Alex Scortzaru is a Director of Information Technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. With more than 30 years of technical and management experience in various industries Alex Scortzaru held various Information Technology management positions at Providence Health and Services, Kadlec Health System in Richlnad, WA Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR and University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. In these positions, Alex has been responsible for information technology activities including Clinical and Business Applications, Enterprise Technology, Customer Service and Support, Service Desk, Telecommunications, Network & Infrastructure, Clinical Engineering, Health Information Management and Project Management.
Alex Scortzaru holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Vermont, and Bachelor Science in Electrical Engineering from Timisoara, Romania. Alex Scortzaru is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) by Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Additionally he holds Program Management, Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL and Epic Certifications. Alex Scortzaru is a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Alex Scortzaru is giving back to the local community by volunteering to local nonprofit organizations. He was on the Board of Directors for United Way for six years and is the Executuve VP for the PMI Columbia River Basin chapter a position that he held for the last year. Prior to that he was the VP of Professional Development for the PMI CRB.
Executive Vice President
Ivan Thomas has over 27 years of experience in the nuclear industry in both the USA and United Kingdom (UK) and his work has covered the full spectrum of design office, procurement, fabrication, testing, commissioning and operations. In his current role as a Senior Project Manager for Atkins Nuclear Secured he works in the Engineering and Technology Group in Richland, WA.
Ivan has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Electronics from the University of Warwick, England; and is a UK Chartered Engineer and holds a PMP certification.
Outside of work, in addition to volunteering on project teams for PMI CRB Chapter events, Ivan enjoys playing the guitar, family vacations at the Oregon Coast, attending Bible Study Fellowship and is a passionate supporter of his hometown association football team in England: Derby County.
Chuck Gunzel currently serves as a Manager in the National Security Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he leverages over three decades of military, industry, and government experience leading national security projects utilizing innovative PNNL solutions & top-notch talent to maximize mission impact on behalf of today’s warfighter and non-proliferation experts. Currently he is the Deputy Sustainability Manager within PNNL’s Nuclear Smuggling Detection & Deterrence Program.
Chuck joined PNNL in April of 2015 after three decades of service with the
U.S. Navy including 18 years of active duty and 12 years in the Naval Reserve. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medals (Saudi and Kuwait). His last active duty station was at the Office of Naval Research as a Program Manager for Irregular Warfare Systems on behalf of U.S. and International allies and their naval expeditionary missions. In this role at ONR, Chuck led the Nation’s leading basic research program to counter the IED threat working with JIEDDO, OSD, DHS, the White House, and across the services.
In the private sector, Chuck has leveraged his business, engineering, and leadership background engaging in large construction projects in the Pacific Northwest, including an S&T set-aside project with congressional interest in Alaska, and regional Navy work in Washington State.
Chuck holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Naval Sciences from Oregon State University. After 34 years in uniform he retired from military service as a Captain in the Navy, qualified in Surface Warfare, Engineering Duty, and Diving & Salvage.
VP Professional Development
Matt Wells has over 14 years of Project Management experience in Information Technology specializing in executing cross-functional Healthcare IT applications, business systems, clinical systems, and patient care projects with excellent results. He is currently a Senior Project Manager with Providence Health and Services (Kadlec Health System). He currently is working on IT projects that impact patient care in a positive way for thousands of people across multiple states.
He joined the PMI Columbia River Basin chapter in Spring of 2015 while pursuing his PMP and earned it in October of 2015. He holds an MBA specializing in information Systems. He is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).
He is a long time Richland resident and enjoys living in Tri-Cities. Matt and his wife of 13 years enjoy traveling and spending time with their family, including their 8 nieces and nephews. He enjoys golfing and is an avid soccer fan.
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Meg Kobalter is a PMP and Senior Project Manager with over nineteen years of healthcare IT experience, implementing clinical and business (ERP) information technology systems including management and mentoring of high performing teams. Meg’s breadth of knowledge and experience spans areas of business, clinical and technical initiatives enabling her to perform workflow analysis, process improvement, finance and systems analysis, system and device integration, and full life cycle Project Management.
Prior to Healthcare IT, Meg was a Financial Software Consultant and Senior Accountant. She worked for a fortune 500 company in Los Angeles as a senior accountant, responsible for all financial activities including financial statement reporting, payroll, monthly department financial packages, as well as mid-year and annual budgets.
Meg and her family moved to the Tri-cities when her husband relocated in June 2013 from South Lake Tahoe CA. She joined the PMI CRB chapter in April 2015 while pursuing her PMP certification and was appointed chapter VP Finance in August 2016.
Cynthia Bounds is a Project Manager for CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, where she provides strategic management support, including out-year project planning, transition, and internal process review.
When complex operational problems are present, Cynthia is ready for the challenge with thirty years' experience as a senior manager in program controls and executive management. She has supported the U.S. Government and private sector entities in Security and Justice, Construction, Transportation, Chemical, and Nuclear programs. Her eclectic work experience, job competencies, dedication, and strong business ethics, all of which have served as a solid foundation for applying fundamental project management principles in arenas ranging from small internal projects to implementing complex long-range strategic objectives on high-profile projects within the United States and abroad.
Cynthia holds an M.B.A., a B.S. in Management, an A.A. in Marketing, and an advanced 2-year certificate from UCLA in Government Contracts Management. She is certified as a Project Controls Manager, F.A.A. Licensed Pilot, and spends time remodeling her Tri-Cities home. Cynthia is a member of the Washington State University Master Gardener Program and currently holds a seat on the Food Gardening Program's leadership board. Throughout her career, she has worked with diverse international women's groups to promote sharing and charity-based projects.
She feels that her membership in PMI-Columbia River Basin has emphasized the importance of combining knowledge and friendships, and she recognizes that the driving force behind all nonprofit associations is its membership. Her goal in volunteering to serve on this board is to continue to tout this organization's value, increasing its membership, and enhancing the entire organization.
Rachel Thompson is a Contracts Specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. In this role, Rachel is responsible for the initialization, oversight, and close-out of multiple projects. Prior to joining the lab in 2015, she worked as a Project Manager in the construction industry for several years. In addition, Rachel has over 20 years technical and management experience in the food service and food manufacturing industry.
Rachel is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Professional Writing and French from Washington State University. In addition, she has a certificate in Professional Science and Technology Writing from Washington State University. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in American and Transnational Law with a concentration in Government Contracting and Procurement at the University of Dayton.
Rachel relocated to Tri-Cities from Louisiana in 2013. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and five children. They are often seen volunteering in the local community through a variety of non-profit organizations.
VP Public Relations
One of the few things Alex Pappas loves more than flying airplanes is his role as a scientist and project manager for the Chief Technology Office at Washington River Protection Solutions, Llc (WRPS).
Prior to joining WRPS, Pappas worked as a district project geologist for the Doe Run Company, the world’s largest lead producer, in Missouri. Pappas was responsible for orchestrating exploration and due diligence projects around the Northern Hemisphere. He successfully managed two of Doe Run’s largest green-fields projects, aimed at leveraging new chemical process mineral extraction techniques.
Pappas traded in his helicopter, canvas tent and rock hammer to join WRPS in 2014. Initially, he worked at the 222-S Laboratory Process Chemistry team as the lead geologist, but later transferred to Chief Technology Office working to integrate new ways of improving safety and productivity. Pappas areas of work at WRPS, include: supporting tank closure; assessing the effectiveness of interim environmental safety measures; and leveraging automation.
Pappas is the chair of WRPSpeed, a WRPS-sponsored employee engagement organization focused on professional networking and community stewardship. Beyond Pappas’ professional life, he also volunteers at several youth organizations, where he shares his life experiences in geology and robotics to inspire the younger crowd. He spends his time working with Junior Achievement, the Pasco and Richland school districts, and most recently, the First Lego League.
Pappas received his B.A. in geology with a minor in economics from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, before continuing on to get a M.Sc. in technical project management with an emphasis on team building from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and his M.B.A. from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In addition to his academic achievements, Pappas also obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from PMI, his Professional Licensed Geologist Registrations in Washington and Missouri, and his Part 107 sUAV Commercial License.
In his free time, Pappas enjoys flying aircraft, putting his Corvette on the track, and riding his motorcycle.