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

 

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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.

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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

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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. 
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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