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Dr. Minerva Devera
Dr. Minerva Devera has worked for over 30 years in
Quality Control/Quality Assurance and Operational Excellence at various companies in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She has been in leadership roles for over 25 years. She currently holds a position at Emergent BioSolutions as the Director of Operational Excellence (OE) and is a member of the global OE Leadership team implementing OE at multiple sites.
Dr. Devera has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology; a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration focused in Quality Systems Management. She is a member of Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), International Toastmasters Club and Maryland World Class Consortia.
She has been a member of MWCC since 2010. She is an active participant of the MWCC Lean Peer Group for over 4 years. Dr. Devera is active in facilitating Lean Workshops, facility tours and speaks at seminars.
She is a proud mom of two boys, Ronald (Doctor of Medicine) and Joseph (Doctor of Physical Therapy student).
Lauri Shropshire is senior level leader with over 20 years of global experience in strategy, continuous improvement change management. She is currently the head of Change Management and Communications for Pearson in the Online and Blended Learning Division, where she is leading the company in developing the change management framework and strategic plan as they move into new operating models and systems for their business and schools.
As a business owner and management consultant for MLS Enterprises, she works with companies to identify complex issues and provide employees with the tools and strategies needed to adapt and solve problems at work and align teams to meet business goals. With her expertise with strategic planning, developing continuous improvement and project management infrastructures, she trains and mentors employees to become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and fully engaged team members.
Lauri started as an MWCC member back in 2006 when she was the Operational Excellence Manager with Baxter Healthcare International in their BioScience Division. During her time leading the continuous improvement program, the plant’s overall performance turned around with significant improvements to their success rates, yields, cycle times and COGS. In addition, as a member of their Senior Leadership Team, she led the strategic planning process for the plant which led to improved business results, and established better alignment and communication of the goals to employees throughout the company.
In 2010 Lauri was selected to receive the MWCC “Volunteer of the Year” award. In addition, she served as the Associate Director for the MWCC from 2013-2016, where she supported member companies and served as a liaison to the MEP.
Lauri is a certified Lean practitioner, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Prosci Change Manager. She also has a B.S. in Communications from North Dakota State University.
Dr. Shawn Wolf, DSL
Shawn’s career as a leader has spanned more than 25 years with the earliest ten being in higher education followed by 16 leading a manufacturing company. In both industries, Shawn lead high levels of growth in sales, revenue, and people. A hallmark of his career has been creating high performing teams as a foundation to highly engaged cultures.
Now as the COO for Sonco Worldwide in Beltsville, MD, Shawn is responsible for the operational excellence and culture development for the group of companies owned by Sonco.
He has a BS Degree in Business Administration, an MS in Management from Eastern University, and both a Certificate for Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership Coaching and a Doctorate Degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University.
Shawn consults, trains, and provides leadership-coaching services with an emphasis in leadership development.
Bob Barnes retired from Northrop Grumman after 41 years of service and was the Manager of Lean Initiatives and Best Manufacturing Practices for Northrop's Electronics Systems Sector. With over 30 years experience in the electronics industry, he has worked in numerous technical and managerial roles stressing innovation in manufacturing competitiveness.
Bob previously served as the Chairman of the Governor's Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness for the State of Maryland. The commission completed a detailed broad-based analysis of Maryland manufacturing and submitted its report including recommendations for the future.
Bob has served on the board of directors of Xetron Corporation, Norden Systems, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and is involved in many organizations benefiting Maryland's youth, such as Junior Achievement, and the engineering profession, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Bob is a Mechanical Engineering grad of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and completed the Executive Program at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia. Bob is active in a number of local and national industry associations, which enable him to benchmark many facilities throughout the U.S. and other countries.
Thomas H. Dahbura
Thomas Dahbura is the President of Hub Labels, Inc., a Hagerstown, Maryland manufacturing company. Thomas is a second generation label converter, growing up amongst the ink, gears and grease of a narrow web operation his father founded in 1978 dating back earlier to El Salvador. Directly following his graduation from college, Thomas worked in Hub's customer service department and then moved on to operations, his area of true passion. Over the past 3 decades, Thomas' commitment to emerging production and application technologies has been instrumental in positioning Hub as a progressive and innovative prime label company in the North American marketplace.
Thomas graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College with a BS degree in Economics, Business and Finance. He serves on numerous boards, is a 30 year veteran of the national ski patrol and is an avid mountain biker. Thomas lives on a horse farm in Maryland with his wife and daughter just south of the Mason Dixon line.
John P. King
John King is the Continuous Improvement Manager for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, responsible for training continuous improvement techniques including LEAN and 6 Sigma processes, and for implementation of large scale improvement projects.
John graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and from Loyola University of Maryland with an Executive MBA. Mr. King is a 6 Sigma Master Black Belt and a licensed Professional Engineer.
Mr. King is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, supply chain, and quality management in a number of industries including consumer products, automobiles, aerospace, communications, and capital equipment manufacturing. Much of this experience has been in the areas of cost reduction and process improvement. John has made several presentations of the results of his work in process improvement and lead time management at both regional and national conferences.
Ryan Miller is the founder and principal of Critical Functions, an operational risk and resilience advisory firm that helps organizations protect their critical business functions from disruption and disaster and build their enterprise risk management program. Ryan previously served as the appointed Emergency Management Director for Howard County, MD.
During his tenure, Ryan managed numerous emergencies and disasters and was most recently responsible for response and recovery to the back-to-back disastrous flash floods in Ellicott City, Maryland. Committed to continuous quality improvement, Ryan and his entire team became certified to the green belt level in Lean Six Sigma - the only local emergency management office in Maryland to do so. The concepts were used extensively as the team systematically overhauled traditional and inefficient portions of their program from the layout of their Emergency Operations Center, to their post-disaster After Action Review (AAR) process.
Ryan is an Associate in Risk Management (ARM-E) and holds business continuity planning and audit certifications. He also teaches graduate-level disaster management courses at his alma mater The George Washington University and serves on the Governor of Maryland's Emergency Management Advisory Committee.