Jolena Missildine, PMP
Jolena Missildine is the State Design-Build Engineer for Washington State Department of Transportation. She is a disabled veteran with over 20 years’ experience working in the public section. Her experience includes project management, contract development, procurement, policy and procedures development, facilitation, strategic planning, training development and implementation, and resource management in both IT and Construction. Her credentials include a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, an Associate Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) certification, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Contract Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a minor in Behavioral Science. Jolena lives in Yelm with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling with her family to softball tournaments and Disney.
Mison Bowden, PMP
Mison is a project management professional with over 30 years of experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Her experience spans across the technology and healthcare industry. She currently works as a quality improvement advisor at Upstream USA. She has been a chapter member since 2005, and has spent the past 14 years volunteering with the chapter. Her passion as a chapter board member is to provide and expand our forum where anyone is welcomed to join the project management community for resources, education, networking, and guidance. Mison lives in Tumwater with her husband, son, two cats, and a dog. When not working or volunteering at PMI, you'll likely find her gathering friends for one of her many family game nights, full of food, laughter, and fun. Mison will continue to support the chapter with the same enthusiasm as Past President.
Bill Riippi PMP, CMSQ
Bill is a Principal with CSG Government Solutions and brings vast experience in project management and oversight with a broad background in public sector program areas including program modernization, health and human services, Medicaid, healthcare, public safety, and benefits programs including Motor Vehicles, Revenue, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). He is an avid practitioner of best practices and a proven team leader focused on quality, delivery, and client satisfaction. He has a proven history of successfully providing project management and consulting services, including strategic planning, business process analysis, Quality Assurance, and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V). Bill is a trusted leader with the capability to communicate effectively with project teams, clients, program executives, and diverse stakeholder groups to identify requirements, analyze alternatives, and present recommended solutions to solve difficult problems.
Corey Gauny is currently work for Wa. DOL as a Product Owner for driver’s license and ID card issuance system. He has worked on the Gender “X”, Motor Voter projects, conducting analysis for business driven IT solution. His desire to serve and passion for public service did not just start at DOL. For 22.5 years he served in the US Air Force as a Firefighter. He traveled and lived in and worked in over a dozen different countries. As a Firefighter he planned, managed fire and emergency services for a small city with an air field and industrial complex. He managed multiple different programs to include our operational budget and managed our live fire trainer project from concept through procurement and installation. After his military career, he completed his undergraduate studies in Business and Economics with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility at Pacific Lutheran University. He went on to purse his Masters in Business Management in the field of Innovation and Technology management. As he made his way through graduate school, he served as the Installation Environmental Management System Coordinator on Joint Base Lewis McChord, where he conducted fiscal analysis of the impact of improper Hazardous Material Management. Additionally, he was a member of the PLU graduate school team that went on to place second out of eleven graduate teams in a Merger and Acquisitions competition. He continues his lifelong learning and is currently pursuing a Certified Agile Practitioner certification from PMI.
Sam Martin, PMP, CSM
Samuel Martin is a project management professional and certified scrummaster with over 30 years of information technology experience in the State of Washington. Samuel started his career as a developer, advanced into operations management and project management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education from the University of Illinois Carbondale. In conjunction with his public service career, Samuel served three years the Army and 30 years in the Air Force Reserves, where he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. In his spear time, Samuel enjoys spending time with family, gardening, playing recreational basketball, and working on his golf game.
VP Professional Development
Mark Gabel, MSCE, PE, CVS
Over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, planning, design and construction. Exclusive expertise in project management, risk management, and risk based estimating. Developed and directed an integrated value engineering and risk program for WSDOT. Author of policies and methods widely recognized and emulated due to their effectiveness. Mark has earned a reputation as the “go to” guy for the most challenging projects. He is a featured speaker on project risk management at national and state conferences and leads an international community of practice for Cost Risk Estimating Management. Benefits realized under Mark’s leadership include reduced change orders, enhanced innovation and communication, risk reduction, improved quality, cost and schedule reliability. As a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Value Specialist Mark has played an instrumental role in new initiatives at WSDOT, including the recent implementation of Practical Design at WSDOT. Awarded a fellowship at the University of Washington where he received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering: Transportation Planning & Management. Mark earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
I have worked for the State of Washington for approximately 20 plus years . I’m a Senior Bilingual Underwriter with the department of Labor and Industries and I’m passionate about Outreach and serving the community. I’m a active volunteer in the community. Passionate about serving and using my bilingual skills to assist and educate at community fairs. I was the president of a nonprofit organization the chair person for the (MAC) Multi Advisory Council for North Thurston School district and correctly part of the NTPS (North Thurston Public School’s) Facility Advisory Committee
I am a high-energy professional with wide-ranging experience in leading complex projects/programs involving cross-functional and cross-cultural teams. I am a people-centric manager, one that values the traditional project and program management principles, but also creates a cultural environment in which people can realize their gifts, develop and apply their talents, and feel a genuine sense of fulfillment for their contributions in pursuit of a common purpose. I have an extensive background in project and program management as well as training and facilitation. With over 20 years of experience, I have excelled at developing customer focused teams, business planning, developing and sustaining internal and external business relationships, developing and providing training, and designing work processes to meet our customer requirements, maximize employee satisfaction and productivity. I am passionate about all things that I do and pride myself on the ability to create an open and positive environment that encourages collaboration, creativity, using team consensus to develop solutions, and promote mutual respect among team members. Developing quality relationships is invaluable in getting timely decisions made and having a supportive network that paves the way for implementing changes. Life Philosophy: By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others. Satsuki Shibuya Hobbies: Enjoy the Pacific Northwest - Boating, Camping, Fishing, Crabbing, Clamming Hunting, Hiking, Living with purpose, setting intentions, Yoga
VP Marketing & Communications
Felecia McKinney, MPA, PMP
Felecia McKinney, MPA, PMP® is the Project Director and a member of the MYS executive team. Ms. McKinney serves as the lead project manager and a main point of contact for key stakeholders on non-technical aspects of her projects. Felecia is responsible for driving operational components, including coordination, dissemination, and general oversight of project scope, ensuring client satisfaction with outcomes. She is a solution-oriented and performance-focused project manager. For the past decade, she has managed state, federal, non-profit, and for-profit projects including multi-million-dollar development contracts. Felecia earned her Masters of Public of Administration from The Evergreen State College. Felecia is typically responsible for driving the execution of projects from design, through data collection, to reporting.