OUR TEAM

Meliora Consulting Group solves each client’s issues by providing customized process improvement solutions through our team of Six Sigma Master Black Belts.

 

Michael Bauer

Managing Partner

Michael is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Meliora Consulting. Prior to founding Meliora Consulting Michael worked with leading private equity firms to design process improvement systems for corporate turnarounds. He has worked with dozens of companies across both manufacturing and service industries to develop cutting-edge business improvement platforms and execute targeted improvement projects. His systems and projects have delivered over $300MM of direct financial benefits to clients. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Lauren Brugger

Partner

Lauren joined Meliora Consulting in 2017. Lauren specializes in continuous improvement education and project execution. Prior to joining Meliora, Lauren was a business process improvement manager for Philadelphia Energy Solutions, where she earned her Six Sigma Master Black Belt and helped build their training program and project infrastructure from the ground up. Lauren’s experience includes roles in product launch supply chain, GMP manufacturing, and refinery technical operations.

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Michael Bauer

Managing Partner

Michael is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Meliora Consulting. Prior to founding Meliora Consulting Michael worked with leading private equity firms to design process improvement systems for corporate turnarounds. He has worked with dozens of companies across both manufacturing and service industries to develop cutting-edge business improvement platforms and execute targeted improvement projects. His systems and projects have delivered over $300MM of direct financial benefits to clients. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Shari Kiesow

Partner

 

Shari joined Meliora Consulting in 2017. Shari is responsible for the training platform at Meliora, designing and delivering customized programs for companies looking to systematically enhance their skill set through process improvement and leadership development.

 

Prior to joining Meliora, Shari worked with dozens of companies across 3 continents providing facilitation, leadership development training, and project mentoring to over 1000 students.  Shari has led over 30 successful project initiatives ranging from simple to complex across multiple industries. Shari has co-authored a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt curriculum for use by one of the top private equity firms in the US. She is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified Facilitator with Development Dimensions International- a forerunner in leadership strategy and development.

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Lauren Brugger

Partner

Lauren joined Meliora Consulting in 2017. Lauren specializes in continuous improvement education and project execution. Prior to joining Meliora, Lauren was a business process improvement manager for Philadelphia Energy Solutions, where she earned her Six Sigma Master Black Belt and helped build their training program and project infrastructure from the ground up. Lauren’s experience includes roles in product launch supply chain, GMP manufacturing, and refinery technical operations.

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Tim Cunningham

Partner

Tim joined Meliora Consulting as a partner. He oversees our Philadelphia office. Tim’s expertise includes corporate strategy deployment, continuous improvement projects, and implementation of Lean Six Sigma within large organizations.

 

Prior to joining Meliora, he served as the director of process engineering as well as the director of continuous improvement at Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). During his 20 years in the refinery industry, Tim has held various leadership roles at PES and Sunoco, including area operations manager of the Girard Point Refinery, business process improvement manager, operations superintendent, and lead process engineer. Tim holds a degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. 

Ralph Jeswald

Partner

Ralph brings a unique expertise to Meliora, specializing in the design and implementation of custom performance management and improvement solutions. Ralph has significant experience using and teaching the Lean and DMAIC tool sets, strategic planning, activity-based cost/management, performance measurement, and other related performance improvement methodologies. He has been published in the NYS CPA Journal and Canada's Chartered Accountant, and has been a featured speaker at events such as the Financial Tracking for Six Sigma conference. In addition to his CPA designation, Ralph is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Patrick Salemo

Partner

Pat brings over 15 years of  experience in oil and gas and manufacturing. He has held various  leadership roles in engineering, economics, finance, and continuous improvement. By leveraging data and analytics modeling, he has improved financial forecast  accuracy and net income at Delta Airlines' Monroe Energy, Philadelphia Energy  Solutions, and Sunoco. Pat has published findings from his root cause analysis and  has presented at national conferences. Pat holds a Master’s and  Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and is  progressing towards an MBA from Villanova. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Lindsay Jones

Master Black Belt

Lindsay joined the Meliora Team in 2018, accepting the position of manager of process improvement.  Lindsay works directly with Meliora clients, facilitating continuous improvement teams with both Lean Six Sigma and related project management activities.  She also coaches and mentors Green Belts and project leaders within client companies.

Lindsay was previously part of the ESC Team where she managed ESC's benefits team for eight years.  She focused on delivering cost effective and comprehensive benefits coverage to ESC clients.

Lindsay has been published for her research in International Human Resouces and has earned her PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Certification, her CEBS (Certified Employee Benefits Specialist), and her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.

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Lisa Krug

Process Improvement Specialist

Lisa joined Meliora as a process improvement specialist. She is responsible for developing project documents and client deliverables and implementing and maintaining internal processes and procedures to support the delivery of Meliora services. Lisa’s background includes extensive experience in human resource management and consulting, technical project management and training and development, as well as experience running her own business. 

Lisa holds a Master of Science in organizational communications and development from Canisius College; a Bachelor of Science in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) certificate.  Lisa is a certified DiSC trainer. 

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Jack Kiesow

Process Improvement Specialist

Jack joined Meliora as a process improvement specialist. He is responsible for providing operational and analytical support to ensure that tactical and strategic client objectives are met.  Jack's background includes experience in private and grant-funded research development, data analytics, and administrative duties.

Jack is earning an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Bowling Green State University and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University at Buffalo; a Business Analytics Certificate from Cornell University; and his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Jack is currently pursuing his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

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Rachael M. Brown

Director of Business Development

Rachael brings over 15 years of experience in business development and investor relations to Meliora Consulting and their sister company Employer Services Corporation (ESC). Rachael is responsible for creating, executing, and overseeing business development and marketing strategies to grow market share in Western New York and throughout the US. She works directly with business owners and executives to identify opportunities to increase capacity and eliminate waste utilizing Meliora’s team of Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts and custom-developed strategies. 


Rachael is active in the Western New York community and currently serves on several boards and committees, including the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board, Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executive Board, United Way Leadership Society, and Leadership Buffalo Alumni to name a few.  Rachael has been recognized numerous times for her contributions to the community, including Buffalo Business First’s 2017 40 Under 40 award, The Amherst Chamber’s 2017 Small Business Advocate award, and Child & Family Services’ 2018 Susan T. Siwiec Distinguished Donor Award.

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