Janel Peterson, PMP, PMI-ACP
PMIWIC President
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Janel has been an HP employee for the past 30 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.

In addition to her participation in the Western Idaho Chapter of PMI (PMIWIC), Janel also belongs to Toastmasters and is active in other HP local community events. She believes strongly that all of these organizations help members 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.  As a volunteer mentor, she works one on one with new volunteers to help them become more comfortable with their volunteer experience.  She is also an active member on several of their committees to bring great events to our community like See Spot Walk.

Janel is now starting her second year of a three-year term on the executive team.  She moved into her new position on the executive team as President, effective July 2020.

Vicky Smith
Past President
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Vicky just completed her second year of a three-year term on the executive team, holding the President position.  She moves into her third year on the executive team as Past President, effective July 2020.

Colleen Sollars, PMP, PMI-ACP
President Elect
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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.

Colleen begins her first year of a three-year term on the executive team.  She moved into her new position on the executive team as President Elect, effective July 2020.

Rebecca Tomek, PMP, CSM
Vice President, Finance
VP Finance

Rebecca (Becky) Tomek manages a very dynamic portfolio of IT programs and projects with a very large budget. Finding that sweet spot where you deliver the greatest value for the least amount of resources is her passion. She has had the honor of being part of very successful teams in a PM career spanning almost 20 years. Becky has benefited from exceptional teachers/mentors throughout her career and she is at a point in her life where she can give back to all of the PMIWIC community.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling.  She recently completed the Camino de Santiago and is currently planning a hike in Switzerland with her husband of 28 years.

Deb Kotnik, PMP, MBA
Vice President, Membership
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Deborah (Deb) Kotnik is looking forward to volunteer for the Western Idaho Chapter members in her new role as VP of Membership.    She has years of experience in the project management field, as an individual contributor and as a manager.  Most of Deb’s experience has been in the healthcare industry, however, she was recently  hired as an IT Project Coordinator, managing IT projects for the City of Boise.  She has managed projects using Waterfall, Agile and a combination of these methodologies.  Deb has served as VP Programs for the California PMI Central Region chapter in the past.  She was recently a volunteer on the Treasure Valley Opioid Awareness project for two years, assisting with the development of two pilot programs: ER warm hand-off to a case management coordinator for overdose patients and allowing first time Opioid offenders without felony records to enter into and complete a one-year treatment programs for charge dismissal.

Deb enjoys her pet dogs, including her new Great Dane addition.  She also enjoys art and craft fairs, growing orchids and gardening, to include growing all types of organic fruit trees and berry bushes.   Mangiare bene!

David Wilson, MBA, PMP, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Professional Development
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Dave Wilson has a great passion for professional development and project management.

He worked for the AASCB certified Executive MBA Program at Boise State University as a graduate assistant where he gained great insights into how to professionally develop working/busy individuals while providing a fun/engaging experience doing it. ln December of 2012, Dave started an internship with Micron Technology, Inc. and in Aug of 2013 was converted to an HR Business Analyst. He earned his PMP certification in May of 2014 and with that new knowledge, Dave was able to help stand up a PMO (Project Management Office) for Micron’s HR department. Over 4 years and after being promoted to HR Project Manager, he managed global cross functional projects and programs around the world (During which he was sent to live in Singapore for 6 months where he gained unique experiences working with cultures from Singapore, China, Taiwan, and Malaysia). After enjoying some success with HR’s PMO, Dave was then asked to move into a Micron operations department to help stand up another successful PMO team and currently manages many large manufacturing projects and programs globally for Micron.

Dave was also one of the founding members of the Micron Young Professionals where he was elected the Professional Development Chair. He stood up formal mentorship, knowledge drop, lunch and learn, and Pro Dev Day programs for the employee resource group to help its members reach their full potential at Micron.

Dave hopes to have a similar impact and to help his fellow project management professionals reach their potential with PMIWIC!

Personally, Dave enjoys fishing, cross-fit, eating out, running his dog (an Akita) and recently got married in the Summer of 2020.

Tanisha Townsend, MBA, HRM, CSM
Vice President, Programs
VP Programs

Tanisha has over 15 years of experience working in program and project management in both the government and private sectors.  She has managed a variety of projects and programs ranging from large scale IT project implementations to business process improvement projects.  Tanisha served in the United States Air Force and in 2000, she was honorably discharged.  She holds bachelor’s degrees in Project Management and Information Systems.  In 2007, she earned a Master of Business Administration.  She is certified in Agile methodology, in Prosci ADKAR Change Management and she is also a certified Scrum Master.  She currently works for Micron Technology as the Manager of the Global Supply Chain Program Management Department.

Tanisha enjoys giving back to the community.  She has held board positions serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Black History Museum; and as a governor appointed commission member on Serve Idaho – Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

In her free time, Tanisha enjoys writing and spending time with her family.   She is excited for an opportunity to couple her experience in project management with her love for community service and volunteerism!

Sheryl Bishop, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Vice President, Communications 
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After holding different IT positions over the years in the banking, government and private sectors, Sheryl found a path as a software implementation project manager.  She owned and operated Effective Solutions Inc., until 2011, when she took a contract project manager position with Experis.

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 Habitat for Humanity, Pioneer Elementary School of the Arts, Heritage Middle School and for Summerfield HOA.

Sheryl began her work with PMIWIC, as a volunteer on the Programs team providing registration services, and now serves as the VP of Communications (and Technology) – she continues to look for more opportunities to give back to the project management community.

Karen Hardesty, PMP
Vice President, Publicity
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Karen Hardesty earned her PMP credentials in 2009.  She recently retired from HP Inc. after almost 30 years, where she was a Senior Project Manager.  She worked the majority of those years managing projects in a variety of functions, including Accounting/Finance, R&D/Manufacturing, Call Center Operations, eCommerce, and Managed Services Sales & Service Delivery.

Karen is also an entrepreneur, mentoring a team of women in setting and achieving goals, while building their own businesses.

Karen received her BSBA from the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!), with concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems. She is married with two children in college (Go Vandals!), two granddaughters (twins!) and a dog.