Carnegie Mellon University

Lean Six Sigma Cohorts & Projects

In support of the institutional priority and strategic objective to optimize efficiencies and financial stewardship, the Office of Human Resources undertook the task of designing and implementing a program to provide employees with training to build the skills and mindset so that participants are better equipped to evaluate inefficiencies, develop solutions, and implement cost-saving measures to help CMU operate more efficiently. 

In 2019 the first Lean Six Sigma cohort was launched and resulted in 23 graduates of the program. To date there have been 62 graduates of the Lean Six Sigma program. Below you will find a list of the graduates from each cohort as well as the project topics addressed by the project teams.

Name  Title Department Group Project
Maureen Blaire Director, Financial Analysis/Reporting Financial Reporting Service Now-Customer Response
Alison Campbell Senior Manager, Business Innovation Business Innovation Office (Computer Services) Air Filters
Christa Cardone Senior Writer Office of the Provost Air Filters
Roy Farkas Director of Business Services for Facilities Management and Campus Service FMS General Business Operations Supplier Redundancy (Office Paper)
Steve Guenther University Engineer and Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Services FMS Operations Skilled Trades
Karen Hignett Manager, Finance Data and Analytics University Budget and Financial Planning Exit Interviews / Staff Onboarding
Alex Homyak CDFD Contracts and Procurement Manager Campus Design and Facility Development Supplier Redundancy (Office Paper)
Rodger Lees Financial Operations Manager AVP - Finance Accounts Payable Redistibution
Jamie Malta Innovation Consultant Business Innovation Office (Computer Services) Air Filters
Frank Marcopolos Director, Risk Operations Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Services Service Now-Customer Response
AK  Molteni Business & Service Management Analyst Enterprise Applications (Computer Services) Accounts Payable Redistibution
Joe Napierkowski Director of Financial Services Financial Services Group (Computer Services) Supplier Redundancy (Office Paper)
Megan Nicely Senior International Finance Accountant International Finance Unidentified ACH Receipts (old - International Finance)
Katie Price Manager, International Finance International Finance Air Filters
Carol Rigdon Platform Applications Project Manager Enterprise Applications (Computer Services) Unidentified ACH Receipts (old - International Finance)
LaDawn Robinson Manager, Equal Opportunity Services HR Equal Opportunity Services Skilled Trades
Greg Shughart HCM Support Manager HR Operations Unidentified ACH Receipts (old - International Finance)
Teresa Simpson Assistant Director, Sponsored Projects Accounting Revenue/AR Sponsored Project Accounting - SPA Accounts Payable Redistibution
Claire Slack Human Resources Business Partner II HR Operations Exit Interviews / Staff Onboarding
Jeremy Smith FMCS IT Director FMS Operation Skilled Trades
Name Title Department Group Project
Matt Blazevich Principal IT Solutions Consultant Planning & Project Management Office (Computer Services) Composting Initiatives
Amber Becker Senior Digital Project Manager VP - Marketing & Communications Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC
Christine Bedillion Senior Manager, Business Development and Licensing Ctr for Tech Transfer & Enterprise Creation Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Brian Bodine Associate Vice President for Research & Academic Admin Award Administrator Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Carrie Chisholm Senior Associate Director, Photo & Video VP - Marketing & Communications Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Connie Deighan Eaton Director, Technical Program Management Client Services (Computer Services) Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC
Claire Grabowski Help Desk Coordinator Research Systems and Operations Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Mike Grimm Sr. International Operations Specialist International Finance (Finance) Composting Initiatives
Lloyd Hedlund Financial Analyst University Budget and Financial Planning (Finance) Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Brian James Senior Director, Creative VP - Marketing & Communications Composting Initiatives
Jake Kaczka Manager, Accounting - Financial Reporting Division of Finance Inventor Payables
Michael Karabinos Systems Analyst Research Systems and Operations Inventor Payables
Chrissy Lacher Manager, HR Solutions Consulting HRT Operations Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC
Ron Langer Associate Director, Communication Services VoIP Services (Computer Services) Space Planning
Alfredo Lozano Senior IT Systems Analyst Student Affairs IT Composting Initiatives
Trey Marshall Assistant Director, Enterprise Applications Management Enterprise Applications (Computer Services) Inventor Payables
Matt Miller Solutions Consultant Planning & Project Management Office (Computer Services) Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process
Roman Mitz Associate Director, Infrastructural Services Infrastructure Services (Computer Services) Space Planning
Sara Novelly Business Manager Marketing & Communications Space Planning
Cathy O'Domes Research Compliance Analyst Office of Research Integrity and Compliance Inventor Payables
Judith Pearson Senior Project Manager Communications Design and Photography Group Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC
David Quinn Assistant Vice President, Strategic Research Initiatives Office of the Vice President for Research Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC
Michael Romac Senior Contract Officer Office of the Vice President for Research Space Planning
Kelley Shell Health Promotion Program Director University Health Services Composting Initiatives
Autumn Slobe Principal Sponsored Projects Accountant Division of Finance Inventor Payables
Bill Stewart Senior Cost Accountant Cost Analysis (Finance) Inventor Payables
Bob Wooldridge Associate Vice Provost for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation Ctr for Tech Transfer & Enterprise Creation Space Planning
Name Title Department Group Project
Maria Alexandrov Senior Business Analyst Business Applications Development and Support Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Missy Carrozza Human Resources Business Partner I HR Operations Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Daniel Corletti Director, Human Resources HR Operations University Advancement Onboarding Process
Evan Cvejkus Senior Cash Accountant International Finance Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Brandon Davis Senior Sponsored Research Accountant Sponsored Project Accounting Student Worker I9 Compliance
Emily Dennis Director, Learning and Performance VP-University Advancement (University Advancement) University Advancement Onboarding Process
Tony Downs Director, Advancement Protocol and Visits Advancement Events (University Advancement) University Advancement Onboarding Process
Michael Elmer Senior Financial Analyst - Finance Division University Budget and Financial Planning Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Shawn Facchiano Senior Sourcing Specialist - Category Manager Procurement Services Student Worker I9 Compliance
Matthew McCabe Manager, Leaves Administration HR Benefits University Advancement Onboarding Process
Uzwala Sajja Business Systems Architecture Engineer Enterprise Applications (Computer Services) Student Worker I9 Compliance
Andrew Schilffarth Development Associate, Business Engagement Center for Business Engagement University Advancement Onboarding Process
Siobhan Sullivan Cost Analyst/Accountant Cost Analysis, Sponsored Projects, Property Accounting Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Karen Van Dusen Senior Manager, Platform Development Enterprise Applications (Computer Services) Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports
Katie Varrati Staff Accountant Financial Reporting Student Worker I9 Compliance
Cohort Group Project Sponsor(s) Campus Partner
2019 Accounts Payable Redistibution Carrie Nelson, Kathy Proch, Chrissy Moffatt, Rita Ciccariello Division of Finance
2019 Air Filters Steve Guenther Facilities Management and Campus Services
2019 Exit Interviews / Staff Onboarding Gloria Gruber Office of Human Resources
2019 Service Now -Customer Response Melanie Lucht, Shailendra Singh Environmental Health and Safety
2019 Skilled Trades Steve Guenther Facilities Management and Campus Services
2019 Supplier Redundancy (Office Paper) Jarrod McAdoo, Steve Guenther, Kathy Proch, Jamie Malta, Teri Nagel University Procurement
2019 Unidentified ACH Receipts (Old - International Finance) Judy Cvejkus, Tammy Chapman Division of Finance/ University
2020 Composting Initiatives Lara Steiner Marketing and Communications
2020 Computing Services Technical Considerations Report Process Stan Waddell Computing Services
2020 Improvements in Communication and Prioritization of Tasks Between OSP and ORIC Julia Dzurino, Heather Bragg, Tara Branstad Research Administration
2020 Inventor Payables Anne Marie Bosnyak,
Kathy Proch
Division of Finance
2020 Space Planning Sara Novelly Marketing and Communications
2021 Integrate Workday Direct Deposit Information with Oracle for Expense Reports Angela Blanton Division of Finance
2021 Student Worker I9 Compliance Chrissy Lacher, Barb Baker Office of Human Resources
2021 University Advancement Onboarding Process Jill Berger University Advancement