Kate McGovern, Ph. D.

Kate McGovern, Ph. D.

Lean Black Belt
Associate Professor, Bureau of Education & Training

Kate's Lean journey began in 2009 when she was inspired by Lean courses taught for BET by Maine's Sam McKeeman. She worked with (then) BET Bureau Chief Dennis Martino to design a series of Lean classes. When Kate served as Bureau Chief, BET launched a series of Lean training programs including Yellow, Green and Black Belt levels. Since her retirement as Bureau Chief, Kate continues to conduct training in the Yellow, Green, and Black Belt programs, facilitating Lean projects for BET, and participating in the NH Lean Network and Lean Executive Committee.


  • NH Bureau of Education and Training, Lean Black Belt
  • University of Hartford, MPA
  • Fielding Graduate University: Ph.D. Human & Organizational Systems
  • Certified Public Manager (CPM)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP)


  • Training
  • Presentations
  • Facilitation
  • Research


  • State of NH Bureau of Education and Training, Associate Professor (2008-2013 and 2015-present). Bureau Chief (2013-2015)
  • Daniel Penn Associates, Senior Consultant (2016)
  • Springfield College, Adjunct Faculty (1992-2016)
  • HB 876 Commission to Study the Long-term Viability of the New Hampshire Retirement System, Consultant (2007)

Lean Work

  • Shingo Model focus- Dimension 2: Continuous Process Improvement
  • Lean trainer and coordinator for the NH Bureau of Education & Training: White, Yellow, Green and Black Belt programs
  • Lean trainer for Vermont’s Agency of Transportation: White, Yellow and Green Belt programs
  • Facilitator of Lean projects for state agencies, non-profit organizations, and municipalities
  • Presenter of Lean Process Improvement Techniques for the New England States Government Finance Officers Association (NESGFOA) Conference (2014)