Continuous Improvement

Campus Facilitators

Michigan Tech has embedded Lean Facilitators on campus. These employees have been through many hours of training in Lean tools and facilitation skills and have volunteered to commit time, in addition to their regular work, to help other areas on campus practice continuous improvement. They are available to teach various topics to departments, facilitate kaizen events, coach you through a Lean project, and practice and share the Lean skills they have learned. If you or your department would like to receive help from one of these individuals, please contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at or 906-487-3180, or fill out our improvement request form.

Bldg 1 Administration

  • Debra Charlesworth, PhD—Graduate School

Bldg 3 Lakeshore Center

  • Theresa Coleman-Kaiser—Vice President for Administration
  • Gina LeMay—Vice President for Research
  • Joel Liimatainen—Human Resources
  • Tanya Maki—Human Resources
  • Margo O'Brien—Financial Services and Operations
  • Renee Ozanich—Human Resources
  • Brenda Randell—Vice President for Administration
  • Richelle Schwaller—Vice President for Research
  • Lorraine Young—Human Resources
  • Lori Hardyniec—Human Resources
  • Madeline Mercado Voelker—Human Resources
  • Tammy LaBissoniere—Sponsored Programs

Bldg 7 EERC

  • Brian Hutzler—Information Technology
  • Heidi Reid - Information Technology

Bldg 17 J R Van Pelt & Opie Library

  • Annelise Doll—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Linnea McGowan Hobmeier—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Georgeann Larson—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Pattie Luokkanen—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Laurie Stark—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Lauren Movlai—Van Pelt and Opie Library

Bldg 19 Chemical Sciences and Engineering

  • Paul Charlesworth, PhD—Chemistry

Bldg 20 R.L. Smith (MEEM)

  • Christina Fabian—Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Bldg 34 Memorial Union

  • Laura Harry—Memorial Union
  • Robert Hiltunen—Auxiliary Services
  • Daryl Matthews—Dining Services
  • Austin Kunkel—Dining Services
  • Maryann Wilcox—Student Activities

Bldg 37 Wadsworth Hall

  • Ruth Archer, PhD—Office of Continuous Improvement
  • Ernest Beutler—Dining Services
  • Kathy Wardynski—Dining Services
  • Megan Goke—Office of Continuous Improvement
  • Christopher Maxson - Environmental Health and Safety


Alphabetical Listing, by Last Name

Ruth Archer, PhD 
Office of Continuous Improvement
Joel Liimatainen
Human Resources
Ernest Beutler
Dining Services
Pattie Luokkanen
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Debra Charlesworth, PhD
Graduate School
Tanya Maki
Human Resources
Paul Charlesworth, PhD
Daryl Matthews
Dining Services
Theresa Coleman-Kaiser
Vice President for Administration
Christopher Maxson
Environmental Health and Safety
Annelise Doll
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Linnea McGowan Hobmeier
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Christina Fabian
Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
Madeline Mercado-Voelker
Human Resources
Megan Goke
Vice President for Administration
Lauren Movlai
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Lori Hardyniec
Human Resources
Margo O'Brien
Financial Services and Operations
Laura Harry
Memorial Union
Renee Ozanich
Human Resources
Robert Hiltunen
Auxiliary Services
Brenda Randell
Vice President for Administration
Brian Hutzler
Information Technology
Heidi Reid
Information Technology
Austin Kunkel
Dining Services
Richelle Schwaller
Vice President for Research
Tammy LaBissoniere
Sponsored Programs
Laurie Stark
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Georgeann Larson
Van Pelt and Opie Library
Kathy Wardynski
Dining Services
Gina LeMay
Vice President for Research
Lorraine Young
Human Resources

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