MLC Staff

The Michigan Lean Consortium is staffed by three passionate workers that believes Lean principles and tools can help organizations of all kinds thrive and turn around the state of Michigan's economy.

Andi Barajas
Web Coordinator and Social Media Manager

Andi graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Video, and Media Studies from the School of Communication.

For seven years, she worked for Michigan Technological University as a Technical Writer for the Center for Technology & Training, Communications and Media Specialist for Business Operations/Shared Services, and finally as a Digital Services Project Manager for University Marketing and Communications. Andi completed Michigan Tech's Level 1 Lean Certification Program through the Office of Continuous Improvement.

Throughout her time at Michigan Tech, Andi was been focused on the creation and maintenance of various departmental websites and social media accounts. She is experienced in collaborating with multiple stake-holders for the most current and useful information to publish for their customers. Andi believes that efficient and effective communications give any organization an edge when delivering critical information to those who need it.

While working with Michigan Lean Consortium, she is responsible for creating, writing, gathering content, designing and creating graphics for promotional material and the MLC Website along with publishing monthly newsletters. Working closely with the Board, the president, and the general coordinator, the MLC team works hard to deliver the best quality content and material for our 2,000+ contacts across Michigan.

Laura Bankowski

General Coordinator

Laura is the General Coordinator for the Michigan Lean Consortium where she assists the Board of Directors to provide continuous improvement learning opportunities for the MLC members and anyone that is interested in learning more about CI. She also works to upkeep the MLC membership database and assist members with questions about the MLC.

In addition to the contracted work she does for the Michigan Lean Consortium, Laura is the president of the Saline Music Boosters. This organization supports over 1,200 students 5th -12th grade with financial assistance and needed resources. Laura is also an active volunteer with the #Chadtough Foundation, in which she works to raise funds and awareness to DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma).

Laura hails from Ann Arbor Michigan. She is a proud Michigan alum and holds a BSN from the School of Nursing. In her other life she was a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse for over 10 years. This is where Laura learned the importance of PDCA and 5S principles.

Laura lives with her husband Jeff, their two teenagers and a Golden Lab. In her free time she loves to travel and has a goal to visit every National Park in her lifetime. 

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