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The Center Committees
The Center has formed several committees. “This organization needs to tap its vast cadre of talented and experienced members if it is to meet the challenges we all face today as we strive to provide a fire safe campus environment.” 
Professional Development, Education & Events Committee

The purpose of the Professional Development, Education and Events Committee is to develop training programs, events, products and services that enhance the technical skills and professional knowledge of The Center's members. The committee’s primary responsibilities include: planning and implementing the annual Campus Fire Forum, Online Webinar Training, Professional Development Seminars (PDS) and other specialty training programs offered, or co-sponsored by The Center.  

This is a large committee with several sub-committees.  Following are the individual sub-committee missions.

Committee Members (PDEE.1)

Janet Maupin, Chair
Jody Nolan, Co-Chair



This committee will look at speakers for our annual Campus Fire Forum, typically held in the last quarter of the calendar year.  Their goals are to determine current topics, seek out speakers (educational, technical and motivational) and work with them to present at our Forum.  If you are interested in speaking at our Forum, please complete the "Call for Forum Speakers" request.

Janet Maupin, Chair
James Rainer, Co-Chair
Jody Nolan

Similar to the Speaker Committee, this committee will suggest educational and/or technology webinar speakers & topics.  They will also moderate upcoming webinars with The Center Headquarters personnel. If you are interested in presenting a webinar (or series of webinars), please complete the "Call for Webinar Presenters" request.  Note:  This is different from the call for Forum Speakers request.


This sub-committee will promote “sharing” of knowledge from one campus to another.  For example - if there is something of interest on your campus - let us all know.  It can be a campus fire safety day, an interesting construction projects, a unique dorm room burn, special technology that solved a problem, Campus Fire Safety Month, etc.  We build a web area where you can share by telling us what you are doing on your campus.  This sub-committee would communicate with members, non-members and associates nationwide to a) encourage usage of this new online, interactive area, and b) promote events that seems to be useful.  To add an event or simply review this section go to "Events on My Campus".

The Product Development sub-committee will research, conceive, design, develop curriculum to bring to market the “products” of The Center ranging from printed materials, national and local training events, including the “Event in a Box” concept that colleges and universities can use.  We will also give assistance to schools in marketing and registering for these programs. 


Committee Members

Amy Daley, FM Global
Dave Taylor, Gettysburg College
Guy Swartwout, NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control
Jan Parker, NC State Fire Marshal’s Office
Jill Marcinick, Live Safe
John Gallo,  Stony Brook University
Lisa Korklan, Keltron
Greg Amyot, University at Albany
David P. Jetter, Miami Township Fire and EMS
Edward Conlin, Lasell College
Jim Patton, Corvallis FD
John Walsh, Tufts University
Steve Nardi, RealView LLC
Michael Perlmutter, Hofstra University
Christopher N. Reynolds, Loyola University Maryland
Ronnie Gilley, Arkansas State
Robert Harrision, University Of Kentucky Fire Marshal Office
William Hempstead, BS, Molloy College
Nathaniel Smith, Catholic University

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is intended to serve and increase our membership base of high caliber fire and life safety professionals from colleges and universities as well as other who have an interest in campus fire safety. The Membership Committee also provides guidance regarding elements pertaining to membership and member benefits/services in the organization. It is comprised of members who are knowledgeable about best practices in the capacity-building field.  The Membership Committee also monitors elections for The Center's Board Members.

Committee Members (M.1)
Jeff Pendley, Chair
Alan Sactor, Co-Chair

Committee Members

Brian Weinstein, CookSafe
Michael Lowe, Delaware State Fire School
David Price, CSP, CFPS, Vanderbilt Environmental Health & Safety

Anthony Yuen, CCFS BOD

Codes, Standards & Technical Research Committee
The Code, Standards and Technical Research Committee is charged with assessing and promoting proposals for changes in national model codes, industry and reference standards as they relate to college and university infrastructures. It also has responsibility for coordinating and facilitating the promotion of scientific research in the field of fire and life safety. The Committee works to provide guidance to the Board as it develops organizational positions on such matters. 
Committee Members (CSTRC.1)
Richard Roberts, Chair
Rick Wood, Co-Chair

Committee Members

Lawrence Labbe, GA Tech
Morgana Yahnke, Univ of CA, Davis
Rodger Reiswig, Tyco/SimplexGrinnell
Captain Scott Donovan, Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department
Christopher N. Reynolds, Loyola University Maryland
Dan Finnegan, SIEMENS
Tim Knisely, CCFS Director
James Tidwell, Tidwell Code Consulting
Jody Nolan, RIT
William Freer, NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control
Robert Schifiliti, R.P. Schifiliti Associates
Ron Farr, Underwriters Laboratories
Peter Harrod, Cosentini Associates
Wayne Moore, Hughes Associates
Jack MacNamara, Bosch
Leo DeBobes, Stoney Brook University Hospital
William Koffel, Koffel Associates Inc.
William Guffey, University of Maryland
Maria Marks, SIEMENS
Alicia Musselwhite, Mississippi State
Heather Roth, NY State OFPC

ICC Codes Work Group

Mission Statement

Richard Roberts, Chair

Lawrence Labbe, GA Tech
Captain Scott Donovan, Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department
Richard Wood, CFPS CBO FM, University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Dan Finnegan, SIEMENS
James Tidwell, Tidwell Code Consulting
Jody Nolan, RIT
William Freer, NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control
Leo DeBobes, Stonk Brook University Hospital
William Koffel, Koffel Associates Inc.
William Guffey, University of Maryland 
Maria Marks, SIEMENS


The External Affairs Committee

The External Affairs Committee is the liaison between The Center and external non-profit organizations.  Their mission includes outreach to The Center’s existing non-profit partners to continually work together to share useful fire and life safety expertise, including speaking engagements and exhibitions.  It is also to establish new relationships with other similar non-profit organizations in an effort to share expertise to enhance fire and life safety worldwide.

Committee Members (GA.1)

Tim Knisely, Chair
Rodger Reiswig, Co-Chair

Committee Members
Kevin McSweeney, University of Delaware
Daniel P. Finnegan, SIEMENS
Michael Perlmutter, Hofstra University
MaryAnn May, Auburn University
Brian Tarolli, Syracuse University

Robert Nute, Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue / Naugatuck Valley Community College
John W. Fellers, Texas A&M
Madonna Calderoni, Drexel University 

Government Affairs Committee
Alan Sactor, Chair 

Diane Eggerman, Co-Chair 

This committee keeps abreast of government actions as they relate to proposed and new laws, rules, and regulations that are likely to impact fire and/or life safety at colleges and universities, primarily, but not limited to, the national level. The committee often participates in rule development, prepares comments and testimony, and otherwise works to influence rule-making. The committee helps members easily find relevant information on government regulations, as well as develop and provide other compliance assistance to higher education institutions.

Outreach and Social Media Committee

Lorraine Carli, Chair

The Social Media Committee will help to grow awareness of The Center and its mission by working to leverage social media and school social media managers that will help fire safety educators reach students.  These activities can include discussions on the most direct ways to reach today’s student, sharing media blogs and stories that could be of interest to educators and students, providing campus related information for fire safety educators and fire departments responsible to campus fire safety, as well as landlords and insurance groups that work with off-campus housing facilities.

Committee Members:

Emily Powell, University of North Carolina
Jeremy Mitchell, Champaign Illinois Fire Department
Diane Collins Eggerman
Cathy Tabor