2018 Board Elections

Call for Leaders for 2018 PSPMI Elections

The Strength from Our Chapter Comes from Within – Get Involved!

The voting site will be open for members from Friday May 25, 2018 through Wednesday, June 13, 2018. 

Don’t forget to vote…every vote counts!  Thank you for your support of the PMI Puget Sound Chapter.

Board of Director Candidates 2018

  • VP of Communication Candidates:
    • Jayanthi Janakiraman
    • Dawn Seymour
  • VP of Education Candidates:
    • Carol Beilfuss
    • Dilip Kumar Kotapothula
    • Rhea Bhere
  • VP of Finance Candidates:
    • Ramesh Mantha
    • Wendy Woo
  • VP of Sponsorship Candidates:
    • Michael Sanders
    • Joshua Sisco
  • VP of Technology Candidates:
    • Shahbaz Tahamzadeh
    • Mariyana Hubenova


Candidates Information


Vice President, Communication Candidate: Jayanthi Janakiraman


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I found my calling in program management early on when few of my team mates pointed out my natural inclination towards improving people, teams, and organizations’ performance. Project managers are the glue in any organization, bringing different teams together for a common goal. Communicating in all forms across all levels is a key skill we use every day. I have used my communications skills to great effect in Hewlett Packard, Nordstrom and now T-Mobile. I am looking forward to growing and to using my skills to bring value to you, and all our members.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I have been a part of the project management community in Puget Sound for over 10 years. Community is a beautiful word. It portrays togetherness, belonging, growth through passion and commitment for a cause. Here at Puget Sound PMI we have built a beautiful community. You are helping with many hands, learning by sharing your ideas and experiences. I would love to step up my contributions in the best way I can. 

As the VP of Communications, I bring to you my experiences and learning to help address your needs and to enable better engagement internally and externally. I will work to be that glue which binds all parts of our organization with each other and with you, our members.

Thank you for considering me and I appreciate your vote.


Vice President, Communication Candidate: Dawn Seymour


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Dawn has been a Project Manager for the last 18 years for a wide variety of project types and industries. She specializes in Change and Risk Management as well as Relationship Management. She received her MBA in Project Management in 2007, PMP certification in 2009, and CSM certification in 2018. Dawn started her Project Management career at Paccar (parent company of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks), where she worked on the HR/Payroll/Time SAP deployment, and then moved to Kenworth where she managed the first successful implementation of a computerized, quality control system in their Renton truck manufacturing plant. From there, she moved to Microsoft to manage corporate initiative courseware creation, and create the Alpha/Beta Review Program for Sales, Marketing, and Services to ensure their courseware gave them the skills they needed to sell Microsoft products. At Premera Blue Cross, she was a Change Management consultant and PM for their Oracle implementation, and at Providence Health and Services she was the Project Manager for several projects to improve Epic processes and functionality in their specialized medical departments. For the last 3.5 years, she has worked for MediaPRO as a Senior PM for Boeing projects ranging from courseware projects to larger initiatives in their Leadership, Learning, and Organizational Capability department.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I have been volunteering with the Programs team, and have really enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community. We have a wonderful group of people in our chapter, and I would like to extend our reach to as many PMs in the Puget Sound area as possible. As VP of Communications, I will work with Marketing and Membership to find other venues to carry our message and increase membership.

During my years managing projects, I have found communications to be one of the most important skills for a Project Manager. I believe it is crucial to a successful project, but very often overshadowed by the more obvious PM skills like scheduling, resourcing, planning, etc. In this vein, as your Communications VP, I will work with Programs and Education to bring more speakers and learning opportunities around great communications in Project Management to our members.

Thank you for your consideration.


Vice President, Education Candidate: Carol Beilfuss


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

My name is Carol Beilfuss and I was born and raised in Chicago with my parents, one sister, two brothers and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Chicago has a large population of Polish immigrants where my great grandparents began their married life. My family is involved with the Polish Community to keep traditions alive in today's world. I attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Communications. I began my career in Marketing/Advertising at the Leo Burnett Company where I worked for 15+ years.  I am skilled in Print Production and IT Project Management.  I received my PMP in November of 2008 and current through 2020.  I moved to Seattle three years ago and began work with the Hacker Agency and currently with Boeing Creative Services.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I have been involved with PMI since I received my PMP and began working on the Education Team in the Puget Sound Chapter when I moved to Seattle.  Studying and taking the PMP exam was a difficult process for me with a great outcome.  To volunteer with the chapter to help others reach their goal, help them realize they can do it is a rewarding experience.


Vice President, Education Candidate: Dilip Kumar Kotapothula


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m an enthusiastic and innovative business leader. Specialized in project, program and portfolio management. Currently working as Technical Program Manager for Microsoft. Overall, I spent 14 years in the IT industry which includes 7+ years in Program management. I enjoyed multicultural team environments and worked on projects in globally distributed teams.

Hold Master of Engineering degree in Technical Management from University of Applied Sciences, Germany and a Bachelor’s from Osmania university, India. Certified Project management professional, Scrum master and ITIL.

I’ve served on the Puget Sound PMI as a Director of Certification for two plus years and he is applying for VP of Education. My latest work focuses on educating, coaching and mentoring teams and individuals for perfecting excellence in the practice of Agile and Lean ways of work.

You may also find me running in Marathon, Loves to travel, play cricket and soccer. I have deep interests in spirituality, cooking, Business and Cloud Technology. I speak English, German, Hindi and Telugu.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I’ve enjoyed my current role on the PS-PMI as a Director of Certification for two plus years. I’m passionate about educating, coaching and mentoring teams. I’ve been enthusiastic volunteer leader helping practitioners achieve their certification goals with great experience. Would like to empower individuals, volunteers to participate in future activities like networking, collaboration and bring value and promote PS-PMI education programs at the same time.

My volunteer experience includes Director of Certification, assistance and support to VP of Education PMBOK 5 to PMBOK 6 Upgrade transition and general assistance and coordinator Leading with Cultural Intelligence.

Awarded for merit for PMBOK 6 transition and volunteer of the month (March 2017).

If elected as VP of Education my vision for education programs is to see it as central enabler for organizational and personal excellence. I would provide practical tools, introduce new courses (PMI-BA), add mentorship programs to provide innovative curriculum for training in areas like: team building, strategic planning, decision making and more. Last but not the least, I’ll contribute for revenue generating initiatives, so the chapter can better support its members in their professional growth, also set platform for future offerings from Puget Sound Education.


Vice President, Education Candidate: Rhea Bhere


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a seasoned Project Management Professional with an extensive leadership experience in product delivery, agile product management, and customer experience management. I have been part of teams at industry leaders like M&T Bank, Group Health Cooperative, Microsoft, Slalom, and Boeing. I thrive on challenging work and savor helping organizations build better solutions. I am committed to continuous learning, understanding people, and adopting best practices to meet the demands of any situation. I have been a member of PSPMI for 4 years and I hold PMP and PMI-ACP certifications. I believe in getting the work done without coercion, assigning, or dictating the work by building a trusting and safe environment where problems can be raised without fear of blame, retribution, or being judged, with an emphasis on healing and problem-solving.

I have a passion for volunteering, having served on IIBA Seattle board, on project LEAD for United Way King County and continuing growing literacy for Reading Partners of Seattle.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

My personal Mission statement for VP of Education: As a millennial myself, my goal is to promote project management among the millennial professionals and increase their engagement with the great existing PSPMI community. I want to support individuals throughout their career lifecycle, as they learn project management, enter the workforce, seek certification and pursue professional development. I would like to bring you value while expanding on my passions of Mentoring, Coaching, Continuous Learning, Social Equity and Adult Education.

Thank you for considering me for this rewarding position!


Vice President, Finance Candidate: Ramesh Mantha


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Like most of you, I am passionate about project management.  I have been a member of PMI for nearly a decade currently serving you as the VP Sponsorship. I have extensive IT strategy consulting and organizational change management work experience having worked in the professional services sector at IBM, SAP and GE power systems. As a project manager, I have led numerous CRM and ERP projects at clients in the public sector, healthcare, professional services and manufacturing industries for about 17 years.

Throughout the nineties, I worked in the auto industry designing and manufacturing cars and light trucks. At Ford Motor Company, I collaborated with Japanese engineers from Mazda at a manufacturing plant jointly owned by Ford and Mazda to manage product engineering of the Mercury Cougar sports car as well as several Ford’s light and medium duty trucks. In year 2000, I switched careers from engineering to IT project management and joined IBM.

I have an MBA with emphasis in Finance from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, an MS in engineering from the University of Toledo and a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India.  I live in Sammamish and love to play tennis and ping pong at competitive levels.  I also represented the Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai) in Volleyball but now I look for opportunities to coach my daughter and encourage her to becoming a competitive volleyball player. My other interests are astrophysics, science and technology and enterprise agile transformation.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I recognize that providing value to chapter members is a key measure of success for our chapter. As a current volunteer leader and board member as VP Sponsorships this past year, I have come to know the chapter and its operations in rather intimate detail.  I find many opportunities to eliminate waste and improve return on our chapter assets. If elected, I will continue to work with the board members to continuously eliminate waste from our budget and operations without impeding the flow of value to you, our chapter members.

To meet this objective, I will leverage my advanced education in Finance and my experience at Ford Motor company at leading cost reduction efforts. I will also examine the asset portfolio of our Chapter and optimize return on chapter assets. My efforts will improve cash flow to the chapter and strengthen its financials so that it can be more effective in serving its mission. Besides identifying and eliminating waste and improving the chapter return on its assets, I will take ownership of tasks ensuring that our chapter continues to remain in compliance with the IRS and the State of Washington. And finally, as your soon-to-be former VP of Sponsorship, I also plan to ensure continuous support and a smooth handoff of responsibilities to the incoming VP of Sponsorship and help them ramp up effectively in their new role.

I appreciate your consideration of the opportunity to continue to grow and serve you!


Vice President, Finance Candidate: Wendy Woo


Vice President, Sponsorship Candidate: Michael Sanders


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I have been a volunteer with PMI for the past 11 years (since 2007). Prior to 2007, I was a volunteer at the Society for Technical Communications (STC) for 15 years. During the past 11 years at PMI, I have work in many capacities to develop, promote and complete PMI initiatives, serving in many leadership roles. Most significantly, as a board member in two PMI Chapters in California, I was able to increase membership participation, expand business involvement, reduce chapter expenses, increase volunteering, develop outreach, present management topics at dinner meetings and conferences, train members for the PMP exam, and coach and mentor young professionals.

These roles have given me a deep insight into PMI functions, membership and business needs, not to mention the potential of PMI for members, the community, associated businesses, and volunteers.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I would like to give back to the business association that has given me so much in the past 11 years. I believe I have many skillsets, knowledge and leadership abilities as well as the motivation to make a difference in the association. Mentoring, coaching, business involvement, presentations, education, communications, training, and project/program management. I believe I can improve sponsorship for Puget Sound with previous PMI experience in professional outreach with the business community.

My goal is to improve business sponsorship by 50%. I would do this by expanding communications and programs to benefit both PMI and the business community. I will happily commit the time and effort for this.


Vice President, Sponsorship Candidate: Joshua Sisco


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I bring over twenty years of technology based management and operational positions in both the US and Latin America. Being bilingual in Spanish I have specialized focus on Federal and Large Enterprise Programs. I have grown through 8 years of experience as a Project / Program Manager with Northrop Grumman’s CMMI Level 5 Marines Program and Department of Interior Accounts. Currently I am VP of Sales and Operations for Washington Based Consulting Firm ELYON International where I am responsible for growing the business from 8 to 150 fulltime staff. I am directly responsible for acquiring and managing ELYON’s Boeing Account which includes a Nationwide PMO Support contract and 30 PMPs in the Puget Sound Area.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

With a strong network of business contacts and knack for persuasive sales, I would be well suited to foster and grow sponsorship for the Puget Sound PMI chapter. Having been a sponsor of our organization’s events in the past, I understand the process and would be instantly productive while also able to bring fresh ideas to the table.

I appreciate you considering me for this opportunity. Thanks!


Vice President, Technology Candidate: Shahbaz Tahamzadeh


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am a Senior Technical Program manager whose North American work experience expands through Canada, USA, and South America. Shahbaz has worked for Digital Japan, Canada, Electronic Arts Canada (EA Games), Microsoft, AT&T, and BOEING. I’m currently overseeing an Oracle System upgrade with City of Seattle. I hold my BS in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Texas. Learning and improving my technical knowledge has always been part of my career development and I have acquired 7 additional professional Certifications throughout my professional life, including PMP, PMI-ACP, SAFe POPM, ITIL, and Oracle.  Prior to getting into Project Management, I have worked as a Software Developer and SDET for over 12 years.  I have lived in 3 diverse countries and have worked in 5 countries with different cultures which has made me an adaptable and successful leader. I am proud that I have earned our chapter’s recognition as Volunteer of the Month in February 2016, and a Volunteer of the Year award in 2015.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

I have been volunteering for the Puget Sound PMI Board for the past 7 years working as the Director of Technologies responsible for Audio and Video set up of all chapter events. During my involvement with the chapter in this role, I have managed to reduce the cost of technology chapter events to minimal by eliminating the rental cost of equipment and owning them where the ROI for these costs have been realized in less than a year.  I would like to take the next step and run for the VP of technology where I can introduce new initiatives to improve membership digital experience, make planning and execution of chapter events more seamless, meet the digital needs of other chapter divisions and improve their operations, and finally make Chapter events more efficient, user friendly, with higher audio video capabilities and allowing for remote attendance and on demand participation.

If elected I will foster collaborative working relationship with all chapter divisions with the goal of meeting our members’ needs outreaching all different market/industry segments through improving the membership, and volunteer experience, benefits.


Vice President, Technology Candidate: Mariyana Hubenova


Could you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Mariyana is a Director of Customer Success in Cloud services company managing technical team in a professional services organization. Experience in start-ups, mid-size, and large companies. Experience in Cloud technologies. Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud implementations. Hands-on technical, demonstrated leadership, team management, and project management experience. Skilled at managing multiple fast-paced software development projects. Recently successfully managed delivery of Cloud management platforms (CMP) and Cloud automation solutions for multi-cloud deployments. 

Previously, Mariyana worked as an engineer at AT&T. Later at Quadient she was responsible for ongoing releases of bulk mailing software and data services. Currently, she manages globally distributed cross functional teams.

Mariyana holds Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of our chapter?

As a VP of Technology, Mariyana intends to develop and oversee the implementation of a comprehensive technology strategy, systems and processes that align with business needs of the growing Puget Sound PMI Chapter. She plans to set short and long term integrated plans to provide both strategic advantage and optimized operations needed by the members, volunteers and partners of the Chapter. She is looking forward to the exciting opportunity to make our chapter better and she appreciates your vote!