Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Portland Chapter. Each year, volunteers contribute thousands of hours to deliver the programs and services valued by project management professionals in the Portland/Vancouver Metro Area.
Across seven Portfolios, and the Executive Team, they write and edit newsletter articles, keep our social media presence fresh, and maintain web pages. They recruit speakers, or go into the community speaking on behalf of the chapter. Volunteers are leaders, training and leading other volunteers and shouldering the fiduciary responsibility of the Chapter as elected Board Members. The collective effort of these amazing volunteers fulfills the Chapter’s mission to promote the profession of Project Management by creating a culture and community that facilitates professional growth through education and volunteerism.
There are those that go above and beyond, with a passion and commitment for the work that shines through in not only the time and attention they devote to their role, but also the quality of the relationships they foster during their time of service.
Each month, the PMI Portland Chapter recognizes one of these super stars as Volunteer of the .
If you would like to recognize a volunteer who has been an example of passion and commitment in action, please submit a nomination at any time.
You may be contacted for more information about your nominee and you will be alerted should your nominee win.
Jose is PMI Portland's May Volunteer of the Month. He has had a whirlwind introduction to project management, and has been enjoying every minute. Jose worked for the Washington State Department of Agriculture performing project management work by auditing, enforcing food safety and inspections for nine years. He really enjoyed the planning, organizing, and orchestrating aspect of his work. Without realizing it yet, the project management spark had been lit, and after nine years at a good job, he still felt it was time for a change.
Looking for a career shift into technology Jose went back to school. Thinking it offered a broad scope of possibilities Jose took business classes, but it was an operations class that brought him back to project management - it fit his strengths and he loved that it spans so many industries.
By July of 2021 Jose started the Google PM courses, and after some advice Jose joined LinkedIn, where a PMI member from Texas reached out to him and they spoke over the web. On a trip to visit friends in Portland last October, Jose attended a PMI Portland networking event. He felt immediately welcomed by our community and made many connections. One was Penelope, our VP of Membership, and based on Jose’s interests she suggested he work as the Assistant Director of Technology in Operations.
Since then, Jose has loved joining the Operations team which provided the professional environment he had been seeking. Jose also worked with Saby Waraich on the mentor team, who helped encourage and advise him to grow into his career in technology. The exposure to networks and courses provided Jose the tools to rewrite his resume to target his goal of a career in technology. He considers it a direct result from his volunteer time with PMI that only after two months into his new career search, in March of 2022, Tecology hired him as a Project Coordinator.
Jose feels he was able to stand out in his job hunt because of his volunteer time with PMI Portland for the Annual Spring Conference. Networking with the Chapter empowered him with the knowledge of who to work with, which grew his role to be a part of the annual committee. Sarah Foote and he designed the conference landing page, and created a dashboard for the conference that was instrumental in keeping the team organized.
Jose would recommend that if you’re curious about PMI or project management, then try one of the outreach events, where you can meet this talented group of people, ask questions and make new connections. He highly recommends volunteering to open yourself up to the many opportunities available, while also building the skills to become a project manager that offers a broad range of industries and roles. He can’t imagine a better way to get exposure to this career, support from peers and advice that will help further any career. PMI Portland’s community and support really inspired Jose to stay involved, continue to push himself and even mentor others into this great career path.
Dominique Bradley embodies the best of PMI Portland volunteers: belief in the good that project management can bring to the world and passion for delivering what the members need to meet the profession's challenges.
She began her volunteer journey with PMI Portland in February of 2020, drawn to this amazing, diverse community of project management professionals. Her advice for those wondering if they should volunteer with PMI Portland is a resounding “Yes.” She asserts there is no better time to volunteer than right now, when we are all searching for community and connection.
As Assistant VP of Outreach she has planned, coordinated, and produced 6 virtual outreach ZOOM events for the PMI Portland chapter, creating over 700 high-quality community interactions with over 125 non-PMI member engagements. Her administrative, marketing and technical prowess enabled PMI Portland to successfully deliver the first ever virtual chapter meeting to its members.
Dominique is a tireless, dedicated professional committed to providing the greater Portland Project Management community with the highest quality professional development opportunities, social interactions and professional networking. She has the ability to keep a cool head under pressure and handle anything that comes her way.
Her one ask of members is to provide feedback on events and programming. She takes the customer service aspect of her volunteer role seriously and reviews each survey. So, next time you are given the opportunity to provide feedback to PMI Portland, know that Dominique is listening!
This month’s Volunteer of the Month, Nicole Clark, arrived in Oregon after an eight month long road trip across the United States. Drawn to the outdoors and community in Portland, she has lived here for almost four years, joining PMI Portland in 2018. She was nominated for her dedication for supporting the Project Management community and ensuring all members have access to the educational resources needed to grow.
Professionally, Nicole is a federal government contractor, working remotely for Econometrica. She serves as the Project Director for multiple projects with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, while also participating in business development by responding to new RFPs. Nicole has earned both the PMP and PMI-ACP certifications. Currently she uses both waterfall and agile methodologies depending on the project, but notes the increasing prevalence of agile, which she finds to be more customer friendly.
As the Director of Education for PMI Portland, her role sits within the Professional Development portfolio and is responsible for planning the education courses that are offered throughout the year. She supports the continued professional growth of our community by leading PMP prep courses to PMI-ACP exam courses. Nicole is also organizing the first ever Leading SAFe course offered by PMI Portland, which will be offered in June 2022.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Her pandemic hobby also became a crafty side business and Nicole now sells her hand woven and hand dyed Adirondack pack baskets on Etsy through her store, East Coast Weaver. Light and meant to be worn on your back, these beautiful baskets make it easy to carry your things through the outdoors! She will also be at the Unique Market here in Portland on May 7th and 8th.
To those thinking of Volunteering with PMI Portland, Nicole says to think about a skill or interest you would like to foster, then look for a role to help you develop that. You can truly volunteer for anything! In particular, Nicole would like to highlight that her portfolio is looking for a new Director of Workshops. If you have a passion for putting together high quality training to support Portland project managers, please apply here.
If you’d like to see PMI Portland host any additional certification courses, Nicole welcomes your feedback and input. You can reach out to her directly at dir_education@pmi_portland.org. Next time you see her at an event, or attend one of the certification courses, be sure to say hi, and thank her
Shari serves as PMI Portland’s Director of Volunteer recognition. Her role involves fielding nominations for the volunteer highlighted in this monthly article, but her peers decided it was time to recognize her contributions! Her role resides underneath the membership portfolio and supports PMI Portland’s efforts to attract and retain members and volunteers.
Professionally, Shari has worked as a project manager with AT&T for 27 years. For the majority of her career at AT&T she led a wide variety of projects, from new product development to mobile insurance. In 2019, they moved her role’s location and, as remote work was less available, Shari shifted to a position in the Office of the President. Very recently, she is back at her previous role, leading large teams through complex problems. As a true testament to Shari’s commitment to the project management profession, she has continued to grow her knowledge base. What Shari once managed with a mix of agile and waterfall methodologies, has now moved completely to agile.
When asked what she loves about being a project manager, Shari highlights the collaborative and cross functional teams she motivates to accomplish big complex goals. Shari’s one piece of advice for PMs is to over communicate, ensuring everyone is moving in the same direction is key to not only the project’s success, but the success of the project manager as well.
In her free time, Shari enjoys supporting her son through high school, spending time with her college-aged daughter hiking and time outdoors. She has also picked up the hobby of trying new recipes. Ask for her homemade cheese and chicken taquito recipe - that was recently a big hit!
Finally, Shari asks that if there has been a PMI Portland volunteer that has been particularly impactful or helpful to you, please be sure to nominate them for volunteer of the month! Their work deserves to be highlighted and recognized!
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When COVID-19 hit in Spring 2020 we experienced lifestyle changes as stay-at-home orders went into effect and remote working environments became the norm. As restrictions continued, we became reliant on our electronic resources to perform our jobs and stay connected with friends and family. To maintain our presence PMI Portland Chapter adapted as well, offering virtual Chapter meetings that provided not only a connection but continuous learning opportunities. These meetings often included an educational presentation along with a keynote presentation. Personal networking has been difficult to maintain during the pandemic, but since networking sessions have resumed, see the event calendar. Scott’s expertise is essential and kept PMI Portland’s community connected as we evolved with these changing times.
Volunteers are needed for most portfolios throughout PMI’s Portland Chapter and, as Scott mentioned in November, “Volunteering brings networking and community building to the forefront for those needing assistance. And for those happily employed, it affords the chance to give back and celebrate those successes together.”
Scott was Volunteer of the Month as recent as November 2020 where he discussed the benefits of volunteering. He noted that volunteering for the Chapter provides network opportunities; it allows one to hone existing skills, try new ones and provide new experiences. As a volunteer Web Administrator Scott provides website-related support to our members, works to on-board our new volunteers, and supports all web content updates including roundtables, events and more.
Previously, Scott discussed the personal benefits volunteering has provided him. But, as mentioned in this article, our dependence on digital technologies and web-based assistance has become vital in our daily interactions. Repeating Scott’s volunteer month designation so soon is a heartfelt thank you for the vital service he offers during this unpresented time.
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December’s volunteer of the month, Joe Tobias, has a passion for the community he serves and project management that is palpable the moment you talk to him. PMI Portland is lucky to have Joe Tobias as the current Director of Military Liaison and as an advocate for those transitioning to civilian life. Joe’s PMI Portland highlight is one event that brought 25 current members and 75 prospective members in touch with a career coach where participants walked away with actionable advice to advance their careers.
Joe’s first experience with PMI Portland was when a member coached him on his transition to civilian life. During weekly meetings, Joe’s mentor would help Joe translate his military jargon and mannerisms to civilian corporations. Ultimately, this mentorship was a key factor in Joe landing a role in Project Management.
Professionally, Joe is a Supply Chain Manager for TriMet where he implements supply chain processes and procedures for bus and light rail. Within the first few hours of his new job, he was assigned a project. After being in the military, where he would move every 2-3 years, he was used to rapid onboarding and quickly delivered results.As Director of Military Liaison Joe assists Veterans and their family members in a career in project management and obtaining their certificate. He also gives them a heads up on what to expect during their transition out of the military and helps them tailor their resume to convert their military experience into project management terms. Joe continuously stresses the applicability of military experience to project management.Joe urges anyone looking to hire project managers to spend the extra time with a Veteran applicant to understand their experience and military background. To best support our Veterans with their transition, a simple thirty minute conversation can provide the connection between what skills the job requires, what skills the applicant has and ultimately help secure top talent for the business.
To those thinking of volunteering, Joe urges everyone to get involved. Beyond the added benefit of getting PDUs, you can explore additional interests and find a position that matches your availability.In his free time, Joe focuses on what brings him joy, like living an active lifestyle, and volunteering with his church and Veteran organizations. Joe’s time is filled with excitement and activity, which PMI Portland is lucky to be a part of!
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This month’s volunteer of the month is Angie Eastman. She brings a passion for project management and connecting people through shared interests that is infectious. Her work to support the efforts of the PMI Portland Chapter’s goals does not go unnoticed, which is why we are excited to highlight a few of her contributions.
Angie has been an integral leader in the Outreach Portfolio for over two years. In her previous position as the Assistant Director of Military Liaison, Angie was instrumental in marketing and co-hosting the 2019 PMI Portland Veterans Day event that raised over $500 for Veteran charities, introducing dozens of Veterans to the Chapter and the benefits of PMI.
In her current position as the Director of Academic Outreach, Angie established connections with local universities and has been a leader and role model in the PMI Portland Community. Her hard work led to PMI’s first virtual event and the December 2020 “Gifts from 2020”.
Angie has been essential to the Outreach team’s in-person events. She helped with scouting locations, assisting with marketing write-ups and planning the December 2021 outreach event. Her efforts enabled outreach event sponsorship by Apex systems, saved the chapter thousands of dollars and enabled monthly outreach events.
Angie started volunteering in 2019 after other former-military members encouraged her to get involved. Shortly after, she decided to sit for her CAPM, but fellow volunteers pushed her to go for the PMP based on her education and years of experience. On her way out of town for a weekend camping trip, Angie passed on her first try!
Professionally, Angie is a Senior Buyer with A-dec Inc., primarily focusing on commodity management and new product purchasing. While she does not have the title of project manager, she certainly uses the skills in her job. Her favorite part about project management is getting to learn from and interact with cross-functional partners. Instead of being focused within one department, project management has allowed Angie to explore other functions and maintain transferable skills across industries without being tied down.
This sentiment is carried forward into why she enjoys being part of the PMI Portland community. The members come from all industries (IT, manufacturing, military, apparel, etc.) gather to collaborate, share, and contribute. These diverse experiences make PMI Portland a great place to be.
Angie likes to be outside in her free time, from camping to walks around a new ares of the city. She also volunteers frequently with Remote Area Medical. To those thinking of volunteering with PMI Portland, Angie says to give it a try and be willing to pick up the phone. Everyone has something to offer, and if you are transparent about what you can provide, your fellow volunteers will support you!
Angie would like all to be aware of the upcoming December 2021 outreach event where members of the Portland community and prospective members can come together to learn more about the benefits of joining PMI Portland and the Project Management profession.
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Devdeep Aikath brings an enthusiasm to the volunteer community of the PMI Portland Chapter that is hard to beat. His willingness to take on challenges, coordinate efforts, and engage with those around him has improved the Chapter.
With a doctorate in neuroscience and an MBA, he currently teaches Business Analytics at Portland State University as part of the newly established undergraduate Business Intelligence and Analytics program. He brings a strong background in predictive analytics. When paired with his project management skills, he can drive outcomes for any organization. PMI Portland is lucky to have Devdeep as a volunteer!
Devdeep discovered project management during his postdoctoral work in neuroscience when the postdoc association president earned her PMP and shared the value of project management. The research that postdocs complete have a scope, timeline, budget, stakeholder management, etc., all of which are the foundations of project management. Having those skills enables more successful research. Devdeep took that advice to heart and earned his PMP, and incorporated project management into his career.
He moved away from Oregon for a few years. Upon his return, he volunteered for the PMI Portland! As a volunteer, he has been impactful on the marketing team. Devdeep initially volunteered with the Chapter as a creative outlet, an opportunity to develop his graphic design skills. He started as a writer, became the Director of Content Strategy, and recently took over the role of Assistant VP of Marketing. If you would like a peek into his ideas for PMI Portland, follow this link to check out the marketing team’s Brady Bunch video that Devdeep created.
He enjoys playing with his 1-year old puppy, Leo, and dabbling in furniture making in his spare time. He also manages his photography business and is working on his certification to become a professional coach.
To those thinking of volunteering, Devdeep urges all to get involved and find a position that would allow you to explore or develop a new skill. So, next time you see him at a chapter meeting or PMI Portland event, be sure to say hi, thank him for his contributions to the organization, and ask how you can get involved!
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Matthew Jenkins has served as the Director of Events with PMI Portland during the pandemic. He was nominated as Volunteer of the Month due to his willingness to lead as the organization faced new challenges of bringing high quality content to PMI’s members.
Outside of PMI, Matthew is a Treatment Specialist with Cascadia Behavioral Health, assisting individuals with disabilities get the resources they need. He recognized that he was using a lot of the skills required of a Project Manager in his role, from planning and scheduling to executing work. He reached out to PMI Portland as an organization that could provide insight into the world of project management and help grow his professional network.
When speaking about his time volunteering with PMI Portland, it is clear the care and attention he takes with each detail. As we all have learned over the past year and a half, hosting online events can be challenging. Matthew speaks of the need to do technical checks and to always be on when hosting a Zoom meeting. But, as anyone who has attended a chapter meeting over the past year knows, Matthew and his team’s preparation has ensured success for any future events.
Matthew’s favorite parts of his volunteer service have been meeting project managers and learning from the guest speakers. He profusely thanked Jody Temple-White for her leadership and excellent project management skills. He also enjoyed the talk on how to become a citizen developer by using low code/no code apps to make routine tasks simpler.
If you ever get the chance to speak with Matthew, be sure to ask him about his pet, Lizzy! She is a Peach Throat Monitor Lizard that is 2.5ft long and lives in a custom built terrarium. Lizzy likes to swim and run and is a very active pet that keeps Matthew busy during his spare time.
To anyone thinking of volunteering with PMI, Matthew’s advice is to align your needs with the organization to find something that is mutually fulfilling. He wanted more exposure to project management and has a knack for ensuring people get what they want out of experiences. His role as Director of Events is a perfect match!
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June’s Volunteer of the Month is Dave Reynolds. Dave has an exemplary, cross functional, project management toolbox that PMI Portland is very lucky to have as a resource. With a BFA in Photography and an M.S. in Print Systems, Dave began his career in the creative world and he translates that thinking over to project management with ease.
Professionally, Dave enjoys solving the unsolvable. After successfully managing large scale projects without the PM title at Hallmark, he wondered if there was a better way to do things. In turn, Dave earned his PMP in 2009 and has been an active member of PMI and the project management community ever since. Dave eventually led Hallmark’s innovation teams and created unique solutions, such as how to have pre-paid postage on greeting cards.
Dave now leads an innovation team at Nike looking at new printing techniques. He is quick to point out that if he can successfully lead an agile project in a chemistry lab, then agile has a place outside of software!
When speaking about project management, Dave highlights how project management is what you make of it. To be a great PM, you need to come in with the fundamentals to drive efficiency and a servant leadership mentality to drive team collaboration. He has been a stalwart innovator and leader within the PMI Portland Chapter for years. An absolute team player, he’s known as a thought leader, career mentor, project management SME, event planner, photographer, master people connector and polished presenter. This consummate professional does it all.
Dave has dedicated thousands of hours volunteering for the PMI Portland Chapter, is a George Fox University instructor in Agile Project Management and has served as a board member for the Portland Portfolio Leadership Forum. In his current role as the Director of Corporate Outreach, he helps PMI Portland find solutions for what the community needs to support PMs and how we can help upskill or support the profession of project management.
He’s planned, coordinated and led two highly successful outreach events to include Agile for non-IT leaders and how to elevate their impact. Both of these events created significant buzz for the chapter, allowed chapter members to earn PDU credits and created opportunities for over 250 people to interact with the PMI Portland Chapter. We continue to be grateful for Dave’s success within the Chapter and acknowledge that the title of Volunteer of the Month is greatly overdo. Congratulations Dave!