Campus Practitioners

Michigan Tech has embedded Lean Practitioners and Lean Implementation Leaders on campus.

Lean Practitioners have been trained in Lean thinking and tools as well as facilitation and team skills, and may be certified as white, yellow, green, and black belts. These individuals bring Lean and continuous improvement into their areas and help to cultivate a Lean culture at Michigan Tech. Some practitioners prefer to focus on contributing to a Lean transformation in their area, becoming Lean implementation leadersMany practitioners with green or black belts volunteer to commit time as campus Lean facilitators.

In addition to their regular work, Lean facilitators help other areas on campus practice continuous improvement. Facilitators 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 facilitators, please contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at or 906-487-3180, or fill out our improvement request form.

Bldg 1 Administration

  • Chad Arney—Registrar's Office, yellow belt certified
  • Catherine Burns—Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Debra Charlesworth, PhD—Graduate School, green belt certified
  • Shelly Galliah, PhD—Global Campus and Continuing Education, green belt certified
  • Alexandria Guth, PhD—Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs
  • Mia Kemppainen—Graduate School
  • Amie Ledgerwood—Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs
  • Cyndi Martin—Information Technology, green belt certified
  • Andrew Miles, JD—Financial Aid
  • Alan Ollanketo—Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs
  • Heather Powers—University Marketing and Communications
  • Heidi ReidGeneral Counsel, black belt certified
  • Polly SchaeferVP for Student Affairs, green belt certified
  • Jamie Sertich—International Programs and Services, yellow belt certified

Bldg 3 Lakeshore Center

  • Traci BishopFinancial Services and Operations
  • Megan Goke—Human Resources, green belt certified
  • Lori Hardyniec—Human Resources, green belt certified
  • Damon Huotari—Financial Services and Operations, yellow belt certified
  • Gina LeMay—Vice President for Research, black belt certified
  • Katie Lucca—Associate Vice President for Administration, green belt certified
  • Madeline Mercado Voelker—Human Resources, green belt certified
  • Renee Ozanich—Human Resources, green belt certified
  • Jessica Palek—Human Resources, green belt certified
  • Michelle Reed—Human Resources
  • Jari Sague—Research Integrity and Development, green belt certified
  • Richelle Schwaller—Vice President for Research, green belt certified
  • Julie Seppala—Vice President for Finance

Bldg 5 Academic Offices Building

  • Adam Wellstead, PhDSocial Sciences, yellow belt certified

Bldg 7 Electrical Energy Resources

  • Matt Bryan—Information Technology, green belt certified
  • Jarrod Karau—Information Technology
  • Karen Maki—Information Technology, green belt certified
  • John Pakkala, PhD—Electrical and Computer Engineering, yellow belt certified
  • Kevin Peltola—Information Technology, yellow belt certified
  • Charlie Temple—Information Technology

  • Maryann WilcoxElectrical and Computer Engineering

Bldg 11 Walker - Arts and Humanities

  • Samantha Butkovich—Facilities Management, yellow belt certified
  • Wendy Hackman—Facilities Management, yellow belt certified
  • Tanya Maki—Visual and Performing Arts, green belt certified
  • Christopher Maxson—Environmental Health and Safety, green belt certified
  • A.J. Mikus—Facilities Management

Bldg 12 Minerals and Materials Engr

  • Janet Callahan, PhD—Materials Science and Engineering, green belt certified
  • Danielle Davis—College of Engineering, green belt certified
  • Gina Goudge—Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nagesh Hatti—Enterprise Program, yellow belt certified
  • Alexandra Holmstrom—Biomedical Engineering, green belt certified
  • Kristi Juntunen—Pavlis Honors College

Bldg 14 Grover C. Dillman Hall

  • Julie Ross—Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Kerri Sleeman—Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Bldg 17 J. R. Van Pelt & Opie Library

  • Elisabeth Dennis—Van Pelt and Opie Library, yellow belt certified
  • Annelise Doll—Van Pelt and Opie Library, green belt certified
  • Linnea McGowan Hobmeier—Van Pelt and Opie Library, green belt certified
  • Georgeann Larson—Van Pelt and Opie Library, green belt certified
  • Laurie Stark—Van Pelt and Opie Library, black belt certified

Bldg 19 Chemical Sciences and Engr

  • Paul Charlesworth, PhD—Chemistry, green belt certified

Bldg 24 Student Development Complex

  • Elka Frahm—Merchandising Operations, green belt certified

Bldg 28 Reiki Hall

  • Karen Johnson—College of Computing

Bldg 34 Memorial Union

  • Ginger Sleeman—Business Support Center, yellow belt certified

Bldg 37 Wadsworth Hall

  • Ruth Archer, PhD—Office of Continuous Improvement
  • Theresa Coleman-Kaiser—Associate Vice President for Administration, black belt certified
  • Nicole Foguth—Residence Education and Housing Services, green belt certified
  • Carrie Nielsen—Associate Vice President for Administration, green belt certified

Bldg 44 Facilities Management

  • Gregg Richards—Facilities Management

  • Lori Weir—Facilities Management

Bldg 52 Portage Lake Golf Course

  • Erik Crowley—Portage Lake Golf Course

Bldg 84 Harold Meese Center

  • Chelsie Carne—Cognitive and Learning Sciences, yellow belt certified

Bldg 95 Advanced Technology Development Center

  • Karla Aho—Advancement
  • Kari Price—Advancement, green belt certified
  • Lorraine Young—Advancement, black belt certified

Bldg 103 A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

  • Julie Stark—A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, yellow belt certified

Alphabetical Listing, by Last Name

Karla Aho


Tanya Maki
Visual and Performing Arts
Ruth Archer, PhD 
Office of Continuous Improvement

Christopher Maxson
Environmental Health and Safety

Chad Arney

Registrar's Office

Linnea McGowan Hobmeier

Van Pelt and Opie Library

Traci Bishop

Financial Services and Operations

Amie Ledgerwood

Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Matt Bryan
Information Technology

Cyndi Martin

Information Technology

Catherine Burns

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Madeline Mercado Voelker
Human Resources

Samantha Butkovich

Facilities Management

A.J. Mikus

Facilities Management

Janet Callahan, PhD
Materials Science and Engineering

Andrew Miles, JD

Financial Aid

Chelsie Carne

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Carrie Nielsen

Associate Vice President for Administration

Debra Charlesworth, PhD
Graduate School

Alan Ollanketo

Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Paul Charlesworth, PhD

Renee Ozanich
Human Resources

Theresa Coleman-Kaiser
Associate Vice President for Administration

John Pakkala

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Erik Crowley
Portage Lake Golf Course

Jessica Palek

Human Resources

Danielle Davis
College of Engineering

Kevin Peltola

Information Technology

Elisabeth Dennis

Van Pelt and Opie Library

Heather Powers

University Marketing and Communications

Annelise Doll
Van Pelt and Opie Library

Kari Price


Nicole Foguth
Residence Education and Housing Services

Michelle Reed

Human Resources

Elka Frahm
Merchandising Operations

Heidi Reid

General Counsel

Shelly Galliah, PhD
Global Campus and Continuing Education

Gregg Richards

Facilities Management

Megan Goke
Human Resources

Julie Ross
Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Gina Goudge

Materials Science and Engineering

Jari Sague
Research Integrity and Development

Alexandra Guth

Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Polly Schaefer
Vice President for Student Affairs

Wendy Hackman

Facilities Management

Richelle Schwaller
Vice President for Research

Lori Hardyniec
Human Resources

Julie Seppala

Vice President for Finance

Nagesh Hatti

Enterprise Program

Jamie Sertich

International Programs and Services

Alexandra Holmstrom

Biomedical Engineering

Ginger Sleeman

Business Support Center

Damon Huotari

Financial Services and Operations

Kerri Sleeman

Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Karen Johnson

College of Computing

Julie Stark

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Kristi Juntunen

Pavlis Honors College

Laurie Stark
Van Pelt and Opie Library

Jarrod Karau

Information Technology

Charlie Temple

Information Technology

Mia Kemppainen

Graduate School

Lori Weir

Facilities Management

Georgeann Larson
Van Pelt and Opie Library

Adam Wellstead, PhD

Social Sciences

Gina LeMay

Vice President for Research

Maryann Wilcox

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Katie Lucca

Associate Vice President for Administration

Lorraine Young


Karen Maki

Information Technology


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