Office of Resource Efficiency and Process Improvement

Discovery Council

The purpose of this council is to lead process improvement efforts, drive change, maximize resource utilization, foster effective communication, identify and prioritize opportunities, plan project work and implement productivity measurement systems.

Member Resources

Please contact REPI if you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions.

  • Summary Improvement — This word document lists all the Discovery Council activity as well as brainstorms from administration and faculty/staff about areas to improve processes.
  • Project Summaries — See these project summaries to view the updated progress of REPI projects.


Anand Gramopadhye Dept Chair Ind. Eng (Co-Chair)
Brent Emerson Dir REPI (Co-Chair)
Steve Copeland Chief Administrative Officer
Mike Nebesky Dir Procurement Services
Paris Stringfellow Research Assistant Professor, Ind. Eng
Frances Kennedy Assoc. Professor, Accounting
Larry Fredendall Assoc.  Professor, Mgmt
Michelle Piekutowski Assoc. Chief HR Officer
Bob Wells Chief Facilities Officer
Doug Hallenbeck Exec Director, Housing
Steve Robbins VP Student Affairs
Melissa Kelley CFO PSA
Janell Bohlmann Director Project and Service Mgmt
Lisa Knox Operational Excellence Project Manager

Executive Sponsor — Brett Dalton CFO

The Executive Sponsor plays a critical role in the University’s process improvement efforts by interfacing with the Co-Chairs of the Discovery Council as well as the Executive Sponsorship Team. This individual is specifically responsible for approving the planned work of the Discovery Council and communicating key information to his peers. The Executive Sponsor acts as the Discovery Council’s point person for eliminating roadblocks that may impact the group’s ability to deliver timely cost management solutions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Drive execution of process improvement efforts.
  2. Identify and procure resources for projects.
  3. Complete thorough business case analysis.
  4. Plan and provide input to project prioritization.
  5. Identify opportunities.
  6. Establish a culture that challenges waste in all forms.
  7. Expose roadblocks.
  8. Develop and provide quality measurement systems.
  9. Facilitate cultural change by leading through examples.
  10. Drive effective communication.
  11. Share best practices.
  12. Develop and deliver training.
  13. Attend team meetings.