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 - Vacant


Email: Finance@bluegrass.iiba.org 

Vice President of Community Outreach – Judeth Tarter, CBAP

Judeth Tarter is currently a Business Analysis Consultant with SQS-USA, a Global Software Quality Systems consulting company, providing software testing and Quality Managed services to customers. Judeth has 25 years of experience in the IT world; holding several positions in system test, product management and business analysis within the software development life cycle at companies such as Siemens, KYTC and Savi. She has a BSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University and earned the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) designation in 2016. Judeth moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 2009 and she and her husband, Andrew, are kept quite busy with their young son, Jackson, enjoying all the local activities the horse capital of the world has to offer. Judeth wishes to assist Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to provide an understanding and recognition to the skills and expertise of the position and the values a business analyst can offer to excelling business qualities and serve as a community voice.  

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 - Diane Teague, MBA, CPSM, CPM, CCBA

Diane Teague is a Strategic Sourcing Analyst for BAE Systems, a defense contractor. She has over 25 years’ experience in Procurement including 5 years in process improvement. Diane recently joined IIBA, completed the Bridging the Gap BA Essentials Master Class training, and plans to take the CCBA exam by year end. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Hamilton College, an MBA degree from Pace University and two Certifications from the Institute for Supply Management - CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) and C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager). Diane has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 2007 and has two children – one in high school and one in college. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling domestically and internationally. Diane wants to grow the membership of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter by engaging current members and reaching out to non-members.

Email: Membership@bluegrass.iiba.org  

Vice President of Professional Development – Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC

Aaron Whittenberger has over 30 years of Business and Information Technology experience, including 18 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: 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  

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!


Joann Sims, CBAP

Vice President


2016 - 2019 


Richard Power, CBAP, PSM

Vice President

Administration and Finance

2017 - 2019 

Sarah Sechrist


2013 - 2021

Brandy Phelps

Vice President

Marketing and Communications

2015 - 2016


Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP


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


2016 - 2017



Jason Ballard

Vice President

Professional Development


 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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