Meet Our Instructors

At Bridging the Gap we help mid-career professionals start business analyst careers. Bridging the Gap was founded by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP in 2008. Our team of talented, dedicated instructors ensures we can continue to serve the hundreds of new and aspiring business analysts across the globe who participate in our programs every year.

All of our instructors are senior, practicing business analysis with deep experience in the profession. They are on-hand to help you apply your course materials and they provide the 1-1 support and evaluations our online business analysis courses have come to be known for.

Let’s meet our active course instructors:


Laura Brandenburg – Founder, CEO, and Course Designer

Laura Brandenburg, ACBA, CBAP is an internationally recognized leader, author, and keynote speaker known for helping mid-career professionals start business analysis careers.  She is the creator of Bridging the Gap and the best-selling author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career.

Laura brings more than a decade of experience in the business analysis profession, filling such diverse roles as a full-time business analyst, consultant, and hiring manager. She brings all of these perspectives into her writing, presenting, coaching, and training to help you find transferable business analysis skills, expand your business analysis experience, and start your business analysis career with confidence.


Paula Bell, ACBA, CBAP – Program Manager

Paula Bell is a business analyst mentor, coach, and author with 18 years in project roles to include business analyst, requirements manager, business process quality manager, technical writer, project manager, developer, test lead, and implementation lead. Paula has experience in a variety of industries to include media, courts, carpet manufacturing, banking, and mortgage. Paula has lead multiple highly visible multi-million dollar technology and business projects to transform businesses where she was the Consultant, Requirements Manager, or Lead Business Analyst.

Paula holds a BS in Management Information Systems, is an IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), and BA Certified through B2T. She started a mentoring program and chaired the communications committee for her local IIBA® chapter, has written articles for B2T, Business Analyst Times, and Modern Analyst, and has conducted podcasts with the BACoach and Dave Saboe.

Favorite Aspect of Business Analysis:

Solving business problems to come up with workable solutions to advance the business’ mission.

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Nadine Millner, ACBA, CBAP

Nadine Millner is an instructor that is strongly motivated to inspire new and experienced business analysts to love their career choice the way she does. A week prior to becoming a business analyst, Nadine had never heard of the job called “business analyst”. Over 15 years later, with lots more experience and knowledge, Nadine is now a professional business analyst with a passion for business analysis. The desire to develop new analysts to become professional and proficient business analysts drives Nadine to instruct as a full-time career.

Nadine is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) with deep business analysis experience and has spent 5 years facilitating the development of business analysts through training.

Nadine’s business analysis experience spans the globe, collaborating on and leading projects spanning the USA, United Kingdom, and South Africa. Having engaged with corporate organisations in the financial services sector, and consulting firms such as Deloitte and Accenture, Nadine has spent significant portions of her career analysing and documenting business requirements and facilitating the development of effective business solutions.

Over the years, Nadine shifted her focus to the development of future generations of business analysts. Nadine taught at the Faculty Training Institute in South Africa for 5 years, lecturing and facilitating multiple programmes all focussed on practical business analysis skills. She further assesses assignments for the programmes to ensure students are provided detailed, useful feedback on their application of skills, to create a platform for continued growth and development of students.

Many people hold the title of Business Analyst, however, the number of individuals with a passion for business analysis and the depth of the skills required to thrive in the role, is far lower. Through continued education of individuals with an appetite for learning, we can collectively grow the number of value-adding business analysts to a “hungry” business analysis market.

“A mediocre teacher tells; the good teacher explains; the superior teacher demonstrates, and the great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

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disha-trivedi Disha Trivedi, ACBA, CBAP

Disha moved to the United States from India in 2001. She first learned about Use Cases and Extreme Programming in her Software Engineering class at NC State University. Little did she know that this was only the start of her lifelong affair with Business Analysis. After obtaining her degree in Computer Science and Economics at NC State, she quickly proceeded to work with organizations that provided her insight into the Utility, Education, Education, and Mortgage sectors. She started as a Programmer, using every available opportunity to perform Business Analyst duties, and soon she got her first break. She later received her CBAP® in 2011.

Now, after more than 10 years of working in IT, she continues to enjoy helping organizations leverage the power of Business Analysis is passionate about sharing this knowledge with budding Business Analysts. She served as the Secretary for South Florida IIBA® chapter from 2011 to 2014 and continues to be an active IIBA® member.

When not promoting Business Analysis, Disha spends her time with her two young daughters and her husband in Northern Virginia.

Favorite Aspect of Business Analysis:

How simple and yet so powerful Business Analysis is! If done right, it has the potential to determine the success of a given project.

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Dr. Michael F. White, ACBA, CBAP, IIBA-AAC

Dr. Michael F. White is the founder of The Business Analysis Doctor, LLC, which is a global business analysis training provider specializing in IIBA® certification prep. Michael has been a business analysis practitioner for over a decade. He has driven innovation at some of the top financial institutions in the U.S. and holds a doctorate in Business Administration, Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), and the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC).

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Andrea Wilson, ACBA

Andrea Wilson was born and raised in North Florida where she currently resides with her family.  Professionally, she is an Information Technology (IT) Business Analyst with business domain experience in State Government, State Courts Systems, Education, and IT.  Her IT experience includes managing projects and leading team members in application support and development; consulting users and conducting information assessments to determine user needs; designing system requirements; and preparing detailed workflow charts or diagrams to describe input, output, and logical system operations.

Currently, Andrea works in an agile environment, facilitating scrum meetings, partnering with product owners to define and refine product backlogs, managing development sprints, and removing barriers as they arise. Process improvement adjustments through the use of process modeling, context diagramming, and product decomposition are additional areas of experience.

Andrea has committed herself to learning about roles which overlap her current duties, as well as delving into business analysis constructs so that she can hone those skills and grow effectively.  Along this journey, she has touched base with Product Management, Information Architecture, UI Design and Development, and Usability.  Her most valued professional certifications are the Applied Certification in Business Analysis™ (ACBA) from Bridging the Gap and the Project Management Professional (PMP)® from the Project Management Institute®.

Additionally, Andrea holds a Florida Educator’s Certification in K-12 Computer Science.  She has a passion for education and a commitment to optimizing organizational success.  Her desire is to keep active and stay current on educational needs as they evolve and she’s always open to experience new opportunities.

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Beverly Sudbury, ACBA, SP5

Beverly Sudbury is a business analyst specializing in Information Technology initiatives in the retail banking sector.  Business analysis is a career she evolved into – starting as a developer, she then moved to a systems analyst position for military systems. Upon completion of her time with the military, she then accepted an opportunity to move to Ireland as an analyst working on applications for early generation smartphones and internationalization of software. After returning to Canada, she worked as an IT Consultant and found her niche to be business analysis; translating business requirements into functional design specifications for IT initiatives. Beverly has over 25 years of experience in IT and analysis; a wealth of knowledge she wishes to share with those wishing to expand and develop their careers.

When not working or teaching, Beverly enjoys spending her time creating stained glass art, crocheting, photographing nature, or volunteering with people with disabilities.

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Marci Dahms – Administrator

Marci Dahms has been with Bridging the Gap since 2009 and facilitates our customer support and course administration, as well as many other behind-the-scenes logistics that allow all of us at Bridging the Gap to serve you efficiently and effectively.

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