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Professional manufacturing Operational Excellence (CI) Leader endeavoring to deliver a reduction in operating costs and increasing productivity within world class operational parameters. Experience confirms achieving these objectives through a culture of associate development, empowerment, and consensus building reinforced by an environment of teamwork.

Work experience

Mar 2014Present

Assistant to the Director

Lucas County Board of Elections

Assist the Director/Deputy Director in election preparation, maintaining candidate petitions, tax levy resolutions, election records, and election correspondence with candidates, and the Ohio Secretary of State. Also report election results to the Ohio Secretary of State and am Secretary for the Lucas County Board of Elections. Process payroll and requistions through Peoplesoft software and process purchasing.

Jul 2012Sep 2013


Lean leader in the Mount Vernon, Ohio plant facilitating nine events, including Kaizen events, 3P events, and smaller quick turn-around events producing operational savings in excess of $1.4 million when fully implemented. Led a team to implement electronic check sheets into the Plexus System and also assigned to a task force team charged with reducing scrap by 30%. I also was responsible for creating a number of work instructions for various processes and performing internal audits on a monthly basis. Duties involved training and collecting of process capability data, downtime data, process cycle times and non-value added/non-cyclical process procedures. This was applied in the gap analysis, bottleneck identification and layout design changes applied through Kaizen events.

Aug 2001May 2002


Bowling Green State University

Taught Operations Management for one year (two semesters) at Bowling Green State University. Taught four classes each semester with 45 student/class.
Introduced students to Lean Manufacturing Principles and covered TQM, Kaizen events and the broad interpretation of waste, among the typical Operations concepts, i.e. inventory control, scheduling, MRP, aggregate planning, etc.

Jul 1998May 2001

Employee Involvement Coordinator and Lean Manufacturing Champion

AP Parts/Faurecia

Trainer and coordinator of a corporate initiated cultural change program for AP Parts/ Faurecia for 2+ years.
Served as member of corporate team responsible for cultural changes across six U.S. plants and three foreign plants while spearheading changes within local union facility.
Trained the entire local work force (over 600 associates) in Lean Manufacturing Principles, Employee Involvement, and problem solving techniques.
Trained the work force in problem solving methodologies, including fish bone analysis, five why analysis, Ford 8D analysis, and brainstorming method.
Implemented Continuous Improvement focus in operations of a 12 cell production center.

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Among the gaps in my work history, I have worked numerous jobs unrelated to my career in Operational Excellence.  Among these have been an entrepreneurial launch of a promotion company of music events/concerts, medical equipment delivery position, and working on a seasonal/temporary basis at the Lucas County Board of Election.



Certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei

VIllanova University

Certification in training the Principles of Lean and the tools and application of Six Sigma.


Master of Business Administration

Bowling Green State University

Concentration in Production/Operations  Management


Bachelor of Arts

University of Toledo

Degree in Communications/Journalism



I am a self-motivated, goal driven, Lean Six Sigma Leader skilled in driving processes toward increased customer value through the engagement of associates skill sets and personal pride in the jobs they perform. I have led an implementation of a Lean Operating System within a $107 million unionized OEM manufacturer.  I trained the 600 employees there in Lean Principles, led Kaizen events, and facilitated over 25 teams contributing improvements to the plant’s operations.  Through the training and curriculum I developed, I was able to gain the "buy-in" and engagement of 75% of the work force. The implementation resulted in a 32% improvement in quality, a 26% improvement in productivity, and a 12% improvement in absenteeism. In this role as a change agent, I was also the local representative on the Corporate team assigned the task of implementing a Lean Operating System across the entire foreign and domestic manufacturing operations. 


My experience and work leading the implementation of a Lean Operating System produced a reduction in process operational costs in excess of $600,000 net in the first year of implementation.  My contribution to ROI was in excess of 1200%.  In my most recent Lean Leader role, I have led project Kaizen events providing $1.4 million in operating cost reductions when fully implemented.  These savings plus the high number of engaged associates produced a more competitive company with improving product value for the customer.


I have over 20 years of experience and education in a manufacturing environment.  I have experience in implementing and managing a Lean Operation system, I have 10 years of experience providing training, and I have 5 years of experience working as a change agent lead and driver of process improvement within an adversarial union environment.  I have facilitated cross-functional teams assigned process improvement tasks and have developed standards for achieving World Class Operational performance among multiple process cells. I am very familiar with Microsoft Office software and have used each of the elements in providing presentations to the Corporate Board and in training material for the Lean instruction. I have experience in a supervisor role in a key department in the manufacturing process flow at my current position.