Southern New England Chapter of PMI


Candidates for the 2023-2024 SNEC-PMI Board of Directors

The 2023 Board of Director Election will open on August 15th. SNEC currently has 5 seats open with a total of 7 candidates. Ballots will be distributed electronically on or about August 15th and the polls will remain open until September 9th. Here is a brief summary of the candidates, listed in alphabetical order


Darwyn Azzinaro

Darwyn Azzinaro is excited to run for the SNEC-PMI board of directors again! He is a long-time volunteer with SNEC, was on the board from 2002-2010 and held various positions including President. He rejoined the board in 2020 and have held the CFO and COO positions. Additionally, he led the 2022 PM Conference team.

He is looking forward to the chance to take on new initiatives to help improve the chapter. He is particularly excited about building partnerships with other professional organizations to be able to add more value to our members while also increasing our exposure to other like-minded professionals. He is also excited about marketing our chapter to a larger professional audience to help grow our membership and achieve our vision.

Professional Background: Project Management professional with extensive and diverse experience managing projects, programs, portfolios, PMOs, organizational PM assessments, and enterprise PM software implementations. Currently Sr. Vice President – EPMO Leader at Liberty Bank


Ramses Bordeaux


Ramses Bordeaux is a security advocate with over 10 years of experience in information technology, information security, and security. I am a PMP holder and currently a Regional Cybersecurity Specialist.

In his years in these fields, he has overseen many successful projects. From multi-state security implementations and operations to facilitating cuttingedge life safety technologies for hospitals and military bases. As a naturalborn leader and team builder, his intrapersonal skills and critical thinking, have made him a great asset to many organizations. He works well with a team but also has the initiative to work independently.

His skillsets utilized in the workplace operate in tandem with his personal life. For example, his vision and creativity led him to start an on-demand delivery technology service in 2014 when he was 19. He was also an early Bitcoin investor, buying into cryptocurrency as early as 2011.

He is passionate about his work because he believes the right mix of security and technology brings peace of mind in a world where peace of mind is everfleeting.

When he is not at work, you might find him studying or spending time with his wife and son.


James Helbling

James Helbling is the Director of Initiative Integration for Operational Excellence at Hartford Healthcare, composed of 36,000 colleagues with more than 400 locations across Connecticut. He has held various roles in Project Management, Program Management, Lean Process Improvement, and Information Technology during his 14-year tenure.

James has experience leading critical, complex, and time-sensitive initiatives across the organization. His work focuses on improving patient quality outcomes, reducing non-value-added variation, realizing cost savings, and cultivating innovative strategic partnerships.

James is customer-focused, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and tailors his approach to meet the unique needs of the problem and the team's culture. He finds the positive effect achieved by mentoring and coaching others is the most rewarding aspect of his work. James considers himself open-minded, a collaborator, and an active learner.

James has achieved the certifications of Project Management Professional (PMP), Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM), and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). He is currently completing his Portfolio Management Certification (PfMP). In addition, James holds an M.S in Technology Management and a B.S in Industrial Technology - Computer Networking from Central Connecticut State University.

Outside of work, James is an avid mountain biker, home brewer, DIYer, and motorcycle enthusiast.


Mary Jane Lawton


Mary Jane (“MJ”) E. Lawton is the Director of the enterprise Project Management Office (H3W PMO) at Hartford HealthCare (HHC), an integrated healthcare system in Connecticut employing 36,000 individuals and spanning more than 400 locations. She also serves currently on the SNEC-PMI Board of Directors as the liaison to the Membership & Mentoring portfolio. MJ is a passionate and innovative leader focused on developing strong, engaged teams, tackling large, complex projects/programs, and contributing to improving health, wellness, and equity within her community.

MJ brings a fresh and agile perspective to both the art and science of Project Management borne from her work in the healthcare and nonprofit sector. She leads with kindness, courage, and creativity and prioritizes giving back through volunteering and mentoring opportunities. Looking ahead, MJ has a clear vision for the evolution of the profession of Project Management as an invaluable skillset in today’s ever changing and increasingly projectified world. She believes wholeheartedly that Project Managers are instrumental leaders that will shape and build our future and she is prepared and excited to lead that journey.

MJ Lawton graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and then returned home to her roots in Connecticut. She spent the last 15 years of her career at HHC serving in various leadership roles in Pharmacy and the PMO. She achieved her PMP certification in March 2018 and DASM in 2022. She joined the SNEC-PMI Board of Directors as the Membership and Mentoring Portfolio liaison in 2020. MJ resides in Colchester, CT with her husband, 2 sons, dog, and two cats.


Sharon Okoye

Sharon Okoye currently works for the Connecticut Department of Transportation as a Senior Transportation Engineer. Sharon has over 26 years of varying experience in areas of intermodal planning, transportation safety and highway engineering, including extensive project management experience with federal aid programs and asset life cycle planning for the Department’s $10 billion Public Transportation system. Her most recent success was development of a business requirements document for software systems tracking asset performance and maintenance management.

Sharon has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has been a member of SNEC for three years and holds a PMP certification.

She serves as President for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Connecticut Chapter (COMTO CT) providing diversity equity and inclusion education, training and networking opportunities for minority transportation professionals.

She also serves as a member of the Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) Diversity and Membership committee, which provides support and professional development to women in transportation.


Amy Paros

Dr. Amy Paros has currently held the Marketing Director position for the SNEC Board of Directors (BOD) since 2020. During her first 18 months volunteering with the SNEC BOD she has executed a marketing contract, which supported maintaining SNEC membership throughout the pandemic shifts. Additionally, Dr. Paros has worked to:

  • invoke standard processes,
  • defined portfolio position responsibilities,
  • increased social media engagement,
  • inclusively developed an international portfolio team, and
  • supported mass email requirements for within the SNEC Marketing portfolio.

Dr. Paros achieved her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Northcentral University in 2015. She also has a Master of Science in Operations Management and an MBA earned in 2006 and 2008, respectively, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2007 Dr. Paros earned and actively maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Dr. Paros is an assistant professor of management for Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She joined Quinnipiac University during the fall of 2015 and teaches courses in decision making, project management, organizational behavior, leadership, and sports management. Dr. Paros serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Bobcat Project Management (BPM) student organization.

Major research areas of interest for Dr. Paros include project management, women as leaders, generational studies, knowledge workers and organizational performance. Dr. Paros' scholarship includes:

  • Paros, A., (2016) Encouraging the productivity of female millennial employees who apply knowledge to enhance products and services, Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, 36, 83-88.


Svetlana Veprinsky

Svetlana Veprinsky is a resourceful digital technology leader with broadbased and progressive management experience. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, I started my career as a Project Engineer at a National Accident Cause and Prevention Research group. As part of that role, co-managed the design, development and deployment of a world-class electronic operating system which reduced number of workplace accidents by 85% while increasing freight throughput by 130% in volume.

In her current role as Manager, Business Systems and Transformation at Collins Aerospace, she leads initiatives such as implementation of an enterprise level Contract Lifecycle Management product, delivery of critical data, sustainability, and business-critical CRM initiatives. oversees internal and outsourced, on/offshore project teams and related procurement practices, drive and implement improvements to internal processes, operations and best SDLC practices across the organization.

In her recent experience as Program Manager Identity Lifecycle and Access Management, Chief Security Organization at AT&T, led a program focused on user security and development of various biometric identification management technologies and managed an application rationalization program. She provided key input into process flows and assisted in shaping roles and responsibilities for a restructured organization.

Previously, successfully managed up to thirty enterprise level and small releases annually, encompassing over thirty projects for a multi-platform application area. In that role, directed diverse on/offshore project teams operating by Waterfall and Agile methodologies in a highly matrixed environment. Prior to that role, a Sr. Project Manager at Moore Medical/ McKesson leading diverse programs while managing a software delivery team of seventeen direct reports across all phases of SDLC, from business analysis to implementation and production support.