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Victoria Adams, CSSBB

Vicky is a Senior Performance Improvement Consultant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She actively leads blackbelt projects throughout the organization, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs. Vicky also consults and supports departments interested in undergoing 5S initiatives.

Vicky began her career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Supply Chain where she held a variety of operations leadership roles including Supply Supervisor and Operating Room Inventory Coordinator. As a Value Performance Specialist in Supply Chain, Vicky led supply and logistics focused implementation and improvement projects across the institution and also helped to develop others on her team to gain experience in this area. She served as the designated Logistics Chief for the D-H Incident Command System where she worked with other D-H leaders to mitigate, prepare, respond to, and recover from emergency events that significantly impacted hospital operations and services.

Vicky received her Six Sigma Blackbelt Certification from the American Society for Quality. She has also attended many courses to advance her knowledge and skill set in Lean and Six Sigma. She completed her Lean training with the Altarum Group & Valumetrix.

Nicole Batulis, MHA, LSSBB, CPHQ

Nicole is the Director of Operational Excellence at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She actively leads Blackbelt projects throughout the hospital, provides consultative support to leaders on strategy deployment, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs. She has also served as Program Leader for the Value Institute Learning Center, overseeing the curriculum development and delivery of both our Yellowbelt and Greenbelt training programs. 

Nicole began her career at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois as an Administrative Fellow. During her fellowship she completed her Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt training and certification. Nicole then managed the patient billing call center, patient registration, and prior-authorization departments for the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation’s physician organization. Continued interest in performance improvement work led her to take a Senior Consultant role in Performance Improvement at the University of Minnesota Physicians and then the Director of Operational Excellence role at United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she provided performance improvement consultation and expertise for the hospital’s senior leadership team.

Nicole received her B.A. in Chemistry and Violin Performance from Emory University and her M.H.A in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. 

Nicole received her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt training from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification from The Value Institute at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Nicole is currently pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt with The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and Moresteam.com. Nicole is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

Paul Christman, LSSBB, PMP

Paul is a Senior Performance Improvement Consultant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He actively leads blackbelt projects throughout the hospital, provides consultative support to leaders on strategy deployment, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs.

Paul spent the bulk of his career at IBM where he received his test/electrical engineering training. During his time at IBM, he designed a formal Operator Training Package and developed and taught Mainframe final test classes. He also created a system designed to reduce defective parts and processes in the Supplier Engineering department. Paul continued to grow his skillset and experience at IBM, eventually transitioning into a Lean Transformational Coach, Facilitator, Manager and Instructor. He supported IBM improvement proposals across multiple locations before joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2013.

Paul attended Penn State University and earned his A.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Lincoln Technical Institute.

Paul received his Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt training from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and his certification from the Value Institute at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. He has a Master’s Certification in Project Manage from George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Aleksandra van Loggerenberg, MPP, MPH, PMP, LSSBB

Aleks is a Performance Improvement Consultant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She actively leads blackbelt projects throughout the organization, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs.

Aleks has spent the majority of her career working in healthcare research and consulting. She has led Lean initiatives at other medical centers and served as a project manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has vast experience with leading both projects and change management initiatives. In her current role she has helped to lead a number of Blackbelt level DMAIC projects as well as clinic analyses.

Aleks received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also received both her Masters of Public Health and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Aleks is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is completed her Blackbelt certification at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. 

Otelah Perry, MS, MT, CMQOE, LSSBB

Otelah is the Director of Quality, Patient Safety, and Compliance at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. She leads blackbelt projects, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs. Otelah is also the Laboratory Operations Manager at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center. She provides leadership for laboratory staff and is responsible for the laboratory’s regulatory activities, quality management plan, and the day-to-day operations of running a hospital-based laboratory for a critical access hospital.

Otelah began her career at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Clinical Microbiology and then spent five years as the Quality Systems Manager in Pathology. In 2013, she led a team in Pathology that was awarded the Operations Excellence Award for their implementation of Lean in the laboratory. All of those team members completed their Yellowbelt Certification and some have gone on to complete their Greenbelt Certification. Otelah was recognized with the Varnum Quality Award for her commitment to improving patient safety and quality at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Otelah received her B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of New Hampshire and her M.S. in Healthcare Administration from New England College.

Otelah received her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt training from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification from The Value Institute at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She is certified through the American Society for Clinical Pathology as a Medical Technologist and a specialist in Molecular Biology. Otelah is recognized as a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence by the American Society of Quality.

Joel Preminger, MS, LSSMBB, PMP

Joel is a Senior Performance Improvement Consultant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He leads blackbelt projects throughout the organization, coaches Greenbelt candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs.

Joel comes to Dartmouth-Hitchcock after 14 years at Hewlett Packard, working as a Business Transformation Leader managing strategic cross-business transformations and innovative management of change programs in the areas of marketing, order management, pricing, leasing, and customer service. Joel led project teams while also providing Lean Six Sigma consulting, coaching, mentorship and training to team members and executives. Before joining HP Joel was with i2 Technologies, a global provider of supply chain and content solutions. As Director of Consulting Services, Joel developed the practice and directed dozens of successful customer implementations of global multi-million dollar enterprise supply chain solutions. Prior, Joel was the Business Information Systems Manager for Indigo America, where he led the development and marketing of a novel remote diagnostics system for digital color offset printers. Earlier in his career Joel held a number of engineering and management positions in product development and manufacturing in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Outside of work Joel volunteered his time with the board of trustees of a newly created non-profit STEM focused public charter school.

Joel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in Israel and his M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Boston University. He is currently working on his M.B.A. in Healthcare Management at Northeastern University.

Joel received his Lean Six Sigma Master Blackbelt training and certification from Hewlett Packard. He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Samuel Shields, Jr., MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ

Sam is the Vice President of Strategy Operational Excellence at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Value Institute. He leads the Operational Excellence team consisting of both Performance Improvement Specialists and Project Managers, oversees the Value Institute Learning Center, coaches Greenbelt Candidates, and serves as an instructor for our training programs. He also serves as an instructor for the Conaty Institute for Transformational Healthcare Leadership program.

Sam spent much of his career working in Supply Chain in various industries. He has served in management and leadership roles at Cabot Corporation, Timken, and Labsphere, Inc. He spent three years as the Supply Chain Manager at Dartmouth-Hitchcock before taking a role as the Director of Performance Improvement.

Sam received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.B.A. from Texas A&M University. Sam is currently pursuing his Master of Health Care Delivery Science at the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI).

Sam received his Six Sigma Blackbelt certification from the American Society for Quality. He is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). 

Sara Simeone, MSN, RN, LSSBB

Sara is the Vice President of Quality & Compliance at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont & New Hampshire (VNH), with responsibility for quality and safety, corporate compliance, regulatory readiness and operational excellence. Sara comes to the VNH most recently from the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she served as the Director of Quality & Patient Safety, where she provided leadership and direction for the development and implementation of the NCCC Quality Management Plan. Prior to her current role, Sara worked as the Director of Integration and Performance Improvement at the VNH. She is also an instructor for the D-H Value Institute Learning Center yellowbelt and greenbelt level process improvement training programs.

Sara started her career as a surgical unit clinical nurse before transitioning into the ambulatory care setting, where she worked as an oncology triage nurse and an oncology clinical research nurse within the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She went on to serve as the Nurse Manager for Clinic Operations and Clinic Research at NCCC for five years. During that time, she received her Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt certification from the Value Institute at D-H and participated in and led many large and small scale improvement projects within the Cancer Center. In 2013, Sara moved into the Value Institute, where she worked on the Performance Improvement team as a Senior Value Performance Specialist for three years. Prior to her current role, Sara also worked as the Director of Integration and Performance Improvement at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT & NH. She has been instructing with the Value Institute since 2013 and is also an instructor for the School of Nursing at Franklin Pierce University.

Sara received her BA in Psychology and Education from Boston College, her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Franklin Pierce University.

Sara received her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt training from The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and her Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt certification from The Value Institute at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. She has also received Lean Management Systems training from ThedaCare.

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