California Central Coast Chapter Board Members
Kevin Etemadi, Chapter President
I joined PMI-4C Chapter in 2011 and have learned a lot by participating in monthly meetings and volunteering in various roles. I would like to build on my positive experience and bring more programs and increase involvement, participation and volunteerism among our members and build on the growth in membership that we have been experiencing in recent years. This would be the least I can do in giving back to our local PM community and remember George Pepperdine’s motto: "Freely ye received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8)
Garrett Spahr, VP of Communications and Marketing
Material Program Manager, Northrop Grumman
I am a certified Project Management Professional, and have volunteered at PMI-4C in various capacities on the Communications team since 2012. I am currently employed as a Material Program Manager at Northrop Grumman, specializing in international supply chain program management in the aerospace industry. Prior to this, I was a project manager in the IT industry, managing several software development projects at realtor.com. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management at California State University, Northridge, and am currently in school earning a Supply Chain Management certification.
The main goal that I would have if I were to be elected to this position would be to help mature and grow our chapter. I would like to work with our current members to ensure that their needs are being met, and that they are well informed on all events and opportunities happening at 4-C, and some of our other neighboring chapters. I would also work to leverage new communication channels not currently being utilized by 4-C to reach potential new members. I would also do my best to bring in new volunteers to support the communications team, and bring new ideas to our chapter.
Cindy Kapas, VP of Finance and Administration
"Cindy Kapas has been volunteering as Director of Finance for PMI-4C for the past 2 years. She had a great interest in learning about project management and thought that volunteering would be a great way to network and add to her professional development. Since she started volunteering, she has made great connections with other members of the chapter and learned a great deal from the board members of what it takes to run a chapter like ours. She looks forward to sharing her ideas, improve efficiency and manage our budget better.
Cindy is a project manager for the engineering department at a successful marketing software company located in beautiful Santa Barbara. She started out her career in family counseling and stumbled upon her passion in technology. Her diverse experience has led her to excel in providing application support and managing large scale data migrations. Cindy considers herself a Jira master after teaching herself how to be an administrator for the application. She even managed to become the local Atlassian User Group leader in Santa Barbara. As a skilled trainer and project leader, she is able to direct multiple tasks effectively and quickly learn new software and tools. She thoroughly enjoys helping others and loves pushing her limits to innovate with her team.
Alejandro Chavez, VP of Strategy and Operations
Project Manager, Facilities and Warehouse Manager at Anacapa Micro.
I have worked for Anacapa Micro products since 1999. I am the project manager and I’m currently supporting the quality management team. I joined the PMI and the PMI-C4 in 2011 and a year later I became PMP certified. I have been helping the current board members for the last year. I want to be short and precise as to why I’m running for operations; I saw the need to help, support, contribute, and return to something that I have received all this time from every one of you and especially for all the previous chapter members that dedicated the time for us to become better project managers. I’m pretty sure that you’ve come to the conclusion that every time we finish a meeting you learn something, you feel better, and you become a better professional. I will do my best to support my chapter.
Seroj Shirvanian, VP of Membership and Growth
In the past I have served in the Board for PMI-4C as VP of Operations and VP of Membership. Due to job related travel requirements, I have had to leave my post. I would like to come back and help the chapter with the membership initiatives and serve the members by increasing the participation and value.
Ronald Higginbotham, VP of Programs and Professional Development
I have been a long-standing volunteer at PMI-4C. I am looking forward to supporting the chapter in developing engaging programs and providing entertaining and informative speakers for our monthly meetings. Our prior VP of Programs did a fabulous job and I look forward to following in his footsteps.