PMI Inland Northwest Chapter

Meet Your Board

Meet Your Board

Your 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 & VP FinanceThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ashton Underdahl has an extensive background in Healthcare Software Implementation, Healthcare, Technology Innovation, and Leadership and has been with MIST Inc. over 11 years. In the post of Chief Operations Officer, she oversees the billable departments (Consulting, Senior Consulting, and the Project Management Office) as well as the operational departments (Accounting and Sales) and manages 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.

Ashton is passionate about coaching and mentoring; which is where her operational expertise meets project management. She obtained her CAPM in 2013 and her PMP in 2015. She and her husband are also local business owners and have a four-year-old daughter and a six-year-old boy. Ashton enjoys hiking, boating, and all outdoor recreational activities as well as knitting and painting.
Kari Blomster, CAPM
Kari Blomster, CAPMVP MembershipThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
Allisha Rutherford, PMP
Allisha Rutherford, PMPVP OperationsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Allisha Rutherford, PMP has worked 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, Allisha has spent the last couple of years working for Heritage Health as a project manager. Allisha has had her PMP since 2017.

Allisha is passionate about community, education, mentorship, and continued growth. Being a member of the board and participating in operations allows her to help others to grow and be all that they strive to be.

Outside of her career and volunteer obligations, she spends her time being in the great outdoors of north Idaho hiking, biking, and most importantly running. She enjoys these activities and others with her husband and two daughters.
Mel Lesley, PMP
Mel Lesley, PMPVP EducationThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mel holds a degree in healthcare administration and has spent 16 years in healthcare, mostly as an implementation specialist and 3 years specifically in Project Management. She became PMP certified in March, 2018. Healthcare technology, workflow assessments and regulatory requirements has been Mel's industry all 16 years

She loves to spend time at her lake place, visit the oregon coast, read mystery novels, and travel for her daughter's competitive gymnastics team.
Tim Churchill, PMP
Tim Churchill, PMPVP ProgramsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tim Churchill is 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, Tim leads the team in ensuring all projects during the response are being supported within the Command Staff.

Originally from San Diego, Tim and his wife Shannon moved to Spokane so Tim could attend Gonzaga's Masters of Communications and Leadership Program. They instantly fell in love with the small-town camaraderie and knew Spokane would be the place to set roots in preparation for a family. Tim graduated in less than 2 years while representing all graduate students as the Graduate Student Association President.

After working in recruitment and community-building roles with Eastern Washington University and Community Colleges of Spokane, Tim found his passion for being apart of projects that support the Inland Northwest. He 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-Interim, Tim intends to build a team that recruits and supports Speakers for the chapter dinner meetings and pre-dinner training events. He wants to create awareness of the benefits of being apart of PMI, along with highlighting the values of earning a PMP.

Tim earned his PMP in March of this year, achieving an Above Target in each of the categories. He wants to use his PMP to support education, non-profit, and other programs that might not be able to hire a project manager full-time.

When not working, you'll find Tim riding bikes with his daughter, Stella, walking his dog Elwood around Manito Park, and helping Shannon with the gardening around the house.
Shawna Ernst, PMP
Shawna Ernst, PMPVP Marketing & Disciplined Agile ChampionThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Shawna is the Law Enforcement Technology & Operations Manager for the Spokane Police Department where she manages IT and Digital Forensics across the organization. She was recently awarded the department's Medal of Merit for her work in modernizing police technology. Shawna is passionate about empowering and developing team members and in business-oriented strategic planning. Shawna utilizes her PMP on a daily basis to run large-scale IT projects and is working to embed Disciplined Agile principles within the organization.

Shawna holds an MBA (finance concentration) from Washington State University where she took significant coursework related to IT strategy and management. She has a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (environmental concentration) from Eastern Washington University where she received departmental awards for professional achievement and academics. Her undergraduate degree is in Geology with a Geographic Information Systems certificate. She is currently pursuing a certification in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT) from ISACA, having passed the exam in 2018, and working towards becoming certified in disciplined agile (CDA) from PMI/DA. She was honored to be admitted into Leadership Spokane for the 2020 - 2021 program year.

In her free time, Shawna wrangles two beagles, takes art classes, plays truly awful electric guitar, travels (when there isn't a pandemic), and spends quality time with her family.

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.