Chinue Uecker, DBA, SPP, Ph.D.

Professor: Operations, Leadership in the 21st Century


Chinue Uecker, DBA, SPP, Ph.D. Chinue has 20 years’ experience in process improvement, project management, and strategy. She began her career as a Chemical Engineer at Abbott Laboratories and held various engineering and leadership positions. In 2005, she joined GE Healthcare (GEHC) as a Manufacturing Manager and led a team of 50 employees. In 2009, she formed LPI Consultants and successfully led initiatives across the Americas, Australia, China, Europe, and Japan.

In 2011, her career and love for the outdoors took her and her family to St. Thomas, USVI. She has served as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, having trained and mentored 45 Green Belts and co-facilitated various process improvement events, including an integrated patient, empowered care model across five hospitals, resulting in $700,000 in cost savings.

Since February 2018, she has taught process improvement courses at the University of the Virgin Islands, supported a healthcare system in developing a telehealth presence within the United States, and facilitated strategic planning sessions for senior executive teams focused on improving quality and reducing cost.

She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an MBA from Marquette University, and a DBA from Walden University with a specialization in Healthcare Management. She is a certified Master Black Belt and a Strategic Planning Professional. Additionally, she serves as the Chief Volunteer Officer for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas/St. John, reviewer for the Academy of Management, Board Member for the Association for Strategic Planning, and co-lead for ASP’s Women in Strategy Community of Practice.


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