Senior Advisors and Staff

Rebecca Whitehouse

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Senior Advisors and Staff

Pat Panchak

A business journalist, media strategist, and public speaker, Panchak applies over two decades of experience reporting and researching world-class leadership practices and leading editorial teams. At LEI, she oversees editorial and communications strategy, including the development of thought…

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Faculty

Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson is a lean leadership coach and performance improvement specialist with over 15 years of experience. Katie is passionate about developing people’s leadership, problem…

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Tonianne DeMaria

Tonianne is partner & principal consultant at Modus Cooperandi, co-author of the Shingo Research and Publication Award winning Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, andco-founder of…

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Tonianne DeMaria

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Mike DeLuca

As Principal and Owner of Torre Consulting, Mike works with companies to apply Lean principles in developing strategy, improving processes, and making better use of…

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Mike Deluca

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Beth Carrington

Beth is an Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata Instructor and Program Developer at LEI and other global organizations such as the University and Michigan.  Since 2008 Beth…

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Beth Carrington

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Derek Browning

Derek Browning is director, Consulting Services, for LeanCor Supply Chain Group, where he directs a portfolio of projects. His experience includes over 14 years working in logistics and supply chain,…

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Derek Browning

Faculty

Jim Benson

A pioneer in applying Lean and Kanban to knowledge work, Jim is the creator of Personal Kanban and co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating…

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Jim Benson

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Katrina Appell

Katrina Appell, PhD, has 15-plus years of coaching, facilitating, training, and team development experience. Previously, she served as a senior lean consultant at Liker Lean…

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Senior Advisors and Staff

John Shook

John Shook learned about lean management while working for Toyota for 11 years in Japan and the U.S., helping it transfer production, engineering, and management…

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Faculty

Eric Ethington

Eric Ethington is the coach and program manager of the Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) Initiative. Eric has a passion for lean with over…

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Faculty

Lara Anderson

Lara Anderson is a trainer and coach supporting organizations of all sizes to improve their operations and develop their people so they can deliver more…

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Lara Anderson

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Tom Foco

Tom’s 30+ years of manufacturing experience began with Fortune 100 electronics firms. As a Plant Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Director of Engineering and Lean Consultant,…

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Tom Foco

Faculty

Matt Zayko

Matt shares the knowledge gained from over 25 years immersed in leading, coaching, and publishing about lean enterprise improvements in The Power of Process. His leadership in numerous…

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Matt Zayko

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David Westphal

David Westphal began his extensive career with General Motors in 1990. From 1990 to 2003 David held various positions of increasing responsibility including Manufacturing Engineer,…

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Dave Westphal

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Brent Wahba

Brent Wahba is an innovation and transformation executive who teaches & leads strategy, product development, sales & marketing, supply chain, and operations advancement. Placing equal…

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Darril Wilburn

Darril Wilburn was a leader in the development and implementation of some of Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s highest profile leadership development programs. Darril led the Toyota Way…

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Chris Vogel

Prior to joining LEI faculty, Chris worked for Wells Fargo as Divisional Operations Senior Vice President. During his last 10 years at Wells Fargo, he…

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Jeff Smith

Jeff has 22 years of Toyota Production System experience gained through his work at NUMMI as a Supervisor of Truck Frame & Chassis Lines, Labor…

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Jeff Smith

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Tom Shuker

Tom is a 30-year veteran in various manufacturing environments within General Motors Corporation. Tom has also spent two-years at New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI),…

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Tom Shuker