Course Listing - by Instructor
|Larry Bridges||Larry Bridges has more than 25 years' experience in implementing quality management and auditing systems in a variety of industries. He has been certified by the American Society for Quality as a Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor. He holds an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Caltech. Larry is the founder of Bridges Quality Consulting, Inc., dedicated to developing innovative, practical approaches to improving operational performance through the application of quality concepts.
|Matt Claflin||I have been an active member in the fire service for 10 years. My career began with the Uniontown and Lakemore Fire Departments on a volunteer and part-time basis. During that time I became certified as a State of Ohio Level II Firefighter and Paramedic. I hold an Associates Degree in Fire Science as well as an Associates of Emergency Fire Services. My professional firefighting career began with the City of Ashland Division of Fire. I am currently employed as a professional Firefighter/Medic with the City of Akron Fire Department. I am stationed out of number 4 house and assigned to the Hazardous Materials team as a Haz-Mat technician. I also hold the rank of Lieutenant with the Lakemore Fire Department and currently oversee the Training and Fire division.|
|Rosemary Fitzpatrick||Rosemary Fitzpatrick, Learning Professional & Certified PMP, is a seasoned project manager with a consistent record of leading technology projects, production teams, learning development initiatives and business leaders for Turner Broadcasting Systems’ networks and theatrical companies. Throughout her career, Rosemary has been a conduit between technical production, theatrical management, training development/delivery and business operations – coordinating major components for successful outcomes. She has facilitated the project management process, collaborative teams, leadership development strategies, process improvements, integration of new technology, implementation of curriculum, support services, and managed partner relationships.|
|Darla Klein||Darla Klein - Her mission is to help organizations thrive through the influence of their leaders. Darla's strength is providing "real-world" business experience and insights in a collaborative environment. She has a background as a business leader, with over 20 years' experience at every level of several international manufacturing and government organizations. She has over ten years' experience across a wide range of business, industry, government, healthcare and service organizations as an independent consultant. She has a passion for making work easier by aligning the systems, structures, processes and procedures.|
|Alan Plastow||Alan L. Plastow, MAT, PMP is a highly experienced project management & executive management professional. He has directed projects in Fortune 100 enterprises within the aerospace, manufacturing, technology infrastructure systems, and service industries since 1993. As a serial entrepreneur, Plastow has successfully created 7 companies as well as designed three of the world’s leading technology portfolio management credential programs. Plastow is a published author and sought-after professional development speaker, having presented materials for American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), National Property Management Association (NPMA), Financial Executives International (FEI), Computer Associates (CAWorld), Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA) and other national/multinational venues. Plastow specializes in real world, applied techniques, delivering speaking and developmental topics ranging from project management, contract negotiations, human and organizational change management, stakeholder analysis and engagement, risk analysis and mitigation, IT infrastructure management, IT systems portfolio management, team building, and corporate copyright compliance assurance. Al also utilizes his project management competencies as a Search & Rescue Specialist, rated by the National Association of Search and Rescue as well as the Mountain Rescue Association.|
|Andrew S. Rancer Ph.D.||I am Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at The University of Akron. I have been teaching a variety of communication courses (e.g., Persuasion, Training Methods in Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Research, Communication Theory) to undergraduate students, graduate students, and adult learners and trainees for over 40 years.
I am the co-author of six books, numerous book chapters, and dozens of articles in professional and scholarly journals. My books, book chapters, and articles focus largely on how to engage in constructive conflict and avoid destructive conflict by understanding argumentative and aggressive communication styles people exhibit during interpersonal and relational conflict.
|Dan Sommers||Dan Sommers has 22 years of service with General Electric Lighting. During these years, he has been a Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Lighting Technology, a Six Sigma Black Belt in a high-volume lamp manufacturing plant, a product-line quality manager, a product-line quality project leader, a quality manager and a quality engineer. He has a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, a M.S. in Statistics and a B.S. in Actuarial Science.|