The Board

Toni Gyatso

Toni Gyatso

President EV-HPEC

Toni has played an instrumental role in creating a process improvement culture and implementing effective change management at Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) since 2012.  In 2018, Toni joined Oregon State Hospital’s Performance Improvement Team as a Lean Leader.

Toni holds Lean Basic, Intermediate and Advance Certificates through Emerald Valley High Performance Enterprise Consortium (EVHPEC).  In 2014 Toni became Lean Six Sigma-Black Belt Certified.

Additionally, Toni is the current Board President of EVHPEC.

Tadashi Jones

Tadashi Jones

Vice President EV-HPEC

Vice President of Resource Management for Rosen Aviation, LLC, the leader in cabin electronics for the business aviation marketplace.  In this role he is responsible for championing organizational change, including Rosen’s Lean evolution.

His background includes leadership experience in Operations, Quality, Program Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Strategic Planning.

He is a Kaplan & Norton Balanced Scorecard certified practitioner, a Federal Aviation Association certificated repairman, a quality management system auditor, and led the development of aviation regulatory guidance material RTCA/DO-313, Certification Guidance for Installation of Non-Essential, Non-Required Aircraft Systems and Equipment.

When not helping to shape Rosen’s future self, he enjoys travel, volunteering in the local community and spending time with his wife Jill and daughter Kaylee.

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, the former Director of Lean Six Sigma for a national consulting and training firm, and the Executive responsible for continuous improvement for a division of a Fortune 500 consumer products company. He holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology and is a former Nationals Science Foundation Scholar in Engineering.  Dr. Green was privileged to write the introduction to “Fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing”, the last published book by Shigeo Shingo, one of the two founders of the Toyota Production System the foundation of Lean.  With his experience of starting one company and co-founding a second, Jeremy works as a volunteer mentor and instructor in the local startup community. Dr. Green also serves on the board of directors of Cascadia Prepared, and currently works for Lunar Logic, a digital marketing and software development company.

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Mark Forrest

Mark has more than 20 years at Forrest Technical Coatings, a world leader in the formulation and manufacturing of heat resistant and other high performance finishes. Before assuming the role of company president in 2008, he held technical, product management, sales, and general management leadership roles. He earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon. He brings the perspective of owners and senior business executives to the EV-HPEC board.

Throughout his years in the coatings industry, Mark has worked as a professional jazz guitarist and raced sailboats competitively. These days, he enjoys travelling, sailing, scuba diving, and hiking with his wife and five children.

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Simrat Khalsa, PMP

Simrat was introduced to Continuous Improvement over 20 years ago when her employer brought in Steve Bell & Michael Orzen (authors of Lean IT) to implement a CI program. Since then, she has worked in diverse industries to improve processes at all levels of the organization, from strategic planning to inventory management, and data entry. Simrat works at Eugene Water & Electric Board as a Sr. Business Analyst, and is part of EWEB’s Continuous Improvement team, where she coaches and mentors on CI. Simrat is also PMP (Project Management Professional) certified through PMI.

Rob Loper II

Rob Loper

Lean Engineer, PacificSource Health Plans
Industrial Engineer, Oregon State University
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Villanova University
Master Scuba Diver Trainer – PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors)

Rob’s career has spanned over 20 years within the high tech industry at Hewlett Packard and Intel as an Industrial Engineer and Lean Facilitator prior to moving into the health services work at PacificSource. His current role at PacificSource focuses on enterprise lean training and the input into the development of strategy deployment. Outside of work, Rob is a scuba dive instructor through a local dive shop and an underwater photographer.

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Kim Wooten

Kim is the Lean Leader for Hawes Financial since 2017.  At Hawes, she strives to create a streamlined, efficient workplace.   Through change management, leadership skills, and process improvement she has spent over 18 years learning how to implement Lean over manufacturing and service companies.

Her passion for Lean began after graduation from Keller Graduate School of Management, with an MBA in Business Administration with a Certificate in Project Management.  She also holds Lean Basic, Intermediate and Advance Certificates through Emerald Valley Performance Consortium (EVHPEC) a Certified Allenbaugh Coach, and is Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt Certified.  Kim is currently holds the position of Education / Curriculum on the EVHPEC Board.  She also enjoys exploring beautiful Oregon with her family after moving to Oregon from Phoenix, AZ.


Tom Wright-Hay

Tom Wright-Hay has over 25 years of experience in management, strategic planning, sales/marketing, engineering, and Lean Manufacturing.  Tom’s career began as a project manager in a refinery for a Fortune 500 energy company and progressed to include internal business consulting and strategic planning roles.   After obtaining his MBA from the University of Oregon, Tom was CEO/General Manager of a recreational products manufacturer where he successfully employed Lean to turn the company around.  As a consultant with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Tom worked with numerous companies in the high-tech, wood products, metal fabrication, heavy equipment, and medical products industries.  He served on OMEP’s board of directors, was a member of the State of Oregon’s Manufacturing Workforce Committee, and has guest lectured at the University of Oregon.  Tom is currently the Director of Information Services and Continuous Optimization for Blue Star Gas.  In addition to his MBA, Tom holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cal State Fullerton.


In his spare time, Tom enjoys hanging out with his kids, mountain and road biking, travel, and good food and drink.

Adrian Vander Wille

Adrian Vander Wille

In addition to working full-time as an experienced marketing consultant, Adrian is pursuing his MBA at the University of Oregon.

Global Citizen: Adrian is a bilingual dual-citizen who has worked and studied on four different continents.

Big Picture Hybrid: from Arabic Dialectology to Econometrics, his interdisciplinary background helps him to come up with unique solutions.