MLC President and Staff

The Michigan Lean Consortium is staffed by three passionate workers that believes Lean principles and tools can help organizations of all kinds thrive and turn around the state of Michigan's economy.

Alan Woodliff 
MLC President

Dr. Woodliff is President of the Michigan Lean Consortium, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming Michigan’s organizations and economy by developing and supporting Lean system thinkers. Previously, he was the Director of Industry Relations for MForesight - Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, an NSF sponsored think-and-do tank focusing on the next generation technologies that will strengthen U.S. manufacturing.

Dr. Woodliff was the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Industry Co-Director and Adjunct Professor (2008-2016), where he led the Institute’s growth in industry involvement to support the 100% expansion in student enrollment. Prior to that, he was a Visiting Professor at Wayne State University.

Dr. Woodliff's corporate experience spans 34 years with a variety of global experiences, including engineering and manufacturing, sales, product planning, strategy, program management, and quality. Dr. Woodliff's career began as a product engineer in 1970 with General Electric's Aircraft Engine Group in Ohio. From 1971-1973, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, after which he was hired by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Woodliff worked for Ford until 2000, holding a series of management positions. While at Visteon until 2006, Dr. Woodliff held the positions of Director of Climate Sales, the Lincoln Customer Business Unit, and finally Advanced Business Development.

Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Dr. Woodliff holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master's Degree and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA, all from the University of Michigan. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital of Michigan, a member of the Detroit Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, and serves on the External Advisory Board of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He is an Emeritus Member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan. Dr. Woodliff lives with his wife, Carol, in Dearborn, Michigan.

Andi Barajas
Web Coordinator and Social Media Manager

Andi graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Video, and Media Studies from the School of Communication.

For seven years, she worked for Michigan Technological University as a Technical Writer for the Center for Technology & Training, Communications and Media Specialist for Business Operations/Shared Services, and finally as a Digital Services Project Manager for University Marketing and Communications. Andi completed Michigan Tech's Level 1 Lean Certification Program through the Office of Continuous Improvement.

Throughout her time at Michigan Tech, Andi was been focused on the creation and maintenance of various departmental websites and social media accounts. She is experienced in collaborating with multiple stake-holders for the most current and useful information to publish for their customers. Andi believes that efficient and effective communications give any organization an edge when delivering critical information to those who need it.

While working with Michigan Lean Consortium, she is responsible for creating, writing, gathering content, designing and creating graphics for promotional material and the MLC Website along with publishing monthly newsletters. Working closely with the Board, the president, and the general coordinator, the MLC team works hard to deliver the best quality content and material for our 2,000+ contacts across Michigan.

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