs, traveling, and swimming for fitness.
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Goke Owojori, PMP, Dir. of Volunteer Management
Goke has 15 years of Banking experience where he worked in various roles as HR officer, Retail operations manager and Branch manager. His ability to motivate and organize teams earned him a successful career in Retail Banking. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria, MBA from Lagos State University Nigeria, Retail Banking Academy1&2 -UK, and PMP certified. He is a passionate advocate of excellent customer experience in the service industry he worked for since 2001. He has team building and networking skills as well as experience in talent sourcing. Goke is excited about the new role,ready to support and work with PMI-Portland chapter team. He enjoys playing Chess, Ping-Pong and swimming.
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