Leadership

Muthuraman Annamalai

Section Chair

Muthuraman Annamalai, MS (QA), MS (EE), CSSBB, LSSGB, CQE, CQA, ISO9001 Lead Auditor. Muthu currently serves as the 2017 Section Chair for the ASQ Charlotte Section. He has served in many Leadership roles in the ASQ sections and in Toastmasters International. He has been included as one of the “Fresh Faces” (New Generation of Quality Leaders under 40 years) on the Nov 2016 ASQ QP Magazine.

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Denise Heicken

Secretary

Denise Heicken works at Ingersoll Rand as a Sr. Operational Excellence Change Agent, responsible for supporting the Lean transformation in Global Procurement. Prior to IngersollRand, she worked at Carolinas Healthcare System in the roles of PerformanceExcellence Manager and Director of Performance Improvement, both supportingLean deployment; she also was Director of Operational Performance at Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner in 2006.

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Kristin Myers

Executive Quality Roundtable (EQR) Chair

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Joe Daniels

Treasurer

Joe has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has climbed up the “quality ladder” in his organization and is currently the Senior Director of Quality Assurance at MGM Brakes. Joe has been an active member of ASQ in Charlotte for 11 years and also holds many of the ASQ Quality certifications. He enjoys meeting new people in the quality profession, hearing about their experiences, and understanding what motivates them to continue in the field of quality. Joe is married and has two kids. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, fishing, and playing guitar.

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Jerrod Higgins

Membership Chair

Jerrod is a Quality Engineer at Cyril Batch Company of Monroe, NC. He currently holds a CQA certification and is actively preparing for the CQE exam. His vision is to one day become a successful consultant of Quality.

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Valerie Jennings

Membership Team Member

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Kisha McClain

Past Section Chair & 2017 WCQI Chair

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Amanda Akers

Marketing Chair

Amanda graduated from Appalachian State University (go Mountaineers!) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. She started her professional marketing career in the healthcare software field – managing trade shows, promoting regional events, growing digital and social media reach and audience and developing wide ranges of content including blogs, brochures, posters, webinars and ebooks. Amanda is currently the Marketing Manager for PeraHealth – a company committed to transforming healthcare through the intelligent use of data.

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Carolyn Minnock

Community Outreach Chair

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Tyrone Crossland

Deputy Regional Director, Region 11A & Risk Consortium Chair

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Chris Nietopski

Programs Chair

Chris has recently moved to Charlotte from Buffalo, NY to be close to his three sisters and their families. After getting a Mechanical Engineering degree, he worked as a design engineer and then transitioned into project management. During the last six years, he has been working on new product development programs and manufacturing process improvements using Lean Six Sigma.

His education also includes an MBA in International Management and has lived three years in China teaching English and learning Chinese. In his free time, Chris likes to watch his nephews play football at Lake Norman High School (Josh, Cole and Zach Ladowski), and paddle-boarding on the lake.

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Louis French

Programs Team Member

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Alexander Tucker

YQP Chair and 2017 WCQI Assistant Chair

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Willie Miller

Nominating Committee Chair

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Harry Byrd

Voice of the Customer (VoC) Chair

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Janna Christenbury

Placement Chair

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Jeff Adkisson

Education Chair

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Nancy Williams

Section Auditor

Nancy currently works for Wells Fargo as a Business Systems Consultant. She is originally from Rochester, NY and majored in Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is certified as both a Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

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Derrian Hollingsworth

Continuous Improvement Consortium

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Lyle Moose

Recertification Chair

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Larry Edwards

Newsletter Editor

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Diane Byrd

Regional Director, Region 11A

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