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ADMINISTRATION & OPERATIONS
Kim Barnas currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Catalysis, in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Prior to her role at Catalysis, Kim served as a senior vice president for ThedaCare, and president of Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. While in that role she enjoyed the opportunity to learn about LEAN and implement this work in hospital operations. The ThedaCare Improvement System (LEAN) path started in 2003, with value stream mapping followed by improvement events, and projects. She was involved in leading two of the initial value streams for OB and cancer services.
As the journey continued, a new challenge emerged—the need for a systematic method to sustain improvement, clarify daily continuous improvement opportunities and deliver on strategic deployment. To meet this need, Kim and her team led the development of a management system. This lean management system is designed to deliver improved performance through a predictable process that develops leaders, identifies defects, solves problems and develops people. In 2014, Kim authored a book titled Beyond Heroes, A Lean Management System for Healthcare, based on this journey.
Today, Kim is actively teaching and supporting healthcare executive teams around the world. Her current focus expands the management system to the executive leadership team, with a principle based approach to leadership.
Kim has a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration.
Michelle is responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Team at Catalysis. Michelle works with internal and external customers in arranging meetings, travel, and communications. She assists all areas of Catalysis in administrative and logistical support.
Prior to joining the Catalysis staff, Michelle worked for Ciox Health (formerly IOD Incorporated) for 12 years with experience in the ROI organization. Her ability to multitask and manage multiple calendars and activities brings a benefit to our Senior staff and educators to allow more client focus and less administrative worry. Michelle is a former CNA, went to school for Surgical Technology and is currently pursuing her Associate’s degree in Forensic Science.
Chief Administrative OfficerArea of focus: Human Resources, IT, Finance
Chief Administrative Officer
Peter is responsible, in collaboration with the President and Chief Development Officer, for developing the strategy in support of the mission, administrative execution of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. Specifically, his areas of responsibility are financial administration, human resources, operational activity and support, succession planning, talent management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation. Peter ensures Catalysis is compliant with all Federal, State and local regulations. Peter acts in the absence of the President and exercises management responsibility over Catalysis operations.
Prior to joining Catalysis, Peter worked overseeing technology and human resources, as well as operations management. Most recently, he managed these areas at Modern Business Machines, A Xerox Company (MBM). In his tenure at MBM, Peter implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, fostered an evolution of employee benefits and maintained compliance with HR regulations. Peter is an avid volunteer in leadership positions with multiple non-profit organizations locally and nationwide.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration.
Project ManagerArea of focus: Website Administration, CEO Forum Support
Stephanie Van Vreede
Stephanie’s focus is on website administration and customer-focused projects, including support of the CEO Forum network.
Before joining Catalysis in 2010, Stephanie worked in both the paper industry and high tech, in roles that included executive support for CEOs and directors, and shareholder relations. Within these organizations, she also held positions that included public relations, marketing, software training and travel management.
Stephanie is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Colleges, with an Associate’s degree in Arts & Sciences.
President, EuropeArea of focus:European initiatives, including the CEO Forum
Helen oversees Catalysis European initiatives, including the CEO Forum. Helen has 33 years of lean leadership experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, capital equipment and high tech. Formerly, COO of the Lean Enterprise Institute for 11 years, Helen worked with Jim Womack to spread the topic of lean throughout the world and to every industry.
Helen has contributed to 15 published works on the topic of lean, as well as numerous educational programs and events. She helped to establish the Lean Education Academic Network, The Lean Global Network and the Healthcare Value Network and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research (CLEAR).
Helen is on the board of advisors of the Shingo Institute, board of directors for Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP) and a steering committee member of the Lean Education Academic Network. She is faculty for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and faculty and coach for the MBOE Program at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State. Helen was inducted into the AME Hall of Fame in 2017.
Helen received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, an MS in Operations Management, and an MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.