Dr. Tom Barrett
Dr. Barrett is a full clinical professor in the International Disaster Psychology Program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at the University of Denver. He has taught program evaluation in the doctoral program in GSPP since 1980. Previously, he was senior medical officer and consultant for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department in the World Health Organization. Between 1994 and 2004 he was the mental health director for the state of Colorado. He is also past president of the National Association of State Mental Health Directors.
Gerard's experience in the Hospital world started with a project in a Cardiology department that was featured in Cath Lab Digest for its impressive results. Since then he has become a nationally renowned expert in the design of procedure-intensive departments specializing in Perioperative Services, Cardiac Catheterization Labs, Endoscopy Labs, Interventional Radiology Labs, and many more. Gerard is one of very few Lean experts to have ever designed an Invasive Center. In fact, he's been credited with the design of three Invasive Centers.
Gerard has also supported Materials Process design projects coupled with ERP implementations for hospital systems. His vision of Materials Management for hospitals is one that eliminates shortages while drastically reducing inventory and reducing waste for Clinicians.
Gerard is a sought-after speaker and lecturer, having presented at several conferences, including AORN, OR Manager, and Healthcare Architecture on case studies and full classes on topics related to Process Improvement. He is the co-author of Roadmap to the Lean Hospital, along with five other Lean Hospital books.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, his bilingual skills in Spanish and English have been valuable in spreading Lean Hospital ideas around the world. He taught Statistics at the University of Buenos Aires and Production Management at Colorado State University.
Mandy M. Rigg
Mandy has worked with the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center since 1993 and she takes great joy in having participated in its incredible growth and development. Mandy has worked with nonprofit organizations since 1990 when she joined the Colorado Nonprofit Association. She spent six years at the association as editor of Nonprofit Colorado and director of information services. After that she helped to build a start-up publishing company for nonprofit grantseekers (headed up by Richard Male, founder of the Community Resource Center) where she was editor for five major grant guides—New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio. She has been a consultant since 2000, working with local and national nonprofits. Projects have included fund raising, grant writing, program development and documentation, and strategic planning. She also writes and edits publications, with a focus on making technical, medical and legal issues accessible and entertaining for the lay reader.