President - Jimmy Godard, MBA, PMP
Jimmy has 17 years of project management and consulting experience working in the Banking and Information Technology Industries. He is an instigator of process improvement and innovation with an unwavering determination to bring about results. He implements global changes in leading technology integration efforts for Infrastructure, End User Computing, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures. He contributes selfless and ethical leadership, leads diverse multicultural distributed teams worldwide, influences change, promotes cross-cultural communication, builds great talent, plans diligently, and executes relentlessly. He is an ITIL, and PMP certified. He earned a Computer Science degree at St. Thomas University in Florida. He moved to Oregon and later completed two master degrees respectively in Computer Information Systems, and Business Administration.
Jimmy previously served the PMI Portland Chapter as VP of Operations and as VP of Programs where he has brought constructive changes to the growth and betterment of the Chapter. His favorite hobby is coaching his children in the game of soccer. He currently coaches 3 soccer teams as part of the Sherwood Youth Soccer Club indoor and outdoor.
President Elect - Stephen Wilks, PMP
Stephen supports adopting new ideas and is a champion of process improvement. He loves to work with volunteers and to serve the Chapter and its membership. As the PMI Portland Chapter VP of Operations, he has helped bring in several new tools to provide more flexibility for the Chapter membership, and has supported the move to a new web infrastructure provider. Stephen is well-vetted in Information Technology, including Systems Programming, Contingency Planning, Capacity Planning, Helpdesk Level 3, Infrastructure Project Manager on Upgrades, Migrations, Cloud Support, Web Support and is a Lean Coordinator/Instructor.
Stephen is a U.S. Navy veteran, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management. His hobbies change, but he loves experiencing new locations and working with his hands.
Past President - Saby Waraich, PMP
Saby has been serving PMI Portland Chapter as a Volunteer for the last 6 years in various positions, from helping at the registration desk to Director of Volunteers, and for the last two years on the Board as VP of Membership. He also co-hosts the PMI Portland Downtown roundtable. Saby is an instructor for the PMI Portland Chapter PMP prep course. He enjoys working with people and brings enthusiasm, leadership and great customer service qualities to his current role.
He is currently working as Senior Information Systems Manager at City of Portland, and as an adjunct Professor at Portland Community of College and University of Phoenix. Saby is a graduate of Portland State University with a Master's degree in Engineering and Technology Management and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India.
Maria is a Program Director with Faithful+Gould, and has over 17 years of construction project management experience in high-tech manufacturing, commercial and government. She is currently volunteering as Construction Roundtable host as well as Assistant Secretary. Maria holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawai’i.
Annual Conference Committee
Director of Annual Conference OPEN Assistant Director of Annual Conference Maria Schaeffer, PMP AC Sponsor Lead Lokesh Aggarwal, PMP AC Marketing Lead OPEN AC Finance Lead Carrie Hertel, PMP AC Customer Experience LeadShannon Musson AC Registration Lead Pat Mullany AC Volunteer Lead Divya Jain, PMP AC Speaker LeadJennifer Amrein, PMP AC Operations Lead Hakan Kutgun, PMP
VP of Finance - Carrie Hertel, PMP
Carrie works as a Director for an experiential learning program at Oregon State University. As a self-funded program, Carrie oversees the budgets and operational facets of the group. She also sat on the board of directors for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for 7 years, another volunteer organization like PMI.
VP of Membership - Shannon M. MacDonald-Musson
Shannon Musson attained a bachelor’s degree and impressive certification profile supporting a ten-year position with the City of Portland in roles shaping her commitment and attention to detail. She holds the Assistant Vice President of Membership position at the Portland Chapter of the Project Management Institute and with her bubbly enthusiasm, she successfully supports key initiatives of four consecutive years.
Asst. VP of Membership Ralph Pero, PMP Asst. VP of Member Services Michael Goetzke, PMP Director of Member Services Divya Jain, PMP Director of Quality Aaron Cavanaugh Asst. Dir. of Quality Robert Beck, PMP Asst. Dir of Volunteer Communication Aditya Garimella, PMP Director of Volunteer Management Goke Owojori, PMP Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Management Jenessa Stieglitz Asst. Dir. of Volunteers for Chapter Hiring Juan Valverde Director of Volunteer Recognition OPEN
VP of Marketing - Lokesh Aggarwal, PMP
I have worked as the chairman of the Parent Association Committee at my daughters high school. During my chairmanship, PAC organized two social parties for the chilren and parents instead of one. PAC supported and started two clubs in high school, Robotics and Debating clubs. PAC organized maximum number of soup days that year. That is once every two weeks, two parents got together and cooked delicious, healthy and nutritious soup that was served with bread to 40 high school students and teachers during the winter months. PAC contirbuted $1,500 towards the scholarship for the best outgoing high school student attending university and $2,000 towards endowmend funds for opening buying or constructing a new high school building. Currently I am volunteering and managing my daughters high school re-union registration event. I am also serving as the Director of Sponsorship from last three years.
Director of Sponsor Programs OPEN Director of Content Marketing Kaylan Adams, PMP Asst. Director of Content Marketing OPEN Director of Marketing Strategy Julie Gorham Asst. Director of Marketing Strategy Suzane Van Amburgh Director of Military Liaison Larry Peacock Director of Marketing Distribution Sherry Morisch
VP of Operations - Hakan Kutgun, PMP
Hakan is a creative developer and implementer of new ideas with an ever curious and critical mindset. Upon attaining his degree in Aerospace Engineering from Middle East Technical University, he worked as a teaching assistant at the same department. Over a diverse engineering, academic and entrepreneur background, he has more than 10 years of PM 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. As a diligent professional and licensed professional, he also served as a board member in occupational safety board of his former company in addition to his PM roles. 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.
VP of Outreach - Greg Spehar, PMP, ACP
Greg has been a member of the PMI community for over 10 years and served on the board for 2 years in 2007 and 2008. He was responsible for initiating the restructuring of the Outreach portfolio and was responsible for developing the directors that report to the VP of Outreach. With his leadership, the new Outreach Portfolio had a clear purpose and was able to perform within their new charter.
Greg is a Director at CorSource Technology Group in downtown Portland. He is helping CorSource manage a large software project. With his MBA, PMP, and ACP, Greg is helping large organizations develop and deploy Agile groups in a local setting and internationally.
VP of Professional Development - Ashish Gupta, PMP, ACP
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.
Professional Development Portfolio
Asst. VP of Prof. Development Wesly Smith, PMP Asst. VP of Prof. Devel. for Events & Mentoring Valerie D'Sa-Mayer Director of PMP Certification OPEN Asst. Dir. of PMP Certification Melody Fisher, PMP Director of ACP Certification Peter Heaver Asst. Dir. of ACP Certification OPEN Director of Workshops Greg Hawkins Asst. Dir. of Workshops OPEN Director of Mentoring Sheldon Philips, PMP Asst. Dir. of Mentoring Lynnda Sorensen, PMP PDU Reporting Expert Trish Kelley, PMP, ACP
VP of Programs - Titu Hariharan, PMP
Titu has enjoyed being a volunteer as part of the PMI Portland Chapter and would definitely like to continue to do so and be involved in this Chapter. She definitely looks forward to contributing as well as learning from this opportunity to serve our Chapter members. She enjoys meeting people, being the first line of contact and making it a pleasant experience for them to attend the Chapter meeting. Also, she has worked with a great team of volunteers and enjoys the camaraderie. The satisfaction and experience of having strived to do one’s best is a great incentive and for these reasons and much more, she enjoys her role on the PMI Portland Chapter Board.
Asst. VP of Programs OPEN Director of Program Support Sherry Morisch Director of Events Ric Ferrin Director of Registration Pat Mullany Director of Roundtables Bruce Rosenblatt Director of Speaker Acquisition OPEN Asst. Dir. of Speaker Acquisition Jennifer West Director of Special Events Carrie de Freitas