ASQ Tucson Old Pueblo Section (TOPS)

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

Upcoming Events

Nov 30 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Dec 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Speaker: Pedro Valenzuela
                   Director Import/Export
The Offshore Group

Topic: Tour the Import/Export Cross Dock
Presentation of the Import/Export Services (details coming)

We will start at 5:30pm with the tour while there is still activity in the Cross Dock followed by a presentation and Q & A

RAMS 2016: 62nd Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day
RAMS® 2016 will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ , January 25-28, 2016.

More information at:

Lean & Six Sigma Conference: Feb 29, 2016 – Mar 1, 2016 in Phoenix
Feb 29 – Mar 1 all-day

Lean & Six Sigma Conference: Feb 29, 2016 – Mar 1, 2016 

Location: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

More Information: 2016 Lean and Six Sigma Conference

SARSEF Judging Day
Mar 3 all-day

Please visit for complete information.

world Conference on Quality and Improvement: May 16 – 18, 2016
May 16 – May 18 all-day

World Conference on Quality and Improvement: 

May 16 – 18, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI

More information: 2016 World Conference on Quality and Improvement


Section News


Here is the list of positions and person nominated or appointed. If you approve all nominations, please accept invitation at 

If you would like to nominate anyone different or if you know of other persons that would like to serve on the Tucson ASQ Board please send a reply to  [email protected].

Position Person Appointed/Nominated
Arrangements Chair Matt DeVito Appointed
Certifications Chair Barbe Botz-Thompson Appointed
Chair Ramesh Nepal Nominated
Audit Chair Connie Ley Nominated
Secretary Clark Leiphart Nominated
Treasurer Carly Curtis Nominated
Education Chair Ron Gryniewicz Appointed
Historian Cindy McNown Perry Appointed
Membership Clark Leiphart Appointed
Nominating Chair David Groebel Appointed
PAR Chair Bushra Ahmad Appointed
Programs Jennifer Ridolfi Appointed
Programs Matt DeVito Appointed
Re-Certifications Barbe Botz-Thompson Appointed
SARSEF Chair Clark Leiphart Appointed
Vice Treasurer Pat Gorman Appointed
Voice of the Customer Pete Karjanis Appointed
Website Updates Bushra Ahmad Appointed
Vice Secretary Vincent Wong Appointed
Newsletter Chair Appointed


Performance Award and Recognition Awards Announced

On behalf of the Performance Awards & Recognition (PAR) committee, we want to thank you for all of the hard work your leadership team provided to members of the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 this past year, as well as ASQ as a whole.

While no group met all of the criteria for PAR Performance, we felt it was important to recognize the efforts of the sections & divisions that made obvious strides in the measured areas.  We are pleased to announce that the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 has received a Silver award recognition for 2014. This level was achieved by meeting the good standing requirements as well as meeting or exceeding the Member Value and Member Leader Engagement metrics. Soon you will also receive artwork that can be used within your Section to honor and promote your member unit’s PAR success in 2014.

As recognition of your team’s achievement, we are extending an invitation to your leadership team to attend the Member Leader Events prior to the 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Nashville, TN. The Member Leader Events will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 8AM – 8PM and consist of the Ideas to Action Gathering (ITAG), Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and the Member Leader Dinner, where we will highlight 2014 awardees.  We also ask that you provide a picture of your leadership team to be included in the award highlights by April 20.

You can register for the day’s events using the following link(Please note that neither ASQ nor the PAR Committee offer funding for attendance or arrangements at the event).

Again, congratulations to everyone in the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 for your achievements. We are proud of your service to ASQ, and continue to look forward to what is ahead from your members.

With great thanks,

The PAR Committee


Beginning in 2014, PAR has become the new model member units follow when planning, funding, and executing actions designed to drive higher levels of member engagement. This evolves from a renewed focus on member retention and growth, member value creation, and member leader engagement. The program is intended to be simple, achievable, and inspiring while also providing opportunities to capture, share, and be recognized for innovative best practices. Please join us in congratulating the awardees for 2014. Click here to view the awardees >

Those who may have questions regarding this, do not hesitate to send them to [email protected] for prompt response.


We are planning activities for 2015 and 2016, and as always,  we need more volunteers to help the organization  run smoothly. If you would like to help, please reply to [email protected]

All Board Meetings are open to all members. Board Meetings are generally held the first Monday of each Month from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, but please see Upcoming Events for exact time and location.

Location: Please view Upcoming Events for Location

If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics, please let us know. We are currently planning the Spring and Fall of 2016

Thank you all for your time and talents.

Patricia Gorman

Hello Fellow ASQ Certified Professionals,

In case we have not yet met at a recent ASQ function, please let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Gryniewicz, and I am the new Education Chair for ASQ-Tucson Chapter. ASQ-Tucson has not had an Education Chair or a schedule of educational courses for some time; the ASQ-Tucson Board and I would like to change that fact. However, before we can offer classes, we need to fill our “bullpen” with capable instructors.

If you are interested in joining ASQ Tucson’s team of instructors, please complete the Instructor Application and submit it to me. In addition, please provide a summary of your credentials or experience in teaching, presenting seminars/workshops, and other similar information.

Do feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.

Ron Gryniewicz
ASQ-Tucson Education Chair


Pima Community College Downtown Campus has been reserved for our  Certification Testing. Testing will be held in the Amethyst Room of the Pima Downtown Campus, unless otherwise stated.

Testing will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • October 3, 2015
  • December 5, 2015
  • March 5, 2016
  • June 4, 2016
  • October 1, 2016
  • December 3, 2016

You can view the PCC Campus Map and select Downtown Campus for information regarding parking and location.

Please visit to apply for a certification testing exam. The central ASQ site has all the information about each exam, including application deadlines, exam dates, and test sites.

Good Luck!