March 12 Member Meeting


Tuesday 12 March 2019

Managing Change in the U.S.G.S

Managing Change in the U.S. Geological Survey

Topic: In 2016, the Director (acting) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) made a commitment to implement a Quality Management System (QMS) in all USGS laboratories, beginning with Energy laboratories within the Energy and Minerals mission area. The Director’s commitment included establishing a fully functional QMS in all Energy laboratories by June 2018. An implementation team was formed to develop a plan to accomplish that goal and implement the plan to completion. The team began by asking two questions: 1) What kind of Quality Management System should the USGS implement? and 2) How will the implementation team manage this large-scale change? This presentation follows the journey from planning through implementation of the first QMS within USGS Energy laboratories. Come hear what worked, what didn’t work, and about other changes the USGS will implement through 2024 that are being informed by these lessons learned from implementing QMS in Energy laboratories.

Presenter Bio: Michele is the Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS) for the Central Energy Resources Science Center (CERSC) in the US Geological Survey. She has 20+ years of quality management, lead auditing, and statistical consulting experience. She is a Certified Quality Auditor (American Society for Quality #46987), a certified International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA #6038110) Lead Auditor, and has performed 100+ internal and external audits of laboratories, programs and processes. Her primary role as a USGS QAS is to implement and maintain a comprehensive center-wide Quality Management System (QMS) in the CERSC Research Laboratories. Michele also is the laboratory document controller and is responsible reviewing and maintaining documentation such as standard operating procedures (SOPs), training records, and demonstrations of capability. Michele serves as a liaison on QMS-related matters between laboratory personnel, Laboratory Managers, the QMS Manager, and Science Center Management and is the current Chair for ASQ Section 1300 (Denver).

Location: The Crafty Fox; 3901 Fox Street, Denver, 80216

Ample parking available.

February 12 Member Meeting

Please join us and our friends from Bessie’s Hope as we visit with the elder community at Bethany Nursing and Rehab at 6:00 pm located at 5301 W 1st Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226 on February 12th. The event is hosted/facilitated by Bessie’s Hope. Participants will have an orientation prior to the visit. We’ll have an activity and time to socialize. We are encouraged to bring kids. RUs will be earned and the event is free. Please email if you plan to attend.

No January Member Meeting

There is no January Member Meeting this month.  Come back for February information or see Calendar.

November 13th Member Meeting

Join us for a FREE night of networking – Whether you are looking for more resources in your industry, wanting to meet more people in the Denver Chapter, or to learn about ways ASQ can further your career!  We are providing dinner and a casual atmosphere at Topgolf Centennial along with 3 hours of fun golf games.  Prior golfing experience not needed.  This event is open to members only – no guests at this event.  Please RSVP ASAP to to reserve your spot.  Space is limited and filling fast!  See the Calendar for the address and time.

October 9th Member Meeting

Development & Implementation Of An Overall Quality Program – The Journey To Excellence
The aggressive nature of the construction boom in Colorado has forced all contractors to do more with less (install more work with less skilled labor). To remain competitive, companies must adopt a new approach to quality, safety, and production.  Brendan Bartolo, Director of Quality assurance at Dynalectric Colorado was forced to analyze the processes and make changes to optimize performance.  A key element of this optimization was Quality.  Implementing a strategic approach, Dynalectric developed a robust QA and QC program and rolled it out the field in 2018.  This presentation will cover the process, challenges, and successes observed during the plan’s development and implementation.
Brendan Bartolo has worked in the commercial construction market for over 18 years on a variety of project types and served as a Quality Control Manager and Project Manager for nationwide general contractors.  He is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at Dynalectric Colorado, a specialty electrical contractor in Denver.  Here he is responsible for executing Dynalectric’s overall Quality Program and applying lean quality principals to mission critical facilities, power generation, manufacturing, transportation, and infrastructure projects.  Brendan is also the LEAN Construction Chairman for Dynalectric Colorado and the Co-Program Chair for ASQ Section 1300 (Denver).
This event will be held at Interstate Kitchen on Santa Fe in Denver.  See the EVENTS page for more information.

September 11 Member Meeting

Join us for our monthly membership meeting to learn about 5S Implementation in a pharmacy hospital.  This pharmacy department in a hospital was struggling with several quality and performance issues. Since pharmacy is central to all other medical departments in a hospital there is no error margin. We will learn about the process how they implemented 5S and resistance they faced.  Participants will learn pitfalls to avoid while implementing 5S in their organizations.


Fareeha Amber Ansari is an engineer, entrepreneur, and consultant with over fifteen years of experience in field operations and in service industry. She is founder of Precision Process Partners, LLC- a boutique consulting firm geared to providing ‘data analytics’ and ‘process improvement’ advice to healthcare sector. She completed her MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis. She is a Lean Master and Six Sigma Black Belt.

September Class – Using Excel for Data Analysis

Join us for a full day class at Red Rocks Community College on Saturday, September 29th to learn about using Excel to explore data, computing descriptive statistics, and data analysis for particular types of studies including comparison of means  and exploring linear relationships among variables.  Functions and pivot tables will be used to compute descriptive statistics like means, standard deviations, frequencies, and proportions.  The data analysis tool pak will be used for exploring statistical methods. Bring your computer and data (optional) for a great day of learning.

Course Instructor
Julia Sharp, is an Associate Professor of Applied Statistics in the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University.   She has more than twelve years of experience working with data collection, management, and analyses across a variety of disciplines, including horticulture, food science and nutrition, computer science, biological sciences, and engineering.  Dr. Sharp is a trained applied statistician, with expertise in the areas of experimental design and analysis, longitudinal data analyses, and generalized linear mixed models.


No August Meeting

Enjoy what is left of your summer!  Please sign up for our Using Excel for Data Analysis class and we’ll see you in September!

July 10th Member Meeting – Personal Branding

Personal Branding – How do you present yourself in the digital world?

NEW MEETING LOCATION. SEE CALENDAR FOR MORE DETAILS.  Jennifer Stepniowski, ASQ Fellow, MBA, CMQ/OE; Chair, ASQ Social Responsibility Technical Community, will be presenting how personal branding will boost your professional visibility and how this ties into the direction ASQ is headed in 2019.  Please join us to learn more about the internet world and how you can be more involved in ASQ.


Learn more about MyASQ and how this affects our membership in 2019.

Learn more about Social Responsibility and join the LinkedIn group ASQ-Social Responsibility Technical Community.