Welcome to the IIBA® Tampa Bay website!

The Business Analyst (BA) role in today's organizations is becoming increasingly important.  Some might describe this role as the "bridge" between the IT organization and Business units, commanding fluency in both languages.  Business units rely on a BA to translate business goals and objectives into requirements, and IT staff rely on a BA to translate technical concepts and components into business language.  As the BA role gains prominence, the ongoing growth of Business Analysis practitioners is key.

President & Vice President (VP) Professional Development

Thea Soehen - CSPO

At the forefront of Business Analysis at The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, my role as a Senior Business Analyst melds my CSPO certification with a commitment to streamline processes and enhance system performance while making people’s lives better. 
Beyond technical competencies, my leadership at the IIBA Tampa Bay Chapter, where we've facilitated over 120 study groups, reflects my dedication to professional development and mentorship. The nomination as IIBA SE Region Volunteer of the Year underscores a career dedicated to empowering professionals and advocating for excellence in Business Analysis and Project Management.
 
 

CFO / Treasurer

Yulia Petrunina - CBAP

Vice President (VP) Communications, Marketing & Membership

Clifford Gray - MCSE, MCSA, MCP

💥 20+ years of experience supporting the development, implementation, and administration of cutting-edge technology solutions critical to business operations with a focus on data activities. Specializing as a liaison between technical and non-technical teams to effectively communicate complex concepts, ideas and requirements.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/crmarchitect

Board Member at Large

Alicia Funderburk - M.A., PROSCI, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, CAL, ICP-ATF, ACS-CF

Alicia Funderburk is an accomplished award-winning 40 Under 40 Professional with over 16 years of experience successfully leading, managing, and delivering Technology, Engineering, and Creative change initiatives across a range of industries including Professional Sports, Healthcare/Medical Devices, Entertainment, Broadcast Media, Creative Services, and Education.

Drawing from her distinctive professional background, she successfully uses her diverse skillset & professional industry experience to foster growth within teams, create comprehensive training programs, cultivate a collaborative team environment, enhance communication, & bridge the gap between technology, innovation, & creativity to propel businesses towards their strategic objectives & revenue targets.

As a seasoned leader, she brings forth a wealth of applied experience, using several methodologies to serve a diverse set of organizations & industries. She is a PROSCI® Certified Change Management Practitioner, a PMI Certified Wicked Problem Solving Practitioner (WPS), an IBM Certified Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner & Co-Creator, Certified Agile Leader (CAL 1&2), Professional Scrum Master (CSP-SM), Professional Product Owner(CSP-PO), Certified Facilitator(ICP-ATF® & ACS-CF®), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), has earned a Business Analysis Certificate from Duke University & has earned the Learning Experience Design Certificate from Louisiana State University.

Her creative prowess has earned her recognition on a global scale. Her work has been featured in esteemed publications including TIME Magazine, USA Today, People Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, & The Wall Street Journal. Alicia's talent has also secured her multiple appearances on Billboard & Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Entertainment Photographs lists.

Alicia has received numerous awards & honors for her unwavering dedication & commitment to giving back to the community. She actively volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors with organizations in Florida, North Carolina, & serves as an alumni mentor at LSU.

She has been a member of IIBA since 2018.

Board Member at Large 

Esther Folorunso - MBA, CBAP

Esther Oluwabusayo Folorunso, MBA, CBAP, is an experienced and certified business analyst currently working as a Business Analyst in the US Higher Education Industry. She previously worked as a Semi Senior- business analyst in Andersen Nigeria serving clients in both the Public and Private Sectors with different growth levels (Start-ups, Growing, Maturing, and Declining) and in diverse industries (Financial Technology, Healthcare, Technology, Banking/Finance, Engineering, Oil and Gas, Retail, Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Advertising) 

She holds a bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship/Business Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Fort Hays State University, Kansas, USA.  

She presently serves on the Board of the IIBA Tampa Bay Florida Chapter, is a speaker on everything business analysis and Change, and has authored articles published in BA Times, Business Day, ThisDay, The News Guru, Guardian Newspapers, The Nigerian Tribune, and the Punch Newspaper. 

Board Member at Large

Uche Ekeh - CSM, CBAP, CAL-E, CAL-T, CSPO

An experienced Business Analyst specializing in Agile methodologies, business process improvement, and requirements gathering. Demonstrated success in managing IT projects and delivering exceptional results. A passionate problem solver committed to driving innovation and transforming challenges into opportunities.‍
 

Board Member at Large

Vivian Carnegie - CLSSBB, CSM, CSPO

Business Analyst with over a decade of experience in process validation, quality analysis, root cause analysis, continuous process improvement, business information systems, and quality management systems. Proven track record in designing and implementing automation systems, proposing workflow improvements, and utilizing Lean Six Sigma principles for timely and accurate analyses and reports.
 

Board Consultant

Robert Churchill - CBAP, PMP, CSM, CSPO, A-CSD

Robert P. Churchill (CBAP, PMP, CSPO, CSM, A-CSD, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) has combined mechanical and software engineering skills to build and use continuous and discrete-event computer simulation systems for over thirty years. He has served in a vendor or consultant role in every life-cycle phase in the fields of pulp and paper, nuclear power, document imaging, insurance, metals, HVAC, inspections, medical practices, security, evacuation, emergency response, logistics, and maintenance and reliability. He’s been a developer, architect, field engineer, data collector, IV&V agent, manager, and analyst on desktop, networked, and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms. He has built real-time, interactive, and fire-and-forget systems for analysis, design, process improvement, industrial control, operations research, and operator training.