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, his Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA) in 2021, and his ICAgile Certified Professional - Agile Product Owner (ICP-APO) in 2022. Aaron currently serves as Treasurer for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and lives in Independence, KY and has four children. 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 - Ann Hage, CBAP, CBDA
Ann Hage is currently a Business Systems Analyst for Bastian Solutions, A Toyota Advanced Logistics Company. After having worked in the healthcare sector for over 30 years, the majority of which was focused on the development of laboratory and genetics information systems, Ann took a leap of faith into the world of global material handling system integration. Although the two industries could not be further apart, Ann’s love of the BA profession has enabled her to leverage her skills and transition into her new role with confidence.
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. While journaling lessons learned, she quickly realized that it was time to sharpen the saw, expand her BA toolkit and formalize the processes that she had employed over the past 30 years.
Ann earned the designation of Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP®) certification in 2020 and her Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®-CBDA) in 2023 after having attended the Bluegrass IIBA sponsored study groups for both. As a member of the IIBA, she enjoys the endless opportunities for continuing education and professional growth that membership affords her.
In her role as the Director of Certification, she enjoys engaging with the community to highlight the value of certification, facilitating certification study groups and sharing her love for the BA profession.
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 is currently the ERP Systems Manager 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 25+ 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 the Business Analyst Manager for the Enterprise Business Consulting Team 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; and his Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) in December 2021. 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.