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EVLA Board of Directors

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Tadashi Jones

President EVLA

Vice President of Compliance for Rosen Aviation, LLC, the leader in cabin electronics for the business aviation marketplace.  In this role he is responsible for championing organizational change, including Rosen’s Lean evolution.

His background includes leadership experience in Operations, Quality, Program Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Strategic Planning.

 

He is a Kaplan & Norton Balanced Scorecard certified practitioner, a Federal Aviation Association certificated repairman, a quality management system auditor, and led the development of aviation regulatory guidance material RTCA/DO-313, Certification Guidance for Installation of Non-Essential, Non-Required Aircraft Systems and

Equipment.

 

When not helping to shape Rosen’s future self, he enjoys travel, volunteering in the local community and spending time with his wife Jill and daughter Kaylee.

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Kim Wooten

Vice President EVLA

Kim Wooten is a Chemist at Forrest Technical Coatings.  Her Lean experience spans over several industries over the last 19 years.  She has worked in manufacturing and service companies, implementing Lean and helping to continuously improve processes in the aerospace, financial and Coatings industries.

Her passion for Lean began during and after graduation from Keller Graduate School of Management, with an MBA in Business Administration with a Certificate in Project Management.  She also holds Lean Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Certificates through Emerald Valley Lean Association (EVLA), is a Lifetime  Certified Allenbaugh Coach, and is Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt Certified.  Kim currently serves as the Vice President and Lead for Education / Curriculum on the EVLA Board.  She also enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her family after moving to Oregon from Phoenix, AZ in 2017.

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Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, the former Director of Lean Six Sigma for a national consulting and training firm, and the Executive responsible for continuous improvement for a division of a Fortune 500 consumer products company. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a former National Science Foundation Scholar in Engineering. 

Dr. Green was privileged to write the introduction to “Fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing”, the last published book by Shigeo Shingo, one of the two founders of the Toyota Production System. Jeremy works for Arcimoto, a local manufacturer of ultra-efficient electric vehicles, as their Logistics Engineering Manager. With his experience of starting one company and co-founding a second, he is also the lead instructor for the Eugene Regional Accelerator, teaching local entrepreneurs how to build sustainable startups.

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Tom Wright-Hay

Tom Wright-Hay has over 25 years of experience in management, strategic planning, sales/marketing, engineering, and Lean Manufacturing.  Tom’s career began as a project manager in a refinery for a Fortune 500 energy company and progressed to include internal business consulting and strategic planning roles.   After obtaining his MBA from the University of Oregon, Tom was CEO/General Manager of a recreational products manufacturer where he successfully employed Lean to turn the company around. 

As a consultant with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Tom worked with numerous companies in the high-tech, wood products, metal fabrication, heavy equipment, and medical products industries.  He served on OMEP’s board of directors, was a member of the State of Oregon’s Manufacturing Workforce Committee, and has guest lectured at the University of Oregon.  Tom is currently the Director of Information Services and Continuous Optimization for Blue Star Gas.  In addition to his MBA, Tom holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cal State Fullerton.

 

In his spare time, Tom enjoys hanging out with his kids, mountain and road biking, travel, and good food and drink.

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Frank Vaughan 

Vaughan is currently serving as EWEB'S Continuous Improvement Program Manager where he is responsible for leading the effort to maximize the use of continuous improvement and change management to add value for the community of Eugene. He has served in various executive management, continuous improvement and engineering roles throughout the United States and has lived in Oregon since 2006.

Vaughan is a US Air Force veteran and received an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Physiology from Air University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology at Southern Illinois University, and an MBA from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. Vaughan in a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds certifications in Professional Project Management (PMP), Change Management (Prosci) and is a certified Professional Coach (CPC)

 

In his free time, Vaughan loves taking adventures with his wife, traveling, and off-road jeeping.

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Kelsey Brannon 

Kelsey is currently serving as the Continuous Improvement Analyst for Eugene Water and Electric Board where she is responsible for helping EWEB staff apply continuous improvement and lean best practices in their work and projects.  The majority of Kelsey’s career has been in quality assurance in food manufacturing, where she has helped to add value and apply lean tools such as root cause analysis, process mapping, and visual management. 

Her favorite part of the job is collaborating with cross-functional teams on big problems and empowering the experts in the work to use tools that will increase the success of the solutions they come up with.

Kelsey is a local to the Lower Willamette Valley and took her education growing up on a grass-seed farm into college with her, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business Management from Oregon State University.   A few years ago, Kelsey decided to follow her passion for learning and leadership by pursuing a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership and Change Management.   After completing her degree, she plans on focusing on growing a large garden with the help of her husband and two boys.

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Bonnie B Larson

Bonnie joined the EVLA Board of Directors in 2023 as the Marketing Committee Lead. with more than 30 years of experience in marketing, business development and sales, she will assist with EVLA's organizational growth and communications. Bonnie currently holds the position of Business Development Manager at Forrest Technical Coatings and has completed both of EVLA's Core and Practitioner Lean Courses - which she highly recommends!

To refresh her soul and replenish her mind, Bonnie finds quality time with her husband Rik, son Erik, and daughter-in-law Liz celebrating all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon her family, friends, and Eug/Spfd community.

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