2017-2018 Board of Directors

Olympia Chapter Org Chart

President- Shairus Palotil, PMP

Shairus PalotilShairus Palotil was born and raised in India and was educated at Mahatma Gandhi University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Civil engineering. His experience in the IT world began in 2000 as a programmer at UST Global, India. He moved to United States in 2003 for an onsite assignment at Costco's IT department in Issaquah, Washington, where he managed the software testing and quality assurance team. Since leaving UST Global in 2006, he has worked for Nordstrom’s and Sierra Systems, where he held various project management roles in application development, software testing, quality assurance and process implementation projects. Currently Shairus works as a project manager for Cayzen Technologies in Olympia, Washington and has been consulting with Washington State government agencies as a management consultant. He has worked in various domains including retail, ecommerce, order management, accounting, State government, justice, public safety and health care. Shairus is a certified PMP and an active member of PMI since 2006 and has volunteered in the Olympia PMI chapter on various roles. He is also a certified SrumMaster (CSM), Software Tester (CSTE) and ITIL professional. He has spoken at various international testing conferences and published an article in the Quality Assurance Institute journal. Married to Joonis Abdulkhader, a family practitioner for more than 9 years, they are the proud parents of two boys; Rayhan and Ridhwan. His favorite hobby is playing soccer and coaching kids. He currently coaches the soccer teams at Chinqually Booters Soccer Club.

President Elect- Serena Hansen, PMP

Serena HansenSerena Hansen holds over 18 years of experience in Information Technology as an application developer and project manager in both the public and private sectors. Her state service includes working for DOL and ESD. She joined Dept, of Revenue in 2011 and currently working as Project Control Officer for a large legacy replacement project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Idaho State University, and Professional Certification in Project Management from University of Washington. In her spare time Serena likes hiking, yoga and travelling.

Past President- Tracy Sanford, PMP

Tracy SanfordTracy Sanford is serving her 4th year on the board of directors for the Olympia Chapter of the Project Management Institute. She is a graduate of the 2014 IPMA LeaderPath program, and recently joined the planning committee for the LeaderPath Alumni Continuation of Practice. Tracy is also employed as a Senior Project Manager with the Project Management Office at Department of Revenue, and has worked for the state for over 27 years, during which she earned her BS in Business Administration with emphasis on Project Management. Tracy is respected for her capability to relate to others in a way that brings out the best in people, groups, and organizations.

VP of Professional Development- Shannon Reynolds, PMP

Shannon ReynoldsI am Shannon Reynolds. My family and I moved to Lacey to serve at Fort Lewis in 2001, I worked with G3 Operations Battle Staff, 1-25 Infantry Brigade and 3-2 Striker Brigade. I served one tour in Northern Iraq before leaving the military. I registered for my PMP in 2003 and purchased my first PMBOK, which was edition three. The military provided me with my foundation in planning and project management. I left the Army after planning a rail movement to join BNSF Railway working as a transportation planner and operations manager for the Seattle Tacoma area. Crushed by the recession I took my first contract role joining Boeing Learning Training and Development. The hiring manager wanted someone who could do more than one thing at a time and not cry. I learned a great deal more about project management completing 70 small projects in two years and then a second contract to work on the Boeing IT reorganization. In 2013, I tested for and passed my PMP under PMBOK 4th ed. I have continued to work on contract projects and I have since started my own business. Spartan Project Management. The name fits my personality of getting to the point and getting it done. I am working on the softer side of people skills. I joined the chapter looking for business opportunities and to make friends in my field. Tracy found work for me to do. This is a great opportunity working on the professional development team creating value for our community while making friends. I enjoy training, learning, and helping others find solutions. I believe I have found my calling as a project manager. The field is so large I would be amazed if I ever mastered my craft. I will try. I am looking forward to serving our chapter and working with you to create opportunities for ourselves.

Professional Development Portfolio

Asst. VP of Professional Development

Robert White

Program Manager – Speaker Engagements


Regional Program Manager Professional Development – North Peninsula

Michele Deo

Regional Program Manager Professional Development - Tacoma

Michele Tuscher

Director of Mentoring


Director of Military Liaison

Ted Fischer

Director of Academic Outreach


Director of Association Outreach (IPMA, SPSCC, PMIEF)


Director of Sponsors– Courtney Rudy, PMP

CourtneyCourtney Rudy attended the University of South Alabama and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications-Public Relations in 2003. She was commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in May 2003. She served her country as a Logistics and Project Management officer in multiple locations including Italy, Germany, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, and North Carolina. She also deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom on two separate occasions. In 2013, she attended the premier military school, the Command and General Staff College, Senior Military Leadership School, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She received her Masters of Arts in Procurement and Acquisition there and completed her Masters of Science in Project Management in 2014. In September 2015, she received her Project Management Professional Certification. After a twelve-year career, she left the military in May of 2015 and spent some time with her new baby boy. Courtney and her husband, Brad, moved to the area in December of 2015. Courtney’s husband is still active duty and is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord where he serves as a Telecommunications Engineer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, physical fitness and running, traveling the world, and lounging at the beach when back home in Alabama. She will receive her Masters of Business Administration in December of 2017. Currently, she works for the Washington State Department of Transportation as the Performance Framework Project Manager.

Sponsorship Portfolio

Asst. Director of Sponsorship


VP of Membership- Cynthia Lewis, BSM

Cynthia Lewis2Cynthia Lewis is a PMI Member and volunteer since 2014. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management and Certified in Contract Design & Management and familiar with Project Management methodologies. She has 20 years of experience in Public Procurement & Contracting of IT goods and services and has been an active performer in a variety of IT projects over the years. Qualities she brings to membership: SPICE Strength Passion Imagination Confidence Engagement.

Membership Portfolio

Asst. VP of Membership


Program Manager – Member Onboarding

Supriya Sarah

Director of Registration & Check-in Desk

Deepthi Reddy

Program Manager – Member Correspondences

Open- Proteon Management Software

VP of Finance– Judy Sweet

Judy SweetJudy Sweet currently is working for Washington Technology (WaTech) and has been working as a Program/Project Manager for the State of Washington for eleven years. Her major accomplishments include developing the framework for agency and enterprise Business Continuity Programs, and influencing emergency preparedness policies and the development of Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP). She also was part of the original project team implementing Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to moving to Washington, she worked in the IT field in technical areas such as security, network, system performance, capacity management, system support, and disaster recovery, as well as management roles in operations and support. She holds a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina Wesleyan College and obtained her certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in December 2015. She also maintains certification in Business Continuity (CBCP) and ITIL Foundation Service Management. When not on the job, managing projects, Judy enjoys the sun wherever she can find it, biking, hiking, and discovering all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Finance Portfolio

Asst. VP of Finance




VP of Technology– Frankie Topasna

Frankie TopasnaFrankie Topasna is a Project Manager for the Puyallup School District, Capital Projects Department. He currently is working on full-scale fiber to the classroom networks for 5 schools scheduled to be complete by 2020. Frankie Topasna manages multiple, concurrent projects that support 32 schools and 4 support buildings. Frankie Topasna holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management and is serving as Signal Officer with 12 years in the US Army and Army Reserves. He has a record of accomplishment, which includes ssuccessfully launching network, satellite and COTS systems with multiple budgets in excess of millions of dollars.

Technology Portfolio

Asst. VP of Technology


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Vinoy Sreenilayam

Program Manager – Live Streaming &Recording


Access Management Admin


VP of Operations– Mison Bowden

 misonMison Bowden, PMP, Qualis Health. I am a certified project manager and possess over 25 years of diverse work experience in project management and management consulting at all levels of government, including federal, state, city and county. My skills include strategic planning, change management, transition management, business process reengineering, performance measurement and management, independent verification and validation (IV&V) and quality assurance. Prior to working for Qualis Health, I have worked for Unisys, Arthur Andersen, Washington State Employment Security Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, and several other smaller consulting companies. My passion is to help others and cooking.

Operations Portfolio

Asst. VP of Operations


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Marie Constantineau


Regina Haggin

Director of Governance & Policy


Director of Events

Jessy Walker



VP of Marketing & Communications- Ida Jayarani, MBA, PMP

Ida Jayarani2Ida Jayarani has been involved in Information Technology for over 23 years. She has served as EDP (Electronic Data Processing) Manager, Systems Engineer, Senior Software Consultant, On-Site Manager (HR), and Senior Software Engineer with increasing levels of Project Management. For nearly 17 years, she had been working with DSHS – ACES project, fulfilling senior and leadership roles on Mainframe and Web Development platforms of the State Welfare System. She was also involved in Eligibility Service Project of the State of Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Ida is a speaker, author, poet, singer, musician, artist, song-writer, mother, philanthropist, and an entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of OASIS4U, a startup IT Company, in the South Sound area, offering contract IT staffing. Ida has held various leadership positions in Toastmasters International, as Vice President of Education, Membership, and Marketing and has won awards and accolades at work place, Toastmasters, and PMI Olympia where she has started serving as Finance Auditor and Newsletter Manager. For the past two terms, she has served the PMI Olympia Board of Directors, as the VP – Communications and has accomplished the following, with a drive to achieve more in the coming years: 

  •  Rolled out newsletters with creative articles and graphics, thrice a month, which increased the participation levels of members and non-members alike for the dinner meetings and PMP prep boot camps.
  • Accomplished New Business Initiative on Social Media Project (LinkedIn, Twitter, & Facebook) to retain, invite, and increase members, sponsors, partners, to collaborate with and to promote PMI.
  • Successfully implemented the chapter website makeover project within budget and schedule. The new look and web content combined with social media increased the traffic to our website with over 7273 visits, 4019 users, and 53.3% new visitors within a year.
  • With proven public relations skills, acquired new Dinner sponsors and Gold sponsors for PMI Olympia.

Marketing & Communications Portfolio

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Felecia McKinney

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Supriya Sarah

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Ruth Clemens

PMIEF Communications Coordinator