Treasurer – Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC, CPOA
Aaron Whittenberger has 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, his IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) in 2019, and his Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA) in June 2021. Aaron currently serves as Treasurer for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and lives in Independence, KY and has four children. He recently retired from umpiring high school 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.
Director of Certification - Eric-Stephan Neill, PMP, CSCP, CLTD
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 Events - Ann Hage, CBAP
Ann Hage is a Product Specialist for SCC Soft Computer in Louisville, KY. She worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has worked for a software development company that specializes in building laboratory/genetics information systems (LIS). In her role as a product specialist, she has worked on various LIS replacement projects for new hospitals / laboratories as well as software enhancement requests for existing clients.
Ann’s decision to pursue a certification in Business Analysis came after spending a significant amount of time on a large, international LIS replacement project. Although she was confident in her skills, she felt she was lacking the formal training and tools to take her career to the next level.
Director of Events - Dolores Vadi, CBAP
Dolores Vadi has 30 years experience in the healthcare industry including 19 years at a software development company that specializes in Clinical Laboratory and Genetics Information Systems (LIS/GIS). In addition to obtaining her Certified Business Analyst Professional™ (CBAP®) certification she holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics.
During her 19 years with the company Dolores has worked both in the Product Development and Implementation departments which have afforded her many opportunities to work on new development and process improvement initiates. Having worked extensively with internal and external stakeholders Dolores understands the value and importance of good business analysis.
Dolores is a member of both IIBA® and the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. She looks forward to continuing to hone her BA skills both at the workplace and in service to the Chapter. She would like to help educate BA professionals on the numerous specialized and complementary careers available. To foster an understanding and desire for continued learning to help meet the new challenges and opportunities emerging in the business analysis profession.
Recognition Program Director - Andrew Lytle, CCBA
Andrew Lytle works as a Business Analyst for NTT Data at Commonwealth of Kentucky, supporting the Medicaid Waiver Management Application. He has several years of experience in business analysis and project management, specializing in data analysis, SQL report writing, technical analysis, business process improvement, supporting QA / UA testing efforts among other skills and techniques.
Andrew discovered the field of business analysis after several years of working in the ministry and operations management. The more he learned about business analysis, the more he grew to love it and realized it was an ideal field for him. It allowed him to use his love for technology to help make IT projects and people succeed. Getting certified in business analysis was the natural and necessary next step. He became Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) certified in September 2018. Andrew would like to see Bluegrass IIBA chapter to encourage a life-long learning mindset for all Kentucky business analysis professionals.
Director of Technology – Usha Talabhaktula, MBA, MSIT, CSM, CBAP
Usha Talabhaktula currently an ERP Business Analyst in the Auditor Controller’s Office of Monterey County, CA. She started her career as an IT Programmer Analyst and now has an overall experience of 20+ years in the Information Technology, Data Center/Cloud computing, Higher Education and Local government business sectors.
Usha has a Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT) degree from California State University-Fullerton, USA and a Master’s degree in Commerce from India, which is evaluated as an MBA in the USA. As a Business Relationship Manager, she is the liaison between functional and technical teams in Financials and Budgeting areas, and performs a wide variety of business analysis tasks/activities. Usha is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) in Financial Management and Oracle Certified Expert(OCE) in Hyperion System Administration. She also has ITIL® and CSM® certifications. She is a member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and obtained her Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification in February 2022.
Usha is a strong believer in the concept of living life to its fullest extent, through continuous learning and growth. Usha volunteers at her Church, as a Director of a program for middle and high school students. She also volunteers in the Children’s ministry of a Christian Fellowship in Silicon Valley, where she teaches songs and directs skits.
Kentuckiana Branch Director - Bronson Zell, CBAP, AAC
Bronson Zell 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.
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.