Dr. Raina Knox takes the insane amount of passion she has for elevating organizational performance and channels it into the development of software and services for organizations seeking exceptional outcomes. She uses principles from Baldrige, Lean, Six Sigma and research-based learnings as the basis of product development for Stratex. She is a practitioner, actively working with clients and continuously evolving Stratex best practices. She has over 25 years of experience in partnering with organizations to improve key planning systems and processes using Baldrige and serves on the Board of Directors for the Baldrige Alliance. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Missouri Quality Award from 2009-2015 and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award and the Missouri Quality Award. She also served as an overseer and judge for the Missouri Quality Award and as a Judge for the Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence. She has evaluated over 75 organizations using the Baldrige criteria.
Courtney Cole has spent over 25 years using advanced technology to develop highly secure, scalable, user friendly custom business solutions for Fortune 100 companies including Sprint, Target, Microsoft and the Indiana Pacers. He enjoys taking on a business challenge and turning it into a software solution that enables clients to be efficient and focused on achieving results. The Stratex Solution is a culmination of that passion, business experience and technology savviness that benefits clients.
Erin McCoy joined Stratex Solutions in the Spring of 2022 as the Director of Professional Services. Erin is educated as a registered nurse clinician and is a certified case manager. Her background is in critical care nursing, and healthcare leadership. Erin started her nursing career in adult critical care nursing and evolved into infant critical care nursing. After almost a decade of working in the hospital, she moved into working for a government health organization serving members and families through case management. She promoted to leadership and was responsible for growing internal programs and teams. She successfully implemented new programs to support members in seasons of life including overall population health management as well as maternity and neonatal intensive care case management. Through this work she found that leadership, strategic planning, process improvement, and engagement are her passions. Erin is excited to merge her love for clinical leadership with strategic planning to help partners and clients deliver successful organizational strategic plans. She obtained a bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
JoLinda Vega is an innovative, energetic results-oriented leader and coach. She advised C-levels world-wide on strategic convergence of people, process and technology leading multidisciplinary teams to deliver global results. She has over 25 years of comprehensive executive business experience and progressive accomplishment on business transformation, organizational design, strategic planning and advanced technologies. She leads a 5013c raising funds for The University of Kansas Advanced Heart Care Center www.golfology4cardiology.com. She is a Committee Member for the Heart Council at the University of Kansas Health Systems, Board of Counselors at Avila University and Board member for Carl’s Cause - Promoting Mental Health Awareness. She is an Adjunct Professor of International Business at Mid America Nazarene University.
Dan Stifter spent his career (so far) as a product and general management executive at Coca-Cola and Hallmark. He knows all 7 of the secret ingredients in Coca-Cola and thanks to Hallmark and their partnership with Disney, can name all 10 Disney Princesses. He teaches leadership and strategy at the MBA level and is on the Board of Outreach International, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty globally.
Brenda Welsch joined Stratex Solutions in 2022, building upon a career of mission and results driven leadership in the nonprofit and healthcare world. Having experienced the power of strategic planning and a focus on organizational excellence, Brenda is passionate about helping organizations to deliver greater value to those they serve. Her approach is one of respectful and systematic discovery to help clients identify their strategic priorities so that innovation, challenge, and focus are built into essential strategies for new heights of success.
Brenda’s career evolved from critical care nursing into nonprofit leadership within the human-centered, yet highly regulated, organ donation and transplantation industry. While serving LifeSource in Minneapolis, MN, as the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, she led the successful integration of the Baldrige Excellence Framework and the achievement of the Award of Excellence from Minnesota’s Performance Excellence Council. As a volunteer for the Performance Excellence Network, Brenda has served on their Advisory Board and as a state-level examiner helping other organizations advance their pursuit of excellence. Most recently, Brenda was also appointed to the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Women in Leadership Certificate Program Advisory Panel. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Dakota as well as certificates in Quality Management from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and Inclusive Leadership from the Carlson School of Executive Management at the University of Minnesota.
Tina Kirsch has 27 years of progressive management and administrative experience in human resources, quality systems management, performance improvement, leadership development and organizational strategic planning. For the past 23 years Tina has served in many leadership responsibility areas in the organ donation and transplantation industry, having spent the past five years as the Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer at Midwest Transplant Network. In this role she was responsible for oversight and governance of the strategic goals of the organization. Ms. Kirsch received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emporia State University, and her MHRM from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Ms. Kirsch has completed 33 hours toward her Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus in leadership through North Central University. Ms. Kirsch has served on many national committees and councils during her tenure at Midwest Transplant Network.