Board of Directors Candidates 2017

Board of Directors 2017 Candidates:

  • President  Candidates:

  • Helen Fleming
  • Bob Patrino
  • VP of Programs Candidate:

    • Gaurav Mehra

  • VP of Marketing Candidates

    • Catherine Coy
    • Anahita Maleki
    • Robert Miligan

  • VP of Operations Candidates:

    • Mirena Chausheva
    • Sonu Batra

  • VP of Membership and Community
    • Monika Petrova
    • Bella Chan



Helen Fleming - President Candidate

Helen currently is an Agile Enterprise Coach and Trainer, PMI Certified Agile Practitioner, Certified Scaled Agile Framework® Agilist, Principal PM Consultant, and Microsoft VSTS Tool Trainer.
She leverages her experience as a PMO Director, Product Manager, Program Manager, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Developer, and Tester to help create Agile frameworks that thrive. Helen has led practical and successful agile transformations for many types of organizations.  

During 2 years’ service on the Puget Sound PMI Board of Directors as VP of Finance (2014-2016), she improved the transparency of chapter financial planning and reporting, and drove revenue growth to support expansion of chapter programs for PSPMI members. Previous to being a Board Member, she worked very closely with the Board, updating Governance Guidelines – the document that governs our chapter’s operations.

This year, Helen volunteered to drive the agile education for local chapter members. She based the program on her understanding of the need, then designed and marketed an Agile Fundamental Series (4 individual sections that cover Agile/Scrum Fundamental, Release Planning, Sprint Workshop, to User Story Workshop). Those sections were mostly sold out, and were very well received by our members.
As your President, her vision is to transform this organization to serve individual project management practitioners in Puget Sound region to learn and to grow their professional skills, to network, to give back to the community. Helen will collaborate with our Puget Sound PMI Chapter Board and volunteers together to deliver value to our members. From strategic planning to operations, Helen has the experience to lead this organization.


Bob Patrino – President Candidate


Our vision at PSPMI is simple. Everything we do is driven by one guiding principle, to do what is best for our members. Pure and simple. Do we hit the target? I believe we have. I feel we have improved over the last year or so. Am I satisfied? No way! We have lots more to do and I intend to do it.

For the last 2 years, I have been in the unique position as VP of Operations to be able to work across all the functional areas here at PSPMI. I have had the pleasure of working with our dedicated and hardworking volunteers. I cannot say thank you enough to our volunteers. Without their hard work, we would not have a Chapter. As VP of Operations I have also been able to work closely with PMI Global, who’s resources and guidance make the Chapter leaders job easier, and as a result, help us deliver a better product.

What has PSPMI done well this year? We have grown membership for the first time in at least 5 years. We have transformed from being stagnant, to increasing our numbers by over 7%, which directly affects the quality of programs we can offer our members. We revamped our type and delivery of programs and events, not relying on monthly dinner meetings and instead offering less expensive and less formal networking mixer type events.  We took a risk of potentially driving our established member base away, but the results were the opposite. Two brand new events were rolled out, our Professional Development Conference and a Golf Tournament. While these were not financial successes, they were successful by any other objective measurement. Logistically challenging and demanding, our talented and dedicated board and volunteers pulled them off.

Why do I want to be your President for the next 2 years? I want to build on the successes that we enjoyed in 2015-2017. Yes, we have room for improvement in several areas. First off, we need a complete revamp of our website, to make it easier for our members to use. We need to make it easier and more rewarding for our members to volunteer. We need to find more effective and efficient ways to communicate with you, keeping a balance between flooding you with a barrage of information and making you wonder if we still are around. We should be easy to do business with, and be responsive to your needs, as well as being responsible stewards of both the trust and investment you make in your Chapter.

I have met many of you at our events and in the community, and I want to meet many more of you. I will always welcome your input, questions, criticism and concerns. After all, we do what we do, for you.  I would appreciate your support and vote.

Gaurav Mehra - VP Programs Candidate



Background and current achievements:
Recent Volunteer achievements with PMI:

A PMI/ PSPMI Volunteer leader since 2006
Current Vice President of Programs, Puget Sound PMI.
Hands on leader of innovation and change in PSPMI’s Programs offering over the past term.

Recent achievements include:

  • Reduced average cost per Programs offering by almost 50%.
  • Increased average attendance of Programs by almost 50%.
  • Developed and successfully launched the product offering of Mix and Learns.
  • Developed and successfully launched the product offerings for regular Programs involvement by Corporations and Hiring Managers
  • Lead development of an Organization wide Inter-Portfolio alignment schedule. Adoption efforts are on-going.
  • Invited by PMI Global to present and share about catalyzing a strategic change at our chapter at:
    • North America Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) 2016, San Diego, CA
    • PMI Region 1 Leadership Meeting in 2016, Victoria, BC, Canada
    • PMI Region 1 Leadership Meeting 2017, Eugene, OR
  • Developed a volunteer base for Programs Portfolio with a high retention
  • Partnered with various Portfolio owners to co-lead development and launch of Volunteer of the Month initiative to recognize our non-profit organizations volunteers.
  • Partnered with various Portfolio owners to co-lead first Professional Development Conference by our chapter in 6 years held in 2016.
  • Partnered with various Portfolio owners to co-lead first PSPMI Golf Tournament in 2016.

Industry experience:
20+ years in IT industry to include 15+ years in project management, program, portfolio integration and operational management of organizations and engagements.
Hands on practitioner, advisor, educator, coach and author (in the making).


  • M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, Concentration in Data-Intensive Systems and Bio/Medical Informatics | OHSU, OGI School of Science and Engineering, Portland, OR 2004
  • M.S. in Computer Science | M.D. University, India 2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) | MCRP University, India 2001
  • MBA (Equiv, IT & Finance), India 1999
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) Since September 2008. (PMP# 1205141)

You may also find me biking, hiking, salsa dancing, sky jumping, flying a bird, on a run with my dog Butters or possibly nerding about Machine Learning, DNNs and algorithms.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of the chapter?

Dear members of Puget Sound PMI (PSPMI),
I am obliged to be a candidate for reelection in the role of Vice President of Programs.
I have been involved with PSPMI since 2006. During these years, I have had opportunities to work across many initiatives. Most significantly, as current Vice President, Programs. Prior to this part of the Education Committee to support development of training materials, and the Programs Committee leading and supporting chapter events. I was also actively involved in development of chapters Governance Guidelines. These volunteer roles have given me a deep insight into functions, needs and possibilities that exist. If elected, I hope to leverage this knowledge, my experience of over 20 years in business management and technology to the utmost benefit of the chapter, its members and the project management community in general.

As your VP of Programs, some of the specific objectives of the chapter I intend to further its efforts towards include:
I would increase visibility of Puget Sound PMI chapter in the region and beyond.
Promote project, program and portfolio management as professions of significance in the organizations in our region, irrespective of the framework or methodology of choice.
Develop a rapport with the Puget Sound PMI members and Project, Program and Portfolio Management professionals of Puget Sound in general, focusing on how the chapter may better serve their needs.
And last but not the least, I would support revenue generating initiatives so the chapter can better support its members in their professional growth. As an example, one of the potential revenue streams to benefit and value-add for our members discussed has been to make available online PDU eligible events and training content.
The current and past volunteer team has done a commendable job of developing assets and processes across functions such as the new website, membership surveys, content push via various web portals and emails and regular events. I shall do my best to continue their maturity, with your support.

Thank you for your consideration.

Catherine Coy – VP Marketing Candidate

Catherine Coy currently works as a clinical research professional with QuintilesIMS supporting Roche-Genentech managing clinical studies.

She has been involved in a myriad of project management experiences including:

  1. Managing a $200,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study the immunological properties of medicinal mushrooms
  2. Managing a small clinical trial for a start-up medical device company for glabellar wrinkle reduction using radiofrequency
  3. Starting a funded and sustainable English as a Second Language program in a rural village in Belize for immigrants

Her marketing experience includes:

  1. Leading a marketing campaign to recruit 65 patients in 4 months for a clinical trial.
  2. Co-chair for the marketing and membership committee for the Organization of Regulatory and Clinical Associates (ORCA)     

Catherine would like to bring to the chapter and the board her unique perspective and experience from the research and medical field that contributes to analytical and problem solving skills for managing projects and marketing.

Anahita Maleki – VP of Marketing Candidate

Currently serving as VP of Marketing on PMI Puget Sound board of Directors. I am a Project Management professional with over seven years of experience in MARCOM and Business Development in both large and small Organizational settings.
As current VP of Marketing, I am responsible for all Public relations, external event promotion and developing Marketing strategies for improving PMI and chapter’s brand in the community.
Below are the highlights of my career as your VP of Marketing:

  • Successfully promoted and held multiple PSPMI programs and events such as: PSPMI Golf Extravaganza, PSPMI Professional Development conference, Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser
  • Increased social engagement by +31% (via LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter)
  • Served a key person for all outreach and promotions/ marketing/ advertising for PSPMI
  • Developed an awareness of PMI’s marketing tools and resources for other committees
  • Developed and implement marketing campaigns to promote the chapter
  • Developed and implemented a periodic marketing plan with a detailed marketing strategy to ensure chapter brand management
  • Developed and implemented the chapter marketing plan
  • Created and disseminated the chapter’s announcements, press releases, and marketing activities to external sources
  • Helped monitor and foster relationships with sponsors for revenue generation to fund chapter’s
  • Kept Marketing SharePoint site up to date
    Updated policy and procedure documentation as needed
  • Established PSPMI branding guidelines and tools
  • Developed External communication templates
  • Increased social engagement by 41%
  • Established Marketing collateral for all events
  • Marketed and publicized the PMI brand and the chapter within the community
  • Proven record of accurately completing market research, reporting, information management, and business development efforts within budget requirements
  • Dedicated to excelling in demanding environments, both individually and on a team
    7+ years’ experience in public relations; strong background in Marketing and Business Development
  • Highly proficient in storytelling and community engagement
  • Experience in working with marketing/ PR teams and partnering closely on integrated campaigns
  • Experience delivering product demos and presentations to small groups and large audiences
  • Proven ability to lead and manage cross-group teams and virtual teams, including agencies
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build relationships with diverse personalities
  • Highly proficient in all Adobe products including photoshop, InDesign, illustrator
  • Highly Conducting research to identify new trends in the industry and member’s needs
  • Ensuring that both members and volunteers are satisfied and all needs are met


I would like to continue in my role on the Board, and ask for your vote.

Robert Milligan – VP Marketing Candidate


From the time I was recruited in college by Intel in Silicon Valley, through my years of consulting and entrepreneurial engagements, I’ve been fortunate to witness the growth and maturity of project management as a key business success factor. Positive relationships have borne out of many software solutions I’ve delivered across the US and abroad, including to local icons Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom and the City of Seattle, to name a few. I also hold a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, with an emphasis on Information Systems.

My work experiences put me on the leading edge of project management’s innovation for IT software development. Well before the Agile movement, colleagues and I began introducing methods of “recursion” and “proto-cycling” and progressive application development, together with frequent customer feedback sessions. Adopting these practices very much helped advance my career.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of the chapter?

Human behavior, psychology, and relationship dynamics inspire people to ‘like’ something and ‘act’ upon it. This has always fascinated me. Products I’ve delivered, while technical behind the screen, were crafted to serve the people using a very human-centric interface. In a way, I am always promoting, designing and directing human action towards the goal of total customer satisfaction. Marketing is what I really love doing the most, within all the techie stuff. This position with PSPMI would be a good use of my experience and an opportunity to express my passion and give back to the community.

My prior volunteer roles included President and VP of the Board of Directors for the Issaquah Highlands, a planned community of 4,000 homes. There, I was voted, “Volunteer of the Year”. I am also very active volunteering with The Fred Hutch Cancer Institute’s Obliteride, LIVESTRONG, and Movember.
If appointed to this position, I will try to grow our social media presence and the expand use of visual media. I will carefully review the PSPMI website, social media tools, activities for marketing volunteers, and outreach programs and present options to the board. I will also attempt to create volunteer opportunities for a more diverse age range to cover all of our membership.
I’m relatively new to PSPMI, but very comfortable with the PSPMI leaders and members I’ve met, and happy with new friendships made. I look forward to serving on the board for PSPMI over the next term.

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Mirena Chausheva – VP Operations Candidate


Over the past 10 years, I have been part of the Project Management community in the Puget Sound. Currently, I am an Operations Program Manager at Microsoft where I have enjoyed leading variety of global projects with large partner companies while earning both team and individual awards. Additionally, I earned my BA in Computer Science from Wellesley College with additional coursework completed Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and I am Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Social good is extremely important to me, and I have served on the board of an educational non-profit organization specializing in early childhood. Fundamentally, I believe that life and work should be worthwhile while having a meaning, and that everyone should be able to learn and grow.

What our chapter does for our members and our community is inspirational and I appreciate this opportunity to inspire others, and to continue to learn and grow.

Why would you like to volunteer as a leader of the chapter?

As a leader, I enjoy giving back to the community and enabling others to be their best. For me, helping our organization grow is exciting because I would love to enrich our members’ professional success and passion in project management with my operations expertise.

Building upon the success of our chapter recently becoming the largest PMI chapter in the northwest, I would engage our members and volunteers with opportunities aligning to their values. One of my objectives would be promoting diversity of ideas and diversity of people, be it in experience, age, gender, or culture. Further, I would push for greater volunteer involvement, creating opportunities for our members to feel as excited, accomplished, and valued as I do now pursuing this opportunity to be a volunteer leader, and of course, to have fun! Growth in volunteers translates into growth in services, membership, and value for everyone.

I am bringing my drive, passion, and excitement to this essential VP of Operations position and I would appreciate your vote.

Sonu Batra – VP Operations Candidate

I am a dynamic leader with 20+ years of experience working in IT industry.  I have extensive experience leading and managing large complex multi-million programs for key clients with a passion for delivery excellence and developing people.  I have more than 10+ years of Program and Project Management experience with last few years focused on Agile Delivery and eCommerce Retail.

I have excellent organizational skills and have managed the PMO Operations for Client Audit, making sure that all the different stakeholders were collaborating to deliver results. I have good communication skills and have led Steering Committee meetings for this initiative to ensure customer satisfaction.

Apart from my professional experience I have considerable experience volunteering for PMI and within my organization for Project Management related initiatives.

Listed below is the Volunteer Experience with PMI, Accenture & Other Organizations.


  • Active Volunteer with PMI GOC - Currently Volunteering as Project Management SME for Waterfall and Agile Delivery (2015-2017) -Confidential Project with PMI involving PM experts around the globe
  • PMI Questionnaire preparation meetings (2008- 2009)
  • PMI Member Mumbai Chapter Delivered PMP preparation Courses (2005-2007)


  • Organizing events and meets for communites
  • Contributed to the training development effort for the Delivery Lead 101 Workshop
  • Led the development for “Managing Service Delivery Essentials” within Organization
  • Faculty for several Project Management courses
  • SME for Estimation and Managed Delivery
  • Faculty for new Managers Sessions

Other Organizations

  • Year Up – Mentor for Last 3 years
  • Foster School of Business - Mentor for Foster MSIS Mentor Program since last 3 years
  • Youth Tutoring Program – Tutoring Kids from Low Income Household for After School and Summer Reading programs
  • Organized Volunteer drives for YWCA meal sponsorship

As for my education qualifications, I have completed my MBA in Operations Management and Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering.


  • MBA (Operations)  – Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering – Nagarjuna University , India


  • PMP Certified
  • SAFe Agilest Certified
  • Technology Delivery Lead Certified within organization
  • Program, Project and Service Management Certified within current organization

If selected, in my capacity as VP Operations I would bring to the local chapter my experience of running big programs efficiently with attention to details ,careful planning and execution. I would ensure that I manage the customer relationships and satisfaction appropriately, I would encourage and recruit volunteers to take up roles in the local chapter and contribute to growth of the local chapter.


Monika Petrova – VP Membership & Community Candidate

Monika Petrova is a Senior Consultant/Program Manager for Microsoft. Monika holds MBA degrees in Finance and Technology Management from CityU and a BSc in International Management with American Business Studies from the University of Manchester, UK. She has also worked in the academia, marketing, project management and finance fields for companies including City University of Seattle, L'Oréal Paris, Mutual of Omaha, UniCredit Bulbank and Williams Helde Marketing Communications agency. Living in three diverse countries and learning from different cultures has turned Monika into a successful leader.

Monika has served on the Puget Sound PMI Board of Directors as a Vice President of Membership and Community for two years and she is applying for another term. She brings the determination of a seasoned professional together with the energy and optimism of a young person who inspires others to take action. These qualities were crucial to help the Chapter create more opportunities in the professional community for networking and knowledge sharing. She has also spearheaded Ambassador programs in three areas: Universities, Corporations and Veterans, where she enabled members to be an evangelist for the Chapter while bringing more value to their organizations at the same time.

If elected for another term, Monika will foster collaborative working relationship with new organizations and ensure that membership campaigns respond to the existing and anticipated needs of prospects, members and volunteers.


Bella Chan – VP Membership & Community Candidate

My name is Bella Chan. Since moving to the Seattle area last year, I am impressed with the Puget Sound chapter of PMI.  Every networking and dinner event that I have attended have been a rewarding experience professionally, socially, dramatically expanding my project management world. I wish to contribute to this outstanding organization by running for the office of Vice President, Membership and Community.  As a seasoned professional, over 16 years of experience, my areas of expertise include project management, business analysis, development, implementation of program management office (PMO) policies and procedures, stakeholder relationship management, requirements engineering, training, and mentoring. I excel in developing people, strategy, and leading the execution of transformation projects to help organizations sustain growth. My projects have been successful due to my effective team collaboration, intense customer focus, perseverance to achieve goals, and analytical approach to decision making.

With my years of experience in service delivery, recruiting and sustainable growth in IT and Biotech, I intend to apply these same skills to the PMI role of VP, Membership and Community for the Puget Sound PMI Chapter.

As a Vice President of Membership and Communities, my main priorities will be to:

  • Listen to the Voice of our members
  • Create action plans to enhance their PMI membership experience
  • Promote PMI and attract new members
  • Contact guests who have not joined and members with low attendance to encourage and show he value of PMI
  • Drive membership recruiting
  • Develop and conduct an annual member needs assessment
  • Compile membership metrics to determine trends and identify program opportunities
  • Have fun



Bella Chan received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Certification in Project Management in UC Berkeley. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and she holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from Project Management Institute, Certified Scrum Master(CSM) from Scrum Alliance and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation V3.
If I get elected as VP Membership and Community, I will reach out to colleges in Seattle and East side to recruit new members and to promote our PMI Chapter.

  • Here are my main priorities:
  • Listen to the Voice of our members
  • Create action plans to enhance their PMI membership experience
  • Promote PMI and attract new members
  • Contact guests who have not joined and members with low attendance to encourage and show he value of PMI
  • Drive membership recruiting
  • Develop and conduct an annual member needs assessment
  • Compile membership metrics to determine trends and identify program opportunities
  • Have fun