Meena Chettiar, CMQ/OE, CQA, CQIA 

Meena ChettiarMeena now works as the Senior Quality Associate and Lead Auditor at Synovis Surgicals, a Baxter company, located in St. Paul, MN. Meena has worked as Senior Manager of Quality at Cima Labs, now part of Teva Pharma in Eden Prairie for over 10 years prior to this.  Meena Chettiar has been teaching the certificate preparation classes for CMQ/OE and CQA classes since 2007. Meena is also a backup instructor for CQIA. Meena incorporates her experience at Health/Agriculture Canada, LandO’ lakes and Global pharmaceutical/medical device companies into her teaching to provide practical examples on Quality practices in the workplace. Meena enjoys implementing and teaching Quality concepts and is excited to learn about quality practices in different work places as the “Watchdog for Quality and Compliance”. She lives to receive emails from her students saying” I Passed the ASQ Certification exam!” Meena has been an active volunteer for MNASQ for over 9 years and she currently serves on the board as the year 2 Director.

Steve Cox, CQE

Steve is a Senior Member of ASQ and a Certified Quality Engineer.  Recently retired from 3M, Steve now teaches DMAIC, Lean, and business and process improvement.  He has a broad background in Quality with over 35 years experience including Quality Management Systems, Reliability Engineering, Technical Service, and Quality Engineering. While at 3M, he taught Black Belts, employees and new engineers as well as coached Black Belts in both operational and transactional projects at corporate and factory locations.  Currently developing new curricula and Monte Carlo simulation and modeling are major interests.

Dan Hammack, CQA

Dan is the Dan HammackQuality Assurance Officer responsible for certification of worldwide network of Mocon Permeation Laboratories. Duties include regulatory compliance, CAPA, non-conformance, lead auditor for internal and FDA audits. Provides quality training for technical personnel, reviews all analytical data. Interested in global quality conformance related to ISO and cGMP standards. Senior member ASQ, Education Committee member, Vice Chair Audits and Measures Subcommittee responsible for assessment of MN Section 1203 prep class instructors. Vice Chair Student Auditor Program which awards local quality professionals continuing education units for participation.

Specialties Laboratory technical support. SME permeation testing of packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and aerospace industry. CQA, ISO 17025 auditor, cGMP laboratory systems development. Global harmonization of packaging industry test methods and standards.

Timothy Paul Hinricher, CSQE, CRE

Tim HinricherTim is a Senior Member of ASQ, a Certified Software Quality Engineer since 2003, and a Certified Reliability Engineer since 2012. He has worked as a Senior Reliability Test Engineer at Ingersoll Rand in Bloomington, MN, performing accelerated life testing on electronics (embedded controllers, displays, power supplies & inverters, solenoids & valves, and sensors) and controller software system validation testing on Thermo King transport refrigeration systems since 2005. He uses Weibull analysis tools for reliability life data. Prior to this, he worked at John Deere Ag Management Systems, Motorola Broadband Communications Sector, and Rockwell Collins Air Transport Division, accumulating 24 years of industry experience in electronics and software development. He has also been an ISO 9001 auditor.

Ashesh Saraf, CMQ/OE, SSBB

Ashesh SarafAshesh teaches certification preparation classes for SSBB and CQE classes. He incorporates his work experience at custom manufacturing companies into his teaching to provide practical examples. Ashesh likes to brainstorm with students in the class on different methodologies and tools used in quality.


Dale Seitzer SSBB, CQPA

Dale SeitzerDale is a former co-Chair of the MNASQ Education Committee and instructs several classes for the SSGB, SSBB and CQPA refresher classes.  He has 8 years of process improvement experience in financial services, banking, IT, insurance, supply chain, procurement, transactional services, administration, customer service, sales, and offshore.