Our Board


Gwen Bender, Chairperson

Gwen is a program manager at Vaisala, a company at the cross-section of information technology and renewable energy, where she's leading their global solar power initiatives. She has no free time but if she did it would be spent reading books, dancing and learning to cook better. Gwen joined the PMC board in 2014. 


Kathryn Dellinger, Vice Chairperson

Kathryn is a UX product manager at Amazon, where she focuses on the digital video streaming experience. When she's not working, she loves seeing live music or you can find her outdoors hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. Kathryn joined the PMC board in January 2016.


olaf Kowalik, Secretary

Olaf is a Product Manager at Oracle and owns the social listening product that's part of the Oracle Marketing Cloud. On weekends, Olaf hopes to be found windsurfing and skiing and spends early mornings swimming, biking, and running. Olaf joined the PMC board in January 2016.



Karen is an accomplished program and product manager working at Launch Consulting in Bellevue (a creative technology solutions company serving start-ups to Fortune 500s), where she focuses on bringing differentiating technology opportunities to her clients. Outside work, life is about friends, discovery and adventure, be it locally in the PNW or globally – there is always somewhere next on the travel list! Karen joined the PMC in January 2016.



Sonal works as a Program Manager at Lumedx, a healthcare IT company. Outside of work, she likes to stay connected with friends, read fiction novels, write blogs and enjoys baking. She has been an active member of the PMC since 2014 and joined the board in 2015.


David okrent

David Okrent has over twenty-five years of experience as a product manager, business developer, marketer, marketing manager, and researcher spanning four different industries. He is the author of scientific papers and has presented worldwide on topics on brand management and customer insight programs. He is the author of two books on brand development and holds a B.S. and MBA in Marketing.  David has been a member of the board since May 2016.