Vicky Smith
PMIWIC President
E-mail: PMIWIC President

Vicky just completed her first year of a three-year term on the executive team, holding the President Elect position.  She moves into her second year on the executive team as President, effective July 2019.

More bio information coming soon!

Laurajean Rispens, PMP, PMI-ACP
Past President
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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 just completed the second year of a three-year term on the executive team, holding the President Elect and President positions.  She moves into her third year on the executive team as Past President, effective July 2019.

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 to grow a vegetable or two, instead of a pasture full of weeds.

Janel Peterson, PMP, PMI-ACP
President Elect
E-mail: President Elect

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 just starting her first year of a three-year term on the executive team.  She moves into her new position on the executive team as President Elect, effective July 2019.

Colleen Sollars, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Vice President, Finance
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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.

Rod Reed, PMP
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.

Walt Davies, MBA, PMP
Vice President, Professional Development
E-mail: VP Professional Development

Walt Davies is an experienced professional development manager with years of experience with occupational education, certifications and continuing education.  Walt served as the Program Manager of the Air Force Cyber Support Training program for four years.  In this role he worked with contract, civil service and military teams to deliver web-based and traditional, classroom training courses to computer technicians around the world. This program also tracked continuing education requirements for cyber operators to meet regulatory requirements and to facilitate the availability of accurate and secure information systems.

Walt has 3 years of teaching experience which he completed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas.  At this time, he mentored students, taught electrical theory and managed course content.  Walt played a major role in the redesign of the six-month long craftsman course—creating plans of instruction, developing learning objectives and designing progress checks.

Walt currently coordinates IT projects at the Boise airport and previously filled the role of Customer Projects Analyst for Montana-Dakota Utilities’ local gas subsidiary here in Idaho – Intermountain Gas.

Walt’s academic background includes an Occupational Education degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plano, Texas, which he completed in 2003.  Walt also holds Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University — graduating in 2013. He has held his PMP certification since May of 2014 and looks forward to being afforded the opportunity to leverage his experience toward achieving both the mission and vision of PMI’s Western Idaho Chapter.

Craig Hardesty, MBA, PMP, PgMP
Vice President, Programs
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VP Programs

Bio information forthcoming…check back soon!

Sheryl Bishop, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Vice President, Communications 
E-mail: VP Communications

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 Habit 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
E-mail: VP Publicity

Karen Hardesty earned her PMP credentials in 2009, and is currently a Senior Project Manager for HP, Inc.  She has been with HP, Inc for 30 years, having worked the majority of those years managing projects in a variety of functions, including R&D/Manufacturing, Call Center Operations, eCommerce, and Managed Services Sales & Service Delivery.

In addition to her full-time job at HP, Inc, Karen is 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.

Karen is married with two college aged children (Go Vandals!) and a dog.