Presenters and Course Instructors
John Vandenbemden is a Master Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 30 years of experience in its application, including over 35 years in management systems. He has extensive experience in auditing and consulting in management systems requirements in the automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, metals, service, medical devices, and healthcare industries. He is also an experienced instructor and consultant in the applications of quality, environmental, and OSHAS management system requirements as well as the application and instruction of various techniques, which include DoE, reliability, TPM, statistical analysis, Six Sigma, risk management, project management, APQP, PDCA, PDSA, root cause, 5S, lean enterprise, and TRIZ. Vandenbemden has held positions as a quality engineer, quality manager, vice president of quality, and trainer, providing training and ensuring compliance to TS 16949 automotive, AS 9100, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, and ISO 9001 requirements. He provides quality, environmental, health and safety training, and consultation to various clients as owner of Q-Met-Tech. Vandenbemden is a voting member of TAG 69, ANSI Z1, and TC 176 Subcommittees as well as chair of Tag 69 SC5 Acceptance Sampling. He is an Exemplar Global Certified EMS Associate Auditor and QMS Principle Auditor. He provides auditing services to SRI Registrars. Vandenbemden has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Indiana State University along with a master’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University.
Gregory Gay is skilled in the use of precision measuring tools and layout inspection. He has worked with the application of inspection and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) principles for more than 20 years. Gay is an ASQ Fellow and is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Quality Auditor (CQA), Quality Technician (CQT), and Quality Inspector (CQI). He has also been recognized as a Journeyman Mechanic in the Trade of Layout Inspection. Gay has instructed quality-related classes for five community colleges, various companies and ASQ. Gay is currently a part time instructor at Western Michigan University where he instructs a Metrology Lab course.
Jim Spichiger is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with over twenty years’ experience as an ASQ course instructor and over thirty years’ experience in the quality profession as a manager, coach, engineer, black belt, and auditor. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, is a licensed Professional Quality Engineer, and holds eight ASQ Certifications. He has led numerous Six Sigma projects and lean initiatives, has mentored Six Sigma Green Belts, and has worked in the following industries: financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing & assembly, machining, nuclear, defense, and construction.
Spichiger is an ASQ Fellow, a two time Malcolm Baldrige examiner, and a former member of both ASQ Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Quality New Jersey. Hs is currently the Chair of the ASQ Inspection Division and he is actively involved with the ASQ Columbus Section. In addition to teaching ASQ certification refresher courses, Jim has presented at numerous meetings, webinars and conferences on a variety of quality related topics.
Anish Shah is the General Manager of QC Training Services where he runs the day-to- day activities of a technical training organization, that engages customers, both individuals as well as organizations, in their quest to excel through exceptional learning methods. He assists clients in formulating their training roadmaps in the areas of machining, metrology, quality and GD&T. Shah continues to provide technical instruction in fundamental measurement principles, measurement systems analysis, and measurement practices with attention to evaluating and reducing measurement uncertainty. Previously he was the Director of Metrology at PQI responsible for the refinement and compliance of the company’s metrology services. Shah also has experience in the disc drive industry, automotive sector, and earth moving industry. He was responsible for integration of 2D and 3D dimensional measurement systems for product, process, and tooling throughout several operations and plants.
Shah is a graduate of the Measurement Science program at the University of North Carolina/Charlotte and holds a Master’s in Technology Management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and is currently an adjunct faculty for the Quality Assurance certificate in the Machine Tools program at Hennepin Technical College.
Josh Worthley is the Instructor of Dimensional Metrology at Danville Community College (DCC) where he teaches metrology courses ranging from Technical Math and Blueprint Reading to Advanced CMM Programming and Intro to Lean & Six Sigma. Worthley also serves as the lead coordinator for the ASQ Certified Quality Inspector (CQI) Apprenticeship Training Program at DCC, which qualifies students to sit for the CQI exam immediately upon graduation. Since its inception in 2016, this program has successfully produced 23 CQI’s. Before entering into higher education, Worthley spent numerous years in the aerospace and defense industry in various quality roles including Quality Technician, CMM Programmer, and Continuous Improvement Lead. Worthley has multiple AAS degrees in technical studies and holds four ASQ certifications. In addition to teaching, he provides customized quality-related industry training through the college and contract AS9102 inspection support.
Gary Griffith is a distinguished author, instructor and consultant. He has provided training to thousands of student and professionals during his 50+ year career. Beginning as an inspector Griffith progressed through the ranks which ultimately led him into management and then consulting. Griffith has an A.A.I.T. (Quality Assurance) from El Camino College where he later taught courses for eight years. Best known for his book "The Quality Technicians' Handbook", he also has authored “Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing – Applications and Inspection”, “Advanced Geometric Tolerancing”, and six other books. Griffith was named the 2019 Quality Professional of the Year by Quality Magazine and is the recipient of ASQ’s Hromi Medal (2018). He is a Fellow of Institute of Advancement of Engineers (IAE), a Certified Instructor from the State of California (Lifetime credential) and the past Chair for ASQ Los Angeles Section Education committee.