Before joining the team at St. Luke’s, Craig spent 16 years in project and program management at HP and 6 years of IT management and project management prior to that. Craig has also volunteered on numerous projects at schools and churches in the Boise area. Craig has a BA in History from the University of Arizona, and an MBA from Boise State University.
Craig moved to Boise in 1990. He enjoys playing music, reading, and spending time with his wife, two grown children, and two energetic grand-daughters. He previously held the VP of Programs and the VP of Membership positions, before moving onto the executive officer track.
Craig is now in his second year of a three-year term on the executive team. He moved into his new position as President, effective July 2022.
Tanisha Townsend, HRM, CSM, MBA
PMIWIC President Elect
E-mail: President Elect
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanisha-townsend-44309929/
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. Since 2018, she has worked for Micron Technology in various program and project management leadership roles. Currently she is the Senior Manager for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion supporting executive leaders to plan, develop projects and execute on Micron’s DEI commitments.
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. She has served on the PMIWIC Board as the VP or Programs for the past two years.
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.
Tanisha is now in her first year of a three-year term on the executive team. She moved into his new position as President Elect, effective July 2022.
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 third year of a three-year term on the executive team. She moved into her new position on the executive team as Past President, effective July 2022.
Arti Shukla has been an active member of the PMIWIC since 2017, when she obtained her PMP certification. In 2021, she added the PMI-ACP certification.
Arti has over 25+ years of global experience in program, project and people management to drive large-scale project implementations from inception to dismantle.
Arti moved to Boise, Idaho 27 years ago from NY, to work as a Firmware engineer on the second color LaserJet at Hewlett Packard. She held variety of roles within HP, before moving to Clearwater Analytics in 2019.
She holds a degree in Chemistry and Computer Science, with a Math Minor from Queens College, City University of New York.
George has been a PMI member since 2003, involved with both PMIWIC and the Portland Chapter. For the last 2 years he has been part of the Technical Committee for PMIWIC.
George has over 35 years in management of R&D projects, mostly with HP in both the US and Europe, including 8 years with Xerox in international program management. He has managed project teams involved with technologies as diverse as NMOS process development, computer networks (including the first HP network printers), commercial printing, patent valuations, enterprise-level multi-company custom solution integration, IoT appliances and cloud software for a world-wide customer base.
Currently, George is the Senior R&D Director for a local company specializing in digital controls for commercial lighting. He is also Director of Technology for a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities to promising students in rural Kenya. And in his spare time, he enjoys being a referee for youth competitive and high school soccer in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon.
George earned a BSEE (computer architecture) and MSEE (communications) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Karen Hardesty, PMP
Vice President, Finance
E-mail: VP Finance
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-hardesty-pmp-76a35253/
Karen Hardesty earned her PMP credentials in 2009. She has served on the PMIWIC Board of Directors as VP of Marketing and VP of Membership.
After almost 30 years, Karen retired from HP Inc in 2019, where she was a Senior Project Manager. She managed projects in a variety of functions, including Accounting/Finance, R&D/Manufacturing, Call Center Operations, eCommerce, and Managed Services Sales & Service Delivery.
While her son was active in youth soccer, Karen volunteered as both Team Manager and Team Treasurer, where she was responsible for reporting all income and expenditures for the team and providing final year accounting to the soccer club.
Karen is also an entrepreneur, working with a team of women to set and achieve goals, while building their own businesses.
Karen received her BSBA from the University of Arizona, with concentrations in Accounting and Management Information Systems. She is married with two children, two granddaughters (twins!), and a dog.
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, and office positions with PTA, PTSO, HOA boards. She has volunteered to maintain websites for nonprofits such as Boise Habitat for Humanity, Pioneer Elementary School of the Arts, Heritage Middle School and for Summerfield Homeowner’s Association.
Sheryl began her work with PMIWIC, as a volunteer on the Programs team providing registration services, before serving as the VP of Communications for over four years. As VP of Professional Development, Sheryl looks forward to providing relevant and timely professional development opportunities for chapter members.
Michele Marshall began her career as a Business Analyst and pursued IT Project Management and Leadership roles in Data Center Operations for Southern and Northern California Fortune500 companies.
The next phase in Michele’s path includes Delivery and Sales for Managed, Outsourced, and Workforce Solutions firms serving agriculture, food production, manufacturing, non-profit, and utility companies. Along the path, Michele joined PMI in 2006 and began volunteering with PMIWIC in 2018.
A native Californian, she relocated to Boise with her husband, Michael, to enjoy biking, kayaking, road trips, and four seasons.
Mary Beth Cronyn
Vice President, Programs
E-mail: VP Programs
I am a born and raised Idahoan, who moved to Seattle after college. I started my career in the male-dominated, engineering/manufacturing sector – teaching “the boys” Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD). It was that first professional engagement where I received my PMI certificate.
I’ve largely been in contract work since, performing as a Business Analyst, or a Project Manager, or both. I enjoy the discipline of project management.
Vice President, Membership
E-mail: VP Membership
Ben Williams has been a member of PMIWIC since March 2019. He began serving as PMIWIC’s Volunteer Coordinator in December of 2020. He has remained in this role directing many Idaho Food Bank volunteering events, co-leading the 2020 Rake-up Boise, and participating in many of the virtual events held by PMI since the beginning of the pandemic. He is PMP certified and received his MBA from Boise State University. HIs work experience includes healthcare project management, patient care, and economic development. Ben currently works as a project manager for Case Works, LLC, which streamlines legal processing for mass-tort litigation. He brings with him a passion for community, increased participation, and service. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and 4 year old son Oliver, who keeps him busy and is also a frequent guest for the virtual events.