Linda Deming Ratcliff, Founding Trustee, taught thirty years in primary and special education, specializing in learning disabilities. After retirement from full-time teaching, she worked in the special education department of the local school system as educational diagnostician for Child Find and case manager for the department of special education appeals. She and her husband now carry out much of the administrative work of the Deming Institute. She holds a B.S. in elementary education, psychology, and philosophy from Longwood College and an M.S. in special education from George Washington University. She was named as one of the Outstanding Teachers of America in 1973.
William J. Bellows, Ph.D., Associate Trustee is an Associate Technical Fellow in the Enterprise Thinking Network at Boeing’s Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business unit. In that capacity, he provides facilitation and instruction of enterprise thinking activities that encompass the Deming philosophy of management. In 1987, Dr. Bellows was exposed to the quality improvement techniques of Dr. Genichi Taguchi and for several years led an AVCO Lycoming division's applications of Taguchi Methods. In 1990, he became a student of Dr. Deming’s work, thereupon worked to integrate Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge into Taguchi’s design system. At Boeing he leads efforts to foster an organizational thinking transformation.
Dr. Bellows is a founding board member and co-president of the In2:InThinking Network, founder and active leader of the Deming Discussion Group in the Los Angeles area and a board member of the L. A. chapter of the Volunteers of America. Bill holds a B.S., M. S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Kevin Edwards Cahill, Associate Trustee, is Dr. Deming’s grandson. He is the Co-founder and COO of ViewBridge, Inc. The company was founded in 1999 and through its operating division, AdConnections, is implementing a globally integrated end to end system for the Media Industry. Previously, he was Vice President Sales Manager for Media rep firm, Katz Communications. As a member and chairman of various company committees, he helped guide the design and implementation of various sales, technology, and management systems. Kevin holds a BA in history from UCLA.
J. Vincent Cahill, Associate Trustee, is responsible for setting direction, policy and procedures for the HR Shared Services organization. Oversees the baseline processes that maintain the PeopleSoft HRMS database, which includes accurate processing, maintenance and security for corporate information. Provided project oversight to upgrade existing technologies and implementation of integrated technologies to leverage the deployment of automated processes. He holds an MBA from George Washington University and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University.
John A. Hillerich, III, Associate Trustee, is President and Chairman of the Board of Hillerich & Bradsby Company, a manufacturer of sporting goods equipment. Its well-known products include Louisville Slugger baseball and softball equipment, PowerBilt golf equipment, and Louisville ice hockey equipment. He is a 1961 graduate of Vanderbilt University and joined the family-owned company upon his graduation. He held various positions within the company and became President upon the death of his father, John A. Hillerich, Jr., in 1970.
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. places a strong emphasis on quality through the use of Dr. W. Edwards Deming's philosophy. The company initiated its own program in 1984 and is currently participating with other companies, locally and nationally, to increase awareness and share experiences. Mr. Hillerich is active in local charity and community groups. He is a member of the Board for Alliant Healthcare and Louisville Science Museum. In addition, Mr. Hillerich serves on the Board for the Center for Quality of Management in Boston and the Board of Trustees of Brevard College. He is an avid outdoorsman. Fishing and golf occupy his time when he can get away from the business environment.
Joyce Nilsson Orsini, Ph.D., Associate Trustee, is Associate Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University Graduate School of Business, where she directs the Deming Scholars MBA program. She has been a practicing statistician and consultant to industrial management and government for more than 25 years. She has held positions including Vice President of Research, Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer in the banking industry. Dr. Deming directed her doctoral dissertation research at New York University. She assisted Dr. Deming with his teaching at N.Y.U., as well as with many public and private seminars. The Metropolitan Section of the American Society for Quality awarded her the Deming Medal.
Gipsie B. Ranney, Ph.D., Associate Trustee, is Professor of Management at Belmont University in Nashville. She assisted Dr. Deming with four-day seminars, accompanied him on consulting visits, and assisted him with his work at General Motors Powertrain Group, where she served as Director of Statistical Methodology. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Deming Scholars M.B.A. program at Fordham University. She holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in statistics from North Carolina State University. The American Society for Quality awarded her the Deming Medal for 1996.
Richard R. Steele, Associate Trustee, is the founder and CEO of Peaker Services, Inc., a company that restores Locomotive engines, located in Brighton, Michigan. He has been an active member of the Deming Study Group of Greater Detroit for many years. He is a Board member and House Leader for Habitat for Humanity in Huron Valley. Formerly, he served on the Boards for McPherson Hospital and Old Kent Bank of Brighton. Mr. Steele is Past President of the Brighton Township Homeowners Association. He holds a B.S.M.E. and B.S. Aero E. from Iowa State University. His outside interests include home building, snow skiing, mountain biking and playing the piano.Michael D. Tveite, Ph.D., Associate Trustee, is a founder of the Tetrad Group, a consulting firm based in Minneapolis. He works with organizations in manufacturing, distribution, government and education. He assisted Dr. Deming with numerous four-day seminars and accompanied him on consulting visits. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Deming Scholars M.B.A. program at Fordham University. He holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from St. Olaf College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in statistics from Iowa State University.