Board of Directors

Board of Directors 


 Laura Robey, CBAP - President​  
Laura Robey has been performing business analysis in one form or another for the world's largest retailer for over 15 years. She started her career with Walmart Inc. as a programmer in HR systems, working on a variety of projects including bonus and recruiting/hiring software applications.  Later, she transitioned to the business analyst role and continued performing analysis work on projects within the compensation, payroll, and diversity domains. She has a passion for visual models in business requirements and has incorporated them wherever she could, ever since one of her business partners asked her to "draw me a picture..." in one of their sessions. Prior to her president role, Laura served the chapter as the Vice President of Communications for 4 years. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and achieved the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) designation from the IIBA® in April 2014.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading murder mysteries.

Gautam Sajnani 
Vice President
A Sr. Business Analyst with 10+ years of work experience in large scale Retail (Store & Warehouse), Pricing and extensive experience in HR Systems. Have worked with multiple companies as a business analyst like PepsiCo, Sysco, Walmart, DHL etc. I hold a Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering and have taken numerous business courses from Harvard Managed Mentor Program. Active member of IIBA and working on giving my CBAP early next year.
 medium_19871201-t2smith-teresa_smith-2012-s_0.jpg    Teresa Smith - VP of Communications
Teresa Smith is a Senior Business Analyst with the Bentonville Labs for Walmart, Inc. based in Bentonville, Arkansas. She has 30 years of experience at Walmart with the last 22 years being in its technology division. With 10+ years of business analysis experience, Teresa’s best advice to business analysis practitioners is to remain curious, develop partnerships, challenge the value, think like an end user and always put your customer first. Business analysis is providing the right solution at the right time for the right reason.

Leon Kilpatrick - VP of Marketing
Prior to my current role as BA for Fuel Integrated Technology (FIT), I refined my leadership and marketing skills as a BA for Electronic Payments (Epay), Programmer for Walmart ISD, Programmer Analyst for Gartner, and Management positions in various Walmart Stores. I am also an Ordained Minister that helped In the Start-up and planting of two churches and a Non-Profit Religious Organization in Portland, Or. I am an active member of the IIBA and believe that my educational background in Business Analysis, combined with my Management, Gartner and Start-up experiences have been excellent preparation towards leading the marketing effort of the NWA IIBA

Emily Robinson - VP of Professional Development
Emily Robinson is a Business Analyst currently working for Sam's Club Technology, in Bentonville, AR. She joined the business analysis profession in 2013 after being mentored toward the career path by a fellow BA.  She joined IIBA in 2015. In her career she has conducted on site BA training and mentoring.  Emily recently applied for CBAP where she will sit for the exam in coming months. With a passion for helping others grow in their profession she looks forward to serving the Northwest Arkansas chapter as VP of Professional Development.



Dalian Lim - VP of

Dalian Lim is a Business Analyst for Walmart Technology, the global leader in the retail business; headquartered in Bentonville, AR. She is currently a liaison between the business and technology. Prior to her current role, she gained her business analysis experience, how to manage customer relationships and expectations at a local financial institution. Dalian demonstrates expertise and applies them to development, execution, and improvement of action plans in her daily work. More importantly, she has a passion to make a difference which led her to the NWA IIBA Chapter.


Susan Eagleson, CBAP - VP of Records and Archives

Susan Eagleson is a Senior Business Analyst and Domain Product Business Analyst for Walmart Technology where she has been in the BA role since 2002.  Susan has worked in the Transportation and Logistics Distribution Center areas, both US and International.  Training includes: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Tester Foundation Level, Scrum Master, and International Institute of Business Analysis.  My goal is to lead others through Business/ IT processes and procedures through setting examples and through teachable moments



Diana Harvison, CBAP - Past President

I began my career as a Business Analyst in IT in 1999, and served as the liaison between the business and IT for four years prior to that. I have a BS in Business Administration. In 2004, I was happy to discover the IIBA organization and began my investigation into certification. In 2012, I finally sat for the exam and was granted my CBAP certification.  I am excited to see the world recognizing the business analysis practitioner as a career path of its own. I’m passionate about the role of the BA in the 21st Century and helping practitioners transform from traditional BA practices to value based practices and beyond.