Partners in Performance Excellence

Thank you to our 2016 Board of Examiners, Judges & Faculty


The Partners in Performance Excellence Awards Examiner Experience is our signature program. We use the nationally validated Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence as a comprehensive framework for organizational improvement and innovation. 


We thank the following individuals who have dedicated many hours to evaluating and recognizing applicant organizations throughout Massachusetts and New York.




Partners in Performance Excellence

Team Leaders, Examiners, Judges and Faculty

All Examiners have taken part in an actual Baldrige-based assessment, by completing an independent application review and participating in consensus meetings.  In addition, some Examiners have completed an on-site visit to an applicant.

2016 Board of Examiners Faculty


Kay Kendall

Lead Faculty Member

Senior Alumni - National Baldrige Examiner &

Past National Baldrige Judge

Prinicpal & CEO





Marta Nichols

Chair Examiner Training

Examiner Team Overseer

2016 National Baldrige Examiner

Past PiPEx Examiner

Executive Director, PiPEx

North Adams, MA



Sam Turner, Jr.

 Examiner Team Coach

Alumni - National Baldrige Examiner

TNCPE Judge & Past Examiner


Baldrige Success Strategies, LLC

Jackson, TN



Tom Pasakarnis

 Examiner Team Coach

20a6 National Baldrige Examiner

Past PiPEx Team Lead & Examiner

Political Analyst

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Washington, DC


2016 Board of Examiners
Team Leaders


Krista Myer

Columbia, MO


Jim Keiffer

Keiffer Energy & Management Consulting, LLC

Brentwood, TN

2016 Examiners 


Brianna Camera

VA New England Health Care System

Bedford, MA


Stacey Curran

VA New England Health Care System

Bedford, MA

Marion Felix-Jenkins

VA New England Health Care System

Bedford, MA


Lisa Groff Pari

Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Baltimore, MD



Irisbel Guzman-Sanchez

VA New England Health Care System

Bedford, MA


Jordan Munn

JM Industrial Engineering Consultants

Troy, NY


Carrie Peterson

VA New England Health Care System

Bedford, MA


Ginger Rinas

Hillside Family of Agencies

Rochester, NY


Darlene Ryan

Hillside Family of Agencies

Rochester, NY


Jen Sessler

New York Chiropractic College

Seneca Falls, NY


Keith Spodek

Hearts on Fire

Boston, MA



2016 Panel of Judges



Kay Kendall

Lead Judge

Principal & CEO




Mike Belter

APCo Generation Fin Svcs Mgr

American Electric Power Company



Elaine Edgar


The Partnership for Excellence




Jan Johnson


Jordan Johnson Co.



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