ASQ-LA Quality News
February 2014
ASQ-LA Issue Contains:
February 12th Member Meeting
Message from the Chair
ASQ-LA New & Renewal Members
Certification Exam Dates
ASQLA Leadership Team Listing
Advertising Rates


Welcome to the February Edition of the ASQ-LA Newsletter.

Looking forward to see you at our February 12th Member Meeting which will be at Phenomenex 2341 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501. If you plan to attend the meeting, YOU MUST RSVP to Chen Low 310-334-7044, pager 310-353-8293 or e-mail, no-later-than Noon on Monday, February 10th, so he can get the list of attendees to Phenomenex Security.
ASQ-LA is looking forward to your attendance at this month's program.  Press here for a pdf version of the Newsletter.
Harold Martinez
Newsletter Chair


Joe DeSimone



    ASQLA MEMBER MEETING - February 12, 2014

"Exploring the Link between Quality and Reliability"


Please join the ASQLA Section 0700 for its monthly member meeting on Wednesday, February 12th. The meeting will be at Phenomenex in Torrance..  This meeting is an opportunity to network with other Quality professionals and to learn about current techniques & technologies. Our guest speakers this month is Joe DeSimone speaking on "Exploring the Link between Quality and Reliability." 


In this presentation Joe will deep dive into the vital link between Quality and Reliability. Joe will share some of his experiences with products from different industries that illustrate this all important relationship. Quality begins with requirements and the VOC, and gets incorporated into the design phases to a final product to be manufactured. The traditional definition for Quality as "Conformance to Requirements" is an incomplete definition. Often, we look at the two as discrete entities:


Quality is everything until put into operation (0-hours)


Reliability is everything happening after 0-hours


Actually, they are "Siamese twins". Reliability takes into account the specified Quality performance and of a product throughout it intended lifetime. The aspect of Reliability must be addressed and established as early on in the design process as possible. Changes are costly as we progress into production. To have your customers and end users spell out your Reliability is a costly disaster. And, as we often see, we cannot put a price


The takeaways for this presentation include: Increased awareness of how Quality and Reliability are related. Overview of Reliability Assessment. Life History curve. Understanding the importance of Reliability Risk Assessments when changes are made.


 tag on human life. Other aspects of Reliability relate to quality costs, productivity, maintainability, and profitability. Reliability assessments should be performed whenever a change or risk situation is encountered. Joe will cover such topics as Reliability Assessment, Reliability Growth, Preventive tools such as FMEA, FTA, and PM. The link between Quality and Reliability is a two way street. Reliability effects Quality and Quality effects Reliability.


Joe DeSimone, Past Section Chairman and Current Certification Chair of ASQ Los Angeles Section 0700, conducts successful certification courses for ASQ, PMI, and SME exams internationally. Joe holds many certifications and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Joe is the Owner of DeSimone Quality International,, a word-wide consulting group specializing in Quality and Productivity Improvements. DQI's clients include Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Edwards Lifesciences, Rand Corporation, Mitsubishi, and many others.


The program will be held at 2nd Floor Main Conference Room at Phenomenex 2341 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501. This meeting is an opportunity to network with other Quality Professionals, learn about quality related topics and earn 0.3 Recertification Units. Registration and networking starts at 5:30 PM. The meeting runs from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Crackers, Cookies, Coffee & Water will be provided at no charge.  


You MUST RSVP to Chen Low 310-334-7044, pager 310-353-8293 or e-mail, no-later-than Noon on Monday, February 10th, so he can get the list of attendees to Phenomenex Security.




Message from the Chair - Catherine Martin


Spirit of Volunteerism


At the beginning of January 2014, I took some time to reflect on how fortunate we are at ASQ Los Angeles to have volunteers who are so dedicated to ASQ's Vision of "By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks quality concepts, technology, or tools to improve themselves and their world."

This issue I recognize the Spirit of Volunteerism. You will see our volunteers in action serving on the various committees of our local Section, Regional ASQ and on the national ASQ level. We're proud to have played a significant role in improving our member value by funding general meetings, certification programs, Quality Day and by providing knowledge and information to our Quality Professionals. I encourage you to explore our website to learn about some of the key people that have helped us.

Volunteer opportunities within ASQLA will help you sharpen your existing skills, develop new skills in a risk-free environment, expand your horizons, become more motivated and energized about quality, increase your visibility within the profession, boost self-satisfaction and demonstrate workplace and leadership skills that can be documented on your resume.


The Los Angeles Section has a Leadership Team that sets the direction and objectives for the group. They work on preparing our general meetings and special projects. The volunteer positions and responsibilities are outlined in the national ASQ website. The time commitments for the different positions vary, from a few hours per month to a few hours per week for key leadership roles. Please contribute in any capacity that fits into your life and set of demands.


As Chair, I have the privilege of placing our volunteers on committees. This is something every Chair takes seriously. Help your local section by becoming a volunteer today!





ASQ-Los Angeles
Section 0700
New and Renewal Members 




MSMary Anita DiLallo Honeywell AerospaceSr. Quality Assurance & Mfg Specialist
 Farzaneh Bolandghad  
MRRalph Tatgenhorst Itt CannonQuality Manager
 Eldon Davidson El Camino College- Business Training Center 
 Saloumeh Danesh  
 Cecilia Cruz  
 Dorothy Musacchio  
 David T. Silva  
 John NortonPTB Sales 
 Nicole Schifter  
 Doug Hixon  
 Rachel KilgoreCalifornia CryobankQuality Improvement Coordinator
 Monica ItoHerbalife 
 Mehdi Dehghannejad  
 Wajih Daab  
 Erika Alegria  
 Stephanie Spoerl  
 Sindy Edward  
 Nadia D'Paraschi-Tigo  
 Lea Leverington  
 Rebecca Bednar  
 Noel Clausen  
 Ginia ShahijaniProlacta Bioscience 
 Dafir Alkarni  
 Aminah OfumbiDidid Hirsch Mental Health Services 
 Ricardo Capcha  
 Alicia Samuel  
 Morgan RichardsPTS Laboratories Inc 
 Liberty GarciaB&B Manufacturing 
 Vanessa Haro  
 Daniel Lee  
 Jarrin Brown  
 Kate LeeBaxter Healthcare 
 Deann Campbell nurse practitioner
MREdward Matthews HoneywellHOS Group Leader
 Julie L. Marple-HerreraJulie Herrera CQAExecutive
 Vijey Kumar Kanniappan Bakthavachalam Given Imaging Ltd 
MRStanley Y. LimBoston Scientific (neuromodulation)Sr Reliability Engineer
 Thomas A. Nelson  
 Stephen R. ChenBaxter BioScienceLean Six Sigma Black Belt
 Tyrel Drew  
 Sean Tsai  
 Michelle Corrao  
 Bernardo Lepe  
 Maribel Blones  
 Cameron Field-EatonParco 
MRCharles KittellUNICOR 
MRCarl NovobilskiWorleyparsons 
 Michael Gore  
 Jacob KentPL Developments 




ASQ Certification Exams


Application Deadline

April 18, 2014


Late Application

Fee ($50) Deadline

April 23, 2014


Exam Date

June 7, 2014




Quality Engineer(CQE)

Quality Auditor(CQA)

Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB)

Software Quality Eng. (CSQE)

Quality Improvement Assoc (CQIA)

Calibration Technician(CCT)

Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)


Application Deadline

August 15, 2014


Late Application

Fee ($50) Deadline

August 20, 2014 


Exam Date

October 4, 2014




Six Sigma Black Belt(SSBB)

Mgr of Qual/Org Excel (CMQ/OE)

Quality Inspector(CQI)

Quality Technician(CQT)

Biomedical Auditor(CBD)

Reliability Engineer(CRE)

HACCP Auditor(CHA)






for more information.


Cal State Dominguez Hills BSQA & MSQA Programs

sponsor certification preparation courses, See certification

page on


Did you know that Joe DeSimone is our section's Certification and Recertification expert and Chair? Joe is available for your tough questions at or you can find answers to your general questions at This page is very helpful. Check out the Certification Handbook: 21 pages of detailed certification facts!




To recertify, make sure you complete the NEW! Recertification Journal(Press here for the .pdf) dated August 2013, which indicates the new fees: One certification is $69 and two or more are $89. You must include payment with your application.
The easiest way to recertify is to scan your completed application with credit card information and supporting documents and Email to our Recertification Chair:
You can also mail your package to P.O. Box 1291, San Pedro, CA 90731.
NOTE: You must send a check. Joe is too busy to chase you and will not review you package without payment. In fact Joe could use help with Recertification!



Time: 5:30 - 6:00 Networking & Dinner

6:00 - 8:00 Meeting


CSUDH Extended Education Bldg

1000 Victoria St., Carson, CA 90745

Contact: Catherine Martin, Chair

(310) 616-0936 

Dates: 1st Wednesday of the Month(not in July and December)




Officers & Committee Chairs of ASQ Los Angeles Section 700


CHAIR: Catherine Martin - 310-616-0936

CHAIR-ElectAlan Wang - 310-383-2393 - 

SECRETARY: Lane Parrott (310) 489-9018

TREASURER: Jim Morrison - 310-541-1417 -

PAST CHAIR/Executive Advisory: Lane Parrott (310) 489-9018

Arrangements:  Chen Low - 310-334-7044 -

 Job Listing: Armen Yeghoian - 818-912-9272 -

Website Chair: Alan Wang - 310-383-2393 -

Membership: Lisa Uhrig - 310-283-1197 -

 Education: Bill Trappen - 760-723-7718 -

CSUDH Liaison: Milt Krivokuca - 949-892-7994 -

Certification: Joe DeSimone - 424-772-6371 -

Re-certification: Joe DeSimone - 424-772-6371 -

Newsletter: Harold Martinez - 310-214-1606 -

Awards and Recognition: Imre Fischer - 949-493-3914 -

Quality Management Process (QMP): Peter Crosson - 310-819-0944 -

Financial Audit: Michael Schaffer - 310-895-0802 -

-Simon Collier Quality Award:  Jim Morrison - 310-541-1417

    Publicity & Advertising Chair: : Alan Wang - 310-383-2393 - 

 Voice of the Customer: Open 
Communications Chair: Rhonda Y. Hayes - 310-334-0381 -



ASQLA Website Advertising
For information on placing an ad through ASQLA, contact Advertising Chair at (310)383-2393,