Rob currently serves as the International Code Council Vice President for Government Relations: National Fire Service Activities. He is responsible for strategic guidance to help local fire organizations adopt and enforce the most recent version of the model codes based on technical merit and build relationships among code enforcement entities.
In 2015, Rob retired as Deputy Superintendent for the United States Fire Administration National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. He led the development of curriculum aimed at improving the professionalism of America’s fire service.
Prior to that, Rob for six years managed the National Fire Academy’s Technical Fire Prevention curriculum; including fire inspection techniques, prescriptive and performance-based fire and building code interpretation and application, fire protection systems function, design, installation and standards, and plan review for fire inspection personnel.
In 2012, he received the FEMA Administrator’s Award for Innovation in training for his development of the popular Coffee Break Training series. Rob represented the United States Fire Administration in an analysis of the Fire Department of New York’s “Comprehensive Building Inspection and Data Analysis System” in 2009, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency World Trade Center Building Performance Assessment Team in 2001. In 2004, he was awarded the International Society for Performance Improvement award for the National Fire Academy class “Evaluating Performance-Based Designs”.
He has more than 30 years of experience in Washington state municipal fire protection as a fire chief, fire marshal and fire fighter. He served as charter member of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee No. 1037 for "Professional Qualifications for Fire Marshal," and represents the International Code Council on the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council. He is on the Vision 20/20 Steering Committee.
Rob has been published regularly in national fire protection trade journals, and for many years has been content developer and platform instructor on codes, standards and fire protection systems to national, regional and local audiences.
Dr. Cairns is the Director North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, John Stackhouse Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. As a Lt. Commander with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Cairns was on duty and a principle responder to the KAL flight that crashed in 1997 in Guam. Dr. Cairns was instrumental in developing the level of preparedness at the Naval Hospital there which received and managed dozens of critical patients in the morning following the crash of the 747. Dr. Cairns has served North Carolina as a Burn Trauma Surgeon at the state's Burn Center at UNC. In 2006, Dr. Cairns was named as the Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and is nationally known as a leader in Burn Trauma Care.
David Guynn is the University Fire Marshal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fire Marshal Guynn joined the fire service in 2004, and has served as a career and volunteer firefighter in several departments. As the University Fire Marshal, he is responsible for fire safety at the Chapel Hill campus, and leads the on-campus hazardous materials response team. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and a Certified Emergency Manager, and has a variety of fire service certifications. David holds a Master of Science degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree from Roanoke College.
Amy Daley is Staff Vice President, Education, Healthcare & Affinity Groups Global Practice Leader at FM Global and is located in the company’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island. Daley provides leadership to enable FM Global’s worldwide growth and client retention in the health care, education and other affinity industries. With more than 25 years of insurance industry experience, Daley previously served as an account manager in FM Global’s Boston operations.
Lee Cowan is Operations Vice President, Group Manager Field Engineering, with over 27 years of experience with FM Global. The Group Manager Field Engineering protects the assets of our clients and FM Global by assuring that their team members properly evaluate and assess the nature and magnitude of loss potentials. He is responsible for leading a team of 9 Loss Prevention Engineers to provide high quality, state-of-art loss prevention services to clients within in the state of North Carolina.
Tobi Olufolabi is a Senior Consultant Engineer who has been with FM Global for over 4 years. Tobi grew up here in Chapel Hill and now lives in Raleigh. Before joining FM Global, Tobi studied Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. In addition to providing loss prevention solutions for our local clients, Tobi is on the Natural Catastrophe Response team and is involved with the training of new FM Global engineers for the Atlanta operations.
Devonte’ Godfrey is a Consultant Engineer for the Atlanta operations of FM Global and resides in Raleigh, NC. Godfrey provides property loss prevention solutions to industrial clients in the eastern NC area. Prior to joining FM Global in 2015, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Elizabeth earned a degree in Occupational Therapy from Lasell College. She quickly transitioned into the field of marketing and advertising before launching Ad Excellence, Inc., a full service advertising firm in 2003. As President of Ad Excellence she grew her team to include public relations, creative, programming, and media buying which supported over 100 clients, including Commercial Wireless Systems International (CWSI). Elizabeth and her team worked to establish and launch the CWSI Wireless Fire Alarm brand. Upon selling the firm in 2007, Elizabeth joined CWSI as Director of Marketing. She held various positions with CWSI, including Director of Sales, before the Tyco FPP acquisition in 2014. Elizabeth went on to a Business Development Role with Tyco FPP prior to the Johnson Controls/Tyco merger in 2017. Elizabeth currently serves the JCI Global Detection team as Business Development Manager for the Americas.
Emily Powell has the unique advantage of having seen the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill from three sides: once as the care-free student, once as the responder to campus, and now responsible for Fire Safety on campus. As Fire Safety Professional located in the Dept of Environmental, Health, and Safety, her duties include campus education, building inspections, code compliance and customer service, new program design, and she works with the Chapel Hill Fire Department to aid their effectiveness in responding to campus.
Mr. Orazine is a Consulting Engineer at EPM, Inc. He holds a
Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering and has over twenty (20) years
of fire protection engineering and consulting experience in various aspects of
fire protection including life safety codes and systems for industrial
facilities including power plants, casinos, large assembly, and mixed use
projects. He has worked on fire, smoke, and alarm system design and code
consulting for a variety of projects. Prior to his work in consulting, Mr.
Orazine worked in Quality Assurance for a manufacturing facility of advanced
fire alarm devices and in the application of special hazard systems for a major
manufacturer of special suppression systems (halon/CO2/FM200/FE/Wet & Dry
Chemical). Mr. Orazine also has worked for a special hazard fire protection
contracting firm installing Inergen and FM-200 systems as well as designing and
installing incipient detection and preaction control systems. Mr. Orazine has
been the engineer of record for the design of multiple fire protection systems
(fire alarm, special hazard, halon, sprinkler, foam suppression) for various
hazards and has provided construction administration services from bid through
construction and approval. Projects also
include extensive review and system commissioning and testing for a natural gas
power plant, hydraulic modeling for nuclear plan fire loop, fire hazard
analysis, fire pump performance analysis, fire protection design for
transformer protection, and code reviews.
Dan Jones recently retired after a 41 year fire department career in Florida and North Carolina. He served as Fire Chief for Chapel Hill and UNC for 25 years including during the Phi Gamma Delta fire. He successfully lobbied a sprinkler authorization bill to passage in NC following the fraternity house tragedy. He has served as President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and several national and state emergency service committees and task forces. He now teaches leadership to developing chief fire officers around the country and is a regular speaker at fire conferences. He serves with Bonnie on the Board of Directors of Common Voices.
Bonnie Woodruff lives in Raleigh, NC and is a graduate of UNC-CH with a BS in nursing. Her background includes working as a nurse in a burn unit and teaching fire safety to nursing students while on the faculty at University of Virginia School of Nursing.
After her son, Ben, died in a fraternity fire at the University of North Carolina in 1996, Bonnie became an advocate for fire sprinklers. She used her grief to find the courage to help Chief Jones get fire sprinkler legislation approved for Chapel Hill. She has been engaged with the Fire Marshall training program for Greek organizations at UNC-CH and has served on the NC Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition board. She was a founding member of Common Voices in 2007, and along with other Common Voice advocates, lobbied the US Congress during multiple attempts to pass the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. Currently she is Vice Chairman of the Common Voices Board of Directors.
Timothy Patrick O’Dowd is a Fire Program Specialist at the Department of Homeland Security’s United States Fire Administration (USFA) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
He directs the USFA’s Campus Fire Safety initiative including the development of prevention resources, Public Service Announcements and the maintenance of the Campus Fire Safety webpage – www.usfa.fema.gov/college
O’Dowd worked with the National Fire Academy on the development of the Campus Fire Safety curriculum.
O'Dowd researched and developed the landmark U.S. Fire Administration publication titled Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015) and continues to monitor campus fire fatalities.
In addition to his campus fire responsibilities, he manages Arson Awareness Week - a national public education campaign to focus attention on the horrific crime of arson. O’Dowd directs the Novelty & Toylike Lighter program and developed the Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist Curriculum at the National Fire Academy. Other responsibilities include the Abandoned Building Arson Mitigation Project and the USFA liaison with the National Volunteer Fire Council and Fire Corps.
He managed the President’s National Arson Prevention Initiative and was the FEMA representative on the National Church Arson Task Force along with the ATF, FBI, HUD and DOJ during the Clinton Administration.
Tim is a professional sports and nature photographer. His photos have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World, Track & Field News and Irish Runner magazine.
Prior to his work at the USFA, he was a Technological Hazards Program Specialist at the FEMA Region IV office in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a certified Hazardous Materials Technician. He was site manager for Chemical Weapons Stockpile Program at the Lexington Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky and in the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program. He began his Federal career as an Inter-Agency hire with the US Environmental Protection Agency working on the Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act – SARA Title III.
Dr. William Hicks is an associate professor and one of the program coordinator for Eastern Kentucky University’s Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Program. He has over 20 years of fire and emergency management service experience and continues to be active. Dr. Hicks retired as Chief of the White Hall Fire Department in December 2015. Dr. Hicks is active as a consultant in the fields of Fire Protection, Occupational Safety, and Fire and Explosion Incident Analysis.
Jim Tidwell is a Code Consultant with a long history in fire prevention. His company is Tidwell Code Consulting, and he primarily works to develop and promote changes to the ICC and NFPA codes and standards consistent with public safety and his clients’ needs.
Prior to opening his own consulting shop, Tidwell served in several positions with the International Code Council, including Deputy Senior Vice President of Government Relations where he was responsible for a team of state and local Government Relations Managers who assisted jurisdictions with adoptions, code training, etc.
He began his career with ICC by forming “Team Fire”, a group of former fire service leaders now working with ICC to generate partnerships and enhance communications with the fire service about regulatory issues of interest to public and firefighter safety.
Jim left the Fort Worth, Texas Fire Department after a 30 year career there. He served the last seven years as the Executive Deputy Chief, and served as the interim fire chief when Larry McMillen retired after his 22 year stint as chief of the department. During his tenure at Fort Worth, Jim provided leadership in many areas, including fire prevention, communications, and technology.
Jim has been active in the regulatory arena for many years, helping draft the International Fire and Building Codes, serving on the Board of Directors the International Code Council and several fire prevention organizations; working on public and firefighter safety issues in the federal, state, and local legislative arenas.
Jim continues to be active in a number of fire service organizations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute. His long and distinguished career has been focused on creating a safe environment for both the public and for firefighters through fire prevention, enhanced communication, and technological advances across a wide spectrum of fire service needs.
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.
Lisa Korklan is the Vice President of Marketing at Keltron Corporation, provider of life safety event management systems that enable optimal incident response at colleges and universities. Ms. Korklan’s career includes a wide variety of marketing experience in the software, media, and retail industries where she directed branding, public relations, media and advertising to bring compelling messages to organizational, business and consumer markets. Prior to her 15 years at Keltron, she directed marketing efforts at Courion Corporation and Akamai Technologies. Ms. Korklan holds a BS degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Larry Labbe is the Chief Fire Marshal, Georgia Institute of Technology.
He has served the fire service since 1996, and been responsible for higher education since 2010. Additional credentials include: Executive Fire Officer, BSBA – Southern Polytechnics State University, Fire Science Diploma – Lanier College.
Larry is a member of: ICC, NFPA, Center for Campus Fire Safety, GA Fire Sprinkler Association, Board of Director for the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Insurance Commissioner of Georgia, The Code Committee for the Center for Campus Fire Safety. He is a State Deputized Fire Marshal and serves on Course development committees for the Georgia Fire Academy, Fire Plans Reviewer and Life Safety Code 2017 Code Official of The Year.
Larry is also Cubmaster for Pack 770, Center fielder for McGlovin Competative co-ed softball team He manages a comprehensive risk reduction program for the Institute Statewide and abroad.
The Fire Safety Office at Georgia tech is a fully functional Fire Marshal’s office providing education programs, plan review, inspections and fire investigation.
Hans Silberschlag, is the Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal for Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department (Tempe, Arizona). He serves on several Phoenix regional committees relating to large special events, including the 2014 Super Bowl and Pro Bowls. Hans has experience at special events at the operational/responder level, command level, and currently the planning and oversight level, where he reviews risk management and life safety issues for special events in his jurisdiction. Hans is also a faculty member for Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona) where he teaches in the Fire Officer Leadership and Emergency Management programs, and has conducted and authored research on terrorism vulnerability and special events safety.
Jerry Eisner, ENP has been involved in public safety communications for over twenty-five years. His experience in many fields including: two-way radio systems, computer aided dispatch and records management systems, facility design and construction management, E9-1-1 customer premise equipment, E9-1-1 infrastructure, E9-1-1 database management, and Next Generation 9-1-1 has lead him to be a recognized industry subject management expert. He has had leadership roles in small projects and the largest projects in the industry. He joined RedSky Technologies in 2011 to lead the company’s efforts in the Next Generation 9-1-1 and public safety arena as Group Director – Public Safety where he represents RedSky on NENA, NFPA, and the CTIA Location Accuracy Standards Working Group matters.
Jerry is a twenty plus year member of NENA including working on many technical committees, publications and speaking at National conferences for the organization over the years. He obtained his ENP certification in 2001 and continues to maintain this accreditation. He is a past member of the Board of Directors at the NG9-1-1 Institute and currently serves on the NFPA 1221 technical Committee and the CTIA Location Accuracy Standards Working Group. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to the National 911 Program office on topics ranging from The Future of Funding 9-1-1 to Minimum Telecommunicator Training Requirements. He holds five patents in 9-1-1 related technologies.
Positions (present and past)
· Group Director – Public Safety, RedSky Technologies
· Director of Communications Technologies, Winbourne & Costas
· Senior Deployment Project Manager, Verizon – New York City System Replacement
· Senior Project Manager, PlantCML
· Senior Product Manager, Intrado - DBMS/ALISA
· Senior Product Manager, Lucent Public Safety Systems – DBMS/ALISA
Jerry has spoken on issues including: How to build an E9-1-1 system, PSAP design, MLTS, and PSAP Overload. Locations have included NENA Annual Conferences, AYAYA International User Group Conferences, iCERT workshops, and at the Society of Telecommunication Consultants conference. In addition to these examples, Jerry has delivered educational sessions of various aspects of public safety communications to System Integrators and numerous Federal Agencies.
Jon has had a long and detailed history
within the fire, building, and life safety arena that covers over 25 years. He has a unique perspective pertaining
to safety in the built environment, having served at both the state and local levels
in different areas throughout
the United States as a firefighter, fire inspector,
fire investigator, fire protection engineer, and division chief over the building
Jon holds a Bachelors degree in
Fire Protection Engineering and Safety Technology from Oklahoma State
University and currently serves as a member of numerous state and national fire
and building organizations, which include the International Code Council, the
National Fire Protection Association, and the Society of Fire Protection
Engineers. Jon also holds many national
professional certifications including Certified Building Official and Certified
Wendy Lowe is a Fire Safety Instructor with the Delaware State Fire School since 1998. She has a passion for education and works with DSFS Emergency Medical Services and Public Fire Safety Divisions.
She is a teaching assistant at Salisbury Christian School, in Salisbury, MD. Where she works daily with 5th graders as well as the athletic department.
Since 2012 when she attended the Campus Fire Safety Forum in San Antonio, she has had a drive to educate students on the topic of Campus Fire Safety. While educating College Students is important we have widened the focus to High School Students and their families who will be attending college.
Todd M. Iaeger
Todd joined UL’s Commercial and Industrial - Life Safety and Security Division as an AHJ Outreach Specialist/Alarm System Auditor within Fire Alarm Certificate Services in 2016 after working 26 years in public safety as a police officer, firefighter and fire marshal in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Todd provides educational outreach and technical training to the AHJ community throughout the United States as well as completing fire alarm system audits. He is based in Pennsylvania assigned to the UL Facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Todd is a certified fire and building inspector, fire and building plans examiner and fire investigator. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD and has presented training courses and contributed to publications related to fire and building code enforcement, code enforcement technology, fire investigation, expert witness testimony and fire investigations involving fire protection systems. Todd is an Alternate to the NFPA 1037: Standard on Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications representing the IAFC.
Dr. Matt, as he was known,
previously worked for Atlanta Fire Rescue Department as a Senior Management
Analyst and at Anna Maria College as an Assistant Professor and interim Fire
Science Program Director. His Ph.D. research at the University of Kent
(England) focused upon occupational culture and specifically the much lauded
and lambasted concept of firefighter culture. He has researched and written
extensively upon the concept of behavioral economics in public safety and the
unfortunate topic of firefighters arrested for setting fires. His work has
appeared in several national and international publications and has been
presented at major conferences across the US and Britain.
Dr. Matt also previously served on
the Board of Directors of Fire 20/20 a national non-profit working to increase
diversity and inclusion within the fire service. In particular he has been
active in promoting High School to College “Pathways” programs in under-served
and highly-diverse communities, as a way to expose young people to career and
educational opportunities they might not have considered.