Board of Directors

IIBA Sacramento Valley Chapter (SVC) - 2018 Board of Directors


Please feel free to contact any of the Board of Directors via the above email links or utilize the Contact Us form!

Biographies of the Board of Directors

Bob Guarino, President

Bob Guarino lives in El Dorado Hills and has worked at Blue Shield of California (BSC) for 7 years. Prior to that, he worked an Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for 26 years. At Anthem, Bob held a wide variety of roles, starting as a programmer, progressing through various analyst positions and eventually managing an IT staff.  At BSC, Bob lead a team of Business Analysts working on a major system replacement effort.  Most recently, Bob is performing analytical and requirements gathering efforts within the Product Development Management team.

When he was working with PeopleSoft products, Bob was the chairman of a PeopleSoft Northeast Regional Users Group for 10 years.

Bob holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and has a Six Sigma Green Belt.


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Misty Newell, Treasurer

Misty Newell is the Sacramento IIBA treasurer. She has a degree in International Business and has worked mostly in the financial services industry or related roles (in manufacturing, banking, healthcare and education industries).

Her current role is as an IT Consultant with Experis IT. She enjoys her work and is fortunate to be among some very talented folks.

On a more personal side, Misty has lived and worked in the Sacramento area for the last 25 years and has a son who is currently in the military. Misty enjoys a variety of activities; skiing (is nationally certified professional ski instructor), traveling, horseback riding hiking, bicycling, camping, backpacking, etc.


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Uma Karthikeyan, Secretary

Uma Karthikeyan is an analyst at Inspire Logic. She started her career as a college lecturer in an engineering college and went on to work at Aerojet. She has a degree in Masters of Applied Science and is currently pursuing a Certificate program in Business Analysis at the UC Davis Extension.

Uma lives in Folsom with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, she loves to do yoga and volunteer at community events.


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TBH, VP Events

Currently managed by the President


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TBH, VP Education & Certification

Currently managed by the President


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Susan Hufford, VP Membership

Susan is originally from the Chicago area, and earned a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has worked for 9 years in Information Systems Consulting, as a Consultant for Accenture, and as a Consulting Manager for Deloitte Consulting.  She has 15 years of experience as a Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager, in positions for Nike, Inc., The Clorox Company, XPO Logistics, Blue Shield of California, and Health Net Federal Services.  She is currently serving on the Board of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Susan attributes that will benefit the IIBA Board are that I am extremely well-organized, she works very harmoniously on teams, and has a strong business background in Business Analysis as well as Project Management and PMO Coordination.  She also has excellent oral, written, facilitation, and presentation skills.

Susan has a sincere interest in helping the community of Business Analysts in the Sacramento Area with networking and career growth. 


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Yao Saechao, VP Marketing & Sponsorship

Yao Saechao is a Sr. Technical Recruiter at Experis IT in Rancho Cordova, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in Community Regional Development at University California of Davis. He has an impressive background having over 9 years of IT recruiting experience; delivering top tier talent in the Sacramento Region as well as client/consultant relationship development.

Yao is also actively involved with Sacramento Java User Group and currently IIBA’s VP of Marketing.

Yao enjoys all type of sports and an avid outdoorsman. He presently resides in Elk Grove, CA with his beautiful wife and two children.


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Biographies of Volunteers

Turab Saleh Fatakdawala, Webmaster/Technology - Volunteer

Turab is a Senior Product Manager with PowerSchool. He has been volunteering for the IIBA as the Webmaster and handling the Technology for the past few years.

He is an Engineer and MBA, and loves the Education industry where all his work experience lies.

He actively supports Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master and regularly donates with BloodSource.


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