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
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
Jackie Felix, CAPM, Director of Academic Outreach
Jackie 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
Paul 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
Rasha Kroonen, PMP, Annual Conference Venue Lead
Rasha 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
Gary 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