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.

Claire Varty, CAPM, Director of Content Strategy

varty claireClaire Varty is a Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM®) with a rich background in digital marketing, resource management, and stakeholder engagement. Claire brings over three years of marketing agency experience, where she coordinated projects for high-profile clients such as H&M, Power Footwear, New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and RGA Canada. Claire recently moved to Portland from Toronto, Canada, and is excited to immerse herself in the local project management community. She holds an Honours BA in Sociology, Equity Studies, and Writing from the University of Toronto, along with a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Relationship Marketing.
Outside the corporate realm, Claire's diverse interests and passions further enrich her professional life. With 14 years of ballet dancing, a love for home cooking, and a creative knack for sewing, she embodies discipline, creativity, and a commitment to continuous learning. Her curiosity is also reflected in her engagement with thought-provoking podcasts and articles, driving her introspection on societal norms, technology, and human connections.
With a professional philosophy centered on marketing with heart and soul, Claire believes in the importance of genuine customer respect and putting customers at the core of every decision. She is eager to connect with fellow professionals to discuss marketing strategies, project management insights, and share musings from the latest podcast episodes. Claire looks forward to exploring new horizons in the marketing landscape and  engaging with the vibrant PMI Portland community. 

Esha Srivastava, PMP, Director of Workshops 

srivastava eshaEsha Srivastava is a certified Project Management Professional(PMP®) with years of experience in Project and Program Management. She is a BTech. in Electronics and Communications and an MS. in Telecommunication & Network Engineering, with specialisation in Wireless Communications. She worked in many engineering roles in Ericsson and Intel, before she became an Engineering Program Manager, also at Intel. She is passionate about process improvement and Program Management in technical areas.  Although she has been volunteering with many schools and non-profit organisations, this is her first volunteer role with PMI. 

Esha is committed to continual growth, eagerly embracing challenges and expanding her knowledge on a daily basis.

In her leisure time, Esha loves to be with her husband and two young kids. Her hobbies include hiking in nature, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, gardening and traveling to new places. She is excited to be on the volunteer team in PMI Portland Chapter, as this will give her many chances to give back to her community and to expand her network.

Jodi Martel, PMP, Director of Sponsorship Marketing Development 

Richard Zernickow, PMP, Director of Mentoring

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Richard Zernickow has been a PMI Portland chapter member since 2017 and is an alumni of the mentorship program. He holds degrees in biomedical engineering, received his PMP certification in 2015, and has experience leading teams in various industries. Richard currently works at S2insight, providing product development consulting and project management training to medical device and life sciences companies. In his free time, he gets outdoors and enjoys running, biking, and paddling around the Pacific Northwest.

Loie VanDenBergh, CAPM, Director of Programs Support 

Isabella Baldez, Assistant Director of Technology 

Nicolas Van Tulder, PMP, Director of Technology

Destiny Billington, CAPM, Director of Newsletter

Nicholas Teed, CAPM, Assistant Director of Workshops

Paula (PJ) Duckhorn, Director of Annual Conference Registration

Nicole Nowlin, PMP, Director of Annual Conference


Nicole Nowlin is a certified Project Management Professional with over a decade of experience in project and program management, though if you ask her, that's been her default working mode since high school. She enjoys being the facilitator for her teams to get their puzzle finished, regardless of the industry she is working in. An overcommitted volunteer with an extensive nerdy wardrobe, Nicole is proud of her multitasking superpower, her recent kidney donation, and her bachelor's degree in International Business/Japanese from Pacific University. Her latest volunteer endeavor is Assistant Director of Logistics for PMI PDX's annual conference in the fall. 

Jennifer Ellis, CAPM, Director of Annual Conference Finance


Jennifer comes to us with a variety experiences in management, project management and coordination, as well as practice management in a health care setting. She has a BS in chemistry, a MS in Bioresource engineering and is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys baking, backyard bird watching, reading, and live performing art shows (theater, dance, story telling, etc). She can often be found planning an outing with friends or family and enjoys walking in her neighborhood and the occasional hike or bike ride. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons.

Paul  Bunn, PMP, Director of Annual Conference Operations

Billy Shanks, CAPM, Director of Annual Conference Logistics

Elizabeth Reed, Director of Annual Conference Speakers

Naznin Akter, PMP, Assistant VP of Marketing Communications

Naznin_Akter_Headshot_pic.jpgNaznin Akter is a highly accomplished professional with a strong background in Electrical Engineering and Project Management. She holds a Ph.D. and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University.  She is currently working as a TD Module and Integration Yield Engineer for Intel Corporation.
Naznin's commitment to professional development led her to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Leveraging her engineering background, she seamlessly combines her technical prowess with her passion for project management. With over 3.5 years of experience in project management, Naznin firmly believes that engineers can excel as project managers and effectively bridge the gap between technical teams and project stakeholders. In her quest for continuous growth, Naznin has actively contributed to the South Florida PMI chapter as a Marketing Content Developer during her two years (2020-2021) of volunteer experience. Currently, she holds the esteemed position of Assistant VP of Marketing Communications in the Portland PMI Chapter. Through these roles, she has honed her communication and leadership skills, effectively drove marketing initiatives, and fostered strong professional relationships. Furthermore, Naznin's leadership abilities extend beyond PMI chapters. Within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), she holds multiple leadership positions. Her dedication to serving the engineering community and driving innovation has been widely recognized.
Naznin aspires to consistently push outside her comfort zone, embrace new challenges, and learn something new every day. She believes that by continuously improving her leadership and management skills, she can deliver exceptional results and inspire her teams to reach  new heights.

Sean McNiff, PMP, PMI-ACP, Director of Education

Molly Chitwood, Director of Annual Conference Marketing and Director of Social Media

Jade Shillingford, PMP Assistant Director of Annual Conference

Stephanie Moen, PMP Assistant Director of Annual Conference Customer Experience

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