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.
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 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 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.
Director of Educational Outreach
Gabriel Ferguson joins the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Leadership Team as Director of Educational Outreach in the spring of 2015. He is a graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double concentration in Computer Information Systems and Accounting. His work experience includes working as a business systems analyst specializing in Master Data Management, an automotive ERP systems analyst, a tax professional, and an IT project manager for a local food bank. Gabriel's involvement with Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the largest collegiate business student organization in the world, led him to compete and win first place in Information Management at the Kentucky PBL Spring Leadership Conference in 2014 and second place in Accounting Analysis & Decision Making in 2012. He has led a college team to compete in the KYCPA’s (Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants) annual competition, PEAK (Promote & Encourage Accounting Kentucky) where students test their knowledge of the uniform CPA exam. He hopes to bring his experience as a campus ambassador with Becker Professional education, an organization that promotes review courses for the CPA and PMP certifications, to his current role in order to present the IIBA's academic programs to local universities so that their curriculum may be enriched by the BABOK.
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 has 29 years of Business and Information Technology experience, including 16 years of business analysis and 15 years as a Consultant. He earned his Certified Business Analyst ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) certification in 2008. Aaron current serves as Director of Technology for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, as well as serves the IIBA® as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region and former Co-Chairperson of the Role Delineation Committee, responsible for the relevancy and validity of the IIBA® certification program. 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 months 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 Business Analysis 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.