Ron Higginbotham, PMP - President
Ron is a project management professional with over 25 years of experience in telecommunications-related project management, governance, software development, and systems engineering. Ron’s spent most of his early career working for key companies in the aerospace and defense industry Los Angeles. After a decade of working in Los Angeles, he moved to London where he supported multiple mobile operators in the United Kingdom and Europe. After returning to America, Ron has been actively involved in PMI while supporting project delivery in the entertainment, finance, and wireless industries. Ron is currently supporting Nokia’s 5G core network implementation at T-Mobile. Ron has served at PMI California Central Coast Chapter as the Director of Membership, VP of Membership, VP of Programs and is the 2022 President. His hobbies include tennis, photography, golf, and music.
Alejandro (Alex) Chavez, PMP – VP of Operations
Alejandro Chavez has been a certified Project Management Professional for 10 years and has served as the VP of Operations for two terms. He is currently a project manager at Anacapa Micro. Alejandro has worked in Information Technology while supporting the Federal Government and Aerospace industries for more than 20 years. Alex is an avid runner and plays acoustic bass guitar for his church.
Kevin Etemadi, PMP – VP of Finance
Kevin Etemadi is a seasoned information technology (IT) and project management professional with extensive experience in infrastructure, security, capacity management, digital transformation and data governance. He has volunteered for PMI’s California Central Coast Chapter (PMI-4C) for over ten years in different roles most recently in 2021 President and now VP of Finance. When he’s not working or volunteering, you can find him hiking or jogging the Las Virgenes trailhead or barbequing with friends and family.
Seroj Shirvanian – VP of Membership
Seroj Shirvanian has been volunteering for PMI’s California Central Coast Chapter (PMI-4C) for around 10 years. His PMI-4C work has evolved from VP of Operations to the VP of Membership. He is a result’s oriented, team player. Seroj is a hand’s on leader whose management career has been marked by demonstrated ability to build peak-performing teams and achieve cross-functional business objectives. He has executive management experience in all aspects of technology and expertise in data management (data governance, data quality, master data management, and metadata, conversions and migrations). Seroj is currently working as a consultant in data governance and risk management domains. When he is not volunteering for PMI-4C, he enjoys playing chess, tennis, and soccer. He love’s history and current world events.
Wendy Blomquist, PMP – VP of Marketing & Communications
Wendy Blomquist has over 25 years serving multiple industries (banking, technology, biopharmaceutical, hospitality, telecommunications, managed healthcare) and has a professional career that has evolved in multiple disciplines (trainer, functional business analyst, business system’s analyst, project manager). Wendy is currently working as a senior project manager for CenCal Health in Santa Barbara, California. Wendy began her volunteer work with PMI’s California Central Coast Chapter in 2019 as the Director of Membership and is the current VP of Marketing & Communications. In her free time, she dances with La Boheme professional dance group in Santa Barbara, enjoys traveling, camping, and loves to cook.
- Scott Arnold, MBA, PMP - Director of Operations
Scott Arnold has over 25 years of project management experience, and has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2009. He has worked in aerospace, software development, and medical industries, and is currently an employee of the US Navy, working at Point Mugu Sea Range as a Test Manager. Scott plays bass guitar and is passionate about making Rockabilly music with his band and playing at local venues; he also surfs.
- Casey Weihart, PMP - Director of Finance and Administration