About Our Workplacelean Consultants

Designing and Delivering Training to Fit Your Needs

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 our Lean Consultants...

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

I have been a professional Lean/Continuous Improvement Trainer and Consultant for Des Moines Area Community College since 2001. I am also a Certified Hypnotist & Hypnosis Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, a published author, and an Independent Certified Health Coach with Optavia. My passion is educating people to think better, work better, feel better, and be better!

As a Lean consultant/trainer I design user-friendly curriculum, train trainers, and lead process improvement activities throughout the country for all types of organizations including city/state governments, manufacturing, service organizations, higher education, and K-12 education in addition to DMACC's six campuses. I've conducted over 1300 training sessions in Lean and Leadership programs for over 150 organizations.

My lean knowledge and drive to educate others on process improvement stems from 15 years in manufacturing (Pella Corporation, 3M and Maytag) and more than 20 years as a consultant, trainer and educator.

My passion is to help people to improve what they do, how they do it, how they feel (mentally and physically), and help them reach their full potential. Hence my work as a Lean practitioner, hypnotist, author and health coach.

Certified NIST trainer (Manufacturing)
Certified Master Trainer and curriculum designer for workplacelean(R) (Office/Transactional)
Qualified Instructor: MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
Certified Leadership trainer: DDI (Developmental Dimensions International), Achieve Global & Logic Opera.

National Guild of Hypnotists Certified Hypnotist and Certified Hypnosis Instructor
Certified Health Coach

Slykhuis, B. (2019) Continuous Improvement in Higher Education: How to Begin Your Institution’s Lean Journey. New York:  Taylor and Francis

Yorkshire, S. (2019) Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools. New York:  Taylor and Francis

Slykhuis, B. (2015) Launch: Lean Process Mapping for Office Environments. Self-Published

Slykhuis, B. 2010. Community College’s Lean Efforts Save Time, Money. ASQ (April).
Machelle Sabin
Lean Facilitator

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

Machelle is a Lean/CI 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 implementing Lean initiatives throughout DMACC’s six campuses, developing lean curriculum, and providing training and consulting services to external manufacturing, service, government and education clients. 
Machelle’s past experience includes working as a Learning and Development Consultant for over 20 years.  Machelle was principal consultant for her own business, TSG. She collaborated with business and industry to provide learning and development solutions with expertise in instructional design, facilitation and training.  She helped 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 who touched 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.
For a list of DBR Business Consultants serving companies in central Iowa click here.