Michelle Halsey has worked in the project management and IT fields for more than 20 years. Previously she worked for Hewlett-Packard for 16 years before leaving to work full time in training and development in the project management and IT industries. Prior to working for HP she held a variety of roles in several industries, including working as a data analyst, network security manager, research librarian, and many other roles. She teaches a number of college level technology, project management, and web commerce courses at the University of Phoenix as well as teaching certification workshops for the PMP exam.
Michelle has served on the Board of the Western Idaho Chapter of PMI as the VP of Finance since 2012 before moving into the President Election position in 2016. She received her BS in the Management of Information Systems from Boise State University and a MS in the Management of Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, she holds both a PMP and Six-Sigma Black Belt Certification. Michelle is a serial entrepreneur, starting and running several companies when not teaching at UOPX or serving as a lead trainer with mSys Training. She owns Silver City Publications & Training to deliver and publish project management, six sigma, and technical training. In her spare time, she takes trips to photograph wildlife, paints, and writes. She has online stores with Fine Art America, Pixels, and Zazzle where she sells a variety of products with her artwork.
You can learn more about Michelle on her LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/mnhalsey.
E-mail: Past President
Bryan is an Agile Project Trainer for Micron Technology in Boise. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certifications, and has been an active member of the Project Management Institute Western Idaho Chapter since 2000.
Bryan has a BS Degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Purdue University, and a MBA in Business Administration from Penn State University. He has been involved in Project Management for over 30 years in a variety of industries including agricultural equipment manufacturing, locomotive and subway car manufacturing/refurbishment, ERP systems consulting, and electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. Bryan has worked for several large companies including General Electric, ABB and Morrison Knudsen, in a variety of project management, purchasing and materials management, information systems administration, and engineering management positions. Bryan also served as a part-time Certified Advanced Facilitator teaching project management, business, and management classes at the University of Phoenix, Idaho Campus for 10 years. A native of Rochester, New York, Bryan moved to Boise in 1994 where he currently lives with his wife and twin teenage daughters.
E-mail: President Elect
Laurajean Rispens, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCT is a PMP and PMI-ACP Certified instructor that holds both a Microsoft Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Trainer credentials. She works as a Senior Project / Engagement Manager for Gordian Dynamics in Laguna Niguel, California.
Laurajean moved from San Diego, CA to Boise, ID in July, 2015 and in August, 2015, became the VP of Programs for the PMI Western Idaho Chapter. Previously, Laurajean has served as the VP of Membership, the Asst, VP and the VP of Professional Development, and has taught in over 32 PMP and PMI-ACP prep classes for the San Diego Chapter. She comes to the Western Idaho Chapter with a wealth of knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and a passion for project management.
Laurajean is an avid hiker, horseback rider and loves being active. She has a 6.5-acre farm in Marsing, ID where she is planning to raise horses and hoping grow a vegetable or two, instead of a pasture full of weeds.
Vice President, Finance
E-mail: VP Finance
Colleen Sollars obtained her PMP certification in 2009 and has been an active member of the PMIWIC since then. She then added the PMI-ACP certification in 2014. Colleen is an Agile trainer for the PMIWIC and she teaches the Agile Boot Camp classes.
Colleen is a practiced professional with 20+ years of experience implementing, managing, and supporting technology solutions for the High Tech, Entertainment, Public Transit, Consumer Electronics Retail, Food Manufacturing, and Financial industries. For the past 21 years Colleen has been working at HP Inc. based in Boise where she has served in various Project Management, People Management, and Program Management roles leading large complex software and infrastructure programs and globally distributed virtual teams.
Colleen holds a B.S. degree in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and MIS from SUNY at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York and an M.B.A. degree in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.
Vice President, Membership
E-mail: VP Membership
Laura has been a member of PMI and held the PMP certification since 2005. She has been a member of PMIWIC since 2014 and previous member of the Columbia River Basin Chapter in Washington state. Through the CRB chapter, her project management team at URS won PMI Project of the Year in 2012 and then went on to win the global PMI POY that same year. Laura has been a project leader for 20+ years with URS while working on several projects to destroy the U.S. stockpile of chemical weapons. While in this role, she achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management.
Upon the transfer of her husband to Mountain Home A.F.B as a firefighter, Laura followed in 2013 and worked as an IT Project Manager at Micron for 2 ½ years and is now on contract as a Scrum Master for Blue Cross of Idaho. She is a certified Professional ScrumMaster (PSM1), and has her PMI-ACP certification as well. She and her husband recently moved from Boise to Meridian and are avid mountain bikers, off-roading enthusiasts and enjoy hiking, RVing and many other outdoor activities that the surrounding northwest area has to offer.
Vice President, Professional Development
E-mail: VP Professional Development
Echo is a highly efficient and productive business information lead with significant experience in the areas of strategic data driven initiatives, procurement management and financial risk projects. She has over 20 years of project management experience and has been a member of PMI with a PMP since 2012. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for KPMG’s Financial Risk Management US division. She is responsible for coordinating all of the strategic metrics reporting in order to support and drive national risk networks to successful management and execution.
Echo holds a M.Ed. in Leadership and previously employed her skills providing similar services in the field of Education. She is highly skilled in training and education curricula. It is her personal goal to elevate the presence of the Project Management Professional in local and regional environments at a strategic business leadership level strengthened by tactical operational skills.
Echo is passionate about the future of PMI in local businesses and communities and is excited to offer her experience and skillset to better serve the collective goals of PMIWIC while supporting the individual needs of each member.
Vice President, Programs
E-mail: VP Programs
Bio information coming soon!
Vice President, Communications
E-mail: VP Communications
After holding many IT positions over the years, Sheryl found a path in Project Management – currently, Sheryl manages implementation projects, and most recently, has been afforded the opportunity to take on portfolio and program management responsibilities.
Sheryl has an amazing family and wonderful friends. She volunteers as Board President of her HOA and her son’s High School PTSO Board. She recently began volunteering with the PMIWIC Programs team providing registration services. She looks forward to continued opportunities to give back to the project management community, as the VP of Communications for the PMIWIC Board.
Sheryl is a graduate of Boise State with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has been PMP certified since 2011 and as of Feb 2018, is PMI-ACP certified as well. She has held board positions with BSU Alumni Association, March of Dimes, Pioneer and Heritage PTA and PTSO Boards, as well as she has volunteered to maintain websites for Boise Habit for Humanity, Pioneer Elementary School of the Arts, Heritage Middle School and for Summerfield HOA.
Vice President, Publicity
E-mail: VP Publicity
Janel has been an HP employee for the past 29 years. During her tenure, she has had the opportunity to work in many different areas ranging from IT to R&D to Marketing, affording her the opportunity to step into a number of diverse roles as needed. She is presently working as a project manager for marketing projects that benefit internal as well as external HP customers and partners. As a long time HP employee, Janel has built an extensive network of professional contacts, which has helped her stay connected in business and project management aspects of the local community.
Janel enjoys participating in professional organizations, such as Lean In and Toastmasters; including the Western Idaho Chapter of PMI (PMIWIC), where she has co-instructed PMI-ACP Boot Camps for our local chapter. As Vice President of Education for Toastmasters, Janel is responsible for ensuring the club members meet their educational goals. She believes strongly that all of these organizations help us to leverage and learn from each other – they help us create an effective community of practice.
Janel also finds time to be a volunteer mentor at the Idaho Humane Society where she is responsible for creating most of the Society’s volunteer training content. As a volunteer mentor, she works one on one with new volunteers to help them become more comfortable with their volunteer experience. She also teaches Kennel Skills class once a month and substitute teaches new volunteer orientation classes.