Veritas Institute

Advancing the Common Good through Positive Social Impact

About Us

Veritas Institute Staff

The Veritas Institute, formerly known as the SAIP Institute, fosters ethically and socially responsible organizational conduct by promoting, applying, adapting, and continually improving the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP).  Through its engagements with practitioners and collaborations with scholars, the institute also aids the formation of ethical, effective leaders.


University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis Campus
Terrence Murphy Hall 337
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

T. Dean Maines, President

T. Dean Maines is the president of the Veritas Institute, formerly known as the SAIP Institute, at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Immediately prior to assuming the leadership of the Veritas Institute, Maines served within the Opus College of Business as the research associate to the Koch Chair in Business Ethics. Maines spent sixteen years working with Cummins, Inc., where he served as the chief human resource executive for the firm’s Worldwide Power Generation Group, and president of the Columbus Occupational Health Association, a Cummins-managed partnership.

Maines was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he earned a M.S. in management. He also holds an A.B. in philosophy and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Maines has authored and co-authored articles on corporate ethics that have appeared in the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Science and Engineering Ethics, the Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Health Progress, MX, and the Sage Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society.

Michelle Rovang Burke, Director

MichelleRovangBurkeheadshot1Michelle Rovang Burke is the director of the Veritas Institute. Before joining the institute, Burke was the assistant vice president of development for Loudoun Healthcare Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 public charitable foundation that served as the fundraising vehicle for Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia.

Burke has more than 15 years of experience in consulting, marketing, public relations and fundraising for health care and educational organizations. A former television reporter, she is a published author and has served as an adjunct professor. Burke received the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award for Crisis Communications in 1998. Burke is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP).

Burke graduated from the University of Notre Dame with honors, receiving a B.A. in communications. She holds a M.B.C. from the University of St.Thomas, where she also graduated with honors.

Arnold M. Weimerskirch, Executive Fellow

FY15 HeadshotsArnold M. Weimerskirch is an Executive Fellow at the Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Prior to that, he devoted his 40-year Honeywell career to quality improvement, retiring in 1999 as Corporate Vice President of Quality.

Weimerskirch is a founder of the State of Minnesota Quality Award, formerly served as chairman of the panel of judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and also is a former judge for the U.S. Government President’s Award. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Weimerskirch is the author of several books and articles, including Baldrige for the Baffled and Total Quality Management: Strategies and Techniques Proven at Today’s Most Successful Companies, co-authored by Stephen George and published by John Wiley & Sons.

John V. Fechter, Executive Fellow

John V. Fechter is an Executive Fellow at the Veritas Institute. Over the course of his career, he has served as a research psychologist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, as director of quality improvement at Honeywell, as vice president of quality for Honeywell Bull, as senior vice president of continuous improvement and training at KeyCorp, and as Lean Six Sigma master black belt and deployment Leader at Medtronic. Fechter also is a Thwaits Fellow in the University of St. Thomas’ School of Engineering, where he serves as the program leader for the M.S. in technology management degree. He has been an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas since 1983.

Fechter has been a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and a judge and forming team member for the Massachusetts Quality Award. He currently serves on the 2011-2016 panel of judges for the Minnesota Quality Award, and is a judge for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) quality award.

Fechter holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in applied science from Montana State University. He also earned a Ph.D in psychology from the University of South Dakota, focusing on human factors engineering and ergonomics.

Naomi G. Sack, Program Manager

FY15 Bulk HeadshotsBefore joining the Veritas Institute as its administrative assistant, Naomi G. Sack worked for a number of nonprofits and arts-related organizations, including The Women’s Gallery at the Amazon Foundation & Southern Arizona Women’s Foundation, the Tucson-Pima Arts Council, and the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Sack also has served as an intern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

She holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Arizona, with a minor in business administration, a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a M.A. in art history from the University of St. Thomas.

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Phone: 1-651-962-4293
Fax: 1-651-962-4208
Mail: Veritas Institute
University of St. Thomas
TMH 337
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005