President- Tracy Sanford, PMP
Tracy Sanford has recently joined the Department of Revenue as a project manager on a multi-million dollar project replacing their legacy tax and licensing systems (TLSR). My current responsibility is managing the efforts to cleanse and migrate/convert data of systems being replaced. I have over 7 years of experience managing various types of projects, to include application development, data migration/conversion, security, system interfaces and integration, all with the Department of Corrections.
President Elect- Shairus Palotil, PMP
Shairus 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 as VP Volunteers. He is also a certified 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.
Vice President of Membership- Cynthia Lewis
Cynthia 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. She has 19 years 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.
Vice President of Communications- Ida Jayarani, MBA, PMP
Ida Jayarani has been involved in Information Technology for over 20 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 the past 17 years, she had been working with DSHS – ACES project, fulfilling senior and leadership roles on Mainframe and Web Development platforms, developing and maintaining an extensive online, transactional host and web environments, which were critical components 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, singer, musician, artist, song-writer, philanthropist, and an entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of OASIS4U, a startup IT Company, in the South Sound area, offering contract IT staffing, project management, graphic design, and software development services. 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 volunteered as Finance Auditor and Newsletter Manager. For the past two years, 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 has increased the participation levels of members and non-members alike for the dinner meetings and PMP prep boot camps. Served as a liaison between PMI Olympia and SPSCC and has been instrumental in securing dinner sponsors, organizing mutually benefiting events, and promoting PMI in public and private sectors. Managed our chapter website admin using talented volunteers.
Vice President of Finance- Kelly Ann Landers, PMP, PMI-ACP
Kelly Ann Landers, PMP, PMI-ACP, is a Sr. Project Manager at WSECU. She has a passion for the project management profession and likes to bring an “all in” attitude to her work. Having worked for both OFM in the public sector and now for WSECU, she has a breadth of experience in the financial industry which fits well with PMI Olympia VP Finance position. Other skills and experience include doing a 4-year stint in the US Navy before heading off to college to earn a computer science degree. She began her post-military career as a mainframe developer at Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) then moved to data warehousing where she started out as a database administrator before setting her sights on project management. After spending nearly 20 years working for Washington State government, including DSHS, Office of Financial Management and Department of Enterprise Services, she accepted a position at WSECU. Over the years she has led multiple Information Technology projects and has developed quite a passion for helping teams achieve success by turning a vision into reality.
Kelly and her husband Steve became “empty-nester’s” in the fall of 2015 when their youngest of 3 children headed off to UW. They are happily residing in West Olympia with their 2 dogs; Buster and Winston. Her favorite pastimes include quilting, listening to music, wine tasting – particularly in sunny locations, watching Seahawks games and traveling.
Director of Administration- Serena Hansen, PMP
Serena Hansen, PMP 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.
Vice President of Professional Development- Shannon Reynolds, PMP
I 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.
Vice President of Technology- Christi McGinley, PMP
Christi McGinley, currently works through the State Board of Community Technical College (SBCTC) on contract to agencies needing project management services. She started her career at the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) followed by the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) working as a computer programmer and later as the Technology Development Manager for a dynamic team of developers.
After going back to school to complete her BA, she worked in Quality Assurance (QA), project planning, and project management support.
Christi enjoys time away from work, too. Some of her interest includes hiking, traveling, running, cooking, reading, and Seattle Reign FC soccer. She’ll soon be welcoming her first grandchild and is still trying to get used to that idea.