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.

Liz Lockhart, PMP-ACP, Director of Academic Outreach

Julie Chu, PMP, Asst VP of Volunteer Management

Rachel Crane, PMP, Director of Social Media

Angie Eastman-Aytes, Asst Director of Military Liaison - Strategic Marketing

Kim Geist, PhD, Assistant VP of Outreach

Rakesh Semenchalam, Director of Toastmasters Club

semenchalam rakeshRakesh 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

Jackie Felix, CAPM, Director of Academic Outreach

felix jackie aJackie has been a PMI Member since 2019.  As the Director of Academic Outreach, she will promote the value and opportunities of PMI through outreach to community educational entities.

Jackie holds certifications as a Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB).  She is currently working towards her PMP and Black Belt certifications.

Jackie has over 10 years of experience in healthcare and is a lifelong learner and strong believer in creating opportunities for community members to elevate themselves.  

When not working, you can find Jackie jogging a few miles so she can eat more pizza, checking out thrift stores for hours or giving treats to her chickens because they demand it. 

Jesse Boydstun, Annual Conference Operations Lead

Paul Mai, MBA, PMP, Asst VP of Marketing Communications

mai paulPaul has over 15 years of mid-level to senior-level project/product management experiences working at LaCie Limited and Seagate Technology in collaborating with teams and accountable for meeting project’s goals, roadmaps, budgets, schedules, scopes, resources, compliance, quality, and close-out or complete end-of-life cycle. His experience includes software and hardware development, implementation, maintenance of large-scale projects, systems, and enterprise solutions on global projects and multinational environments.

In the past, he served as Chair and President for the Asian Youth Leadership Conference from 2004 to 2010. The non-profit organization’s mission is to help Asian American youth rise above the obstacles before them and achieve their potential by promoting education, instilling self-confidence, and developing leadership skills. Click here to see his AAYLC bio.

He has been a member of the PMI Portland Chapter since 2016 and received his MBA degree at Concordia University Portland in June 2018 and PMP certification (# 2240117) on August 23, 2018. Paul believes in giving back to the community and marks his return to volunteer service with the PMI Portland Chapter

Krystal Salmon, PMP, Director of Content Strategy

newman krystalKrystal Salmon joined as the Director of Content Strategy in February 2019. Professionally, she spent 10 years in project management related to digital ad sales in roles at Microsoft and Yahoo. She is excited to bring her experience and ideas to the Marketing & Communications team under Kelley Duron.
When she's not working or volunteering Krystal enjoys attending yoga classes, seeing live music, and exploring Portland's food scene.



Rasha Kroonen, PMP, Annual Conference Venue Lead

kroonen rashaRasha Kroonen is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Rasha has over 16 years of experience in project management with extensive electrical transmission, transportation, and municipal project portfolios, as well as experience managing large and complex multi-cultural projects. 

In her role as Senior Project Manager at Bonneville Power Administration, Rasha fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining morale. Her strong communication and client service skills enhance BPA’s process-driven management philosophy. 

Rasha is an animal lover and nature enthusiast who enjoys practicing daily yoga.

Gary Marx, PMP, Assistant VP of Operations

marx garyGary Marx has been a PMP since 2010 and has an extensive background in operations, planning and project management from 24 years as an officer in the USAF, 4 years as a US Army civilian and currently working at Bonneville Power Administration in Vancouver WA as a technical training manager. 

Gary recently took a personality profile test called E-CHP found at www.equilibria.com.  He is primarily a "Thinker" and "Doer" though he also has significant aspects of being a "Socializer" and "Relater" too. 

In 2013, Gary joined Portland's PMI chapter.  He is now eager to give back to the project management community  in his new role as Assistant VP of Operations.


Akilah Johnson, Annual Conference Sponsor Lead

Victoria Thai, Annual Conference Customer Experience Lead

Jacob Zych, PMP, Annual Conference Registration Lead

Tim Booher, PMP, Annual Conference Speaker Lead

Abdullah Mansoor, PMP, PgMP, Assistant Director of Workshops

Melody Fisher, PMP, PMI-ACP, Director of PMP Certification

Joe Tobias, Director of Association Outreach

Stephen Fellin, PMP, Director of Registration

Daniel Obi, PMP, Director of Events

Vighnesh Umapathy, PMP, Director of Government Outreach


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Chapter Membership

Total Members 2344
New members this year 464
PMP® Members 1474
CAPM® Members 42
PgMP® Members 9
PMI-SP® Members 2
PMI-RMP® Members 5
PMI-ACP® Members 88
PfMP® Members 1
PMI-PBA® Members 3
Breakdown by type  
Individual Members 2289
Student Members 45
Other Members 10


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