Members of the Albany IIBA Chapter Board of Directors serve as the Officers of the Chapter. They serve two-year terms, with the terms being staggered so approximately one-half the Board elected each year.  This provides new ideas and thoughts to the leadership of the chapter while providing continuity and mentorship to new Board members.

For more information on each position, see our Chapter Bylaws for the duties and responsibilities.  If you are interested in advancing your leadership skills and see how decisions are made in an organization ran by a Board of Directors, please contact one of the people below to see how you can Get Involved!

President

David F. Nagy, CBAP, PMP

Dave is a Senior Principal Consultant with NTT Data. He has over 20 years of experience in various aspects of software development and business analysis projects. These projects have been for state agencies and private businesses, and have included a mix of new development, enhancements, data migration, and business process improvement. He continues to serve as a Business Analyst consultant for New York State.

Dave earned his CBAP in 2014. He hopes to continue working on behalf of the chapter to identify corporate sponsorships, to establish training and study groups, and help the business analyst become a more widely recognized profession in the Albany Capital District area.

In addition to the IIBA, he also belongs to the Project Management Institute (PMI), and attends their chapter meetings.

Email: Chapter.President@albanyny.iiba.org

Vice President (VP) Professional Development 

Aman Sahni, CBAP, CSM, SCJP

Aman has over 16 years of experience working as a Business Architect / Analyst. He has 11 years of experience serving clients within New York State Health and Human Services (HHS) cluster, primarily state and local. Aman is currently working as a Business Architect and Analyst with NY State Department of Health (eMedNY). He also has extensive experience for independent verification and validation (IV&V) and quality assurance (QA) projects. 

Aman is a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified JAVA Developer (SCJP). He also holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from University at Albany and Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication. In the past, Aman worked as an adjunct faculty with the Dept. of Computer Science at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He is passionate in helping clients towards multidimensional business views of capabilities, organizational structure, reusing existing capabilities within the organization and helps in establishing standards which are customizable and traceable. 

Aman joined IIBA in 2014 and since then he is following BABOK standards while working for his clients within state and local. He recently joined the Albany chapter and attended the Albany Business Analysis Development event (ABADD) in March 2021 and got very excited that Albany chapter is bringing all the professionals under the same roof to share their knowledge and best practices. 

Aman is seeking a Member at Large position as he would be a great fit due to his business analysis experience and passion towards the profession. He can influence and mentor others, share and gain the knowledge and expertise which will allow professionals and clients to save time, effort, and opportunity cost while working on a project / assignment.   

In a nutshell, Aman is a Strategy Translator: defines the areas for improvements and changes necessary to carry out strategy or reshape the business, Map Maker: creating and maintaining the knowledge base within organization, and Practice Manager: helps maturing decisions with facts which are tied all the way back to the organizational capabilities.

Email: Chapter.VPofEducation@albanyny.iiba.org

Vice President (VP) Communications & Marketing 

Cindy Herrmann, ACC

Cindy has worked for NYS for the last nine years in the Local Government division of the Comptroller’s office. She is the product manager for the Public Authority Reporting Information System (PARIS) and for the MISTy Audit Tracking System. She also has her own marketing and web development company, Mogul Marketing, where she has done BA work for Barclays Bank and for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She has been posting on social media for IIBA Albany for the last six months. 

Recent Certifications:

  • ICAgile Certified Professional - Agile Product Ownership, 2021
  • Certified Agile Analyst by the International Institute of Business dAnalysis (IIBA), 2020
  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Dreamweaver CC and ACE Web Master, 2016

She has an MBA from New York University and has also led systems development efforts at First Albany and Standard & Poor’s.
 

Email: chapter.vpofmktgcomm@albanyny.iiba.org

Vice President (VP) Sponsorship

Don Briggs, CCBA

Donald works at the Office of the State Comptroller and is a new comer to the formal business analyst role. He has quickly learned the job and taken on the responsibilities of lead business analyst on two major modernization projects that will change the way the state does business with local governments and courts. Don started his professional career as a restaurant manager and continues to balance his responsibilities in that role. The experience in developing improved training plans, documenting training manuals that were implemented company-wide in a national chain restaurant, and his ability to effectively work with people from varied backgrounds lend themselves to a strong foundation as a business analyst.
Don is excited to leverage his connections in the local community and charisma to recruit and build the local chapter’s sponsorship.

Treasurer

Mary Kurtzner

Mary is a Product Business Analyst with the NYISO, she contributes to software enhancement, design and implementation for the many software applications used to ensure reliability for the NYS Electric grid. She has extensive experience in Medical Insurance claims processing and payment. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, training at the gym and travel. Mary has recently contributed to the Albany Chapter of the IIBA by assisting with the Member at Large duties.

Secretary

Pablo D. Lopez

Pablo D. Lopez was born in Mexico City in 1960. Mr. Lopez is a Power Systems Engineer by training, and Developer, and Business Analyst (BA) by choice.  He started his professional life working as BA, Programmer and Tester in the development of Full Scope Power Plant Simulators. For a while, he worked for GTECH in the gaming industry, think Lotto.  In 1998, he migrated to USA and started his current professional life, working as contractor for GE Energy. After 10 years, he accepted a position at the Albany Medical Center.  He currently works for the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) since 2016.
He is very interested in practicing and promoting the basic skills that a BA needs, with special emphasis in Business Rules. He has also been trying vigorously to introduce the practice of Scrum at NYISO.

  • He enjoys classical music, from Bach and Mozart and  The Beatles.
  • Science Fiction, cakes and ice cream are his weaknesses!
  • He is married and has two, out-of-the-nest, sons. No grandchildren yet.
  • One of his favorite memories is the Moon Landing of the Apollo 11 in 1969!

Email: Chapter.Secretary@albanyny.iiba.org

Member at Large 

Gautami Sonty, CBAP

Gautami is a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), with a Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis and a Certification in Delivery for OutSystems Specialization and Professional Scrum Master (1). She is currently working with NYSTEC on the modernization of the NY State’s Education Department systems, leading the vendor implementation for Office of Professional Discipline.  

Prior to her role as a Senior Business Analyst, Gautami worked at New York State Workers’ Compensation Board where she received the ‘Employee of the Quarter award’ and ‘Tech Terrific’ awards from her employer for her significant contributions to the project. She also worked as a Product Business Analyst at NY Independent System Operator and as a Business Analyst at Department of Aging and Disability Services in Texas. Her primary strengths are requirements elicitation, documentation, process mapping/ improvement, and client communication.

Gautami holds a Master’s in Public Administration with concentrations in Healthcare Management from the Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from International Technological University.