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Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee

Each certification program has an oversight body comprised of no fewer than five practitioners and subject matter experts from industry and academia. The committee evaluates certification exam performance on a yearly basis making sure that each item is performing accurately. They are responsible for responding to all requests for certification appeals. The oversight body also ensures that candidates are offered proper tools they need while preparing for the examinations and makes recommendations for the development of said tools.

Chair

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Thomas Binder,CMfgT, CMfgE
The Boeing Company
 

Tom Binder is a retired manufacturing engineer from the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Renton, Washington. Binder started his career in the commercial airplane division in 1984 and has worked on 727, 737, 757 and military versions of the 707, 737 and 757 aircraft.

He is a United States patent holder for Boeing's "Sky Interior" for the 737 and was honored with a 2012 Boeing Special Invention Award for this patent. Binder has achieved both the Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Technologist certifications from SME.

Binder received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and holds a Certificate in Product Lifecycle Management from Purdue University and an Associate's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Additive Manufacturing Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee

Members

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Brad McConnell, CAM-F
Eastern Iowa Community College
 

Brad has been a faculty member at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges since 1988. He has a technical AAS degree in Mechanical Design and Drafting as well as a CAM-F (Certified Additive Manufacturing - Fundamentals) certification. As a faculty member his teaching responsibilities include drafting, GD&T, computer fundamentals, solid modeling and additive manufacturing courses. He is a CSWA for SolidWorks and has taught Autodesk Inventor and PTC Pro Engineer-Wildfire-Creo. Brad first became involved with AM/3d printing in 2002 with a Z-corp machine. His additive experience now has grown into hands on application and operation of low cost FDM machines as well as large commercial FDM machines, several models of SLA, and some basic DMLS. His experience also includes 3D scanning. Brad is currently in the process of developing an “Additive Manufacturing” degree program. Although still a full time faculty member Brad has spent the last two summers working at the John Deere, Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center located in Moline, Illinois.

 

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Charles Gilman
Self-Employed Consultant
 

Charles Gilman has been working in Additive Manufacturing for 25 years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gilman held positions with GE Global Research’s Model-Based Manufacturing Laboratory, the US Air Force Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and STEP Tools, Inc. Mr. Gilman’s technical interests also include Computational Geometry, Model-Based Manufacturing, and Smart Manufacturing.

 

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Clayton McIntyre, CAM-F
General Atomics – ASI
 

Clayton McIntyre is an Additive Manufacturing Specialist at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. He has experience with manufacturing development of SLS and Material Jetting technologies and 6 years of design experience for SLS, Material Jetting, and FDM technologies. His primary task is developing, leading, and overseeing SLS production efforts. He has established the controlling documentation, operational standards and training material for SLS. Clayton is also a member of the AM Tiger Team which has been tasked with guiding the overall Manufacturing’s adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

While at Cognionics, he grew the 3D Printing capacity in both production and prototyping, developed process parameters, established supplier contacts, and presided over 18,000 hours of machine runtime.

In 2015, Clayton was fortunate enough to be the 3D Print designer for San Diego Model Railroad Museum’s Centennial Railway Garden, a scaled replica of Balboa Park. Clayton deigned the decorative facades to be 3D Printed on desktop FDM machines.

 

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Farhad Ghadamli, CAM-F
 

Farhad Ghadamli worked as a mechanical engineer working with the Eaton Corporate and Research Technology -Polymer and Nanocomposite group in Southfield, MI and before that he was working with Eaton Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. He has a master's and a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis. He has work experiences with two of the 3D printer manufacturer startups Carbon and Desktop Metal. In 2013, he started the SME student chapter at UC Davis and soon he led the Additive Manufacturing competition sponsored by Sandia National Labs, Livermore. Under this initiative, he was able to lay the foundation for the Solar Car team at UC Davis. Soon, he was recognized as one of 2015 SME 30 under 30 Future Manufacturing Leader.

 

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Khalid Rafi, CAM-F
UL
 

Khalid Rafi is a Lead Development Engineer for Additive Manufacturing/3D printing at UL. He has more than 17 years of experience in R&D and engineering education. His responsibilities in UL includes developing materials and process validation/certification program, master trainer for AM education, content development for AM training and education, and providing advisory services to industry for the adoption of 3D printing technology. Rafi serves as a member on the technical committees for international standards development such as ASTM F42/ISO TC261, and ASME. He also serves as a reviewer for many international technical journals related to materials and manufacturing. He is a SME Certified Additive Manufacturing Professional (Certified Additive Manufacturing – Fundamentals).

Rafi holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), and Post-Doctoral fellowships from University of Louisville, USA, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Rafi has hands-on experience on multiple additive manufacturing technologies comprising both metal and polymers.

 

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Pamela Waterman, CAM-F
Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies
 

Pam Waterman is a 3D Printing Application Engineer at Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies and has been involved in the field of additive manufacturing (AM) for more than 20 years. She began her career as a manufacturing engineer for Raytheon Power Tube and worked on both defense and commercial satellite communication systems at the MITRE Corporation and EPSCO. She has also served as an additive manufacturing specialist Contributing Editor for Digital Engineering magazine and a contributing author for several editions of Wohlers Report: 3D Printing and AM State of the Industry. Her undergraduate degree is in astrophysics from UMass Amherst; she also holds a master’s in radio astronomy/microwave engineering from U of M Michigan Ann Arbor and has been an engineering instructor at Oklahoma State University.

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) Committee

Chair

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Kathryn Daniels, PhD, LSME, CMfgE
Tri-Phase Engineering

 

Kathryn Daniels has 30 plus years aircraft experience in tool and die making, tool engineering, and programming. CATIA V5, quality engineer and quality management. (AS9100, AS9102) Adjunct teaching in engineering, quality and lean manufacturing related topics at Wichita Area Technical College, Butler Community College, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University. Past SME experience is: Certification Committee, (9 yrs.), Chapter 52 Wichita, Ks activities include: Certification Chair, 11 years, Vice Chair (3 yrs.), Chairman, (3 yrs.), Advisor to Wichita State University Student Chapter (4 yrs.). Currently, serving as Chair and Certification Chair for Wichita Ks chapter, and assisting students at Wichita State University. Other professional affiliations are: Senior member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Senior Member American Society of Quality, Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and American Society of Engineering Education. B.S. Manufacturing Technology and B.S. Business Quality Management Southwestern College, M.S. Technical Education Pittsburg State University, Ed.S Industrial Education Pittsburg State University, and PhD Industrial Engineering University of Berkeley. Currently, owns Tri-Phase Engineering, where most work is engineering design for the military.

Immediate Past Chair

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Philip Rufe, CMfgE
Eastern Michigan University
 

Mr. Rufe has been a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University since 1990 He holds degrees in education, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering and is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Registered Patent Agent. Mr. Rufe has taught courses in manufacturing processes, industrial operations, drafting, mechanics, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, lean manufacturing, intellectual property, and design for manufacture and assembly. He has taught industrial seminars in design for manufacture and assembly, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and dimensional metrology. Mr. Rufe has also taught both the Fundamentals of Manufacturing Review course and the Manufacturing Engineering Review course for SME at various locations across the country. He is the editor of the Fundamentals of Manufacturing, 3rd ed. and author of the Fundamentals of Manufacturing Workbook.

Members

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Thomas Binder, CMfgT, CMfgE
The Boeing Company
 

Tom Binder is a manufacturing engineer for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Renton, Washington. He is currently assigned to the product development team for the 737 MAX, focusing on build integration of the redesigned jetliner. Binder started his career in the commercial airplane division in 1984 and has worked on 727, 737, 757 and military versions of the 707, 737 and 757 aircraft. Recently, he was a hardware manager for the Boeing Defense and Space group working on the P-8A, a derivative of the commercial 737 for the U.S. Navy. Binder was responsible for manufacturability, supplier coordination, and scheduling of military hardware installed in the forward fuselage.

He is a United States patent holder for Boeing's "Sky Interior" for the 737 and was honored with a 2012 Boeing Special Invention Award for this patent. Binder has achieved both the Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Technologist certifications from SME and is a member of the Boeing SME steering team. He is also a Certified Master Automotive Technician – National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Binder received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and holds a Certificate in Product Lifecycle Management from Purdue University and an Associate's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

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Pat Ferro, PhD, CMfgE, PE
Gonzaga University
 

Patrick Ferro is a professor of mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University and has twelve years of process engineering experience in the investment casting, silicon wafer, and alternative energy technology industries. He has fifteen years of experience as an engineering educator, providing instruction on materials and manufacturing. Ferro has research interests in hydrogen storage and hydrogen embrittlement. He has also been a materials consultant since 2000. He received his B.S. in materials science and engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Oregon Graduate Center in Beaverton, Oregon, he received his M.S. in materials science and engineering and he received his PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Ferro has also achieved his professional engineer (PE) license in Michigan, Ohio and Washington and is certified through SME as a Certified Manufacturing Engineer.



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Rick Kortekaas, CMfgT
Saint Gobain Performance Plastics

 

 

Rick Kortekaas is the Engineering Manager at Saint Gobain Performance Plastics. His key experience is driving continuous improvement efforts internally and at suppliers for cost improvement, lean, QMS, DFM/DFA projects to improve total cost and cost of poor quality, project management of capital projects, and facilities layout to convert to CFM. Kortekaas has a background working in electronics, plastics, fabricated metals, motion and controls and has developed a process for new process introductions.

He received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in Manufacturing Management from Bemidji State University. Kortekaas is certified as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist, certified in quick response manufacturing, and Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) through APICS.

 

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Jeevan MalpeddiCMfgE, CQE, CRE
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI


Jeevan Malpeddi is a senior engineer in the body engineering area of product development at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.  He has over 20 years of automotive product design and manufacturing experience which includes body exterior systems, sheet metal, interior seats
and restraints.  His role is to lead the design, development, validation, release and implementation of engineering product changes that are attributed to revenue, quality, cost, customer satisfaction, performance, regulatory, manufacturability, and serviceability.  He has master of science in management degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY; master of science degree in manufacturing from Eastern Michigan University, MI; and bachelor of mechanical engineering from Osmania University, India.

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Gary Vrsek

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Gary Vrsek has been providing engineering support to a variety of industries since 2006, after retiring from a 33 year career with Ford Motor Company.   He is an EMU graduate and has been teaching a number of classes there, primarily in the Engineering Management MS program, since 1995. His prime field of expertise is in the mechanical design, research, and manufacturing; from prototype to high-volume production of powertrains for automotive, industrial, marine, aircraft, high performance, and military applications. While at Ford, Gary spent 13 years as an engineering manager, leading major product programs, CAD/CAM/CAE efforts, and also as casting technical specialist, launching new manufacturing technologies into production. His eight patents span critical engine technologies and manufacturing innovations; one of which earned Machine Design Magazine’s Concurrent Engineering Award and two others, the prestigious R&D 100 award.  Gary is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Six Sigma Project Champion and Green Belt. He has been a member of SME since 1991 and has served as a subject matter expert and course reviewer for Tooling U, as well as a contributor to the Fundamentals of Manufacturing text book.

Lean Certification Committee

“Promote and maintain the leading global LEAN Certification, which enables individual development and business success.”

The Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee is made up of industry leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of lean experience. The Lean Certification Alliance — Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Shingo Institute, and SME — works to appoint lean practitioners to the committee. The Lean Certification and Oversight Appeals Committee plays a critical role in administering the Lean Certification program.

Chair

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Stephen Lehocky, LBC
SME Representative
 

Stephen Lehocky has more than 35 years of leadership experience, with a solid background in domestic and international operations excellence. He has deployed lean and six sigma methodologies in manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, service, and transportation industries.

Mr. Lehocky earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and his MBA at California State University Dominguez Hills. He is presently pursuing his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Texas Arlington with a focus on Human Factors Engineering. He holds certifications in Lean Bronze, Six Sigma Lean Master Black Belt, Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Quality Auditor and Software Quality Engineer.

Immediate Past Chair

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Marian Anton Lemne, LGC
Director of Global Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning – Cameron, a Schlumberger Company Shingo Representative
 

Marian Anton Lemne is currently leading the Global Operations Planning Resource Management with global oversight of S&Op strategy, policy and operating standard. Marian joined Cameron in 2008 as Plant Manager and was instrumental in driving strong Operational Performance and Customer Engagement. In 2011, Marian was appointed Manager of Global Strategic Sourcing and, later in 2013, was appointed Director of Global Supply Chain with responsibility across the Americas, China, India, EU, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Marian is Lean Gold Certified by SME, trained Shingo Examiner, Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS. Marian also holds a Professional Engineer License in Ontario (PEO) and a Professional Project Professional (PMP) from PMI.

Marian earned both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Gh. Asachi Polytechnic Institute in Iasi, Romania and an Executive MBA from the WU University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria.

Members

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Larry G. Anderson, LGC
President, Southwest Region, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Shingo Institute Representative
 

Larry Anderson is Lean Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certified and is a senior management and training professional with over 40 years of experience. He has a strong manufacturing and service improvement background that includes a variety of functional experience. He serves as a senior examiner/team lead for both the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence and the AME Excellence Award. He is certified by the Shingo Institute to facilitate all institute workshops, is past chair of the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee, and serves as President of the Southwest Region and Vice President of Programming for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Anderson pursued the Masters in Engineering Management at the University of Louisville and holds a BSME from Texas Tech University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Kentucky.

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Joanne E. M. Deys
Senior Consultant, Brightside Alliance LLC
Shingo Representative 

Joanne E. M. Deys, is president of Brightside Alliance LLC, a consultancy based in Rochester, Michigan, and executive VP of Strategic Partnering with Ozgene PTY Ltd, an Australian biotech company.  In her 30 year work history, she has held several leadership roles in Integrated Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Labor Relations, and gained her experience across multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, fire and safety, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical and biotech.

Joanne serves on the Shingo Institute Examiners Committee, and has been a certified examiner / Lead Examiner for the Shingo Prize since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from the State University College at Buffalo, a Harvard Business Micro MBA certificate from SUNY Buffalo, and an Executive Leadership Program Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

Passionate about continued global development in the understanding and integration of Lean supporting the technical and human side of transformation.

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Kamala K Nanjundeshaiah
CSQ Representative


Kamala has 20 years of experience in quality management and regulatory development disciplines. She has extensive hands-on working experience in highly regulated medical device quality and in aerospace industries, dedicated to continuous quality improvement methods, tools and techniques, with concentration on Lean and Six Sigma for many industries. She is an ASQ certified quality auditor and quality engineer (CQA and CQE) and has been a frequent speaker at several international quality conferences. Kamala proudly holds an US patent for HVAC safety solution.

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Ruben Mellado, LSC
Production Manager, Layfield Environmental
AME Representative
 

Ruben Mellado is the Production Manager at Layfield Environmental, a vertically integrated company with extrusion plants in Vancouver and fabrication facilities in Edmonton, Toronto, and San Diego. Ruben is a member of the Steering Committee to drive Enterprise Excellence at Layfield. He has more than 30 years of experience in the plastic industry with focus on geosynthetic products and strong knowledge of plastic welding techniques. His work experience started in South America, in countries such as Peru, Brazil and Chile, and in 2005 he moved to Canada. Ruben Mellado is an Industrial Engineer with a master’s degree in Science and has a Lean Silver and Lean Black Belt Certification. As a volunteer, he served as a member of the board of Examiners at the Association of Professional Engineers in Alberta and is currently part of the Board of AME Canada.

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Bruce Patch, LBC, LSC
Pinnacol Assurance, SME Representative

 


Bruce comes from a diverse career background. After receiving his BS in Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he entered the US Air Force as a career officer and instructor pilot. He received his Masters of Public Administration from Drake University, in Des Moines, while on assignment to the Iowa Air National Guard. Bruce was first exposed to lean as the Quality Assurance Officer at the Arizona Air National Guard, when he was asked to improve the lead time to inspect and rebuild the unit aircraft. Having been bitten by the lean bug, he pursued training and experiences through the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century program, built primarily on lean concepts. His experiences there exposed him to maintenance, recruiting and medical operations improvements. Bruce holds an FAA Commercial and instrument rating. He currently flies sailplanes near his home in Boulder, CO.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bruce joined the VA as a Management Analyst to help find efficiencies in claims processing and disability ratings. During his time with the VA, Bruce earned his Lean Bronze Certificate. Bruce then went on to join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, helping them to support research through more efficient and effective processes. With the value stream work being done there, Bruce earned his Lean Silver Certification. Today, Bruce is a Continuous Improvement Coach for Pinnacol Assurance. Pinnacol is a Workers Compensation insurance provider in the state of Colorado. His work includes training and coaching individuals at all levels of the company. He is also involved in helping to take Pinnacol to the next level as part of their lean transformation. Bruce is excited about joining the Certification Oversight and Appeals committee.

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Audie Penn, LGC
Principal, Audie Penn Consulting
SME Representative

Principal Consultant and Operating Executive, Audie Penn has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing industries including Heavy Equipment, Food, Office Furniture, and Building Materials.

He has served as Principal Consultant for the past 6 years. His expertise is evidenced by multiple new product introductions in Fortune 50 global products and multiple divisional turnarounds.

In 2016, Penn created Audie Penn Consulting, a firm specializing in the deployment of Operational Excellence. His focus is executing Strategy Deployment and training executives and local plant staff to execute process improvements and achieve targeted results.

Prior to consulting, Penn was responsible for multiple manufacturing positions including: Group Manager of the North American Assembly Operations for Hydraulic Excavators, Caterpillar, Inc.; Plant General Manager North American Operations, Manitowoc Cranes (multiple plant responsibilities); and Plant Manager for other organizations. He is experienced in global operations, having also worked in China, Europe, Central America, and South America.

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Rachel Regan
Program Director, Catalysis

Rachel Regan has over 25 years’ experience in lean, beginning her career as a Quality Engineer for Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Currently she is the Program Director at Catalysis, a non-profit with a mission to transform the healthcare industry. Her primary role is chief engineer of the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summits in the US and Europe. She also leads the Physician Lean Leader Forum, a peer-to-peer networking group. She has also held led payment initiatives (value-based payment).

Prior to joining Catalysis, Rachel was the Director of Events with the Lean Enterprise Institute and was privileged to work under the guidance of Jim Womack, John Shook, and Helen Zak. Additionally, she was a lean consultant, working in automotive, farm equipment, footwear manufacturing, and construction.

Rachel holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Shingo Prize examiner and has been an instructor for the MBOE program at The Ohio State University.

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Beth Reid, LBC
Lead Auditor, Five Stones Research Corporation
AME Representative
 

Beth Reid is currently a Lead Auditor for the Redstone Test Center for the Department of the Army. Previously, she was the Manager of Operational Excellence for NTS (National Technical Systems) based in Huntsville, AL. She has over 11 years’ experience directing, facilitating and managing numerous Continuous Process Improvement projects, utilizing Lean and Six Sigma methodologies for complex strategic programs within the defense and service industries. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. In her current role, Beth is responsible for all Auditing within 3 divisions for the US Army Missile Defense Programs. From 2013 through 2016, she was a sitting board member for the Alliance, (SME, AME and Shingo) on the Oversight and Appeals Committee for the Lean Certification Exam Process. She is also a member of the AME, SME and ISEE.

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Pat Wardwell, LGC
Owner, Pt. North Ventures, LLC/Part time trainer for GBMP         
AME Representative

Pat Wardwell has over 30 years of experience with Lean. She has held a variety of leadership roles in manufacturing and also spent 15 years at GMBP, a not-for-profit lean training and consulting organization.  She is the co-author of The e2 (everybody, everyday) Continuous Improvement System Workbook.

She is Lean Gold Certified and currently serves as an active reviewer of Lean Certification portfolios.

Pat is a Certified Shingo Facilitator and has been a Shingo Prize examiner since 2001.  In 2011, she was a joint Shingo Prize recipient in 2011 for the training video “Toast Value Stream Mapping” and she has coached companies that have received Shingo recognition.

Pat is a Lead Assessor for the AME Excellence Award and serves on the AME Excellence Award Council. Pat holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from Bentley University.