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 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 2021.
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. He also holds an Idaho secondary (6-12) teaching certificate with endorsements in History, Humanities, and
Music. Craig moved to Boise in 1990. He enjoys playing music, reading, and spending time with his wife and two (mostly-grown) children. 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 first year of a three-year term on the executive team. He moved into his new position as President Elect, effective July 2021.
Janel Peterson, PMP, PMI-ACP
PMIWIC Past President
E-mail: Past President
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janel-peterson-b0910a1/
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 in 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 2021.
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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.
Rebecca Tomek, PMP, CSM
Vice President, Finance
E-mail: VP Finance
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-tomek-pmp-csm-8151452/
Rebecca (Becky) Tomek manages a very dynamic portfolio of pharmaceutical programs. 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 career spanning over 20 years. Rebecca has benefited from exceptional teachers and mentors throughout her career, and she is at a point in her life where she can give back to the PMIWIC community.
Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling. Currently planning a trip to the Dolomites and a trek across Italy with family and friends in 2022.
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 based Fortune500 companies.
The next phase in Michele’s path includes Delivery and Sales for Managed, Outsourced, and Workforce Solutions firms serving the food production, manufacturing, retail, and utility verticals with technology-based services.
A native Californian, she relocated to Boise with her husband, Michael, to enjoy biking, kayaking, road trips, and four seasons.
Tanisha Townsend, HRM, CSM, MBA
Vice President, Programs
E-mail: VP Programs
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. 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!
Karen Hardesty, PMP
Vice President, Membership
E-mail: VP Membership
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-hardesty-pmp-76a35253/
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.