PMI Inland Northwest Chapter

Meet Your Board

Meet Your Board

YOUR 2022 PMIINW Board

Why we're here

Our goal is to promote the extraordinary talent of project management minded professionals in the Inland Northwest by showcasing the versatility and merit of our industry. Our chapter connects members with modern, innovative and agile techniques for professional and personal growth inside a thought-provoking network.

Allisha Rutherford, PMP
Allisha Rutherford, PMPPresident
I have enjoyed working in the healthcare vertical for over 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent in operations, information technology, training, communications, and project management. In 2018, I found a love for working for Heritage Health (FQHC) as the VP of Strategy. Prior to this, I spent close to 17 years at Kootenai Health. I have had my PMP since 2017 although I have managed projects and budgets for many additional years. 

I am passionate about community, education, mentorship, and continued growth. Being a member of the board and participating in finance and operations, has provided me with the opportunity to give back to such a rewarding and important field. 

Outside of my career and volunteer obligations, I spend my time being in the great outdoors of North Idaho hiking, biking, running, and just being outside. I enjoy these activities and others with my husband and two daughters.
Matt Cavanagh, PMP
Matt Cavanagh, PMPVP of Finance
My name is Matt Cavanagh. I first began attending Inland Northwest Chapter meetings when they were held in the space above Conley’s in the Spokane Valley. Back then, a great turn-out was six people. I have been a chapter member since 2010 and with Taresa Nephew’s encouragement and Vicki Behar’s excellent prep course, I have received my PMP certification in early 2011. 

I have an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology and dual BAS degrees in Accounting and Finance. I am currently a Program Manager with Spokane County, Prior to my time at Spokane County I was a Sr. Project Manager with Pearson Packaging Systems and 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.
Shawna Ernst, PMP DASM
Shawna Ernst, PMP DASMVP of Marketing/Technology
Shawna is the head of Information Technology and Digital Forensics for the Spokane Police Department where she leads a team of ten. She was recently awarded the department’s Medal of Merit for work in strategic planning and digital transformation. Shawna is a PMP and DASM, and holds the ISACA CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT). She has an MBA from WSU (Finance Concentration) and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from EWU. Shawna is a graduate of Leadership Spokane – Class of 2021. 

Shawna has been honored to serve on the board for over 3 years. Shawna led the move from a mix of technology solutions to standardizing on the Microsoft platform to improve security, ease board communications, and make onboarding more straightforward. A tech nerd at her core, Shawna enjoys supporting the chapter by providing technical training – especially on Microsoft Teams. 

In her free time, Shawna spends time with her son Noah. Noah is getting his Bachelor’s in Design and UI/UX. He’s the unpaid chapter intern and helps his Mom with marketing materials. Shawna also wrangles two incredibly obnoxious beagles, plays the electric guitar poorly, and is slowly learning Italian.
Carrie Bolinger, PMP DASM
Carrie Bolinger, PMP DASMVP of Education
Carrie is a Project Manager for Deliver Health working with software implementations. Carrie holds a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University. During her time at GU she was able to help pilot their new project management content. She was awarded MBA student of the year for the 2018-19 academic year. After spending 10 years working for various local universities and colleges where she managed a variety of projects, she decided to obtain her PMP in 2020. Shortly after she obtained her PMP she began to explore new certifications and fell in love with Disciplined Agile. Carrie is passionate about Disciplined Agile and is a current Certified Disciplined Agilest/ Disciplined Agile Scrum Master. She is excited to help other project managers expand their tool kit through Disciplined Agile education and collaboration as VP of Education for her local PMI.org chapter, PMI Inland Northwest. 

In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time doing gardening and yardwork on their 11 acres. She enjoys exploring the outdoors on 4 wheelers in Idaho and Montana with her husband and 3 kids. She has 3 tuxedo cats who love to make surprise appearances in video calls.
Tim Churchill, PMP
Tim Churchill, PMPVP of Programs
I’m Tim Churchill and I currently work as the Quality Management Systems Manager for Multicare Health System. I work with hospital departments to ensure their improvement projects are supported and executed with the patient experience as the main priority. I also teach as a Project Management Instructor at Whitworth University and love working with students and showing them all of the possibilities that Project Management can bring. 

After working in recruitment and community-building roles with Spokane Regional Health District, Eastern Washington University and Community Colleges of Spokane, I found my passion in being apart of projects that support the Inland Northwest. Along with leading numerous system-wide projects, I also 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 2020, and truly feel honored to be supporting others in achieving their goals with Project Management Institute. We look forward to having you join our chapter!
Sandra Weeks, PMP
Sandra Weeks, PMPVP of Membership
Sandra is employed at Inland Imaging Business Associates LLC, in the healthcare sector. She collaborates with a wonderful group of individuals, in the information technology department as a Senior Project Manager. She has been working in the realm of project management for over 18 years, in the fields of manufacturing and information technology. 

Sandra completed her PMP and joined PMI’s Northwest Chapter in 2015. Sandra has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration. 

Sandra has a wonderful husband and two growing kids. She loves to spend time together as a family, engaging in water activities, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and playing volleyball. Sandra is eager about giving back to the community. She volunteers for her kid’s school PTO board and serves as a mentor/teacher for her church. Sandra is excited to serve PMI Inland Northwest chapter as the VP of Membership.
Jamie Wean, PMP
Jamie Wean, PMPVP of Operations
My name is Jamie Wean. My career in Project Management began working for the Icelandic Protein Processing equipment provider Marel at their Seattle facility. Marel opened my eyes and my heart to Project Management by evolving my Project Coordination, and Event Management position in to focusing on the actual equipment build, and install process. They invested in me, providing education, hands on experience, and travel opportunities that shaped my communication style, purpose, and presence within a project. My family moved to Spokane, and I have transitioned from machinery to local government. I now work in the City of Spokane ‘PMO’ managing projects focused on the internal functional improvement of the City of Spokane. 

I became a member of PMIINW in 2019. I have been continually impressed with the Spokane Chapter, and taken away so many wonderful educational moments from the speakers, and events. As the VP of Operations, I am here to support the Chapter in creating new experiences for our chapter members, and making sure that each event, and the upkeep that goes in to hosting those events, happens seamlessly.

Contact Us

Send questions or payments to:
PMI Inland Northwest Chapter
PO Box 694
Veradale, WA 99037-0694

To pay for events, make checks payable to PMIINW. Checks must be postmarked by posted deadlines for each event.