SPQA is a 501(c) (3) Non-Profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is one of 29 state and regional programs affiliated with the nation’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. In a non-partisan role, Virginia’s United States Senators serve as Honorary Chairpersons and assist in program promotion and recognition of Award recipients.


Directors and officers serve annual terms and are elected or re-elected at the December annual meeting. The Board sets policy and plans for its operations and programs, and for SPQA’s future. Board Members represent the vast array of SPQA constituencies. Virginia SPQA files annual Internal Revenue Service non-profit tax returns available for public inspection. Financial support comes primarily from modest participant fees and Sponsor donations. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Executive Director with questions about how the organization is governed and/or request copies of any public filings.

Board of Directors

Ms. April Schmidt
Vice-Chair for Strategy
Mr. Matt Smith
Vice-Chair for Operations

Beth McNamee Jacqui O’Keefe Linda McCluney
Christelle Temple Joe Boutte, DM Steve Bonk
Clyniece Chaney Kim Humphrey Victoria McNamee
George Yacus, Phd Kimberly Bond


James Spengler

James (Jim) Spengler is currently employed by The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department (RPCA) in Alexandria, Virginia. Their mission is to create meaningful experiences through public space, cultural activities, and programming. Working as the Director of the Office of Organizational Excellence, they combine the offices of Organizational Effectiveness, Performance Analytics, and Internal Audit to…

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April Schmidt

April Schmidt is zealous about helping organizations perform at their highest potential. Her career began in healthcare as a Medical Social Worker with an expertise in geriatrics, having work experience in: Skilled Nursing Facility, Homecare, Hospice & Palliative Care, Health Insurance and Aging Continuum. April learned about the value and importance of working as an…

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Mary Redd-Clary

Mary Redd-Clary, Ph.D. led numerous organizations and departments to continuous improvement as a director, manager, trainer, mentor, and coach over her professional government career with the Department of Navy and Department of Army. In her last position as Director of the Navy Voluntary Education Program (GS15), she supervised staffs in Navy College Offices located world-wide…

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Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a failed retiree. He worked for Arlington Public Schools for 30 years, retiring in the fall of 2021. 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…

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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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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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Steve Bonk

Steve Bonk has over 40 years’ experience in IT program management and engineering. BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State (High Honors) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a Post Masters Graduate Certificate in IT and Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins. Project Management Professional (PMP), Risk Management Professional…

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