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2019 PMI-SD Elections Candidate List Information

Dear PMI San Diego Members,

Chapter elections will begin Tuesday, December 11, 2018 and ends Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 11:59 PT.  Your participation in this process is greatly appreciated. You will receive a separate email with ballot instructions.

Below is the final candidate list for 2019 PMI San Diego elections.

VP of Communications Candidate

 Chakravarthi(Chakri) Bokka 

I have been a volunteer for PMI San Diego Chapter for nearly eight years, the last 2 years in a leadership role and as a board member. I thank my team of volunteers that helped with the website redesign, increased social media outreach, and helped improvise the handovers from/to various teams in addition to performing various operational duties over the last 15 months after I took over as vice president of communications. I would like to continue the momentum and emphasize automation, agility and efficiency so we can better serve our members and the project management professionals in the community.  

VP of Finance Candidate

Tom Lyttleton

I would like to be part of the team, helping expand membership and define a course of direction for PMI-SD.  One of the first things the team is going to need is an understanding of budget constraints based on membership revenue from PMI international.   My early training was as a management accountant, a CMA in Canada. Also, the National Society of Public Accountants in the U.S.  As an Information System Project Manager, I have helped corporate clients implement accounting (ERP) software for many years. I am familiar with and use Quick Books cloud version, which is the system PMI-SD uses.

VP of Outreach Candidates

Tessa Heydinger

Tessa Heydinger is a certified Agile ScrumMaster (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in medical device and software development. Tessa currently supports Global Product Development with a local San Diego spine company, driving new product engineering from inception through product launch.  In addition, Tessa is an active member on her division’s cultural ambassadors outreach committee, leading local outreach and recruiting events with local universities.


Jon Vance

Jon Vance brings 20 years of project and program manager experience to the PMI San Diego chapter, where he has been a member since 2006.  An avid outdoorsman, Jon reinvigorates through backpacking treks in the Sierra, spending days at altitudes above 10,000 feet.  Following a military career, Jon worked as project manager, business intelligence specialist, and contractor.  He served the San Diego chapter as VP Programs, VP Strategy, and chapter President. Jon and his wife Amy have lived in San Diego for 30 years and have one adult son.  They are active members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish.

VP of Strategic Planning Candidates

Anne Knowles

Anne Knowles is an Instructional Designer/Project Manager for L3 Technologies. She has a core expertise of seeing the big picture, absorbing complex information, developing strategies to overcome challenges, and attending to details for success. She has had experience in applying this as director of a small company, as an engineer/scientist with the McDonnell Douglas Artificial Intelligence Lab, and currently with L3 as the lead on two US Air Force projects. Anne joined PMI-SD in 2011, served in a variety of volunteer roles over the years, and is looking to continue advancing the profession of project management in San Diego.


Susan Miller

Susan Miller is Senior Director of Software Development in Oracle's Global Product Security Software Program Management group. Over the past 20 years Susan held a variety of leadership positions in software security and systems hardware in support of Oracle's Systems and Security business. Susan Miller is also a strong advocate of leadership development for emerging women professionals within Oracle, demonstrated by her leadership tenure shaping the Oracle Women’s Leadership Communities in Southern California, support of STEM initiatives, and active sponsorship of mentorship opportunities within Oracle. Susan holds a BSCS, MSCSE and MBA, along with PMP, CIPT and CISSP certifications.


Carmen Skipworth


I respectfully submit my application for VP of Strategic Planning. I have been a member and volunteered with PMI since 2015. I have worked as a project manager in the private and government sector. I am a mentor for small businesses assisting them with strategizing their marketing and business plans to be more efficient and profitable. I have volunteered with AMA, Junior League, CCA, WID, AFCEA, Cherie Blair Foundation. I will work as a team with the PMI Board and its members to ensure PMI-SD will bring the members what they need to advance in their careers.


Marie Struttmann


Marie Struttmann is currently VP of Outreach with the PMI San Diego Chapter, with a PMP certification from June 2016.  She is also a Researcher, Strategist and Program Manager for WTRI.  She has 25 years of experience in Life Science and Medical Device industries in Manufacturing and Operations Leadership and Management Positions.  She has managed large and small projects for over 10 years primarily focused on business transformation. She is Scrum Master and Product Owner certified and has launched and managed multiple Scrum teams. She holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BA from the University of Kentucky. 


Janita Taylor


Janita’s professional experience aligns with the Vice President of Strategic Planning position's responsibilities. Over the course of her career she has been involved in many different types of strategic planning. This experience will provide invaluable insight for development of the PMI San Diego Chapter’s Strategic Plan. Janita’s career includes working with Upper Deck, Jenny Craig, Jack Henry and others. She has led strategic planning for embedded technology, mobile applications, complex technical solutions and PMOs. If Janita is elected she will hit the ground running, looking forward to what the future holds.

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