About DBR's workplacelean

Learn about workplacelean - top lean training provider

DMACC Business Resources (DBR) is a division of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). DMACC is Iowa’s largest community college with 6 accredited campuses and six centers.  DMACC has an enrollment of over 38,000 credit and over 30,000 non-credit students.

DBR provides a broad spectrum of training and consulting services including:

  • Professional Development for Managers and Supervisors
  • Technical Training
  • Safety / OSHA Training
  • Employee Workplace Skills
  • Lean for manufacturing and for the office (workplacelean)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Waste Management and Control

DBR has been operating workplacelean since 2006 and is a recognized leader in the field. While Lean is most commonly associated with manufacturing processes, DBR’s workplacelean consultants have found that there are significant cost and time savings to be achieved in addressing inefficiencies in office processes as well. DBR’s workplacelean program works with educational institutions, manufacturers and government entities as well as other industries, including healthcare, financial services, insurance, information technology and non-profit institutions throughout the country.

Meet the Staff and Consultants...

Bonnie Slykhuis
Lean Consultant
Des Moines Area Community College
Phone: 515-238-3485

Bonnie is currently a Lean Consultant for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa.  She holds a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education from Central College and a Masters in Training & Development from Drake University.  Bonnie is responsible for implementing Lean initiatives throughout DMACC’s six campuses and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients.   She is a certified Master Trainer for workplacelean® (office lean) and a certified trainer for NIST/MEP Lean (manufacturing lean) having conducted over 700 Lean sessions for more than 100 organizations both in and out of state. She is also a certified instructor for leadership and soft skills programs such as MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), DDI (Developmental Dimensions International), Achieve Global and Logic Opera. 

Prior to DMACC Bonnie was employed as a K-12 educator then by such companies as Pella Corporation, 3M Company and Maytag Corporation.  Areas of employment included production, safety, training, organizational development, and supervision. From 2002-2006 Bonnie also owned and operated her own small manufacturing business.

Machelle Sabin
Lean Facilitator

Des Moines Area Community College
Phone: 515-201-4609

Machelle is currently a Lean Facilitator for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa.  She holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Hastings College.  Machelle is responsible for facilitating Lean initiatives throughout DMACC’s six campuses and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. 

Prior to DMACC Machelle worked as a Learning and Development Consultant for 17 years.  Machelle was self-employed for the past several years while she partnered with the Iowa Judicial Branch to implement electronic filing to the entire State of Iowa.  In this role she was responsible for facilitating classroom training to everyone involved with the court system including Judges, Court Administration, Clerks of Court, Law Enforcement, Juvenile Court Services, the Department of Human Services and county citizens that file documents with the Clerk of Court. Machelle has also worked in the Mortgage and Insurance Industries as well as in Early Childhood and Special Education. 

Emily Betz
Process Improvement & Technology Coordinator
Des Moines Area Community College
Phone: 515-256-4914

Emily is the Process Improvement & Technology Coordinator at DMACC in the Business Resources Department. She holds a B.A. from Central College and an M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook.

Emily is a certified workplacelean® trainer, helping clients evaluate and improve work processes across Iowa and nationally.  She is also trained in Microsoft SharePoint® providing training and consulting services to departments wanting to transition to an electronic document management system. 

Emily’s past experience includes teaching art and English in Germany and France, and specific work experience in translation, web design, International Sales, payroll, hiring, and student services.
Caylene Hollinrake
Administrative Assistant


Caylene joined DMACC Business Resources in November 2013. Caylene provides administrative support to DBR's Training Coordinator, Training Consultants, and Instructors. She is responsible for processing workplacelean class materials, and acting as the contact for class registration for many of the other training classes DBR provides. Caylene comes to DBR with over 8 years of experience in the Business Administration field. Caylene earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business. Contact Caylene to enroll in upcoming classes offered by DMACC Business Resources.

For a list of DBR Business Consultants serving companies in central Iowa click here.