All Speakers

Richard Turner
DEALT is an acronym for dreams, excellence, attitude, loyalty, and tenacity and is a counterpart to the award-winning documentary DEALT ( *** Richard Turner inspires others to focus on the hand in life that they were dealt and to determine if they use it to hold themselves back or to turn it into a story of success. During his keynote address, Richard challenges the listeners to develop creative muscle, iron-man like focus, and to convert dreams into real-world achievements. Blind since the age of seven, Richard incorporates his personal experiences and struggles to become the world’s most skilled card magician. Richard has received raving reviews from the New York Times to the Los Angeles Times; and Variety called Turner nothing short of dazzling! Richard’s talents, humor, poise and eloquence have made him a highly sought-after stage entertainer and corporate inspirational speaker. *** Richard is a fascinating storyteller who has won the highest awards from his peers. No one else in the world is as accomplished as Richard is with a pack of cards. He has never had any other job or profession; just cards all his life and has world-wide recognition as a “card mechanic”. He has literally lived on “Jacks and Queens” for the last 50 years. Richard often says that “Practice does not make perfect, but Perfect Practice makes Perfect.” *** Gaming experts and gamblers know and respect him as a master Card Mechanic/Manipulator who could take down any old-west casino or wipe out any high-stakes gambler. Richard’s unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has stirred and staggered audiences throughout the world. He has been featured in publications, i.e. Harvard studies, and on dozens of worldwide TV specials, including “Showdown of the World’s Greatest Magicians” in Germany, and “World geniuses” in Japan; Oscar nominated film, documentaries, magazine cover stories, profiled in hard cover publications, newspapers features, and TV commercials. In 2014 and 2017, the American Academy of Magical Arts recognized Richard as the close-up entertainer of the year. *** Recent keynote addresses include MIT, Facebook, Pacific Union Club, Hedge Connection, and Milliman.
Jose Raul Castro
• Senior Risk Consultant at Palisade Company LLC • Actuary, MBA & PhD in Finance • Experience of over 20 years of spreadsheet modelling for industries such as Insurance, Banks, Oil & Gas • Former College Professor at Graduate and Undergraduate level in Mexico and South America
Jose Raul CastroSenior Risk Consultant at Palisade Company LLC
David Brown
• Leader/coach focused on helping businesses achieve their objectives by exploring ways to help individuals, teams and organizations reach their full potential. • I bring over 25 years of IT experience with more than 20 years leading software solution projects of varying sizes focused in the healthcare and real estate related industries. I have gained a breadth of experience leading teams from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies. • I am passionate about improving our business and the customer experience by adding value wherever possible. • I have served as the Director of Product Management and Director of the IT PMO, leading the adoption of agile practices and standardization of project management processes. • I have been a presenter and panelist at the Orange county chapters of Agile SoCal, Agile Leadership Network, Rally's 'Rally on the Rocks', Orange County Scrum Day, and Southern California Agile Leadership Summit. • In my current position as IT Director in the Corporate IT at First American Title, I mentor individuals and lead teams in building applications to serve the real estate title and settlement services space with a focus on Applied Research and Development initiatives. We seek out emerging technologies to disrupt ourselves while striving to find innovative ways to solve of our key business challenges. • I am a self-appointed chief Agile evangelist and foster the adoption of Agile software practices throughout First American as an Agile Coach and mentor. • All that is good stuff, but mostly I'm a husband, father, brother, son and GRANDPA!
David BrownDirector, Applied R&D, First American Title
Jen L Skrabak
Ms. Jen Skrabak, MBA, PMP, is Vice President, Enterprise PMO at Teradata. She is responsible for instituting program/project management as a core discipline throughout Teradata with a strong focus on execution of the strategic roadmap aligned with the company's goals and strategic initiatives. This includes overseeing the full portfolio of strategic programs in partnership with leadership. She has over 18+ years of a successful track record leading high profile business transformation programs and portfolios for Fortune 100 companies. She is a recognized thought leader within the project management community and was awarded PMI’s Distinguished Award, as well as Chair of PMI Governance Practice Guide and PMI Portfolio Management Standard – Third Edition.
Jen L SkrabakVice President, Enterprise PMO, Teradata
Larry A Haas
Larry Haas is the Founder and CEO of Global Aperture LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve and transform to achieve their strategic goals. His clients included Procter and Gamble, Deloitte, Diamond Tech. Partners (now part of PwC), The Boeing Company. His leadership roles included being an officer and program manager in the United States Air Force. Larry’s transformation approach is featured in his book, SOS to ROI –A Strategic Approach to Conquer the Complexity Monster and Accelerate Results (Pub. 2017) As a consultant and speaker, Larry’s work has spanned various functional areas in industries such as Aerospace and Defense, Agriculture, Services, Corrections, Food and Beverage, Homeland Security, and Non-Profit. Larry is a Hall of Fame alumnus of Columbine High School in Littleton Colorado, a University of Arizona BS graduate in Aerospace Engineering, and a UCLA Anderson school MBA graduate emphasizing finance and strategy where he also served as Vice President of the alumni Board of Directors. Larry Lives in the Los Angeles area with his two sons Matthew (“Matt”), Scot, and his daughter Kate.
Larry A HaasFounder and CEO, Global Aperture LLC
Jeff Freeman
Leadership, Experience, Integrity and Results! These are the principals that have led to Jeff Freeman’s corporate and business success. He has managed projects for fortune 500 companies, such as, Disney, Accenture, TRW, Proctor and Gamble (P&G), Unilever, Nestle, Bristol Meyers Squibb (BMS), to name a few. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Long Beach State University, a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from National University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is also co-founder of a non-profit organization called Innovos Robotics, Inc. Innovos Robotics ( ) is a competitive high school level robotics organization aimed to innovate the robotics competition environment. Jeff is a published author of the book titled Unleash the Beast In You - Go from Good to Great: The Eight Pillars of Optimum Performance (EPOP) In his spare time, Jeff enjoys his family life with his wife of 25+ years and college age son in Anaheim Hills, CA. He is also an active member of the Project Management Institute of Orange County (PMI-OC). In addition, he is an active member in his church, in Yorba Linda, CA.
Jeff FreemanDigital Transformation Strategist & Sr. IT Program Manager, Cisco Systems
Maud Naveau
Maud Naveau is experienced in helping both large and small companies achieve better portfolio data visibility and achieving their strategic goals. She has worked with several companies with challenges ranging from: maturing in project management, building a project management office, standardizing processes to meet strategic goals, and PPM tool evaluations.
Maud NaveauSciforma, Sales Manager
Lisa Gwinn
Lisa Gwinn, PMP, currently a Program Manager for Oracle Corporation has accomplished a variety of large scale technical, infrastructure and application deployments during a career of more than 20 years within project management, technical and application architecture, governance, implementation and development disciplines. Ms. Gwinn continues to deliver high performance global sophisticated engineering solutions, optimizing Exadata and Exalogic. Ms. Gwinn has considerable experience in multi-site global implementations for enterprise applications, business process reengineering, data center build outs, and infrastructure related programs using a very diverse resource pool. She has also led the development of applications and integration efforts to create commercially available customer driven software solutions. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including manufacturing, aerospace and defense, financial, distribution, government, healthcare, semi-conductor and electronics industries. Ms. Gwinn is recognized as an enabler of demanding, highly visible efforts with impressive results. Gwinn loves to share her zest for project management by volunteering her services in support of various Phoenix based charities and the Miss America Organization. Lisa has partnered with corporate leaders to develop enterprise level solutions, optimized business processes, and achieved operational objectives at companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Electronic Data Systems, Amkor Technology, Inc., and PayPal. She has also spoken at many large-scale events and conferences; such as Oracle Open World 2012.
Lisa GwinnProgram Manager, Oracle
Viji Gururajan
Viji Gururajan is a PMP and CSM certified project manager and she has worked at both Fortune 500 companies and the public sector. She has diverse experience in the software and health care industry managing large complex projects. Viji has a deep passion for giving back to her professional community and helping the local community to grow and expand their skills as project leaders. She is currently the Vice President of Member Relations for the Sacramento chapter of the Project Management Institute and has been an active volunteer since 2011. In her role with the PMI-SVC, she helps with membership enrollment, membership retention and organization of networking and career fairs for the local PM community. She is also an instructor with PMI-SVC’s PMP prep class. Viji holds a Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from the University of Memphis. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, travelling and quilting. She is currently working on her healthy vegetarian cooking blog.
Viji GururajanVice President Member Relations, PMI Sacramento Valley Chapter
Vic Bonacci
Vic BonacciAgile Coach and Trainer, MBA, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, Rocket Nine Solutions
Victoria Perry
Victoria Perry is a Business Project Manager at Capital Group working in Investment Operations where she partners with stakeholders across business and technology to solve critical business problems. She has facilitated dozens of workshops and worked on a breadth of projects from cross-team process improvements to a major multi-million-dollar software implementation effort. She also serves on the leadership team for the Women’s Initiative diversity and inclusion community at Capital Group. Victoria is passionate about continuous learning having earned her PMP, a Business Analysis certificate from UCI, and an MBA at Concordia University.
Victoria PerryBusiness Project Manager, Capital Group
Amy Altomare
Amy Altomare has 12 years of experience in the service industry in roles ranging from project management, operations management, and process improvement. Currently Amy is working with the City of Hope as the Patient Services Quality Manager. She also is an instructor at the University of Southern California Center for Global Supply Chain Management. Throughout her career, Amy has focused on providing excellent customer service to clients/customers by producing innovative, team-driven solutions. She attended UC Irvine for her bachelor’s degree and USC for her Master’s degree; she has also earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute and her Certified Six Sigma Black Belt through American Society of Quality.
Amy AltomarePatient Services Quality Manager
Virginia Suveiu, Esq
Virginia A. Suveiu, Esq., counsels on regulatory compliance and commercial law matters, including contract life cycle and negotiation. She is currently editing a handbook on Risk Management and the Law for Routledge. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association-Orange County. She is affiliated with and has been invited to speak to several professional organizations on business law-related issues. She is an active member of the State Bar of California and admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Virginia is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Orange County Bar Association's Mandatory Fee Arbitration program. She has had numerous roles in academia, including as professor, founding dean, and currently is an instructor and content developer for UC Irvine's Division of Continuing Education, from which she was given the Distinguished Instructor Award.
Virginia Suveiu, EsqInstructor & Content Developer, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education
Darrell Gardner
The Originator of the "PMO In a Box TM" system based upon a flexible PMO methodology easily applicable to any Companies PMO. Prior to starting PMO In A Box, Darrell was the Vice President of Data Center Services for KnowledgeCentrix and has held the titles of Principal Consultant, Director of Migration Services at PlanNet Consulting, Dir of I.T. / PMO CTO for SolnTec, Inc. a data center colo facility and Staffing agency, Director of I.T./PMO for California Shirt Sales an international distributor of apparel as well as PMO Program/Project Manager and Consultant for multiple Fortune 100 companies. • Speaker at multiple PMI events • 8 time Speaker at Data Center World • Chosen to Speak at HostingCon • Guest on PMO Joe's podcast for PMO Implementation • MVP for West Wind Web Connection (Web Dev) Darrell Gardner has over 30 years of experience deploying and maintaining practical and enduring IT solutions and has been able to automate many of the tools he developed over the years into PMO In A Box.
Darrell GardnerFounder, PMO In A Box, Inc.
Dale Richards
Dale Richards is Founder and CEO of Swattage, the Project Innovation Lab. He is the creator of the Project Management Value Perception Topography. He measures perceptions of project management value to mature delivery capabilities and culture and redefine the game of rolling out project management and PMO to a receptive business environment. Dale received his MBA degree from the James Madison University College of Business and has held a PMP certification since 2009. He practiced project portfolio management in the Global Project Management Office at Rosetta Stone in Arlington, Virginia.
Dale RichardsFounder, CEO of Swattage, The Project Innovation Lab
Prashant Kulkarni
Prashant Kulkarni is a senior leader with proven expertise in leading Global Enterprise Systems implementations, providing cutting-edge technological solutions and managing IT functions. He has provided leadership on several business transformation and Global ERP implementations. Prashant has extensive experience in providing solutions in Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Commercial areas. Prashant brings Big 4 consulting and Fortune 100 industry experience. He is adept in managing large IT programs and business systems integrations projects. Prashant’s work experience spans across Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Life Sciences, Retail, Aerospace, Hi-tech, Specialty Chemicals, Food processing and Manufacturing industries. Prashant was invited to speak at various symposiums including ASUG conferences, PMI seminars, LogiPharma conferences, and American Biomanufacturing Summit, to name a few. His white papers have been published in leading industry publications. Prashant holds Engineering degree in Instrumentation & Control. He is PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Prashant KulkarniConsultant
Shelly Wright
Shelly Wright, PMP, CISA, CSM, CITRMS, is currently a Program Management Principal at Kaiser Permanente, leading large complex programs. For over 20 years, she has helped organizations from startups through Fortune 500 businesses improve their IT systems with dramatic and sustainable results in the areas of integrating IT & cyber security, complex program/project management, corporate governance, quality assurance, and business process engineering. An innovative leader in IT and business strategy, Wright loves to share her passion for IT and project management, simplifying them so others can easily embrace them. Shelly has partnered with corporate leaders to develop enterprise level solutions, optimized business processes, and achieved operational objectives at companies such as Capital Group "The American Funds," EarthLink Network Inc., Public Communication Services, Kaiser Permanente, and Scorpion Computer Services (the subject of CBS TV’s current hit show “Scorpion.”) Wright is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified ScrumMaster,® and Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist®. Shelly Wright teaches university‐level project management, program management, and quality assurance courses on behalf of the University of California ‐ Irvine, Division of Continuing Education, the University of Redlands, and University of California ‐ Los Angeles. Shelly Wright is the founder of Wright1 Consulting, Inc. Wright also holds several board positions and was awarded the 2016 University of California ‐ Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s Distinguished Instructor Award. In 2015, Wright received the SoTec Inspirational Award which is conferred upon technology professionals who distinguished themselves by inspiring other technology professionals through admirable charity work and giving back to the community.
Shelly WrightProgram Management Principal, Kaiser Permanente
Brad Mahaney
Brad has devoted his career to the Investment Management and Financial Services Industry and is currently in the role of Director at a Global S&P 500 Investment Management Company. He began his career in accounting and financial reporting, and has spent the past 23 years working within the Project Management field. During his career in Project Management, Brad has worked within various business units and PMOs as a Business Analyst, Project Manager, Program Manager and Consultant. He has extensive experience providing project management, oversight and sponsorship on large, complex, global system-related implementations utilizing various forms of technology. He is a member of the Sacramento SharePoint User Group (SPUG) and has also earned his Web Application Developer Certification from California State University, Sacramento’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Brad is a strategic member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), volunteering and supporting the local Sacramento Valley Chapter. He holds the role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), serves as the Chairman of the Chapter’s PMO Forum, sponsored the initiation and launch of a new Agile Forum, acts as a trainer for PMP preparation courses and sits on the Board of Directors. Additionally, he is credentialed by the PMI as a Certified Project Manager (PMP), is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), a Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA), holds a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt (LBBP) and has obtained a certification in Change Management (CMS). He has also earned a certification in project management from California State University, CCE. Brad is a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Brad has taught project management and coaching at UC Davis Extension, and is a guest lecturer at California State University, Sacramento and the University of the Pacific, teaching project management and Agile methods. Brad is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), where he is credentialed member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He received his Professional Coaching Certification from the University of California, Davis, and has spent the last decade coaching, providing professional coaching to people ranging from those who have recently entered the workforce to senior management and executives. He is the founder of Developath, a professional coaching and consulting practice. Brad is a member of Toastmaster International and has earned his CC designation. He is the President and Sponsor of Franklin Speaking, the Toastmasters club that he started at his company. Brad has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and in Economics, and has earned his Master’s degree from the University of the Pacific.
Brad MahaneyChief Financial Officer, Sacramento Valley Chapter
Larry Lawhead
Larry LawheadAgile Coach and Trainer, PMP, CSM, CSP, Rocket Nine Solutions
Rick Hefner, Ph.D.
• Over 40 years experience in project management, in commercial, non-profit and academic environments • Has taught over 100 courses in various project management and leadership topics • Serves as Program Director for Caltech’s Center for Technology and Management Education, where he designs and delivers training to technology-driven organizations
Rick Hefner, Ph.D.Program Director, Technology & Mgmt Education, Caltech
David Bobrow
David Bobrow, B.S. PMP, leads the execution of CHOC’s non-strategic and strategic initiatives as part of the PMO at CHOC Children’s Information Services Department. He has been leading projects at CHOC for the last 7 years and has 30 years of experience working in Healthcare IT.
David BobrowProject Manager, CHOC Children’s
Kristine A Hayes Munson
Kristine A. Hayes Munson, MBA, PMP, CIA, CISM, is an IT leader with a proven track record of successfully completing projects in the finance and IT industries. She specializes in implementing high-profile, cross-discipline projects resulting in deliverables aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives. She oversees a risk and compliance program balancing internal controls, regulatory requirements, information security best practices, and entrepreneurialism. Ms. Hayes Munson champions project management education. Her interactive presentations and courses integrate project management theory with hands-on, experiential learning. She frequently speaks on project management topics. Kristine is a member of the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education’s project management certificate program’s faculty and advisory board. She volunteers the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC), leading onsite visit teams to recommend whether or not project management degree programs should be accredited by the GAC. She also gives back to her PMI-OC where she is a PMP Preparation course instructor, New Member Orientation networking presentation facilitator, PMIEF liaison, and Fellows nomination committee chair. Ms. Hayes Munson earned a BA from Brigham Young University and a MBA from California State University San Marcos.
Kristine A Hayes MunsonFaculty & Advisory Board Member, UC Irvine Div of Continuing Education, Project Management Certificate Program
Francisco T. Avalos
Francisco T. Avalos is a seasoned Portfolio Manager executing strategic and tactical initiatives in Information Technology, Cyber Security, Software Development, and IT Infrastructure. Mr. Avalos’ acumen revolves around customizing PMO/PM frameworks to ensure governance, budgeting, risk-mitigation, and communication are in alignment with the strategic vision of the corporations. Mr. Avalos is an independent consultant at Teissier Consulting Services, LLC servicing corporations and government agencies. Mr. Avalos earned his BS from California Polytechnic – Pomona and MBA from Chapman University and also, gives back by teaching PMI-Prep courses and presenting Advance Topics Sessions for PMI-OC.
Francisco T. AvalosPrincipal Consultant, Teissier Consulting Services, LLC
Marty Wartenberg
Marty is currently working in two roles, as the Chief Inventor for ZB Global Design Center, He consults with and manages high technology and Science based projects in the Southern California area for companies including; the Salk Institute, DJ Orthopedics and the Wind River Division of the Intel Corporation. He has worked in various industries including Aerospace, Commercial Product Development, Oil Field Instrumentation and Bio Technology. Marty has worked with teams both co-located and virtual in Countries around the World. In his other role, Marty is an instructor for UCI in Project Management and Leadership and has been teaching for International Students over the last five years. Marty is the former VP of Engineering of Interstate Electronics (now part of L-3 Com) and has held Project, Program and Executive positions in various high technology companies. He is an active member of PMI and is a former OC Chapter President and a Fellow of the Chapter. He has both an Engineering background in Electrical Engineering and an MBA and is a licensed professional engineer.
Marty WartenbergChief Inventor, ZB Global Design Center and Instructor, UCI in Project Management
Kimberly Wiefling
Kimberly Wiefling is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, and co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances. She helps individuals, teams and organizations overcome the most common causes of failure (the so-called “touchy-feely crap”) and survive in a world of disruptive change through her highly engaging, experiential, interactive "Learning Laboratories". Kimberly lives in Silicon Valley, and has worked with in US, Europe and Asia. Her superpower is bringing people together across borders and boundaries of every kind to achieve what none could do alone. Her first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future”. Kimberly is also a serial entrepreneur. She’s been involved in ~ a dozen startups. One was acquired by Google, Elite Horse Clothing is still in operation, and she helped EmbeddedWorks bootstrap to 7 figure annual revenues over the past decade. Kimberly is most enthusiastic about engaging with anyone committed to solving global problems profitably and making a positive difference on Planet Earth.
Kimberly WieflingCo-founder, Silicon Valley Alliances
Kevin Dixon
Kevin Dixon, (PMP)®, (PgMP)®, (PfMP)® is the Director of Program Management for the Fluid Systems Division of Parker Aerospace. He is the functional leader for a global team of project and program managers who develop aerospace fuel systems. His great passion for program management began working at Kennedy Space Center as part of the Space Shuttle PMO. He is a member of the Parker Aerospace Program Management Leadership Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, graduate degrees in Computer Engineering, Bioengineering and Aerospace and is currently in a doctoral program at California Southern University. Kevin is part of the Parker Aerospace Team that was a finalist for the 2016 PMI PMO of the Year Award.
Kevin DixonProgram Management Organization Director, Parker Aerospace
Mark Layton
Mark C. Layton, known globally as Mr. Agile®, is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network, is the author of the international Scrum for Dummies and Agile Project Management for Dummies book series, the creator of the Agile Foundations Complete Video Course with Pearson Education, and is the founder of Platinum Edge, LLC- an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition. Prior to founding Platinum Edge in 2001, Mark developed his expertise as a consulting firm executive, program management coach, and in-the-trenches project leader. He also spent 11 years as a Cryptographic Specialist for the US Air Force, where he earned both Commendation and Achievement medals for his accomplishments. Mark holds MBAs from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National University of Singapore; a B.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Behavioral Science from Pitzer College/University of La Verne; and an A.S. in Electronic Systems from the Air Force’s Air College. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force’s Leadership School, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a recipient of Stanford University’s advanced project management certification (SCPM), and a certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SAFe SPC). In addition to his books and videos, Mark is a frequent speaker at major conferences on Lean, Scrum, XP and other agile solutions.
Mark LaytonManaging Member, Platinum Edge