Alamo Directors

Programs

  • Brian Waechter / Programs / Director – Sponsorship
  • OPEN / Programs / Director - Speakers
  • Priscilla Torres / Programs / Director - Operations
  • Carlos Rivera / Programs / Director - Special Events

 

Communications

  • Katja Hicks / Communications / Director - Marketing
  • Melissa Porter, PMP / Communications / Director – Website/Graphic Arts
  • David Quesada / Communications / Director - Social Media    

 

Professional Development

  • OPEN / Prof. Development - Director - PMI-ACP Exam Prep
  • Denise Murray and Rodger Martin / Prof. Development / Directors - PMP Exam Prep
  • OPEN / Prof. Development / Director - PMI-PBA Exam Prep
  • OPEN / Prof. Development / Director - Book Review

 

Membership

  • James Capps, CAPM, CAHIMS / Membership / Director - Young Professionals
  • Henry Osamudiamen, PMP / Membership / Director of Mentorship
  • Kekai Namauu, PMP, PMI-RMP, CISSP / Membership / Director - Military Affairs
  • Kimberly Bilica, PMP / Membership / Director - PMI Education Foundation 
  • OPEN / Membership / Director - Director NCP 

 

Administration

  • Edward Delgado / Administration / Asset Management Coordinator
  • Dominic Cordova / Administration / Historian
  • Cindy Zhang, PMP / Administration / Director – Technology
  • Josiah Normand / Administration / Director - Governance
  • Addison Martinez / Administration / Librarian
  • Rodger Martin / Administration / Bood Review Director
  • OPEN / Administration / Key Control Coordinator

 

Outreach

  • Jim Latimer / Outreach / Director – Corporate Outreach
  • Jocelyn Van Coney / Outreach / Director - Community Affairs
  • OPEN / Outreach / Director- Regional Support
  • Don Gleason / Outreach / Director- Academic Outreach

 

Volunteers

  • Allen Rogers / Director – Volunteer Management
  • Anabel Gutierrez / Director - Volunteer Recruiter
  • OPEN / Director- Volunteer On-Boarding Specialist

 

updated 3/30/2018

Alamo PMI Board

President


   

Philippe Elmers

I started my project management career in the USAF and retired as a LtCol after 26 years.  Flying strategic airlift throughout the world was excellent training to apply PMBOK tools and techniques!  Later in my career as a Unit Commander, I enhanced my leadership and resource management skills.   When I retired, I entered the IT Infrastructure industry and joined PMI in 2009.  During my tenure in infrastructure, I taught myself agile and changes companies to manage an electronic forms software development program for a USAF contractor at Randolph AFB.  Most recently, I have joined USAA and manage a variety of infrastructure and software projects.  I look forward to serving the membership and new members by insuring the funds are available to provide the professional growth that they are interested in.

 

VP Development


   

Keith Pease

Keith is a transplant from Austin, TX and former member/volunteer of the Austin PMI Chapter. Since 2011 he has called San Antonio home and is an active member/volunteer of the Alamo PMI Chapter.

Keith has always enjoyed interacting with people and working with electronic devices. As a result he became a high-tech professional and has been in the profession for the past 35 years. As a leader he has been responsible for teams consisting up to 320 global members, and as a project/program manager has been accountable for projects ranging from small to complex, and valued between $5,000.00 and $50,000,000.00 plus. Keith functions best when interacting with customers and being their advocate, team building and helping individuals reach their potential, engaged in business operations and/or initiatives, reducing costs, and generating strong return on investment.

Keith has an AS in Electronic Engineering Technology and BS in Business Administration. He enjoys time with family and engaging in outdoor recreation. Keith is an adjunct professor/instructor with Data Analyis and Results for various institutions, and also a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

VP Programs


   

Deanna Vela
MBA, MPM and PMP
programs@alamopmi.org 

Deanna is a native San Antonian who has returned to San Antonio after living in the Atlanta, GA area for many years.  She graduated from Agnes Scott College and earned both an MBA and a Masters of Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University and is PMP and Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Deanna's areas of expertise include Education, Supply Chain management, Federal Grant management and Healthcare management.  She enthusiastically leads teams in continuous improvement projects with cost savings in excess of $50,000,000 as well as new operation start-ups with budgets greater than $10,000,000. Her passion lies in garnering support for projects from all constituents and to excite people about the positive impact or change a new product or service will deliver.

As VP for Programs, she solicits ideas from our membership for ways to improve current programs to enhance our professional development.  And also,  engage as many of our members to not only attend monthly meetings and events but to volunteer in an area of their interest in the APMI Chapter.

Favorite quote: "Attempt something so great that it's doomed to fail unless God is in it"

VP Membership


   

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is a Project Manager at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  She is a member of a Center of Excellence Group whose purpose is to provide strategic headcount direction, market program management, and workspace solution & delivery for global site operations.  

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2009, Lisa worked for Washington Mutual Inc. as a Senior Business Strategy Analyst.  She managed application development projects and supported system enhancements globally for the Enterprise Customer Care Centers Team.

Ms. Williams has worked as a Database Support Specialist for Volkswagen Credit Inc., the captive finance division for Volkswagen of America.  She has also worked as a Database Administrator at Fort Point Partners and at Sybase Inc.

Lisa was appointed and served on the Civic Arts Commission for the City of Berkeley representing District 7.  She also served on the host committee for the Dancing at the Louvre Exhibit at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

A member of the Alamo PMI Chapter since 2014, Lisa has supported the organization by serving as Director of Membership and has recently transitioned into the role of Vice President of Membership.

VP Communications


   

As a result of my skills, experience and education, I am capable of delivering large enterprise technology projects, software implementations/migrations, IT facility installation or application development on time, within budget and to the highest quality using either Agile or waterfall. 
Selected Accomplishments
- Implemented a $4M unique system that managed SCRA, PCS, Deployment or Campaign benefits applications on all channels. This system was recommended for an industry award.
- Delivered a $9.8M modular and comprehensive financial planning system for USAA financial planners, plan production and wealth managers that realized a $28M net financial benefit for the company.
- Managed the creation of an enterprise Configuration Management Database to support the ITIL implementation for the enterprise. This project was awarded a patent for innovative application of technology.
- Managed the creation of an enterprise service account management system for IT Security. This project was also awarded a patent for the unique application of technology to solve a critical security issue.

VP Volunteers


   

Donica Aneta Parker
PMP, MBA, MPM
volunteer@alamopmi.org 

Donica Aneta Parker is originally from Chicago IL.  As a former Air Force dependent wife Donica has traveled to most of the 50 states, South Korea, Bahamas and Puerto Rico.  San Antonio, Texas became home in August 2015.  Ms. Parker obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration from Lousiana State University in Shreveport, a Masters in Project Management and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Donica obtained her PMP in 2016.  Donica's project management career began over 11 years ago when she managed her first building relocation project and project management has been a passion of hers ever since.  She volunteered with the Chicago PMI chapter prior to moving to San Antonio and began volunteering with the Alamo chapter February 2017.  For the last seven years she has managed projects for Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, TX, NM, MT and KS and recently joined forces with MODIS and is currently managing IT projects for CPS Energy.  

VP Finance


   

Roy E. Bentkowski
PMP, ITIL, MBA
finance@alamopmi.org 

Roy Bentkowski has over 34 years of Engineering/Technical Project Management experience, 17 years of service desk expertise and 12 years of financial expertise. In 1994 Roy retired from the Air Force after working various classified space programs. Since 1995 he has continued to work for LEIDOS/SAIC in various management positions in support of the multiple contracts in the Military Healthcare System arena. Throughout his 18 years with LEIDOS/SAIC Roy has managed a large deployment team that installed & trained a new healthcare application/system to all Air Force & Army hospitals.

He worked 3 years in the SAIC business office in support of business development, facility management & funding change requests. He managed a team of network specialists before moving into his current role of Metrics Reporting for the Military Healthcare System Service Desk Quality team. Roy holds a Bachelor & Master degrees in Electrical Engineering, along with an MBA specializing in Computer Systems & Operations Management from St. Mary’s University. His certifications include PMP since 2005 and ITIL Foundation v3 since 2009.

VP Administration


   

FELIX Orlando GONZALES
DAU-PgM, FAI-PM, LSS-QM
administration@alamopmi.org 

FELIX “DON FE” GONZALES JR is originally from New Mexico and grew up in Texas, North Carolina, South America, Germany and Italy.  He later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Midwestern State University and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Troy University while training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center. DAU-PgM and FAI-PM.
In 1993, he served as an Aviation Scout Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  After deploying to the Balkans from 1996 to 1997, he was selected early for Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) and was sent to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was immediately selected to Command Operational Detachment (OD) Colombia, 1st Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC.  Returning to Aviation, he completed numerous deployments throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
In 2003, he was selected as the Operations Officer for Joint Task Force - Omega under Plan Patriota and Plan Colombia, in the Global War on narco-terrorism under Office of the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.  In 2005, he was selected to Command the first Aviation Depot and Joint National Aviation Maintenance and Logistics Center in Colombia under Plan Colombia.  He recently retired with 28 years of service as Director of International Planning and Current Operations - CTT which include Counter Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC), Counter Narcotics (CN) and Counter Terrorism (CT).  

VP Outreach


   

La Juana Chambers
MPA, PMP, LSSYB
outreach@alamopmi.org 

Ms. La Juana Chambers is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (LSSYB) and small business owner that has mastered the act of harnessing tacit growth and knowledge. She serves as an officer on several boards throughout the Alamo city, advancing her interests in folklore, reproductive healthcare, STEAM and women’s representation.

She works as the District Grant Administrator of Edgewood ISD of San Antonio and is lauded for having written the largest grant the school district’s been awarded in over a decade within just two months of her employ. She is the founder of the Seeds of Calabash Folklore, an organization created by an impetus of Afro-Caribbean diasporic learning, enrichment and exchange. With the Seeds of Calabash Folklore, Chambers has facilitated rigorous performances of poetry, folklore, music and dance in the Alamo city. She has more than ten (10) years experience as an educator; she has taught courses in political science and biology at the university level and, at the secondary school level, Chambers has taught as a highly-qualified STEM instructor for both middle and Advanced Placement (AP) high school courses spanning from Richmond, VA to San Antonio, TX. Most recently, she served as an Adjunct Faculty Professor with the Alamo Community Colleges District at Northwest Vista. Prior to that, Chambers worked at Homeland Security as a Program Manager within USCIS and a policy ghostwriter on Capitol Hill. She became an author as a junior in high school with the publication of her critical analysis of W.E.B. Dubois’s popularized theory of the ‘Talented Tenth’.

Chambers endeavors to scale the reach and impact of the APMI throughout its vast service area. With her amazing team of seasoned professionals, she will make the APMI key to overall success for students, non-profit management professionals and public officials. Her motto is to learn from yesterday, live for today and plan for tomorrow. She is an author, community activist and avid reader.

Email: outreach@alamopmi.org

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lajuanachambers

Advisor


   

Kevin D. Martin
PMP, PMI-ACP, MBA
advisor@alamopmi.org 

From his early days as a kid programmer in 1976 to leading global teams with annual budgets exceeding $66,000,000, Kevin D. Martin (St. Mary’s University – BAS in Application Programming ’92, MBA – Finance ‘95) has always approached challenges and opportunities with the same passion and focus for vision casting and goal attainment. While providing business value, through a unique blend of technology and business skills, his passion is rooted in self improvement, teamwork and organizational design.  Mr. Martin is an avid reader and historian, with a strong desire for continuous learning and a focus to share his practical “servant leader” experience with the communities and individuals with whom he serves and mentors.  An international speaker on leadership, project management and agile methods, Mr. Martin produces results in his professional, volunteer and personal endeavors.  While improving the moral of the high performing teams he leads, his unique brand is a passion for developing leadership at every level of the organization, and best characterized by his personal haiku – “Dream Big, Work Hard, Give Back.”

 

Fellow


   

Damian Heaney
PMP | PMI-ACP | CISM
fellow2@alamopmi.org 

Damian is a former President and Advisor for the Alamo PMI Chapter. He currently serves as a Chapter Fellow with primary role as mentor for the President and Board of Directors. He also provides technical advice on Chapter business operations, conflict resolution, and ethics enforcement.  

Damian's industry leadership includes participating in a variety professional associations including the United Services Organization, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Association of the United States Army, Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Join him on Linked in at http://www.linkedin.com/in/damianjheaney.