Award Program

The Award program is SPQA’s signature offering. In our over three-decade history, nearly 90 organizations have earned the prestigious Medallion Award. This Award is bestowed on behalf of our state senators and honors organizations that have achieved performance excellence following the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework. Applicants submit an application and receive a site visit…

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Julia Lent

Julia Lent is the Managing Director of Member and Chapter Services for the American Society of Landscape Architects.  She oversees member recruitment and retention programs, leadership development, emerging professional and student programs, and chapter support activities.  She transitioned to this position after 14 years in the Government Affairs Department.  Julia was hired in 2001 to…

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Matt Smith

  Matt Smith has worked for Arlington Public Schools for over 20 years. He started as a Middle School science and math teacher and then led very early efforts to integrate technology and the Internet into student learning. He spent 9 years as a network analyst where he became a now outdated CNE (Certified Novell…

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Dave Fuller

David Fuller is a seasoned executive in business and economic development, strategic planning, high technology manufacturing, international business, and marketing. He serves as Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation, Inc.; Director and Development Chair of Covenant Woods, a Virginia Non-Stock Corporation; Director of Hanover Tavern Foundation; and a Director and Treasurer…

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George Yacus

George Yacus is a native of Warren, New Jersey.  After graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1974, he served for twenty years in the U. S. Navy as a pilot and naval officer in a variety of assignments that included overseas, headquarters, shipboard, and aircraft carrier duties.  He is currently serving as a…

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Jeff Lucas

Jeff Lucas is currently the Director for the Be Safe Program at the University of Virginia Health System. Be Safe is UVA’s signature program for becoming the safest place to work and receive care through implementation of a Lean Management System. Prior to joining UVA, Jeff spent 12 years at the National Institute of Standards…

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Eric Fletcher

Eric Fletcher is the Immediate Past Board Chairman of SPQA, a volunteer position in which he provides leadership to Virginia and Washington D.C.’s premier performance excellence program. In his professional life, Eric serves as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Mary Washington Healthcare, where he oversees corporate strategic and business development, marketing strategy, physician outreach,…

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Marie Hussey

Marie Hussey, MS, LSSBB, CMQPE. Ms Hussey has over 30 years of professional experience with the US Navy. During her varied career, she was an analytical chemist, materials engineer, auditor with the Naval Inspector General, Director of Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Programs and retired in 2011 as the Director of Continuous Process Improvement…

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Kim Humphrey

Kim Humphrey is President/CEO of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME).  Kim has over 20 years of leadership  experience with international companies including Huntington Ingalls/Newport News Shipbuilding where she was responsible for leading strategic initiatives, forcasting demand and supplier development. Her diverse background includes quality management, logistics and operations management, continuous improvement, and process excellence. …

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Clyneice Chaney

Clyneice Chaney –  Principal Systems Engineer with MITRE brings over 30 years of testing, quality management, process improvement experience with broad-based knowledge in software and systems engineering topics including: project management, organizational change/process reengineering, organizational assessment and improvement, and software engineering training. She’s a regular presenter at international conferences and holds certifications from the American Society for Quality…

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