OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     

President - Kathy Leigh, CBAP

Kathy Leigh, CBAP is a Certified Advanced Facilitator and a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®). She has 30 years of experience in Information Technology, including 25 years in project and program management, and IT business analysis. Kathy earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She currently dedicates her time to teaching college students at University of Phoenix to prepare them to find fulfilling jobs in IT and Project Management. Kathy also volunteers for Junior Achievement. She loves thoroughbred horse racing and has been to tracks all over the United States, Canada and UK, but thinks Keeneland is the best racetrack in the world. Kathy is a 2017 Inductee into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame. When asked what she wants the Chapter to bring to the surrounding community, she responded: “I want the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to raise the quality of business analysts in the area as well as to provide a place where they can network with each other and with potential employers.”

Email: President@bluegrass.iiba.org 

Vice President of Administration and Finance – Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC

Aaron Whittenberger has over 30 years of Business and Information Technology experience, including 19 years of business analysis and 15 years as a Consultant. He earned his Certified Business Analyst ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) certification in 2008, his Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) in 2018, and his IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) in 2019. Aaron is our Founding President, as well as has served the IIBA® as Regional Director of the Americas Eastern Region and the Chairperson of the Role Delineation Committee, responsible for the relevancy and validity of the IIBA® certification program. He is a 2016 Inductee into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.

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.

Email: Finance@bluegrass.iiba.org

Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement – Stephanie Hawkins, MSIA, CISA

Stephanie Hawkins has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field focusing on enterprise IT transformation, business analysis, project management, data governance, IT risk, and controls. She holds a Master's degree in Information Assurance (MSIA) from Walsh College and is a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).

 


Email:  Community@bluegrass.iiba.org

Vice President of Marketing and Communication – Bill Powers, CBAP, AAC

Bill Powers, CBAP, AAC 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; and his Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) in March 2021. Bill would like to see Bluegrass IIBA Chapter continue to advocate for the consistent use of the IIBA techniques and for our practitioners to always challenge the status quo.  

Email: Marketing@bluegrass.iiba.org

Vice President of Membership - Lori Son, CBAP

Lori Son, CBAP is a Process Advisor at a gas company in Canada.  Her career as a Business Analyst started seven years ago when she took a chance and applied for a BA position.  She had found her niche.  The role was very exciting as the role consisted of networking with different stakeholders; preparing for testing and training; requirements gathering, verification and validation; continuous improvement and communication; and continuous learning experience, to say the least.  She found the role to be very fast-paced and at times overwhelming but overall, very fulfilling.  She greatly enjoyed it and wanted to become a better BA, so the next logical step was to align her experience with theory (the BABOK®).  She earned her CBAP® designation in 2018.

She lives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with her husband and two lovely, intelligent, little girls.  She enjoys spending all her spare time with them no matter the activity, reading books, walking outside or just having a lazy day at home.

Her goal, as Vice President of Membership, is to make all members feel welcomed and engaged, and benefit from each interaction with the Bluegrass Chapter.

Email: Membership@bluegrass.iiba.org  

Vice President of Professional Development - Retta Witter, MBA

Retta Witter, MBA Is a Consultant with J. Geiger Consulting with over 20 years of Business and Information Technology experience implementing ERP systems.  She has earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her MBA degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Retta lives in Kimberly, Wisconsin with her husband, son and dog.  In her free time, she loves hiking, photography and volunteers her time with the youth at her church.

Retta wishes to help IT professionals understand all the opportunity available and help them increase their skills so they can achieve their career goals.

Email: Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org 

Vice President of Sponsorship – 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.

 

Email: Sponsorship@bluegrass.iiba.org    

 

Kentuckiana Branch Executive Director - Isis Phillips, MBA, MS

Isis Phillips is a Gas Business Analyst for Louisville Gas and Electric - Kentucky Utilities, a PPL Corporation, that provides gas and electric services throughout Kentucky. Passionate about technology, Isis acquired a Master’s of Science in Applied Information Technology from Bellarmine University which stimulated her interest in Business Analysis. She participates in community service projects as often as possible and is an avid believer in servant leadership. Isis has been a member of IIBA international since 2014. Isis would like for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to help secure some volunteer projects, for members or those entering the field of Business Analytics, can obtain some hands on training.  This will help individuals acquire a more in-depth skill set in business analytics as well as help them make steps toward gaining their Business Analysis certifications.

  

 Email: Kentuckiana@bluegrass.iiba.org  

Philippines Branch Executive Director - Manu de los Reyes 

Manu de los Reyes is a business analyst for UBX Philippines, a fast growing Fintech company that makes financial services inclusive and accessible to everyone in the Philippines. Being an archipelago country with many far flung and hard to reach areas, this service has become even more important and the role of technology has been crucial in accomplishing this mission.

He studied in De La Salle University Manila and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Fascinated by the impact technology can have on business outcomes and on communities in general, he pursued a career as a business analyst over 6 years ago. He has been supporting IT solutions development as a business analyst in varying industries such as healthcare and insurance, HRIS and payroll, and currently Fintech. He aims to support the growing demand for business analysis skills in the Philippines by working with the IIBA Bluegrass Chapter in building programs for professional development and career growth.

 

Email: Philippines@bluegrass.iiba.org

Bluegrass IIBA Chapter thanks our past Chapter Leaders for their service to the Chapter and Business Analysis Community of the Bluegrass region. Thank you for laying the foundation to make this Chapter what it is today!

Judeth Tarter, CBAP

Vice President

Community Outreach

2016 - 2021

Diane Teague, MBA, CCBA

Vice President

Membership

2020 - 2021

 

Joann Sims, CBAP

Vice President

Membership

2016 - 2019 

 

Richard Power, CBAP, PSM

Vice President

Administration and Finance

2017 - 2019 

Sarah Sechrist

Treasurer

2013 - 2021

Brandy Phelps

Vice President

Marketing and Communications

2015 - 2016

 

Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP

President

2013 - 2016 

  

 

 Bud Ratliff, PMP, MCSE, MCTS

Vice President

Administration and Finance

2013 - 2015 

 

Holly Thompson

Vice President

Administration and Finance

2016 - 2017

 

John Batts

Vice President

Community Outreach

2013 - 2016

 

Daryl Keltz, PMP

Vice President

Marketing and Communications

2013 - 2015

 

Terry Sundy

President

2016 - 2017

  

 

Jason Ballard

Vice President

Professional Development

2015

 Naresh Shah 

Vice President

Professional Development

2013 - 2015


                               

Based in Lexington, Kentucky and serving all interested Kentucky Business Analysts    

Mailing address:  Bluegrass IIBA Chapter | 1588 Leestown Road, Suite 130-111 | Lexington, KY  40511

Email: info@bluegrass.iiba.org

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