The Board of Directors and this team of dedicated volunteers run the programs and operations of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. The Volunteer Opportunities page shows additional chapter leadership roles that describe how you may help the Chapter grow and deliver it's programs to the Bluegrass business analysis community.
Treasurer – Sarah Sechrist
Sarah Sechrist is Accounting Manager for The Solarity Group, the premier education provider and consulting firm in the business analysis, project management and change management professions in Lexington, KY. She has worked in Finance for over 15 years and enjoys working in the Project Management Industry at Solarity.
Director of Business Outreach - Cory Camic, PMP
Cory Camic, PMP is Business Development Manager for The Solarity Group, the premier education provider and consulting firm in the business analysis, project management and change management professions in Lexington, KY.
Director of Certification - Eric-Stephan Neill, PMP, CSCP
Eric Neill is an Enterprise Architecture at Lexmark International with a focus on cloud, back office and related processes. He has more than 40 years of BA experience in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Lexmark in 2007, Eric was worldwide director for lean enterprise with Telex Corporation. Eric has served as program manager, consulting practice operations manager, project manager, factory plant manager, and several other roles in engineered manufacturing, firearms and entertainment industries. Eric holds the PMP and CSCP (supply chain) certifications. Eric also holds an ITIL Foundation, Six Sigma Champion and Yellow Belt certifications. Eric is immediate past president of Bluegrass PMI Chapter, VP of Education of the Bluegrass APICS Chapter, Vice-Chair of the KY ASUG Chapter, a 2014 member of the Board of Examiners for KYPCE, as well as a founding member of the Bluegrass BA Chapter Board of Directors. Eric instructs several supply chain certification courses annually. He is married and has three daughters. He lives in Lexington, KY with his wife and youngest of three daughters. He wants the community to have a broader understanding and appreciation for the role of business analysts and business architects.
Newsletter Publisher – LeShai Phelps
LeShai Phelps earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. She explored a career in Telecommunications by working in a call center. This exploration led to over a decade of experience with the public, how to handle escalated issues, internal training programs, and business process improvement projects. This pursuit has offered various career titles, including Customer Service Supervisor and Business Process Owner. Most recently, she obtained a new title of Business Analyst for Tempur-Sealy International in Lexington, KY, where she has been employed for the past 10 years. She enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with family, and long drives on summer days. LeShai currently lives in Richmond, KY. She desires to be an asset to the Chapter with the knowledge she has collected over the years. She hopes to also help the Chapter members increase by recruiting some of her co-workers to join, as well as involve the community
Director of Technology – Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO
Aaron Whittenberger has 30 years of Business and Information Technology experience, including 17 years of business analysis and 15 years as a Consultant. He earned his Certified Business Analyst ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) certification in 2008, and his Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) in 2018. Aaron currently serves as Director of Technology for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, as well as currently serves the IIBA® as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region. Aaron lives in Independence, KY and has four children. He recently retired from umpiring high school baseball, but still enjoys watching his kids play soccer, football and baseball. Just a few years ago he participated in his first ever game of cricket with his co-workers. For himself, Aaron enjoys a good round of golf, we’ll see if he ever has one. Aaron hopes that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter brings a business analysis educational program to the area to spark innovation and creative thinking and raise the level of business analysis performed for organizations in the Bluegrass area. This will raise the awareness of the value of business analysts as change agents to allow organizations to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Kentuckiana Branch Director - Bill Powers, CBAP
Bill Powers, CBAP is a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank & Trust. He is a highly accomplished, innovative and team spirited professional with several years of experience in Business Analysis, Project Management, Client Service Management, Operations and Benefit Administration. Bill has experience in Data Analytics, Operation Efficiency, Project Implementation, UAT and QA testing efforts.
Bill was born and raised in the Northern Illinois suburbs and relocated to Louisville, KY with wife Andrea, son William and daughter Alison. Bill obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification in October 2018.
Kentuckiana Branch Director - Bronson Zell, CBAP
Bronson Zell, CBAP is a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting at Republic Bank & Trust. He has a decade of business analysis experience, and specializes in process improvement, data analysis, data visualization, and both informal and formal documentation. He considers himself an Efficiency Specialist with experience in Project Implementation, UAT, QA, Experienced Customer Service Manager, Professional Writer, Payments Processing, Banking, Claims Adjudication, Graphic Design and Layout, and Technical Support.
Bronson obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification in August 2018. He would like to see the Bluegrass IIBA chapter further grow and develop the Business Analysis discipline within the corporate culture of Kentucky. There are several companies with robust, mature BA practices, but there are also many that do not have a formalized BA team nor a PMO. I believe we have the opportunity to promote the profession and to improve the strength and health of business in Kentucky.