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The CQIU Life:    Darcey balances her work-life through hand-built pottery, fiber arts, baking, jam-making, reading, writing, and telling lovely stories about her children, who she adores. She is currently enjoying pre-tirement in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three rescue dogs.

The CQIU Life: Darcey balances her work-life through hand-built pottery, fiber arts, baking, jam-making, reading, writing, and telling lovely stories about her children, who she adores. She is currently enjoying pre-tirement in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three rescue dogs.

Darcey Terris

Co-Founder and Principal Consultant

Darcey is a dynamic facilitator who brings joy to her work as an advocate of the transformative power of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) for organizations and individuals. She has decades of experience in adult and professional development training and coaching. Her career, over the past 30 years, has focused on CQI in medical device development and manufacturing, and health, public health, and social care delivery. Darcey’s path to CQIU includes a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in business administration, and a doctorate in health services research. She’s worked with a variety of practitioner and community-based partners and successfully led both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additionally, Darcey has co-founded an international research group focused on best practices for dissemination of CQI-identified improvements and innovations. Darcey’s academic research has included a focus on the negative impact of work stress on employees’ mental, physical, and social health and she infuses this knowledge into her CQI trainings.

More recently, she’s served as the State CQI Lead and Lead Evaluator for the State of Georgia’s Home Visiting Program, through the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia. Darcey is an active volunteer advisor and consultant to Circles USA, a non-profit committed to building community (and social capital) as a means of ending poverty, and the Phoenix Center for the Arts, where she oversees the front desk on Tuesday mornings and serves on the Thunderbird Arts Center Advisory Board.


The CQIU Life:    Nishita balances her work-life with lots of family time, yoga, martial arts, reading, and doing just about anything outdoors (especially hiking)!

The CQIU Life: Nishita balances her work-life with lots of family time, yoga, martial arts, reading, and doing just about anything outdoors (especially hiking)!

Nishita Morris

Co-Founder and Principal Consultant

Nishita Morris is a health and wellness enthusiast who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in health promotion, and a master’s degree in public health. Her path to CQIU began as a graduate student in one of Darcey’s classes! Across her broad range of experience in public health research, healthcare process improvement, work site wellness programming, and health education, she saw one recurring theme: that performance in any setting is only as good as the well-being of its people. In knowing that many people spend the majority of their days in the workplace, Nishita believes incorporating employee well-being is an integral component of process and quality improvement solutions. Nishita enjoys the process of making technical information interesting and accessible, supporting others in facilitating positive changes, and witnessing the powerful outcomes that result from small yet consistent actions.


The CQIU Life: Colleen balances her work-life through her favorite hobby—cooking! She loves trying foods from other countries. Colleen also enjoys traveling, (especially to Latin American countries), listening to Audible books, and taking long walks through the woods.

Colleen Cherry

Principal Consultant

Colleen has 20 years of experience working in various international and domestic settings. Since receiving her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2008, she has focused her work on intercultural communication in business, education, and health settings. Colleen has conducted cultural competence training, quality improvement, health outcomes research, and implementation science with companies, organizations, and governmental offices. She has also published in over a dozen academic journals. Colleen currently teaches intercultural management, cultural studies, and research methods at the university-level in the United States and in Germany. She currently resides in Athens, Georgia with her husband and three children.