Operations of an organization such as The Center for Campus Fire Safety Center are a team effort – and we are fortunate to have a leadership team made up of well known and nationally respected leaders in the area of campus fire safety. These dedicated professionals provide a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise that is unmatched anywhere and they are responsible for the oversight and operations of The Center for Campus Fire Safety.
Learn more about the Officers, Board members and headquarters staff, their experience and their roles within The Center:
Michael Swain is the Campus Fire Prevention Marshal at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Michael has worked in campus fire safety at the University for 31 years. Michael also serves as President for The Center for Campus Fire Safety, a nonprofit advocacy group for Campus Fire Safety. Michael has been a member of the Greenfield, Massachusetts Fire Department for 35 years and currently holds the rank of District Chief. Michael is a Past President of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts and is currently serving as secretary of the association. He was the 2008 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year for Massachusetts.
Janet is a Deputy Fire Marshal for the Champaign, IL Fire Department. She inspects university-owned buildings and delivers fire safety education to students and staff at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus.
She has been involved in making inspections for 30 years. Currently inspecting university occupancies (laboratories, dormitories, major assembly venues, and classroom buildings), but with vast experience in making off-campus housing inspections (apartments, fraternity, sorority houses and privately owned dormitories).
Kevin has been serving since March 2006 as the University of Delaware Fire Protection Engineer/Fire Marshal where the primary fire protection program focus is with the Three E’s: Engineering, Education and Enforcement. He is an NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Fire Inspector II and has been active with Center for Campus Fire Safety since 2007. Prior to joining UD, Kevin served nearly 10-years with Delaware Office of State Fire Marshal where he served as Senior Fire Protection Specialist and Fire Protection Contractor Licensing Manager. Additionally, Kevin had a twenty year career in fire protection with the US Air Force, where he held the positions of acting Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief Operations, Assistant Chief Technical Services, and Assistant Chief Training and Hazmat/Safety Officer.
Paul D. Martin is Deputy State Fire Administrator for the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control where he served as a principle architect of New York State’s nationally acclaimed Campus Fire Safety Program.
Under Paul’s leadership, the staff of the Inspections and Investigations Branch is responsible for: fire and life safety inspections in a very diverse collection of facilities throughout New York State, including all colleges and universities; performing fire investigations statewide of fatal, large loss or other significant fires; providing fire safety education and information dissemination intended to elevate the public’s understanding of the danger of fire; and enforcement of the laws and regulations of the state regarding fire safety, including the world’s first standard for reduce ignition propensity cigarettes.
Paul is active in the National Association of State Fire Marshals, where he serves as Vice-Chair of their Model Codes Committee and works on issues associated with fire and life safety for special needs occupancies. Additionally, he serves as co-chair of Prevention, Advocacy, Resource and Data Exchange (PARADE), a program of the United States Fire Administration designed to foster the exchange of fire-related prevention/ protection information and resources among Federal, State, and local levels of government.
He serves on the International Building Code - Means of Egress Committee for the International Code Council, where he is active in the development of the Codes promulgated under the auspices of the ICC. Additionally he is a principle member of the NFPA technical committee currently drafting a new standard on Fire Prevention Unit Organization and Deployment.
Paul holds an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor of science in public administration and has an extensive portfolio of professional development education. During his fire service career spanning more than thirty years, Paul has served in multiple line and administration positions and has received several awards of valor, including the 2000 Firehouse Magazine® national grand prize for heroism.
Lorraine Carli is vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association where she oversees all media and public affairs activities, editorial content for NFPA’s Web sites, the organization’s magazine NFPA Journal, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations and Public Education Divisions.
Along with serving as president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Carli is a member of the Board of Directors for both The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and now The Center for Campus Fire Safety.
Prior to joining NFPA, Carli was a public relations consultant working with health care, medical technology, government, and non-profit organizations. Before her role as a consultant Carli was the director of marketing services for Speedline Technologies, overseeing global public relations, marketing communication and advertising; and was director of communications for CareGroup, a network of hospitals in Massachusetts. She began her career in state government, where she was most noted for her more than decade tenure as the director of public affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
Carli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s of education. She is also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in Boston, teaching graduate public relations courses.
Justin Daniels is the Fire Marshal, at the University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus. Justin started working in the fire marshal’s office at the University of Oklahoma in February 2002. He worked as a fire safety technician, helping recharge fire extinguishers, conduct fire drills, and assist with fire safety training for faculty, staff and students. Justin graduated from the University of Oklahoma in December 2006. After graduation he worked one year for SimplexGrinnell doing fire alarm and fire sprinkler inspections. In February 2008, Justin returned to OU to become the fire inspector, promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal in January 2013, and then to Fire Marshal in August 2013. As Fire Marshal, his duties and responsibilities included but are not limited to: fire inspections for all 320 existing buildings on campus, fire and life safety training for faculty, staff and students, plan review for new buildings and existing facility remodels, fire drills, fireworks and open flame permits, assist with game day operations and other special events, fire investigation, supervision of 2 Fire Inspectors, and to ensure all fire and life safety systems on campus are inspected and maintained.
Tim Knisely is the Senior Fire Inspector for the Centre Region Code Administration in State College, PA. In this position he manages the Existing Structures Division that administers the fire and property maintenance code in all existing commercial and residential rental properties, and coordinates the life safety education for the community including off-campus and Greek housing.
Tim has been active with The Center for Campus Fire Safety since its inception and served as treasurer from 2007 to 2010. He is a frequent presenter at Campus Fire Forum, an instructor for the Fire-Wise Campus program and served as project manager for Campus Fire Data.
Active in emergency services since 1981, he has served as fire chief for the Bellefonte Fire Department. Tim is a local level instructor for the PA State Fire Academy and is currently a firefighter with the Alpha Fire Company in State College, PA.
Jody Nolan is the Fire/Occupational Safety Specialist at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has 25 years of service in the RIT Environmental Health and Safety Department and has been involved in the fire service for 33 years and in the Code enforcement arena equally as long.
Jody holds a Bachelor of Science, Applied Arts and Sciences-Honors from RIT with Concentrations in Disaster and Emergency Management, Safety Technology, and Marketing and a general education concentration in Communication. She is currently pursing her Master of Science Degree in Professional Studies, with concentrations workplace learning and instruction and digital media and communications.
In 1993, Jody was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the NYS Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association. With that election, She was also the first woman to hold a Board of Director position of any of the fire service organizations in New York State. She has held every board seat in the organization and held the office of President twice.
As President, Jody was actively involved in the process when NYS was moving to a model code. This provided an opportunity to get involved in codes on a national level. She was elected to the Board of Directors of a legacy organization IFCI (International Fire Code Institute) and served as the editor of the newsletter until the organization was absorbed into the International Codes Council. She continues to be active with the ICC serving as Vice Chair of the Reference Standards Committee.
When Jody first joined RIT, there was very little fire safety information for college students. Most educational material was geared toward specific populations such as children and elderly. Unfortunately, it took several tragedies nationally to change that landscape. Organizations such as the Center for Campus Fire Safety and colleagues in the fire safety role on University campuses have made a significant impact to ensure students are fire safe. This was no easy undertaking. There have been many roadblocks along the way. Convincing University leadership that these measures are necessary was and still is probably the biggest challenge.
One of Jody's most significant accomplishments at RIT was convincing leadership that fire sprinklers were a necessary component of a proposed residence hall renovation project. The proposed renovations were large, but not large enough that the codes would require installation. As a result of her recommendations and those of her predecessors, every residence hall on campus now contains fire sprinklers. RIT has also retrofitted one of our older apartment complexes with fire sprinklers. All new construction also includes fire sprinklers, in some cases regardless of whether code requires it.
Jeff Pendley is a Fire Captain for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He serves as a technical expert in fire safety matters and provides training and education to students and staff. Jeff serves as a liaison to the Fire Prevention and Operations Bureau of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He is responsible for the university’s compliance with the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know regulations, required by the U.S. Department of Education.
Since 2007, Jeff has concentrated on the university’s effort to be more self-sufficient following a large earthquake. The university anticipates that municipal resources and the mutual-aid system will be severely challenged—and in some cases overwhelmed. This effort included the acquisition of a fire truck, training a university fire brigade, and creating and supporting Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
Prior to joining USC in April 2006, Jeff was a Firefighter with the Sarasota County Fire Department in Sarasota, Florida. In 1995, he received an M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. Jeff is a National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Certified Fire Protection Specialist.
Rodger has been employed with Johnson Controls for over 31 years. Rodger started his career as a Technical Representative and has held several positions within SimplexGrinnell. Positions include Sales, Field Sales Engineer and Sales Manager. Rodger’s current position is that of Director, Industry Relations. As Director of Industry Relations. Rodger represents Johnson Controls worldwide and is able to devote his time to representing Johnson Controls on various codes and standards committees as well as serving on various association and organization boards and committees. Rodger currently serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, AFAA. Rodger serves as Vice-Chair of the NEMA Signaling Section, 3SB. Rodger serves on the A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.
Rodger also serves as chair of the Standards Committee for NEMA. Rodger also served as Chair for the creation of the NEMA document, “COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS FOR LIFE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS”.
Rodger has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Evangelical Theological Seminary, holds certifications from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications, and from Eastern Technical holds a certification in Electronics Technology and Microprocessor Design. Rodger holds NICET certification in both Fire Alarm and Special Hazard Layout. NICET level IV Fire Alarm Systems Certification and NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification.
Rodger serves on many NFPA committees including;
■ NFPA 72 - Correlating Committee, CC
■ NFPA 72 - Emergency Communications Systems – Chapter 24
■ NFPA 76 – Telecommunications
■ NFPA 75 – Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment
■ NFPA 3 – Commissioning for Fire Protective Systems
■ NFPA 4 – Integrated Testing of Fire Protective Systems
■ NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code Correlating Committee
■ NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code Fundamentals
■ NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment
■ NFPA 5000 – Building Construction and Safety Code Correlating Committee
■ NFPA 5000 – Building Construction and Safety Code Fundamentals
■ NFPA 5000 – Building Construction and Safety Code Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment
■ NFPA 909 – Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship
■ NFPA 914 – Code for Fire Protection of Historic Structures
■ NFPA 720 – Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide Detection and Warning Equipment
■ NFPA 99 – Fire Protection for Health Care occupancies
■ NFPA 550 – Guide to the Fire Safety Concepts Tree
■ NFPA 551 – Fire Risk Assessment Methods
■ NFPA 70 – NEC, National Electrical Code
■ NFPA 1600 – Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs
Additionally Rodger serves as a member of ASME, (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and serves on the A17.1 Elevator and Escalator Safety Code, Emergency Operations Committee. Rodger is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Congressional Fire Services Institute in Washington, DC. He serves on UL, (Underwriters Laboratories) STP 2572 Control and Communication Units for Mass Notification Systems and serves
on ULC, (Underwriters Laboratories of Canada) S575 Commissioning Fire Protective Systems. Rodger also serves on NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation’s technical advisory council.
Rodger also serves on ISO TC21 for Fire Alarm and IEC TC 79 Security.
Richard Roberts is Industry Affairs Manager at Honeywell Security and Fire with over 30 years in the fire alarm and carbon monoxide market. His experience spans the installation, sales, and product development of products and systems. Currently, Mr. Roberts is a member of ten NFPA Technical Committees, two Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Technical Panel (STPs) and participates in numerous International Code Council (ICC) Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC) Working Groups. He serves on the Codes, Standards & Technical Research Committee for the Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS), the Board of Directors for the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Building Codes Committee.
Richard has contributed numerous articles and conducted several webinar for Center members.
Alan Sactor is an Assistant Director with the University of Maryland Department of Environmental Safety and the University Fire Marshal. He is appointed as the Assistant State Fire Marshal for the University of Maryland with jurisdiction for fire prevention, fire investigations, and building construction. His responsibilities also include emergency management.
He has over 35 years of experience in fire protection and the fire service including working as a firefighter/paramedic in the Washington D.C. area. Alan is a member of the technical committees for NFPA 1037, Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal and NFPA 3&4, Commissioning and Integrated Testing of Fire and Life Safety Systems. He also serves on the APPA Standards and Codes Council.
He was a participant and presenter at the first USFA/NFPA Forum on Campus Fire Safety and the first National Summit on Campus Fire Safety. Alan is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management. He has been with the University of Maryland since 1985.
Tony is the Fire Marshal for the City of Berkeley Fire Department. Besides having the fire prevention and investigation responsibilities for the city, he focuses on improving the fire and life safety of the “Off-campus housing”, i.e., fraternities, sororities, mini-dorms, room houses and apartments occupied by students.
Prior to being the city’s fire marshal, Tony spent 13 years as the Campus Fire Marshal for the University of California Berkeley who oversaw all aspects of fire protection and life safety for more than 14 million square feet of facilities that include dormitories, classrooms, offices, laboratories, performing arts, and sports venues for a population of over 32,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff members.
Tony has a strong technical background with 35 years of diversified experiences in consulting, engineering, construction, hazardous materials, code development, and code enforcement. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with course work in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of California - Berkeley and he is a licensed fire protection engineer and a licensed mechanical engineer in the state of California. His memberships include the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Code Council. Throughout his career, Tony has served on various NFPA technical committees and he also served on a code advisory committee to the California State Fire Marshal’s office for the rewriting of the Group “L” occupancy for laboratory suites.
Since becoming a Director of the CCFS Board, Tony works diligently to further enhance the success of the organization by promoting fire safety for student residences and developing and compiling resources to educate the campus community about fire safety.
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