Board of Directors
Agnes Goldingay, President
Agnes is an independent business analysis consultant and long time resident of Greater Seattle. She’s spent 11 years at Starbucks Corporation in multiple roles and responsibilities in accounting, finance, sales support and data operations, to name a few, and has been involved in high visibility, multiple enterprise ERP and BI implementations. She’s also spent time at T-Mobile as a senior business analyst and business manager. Since 2013 she’s consulted in various business analysis roles at Sterling Talent Solutions, Port of Seattle, HAP Alaska, RD Merrill, T-Mobile, General Communications Inc (GCI) and True Blue.
Jamshyd Fararooy, FCA
Jamshyd brings experience in international accounting, auditing, and software implementation projects. He has extensive knowledge of business processes gained through managing audits and directing implementation projects in over 100 companies on three continents. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Committee for the Accounting program at Renton Technical College.
Cas Schwandt, VP Programs
Melissa Smith, VP Marketing
Melissa is an Experienced Associate at Price Waterhouse Coopers in the IT Advisory practice, focused on Strategic Technologies and IT Infrastructure. She has also worked for Seattle based, Talking Rain Beverage Company, the makers of Sparkling Ice. There, she was as an Associate IT Business Analyst and Project Manager and lead Business Analysis initiatives and project teams to implement enterprise solutions.
Christiane Fortin, CBAP, VP Sponsorship
Christiane is a senior business analyst with experience in different industries from aerospace to retail and wholesales. Most recently she became part of REI infrastructure team to support implementation and improvement of internal IT processes and tools to support the organization. She received her CBAP in 2015 and is part of the University of Washington Business Analysis program advisory board. She also teaches business analysis for Bellevue College Continuing Education
Joanie Lohmann, Secretary
Joanie has worked for over twenty-five years as a computer programmer, a systems analyst, and a technical writer with a focus on IT and aerospace applications and process. In recent years, she has discovered that she'd like to enhance her skill sets and work as a business analyst. In the role of Chapter Secretary, she wants to use clear communication in serving the board and members of the Seattle chapter, just as she has the technology teams that she has worked with over the years.
Pradnya Bhere, CBAP, PMP, CSP, CSM, CSPO, VP Membership
I am a problem solver with extensive experience in business analysis and project management. I thrive on a challenge and savor helping organizations build better businesses and business models. I am committed to continuous learning, understanding people, and adapting best practices in order to meet the demands of the situation at hand/ balance the different and sometimes conflicting needs of business. As an avid agile practitioner and Scrum coach, I lead teams through agile transformation by breaking down unnecessary systems and getting to the root of issues early and often. I enjoy challenging and inspiring others to deliver value and love to share my experiences and learn from those around me. I relish helping others reach their goals through coaching and collaboration by pushing them to raise the bar, and make a difference in their organizations. As a member of this board, I want to advocate the role of business analyst and promote the value of business analysis within the local organizations.
Joel Ohringer, PMP, VP Professional Development
Joel is a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager with over 20 years of experience. This includes performing analysis work on digital transformation initiatives, managing process automation for an international software company, modeling UX/UI design, and acting as Business Analyst for IT projects for an international law firm. He has implemented technologies and software for Professional Development, Continuing Education, and Learning Management Systems. He has been involved with IIBA since 2011.
Vanessa Dennison, CBAP, VP Communications
Vanessa Dennison owns Dennison & Associates, an independent consulting firm helping associations solve operational problems to achieve their strategic goals with flexible, cost-effective services. Vanessa is a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP®) with expert business analysis and facilitation skills. Vanessa has more than 14 years’ experience working with dozens of member-based organizations, both as staff and an industry vendor. She applies proven expertise, industry best practices, and a deep commitment to her clients to deliver superior results.