Central Coast Lean

Central Coast Lean Advisory Board

Kevin Meyer, Co-Founder and Partner – Gemba Academy LLC

hoshin, personal lean, executive level lean

Kevin Meyer has over thirty years of operations and engineering experience in the medical device, telecom photonics, and industrial lighting industries.   He is currently co-founder of Gemba Academy, which provides lean and six sigma training to over 2,000 companies worldwide. Previously he was President of Specialty Silicone Fabricators, a manufacturer of components for the medical device industry.  Kevin is on the boards of two startup technology companies, the Economic Vitality Corporation, and is a partner in SLO Seed Ventures.  He is the author of The Simple Leader and Evolving Excellence. Kevin has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Eric Doster, VP of Operations – Dozuki

job Instruction (standard work), practical continuous improvement processes, visual management

Eric Doster is the VP of Operations at Dozuki, a division of the repair-focused iFixit.com. After developing world-class standards for teaching technical processes to nontechnical consumers, iFixit funded the development of a visual instructions platform (Dozuki) to help other organizations train their customers and staff alike. When he’s not burning the midnight oil at the office, Eric is usually swinging a hammer or building something in his workshop.
Michael Job, RBS Engineer – Rexnord: Zurn Wilkins

VDM, Six Sigma, Strat Planning, Kaizen Facilitation

I am a Rexnord Business System Engineer. I provide tactical / strategic implementation of RBS which include application of lean operations, operational excellence, six sigma tools, and facilitation across all aspects of the business.
Nathan Adair, Assistant Growtth Manager – Freudenberg Medical

Shop floor kaizen, Kaizen Facilitation and implementation, Managing Daily Improvement, 5S, Training

>Nathan graduated from Penn State Behrend with a degree in Plastics Engineering Technology. He is now in charge of facilitating the kaizen events and lean implementation at one of the sites for Freudenberg Medical.
Matthew Roberts, Co-Founder SLO Liberating Structures Users Group
Co-Founder SLOLS. Adjunct Professor Management and Marketing. Emeritus Director of Contracts, Procurement and Risk Management and Administrative Compliance Services at Cal Poly. C.P.M., CPP and CPSM
Desiray Johnston, Lean Project Engineer – Zodiac Seat Shells

8D methodology, problem solving tools, current state mapping, and visual management
Graduated from Cal Poly in 2012 with a BS in General Engineering. While at Cal Poly I was a member of the women’s division I basketball team. I currently work at Zodiac Aerospace – Seat Shells division as a Lean Project Engineer and have been at Zodiac for over 4 years. I started as a Manufacturing Engineer supporting production. Our team’s focus is process improvement initiatives throughout the company (production, planning, quality, etc.).
Manuel Chacon, Lean Facilitator – Community Health Centers of the Central Coast

SIPOC, Gemba walks, Waste observation, Facilitation training and gap analysis.

I have been in healthcare for about 8 years now. I have always had a passion for facilitation so when I began facilitating as part of the lean team I knew I found my place. Lean has opened my eyes to new possibilities and new ways of thinking.
Karen Bangs, Lecturer Cal Poly SLO, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Karen Bangs holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly SLO and an MBA from University of California, Irvine. She is in her 10th year of teaching at Cal Poly. Before joining Cal Poly she spent 19 years in the semi-conductor industry working at Skyworks Solutions Inc. Her responsibilities included Industrial Engineering analysis, Operations Finance and Supply Chain Management. She teaches a wide range of subjects from Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering to Human Factors to Quality Engineering. In addition to teaching Karen led the Women In Engineering Program from 2007 to 2010 and is beginning a new role as the Faculty Safety Coordinator for the College of Engineering in 2016.
Ahmed Deif, Assistant Professor – ITP Cal Poly

Process improvement, Kaizen events and Value Stream Mapping

18 years of Industrial and Academic experience in the fields of process improvement, operations and lean six sigma.
Lori Serna, Business Transformation Manager, Administration & Finance Division – Cal Poly
Lean for Office Environments, Lean Facilitation, Document Management and Workflow, A3 problem solving
Bio pending
Michelle Trejo, Sr Production Supervisor, SSF- Specialty Silicone Fabricators, Part of Trelleborg Group
Continuous Improvement Processes, Visual Management, 5S, TWI (Training within industries), Self-directed Teams, Seven Waste
Michelle Trejo is a Sr Production Supervisor for Specialty Silicone Fabricators, a part of Trellaborg in Paso Robles, California. Michelle has 18+ years of manufacturing experience of components for Medical devices. Michelle believes in Lean and believes in her people by empowering them to make daily decisions with rolling out self-directed teams. Lean leadership success is the way Michelle has combined lean learning with manufacturing skills training.
Carlos M. Garcia, Director, Federal Strategy and Operations Advisory, KPMG, LLP
Lean Management System (TPS/TMS), business process redesign, Lean coach/facilitator, Lean infrastructure design, healthcare/manufacturing
Operational excellence experience in manufacturing and federal healthcare (VA/VHA). Facilitator and advisor to front line, middle and upper management in areas related to process and systems improvement leading to performance excellence, sustainability, and business transformation. Business process redesign facilitator with extensive experience in aerospace, consumer electronics manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, and academia. Expertise in application of Lean Management System based on TPS/TPM to guide organizations to improve value streams, facilitate organization-wide orientation to Lean, design and deploy performance excellence strategies, and implement rapid improvement tactics leading to business and cultural transformation.



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