The Board of Directors consists of one President, one Past-President, one president-elect and eight elected Vice-Presidents.

 
         
         
PJ Bowers, PMP® - President

PJ Bowers is a PMP-certified strategic, skilled project manager with 15 years’ project management experience. She effectively led project teams at the international, national, state and local project levels, which resulted in successful on-time and under-budget project completion. Her expert knowledge of Lean process concepts drove in-house improvement processes and helped to create training tools. A member of the Rio Grande Chapter since January 2014, PJ has been an active chapter officer and volunteer in professional development, the mentorship program, and the scholarship program.

president@pmirgc.org
Marie Kemmeren, PMP® - President-Elect

Marie has been working in the financial and accounting field for over 30 years. She started as the office manager for a car dealership and from there was the bookkeeper for her and her husband’s dairy farm for 18 years. After moving to New Mexico Marie has worked as an office manager/bookkeeper for a small company and then worked for a research company where she gained her PMP and worked in project management and administration, including finance. Marie now works as a bookkeeper for two small companies in Albuquerque.

president.elect@pmirgc.org
Joel Matek, MS, PMP® - Past President

Joel Matek is the PMI Rio Grande Chapter President. He started his professional life as a geologist in the oil & gas industry. He then moved into Information Technology and Project Management. Joel has over 25 years of professional experience and 15 years of experience managing projects. Joel has worked in a variety of organizations including Fortune 100 companies, private industry, and State government. He also formed his own company and did independent IT and Project Management consulting. He is currently working for RESPEC doing project management and leading their Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Practice. As Chapter President, feel free to reach out to me if you have any suggestions, or I can help you in any way.

past.president@pmirgc.org
Wesley Miller, MBA, MAOC, PMP® - VP of Administration

Wes spent 20 years in the US Navy working on weapons systems, leading security teams, teaching leadership courses, and serving three years as the program manager for the Pacific Fleet Drug and Alcohol program. While in Hawaii, he taught scuba diving from beginners to instructors for over 12 years. After the Navy, Wes spent three years coordinating field surveys and managing the data collection for a traffic engineer. For the past nine years, he has been working with different Medicaid programs helping to improve the efficiency of transaction processing teams, call centers, mail rooms, and business analysts.

admin@pmirgc.org
Erica Grong, PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSM®, ITILv3® - VP of Communications

After earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Erica earned over 20+ years’ combined experience in varying roles in Information Technology in the higher education industry (computer/network troubleshooting, mainframe programming, ERP Application Support, Database Migration, Web Application Development, and, most recently, IT Project Management). She is currently employed as a Project Manager for the University of New Mexico, and holds a PMP, a PMI-ACP, and is also ITIL Foundation Certified. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal studies, an Online Instructor Certificate, and certificate in Digital Photography. In 2016, Erica won the $2,500 scholarship from the PMI Rio Grande Chapter, and was also named Volunteer of the Year. She has her own web development company, and in her spare time she enjoys swimming, traveling, photography, and playing drums!

communications@pmirgc.org
Allan Highcove - VP of Finance

Allan's bio coming soon!

finance@pmirgc.org
Joshua Martinez, PMP®, ITIL v3 - VP of Marketing

Joshua works as an Information Technology(IT) Systems Administrator and Instructor at the University of New Mexico. He has served as an IT consultant since 2005 throughout New Mexico. He worked to help modernize the the music library, performance facilities, and computer labs with state of the art technology at New Mexico State University during 2007 - 2008. Since 2008 his IT expertise have been applied to the UNM School of Law, College of Education, and IT Academic Technologies division where he works with 30,000+ users supporting over 3,500 online courses both domestically and abroad.

marketing@pmirgc.org
Gary Roberson, PMP® - VP of Membership

Gary's bio coming soon!

membership@pmirgc.org
Shannon Boynton, MBA, PMP® - VP of Professional Development

Shannon Boynton has experience working on a variety of projects for the Department of Energy and private companies in the solar industry. Shannon holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a PMP certification. A member of the Rio Grande Chapter since February 2014, Shannon has been the Director of Employment and an active volunteer who has helped with IPMD and Chapter Dinner planning.

professional.dev@pmirgc.org
Melanie Hazlett - VP of Programs

Melanie's bio coming soon!

programs@pmirgc.org
Dana Roberson, MS, PMI-ACP®, PMP® - VP of Special Events

Dana has over twenty years’ experience in software engineering, software quality assurance, program and project development, implementation, management, instruction and assessment. She demonstrates ability in evaluation, selection, and development of software solutions utilizing sound software engineering practices for defense and other government accounts.  She has experience and training in software process methodology and project management. Additionally, she has line management experience leading teams of software engineers, developers, and operations maintenance, and hands-on experience with continuous software process improvement, establishing corporate goals and measures, and managing corporate cultural change. 

special.events@pmirgc.org