2018 Board of Governors

President Amir Khamseh President
Past President Cindy Pham PastPresident
VP of Administration & Technology Vimpi Pawra vp.administration.technology
VP of Communications Kaustubh Deshpande vp.communications
VP of Finance Lydia Liberio vp.finance
VP of Operations Narmela Sargis vp.operations
VP of Strategic Planning Prateet Verma vp.strategic_planning

Amir Khamseh

President

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Amir Khamseh has been a member of PMI-OC since 2007. He has over 17 years experience as a project/program manager, working in the automotive and medical device industries. 
Amir has a PhD in engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and an Executive MBA from the University of California-Irvine Paul Merage School of Business.  
Amir served as the Director of Strategy for PMI-OC in 2011. His goals for joining PMI-OC chapter’s Board of Governors are to ensure alignment of organization’s mission and values with PMI, ensure alignment of organization’s mission and values with customer needs, and evaluate risks vs. benefits of PMI-OC provided programs and services.

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Cindy Pham

Past President

Cindy Pham

 Cindy has been a member of PMI since 2004 and a member of PMI-OC since 2006. She has over 25 years experience as a IT project manager, working in a variety of industries such as retail, distribution, manufacturing and entertainment. She has been volunteering for PMI-OC since 2006 in launching the new website from the ground up and has received the Top Volunteer Award 3 years in a row and the 2008 President’s Award for Oustanding Achievement. In 2010, as the PMI-OC IT Director, she has streamlined the cycle of setting up the events, set up procedures and policies for IT and established the process of uploading all events information to a centralized repository resulting in a more efficient flow and saving a tremendous time for our volunteers.

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Vimpi Pawra

Vice President of Administration & Technology

 Vimpi Pawra

Strategic Information Technology leader with over 15 years of experience managing large complex IT implementations in the areas of global Oracle ERP / CRM, Web Development and Client Server applications. Over ten years experience in Practice Management in areas of Oracle R12, Fusion and Salesforce Applications. Specialist in Mergers and Acquisition Program management .A strong work ethic combined with a commitment to excellence in all projects undertaken. A team player, working effectively with executive leadership as well as the business, functional and technical teams to accomplish Business & IT objectives.

Specialties: Program/Project Management, Client Relationships, Business Development, Strategic Planning, RFP Management, Cost and Resource Estimation, People Management and Communication, Organizational Change & Training, Technical and Business Analysis, Application Architecture, Business Requirements, Design, Development and Implementation in areas of E-Business, Oracle ERP / CRM, Web Development and Client Server Applications, Mergers and Acquisition..

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Kaustubh Deshpande

Vice President of Communications

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Kaustubh has been a member for PMI-OC since 2012. He currently manages a portfolio of solutions focusing on the Criminal Justice and Public Security market and has more than 10 years of experience as a project/program manager applied in the field of biometrics.

Kaustubh has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the West Virginia University and a Master of Business Administration from the New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Kaustubh started volunteering for the chapter as part of the Finance Group since 2012 and has held various positions in the group including most recently the Director of Finance. One of his successes has been to identify efficiencies within the organization while focusing on improving member value.

His goals for joining the PMI Board of Governors are to ensure alignment with the chapter mission and goal by helping grow the chapter and focusing on member satisfaction with increased offerings. He understands the importance of the role volunteers play in the success of the chapter and believes in empowering them in their efforts, while always appreciating and backing their dedication, hard work and commitment towards the chapter.

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Lydia Liberio

Vice President of Finance

Lydia Liberio  

Having spent over 20 years in various roles assisting corporate clients with legal matters and risk project management, I joined PMI-OC & PMI-LA chapters in August 2013 and began volunteering after completing my PMP, ACP, and ScrumMaster certifications, serving first as PMI-OC Contracts/Compliance Chair from 9/14 -4/15, and then promoted to Administrative Operations Director from 4/15 onward, creating a contracts review process, reviewing and assisting with drafting over 30 new initiative policies, election processes, and assistance with leadership meeting logistics.

From 2013-2016, I served as PMI-LA’s South Bay chapter dinner meeting/ATS events site liaison, and earned a PMI-OC Volunteer of the Year for Admin & IT Award in 2016. Recent publications include SME Review Panel Contributions to PMI’s 10/16 Standard for Organizational Project Management First Edition (OPM) and PMI’s 1/17 Standard for Program Management Fourth Edition (PgMP).

As a judge pro tem for L.A. Superior Court, troubleshooting is my strongest skill.   I offer extensive chapter experience and continuity; PM curricula development expertise from my academic professional PM/Business program chair work; legal insights and financial forecasting skills from my J.D. and MBA; and experience running a trade group’s continuing education programs, dinner meeting and board events, conferences, and publications as the 2017 President of the Italian American Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the ABA, NIABA and California State Bar Associations.

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Narmela Sargis

Vice President of Operations

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Narmela Sargis is a Senior Program Manager with over 20 years of experience and known for proven success in Program, Portfolio, Project and Leadership Management for Fortune 500 companies. She is adept at driving multiple complex projects and managing employees across departments. She embodies a unique combination of customer focus, business champion and operations excellence.

Narmela excels at articulating vision and purpose and leading teams to success. She was recently promoted to VP of Operations at PMI-OC.

Narmela is PMP, Scrum Master and ISO9001 Certified; holds a double MBA; and is passionate about various charities.

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Prateet Verma

Vice President of Strategic Planning 

Prateet Verma

Prateet is a self motivated individual with over 12 years of broad experience in the development of Medical Devices. Prateet has been managing and designing intricate products with complex systems and subsystems, with management of Mechanical and Electromechanical NPD projects. Currently, Prateet works as a Sr. Manager in Alcon Labs managing a large scale program that requires global collaboration and engineering. Prateet is also involved with portfolio prioritization for the R&D projects to ensure that right projects are funded as well as maintaining a healthy pipeline.

As vice president, Prateet provides leadership in the continued development of the chapter’s strategic planning, including implementation of a PMO, project prioritization, and collaboration of the chapter’s hard-working volunteers and volunteer leadership teams.

Prateet is building a high performing team that enhances both the membership and volunteer experience. In addition to having fun and being rewarding, Prateet’s goal is to ensure that the volunteer experience at PMI-OC can introduces positive influences that can be transferred to their professional life.

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