ILC Advisory Board

Dan Clark - ILC Advisory Board Dan Clark
Iowa Prison Industries
Sector: Government
Dan Clark is the Director of Iowa Prison Industries (IPI), a work training program for men and women incarcerated within Iowa’s nine state prisons. Every day, more than 900 men and women in the IPI program learn to weld, learn to work as a team, learn to use the tools of lean manufacturing, and learn the skills that will help them obtain good paying jobs.
Steve Denny Steve Denny
Stellar Industries
Manufacturing Manager
Sector: Manufacturing
Steve has 43 years in Manufacturing with 28 years in positions as a Process Engineer, General Supervisor, Continuous Improvement Manger and Manufacturing Manager. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ CSSBB). His current responsibilities for Stellar Industries as the Manufacturing Manager for the Kanawha Plant include all manufacturing operations; fabrication, weld, paint, assembly and warehouse activities.
Jesse DePriest - ILC Advisory Board Jesse DePriest
First National Bank
Sector: Service/Transaction
Jesse is a Lean/SS Black Belt with over 25 years’ experience in operations leadership, lean, and change management. Jesse has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing and service industries including Director of Continuous Improvement, General Manager, Sales/Business Development, Product Management, Operations, Customer Service, and Product Development. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science in Operations Management, an MBA, and served in the US Army for eight years as an officer and helicopter pilot. Jesse is an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS™) Implementer and Adjunct Professor for Operations Management at Midland University MBA program, and teaches lean fundamentals at the Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.
Larry Ehlinger Larry Ehlinger
Director of Mfg Quality & Process Engineering
Sector: Manufacturing
Larry Ehlinger is currently Director of Manufacturing Quality & Process Engineering at Vermeer Corporations where he is responsible for the Quality function across all Pella-based manufacturing plants and also leads Paint Engineering, Fastening Technology, and Tooling Engineering. Larry was previously Senior Director, Advanced Engineering & Quality at Pella Corporation where he guided the Advanced Engineering R&D, Design Assurance & Quality, and Pella’s Legislative & Industry Affairs functions. At Pella Corporation Larry was also General Manager of the Insynctive business unit responsible for Pella Corporation’s smart connected products.

Ehlinger received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, an MS in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation from MIT.

Kris Halter Kris Halter
University of Iowa
Process Improvement Engineer
Sector: Education
Kris is currently a Process Improvement Engineer for the University of Iowa. He holds a B.S.E in Industrial Engineering and an Entrepreneurial Certificate from the University of Iowa and a Project Management Professional certificate from PMI. He is responsible for implementing, promoting, and training on continuous improvement initiatives throughout the university’s Business Services.
Kris has been a Lean practitioner for over 13 years in manufacturing, IT, healthcare, and education, promoting and implementing lean cultures and structures that meets each organizations’ needs and environment. Prior to working in roles focused on continuous improvement, Kris worked in research and development and was a co-founder of a communications company.
Dave Hammond - ILC Advisory Board Dave Hammond
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
Vice President of Process Improvement
Dave has been in the Quality and Process Improvement field since 2000, with experience in both the manufacturing and service/transaction sectors. His background includes working in organizations with mature process improvement functions, as well as establishing new programs at three different organizations. Today Dave is the Vice President of Process Improvement at American Equity. He has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and currently lectures at Iowa State.

Dave’s educational background includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a ME in Systems Engineering from Iowa State. He also holds ASQ Quality Engineer and Six-Sigma Master Black Belt certifications.

Karen Kiel Rosser Karen Kiel Rosser
VP & Quality Improvement Officer
Mary Greeley Medical Center
Sector: Healthcare
Karen Kiel Rosser, Vice President & Quality Improvement Officer for Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC), is responsible for the overall direction of quality/performance improvement and organizational strategy at the medical center. She has led the organization to achieve the nation’s highest level of recognition for performance excellence – the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 2019. Before joining MGMC, Karen was the Vice President of Performance Excellence and Managed Care at Agnesian Health Care, an integrated health care delivery system in Fond du Lac, WI.
Danielle Roecker - ILC Advisory Board Danielle Roecker
Accenture Industry X.O.
Delivery Lead
Sector: Service/Transaction
Passionate about lean and agile development, Danielle Roecker is a Delivery Lead with Accenture Industry X.O. She was previously a director within the Application Development Center at Nationwide Insurance where they are successfully blending lean and agile practices with cutting-edge development. Danielle uses her background as a software developer, project manager, and ScrumMaster to help teams fully embrace lean and agile development. Her understanding of the human and business interactions helped her contribute to Nationwide’s Lean Transformation.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University, a Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University, and a Human Computer Interaction Certificate from Iowa State University. She is also a Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified ScrumMaster, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and Project Management Professional.

Wendy Smith - Advisory Board Wendy Smith
Best Practice Consultant
UnityPoint Health/Allen Hospital
Sector: Healthcare
Wendy is currently a Best Practice Consultant at UnityPoint Health at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. Wendy received a BBA in Marketing and BS in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1997 and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of Dubuque. She became certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2004 during a 17 year tenure at Viking Pump. Wendy started as a Market Analyst at Viking, but moved into Operations Management after 2 years of implementing Mixed Model Lean, ultimately becoming Plant Manager for the 200+ employee manufacturing operation in Cedar Falls. She spent the last 5 years of her career at Viking as a Global Product Manager, before transitioning into healthcare.

In 2015, Wendy became Best Practice Consultant at UnityPoint Health – Waterloo, pursing her passion of making healthcare more affordable, accessible and higher quality in the Cedar Valley through continuous process improvement. Wendy is a strong believer that those who do the work, improve the work. Change management, leadership development and the use of simple tools to study processes are the interests that drove Wendy to return to full time CI work.

Marcia Tope - Advisory Board Marcia Tope
State of Iowa
Lean Enterprise Administrator
Sector: Government
Marcia Tope is the Lean Enterprise Administrator for the State of Iowa. Located in the Department of Management’s Office of Lean Enterprise Marcia designs and implements systems to promote continuous improvement in the Executive Branch. Key responsibilities include setting the strategic direction for the State, building capacity to implement Lean by training and mentoring facilitators, working with agency leadership to identify and support improvement opportunities and facilitating cross-agency events focused on achieving high impact results for Iowans. Marcia has worked for the State of Iowa for 8 years and has had the opportunity to work with more than 35 teams using lean tools and methodologies to improve results for customers.
Prior to employment with the State of Iowa, Marcia worked for a non-profit agency in Des Moines for 12 year focusing on quality improvement in a service setting. Marcia earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.