Lean Team

Michael Beels

Lean Program Manager

Michael Beels has served in the role of Lean Program Manager for the Lean Business Solutions Team at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center for more than 12 years. Michael’s areas of expertise include Change Leadership, Workforce Engagement, and Succession Planning, as well as the entire portfolio of Lean strategies and methodologies.

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Heather Fraizer

Training Specialist

Certified Lean Champion (Northwestern Michigan College) Certified Lean Healthcare Champion (University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Center for Professional Development) Certified Facilitator (Michigan State University Extension Program) DISC Workplace Behavioral Styles Certified Trainer (Leadership Resources & Consulting) Experience in lean project coaching, strategic planning facilitation, personal productivity and leadership skills training

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Russ Mason

Lean Program Manager

Russell Mason is a Lean Program Manager for the Business Solutions Team. His areas of expertise include change leadership and management...

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Kristin Smith

Manufacturing Coordinator

After being away from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Kristin has returned to her home town to support a thriving U.P. She has held previous positions all throughout Southern California to Atlanta as a Configuration Specialist, Application Trainer, Program Analyst, and Account Manager for the past 10 years.

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Robert S. Stauffer

Senior Lean, Costing, & Project Management Consultant

Rob Stauffer has been a Program Manager in The Center’s Lean Business Solutions program for 10 years. He has trained and mentored Michigan companies...

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Lynn Tilson

Training Specialist

Bachelor of Science Degree - Education, Aquinas College Master of Art Degree - Education, Ball State University Certified Six Sigma Black Belt - Haemonetics Business Process Excellence Program Certified Lean Process Improvement - General Electric Medical Services Certified in PMP

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Roger Tomlinson

Lean Program Manager

Roger Tomlinson has been a Program Manager in The Center’s Lean Business Solutions program for 18 years. He has trained and mentored hundreds of Michigan...

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Chuck Werner

Lean Program Manager and Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Chuck Werner has been a Program Manager with the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center since July of 2016.  His areas of expertise are in Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality.

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Betsy Williams

New Business Development and Training Specialist

Former travel executive and consultant, Betsy has over 30 years of operational development and management experience SHRM Human Resource Specialist Certified Lean Champion

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Richard Wolin

Director of Training

Richard has been with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) since 1987, Director of Training since 2001, and Director of the Northern office of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center since 2003.  Richard is the creator of the Active Learning Model training hundreds of Michigan companies in Leadership, Team, and Lean skills by applying the ALMTM model. He and his staff have also trained leading companies to use the ALMTM internally.

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