PMI Inland Northwest Chapter

2021 Election Candidates

2021 Election Candidates

2021 Election Candidates

Elections closed October 16th. Our 2021 Board will be annouced shortly! Thank you to all the candidates and voters!

Ashton Underdahl, PMP
Ashton Underdahl, PMPPresident Candidate
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.
Devyn McDonald, CAPM
Devyn McDonald, CAPMVP of Operations Candidate
I have worked in project management and information technology for the last 5 years. I am currently employed in a dual role as a Project Manager/Business Analyst at Northwest Farm Credit Services, and I have also worked in the Enterprise Technology PMO at Avista. I am a CAPM, and I am looking forward to taking the PMP exam next year! I recently completed the Certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington, and I hold a BA in History from the University of Southern Maine. My favorite part of project management is creating order from chaos, and I enjoy optimizing processes as well as collaborating with teams to identify opportunities for improvement. I would love to volunteer as the VP of Operations in order to use my technical and organizational skills to help support successful and productive PMIINW meetings and to help achieve chapter objectives.

My husband and I moved to Spokane from Seattle in 2019 after falling in love with the city during weekend stays at the historic Davenport. Outside of work, I enjoy reading books and taking long walks around my neighborhood in North Spokane.
Matt Cavanagh, PMP
Matt Cavanagh, PMPVP of Operations Candidate
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 Candidate
I am currently serving as the interim VP of Marketing/Technology for the chapter and as Disciplined Agile Chapter Champion. 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.
Clyde Gillespie, PMP
Clyde Gillespie, PMPVP of Education Candidate
I’m Clyde Gillespie and I have 40 years of experience managing mining and civil construction projects with the past 22 years spent managing mines and mine development projects in Canada, Guyana, Philippines, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. Recently I was the Mine Manager at Guyana Goldfields Aurora Mine near Georgetown Guyana, Project Manager of the Ajax Project where I was responsible for the development of the copper, gold project located in British Columbia, Canada, and the Country Manager and Director of Environmental Permitting with St. Augustine Gold & Copper’s King King Copper-Gold Project in the Philippines. Prior to these roles I was Project Manager of the Buckhorn Mtn. and Mt. Emmons Projects, Surface Operations and Environmental Manager for the Kensington Mine and the Environmental Manager for the Fort Knox Mine. I have served in leadership roles for the Alaska Miners Association and Northwest Mining Association as Branch President, Statewide Vice President and Trustee. My wife, Lynda, and I enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, skiing and spending time with our two grandchildren.
Allisha Rutherford, PMP
Allisha Rutherford, PMPVP of Finance Candidate
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 Candidate
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.

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PMI Inland Northwest Chapter
PO Box 694
Veradale, WA 99037-0694

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