MNASQ is managed by an Executive Board comprised of the Senior Director, the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-Chair of Membership Development, Vice-Chair of Marketing.  The Executive Board can be reached at

The Executive Board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Hilton Garden Inn in Shoreview.  All members are welcome to attend.  Please contact the Section Secretary at so that we know you are coming (just in case we cancel or reschedule the meeting!)

The expanded leadership team including all committee chairs and key positions can be reached at

MNASQ Leadership Team

Chair, Jim Nelson

Jim NelsonJim Nelson is a passionate expert in continuous improvement and process development. His knowledge is grounded in a Bachelors of Science in Engineering, MBA and Management Mastery Certificate. His expertise evolves and continues to grow with over 20 years as an engaged leader of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), product development and quality teams. Jim honed his leadership skills at major corporations including Caterpillar and GE, and leveraged those experiences at medium sized manufacturers to improve operations. He has served on the Performance Excellence (PEN) Board of Evaluators since 2010 as well as an active member of the MNASQ leadership team.  Jim is a certified LSS Black Belt, certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, and licensed instructor for Scope and Requirements Development. StrengthsFinder: Learner | Futuristic | Input | Restorative | Command

Past Chair, Karen Maskell

Karen MaskellKaren has been a member of ASQ for 20 years.  She is a Senior Member who has served is a wide variety of capacities for the Minnesota Section as well as the Voice of the Customer Committee, Dallas Section, Software Division, HD&L Division. Karen has been creating, implementing and managing business excellence initiatives for more than 20 years. She is a Prosci Certified change management consultant and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who collaborates with executives to grow and sustain organizational capability and operational efficiencies. Hooked on the promise to “Be All You Can Be,” Karen is an idealistic visionary who is passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations achieve and sustain higher levels of performance and fulfillment.  StrengthsFinder: Futuristic | Ideation | Strategic | Achiever | Input

Secretary, Tracey Lee

Tracey has been a member of ASQ since 2014.  She has been involved with quality for over a decade, having worked in the oil and gas industry and as an environmental engineering consultant.  She currently works as the Quality Assurance Manager for American Engineering Testing, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Tracey is green belt trained and has an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota.  StrengthsFinder: Discipline | Harmony | Context | Analytical | Consistency

TreasurerTerrence (Terr) Havener

Terr joined ASQ in 1976 and is a senior member. He holds certifications as a Mechanical Inspector, Quality Technician and Quality Engineer. He has been a volunteer for over 20 years as part of the Program Committee. He has also served as a member of the Education Committee, SMP Chair and as a Proctor. He received the Chair’s Award for service to the section in 2011.

He has an AA degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College and a Bachelor of Science from Metropolitan State. He has worked as an Inspector and Engineer in several manufacturing companies, most recently in the medical device industry.

Chair Elect, Meena Chettiar

Meena ChettiarMeena is an experienced quality professional with over 25 years in Health Canada, Teva Pharmaceuticals and now in medical device quality. Meena has been an active member of MNASQ since 2003.  She is ASQ certified as a CQA, CQIA, CBA and CMQ/OE and enjoys teaching students to get ASQ certified and advance in their quality profession. Meena is the coauthor of CBA Primer for Quality Council of Indiana and is an ASQ Learning Institute registered instructor and SME for Supplier Quality. Meena has worked in Quality in food, pharmaceutical and medical device industries and is the CEO of MNQ Consulting Services now. Meena also teaches currently as an adjunct instructor for the Master’s program in Medical Technology Quality for St. Cloud State University in their Plymouth facility. Meena has Master’s degree in Regulatory affairs from St. Cloud State University as well as an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering.  She has served MNASQ members in a variety of roles including instructor, Education Chair, and Director.  Meena looks forward to growing and taking MNASQ to the next level as the Chair next year.  StrengthsFinder: Learner | Input | Individualization | Achiever | Connectedness

Senior Director, Wayne Ellison

Wayne EllisonWayne is and always has been a strong advocate for quality. He has been an ASQ member for 34 years. He is starting his 4th year as Senior Director. He previously served as Chair-Elect for the program year of 2010-2011, served as Chair for the 2011-2012 program year and then served as the Past Chair.  Previously, he was involved in the MN Quality Conference for 25 years, served as Chair of that conference in 2007-08 and as Vice Chair conferences in 2009-2010. He was awarded the prestigious 3M Lewis W. Lehr Career Quality Achievement Award for 2007 and in 2008 received the first Richard S. Alberg Distinguished Science and Technology Professional Award from MFESTS (Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies). Wayne’s professional career  was with 3M for 38 years, 28 of those in a Quality Assurance function, specializing in Quality Management Systems and Supplier Management. He retired in 2008. In addition to continuing to be an active MNASQ Member Leader, he is also representing MNASQ on the MFESTS Executive Committee as the Awards Chair. StrengthsFinder: Learner | Achiever | Responsibility | Context | Arranger

Director, Greg Olson

Greg OlsonGreg has been an ASQ Member since 1990 and has held several leadership positions for the Section.  He is currently a director.  Greg worked at Medtronic for 32 years and as part of Quality for 22 of those years. He served as a RAB Certified QMS Lead Auditor for the last 12 years at Medtronic. Greg is now retired but does some contracting as a Quality Systems Analyst from time to time.  StrengthsFinder: Communication | Ideation | Woo | Strategic | Futuristic

DirectorBill Stevenson

Bill is a senior member of ASQ and an ASQ certified SSBB, CQE, CQA and CMQ/OE .  Bill was a Quality Engineer at 3M and has recently retired after 34 years of service.  Bill has previously held several positions within the MNASQ section as secretary and membership services which make him well qualified for the position.

Vice Chair, Member Development, Ed Andrews

An ASQ member since 1989, currently a Senior Member holding CMQ/OE & CQA certifications, Ed has been an active member of the MNASQ section, serving on the Program Committee since 2009, Section Secretary from 2010-2013 and 1st Year Director 2014-2015. He has held Quality positions from Inspector up to Director of Quality. Ed‘s experience spans the medical device, automotive, gaming, appliance, office furniture and aerospace industries, to name a few.  StrengthsFinder: Achiever | Analytical | Responsibility | Relator | Strategic

Programs Co-Chair, Theo Black

Theo BlackTheo Black, ASQ CSSBB, is a UnitedHealth Group Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He works with Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group,  a Fortune 20 company and leading health services business.  Theo has spent over 25 years teaching statistical quality, and leading quality improvement initiatives. He has been a six sigma professional since 2000. StrengthsFinder: Communication | WOO | Arranger | Futuristic | Learner

Programs Co-Chair, Tim Conway

Tim Conway is a Senior Member of ASQ and an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  He has over 30 years’ experience as a process engineer in the defense and semiconductor industries and has been utilizing and teaching continuous improvement tools and techniques almost as long.  Tim is currently the acting site statistician at a semiconductor manufacturing facility.

Outreach Chair, Kim Johnson

Kimberly Jkim_johnsonohnson, PMP, NPDP is a seasoned project manager who has worked with a variety of teams, leading projects, new product development and innovation practices from small to large organizations, public and private sectors. She is currently managing an Advanced Manufacturing grant and helping to launch the Innovation Center at Century College.  Previously, Kimberly spent 20 years at 3M and was the Co-Founder of the creativity and innovation network, GRIT (Grass Roots Innovation Team, which has grown outside 3M to the larger Twin Cities innovation community). Kim is Community Leader for the Global PMI Innovation and New Product Development Community of Practice.  She is launching a new program for the Hamline University Innovations Program, as well as co-authoring a chapter on innovation for the 4th edition Change Management Guide.  StrengthsFinder: Input | Learner | Individualization | Connectedness | Arranger

Recertification Chair, John Flipse

John joined ASQ in 2006 and has been an active volunteer ever since.  He has served with the Minnesota Quality Conference Planning Committee with focus on Arrangements and Exhibitors.  He has been involved with quality for over 18 years, having worked in Aerospace, Defense, and Software Consulting.  His current position is as Quality and Regulatory Manager at Sajan, a global language translation service provided located in River Falls Wisconsin.  He is a Senior Member and Certified Quality Auditor with focus on ISO 9001 & 13485.