The people who work at Solarity care more, do more, and strive more than most to make a positive difference in the lives of people around them. We are a team who live our values of providing high-quality results through healthy behaviors, meaningful relationships, continuous improvement, and focus on results.

We live out the mission of helping people, organizations, and communities THRIVE!

Our Featured Team Members

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Bud Ratliff

President

PMP®, Advanced Change Management Practitioner, 
Project+, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, CM

Bud founded Solarity in 2003, and has twenty plus years of experience in the industry. An experienced consultant and trainer with a degree in education, he has delivered Enterprise Project Management consulting locally, nationally, and internationally in diverse organization ranging from healthcare, technology, pharma, military, government, and higher education. Bud has extensive experience in working with Commonwealth agencies, including working on large systems upgrades for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

He is a graduate of Leadership Central Kentucky and Leadership Lexington, and was elected Distinguished Leader for 2004. Bud helped found the local IIBA Bluegrass Chapter and served as its Vice President of Administration and Finance. Bud is a former President of the local PMI® chapter, and has served in many other various volunteer roles, including as a leader in his church and the community of Midway.

Nancy Ward

EVP of Sales & Operations

PMP®, MBA, Change Management Practitioner

Nancy has provided services to Solarity for eight of her thirty-plus years in the industry. Before joining Solarity, Nancy held various executive position for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, including being CIO of the Revenue Cabinet, before ending her public service career in Governor Patton’s Office. She brings years of executive leadership to our team, and has led countless transformational changes and strategic planning initiatives throughout her career. She has extensive experience with Kentucky’s state government programs and operations in both employee and consultant capacities. This includes overseeing the implementation of a new Learning Management System for the Commonwealth (KELMS) and more recently, providing strategic consulting to the Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA) for the KentuckyWired project. Nancy has also served in various roles on the board of the local PMI® chapter.

Sarah Sechrist

Office Manager

Sarah has been providing bookkeeping services to Solarity since 2012. Her fifteen plus years of experience working in accounting and office management roles for many different industries make Solarity’s internal operations run smooth and organized. Sarah is an active member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers as well as a QuickBooks Professional and notary public. She volunteers her skills to several non-profit organizations in Lexington, KY.

Sue Knies

Practices Management Office (PMO) Director, Executive Project Manager, and Trainer

PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt

Sue has been with Solarity for four of her thirty plus years in the industry. Sue leads our Practices Management Office. Her passion for quality drives the company to always deliver better consulting services and training classes. Sue has developed and standardized much of Solarity’s training curriculum as well as our PM Practice. Sue is an active member of the PMI® KY Bluegrass Chapter and has served on the Chapter Board in various offices including President and VP of Programs.

Cory Camic

Business Development Manager

 PMP®

Cory has provided services to Solarity for several years of his fifteen plus year career with proven ingenuity in the areas of sales team development and management, as well as leveraging solutions-based selling to increase corporate profitability. Additionally, Cory has thirteen years of experience working in the technology field, helping to design, implement, and manage technology solutions for enterprise organizations in both the public and private sectors. Cory is characterized as a results-driven individual with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Bert Walther

Executive Project Manager, Trainer

 PMP®

Bert has had the privilege of working with many highly qualified people in the Central Kentucky business community. With their help he has gained over 20 years of technology and operations experience, including 10 years of experience in higher education IT management, and over 10 years of project management expertise. In his various roles and responsibilities, he has fostered organizational development through effective program and personnel management, and worked hard to deliver project and initiatives as designed and anticipated.

Cole Guthrie 

 Project Manager

 

Cole Guthrie, native to Lexington, KY offers an adaptive style of Project Management to fit organizational needs not only in the Bluegrass, but all over the United States. Cole’s ability to adapt to client needs allows for effective collaboration in the IT industry. Managing both short and long-term contracts for a variety of customers Cole ensures consistent delivery of services that meet organizational needs, on time and on budget.

Don Garrison 

Information Security Engineer

CISSP, SANS GIAC (GCDA), Security+, Project+, ITIL Certified
MCSE, MasterASE SAN Architect, E|CIH

Don brings sixteen years of Information Technology experience to Solarity.  For the last two years, his assignment has been to provide consultative services to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), as an Information Security Engineer.  In this role, Don focuses on identifying proactive changes to improve LFUCG’s security posture. 

Prior to this, Don spent 12 years as the Director of Technology for a top association management company, where he provided support for internal staff and over 30 different associations in the medical, government, and agriculture industries.  Among many of his projects, he designed, deployed, and managed the technical deployment to support the company’s 300% growth and transitioned many on-premise services to the cloud. 

Terry Barnes 

Terry Barnes
 Executive Project Manager

 PMP®, MBA