Treasurer – Sarah Sechrist
Sarah Sechrist is Accounting Manager for The Solarity Group, the premier education provider and consulting firm in the agile/lean, business analysis, project management and change management professions in Lexington, KY. She has worked in Finance for over 20 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 Agile Certification - Bill Phillips, CBAP, PSM, AAC
Bill Phillips, CBAP, PSM, AAC is a Business Analysis Consultant and IIBA® member with over 30 years of experience delivering value to his client base. His engagements have included a wide variety of business sectors including retail petroleum, higher education, hardware, life and health insurance, public health and highway transportation. He has focused on Agile delivery since 2013 and has served as a Product Owner on multiple international teams simultaneously. Bill has earned both the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification and the Agile Analysis (IIBA®-AAC) certification from IIBA. He is an early adopter of agile principles. Bill plans to promote IIBA as a leader in the Agile community, showing the Agile Mindset applies well beyond delivery only.
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.
Newsletter Publisher – 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. 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.
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 – Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC
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, his Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®) in 2018, and his IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) in 2019. Aaron currently serves as Director of Technology for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, as well as a past Regional Director of the IIBA® Americas Eastern Region. Aaron 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.
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.
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.