2021 PMIINW Board
I am passionate about coaching and mentoring; which is where my operational expertise meets project management. I obtained my CAPM in 2013 and my PMP in 2015. My husband and I are also local business owners and have a four-year-old daughter and a six-year-old boy. I enjoy hiking, boating, and all outdoor recreational activities as well as knitting and painting.
I have an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology and dual BAS degrees in Accounting and Finance. I am currently a Sr. Project Manager with Pearson Packaging Systems. Prior to my time with Pearson, I was a Program Manager for more than a decade with Key Tronic EMS.
I owe much of my career opportunities and professional growth to the chapter.
In the hope of paying the Inland Northwest Chapter back for all it has given me this past decade, I would be grateful for the opportunity to serve as the VP of Operations.
I work for the Spokane Police Department as the head of Information Technology and Digital Forensics where I manage a team of nine. I was recently awarded the department’s Medal of Merit for my work in strategic planning and digital transformation. I have a PMP and recently attained a Disciplined Agile certification. I also hold the ISACA’s CGEIT certification (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT). I have my MBA from WSU and a Master’s in Urban Planning from EWU. I’m also a member of the Leadership Spokane class of 2021.
I am passionate about community, education, mentorship, and continued growth. Being a member of the board and participating in operations allows me to help others to grow and be all that they strive to be.
Outside of my career and volunteer obligations, I spend my time being in the great outdoors of North Idaho hiking, biking, and most importantly running. I enjoy these activities and others with her husband and two daughters.
After working in recruitment and community-building roles with Eastern Washington University and Community Colleges of Spokane, I found my passion in being apart of projects that support the Inland Northwest. I served as Chair of the T24 Circuit for Spokane County United Way, leading an annual college recruitment fair that brings over 40 colleges and trades to Spokane for a week-long circuit.
As VP of Programs, I intend to build a team that recruits and supports speakers for the chapter dinner meetings and pre-dinner training events. I want to create awareness of the benefits of being apart of PMI, along with highlighting the values of earning a PMP.
I earned my PMP in March this year, achieving an Above Target in each of the categories. I want to use my PMP to support education, non-profit, and other programs that might not be able to hire a project manager full-time.
Outside of her professional career she enjoys running and hiking. Kari visits her family on the west coast 4-5 times a year and spends a lot of time with her friends here in Spokane. Kari jokes she works so hard so her furry family member, Mya the cat, can have nice things.