Training Team

  • Express Employment Professionals Training and Consulting Team - Grand Rapids MI

    Lorraine Medici Trainer in Grand Rapids
    Lorraine Medici

    Director of Training and Development

    Lorraine Medici is the Director of Training and Development at Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids.  She has successfully launched Purpose-Driven Leadership Training, a Leadership Academy targeted at helping develop managers and leaders at all levels in manufacturing and other industries.  She is also an approved Training Partner with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She is an Associate Certified Coach and Master Practitioner for the ELI (Energy Leadership Index) Assessment. Lorraine is also certified in DISC and Emotional Intelligence training. Lorraine has extensive experience as a personal development coach and workshop facilitator in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and sales.

    As a certified coach, Lorraine works closely with clients to help diagnose company challenges and provide action plans to enhance employee engagement, build stronger leadership teams, increase retention and bring about cultural awareness through workshops and personal coaching. 


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    Director of Manufacturing Excellence - John Keuning
    John Keuning

    Director of Manufacturing Excellence

    John Keuning joined Express Employment Professionals  in 2017 as Director of Manufacturing Excellence. John has a passion to put his thirty years of manufacturing and leadership experience to work for companies by providing both classroom training and on site consulting in all areas of manufacturing.  He has extensive experience in Lean Manufacturing theory and implementation as well as helping new and advancing leaders understand the day to day work of being a leader.

    John has served multiple industries as a Supervisor, Lean Leader, Product Launch Leader, Production Manager, Plant Manager, and Director of Manufacturing. Through each experience, his main focus has been to help fellow leaders, direct reports, and team members to be their best while executing the daily duties of manufacturing.


    His goal is to help develop better leaders, engaged workers, lower cost of goods, and higher profits for companies by arming teams with tools necessary to be great agents of change. Supervisor Boot Camp, Advancing Excellence Series, and the Express Lean Series of classes are all part of this quest for excellence. John's favorite place to be is on the plant floor working side by side with teams and leaders to find solutions to manufacturing questions.


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    Michael Gilreath Lean Six Sigma Trainer and Coach Grand Rapids
    Michael Gilreath

    Lean, Six Sigma, Quality Systems Trainer and Coach

    Michael Gilreath, a senior member of the American Society for Quality, is certified as a Six Sigma Blackbelt, Quality Engineer, and Quality Systems Lead Auditor.  He has provided consulting and training in all aspects of Lean, Six Sigma, and Quality & Environmental Management Systems to over 100 organizations including healthcare, manufacturing, and education. 


    He began his career with 20 years' experience at General Motors learning and applying Lean through GM's partnership with Toyota at the NUMMI plant in Freemont, CA. While at GM he was a Statistical Process Control facilitator, and Education & Training Coordinator.  In 1998 he began training and consulting full time, which he continues to this day.   

    What sets Michael apart is his ability to engage people.  His energy is contagious, and his mission is clear - teach, coach and inspire teams to greater heights of excellence.  A life long learner, Michael feels the best way to learn is to teach.  He understands the difference between teaching and telling, and continually strives to improve the learning experience.  


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    Brad Gilreath Quality Systems Trainer and Coach
    Brad Gilreath

    Quality Systems Trainer and Coach

    Brad has been providing training and consulting services to the manu-facturing industry since 1993 and has logged over 20,000 hours of classroom training. He is a quality engineer by trade with 15 years of quality management experience. Brad has provided consulting and training in all aspects of quality assurance, including: implementation and development for ISO/TS16949 certification, internal quality auditing, Six Sigma, Lean/competitive manufacturing, statistical process control, and formalized problem solving.

    Brad maintains the following certifications and is always expanding his knowledge:

    • Certified Plexus Training Systems Lead Trainer for AIAG ISO/TS16949
    • Lead Auditor training and core tools training (APQP, PPAP, MSA, MSA, FMEA)
    • Certified ISO/TS16949:2002 Lead Auditor Cert# TS4-LA-138 (Trained to the 2009 revision through Lean Six Sigma Solutions 2012
    • Certified R.A.B. ISO9001 Lead Auditor (Cert#PL/RAB/TS023
    • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (A.S.Q. Six Sigma Academy 2001)


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    Lary Shoemaker Apprenticeship Coordinator
    Lary Shoemaker

    Industrial Education Specialist Skilled Trades and Apprenticeships

    Lary Shoemaker has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the precision machining and advanced manufacturing industry and over 15 years working as an instructor in these areas. He is an expert trainer in the areas of precision machining, manufacturing basics, CAD/CAM, CNC, and Pre-engineering. 

    He began his career with Paragon Die and Engineering as a machinist apprentice and later became a journeyman machinist and master machine builder. Lary later held the position of Plant Manager at Highlight Industries where his responsibilities grew to include the management of mechanical and electrical engineering, purchasing, inventory, and quality.  During this time, Lary worked with the U.S. Dept. of Labor to develop the company's registered apprenticeship programs for machinist and welding.

    In 1997 Lary was hired by Grand Rapids Community College, Business and Technical Training group as a Training Specialist of manufacturing and precision machining. Since 1999 Lary has been teaching industrial education at Byron Center High School.  He was hired to teach and develop the fledgling industrial education program. He was instrumental in planning the new facility, specifying precision machines, CAD/CAM software, and curriculum development. His teaching load includes CAD, CAM, CNC, Drafting, Blueprint Reading and Pre-engineering.

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    Ana Nichols Training Coordinator2
    Ana Nichols

    Training and Event Coordinator

    Ana Nichols joined Express Employment Professionals in 2017 as the Training and Event Coordinator/Client Relations. She has ten years of experience planning conferences, meetings, and special events for a Board of Directors from a non-profit organization. She started her career in 2007 after earning a Bachelor in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Resource from California State University of Fullerton. Her project management, along with strong organization skills and attention to detail have allowed her to be successful in planning hundreds of events. Ana's goal is to provide clients with the utmost professional care when attending an Express Training or Event.

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