Breakouts

Lee Baszczewski - Director of Organizational Excellence

Lee is the Director of Organizational Excellence (OE), a pan-institutional quality and improvement program designed to support and enable institutional goals and priorities.  Lee partners with the University Community to lead performance excellence & improvement efforts and facilitates design sessions using Liberating Structures to provide a forum for interactive innovation.

Lee joined the University of Virginia in 2011, following a career in Biotechnology on the west coast.  Lee earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Virginia, achieved her certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned a Master’s certificate in IT project management from Georgetown University.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "Facilitating Collaboration: Techniques to Engage Groups for Better Results!"

 

Tod Cohen - Owner, Tod Cohen Photography; Public speaking coach

Active in Toastmasters for 15 years, Tod is a natural mentor and coach. A professional photographer, Tod teaches photography workshops to help people explore new perspectives. He also teaches public speaking workshops at UVA.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session - "From Dull to Dynamic: How to be a Better Speaker"

 

Sarah Collie - Associate Vice President for Organizational Excellence

Sarah leads the University of Virginia’s quality and improvement program, Organizational Excellence (OE).  Established in 2013 as part of the Cornerstone Strategic Plan, OE enables the achievement of institutional goals and priorities and cultivates a culture of quality.  She partners with the University community to execute a portfolio of pan-institutional projects, facilitate organizational change, deliver professional development programming, promote sharing and scaling of best practices, and provide consulting services for school- and unit-led improvement efforts.

Sarah’s career in higher education spans nearly 25 years across diverse administrative and academic positions at several different institutions. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Assistant Vice President for Management and Budget/Director of State Governmental Relations at UVA from 2004-2013.  Sarah holds a Ph.D. from UVA’s Curry School in higher education with a minor in organizational change. She is an active member and former board member of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI).

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "Facilitating Collaboration: Techniques to Engage Groups for Better Results!"

 

Michael Danzi - Process Excellence Leader, Project Management and Continuous Improvement Department, School of Medicine

Since joining UVA in August of 2016, he has worked predominantly with Dean’s Office Administrative areas to enhance their operations by providing foundational Lean / problem solving methodologies and facilitating continuous process improvement events.

With a background in Industrial Engineering, he has over a decade of practical experience with Lean process improvement application.  He has been responsible for developing manufacturing operation systems, designing facility layouts, managing multi-million dollar continuous improvement projects, and installing Lean organizational cultures.  He has trained over 300 team members in a variety of Lean tools (including 5S, SMED, VSM, PDCA, Root Cause Analysis, Gemba, and Visual Management) across various levels of an organization.  Mike has a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word"

 

Susan Davis - Interim Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Susan Davis began working at the University in 1999 as an attorney in the General Counsel’s office. In 2004, she moved to the University’s division of student affairs and began working in a law and policy administrative role. She most recently served as acting vice president and chief student affairs officer from Sept. 1 until Jan. 18, when Pat Lampkin took a semester-long sabbatical.  She has served as a student advocate on a number of issues, whether developing health and safety initiatives, coordinating Title IX efforts or reaching out to concerned students.  Susan has also worked with various student organizations to maintain and promote a robust system of student self- governance.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Data Strategy.

 

Pie Dumas - Public Speaking Coach, Life Coach and Author

Active in Toastmasters for 15 years, Pie is a certified Life Coach, Public Speaking Coach and an author.

 

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "From Dull to Dynamic: How to be a Better Speaker"

 

Kevin Duvall - Senior Technology Analyst, Information Technology Services

Kevin Duvall works in Information Technology Services, and is responsible for enterprise software licensing and project management. Previously, he worked in the Department of Defense as a Lead Project Manager for an IT security contract. He is a board member of the Association of Collegiate Computing Services (ACCS) of Virginia, a member of the EDUCAUSE Young Professionals Advisory Council, and has previously worked at The White House, UVA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the American Chemical Society.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Qualtrics.

 

Theran Fisher - Acting Manager, Center for Leadership Excellence

Theran is a Learning and Development Senior Specialist and Acting Manager of the Center for Leadership Excellence.  As a former organizational development consultant, he helps individuals and teams work more effectively and collaboratively.  An experienced facilitator with higher education experience, Theran is passionate about personality styles, dealing with change, and creates unique learning experiences designed to help individuals develop personally and professionally regardless of role or responsibility. Theran completed his undergraduate degree at James Madison University, obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Emotional Intelligence (EI).

 

Jane Fletcher - Marketing Data Analyst, UVA Alumni Association; Public Speaking Coach

Jane found her niche 10 years ago when she joined Vinegar Hill Toastmasters Club, an incredibly supportive local public speaking club. At UVA, she leads two public speaking workshops for faculty and staff: Getting Comfortable at the Lectern and Speaking with Impact.

 

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "From Dull to Dynamic: How to be a Better Speaker"

 

Joe Fore - Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of Legal Research and Writing

Joe Fore joined the faculty in 2014 as a co-director of the Law School’s Legal Research and Writing Program.

Fore graduated from Duke University, majoring in biology and public policy studies. He received his J.D. from the Law School, where he was a notes editor for the Virginia Law Review and a semifinalist in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition. During law school, Fore also interned for U.S. District Court Judge John Antoon II of the Middle District of Florida and served as a legal fellow in the Counsel’s Office for the Governor of Virginia. In recognition of his academic and extracurricular achievement, Fore was inducted into the Raven Society, the oldest honor society at the University of Virginia.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on effective written business communication.

 

Theodore Gayle - Local Support Partners (LSP) Program Coordinator, Information Technology Services

Ted serves as Local Support Partners (LSP) Program Coordinator for the University of Virginia Information Technology Services (ITS) department.  The LSP Program is sponsored by the ITS Department and is a partnership between ITS and IT professionals across Grounds to help foster better communication, collaboration, and partnerships between ITS and the IT professionals serving departments throughout the University.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Communities of Practice.

 

Adam Griggs - Process Excellence Coach, Project Management and Continuous Improvement Department, School of Medicine

In his position at UVA, Adam Griggs has worked with various SOM Dean’s Office Departments to identify areas of improvement, and to facilitate project groups toward improving these opportunity areas using Lean methodologies.

Before joining UVA, Adam worked as a Manufacturing Engineer in the automotive industry using Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies in the work environment for five years.  In this role, he designed new manufacturing processes, managed the build and installation of large scale manufacturing systems, used statistical analysis to identify improvement opportunities, and used the Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies to continuously improve the manufacturing environment and processes on a daily basis.

Adam earned his BS in Civil Engineering along with his MBA from the University of Kentucky. Adam also has Lean and Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word."

 

Tracey Hoke, MD, MSc - Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; UVA Health System

Dr. Hoke is an Associate Professor and has served on the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics since 2006.  She is involved in patient care and teaching in her role as an Attending on the Hospital Medicine Service in the Department of Pediatrics.  In her role as Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement, Tracey works collaboratively with the other Medical Center administrative chiefs and the clinical staff to provide leadership and direction for the development and implementation of meaningful improvements in the quality of care at the University of Virginia.  She has direct oversight of performance improvement, accreditation, the clinical staff office, and risk management at the Medical Center.  She chairs the Medical Center Quality Committee.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word"

 

Ronald Hutchins - Vice President for Information Technology

Ronald R. Hutchins joined the University of Virginia in August of 2015 to serve as the vice president for information technology. In this role, his focus is on creating university-wide strategies in IT for teaching, learning, research, and administrative technologies while honoring the University’s deep culture and tradition. He partners with faculty, administrators, and research units to explore a vision of a ‘data enabled university’. In his first year at UVA, he has identified numerous priority areas that target equipping UVA for reaching goals identified in the University’s 2013 Cornerstone Plan.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Data Strategy.

 

Sean Jackson - UFirst Project Executive Director

Sean Jackson became the The Ufirst Project Executive Director in 2016.  He is charged with leading the implementation phase of the HR transformation project and serves as the primary change agent to advance UVA’s goals and priorities.

Prior to this position, Sean served as the Chief Information Officer for the School of Medicine and the University Physicians Group. Sean has over 20 years of experience leading technology operations in complex non-profit and higher education organizations.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word"

 

Shenika Knox - Senior Data Analyst, Office of Sponsored Programs

Shenika joined the Office of Sponsored Programs 10 years ago as a Post-award Accountant, handling invoicing and reporting for research sponsors.  Last year she transitioned to the newly formed Information Team in sponsored programs as a Senior Data Analyst.  In her Sr. role she is now responsible for implementation, support/maintenance, and continuous improvement of research-related systems, data and platforms. Reviewing and refining business processes, technologies, and interfaces to improve sponsored research administration’s efficiency and effectiveness.  As a functional expert, one of my most critical roles is ensuring data integrity and information access across the entire research enterprise.  

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Data Strategy.

 

Brooke Link - Process Excellence Coach, Project Management and Continuous Improvement Department, School of Medicine

Brooke Link is a Process Excellence Coach with the Project Management and Continuous Improvement Department in the School of Medicine.  Under the structure of the Be Smart Program, Brooke has been working to implement Lean within Administrative Services for the Dean’s Office at the School of Medicine.  She provides training and education, facilitates project execution, and creates process documentation to deliver value to the organization.

Brooke came to UVA in December of 2016 after seventeen years with The Hershey Company.  She has a background in Quality Assurance and earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt through Hershey’s initiative to implement Lean in the Confectionary Science and Manufacturing environments.  Brooke has a history of leading successful project teams through process improvement efforts by utilizing Lean methodologies and tools to eliminate waste and increase productivity, all while empowering others to embrace change.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word."

 

Doug Miller - Senior Technology Analyst, Information Technology Services

Douglas Miller works in Information Technology Services, and is responsible for enterprise software licensing and project management.   Prior to his time at UVA he spent 37 years working in Department of Defense Intelligence, moving his way through the growth and development of technology in the military. By retirement, he was the Chief Information Officer of the National Grounds Intelligence Center (NGIC), the Defense Department’s primary producer of ground forces intelligence.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Qualtrics.

 

Teresa Miller - Instructor, Mindfulness Center

Teresa Miller, MEd, began her mindfulness practice more than 10 years ago, and it has deepened with regular retreats and ongoing study, including training with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She offers mindfulness instruction for the sake of easing suffering (stress, pain, anxiety) and allowing life’s challenges to be met with compassion and wisdom.

Teresa teaches mindfulness in diverse venues, including the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, and leads short retreats. She has served as a trainer with the Community Mediation Center of Charlottesville, as adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute, as a life coach for individuals, and as facilitator of experiential leadership training, all with the intention to cultivate presence, effectiveness, resilience and ease.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Mindfulness at Work.

 

Jessica Rafter - Community Manager, Managerial Reporting Project

Work, systems, information, it’s all about people and those people make up communities. Jessica, in her role as a Community Manager for University Business Intelligence (UBI), helps the UBI user community make connections. Most of that work is done through the evolving online UBI Community, a place where users are invited to ask and answer questions, submit ideas to the development team, or explore the growing  knowledge library.   After eight years at the University, she’s passionate about helping people and processes grow by leveraging the power of  shared knowledge.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Communities of Practice.

 

Carey Reinicke - Grants and Contracts Administrator, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Carey Reinicke is a Certified Research Administrator with nine years of administrative service at the University of Virginia. Specializing in Post Award administration and finance, she currently co-directs the Office of Post Award Administration within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and is an active member of both NCURA and SRA International. Carey recently helped to establish the first Community of Research Administrators group at UVA and continues to support the pursuit of research excellence at the University. She enjoys living in Charlottesville, Virginia with her family.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Communities of Practice.

 

Johann Reinicke, IT Development Supervisor for Student Financial Services

Johann has been an employee at UVA for over 14 years and is a local Batesville native. His career at UVA spans various IT support roles in the Health System, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Student System Project, Student Financial Services and he is currently the Distributed Reporting Team Lead for the Managerial Reporting Project. 

His formal education includes an M.S. in the Management of IT from the School of Commerce and a B.S. in Business Administration with an IT major from ODU, both earned while employed full time at the University.  Johann’s passion is for helping the University move towards a more coordinated business model that builds on the strengths of our distributed enterprise.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Data Strategy.

 

Matthew Shelton - Adjunct Professor, McIntire Department of Art

Matthew P. Shelton is an artist, writer and teacher from Danbury, NC. He received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Guilford College.  He is currently an adjunct professor at UVA's McIntire Department of Art. 

 

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Data Visualization.

 

Eric Shields - Performance Improvement Coach, UVA Medical Center

Eric Shields is a Performance Improvement Coach in the Quality Performance Improvement department at the UVA Medical Center. In his role, he supports the implementation of the Be Safe goal of advancing UVA’s status as the safest place to work and receive care through the use of real-time, root cause problem-solving, the use of standard work to drive learning and improvement, and rapid escalation of safety issues within a tiered leadership chain.

Prior to his current role, he served as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in the Operational Excellence department at Providence Health and Services in Washington. Eric earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with minors in both Business Administration and Biomechanics as well as a MS in Mechanical Engineering both from the University of Florida.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session - "LEAN: More than just a buzz word"

 

Forrest Swope - Data Stewardship Leader, UVA Finance

Forrest Swope joined the UVA Managerial Reporting Project in January of 2015 in the role of Data Stewardship Lead.  He has established a data governance structure, including a Data Strategy Committee and local area Data Stewards.  He also leads the Data Architecture team in their conceptual design and subsequent build of the enterprise data warehouse.  Prior to arriving at UVA, Forrest served as the Senior Director for Platform Development at Silverchair, where he partnered with publishers of scholarly journals and books to develop online content delivery services, ranging from websites and mobile apps to point-of-care tools for physicians.

Click HERE to read a description of his breakout session on Data Strategy.

 

Shannon Wampler - Procurement Analyst, Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services

Shannon Wampler has a nerdy appreciation (and healthy respect) for the power of data.  In her role as Procurement Analyst, she conducts spend analysis, makes strategic sourcing recommendations, performs contract evaluation and compliance, and price analysis and comparison. She is currently working to define the new role of Procurement Analyst and to develop ways to track and capture the full potential of UVA's spend and maximize relationships with our suppliers, while also working to enhance our value to internal customers.

Click HERE to read a description of her breakout session on Data Visualization.

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