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.
Kyle Townsend, Asst. VP Finance
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Jennifer Amrein, PMP, Annual Conference Speaker Lead
In her current position, Jennifer works with fortune 500 companies and government agencies with enterprise software implementations. In addition to managing projects and training clients, she enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to refine their business processes to help them maximizing their technology investment. She has over 20 years of experience leading strategic projects and programs for Intel, Intuit and Sage. She has worked on events, big and small; from software user conferences to large trade shows.
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Michael Goetzke, PMP, Asst. VP Member Services
Michael currently works for World Wide Technology and has over 10 years of Project Manager experience in the IT industry. Prior to moving to Portland, Michael served as a PMP prep course instructor and worked as a volunteered for the PMI Honolulu Chapter. As Assistant VP of Membership Services he looks forward to showing people the value of being a chapter member.
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Hakan Kutgun, PMP, VP Operations
Over a diverse engineering, academic and entrepreneur background, Hakan has more than 10 years of 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. 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. As a creative developer and implementer of new ideas with an ever curious and critical mindset, he is looking forward to pushing PMI Portland to the future with a stronger and more efficient infrastructure as the new VP Operations.
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Robert Beck, PMP, Asst. Dir. of Quality
Robert is a project management professional with experience managing and supporting projects and programs in the manufacturing and education industries. His experience in quality includes inspection, quality audits, data analysis, and the development of quality programs. Robert’s passion to improve operational standards and exceed customer expectations drives him to deliver projects and programs with a strong quality focus. He is enthusiastic in his role of Assistant Director of Quality and looks forward to being a part of the PMI-Portland team.
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Sunny Zobel, PMP, Dir. of Corporate Outreach
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Lynnda Sorensen, PMP, Asst. Dir. of Mentoring
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Wesly Smith, PMP, Asst. VP Professional Development
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Ashish Gupta, PMP, ACP, VP Professional Development
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.
Ashish has more than 17 years of experience in IT field and currently work for the City of Portland as a Technology Business Consultant. He is PMP, PMI-ACP, and SAFe certified. He earned his engineering degree from National Institute of Technology Allahabad, and his dual Masters in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from Portland State University.
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Sheldon (Shel) Philips, PMP, Dir. of Mentoring
Shel has been a project manager in IT implementation for over 30 years with PMP certification since 2009. He has authored 9 books on spreadsheets and developed a number of applications used in the travel industry and for fleet management. Shel is an expert at system training (web-based or in person) and professional management coaching. He currently specializes in Data Center Move planning and execution, IT infrastructure implementation, and IT Account Management. Shel has been a Mentoring Program participant since its restart in 2015 and is excited about bring his talents to the perpetuation of the program.
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Juan Valverde, Asst. Dir. of Volunteers for Chapter Hiring
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Aditya Garimella, Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Communication
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Jenessa Stieglitz, Asst. Dir. of Volunteer Management
Jenessa Stieglitz is a Business Systems Analyst at The Multnomah Athletic Club. She holds an MBA from George Fox University. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in several book clubs, traveling, and swimming for fitness.
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Carrie de Freitas, PMP, Director of Special Events
Carrie is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, moving to the Portland area from Seattle in 2012. For the past 9 years, Carrie worked in various marketing roles at MetLife – beginning as an Executive Assistant and later Marketing Director of a field office, before moving to the corporate-level as Regional Marketing Consultant and Manager of Project Design with MetLife’s Field Marketing team. With the recent acquisition of MetLife Premier Client Group (MetLife’s retail distribution arm) by MassMutual, Carrie worked with the project management team to complete the transition of all field and home office marketing resources, and has since moved into the role of Manager of Field Marketing and Programs for MassMutual.
Carrie is a graduate of University of Washington, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a double concentration in Marketing and Finance. In 2015, she set out to pursue her passion for project management, earning her PMP certification. Carrie is thrilled to be able to blend her love of event planning with the project management discipline, and looks forward to planning a variety of fun, engaging events for Chapter members.
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Jennifer West, PMP, Asst. Dir. of Speaker Acquisition
Jennifer is an experienced project manager and organizational change manager. She received her PMP in 2015 and PROSCI certification in 2014. Jennifer has spent more than 10 years working in the apparel/footwear industry here in Portland. Then in 2015, she decided to make a radical change and learn a completely different industry. She now works for GBW Railcar Services managing IT projects supporting environmental health, safety and quality. She is energized by the new challenge and feels like she is doing a small part to help make railcars safer and environmentally compliant.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and French. She lived abroad for a year in Lyon, France. She loves playing with her twin daughters, writing, hiking and wine tasting.
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Goke Owojori, PMP, Dir. of Volunteer Management
Goke has 15 years of Banking experience where he worked in various roles as HR officer, Retail operations manager and Branch manager. His ability to motivate and organize teams earned him a successful career in Retail Banking. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria, MBA from Lagos State University Nigeria, Retail Banking Academy1&2 -UK, and PMP certified. He is a passionate advocate of excellent customer experience in the service industry he worked for since 2001. He has team building and networking skills as well as experience in talent sourcing. Goke is excited about the new role,ready to support and work with PMI-Portland chapter team. He enjoys playing Chess, Ping-Pong and swimming.
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Joseph Marietta, PMP, Asst. Dir. of Quality
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Aaron Cavanaugh, Dir. of Quality
Aaron has been responsible for providing services (project and program) to clients in cybersecurity, healthcare financial services, nonprofit, and telecom/wireless industries. He has seven years of financial tracking and reporting experience with specialization in: Scheduling (MS Project and Outlook) and financial analysis (Excel expert). Aaron has served in specialist roles: Providing IT support and operations analysis. He has three years in formal waterfall phased management covering the complete lifecycle. He is also experienced in Agile environments.
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Niral Shahpatel, Asst. VP of Member Services
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Ralph Pero, PMP, Asst. VP of Membership
Ralph has enjoyed a collaborative position with The Gunter Group management consulting firm for over 3 years, working with interesting, dynamic and progressive teams helping business move forward. He has a long-term career working in project environments ranging from hypothesis based work to scope governed delivery. Most recently, a PMP certification added awareness to the opportunities available within the PMI-Portland Chapter. After nearly a year volunteering with the Volunteer Recognition Team, the offer to engage in a leadership support position was welcomed. Ralph embraces his new role and hopes to continue adding collaborative value to the PMI-Portland Chapter, supporting the initiatives driven by the Membership Portfolio. Thank you to the entire leadership team for the opportunity.
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Holly Trunk, Director of Technology
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Kate Miller, Asst. Dir. of Mentoring
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Scott White, PMP, Web Admin 4, Operations Team
Scott is a project management professional with 12 years experience in IT management and Business Analysis. Previously he was an IT consultant and Software Developer. He holds a Masters of Science, Engineering Management (MSEM) from Santa Clara University and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Graceland University. He is looking forward to working with the chapter's web team.
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Elizabeth Ray, PMP, Web Admin 3, Operations Team
Elizabeth Ray, PMP, is a project management professional with work experience in the financial services, energy, IT, and semiconductor industries. Her experience includes managing projects in fast-paced, innovative environments. Her PMI published articles include “Zero to EVM in 3 Days” for the College of Performance Management and “Put Yourself in Their Shoes” for the IT & Telecom Special Interest Group.
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Suzane Van Amburgh, Asst. Dir. of Marketing Strategy
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Nina Chamlou, Asst. Dir. of Technical Support
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Melody Fisher, Asst. Dir. of PMP Certification
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Peter Heaver, Dir. of ACP Certification
Peter Heaver, PMP, PMI-ACP, is a consultant offering a background of 15+ years, with emphasis in project management, leading teams as Scrum Master, Agile coaching and software engineering.Peter has a keen focus on task automation, system optimization, and tool standardization; offers a deep knowledge of Agile/Scrum and Lean methodologies; excels in fast-paced environments, working across engineering/product teams and leveraging business analyst experience to understand, prioritize, and deliver on requirements.
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Regina Koli, Dir. of Academic Outreach
Regina is an industry professional in Finance, Insurance and Mortgage. She holds professional licenses in the finance industry as series 6 and 63 securities licensed and also held a health and Life licensed as an insurance professional. Her mortgage and banking industry background stems from a teller to senior banker to home equity and 1st mortgage underwriting; including bridge loans to new construction. Regina recently earned her CAPM credential as well as certifications in Business Analysis, and Agile methodologies. She hs a BS in Operations Management from OIT as well. Technology. She look forward to service and bringing the knowledge of project management and PMI into our local colleges, universities and high schools.
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Donna T. Richardson, EdD, Asst. Secretary
Donna T. Richardson, EdD PMP, has enjoyed more than fifteen years as a consultant and staff member supporting business operations successes in project management, quality assurance, business communications and technical writing roles across a variety of Federal/defense programs, IT/software development projects, and private industry initiatives. She has a proven ability to effectively interact with executives, technical professionals, subject matter experts, educators, and with culturally diverse or collocated teams. After completing award winning doctoral research that investigated the use of technology for workplace learning and collaboration, she and her husband moved to Portland, OR to continue professional growth and personal engagement in the great Northwest. Her passion is understanding how adults communicate, interact, and learn in their employment spaces, how to manage successful human-focused change initiatives, and developing useful organizational communications resources.
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Pat Mullany, Dir. of Registration
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Valerie D'Sa-Mayer, Asst. VP of Professional Development for Events & Mentoring
Valerie D'Sa-Mayer is a customer-focused professional with a unique depth and breadth of experience in Insurance, Healthcare and Government Administration. She brings international work experience to the field of project management in these areas. She holds several certifications including an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) from Dubai, UAE, an MFLMI (Master/Fellow of the Life Management Institute) from Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University.
Valerie is a recent transplant from Phoenix, Arizona, where she lived for 25 years. She moved to the Portland area two years ago. Since then she has been fortunate to hike and backpack amidst the spectacular mountains, woods, and rivers of the Northwest. She also enjoys singing, traveling, and corresponding with friends across the country and the world.
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