PMI Inland Northwest Chapter

Meet Your Board

Meet Your Board

YOUR 2021 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.

Ashton Underdahl, PMP
Ashton Underdahl, PMPPresident
I'm Ashton Underdahl and I have an extensive background in Healthcare Software Implementation, Healthcare, Technology Innovation, and Leadership and have been with MIST Inc. over 11 years. In the post of Chief Operations Officer, I oversee the billable departments (Consulting, Senior Consulting, and the Project Management Office) as well as the operational departments (Accounting and Sales) and manage 18 employees and 30 sub-contracted employees across five lines of business. This role encompasses budgeting, vendor negotiation, and people management daily in addition to closely monitoring billable percentages and resource allocation. 

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.
Matt Cavanagh, PMP
Matt Cavanagh, PMPVP of Operations
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 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.
Shawna Ernst, PMP DASM
Shawna Ernst, PMP DASMVP of Marketing/Technology
My work for the chapter has included developing a branding guideline for all chapter communications (emails, social media, web), updating our technology to add security measures, implementing more content on social media, and partnering with the City/County on the lunch and learn program. I’ve personally put on two presentations for the chapter: one on managing remote teams and another on Disciplined Agile. I would love to keep working with our board to expand our marketing and technology efforts and bring professional, helpful solutions to our members.

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. 
Carrie Bolinger, PMP DASM
Carrie Bolinger, PMP DASMVP of Education
Carrie is a project manager at Northwest Farm Credit Services. 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.

Carrie holds an 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. 

In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time doing yardwork on their 11 acres. She enjoys exploring the outdoors in Idaho and Montana with her husband and 3 kids. She recently added 3 cats to the family and they love to make surprise appearances in her video calls.
Allisha Rutherford, PMP
Allisha Rutherford, PMPVP of Finance
I have enjoyed working in the healthcare sector for close to 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent in information technology, training, communications, and project management. After spending close to 17 years at Kootenai Health, I have found a home working for Heritage Health as a Director of Strategy and Projects. 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 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.
Tim Churchill, PMP
Tim Churchill, PMPVP of Programs
I’m Tim Churchill and am the Communications Officer at the Spokane Regional Health District, managing all communication and information sharing for the REDi Healthcare Coalition. As Planning Section Chief of the Incident Command Structure for COVID-19 response, I lead the team ensuring all projects during the response are being supported within the Command Staff.

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.
Kari Blomster, PMP DASM
Kari Blomster, PMP DASMVP of Membership
Kari Blomster currently works as a Project Coordinator internally at Nuvodia. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Business Management and a focus in Operations Management. Kari has her CAPM Certification and hopes to go after her PMP in the next two years (2021). Kari is eager to help the PMIINW chapter grow in membership and increase participation at the chapter meetings. Kari has been VP of Membership since June 2019 and has enjoyed being a part of the team who gives back to our members.

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.

Contact Us

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

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