Executive Director

      Jeff Fuchs has served the MWCC in a variety of roles since its inception in 1996. He began as a the Plant Manager of one of the Consortia's charter members, and contributed to the initial design of the MWCC and its tools and products.

      Jeff has over 12 years of lean and six sigma experience, and over twenty years of leadership experience in a variety of roles. His industry background includes automotive, aerospace, and machining, in roles ranging from Project Engineer, Quality Manager, Engineering Director, and Plant Manager.

      For over ten years, Jeff has been President of Neovista Consulting, a firm focusing on lean implementation, leadership development, and organizational change.  Neovista's client list includes the United States Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, GlaxoSmithKline, Halliburton, and nearly a hundred small firms around the world.  Since 2006, Jeff has been a key contributor to the development and deployment of the country's first nationally recognized Lean Certification, sponsored jointly by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

      Jeff is a veteran former Army officer and received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with honors from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of many professional organizations, including AIAA, AME, APICS, ASQ, ASME, SAMPE, and SME.  Jeff maintains an SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Bronze Certification and is on the Shingo Prize Board of Examiners. 


      Managing Director

      Joyce La Padula first began working with the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) in 1998, ultimately managing the operation as the Program Director when she departed in 2008. During her ten years with the MWCC, she worked closely with Maryland companies and consortia members in the pursuit of sustainable lean business practices. While with the MWCC, Joyce developed and leveraged relationships across the state and nationally.

      For over 20 years, Ms. La Padula served with the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (now Commerce) in areas that served to coordinate, support and collaborate with industry stakeholders, trade associations, and educational institutions as they related to the manufacturing industry. Additionally, her mission included facilitating the creation and growth of partnerships with industry-facing organizations and associations in Maryland. During this time, Joyce also served on the Board of Directors for the MWCC in addition to several manufacturing related advisory boards.

      Joyce returned to the MWCC as Managing Director in 2018.


      Associate Director

      Dave Rizzardo received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1982. He worked in industry for 17 years in various positions focusing on quality/productivity improvement and the application of Lean principles and techniques.

      In 1999 Dave joined Mtech, a program within the University of Maryland in the Baltimore Office. As the Lean Services Manager for 15 years, his area of concentration was the development of Lean training and implementation services. He assisted a diverse range of organizations in applying Lean/Continuous Improvement principles to effectively address each company’s unique situation and challenges. In 2012, he was co developer of the Lean Peer Group program and has been facilitating multiple groups since that time. The focus of these groups is to help organizations develop a true Lean Culture of Continuous Improvement.

      Dave has lectured at the University of Maryland, and as adjunct faculty member for the Community College of Baltimore County he has taught “Introduction to Lean” and “Advanced Lean” courses. In 2014, Dave joined the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) and founded Lean Peer Groups & Consulting LLC. He continues facilitating the Lean Peer Groups and working directly with organizations in helping them on their Lean journeys.


      Program Manager

      Marina Nalli-Skelton 

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