PathWise Trainers and Contributors
Kathy Wharton-Johnson is a distinguished Navy Veteran, serving in the United States Navy for 21 years as Flag Officer Writer. In that capacity, she wrote Standard Operating Procedures, technical manuals, speeches, white papers and crafted presentations for Admirals, Generals and Senior Department of Defense officials. Kathy is an experienced technical writer and editor with Fortune 50 experience in Lean principles, project management, training development and design and quality metrics and systems. A dynamic facilitator, she has designed a myriad curriculum and delivered courses to geographically dispersed teams in China, Africa, India and the UK. Kathy has extensive experience in comprehensive editing and revision of Standard Operating Procedures and directives, Program and Change Management, regulatory guidance and strategic and critical communication. Kathy has a Bachelors degree in Communications with a concentration in Technical Writing, a Masters Degree from Webster University in Management and Leadership, and is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Leadership from Walden University. Kathy is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Dixie Webster is an industry professional with more than 26 years in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries. Over the last few years Dixie had the privilege of working as a part of an excellent, Inspection Management Team at the global level. Dixie has specific expertise and core strengths in the areas of CAPA, Quality Risk Management Systems, Data Integrity, and Training System Design and Implementation. Dixie has spent her career staying abreast of new regulations enabling her to design training programs that help companies navigate the seas of industry change.
LaDonna Farrish is a skilled corporate trainer with a comprehensive background and more than 11 years of experience in the Biotechnology field. With proven experience creating curriculum and developing programs, LaDonna has led large-scale organizational change efforts and excels at group facilitation, training and development. Her expertise in Adult Learning and Accelerated Learning Principles has contributed to the flawless design and seamless implementation of comprehensive training programs with customized curricula focused on Quality and Compliance. LaDonna holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Communications from Saint Augustine’s University and a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University.
Damon Linder is a seasoned quality professional with over 20 years experience in engineering and project management. As the manager in the Global Program Management Office (PMO) at Invacare, he was responsible for the coordination of all project related activities for the Power Mobility Business Category. All aspects of project related activities are included such as: project selection, project prioritization, project planning and finance, resource allocation, approvals and senior management status reporting. Linder holds an MBA from Tiffin University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.
Mike Murphy has 20 years of experience in manufacturing. He has a Six Sigma Masters certificate form Villanova University. He also has a Quality Improvement Certificate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where study included Failure Mode and Affect (FMEA) Analysis, Introduction to Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis, and Building the Team Concept for Continuous Improvement.He also has his own patent: Murphy, Michael, et al. 2010. Bioengineered tissue constructs and methods for producing and using thereof. U.S. Patent 7,824,913, issued November 10, 2010.
Collis’s passion is ensuring training drives the desired change within organizations. She knows no single approach is the one-size-fits-all solution and uses her experience to develop highly-interactive training solutions. Collis has over fifteen years experience in FDA Regulated Life Science Industries. She has worked with training development, training design, training delivery, Quality Systems, Lean Principles, technical writing, communications and project management. Collis has used her expertise to design and implement compliance and training initiatives with success. Collis has used her experiences from working in and with organizations who are in remediation with FDA and other regulatory bodies to address key concerns and share best practices with organizations world-wide. Collis has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in English, concentration in Technical and Professional Writing.
Nola Benstog is a diversified professional with a thorough knowledge of Quality Management Systems. She has over sixteen years of experience in the areas of Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Regulatory Affairs, Validation and Sterilization in both industry and consulting roles. She has worked in the medical device, pharmaceutical, combination product and nutritional supplement industries with experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She began her career as a Technician in a Microbiology Lab and has held various positions up to the Executive Management level throughout her career. Nola received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Weber State University and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University. She has been an American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) since 2007.
Danielle DeLucy has been in the industry for 15 years serving in numerous Quality Management Roles, including Director of Product Quality, Sterility Assurance and QA oversight of numerous filling and packaging operations. Danielle began her QA career as a Quality Control Pharmaceutical Microbiologist at a contract laboratory where she performed various tests for their clients. In the years after, she has held positions in the Quality management arena while increasing her responsibility. She has helped to lead many Regulatory Health Inspections and was instrumental in the coaching process of her peers prior to any inspection. Currently, Danielle assists companies who are faced with warning letters, consent decrees and those wishing to improve compliance establish more robust quality systems so that the company can succeed.
Herbert ‘Herb’ Miller has over 20 years of success in making training ‘stick’. His Training & Development experience includes assessment, design, development, and delivery. His ongoing learning as a TQM practitioner, along with those training experiences have inspired ‘customer focused’ training that adds value to organizations. He has a commitment to delivering high impact, business focused and effective training that contributes to organizations’ bottom lines. His experience in change management and onsite investigations have provided him with insights and practical supporting activities to ensure that his coaching and training accomplishes its purposes. His degrees include Master of Human Resource Management and a B.A. in Organizational Management.