The Michigan Lean Consortium is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that believes Lean principles and tools can help organizations of all kinds thrive and turn around the state of Michigan's economy.
Katie Labedz is the President of Learning to Lean, LLC. She has been practicing Lean and Six Sigma concepts for the past 20 years. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Project Management Professional.
She has a diverse background that includes manufacturing, materials, supply chain and IT in the automotive and electronic industries. Katie has spent the last 15 years of her career focusing on how to teach the application of Lean/Six Sigma concepts in a non-manufacturing environment.
Katie makes it her professional goal to expose the genius in all of her students.
Vanita is a transformational Leader with 20 years of Lean experience, working in Manufacturing and the Energy industry. Vanita’s career span includes training, workshop/Kaizen facilitation, strategic planning and coaching leadership teams through a Lean transformation. As a Director for Consumers Energy, Vanita has the great opportunity to lead a high performing team that is responsible for the design, development and deployment of a Lean Operating System. In addition, she leads the Governance Council for Operational Excellence. She specializes in partnering with organizations and functional areas throughout the company to drive overall operational maturity.
Vanita has a Greenbelt and has successfully completed the Lean Office Certification Program at University of Michigan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Central Michigan University. In her free time, she likes to travel with her family but is not opposed to curling up with a good book in the comfort of her home.
Josh has 11 years of experience in healthcare operations with five of those years being process improvement related. In his current role, Josh leads strategic continuous improvement teams who focus on reducing waste and improving the patient experience through continuous improvement.
Josh graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Healthcare Administration, a MS in Healthcare Administration, and a MS in Adult Education and Training.
Additionally, Josh also holds a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification and a Lean Gold certification.
Pam is a lifelong resident of Michigan and is married with two daughters. She is a Lean Process Improvement Analyst who works for the State of Michigan to help agencies realize process efficiencies.
Pamela has over five years of experience working in State Government, serving in several capacities. She has served in her current role in Michigan's statewide process improvement office for the past two and a half years, and before working for the State of Michigan, Pamela spent 15 years in the financial industry holding various roles.
Pamela is a certified Lean Process Improvement Facilitator and holds a Black Belt certification in Government, also having formal training in the tools and strategies of Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Change Management, Contract Management and Emergency Management. Pamela holds a Master of Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from Davenport University.
Originally from Northern Michigan, Kevin “boomeranged” back to join the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) in Traverse City as a Senior Business Advisor in January of 2019. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge of continuous improvement with others and is a certified Lean Champion instructor. He has facilitated numerous Lean and Six Sigma projects for his Northern Michigan clients. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council and hosts benchmarking events with the Lean Learning Consortium.
Prior to his role at MMTC, he worked as the Process Improvement Manager for Embraer Executive Aircraft in Melbourne, Fla. for 7 years and as the Continuous Improvement/Production Manager for DRS Training and Control Systems in Fort Walton Beach, Fla for 4 years. At both companies he was accountable for all Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints initiatives. He established Quality Clinics, Lean Manufacturing Maturity Models and facilitated more than 200 Kaizen projects in the US, as well as internationally in Brazil.
Kevin was a member of the United States Navy for 10 years. His job in the military was performing aircraft maintenance as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He was a Lean Six Sigma pioneer in the Navy and eventually went on to become Naval Air Station Oceana’s (Virginia Beach, VA) Leading Petty Officer for the AIRSpeed Core Team, which is the Navy’s program for Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by the Naval Air Forces Command (NAVAIR).
Becky Andree spent 25+ years in Fortune 500 companies, experiencing first hand the pressures facing leaders today. Her disruptive and visionary talent approaches have resulted in millions of dollars to organizations’ bottom line. She led a global team to develop a Lean Leadership Program to develop skills and behaviors to ensure sustainability of Lean philosophy, processes, and tools. That program is still in use today at two Fortune 500 companies and has been translated into 13 languages and delivered to 9,000+ leaders in 20+ countries.
Becky is currently CEO of Vertical Leadership Consulting engaging with organizations around the globe to:
Becky earned her MA in Human & Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate Institute, and a BA in Accounting from Carthage College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Human & Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University researching the impact of leader’s cognitive complexity on high-quality connections.
She lives in Norton Shores, Michigan with her teenage son, Carson, and dog, Rudy. She enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, philosophizing, and gardening.
Lauren is a mother to a four-year-old son and the founder of Rise Consulting Company, empowering nonprofits to maximize their impact through Lean principles. Lauren is passionate about the power of philanthropy as a tool for change and works to integrate Continuous Improvement with social impact.
Lauren attended the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, receiving her BA in Public Policy. She received her MA in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy as well as a Masters Certificate in Collaborative Governance from the University of Arizona.
Lauren has experience working with a range of nonprofit organizations and three large higher education institutions. In the Ann Arbor, Michigan and Tucson, Arizona communities she worked with smaller community nonprofit organizations, including a youth athletic program, a food bank, a secondary education institution, and a child and family service organization. Lauren has worked for a consulting firm coaching Lean Innovation and founded Rise Consulting Company six years ago to support nonprofits as they approach challenges in a powerful way.
Dr. Saso Krstovski works for Ford Motor Company – Van Dyke Transmission Plant as a Lean Manufacturing Coach and Six-Sigma Master Black Belt. With over twenty years of service with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has held a multitude of engineering assignments, which includes time working as a Test Engineer, Launch Test Engineer, and Electrical Control Engineer. During his time with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has worked in several plant environments and skill teams such as Dearborn Tool & Die Plant, Information Technology, and has held front-line supervision roles managing hourly UAW-Ford production employees. This exposure to new work concepts within Ford has allowed Dr. Krstovski to amass a holistic approach to engineering. As such, Dr. Krstovski has gained an extensive understanding of the Six-Sigma methodologies. As a detail oriented and data-driven engineer, Dr. Krstovski is an invaluable contributor to Ford Motor Company. He is highly distinguished and skilled with problem identification and resolution to avoid time and cost expenditures.
Dr. Krstovski recently joined Lawrence Technological University as an Adjunct Professor and is currently teaching in the Engineering Department. Dr. Krstovski’s research interests lie in the area of System Optimization. He continues to collaborate actively with researchers at several universities. Dr. Krstovski provides guidance globally to doctoral candidates on dissertation direction. He serves as Six Sigma Director for IEOM Society organization. Dr. Krstovski graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems (DEMS). In addition, to his doctorate degree, Dr. Krstovski has a Masters in Electrical Computer Controlled Systems and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Dr. Krstovski has authored several publications and scientific articles on various engineering topics.
Performance Improvement Professional at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI.
Bob has over 25 years experience in plant, field service operations, government and healthcare (inpatient and outpatient). He is proficient in quality engineering techniques including internal and external auditing, Six Sigma, Lean and supplier development. Bob has served as the President for The Michigan Association for Healthcare Quality and a subject matter volunteer for the Michigan Lean Consortium. He is a graduate of Cleary University, a current student at the University of St. Francis and holds numerous professional certifications. In his spare time Bob enjoys referring soccer and spending time with his three grand-kids.