Biographical Sketch


Karen Stankard, PMP


Karen Stankard is a Technology Manager for the Auburn Montgomery Center for Business and Economic Development. Karen holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama and an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. Karen has managed projects with clients such as the Shelby County (AL) Sheriff’s Department, Lighthouse Counseling Center, and Alabama Supercomputer Authority. Currently working as a Financial Services Project Manager for the State of Alabama, she has held her PMP certification since July 2013.

Director of Finance
& Past President

Bruce Ward, PMP


Bruce has been marketing, capturing and managing information systems contracts and activities for over 35 years.  He is an experienced program/project manager and has provided strong management controls over programs/projects on which he has served. Bruce volunteered for the board as its first director of marketing in 2012 to create an effective branding and communications program for the chapter. He also served as chapter president for 2014 through 2015. Professionally, he manages over 180 software engineering and project management professionals supporting US Air Force System Program Offices and IT-related acquisition organizations.

Director of Governance

Jerry Short, PMP


Jerry has served PMI Montgomery in several board positions. He currently works for the State PMO office where he is responsible for solving business problems, communicating with all levels of personnel, managing all aspects of projects, and creating formal contracts for ISD services.

VP Technology
& Team Lead - Marketing, Branding, and Communications

Gary Smith

  Gary maintains the website, email systems, and related things that have electricity running through them at PMI South Alabama. He is COO for Jamersan LLC, an eCommerce development firm in the Auburn/Opelika area, and president of his consulting firm, Nectar Bridge, LLC.

VP Marketing

Scott Franklin

VP Sponsors

David Stankard

  David is the President of Stankard Technology LLC, an IT consulting firm currently working for the State of Alabama. He has experience over a wide range of businesses installing, managing, training, maintaining, and supporting network systems, servers, desktops, and software applications. He has held leadership positions in software development and financial services, as well as owning his own business.

VP Membership
& Team Lead - Membership, Volunteers, and Networking

Paula Hills

   Senior Information Technology (IT) Project Manager with a proven record of delivering results on time and within budget for a variety of projects in various IT environments.  Direct responsibilities include cost control, cost reporting, progress reporting, and resource scheduling. 

VP Volunteers

David Hardgrave, PMP

   David is the owner and principal consultant of K.L. Jones Solutions, a company that provides IT support, project management, and leadership coaching services.  In addition to IT, David has worked extensively mobilizing volunteers and managing projects in non-profit, education, and the arts.

Team Lead - Professional Education and Development

Eric Pierce, PMP

  US Air Force Colonel (retired) Eric Pierce is currently the Department of Defense Portfolio Manager and Defense Information Systems Agency-Montgomery Program Manager for Integrated Computer Solutions Inc.  Prior to retirement from the US Air Force, Col Pierce served in multiple positions to include the Director of Communications and Chief Information Officer, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency in San Antonio TX; Combat Commander of the 380th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates; and Director of Cyberspace Policy and Enterprise Services, Joint Staff Directorate of Communications and Information, Pentagon.  His major military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for outstanding service to the nation in US Army/Marine Corps field artillery.  Col Pierce has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and Master’s degrees from Incarnate Word College, and the Air War College.  He has been a PMP since 2013.

VP Events Production

Derick Catman

   Derick is a Program Manager for Consolidated Networks Corporation (CNC) based in Montgomery AL.  He has been in the IT industry since 1992 when he joined the USAF.  He was stationed at Maxwell AFB from 1992-1996 after which he separated from the AF with an Honorable Discharge.  In 2001 he joined NCI Information Systems as a Network Engineer and began a 15+ year career supporting the development and deployment of unique network systems to the USAF.  In 2009 Derick shifted focus from engineering to Project Management and gained his PMP in August of 2012.  Since that time he has moved from Project Control to Program Management, all while focusing on the core mission of network systems integration and delivery.  In his current role with CNC, Derick oversees the deployment of enterprise network solutions in the AF domain and works daily to grow the company into a preferred services partner to Network OEMs.  Future expansion is planned with SolarWinds, Pulse Secure and Cisco.

VP Professional Development
& President-Elect

Dr. Zack Jourdan

  Zack is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) College of Business.