Board of Directors

The AACE Seattle Section Officers and Directors for the 2021 – 2022 are:

Officers:

President – Kamran Hazini – Kamran.Hazini@soundtransit.org – (One-Year Term)
Vice President – Tonja Stradley – Tonja.Stradley@mottmac.com – (One-Year Term)
Treasurer – Roger Kong – Roger.Kong@soundtransit.org – (One-Year Term)
Secretary – Andrea Forderer – Andrea.Forderer@soundtransit.org – (One-Year Term)

Directors:

Director of Membership – Payman Shirpay – Payman.Shirpay@soundtransit.org – (Two-Year Term)
Director of Awards – Ken Sparks – Kensparks17@gmail.com – (Continuing Two-Year Term)
Director of Education – Wit Ekman – Wit.Ekman@soundtransit.org – (Two-Year Term)
Director of Publicity – Jordan Fette – Jfette@kbacm.com – (Two-Year Term)
Director of Communications – Jianhao Zheng – Zheng.J@portseattle.org – (One-Year Term)
Past President – Norm Melendres – Melendres.N@portseattle.org

President: Kamran Hazini

Kamran Hazini has more than twenty two years of professional experience in project management and controls of oil, gas, petrochemical, power generation/transmission, and transportation industry mega-projects. Kamran holds a doctorate degree in civil engineering and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering, conducted research studies in schedule compression techniques and developed a patented time-cost optimization tool. He authored the book “The Future of Fast-Track Project Delivery”, had several publications in scientific journals, and presented in various professional events and conferences. Kamran is a licensed Professional Engineer, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as AACE’s Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Planning/Scheduling Professional (PSP). He is currently Deputy Director of Risk Engineering at Sound Transit.

Vice President: Tonja Stradley

Tonja has 30 years of project based experience in budget and cost control, scheduling, document management and project controls systems identification and implementation primarily on multi billion dollar projects. Notable projects include Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport Capital Development Program, Panama Canal 3rd Lane Locks program and the $17 B California Water Fix. Her mega project experience has afforded her many years of hands-on involvement in identifying program needs and establishing the staffing, systems and processes that best address those needs. Her skill set, combined with her mega project experience have culminated into a natural ability to provide projects and programs with timely, relevant and accurate information on which to base tough project decisions while maintaining transparency and proof of compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Tonja holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Texas.

Treasurer: Roger Kong

Roger has over 26 years of experience in Project Controls, Project Management, Investment, Treasury and Banking on a variety of projects/products in type, size, complexity and level of risk. He has a strong background in all aspects of project controls in budgeting and cost management, investment in maximizing returns for safety and soundness, cash management in designing new financial systems/ procedures/ tracking and banking in developing/maintaining/increasing commercial portfolio to assure loan quality and performance. Roger currently works as a Cost Control Supervisor at Sound Transit; overseeing a portfolio of projects and contracts. He has been a new member of AACEI since relocating to Seattle from Hawaii in 2018. Roger holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Business Economics from Willamette University located in Salem, Oregon.

Secretary: Andrea Forderer

Andrea has 16 years of experience in engineering, project management, and project controls. Andrea joined AACEI in 2011 and earned her CCP certification in 2012. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Washington in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Andrea is also a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) with a PMP credential, Society for the Advancement of Value Engineering (SAVE) with a VMS credential, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Washington. She previously served as Seattle section treasurer from 2013 to 2015 and Secretary from 2015 to 2017.

Director of Membership: Payman Shirpay

Payman has more than 18 years of professional experience in project management and controls actively in oil& gas, petrochemical and transportation section in EPCC mega-projects and Programs. Payman has Master of Business Administration degree and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering. He is currently a Senior Project Control Specialist at Sound Transit where he oversees link extension projects in the South Corridor. Payman’s depth of experience ranges from planning, scheduling to cost and earned value management.

Director of Awards: Ken Sparks

Ken has 25 years of experience in project controls and project management, including schedule development, maintenance, and management. Areas of expertise include claims, delay and time impact analysis and documentation, and cost estimating, He has worked as both owner representative and contractor on major infrastructure projects for project/program master schedules. His project experience includes work on heavy construction projects, including light rail, heavy rail, tunneling, roadway programs, bridges (conventional and segmental), wastewater treatment, process piping, and commercial developments at various phases of project development, from planning to design, construction, and start-up/commissioning. Ken is currently a Senior Scheduler with HNTB, working on the Puget Sound Gateway Program for WSDOT, and has held his PSP certification since 2009.

Director of Education: Wit Ekman

Wit has over 21 years of experience in Project Controls and Project Management on a variety of large capital projects, in both the public and private sectors. Wit currently works as a Project Controls Manager at Sound Transit; overseeing a portfolio of multiple light rail extension projects and contracts. He has been a member of AACEI, earned and has maintained his CCP certification since 2002. Wit holds a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Oregon State University, and a M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Washington. He is also PMP certified through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Wit also has served on the on the AACE Seattle Section’s Board as Treasurer and as Director of Membership.

Director of Publicity: Jordan Fette

Jordan Fette, a recent college graduate from the University of Washington, holds a B.S. in Environmental Science. After graduating Jordan was hired by KBA and assigned to the Sound Transit Federal Way Light Rail Extension (FWLE) project in 2019. Jordan was hired as Office Engineer and quickly became an integral member of the Project Controls team, where he was recently promoted. Jordan is an active Project Management Institute (PMI) member and aspiring Project Management Professional (PMP). Jordan is the FWLE program manager for ASSIST, a cloud-based software system used to enhance workflow management and simplify field inspections. He has experience scheduling in P6, analyzing cash flow and building reports to track project performance.

Director of Communications: Jianhao Zheng

Jianhao has over 25 years of experience in project controls for both civil construction and civil engineering design companies. Worked on construction projects ranging from $30 million to $2 billion in construction cost and design projects ranging from $12 to $100 million in design cost. Project experience includes domestic and high-profile international projects. He is currently a Sr. Cost Engineer/scheduler at Port of Seattle.

Past President: Norman Melendres

A Sr. Transportation Scheduler with 16 years of CPM Scheduling experience and well versed in Project Cost and Schedule Controls, Resource Management, Earned Value Management and Project Planning on projects like Airport Facilities, Transportation, Wastewater, Hydropower Generation, Manufacturing Facilities and Structural Upgrades. Has a great knowledge on Primavera Enterprise software (All P6 versions). Has experience with Earned Value Management using Primavera and Spreadsheets creating project performance reports on cost and schedule. Have been a Team Member on Project Management Process Control teams in creating Baseline, Change Management and Work Breakdown Processes and Procedures. Evaluates RFP and BAFO Contractor Submittals (as owner representative) on Contractual and Baseline Schedules. Assists a group of planners to create an Integrated Master Schedule procedure. Creates and defines Planning and Scheduling Management Plans. Practices Project Controls Methodologies from AACEI (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International) and PMI (Project Management Institute). Multiple assignments has made Norman versatile in Monitoring and Controlling Programs and Projects on any Industry. Norman is currently their company’s representative for COMTO (Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials) Washington Chapter.