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Ocea Bicha and Daniel Fraser discuss during a breakout session at the Twin Cities Risk and Values Summit in Opus Hall on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Illuminate Your Mission

Veritas Institute

Advancing the Common Good through Corporate Ethics and Positive Social Impact

The Veritas Institute fosters ethically responsible organizations by promoting, applying and continually improving the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP)—a method that allows organizations to assess and enhance their performance on issues of ethics and social responsibility. We also help form highly principled business leaders by engaging practitioners and collaborating with scholars.
Our methods to boost ethical and social responsibility include:
  • Facilitating the application of SAIP-based assessment tools in organizations.
  • Extending the SAIP method to new applications and enhancing the method based on lessons learned in practice.
  • Working with academic partners inside and outside the University of St. Thomas to advance the study of ethical conduct within organizations.


T. Dean Maines

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Phone Number
(651) 962-4293

Our Services

The Catholic Identity Matrix (CIM)

The CIM is an organizational assessment and improvement process designed to help Catholic health care leaders strengthen the Catholic identity of their organizations. The CIM yields a qualitative portrait of the current state of an organization’s management system, and a quantitative appraisal of the extent to which its operating processes are shaped by six principles for Catholic health care.

Live Without Me

The Live Without Me (LWM) assessment helps small business owners start the conversation about transitioning their business to either the next generation or to new owners. The assessment poses a series of introspective questions to clarify a company’s readiness to undergo a leadership transition while sustaining its core values.

The Business Ethics Assessment Matrix (BEAM)

The BEAM is an organizational assessment and improvement process based on ISO 26000, an international standard for corporate ethics and social responsibility. The BEAM helps leaders perform an evidence-based ethical appraisal of their organization that highlights opportunities to more fully embed moral values within its operating policies, processes and practices.
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Part of the Winning with Integrity series

Traumatic Impact: Concussions, Ethical Issues and Breakthroughs

Due to COVID-19, this Winning with Integrity event has been canceled.

Veritas Institute Staff

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T. Dean Maines



Before assuming leadership of the Veritas Institute in 2007, Maines was the research associate to the Koch Chair in Business Ethics in the Opus College of Business. Maines also spent sixteen years with Cummins, Inc., where he served as chief human resource executive for the company’s Worldwide Power Generation Group and president of the Columbus Occupational Health Association.

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 numerous articles on corporate ethics. He also serves as the co-coordinator of the Opus College’s Great Books Seminar.
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MIchelle D. Rovang

Program Director


Before joining the institute, Rovang was the assistant vice president of development for Loudoun Healthcare Foundation, the charitable foundation for Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia. She 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.

Rovang 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.
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Teresa Sweeney

Program Manager


Before joining the Veritas Institute, Sweeney was a program manager for other units in the University of St. Thomas. Prior to St. Thomas, her work included project management for a medical product consulting group and training development at Wells Fargo.

Sweeney graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.A. in economics and management. She will finish the master’s program in Organizational Development and Change in 2019.
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Arnold M. Weimerskirch

Executive Fellow


Weimerskirch joined the University of St. Thomas in 2000 and helped form the School of Engineering. Prior to that, he devoted his 40-year Honeywell career to quality improvement, retiring in 1999 as Corporate Vice President of Quality. Weimerskirch is the former chairman of the Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

A registered professional engineer, Weimerskirch holds a BSME and a MSIE from the University of Minnesota. He has co-authored two books: Total Quality Management: Strategies and Techniques Proven at Today’s Most Successful Companies, and Process Improvement and Quality Management in the Retail Industry.
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John V. Fechter

Executive Fellow


Fechter has served in multiple roles over the course of his career: 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. He also has been a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and a judge and forming team member for the Massachusetts State Quality Award.

Fechter earned a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of South Dakota. He holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.S. in applied science from Montana State University. He currently serves at the Program Director for the master’s program in technology management in the University of St. Thomas’ School of Engineering.


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