E-mail: Chapter President
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.
E-mail: Past President
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 Elect position in 2016 and the position of President in 2017. 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: President Elect
Bio information forthcoming…check back soon!
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
Rod has worked for Idaho Transportation Department for the last 19 years in various IT and Project Management roles. Rod certified as a PMP in 2014 and has been a PMIWIC member since. He seeks to make membership more informed and relevant in the VP of Membership role.
Afforded the chance to manage the project server environment for ITD, Rod chose to migrate to a PM role and qualify for PMP. With over 1000 active projects managing the PPM solution can be challenging at times. Rod has fostered a culture of Project Management in the Division of Highways over the last 6 years for the civil engineering projects to build and maintain the statewide highway system. Recently, assigned to the new Highways Program Management Office, he is looking forward to renewed opportunities to lead and train staff in Project Management.
Vice President, Professional Development
E-mail: VP Professional Development
Deborah is a business analyst with Ada County Information Technology, where she practices agile and serves in various roles, including scrum master, quality control lead and project manager. Deborah previously worked in project management and data analysis positions for more than 10 years with the Ada County court system. She has been a PMI-WIC member since 2014, and achieved PMP certification in 2017 after taking PMP-WIC’s Boot Camp class. A lifelong learner with a passion for knowledge and personal growth, Deborah has held a Certified Instructor designation from Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) since 2012, and enjoys facilitating, influencing, and sharing knowledge with others.
Deborah holds a BS in Communications with concentration in geology from the University of Utah. She brings to PMI-WIC a broad range of professional experience. In addition to the positions above, she has worked as a county court officer and youth programs coordinator, and in the private sector as a geologist, human resources analyst, small business owner, and in marketing, customer service, and property management. Deborah and her spouse enjoy fitness and outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking.
Vice President, Programs
E-mail: VP Programs
Bio information forthcoming…check back 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.