Life Cycle Institute Facilitators

Learning experiences produce results by changing behavior. Behavior-changing learning experiences are led by experienced, passionate professionals who know the content and how people learn. At Life Cycle Institute, class leaders are called facilitators. This acknowledges that in addition to being experienced authorities on their topic, they have a passion for teaching and have developed this passion into a set of learning facilitation skills.

Our Facilitators:

Michael Blanchard

Mike Blanchard

Michael Blanchard is a Reliability Engineering Subject Matter Expert with Life Cycle Engineering (LCE).Prior to joining LCE, Mike spent more than 25 years as a reliability leader in a variety of industries. Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Certified Reliability Engineer, and a Certified Lean-Six Sigma Master Black Belt. A leader dedicated to helping teams achieve their goals, Mike maintains a strong focus on sustaining gains and delivering value. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.


Paul Borders - Life Cycle Institute Facilitator

Paul Borders, CMRP

Paul Borders has more than 17 years experience as a strategic manufacturing manager. His realm of experience includes progressive expertise in top quality plant operations, quality control, safety, and environmental management. As a plant leader, Paul delivered consistent and significant performance improvements in all operating metrics: productivity, quality, safety, cost effectiveness, profitability, and employee engagement. A persuasive, respected leader and team builder, Paul is skilled in cross-functional collaboration with all operating departments of an organization. Paul is also certified in Prosci’s change management tools and methodology.
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Al Emeneker

Al Emeneker

Al Emeneker has over 30 years of experience in the maintenance repair and maintenance reliability fields. He has worked with companies such as Union Camp Paper Company, Fluor, Inc, the U.S. Air Force and South Carolina Electric and Gas. Al also served as Production Manager for a small firm, Solid Surfaces, in Columbia, South Carolina. His background in the maintenance repair field includes a variety of experience including electrical, electronic, process control and instrumentation in power generation (both nuclear and fossil fuel) and pulp and paper. Al’s expertise includes maintenance planning and scheduling, construction estimating, scheduling, material management, operator care and reliability best practices.


Brian Heinsius

Brian W. Heinsius, CMRP, CR

Brian Heinsius is a Reliability Engineering Subject Matter Expert with Life Cycle Engineering (LCE).  Prior to joining LCE, Brian spent more than 25 years as a reliability leader in a variety of industries. Brian is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, Certified Reliability Engineer, and a Certified Root Cause Analysis Trainer and Facilitator. A leader dedicated to helping teams achieve their goals, Brian maintains a strong focus on sustaining gains and delivering value.  Brian holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Northwest Missouri State University.


Tara Holwegner

Tara Denton Holwegner, CPLP, PMP, CMRP

Tara is a Learning Subject Matter Expert (SME) with ten years experience designing and delivering learning events and training material. Her passion for adult learning results in a specialization: building products that meet business objectives and practicing facilitator techniques that ensure knowledge transfer. Tara’s flexibility allows her to work on a range of projects, from internal certification programs to delivering online training. Tara, a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), has training activities published in an anthology and her learning products have been named a finalist in competition. She regularly writes articles and blog entries on learning, produces videos on learning and facilitator development and speaks at industry events.
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Charles Nickerson

Charles Nickerson

Charles Nickerson is an Operational Excellence Subject Matter Expert at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) with more than four decades of experience in plant management and cross functional team leadership in chemical and process industries including mining, food, pulp, and paper. Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a pulp and paper management certificate from the University of Maine. As a maintenance and operations manager in the early 1990s he was responsible for implementation of computerized maintenance management systems, preventive and predictive maintenance systems, and training programs.


Andy Norman

Andy Norman, CMfgT, CMRP

Andrew Norman has over 30 years of experience in lubrication, maintenance and reliability, manufacturing processes, process documentation, plant management, and all phases of industrial asset management. He is also an SME-certified Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP), and was an ASE-certified Master Mechanic in three separate areas; automotive, heavy-duty trucks, and automotive machining. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia before doing his graduate work there in Economics. He also received advanced training from Auburn University’s School of Engineering in Earthmoving Equipment Maintenance and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Citadel in Charleston, SC..


Mike Smith

Mike Smith is a Reliability Engineering Subject Matter Expert with more than 30 years’ experience. Prior to joining LCE, Mike’s worked as an engineer and maintenance manager in the pharmaceutical, fabrication, chemical and metal-forming industries with companies such as Michelin North America, Georgia Pacific, Eaton Electric, and Johnson and Johnson. He has used lean manufacturing principles and process excellence methodologies to increase performance in nuclear, fabrication, pharmaceutical, extrusion, PSM chemical, plastics, and metal-forming industries. Mike has been recognized for impacting the bottom line by increasing plant availability, speed of production, cost reduction and quality performance. Experienced with international organizations, Mike is a leader dedicated to helping teams achieve their goals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
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