Board of Directors

President - Samantha B. Perez, CBAP

Vice President - John D. Sorensen, CBAP

​Secretary - Ashish Adike

Treasurer - Debbie Saldana, ECBA

VP of Information Technology - Laura A. York

VP of Marketing - Rachel Leszczynski

VP of Education  - Chrystal Alexander


Samantha B. Perez

  • Samantha B. Perez is passionate about business analysis and has been a practitioner for 10 years.
  • In 2017, she earned both a CBAP and a CSPO to continue growing as an analyst and help others as a leader for the business analysis Center of Excellence at Whataburger Restaurants, LLC.
  • Samantha began her position as a business analyst with Y&L Consulting, an IT consulting company based in San Antonio, on September 11, 2018 to continue gaining experience in agile methodology.
  • In her spare time Samantha enjoys attending concerts and watching films.

John D. Sorensen

  • John has successfully delivered many IT Projects working as a developer, QA, PM and Business Analyst.
    • Data Analytics implementation at Shell Oil, adding $6M Profit
    • Delivered End to End automated printing and scanning solution at Shell Oil’s largest Blending Plant
    • Proposed Business Analysis Center of Excellence at Andeavor
  • CBAP Since 2009
  • Founding member of the Houston Chapter of the IIBA (and now re-vitalized San Antonio Chapter!)
  • More than 2 decades of experience in Federal, military and 18+ years in Oil and Gas

Ashish Adike

  • Ashish has 8+ years of experience in Business Process Analysis, Requirements gathering, Consulting, Solutioning and Project Management.
  • Experienced in working with multiple Business functions – Sales, Marketing, Finance, Operations. 
  • Strong research professional with a PGDM focused in Sales and Marketing from Indian Institute of Management, Indore. 
  • Awarded team player with excellent learning and adaptability skills.  
  • Ashish is also passionate about architecting solutions in salesforce and is a certified Salesforce Application Architect. 

Debbie Saldana

  • Debbie Saldana is the quintessential communicator.  Her leadership style promotes positive collaboration among colleagues that, quite frankly, gets the job done.  Debbie is a vice president at Frost Bank, supervising a team of six business analysts in the Loan Operations Division.
  • Debbie’s top five characteristics for creating a collaborative work environment:
  • 1.      Be an active listener
    2.      Promote the exchange of ideas
    3.      Regard each stake-holder’s role as integral
    4.      Celebrate individual successes
    5.      Understand the big picture.
  • Along with serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the IIBA San Antonio Chapter, Debbie is also president of her homeowner’s association. She enjoys outings with friends and spending time with her family, including her three grandchildren.

Laura A. York

  • Laura York has been in the IT industry for over 25 years. 
  • Currently, she works as a Senior Business Analyst in the Oil and Gas industry.  Prior to this job, she worked 20 years credit card processing industry. 
  • There are many roles Laura has been in, such as, Senior Business Analyst, Senior Business Information Specialist, Quality Assurance Analyst and Reporting Specialist. 
  • Her experience includes requirement elicitation, communication and collaboration, reverse engineering scripts, code and programs, quality and testing.
  • In her spare time, she continues to update her skills in business analysis and IT development. Laura has a BAAS degree from University of Incarnate Word and
  • is ready to add a Certification in Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) in 2020.

Rachel Leszczynski

  • For the last eight years Rachel has worked in the financial industry, during which she focused on process improvement, growth and development, and analytics.
  • In December of 2017 she graduated from Penn State with a degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. Go Nittany Lions!
  • She is excited to utilize the skills she has learned to help grow our San Antonio network through partnership, collaboration, and passion.
  • On a more personal note, Rachel is a cat mom of two, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and she loves to dance.

Chrystal Alexander

  • Business Data Analyst at San Antonio Water System
  • Over 7 years experience as an Analyst 
  • Trained in International Political Economic at the University of Pittsburgh, Master's Degree
  • Skills Include:
    • Statistical Analysis and Econometrics
    • Research Methods (qualitative and quantitative)
    • Policy Analysis
    • Predictive Modeling/ Forecasting 
  • Interests include: 
    • Workforce and Community Development
    • Education research
    • Natural Resource Extraction