ASQ Granite State Section 0104
ASQ Granite State Section 0104

Chair's Message

Section Chair's Message – March 2019

ASQ is in the midst of a global transformation and this month we get to hear all about it. I would like to welcome Franklyn Colmenares, our new Deputy Regional Director, to New Hampshire as he provides an insight into the Transformation process. This exciting meeting (March 21 at the Puritan Restaurant in Manchester) will be a ‘Meet and Greet’ as well as an opportunity to ask Franklyn about the new ASQ initiative. I am sure you will want to hear about this first hand as we welcome Franklyn as our first guest speaker for 2019.

Dr. Philip Ramsey will be our guest speaker in April and we are working with the Merrimack Valley Section for a joint meeting in May. Stay tuned as we work out the details. 

This year’s Section Leaders are: Chris Carr (returning as Section Chair and Newsletter Chair); Alan Choiniere (our new Treasurer and returning as Placement Chair); Deb Burke (returning Secretary); Paul Alling (new Nominations Chair); Charlie Killam (returning Membership Chair, Database Chair, and Internet Liaison Chair); Rick Cembalisty (returning Audit chair); Jack Meager (new Northeast Quality Council Representative and returning Granite State Quality Council Representative); and Brittany Crocco (new Arrangements Chair).

We are continually looking for others to step up and help us run the section.  We welcome new ideas and need volunteers to keep the section operating.   Our vacant positions are Programs Chair, Voice of the Customer (VOC) Chair, Chair-Elect/Vice Chair, and Education Chair. So…. Volunteers are welcome.   

We are always looking for topics for future meetings. If anyone has a suggestion, or is willing to present / facilitate / arrange a tour of your facility – please let us know at




Chris Carr, CMQ/OE, CQT, PMP




The following Election of Officers and Chair Appointments for 2019 are listed below. In accordance with ASQ Policy S 02.00, Section 4.6.2 Election of Officers, “If there is not more than one nominee for an elected position, the nominee will be declared elected by acclamation”. Since there was only one candidate for each election, the Secretary cast one ballot.



SLT Position

2019 NAME


Chair - Elected

Christopher Carr


Treasurer - Elected

Alan Choiniere


Secretary – Elected

Deborah Burke


Auditing Chair - Appointed

Rick Cembalisty until the Feb Audit


Nominating Committee Chair – Appointed

Paul Alling


Membership Chair – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Database Chair – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Internet Liaison – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Placement Chair - Appointed

Alan Choiniere


Programs Chair – Appointed

Theresa McCarthy


Arrangements Chair – Appointed

Brittany Crocco


Newsletter Editor - Appointed

Christopher Carr


Granite State Quality Council – Appointed

Christopher Carr


North East Quality Council - Appointed

Christopher Carr


I would like to welcome Theresa McCarthy and Brittany Crocco to our Leadership Team. We look forward to their new ideas and fresh input.


Now the bad news.

We are still having difficulties recruiting volunteers to serve as member leaders. I was allowed to serve an additional year as Chair as we did not have any volunteers for this position.

Family and work commitments are justifiably higher priorities and I appreciate all the work our departing leaders have done for our section. They will be missed. 

Our section can not provide the level of service that we would like to provide to our members without YOUR support. A seven (7) person Leadership Team is simply not feasible for the long term as you can see three (3) of us are wearing multiple hats.   


If you would like to see our Section continue beyond 2019, please step up and help us. Contact me at

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