Deanna Russell spent the bulk of her career as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy at the Fleet Readiness Center East in North Carolina, recently retiring with 33 years of service. During the final 17 years of her career, she was actively engaged in Continuous Process Improvement efforts. She played an active role as a Master Black Belt, teaching Lean, Theory of Constraints and Six Sigma tools and methodologies, facilitating strategic planning sessions, and leading and coaching improvement projects throughout the facility. In 2019, Deanna was the first government employee to attain certification as a Pendaran Structured Problem Solving Coach.
Deanna has participated on and led many projects that have benefitted military aircraft programs such as the AV-8B Harrier, AH-1 and UH-1 Helicopters, T58-GE-400B (Presidential) engine, and the T64-GE-413 engine, in addition to leading various transactional improvement efforts. Fleet Readiness Center East was a 2007 recipient of the Shingo Prize Gold Medallion for the H-1 production line, the 2007 recipient of the Joint Depot Maintenance Excellence Award for H-1, a 2008 recipient of the Shingo Prize Silver medallion for the AV-8B production line and was the 2008 winner of the Secretary of Defense Robert T. Mason Award for Maintenance Excellence for H-1.
Deanna has a bachelor of science degree in Logistics Management from Park University and also serves on the Shingo Prize Organization’s Board of Examiners.