Joe Komperda, PMP
I am Joe Komperda, PMP, and I am running for the PMI Mile Hi Chapter Vice President of Finance position.
I served for 16 months as the appointed VP of Finance when I filled the unexpired term of the prior VP. As such, I am not only aware of the duties and responsibilities of the position but also the time obligation involved. Prior personal commitments precluded running for election in 2020 but with changing circumstances I can now serve the Chapter once again.
I have been associated with the PMI Mile Hi PMI Chapter for more than 20 years. Before serving as the VP of Finance, I was deeply involved in Chapter meetings for over four years as the Master of Ceremonies (MC). Prior to that I was an active participant in both meetings and the Annual Symposia before volunteering for the Chapter. I have been a PMP since 2000 working as a Project Manager throughout most of my career. I have been a speaker for both Mile Hi Chapter Meetings and Chapter Community Outreach events. I have also presented at two annual Rocky Mountain PMI Symposia along with PMI Symposia and Conferences in other parts of the country.
If elected as VP of Finance, my objective is to maintain the high standards of the Chapter acting as both the Treasurer and CFO to ensure we maintain good fiscal controls while continuing to work within our budget framework to provide a high level of benefits and activities to our members.
Penny Hill, PMP, MBA
Hi, my name is Penny Hill and I am running for VP of Marketing. I have been involved in marketing for 25+ years and have seen marketing evolve into a very digital world. I am currently a Senior Director at TIBCO software which allows me to understand the latest trends in IT marketing which change every year. I received my PMP credential in 2004 and an active member of the PMI Mile Hi chapter. Several years ago, I was on the board as VP of Marketing and led the charge of revamping the website and streamlining communications which included the revised weekly newsletter which tripled the open rate. But my years as VP of Marketing only touched the surface for the chapter and my two most important goals would be to focus on the newly account-based marketing trends and advanced digital marketing partnering with other agencies in Colorado. I believe it is important to keep a constant pulse on trends in marketing to keep our chapter current and modern with the best ways to communicate and bring awareness of our chapter in Colorado and outside Colorado.
Sreelekha (Sree) Karunakaran, PMP
My name is Sreelekha Karunakaran (Sree) running for VP Membership position. I have been PMI Mile Hi member and volunteer for over six years. I am very passionate about Project Management, the Community and the Project Managers. My two most important goals for VP Membership position in the next two to three years are (1) identifying opportunities for experienced and budding Project Managers to socialize, collaborate and continue their learning journey with PMI. (2) Assist members with job search by organizing job events, developing mentor/mentee program and listening to our member needs. Personally, I have 19 years of Information technology experience in HealthCare space and played multiple roles. I live in Parker, Colorado with two daughters and my husband. I enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.
Emily Cellar, PMP, CSM, CSPO, CISSP
Hi, I’m Emily Cellar and I’ve been the VP of Technology for our chapter since 2020. I’m a PMP, CSM, CSPO, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and earlier this year received a certificate in Business Law from Cornell Law. Project management is at the core of everything I do! It’s how I grew to be a technical professional and how I lead successful teams and non-profits today.
My technology experience comprises management in IT software development, operations & infrastructure, IT audit, compliance & governance, and InfoSec. In my current role at Guild Education, I am responsible for the management of the Business Technology team which is made up of Commercial and Financial business applications as well as all IT functions including Identity and Access Management. I also launched the organization’s first IT PMO which is overseen by one of our very own PMI Mile Hi members!
The most important goals as your VP of Technology are understanding and supporting the technology needs of the organization and the security and compliance posture. With over a decade of non-profit experience, I understand the fiscal responsibility of this role and the need for cutting-edge technology that enables members to participate in events from anywhere and with enhanced data privacy and security. During my tenure, I have negotiated deals on SaaS solutions such as Zoom and Proofpoint and will be partnering with fellow board members on automations that will reduce manual tasks and increase member benefits.