Vice President of Sponsorship
Kathy joined the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in 2013 as one of the founding members. She was recruited by Aaron Whittenberger, the first president of Bluegrass Chapter, and was motivated because she wanted to promote Business Analysis in Central Kentucky. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the chapter since its inception, as the VP of Sponsorship.
Kathy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCmE) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA.) While working at the Institute for Mining and Mineral Research during her MBA studies, Kathy was able to work on her first project, which involved gathering requirements, creating a design, purchasing materials, and selecting and managing vendors to build a coal liquefaction prototype.
Kathy went on to spend 20+ years in Information Technology as a systems analyst for a coal company, the VP of Technology for a consulting firm, the IT Director for a large defense contractor, and as a Sr. Program Manager for a major mattress and bedding manufacturer. Along the way, she managed hundreds of successful technology projects, while acting as the de facto BA, because the job title did not exist in those organizations at the time.
For the last 4 years, she has taught college students in various business management and IT programs.
In her spare time, Kathy volunteers for Junior Achievement, teaching students Financial Literacy, Real Jobs Real World, and other relevant courses at local middle and high schools. She also loves thoroughbred horses and has a beautiful weanling filly by Fusaichi Pegasus (2000 KY Derby winner) out of a Malibu Moon mare.
In May 2017, Kathy was inducted into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame.