The DPA Team

Our consultants take a hands-on, in-the-trenches approach to drive your lean process improvement and continuous improvement efforts. Trained in lean concepts and with decades of experience in process improvement, engineering, maintenance management, supply chain management, staffing analysis, project management and supplier development, they offer the expertise you require to get lean, reduce costs and optimize your supply chain.

Antonio R. (Tony) Rodriguez, CMC, President
Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez, CMC, president of Daniel Penn Associates, LLC, is a certified management consultant with 35 years experience in encouraging collaboration and progressive thinking to bring about effective change and organizational transformation.

With expertise in facilitation/team development, Lean Six Sigma, re-engineering and supply chain optimization, supplier diversity, strategic sourcing, asset management and productivity improvement, Rodriguez has successfully directed projects for large and medium size entities, both public and private, national and international. His far-reaching experience and knowledge has saved clients millions of dollars by improving their organizational effectiveness, productivity, customer responsiveness, quality, and labor management.

Rodriguez oversees all the firm’s activities (sales and marketing, operations, financial management and administration). With his project teams, he helps guide clients’ change management through continuous improvement methods, cost reduction strategies, performance measures and professional development.

Education and Professional Training

  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business: MBE Executive Management Program
  • BA, Political Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Associates Degree, Mattatuck Community College, Waterbury, CT
  • Dale Carnegie Sales Courses
  • CMC Accreditation, the highest accreditation in management consulting granted by the Institute of Management Consultants
  • Papers and Presentations
  • Continuous Improvement Methodology
  • Minority Spend: Serendipity or Supply Chain Processes
  • Maximizing the Value of Key Growth Segments: The Hispanic Market
  • Best Practices to Build and Staff a Supplier Diversity Program


    • Past President and Member, Rotary Club of West Hartford, CT
    • Member, Institute of Management Consultants
    • Member, Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee, New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
    • Past Member, Board of Directors, West Hartford Community Television
    • Past Member, Board of Directors, Greater Hartford YMCA

Ken Allen, Senior Consultant and Lean Trainer
Ken Allen is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with 30+ years’ experience in process management and improvement. Ken assisted in establishing the present Lean Six Sigma system utilized by the US Army and developed a highly successful Self‐Directed Work System in a DuPont manufacturing facility. He developed and instructed Six Sigma training and implementation at GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE). Ken has served as a faculty member with several large Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma training efforts, including GE Energy. He has a Masters degree in Industrial Education from Fitchberg State University.

Kevin M. Barry, Senior Consultant
Mr. Barry has over 30 years of procurement and contracts expertise. Mr. Barry has built a successful consulting career, providing strategic procurement consulting and implementation services that reduce purchasing expenditures and streamline internal procedures. Mr. Barry has worked with numerous organizations to re-organize their procurement departments and train staff regarding different strategic sourcing methods and negotiation tactics. As an industry leader he has built and managed successful purchasing, subcontracts, and vendor relations departments for commercial, e-commerce and government focused companies. He adopts current technologies and other procurement methods to allow purchasing professionals to increase efficiency and lower costs through the development, integration and implementation of numerous effective-purchasing strategies. He is a proven expert in strategic sourcing as well as organizational design. Mr. Barry has an MBA in Management from John’s Hopkins University and a BSBA in Contracts and Grant Management from the American University.

Mike Beauregard, International Consultant
Mike Beauregard is an international consultant and lecturer on the application of lean manufacturing and quality improvement techniques to manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations. He has held engineering, manufacturing, and plant management positions in the discrete parts manufacturing, plastics, and chemical process industries. As a consultant, Mike has successfully applied improvement techniques in companies ranging from 10 person start-up companies to Fortune 500 manufacturers. A chemical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland, Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Quality Engineer. He is a seven-time member of the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and served the two Connecticut quality awards as a senior examiner, team leader, and instructor. He is certified in lean implementation by the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA), the aerospace supply-chain consortium. While living in Japan on an extended business assignment, Mike spent half a year studying and applying the Toyota Seisan Hoshiki (Production System) with tutelage from Ohno san. Mike has co-authored 21 books and training systems on quality improvement and lean manufacturing tools.

Rosemary A. Bergeron, Senior Consultant
Rosemary Bergeron applies her more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, change management and continuous improvement to helping clients bring about cultural transformation, encourage Lean thinking and manage change. She brings operational expertise in process mapping, Kaizen, 5S, change acceleration, capacity-building, variability reduction and standard work management. Bergeron serves as lean/continuous improvement leader at Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s New Milford CT manufacturing facility. She has also served the corporation as change management leader and in various accounting and finance roles. She holds a MSA in finance from Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business, and is a guest lecturer at the school. She received a BA in sociology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Bergeron received a bronze level lean certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and currently mentors certification candidates. She also received Lean and Repetitive Flexible Supply training with McKinsey & Co.’s Lean Pathways program.

Kenneth E. Golden, C.P.M., CPIM, Senior Consultant
Ken has served industry and government for more than 30 years as a manager and consultant in the purchasing, manufacturing and systems fields. His experience includes multiple roles as a project manager for manufacturing systems implementations; procurement systems manager for a multi-billion dollar computer firm; and consultant and manager for projects involving inventory, procurement and manufacturing issues. Ken’s knowledge and experience include automotive, pharmaceutical, plastic, electrical, steel, wood, foam, fiber, food, heavy equipment, publishing, and consumer products.

Richard J. Hernandez, CPCM, Senior Consultant
Richard has more than 25 years of experience in government procurement. He is a nationally-recognized expert in procurement and supplier diversity best practices. He is an accomplished MBE/WBE program manager in both government and corporate sectors, has developed MBE/WBE/DBE policy, procedure and guidelines, and has helped numerous government agencies to set and achieve their supplier diversity goals. Richard is the author of three books and numerous articles on procurement supplier best practices. Richard is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and has received the NCMA’s National Achievement Award.

He holds certifications from both purchasing and manufacturing professional societies. He has conducted seminars and has published articles in their professional books and journals. Ken received a BSE in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in operations management from the University of California at Berkeley.

Richard received his M.S. in acquisition logistics management with a concentration in contract management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio and his B.S. in business administration/management from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Denver, Co.

Lee Joyce, Senior Consultant
A senior strategic human resources and process improvement professional with a broad-based management consulting background, Lee focuses on improving individual, team and organizational performance. She was an internal human resources consultant and continuous improvement operations manager for GE for 15 years. She has hands-on experience in almost every aspect of strategic human resources, operations, and process improvement. Trained and mentored by Dr. Deming at GE, Lee helps organizations accelerate cultural change by helping clients create goal driven learning designs, facilitation, change, and process improvement initiatives that have targeted outcomes. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in modern foreign languages from Elmira College and an MPA (concentration in management and finance) from Northeastern University’s School of Social Science, Urban Affairs, and Public Policy. Lee is also an adjunct lecturer in Six Sigma at Merrimack College and on the Lean Six Sigma faculty of GE Energy.

Nancy A. Kay, Senior Consultant
Nancy brings more than 30 years in business operations and consulting experience in performance excellence, process improvement, planning and scheduling, Lean & Six Sigma deployments. An exceptional trainer, she helps define, design and lead successful transformational improvements in top and bottom-line performance that power market and sales growth, solidify clients’ infrastructure, minimize risk, avoid costs and ensure sustainability. She has applied her expertise on work order control, work management, planning and scheduling and management reporting with clients across a wide range of industries including automotive, packing, oil drilling, bakery, paper, cosmetics, distribution, metallurgy, railroads, roofing, and hospitals. She works with computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) providers (including MP2, SAP & TMS) and individual clients to design, implement and effectively use their systems for data capturing, reporting and scheduling. Nancy received an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, an M.S. in Production and Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Business Administration from Nichols College.

Robert (Bob) Meisel, Senior Trainer and Consultant
With more than 30 years experience in developing and delivering corporate Lean Six Sigma training programs, Bob Meisel delivers on-site Six Sigma training courses to DPA clients. Meisel managed the group responsible for developing and delivering Lean Six Sigma training at Eastman Kodak Company on a global basis. He personally delivered training in the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, China, and Singapore. He is lead co-author of The Executive Guide to Understanding and Implementing Lean Six Sigma: The Financial Impact, published by Quality Press in 2007. He served on the Advisory Council for New York Erie County’s Lean Six Sigma initiative.

Bob Meisel is a high-energy instructor, keeping his classes lively and motivated. He is able to quickly understand the work of the individuals in the class, relating the tools being taught to the processes students understand.

Testimonials for Bob’s teaching style include the following:

  • “I truly gained so much from our working sessions, interactions, and exchanges. You are an amazing person – I love your sense of humor and your incredible ability to simplify complicated material with your stories.”
  • “Bob, you made what could be considered one of the driest subject matters one of the best classes I ever had. The way you presented the material, with real-life examples, interactive learning tasks, and even some humor, made me actually WANT to be there. I thought I would need a LOT of coffee to make it through, but you kept us engaged and interested, and in the end I needed very little caffeine.”
  • “You had the ability to relate the material to what I do, to make it real for me.”

Steve Mueller, Director of Operations
Steve has over 20 years of hands-on business management consulting experience. He has completed engagements with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium size businesses. His extensive experience covers a wide range of industries addressing virtually all business processes from service to manufacturing, involving all levels of management from CEOs to supervisors. Steve’s ability to design and implement management operating systems has reduced operating costs, improved quality and service, increased productivity, and improved management effectiveness. His adept analysis of work and information flow, as well as the assessment of management and work procedures facilitates the re-engineering process. Steve has additional expertise developing staffing and resource requirements models and is accomplished in delivering management skills training and one-on-one coaching. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University and has completed post-graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.

Patricia J. Richards, Senior Consultant
Patricia brings more than 25 years experience in supplier diversity and minority supplier procurement. She has extensive experience in team leadership, business development, supply chain management, customer relationships, and designing/implementing business strategies. Patricia is experienced at managing across functional and organizational lines and has been recognized for achieving outstanding results. She has an exceptional ability to drive change processes and work with business units to achieve short and long term goals while promoting collaboration and teamwork. She is highly adept at fostering engagement at all level of the organization and building coalitions with suppliers and community organizations.

Patricia served as manager, supplier diversity (SD) and diversity outreach (DO) for a multi-national energy company with offices in 109 countries, 101,000 employees and revenues of $278.2 billion. She also served as manager, minority and women business development, for a Houston-based international petroleum company. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University.

Jenny Smith, Senior Consultant
Jenny Smith brings more than 20 years’ experience developing and implementing branding, strategic marketing and public relations programs in Connecticut, Puerto Rico and in Los Angeles. She has developed and managed initiatives that have helped increase recycling rates in central Connecticut, position a company’s environmentally friendly hydrogen generation system, boost visits to the state’s tourism destinations, draw support for programs that help improve parenting skills and prevent child abuse, position subject matter experts within a Fortune 50 healthcare organization and re-brand a respected public library.

Jenny holds an MBA in International Marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School of Management and a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Connecticut Valley Chapter and serves as a marketing volunteer with Connecticut FIRST®.

Nicole N. Snurkowski, Lead Consultant, Lean Sensei
Nicole Snurkowski is a lead consultant and associate with more than 25 years-experience in lean system management in the areas of aerospace development, manufacturing, operations and supply chain. Trained by the Shingijitsu Consulting firm in the Toyota Production System and in Porsche’s Line Back Logistics, she has led many transformations at UTC in three of their divisions; Pratt and Whitney, Sikorsky and United Technologies Aerospace Systems. She has achieved ACE practitioner certification and has taken clients to ACE Gold and Silver certification levels. As the Director of Manufacturing for an aerospace manufacturer, Nicole has led continuous improvement efforts in the areas of 3P, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen events and Standard Work, achieving consistent year after year improvements of 23%. She led lean transformation strategy for Pratt and Whitney’s aftermarket executive team, reduced inventory by 40% for a global air conditioner manufacturer, revamped a client’s approach to QCPC (Quality Clinic Process Charting) to bring them into full compliance with ACE Gold requirements, and led the Lean transformation of a commercial aircraft manufacturer’s final assembly line. Nicole received a M.S. degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Ken Staller, Senior Consultant
Ken has more than 30 years of project engineering, project management and maintenance management experience in machine manufacturing, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. Staller owned and managed his own preventive maintenance firm that provided hands-on preventive and predictive maintenance services, maintenance audits, procedure writing and diagnostic services. He is a certified site supervisor for asbestos abatement and for acidified foods manufacturing plants. He has completed numerous courses including energy auditing, refrigeration, hydraulics and pneumatics, business organization, supervision and management and personal achievement. Staller served in the U.S. Marine Corps, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1972.

Jon J. Thorne, Senior Consultant
Jon brings more than 35 years experience in world-class maintenance, operations and change management consulting. He is experienced in the facilitation, training and coaching of maintenance work management and business improvement processes, and is an experienced and effective change manager. His consulting emphasis is on sustainable operational excellence through alignment of people, processes and tools. Jon has conducted maintenance and operations process consulting for a wide variety of industries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, in various roles including as an Analyst, Process Designer, Strategic Planner, Project Manager and Practice Executive. Prior to consulting, Jon was the Vice President of Field Operations responsible for engagement analysis, design and implementation logistics, methodology development, consultant training, and results assurance for various clients in the oil refining, power generation, manufacturing, brewing, paper, and chemical industries. He holds an MBA degree in Operations Analysis from the University of Minnesota and a BS/BA degree in Communications and Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Jon holds certification from the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (CRMP) and is an Endorsed Assessor (PAS-55) by the Institute of Asset Management (Bristol, England).

Glen Veno, CMC, Senior Consultant
Glen is a certified management consultant with more than 18 years experience. He has been involved in the design, development and implementation of both manual and computerized maintenance systems for more than 80 clients across the US, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Glen’s consulting assignments span numerous industries with extensive work in chemical processing, automotive manufacturing, utilities and pharmaceuticals. He holds a BS in aviation technology and management from Western Michigan University and is a member of numerous professional organizations including APICS, Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Tom Voss, Senior Consultant
Tom has developed and implemented lean enterprise solutions for more than 15 years.

Trained and mentored in Lean concepts by the founders of Shingijitsu Company, Ltd., renowned experts of the Toyota Production System, Tom helped United Technologies apply lean concepts to restructuring and re-engineering three Pratt & Whitney facilities into one site, leading the structural and cultural changes required by this strategic implementation. He has held positions of increasing responsibility, including engineering, operations, finance, human resources, and new business development, at General Dynamics, UTC-Pratt & Whitney, JDS Uniphase and Franklin Products. His experience spans chemical, industrial, aerospace, automotive and telecommunications industries as well as insurance, banking and public sector services. Tom received his MBA in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-Hartford Graduate Center, his MS in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University and his MA-BA from Northeastern University.