Nicole Boston, CAE, has served as Chief Executive Officer of SFPE since October 2013. She is responsible for the Society’s wide-ranging and expanding technical and educational programs, strategic initiatives, finance, operations, and staff.
Boston has over 25 years of experience in the engineering industry, having previously served 11 years as deputy director of Fiatech, an industry-led consortium in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin focused on deploying new technologies to improve capital projects. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Building Futures Council as well as held senior management positions at the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (part of the American Society of Civil Engineers). More recently, she served as Chair of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) from 2020-2021 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Boston is a certified association executive (CAE) and received her bachelor's degree in international studies from American University’s School of International Service and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Chris Butts, PE, AET, SET, CFPS, ARM, is a licensed fire protection engineer with over 38 years of continuous and progressive experience in the fire protection industry both domestically and internationally. He is currently employed with Sompo International as Assistant Vice President and Senior Property Risk Specialist.
Butts served as Governor on the SFPE Foundation's Board of Governors (2016-2020) and is a contributing author on the SFPE Engineering Guide on Peer Review. He also served as Director on the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Board of Directors (2010-2014) and in succession currently serving on the CFPS Certification Advisory Group (CAG) for NFPA. Currently, Butts serves as Governor on the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Board of Governors (2021-2023) under the auspices of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Butts also serves as a Principal Technical Committee (TC) Member on NFPA 1, 101, and 5000, and past TC Member on NFPA 22 and 170.
John Campbell, PE, PEng., CFPS, FIFireE, has specialized in the fire protection field, providing engineering and consulting services globally on projects in industrial, mercantile, government, and residential occupancies before, during, and after construction, considering factors such as fire resistance, occupancy, water supplies, and egress facilities. Apart from my other responsibilities, He also designs or recommends materials or equipment such as structural components protection, fire detection equipment, alarm systems, fire extinguishing devices, and systems, and advises on location, handling, installation, and maintenance. He performs fire protection and life safety consulting services related to fire and building codes, national fire protection standards, and related issues. He analyzes plans for conformance to standard practice, codes, and specifications for seal and signature, as well as supervises the design work of others.
Campbell's specialties include the warehousing and distribution industry, power generation facilities, large manufacturing facilities, health care, and nursing facilities, and retail occupancies. Other specialties include various service and institutional occupancies, including universities and computer environments. Specific protection schemes have involved water-based extinguishing systems (water spray, AFFF foam, deluge), water mist systems, clean agent extinguishing, CO2 extinguishing systems, detection, and control systems, and fire alarm.
He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), a Fellow in the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), and an active technical committee member on Water Tanks (NFPA 22), Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation (NFPA 18, NFPA 18A, NFPA 1150), and Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems (NFPA 770), and a prior member of Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (NFPA 30), and Aerosol Products (NFPA 30B) for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He also is an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) sitting on the Community Outreach and Advocacy Committee, holding the grade of Fellow in the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) sitting on the Fire Protection Subcommittee of Distribution Systems, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a non-voting member of the International Code Council (ICC).
John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). He is responsible for strengthening AFSA’s engineering and technical approaches to meeting member, industry, and operational priorities, with an emphasis on service, quality, and integrity. Denhardt is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the District of Columbia as well as the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He is a NICET Level III in Automatic Sprinkler System Layout and Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems and an NFPA Certified Water-Based Systems Professional (CWBSP). Denhardt is a member of the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Discharge Committee, a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a member of the Board of Trustees for NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation and sits on the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s Board of Visitors. A native of Maryland, Denhardt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Jimmy Jönsson (President-Elect), is a director with JVVA in Madrid and has worked on a wide range of fire/life safety projects internationally over the last 20 years. He has extensive experience in developing performance-based fire engineering design and analysis and has specific knowledge and experience regarding fire engineering, performance-based design, and risk management.
Jönsson has led fire engineering design and implementation across a varied range of international building and infrastructure projects like high and super high rise, commercial and residential complexes, airports, underground infrastructure, logistics centers, rail and road tunnels. Prior to leading JVVA, he worked for Arup Fire for more than 10 years in different offices (London, Dublin, and Madrid) becoming the team leader of Arup Fire in Madrid and the technical leader of Arup Fire in Europe. Jönsson graduated from Lund University in Sweden, where he earned two degrees; BSc Fire Protection Engineering and MSc Risk Management & Safety Engineering. After graduation, he worked at the department of fire safety engineering at Lund University evaluating fire and risk computer models.
Jönsson is on the Board of Directors for the SFPE Spain Chapter and is a member of SFPE Europe. He gives classes related to fire & risk (specifically aimed at performance-based design) at universities in Spain. He also gives tunnel fire safety courses in Spain, mainly focused on operational procedures and intervention tactics. These courses are mainly directed to fire brigade personnel.
Shaun Kelly, PEng, CEng, MIEI, is a senior fire protection engineer and principal at ARENCON, INC., a consulting engineering firm specializing in fire protection engineering based in Ontario, Canada. Kelly has 19 years of experience in consulting and brings international experience from Europe and Canada having joined ARENCON from Ireland in 2010 and working in consulting in Ireland for over seven years.
Kelly is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and in British Columbia and is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. He is a Professional Member of SFPE (PMSFPE), has been a member of SFPE since 2015, and is also a member of the SFPE Southern Ontario Chapter. Kelly has provided six years of service to SFPE including four years on the Continuing Professional Development Committee and two years on the Board of Directors. He has also served two years on the Finance & Audit Committee during his term on the Board.
Amanda Kimball, PE, FSFPE (Secretary/Treasurer), was interested in fire protection engineering during her junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she was an undergraduate in Civil Engineering, so she entered the five-year BS/MS program. Amanda graduated with my BS in Civil Engineering in 2003 and my MS in Fire Protection Engineering in 2004. Upon graduation, she started work for Arup as a Fire Specialist in the Boston office. She was responsible for fire engineering duties for fire protection projects in a variety of occupancies. In 2008, she was promoted to Senior Fire Engineer at Arup and became responsible for leading engineering duties and project management for a variety of fire protection projects. Her background experience includes fire protection engineering consulting with experience in building code life safety analyses, design of fire protection systems, fire and egress modeling of buildings and subway stations, and risk analysis. While at Arup, she aided with the development and validation of a new egress simulation tool.
In 2011, Kimball joined the Fire Protection Research Foundation (NFPA’s research affiliate) as a Research Project Manager, was promoted to Senior Project Manager, and now serves as Research Director. She is responsible for managing research activities, which include research planning, procuring research funding, and outreach. She manages projects and activities relating to the topics of fire alarm/detection, sprinkler, and other suppression, building life safety, and public education and human behavior. In addition, she manages the activities of the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG). The PIRG is a group of property insurers that identify research needs relevant to the insurance industry and provide financial support for research at the Foundation. Kimball also oversees the activities of the Foundation’s Research Advisory Council (RAC), which provides oversight of the research activities of the Foundation to ensure that they adhere to the Foundation policies.
Bob Libby, PE, FSFPE, joined Coffman Engineers in 2014, and currently serves as VP of Fire Protection Engineering. Prior to joining Coffman Engineers, he had over 30 years of experience in all aspects of fire protection engineering with a worldwide engineering company.
Libby has extensive project experience including many design projects from the schematic phase through occupancy. Tasks on these projects include code studies, development of fire and life safety master plans, exit analysis, drawings, and specifications review, submittal reviews, construction surveys, and fire systems testing prior to occupancy permit. He is experienced in the use and application of the NFPA Codes and Standards, as well as the international codes and the previous major model building codes, and served on several past committees for NFPA, as well as the international codes.
Libby has completed research, presented papers, and given speeches on fire protection systems design, building code trends, and instructed college classes on general fire protection concepts. He is an SFPE Fellow. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Coffman Engineers, as well as the Board of Visitors for the Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, where he is recognized as a distinguished alumnus and Member of the Salamander Honorary Fire Protection Society.
Elizabeth Pennacchio, PE, PMSFPE, is a Senior Fire Protection and Life Safety Project Consultant for Code Consultants Inc. (CCI). Pennacchio is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in the State of New York, and was on the SFPE NY Metropolitan Chapter Board of Directors from 2015 - 2021. Before joining CCI’s NYC office eight years ago, she earned her BS and MS at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Chemical Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering, respectively.
At CCI, Pennacchio has provided fire protection and life safety consultation on many complex projects throughout the United States for the public sector, high-rise office and residential, hospitality, cultural facilities (museums, libraries, and places of worship), mixed-use, retail, large assembly, and sports venue occupancies.
Pennacchio has a proactive approach to solving complex design issues based on her diverse background and experience with the code development process and also provides litigation support as a Building and Fire Code Expert Witness.
Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE (Immediate Past-President), is a principal and founder of Poole Fire Protection, Inc., a family-owned code consulting and fire protection engineering firm located in the Greater Kansas City area. In 2021, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Poole graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Fire Protection, licensed in 49 states, Washington, DC, and one territory. He is a member of the NFPA Standards Council, Chair of NFPA 72 SIG-PRO and NFPA 520, and serves on many other NFPA Technical Committees, including NFPA 99, Health Care Emergency Management, and Security (HEA-HES) and NFPA 3 & 4, Commissioning and Integrated Testing (CMI-AAA). Poole is also an SFPE Fellow and served as SFPE President in 2021. Poole serves as the Chair of the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Board of Visitors, is a member of the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors, serves on the AFAA Board of Directors, and is the past chair of the OSU FPST Industrial Advisory Board. Poole was appointed to and presently serves as a member of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions. He is also the proud Dad of two University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineers – Drew and Stephanie, who are part of the family-owned business, Poole Fire Protection.
Professor Albert Simeoni, Ph.D., is the Department Head of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He conducted his studies in France, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of Corsica (1994), a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aix-Marseille (1996), and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Corsica (2000).
He is an expert in wildland fire and fire science. He has experience in developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior and impact. Before joining WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire research in the UK (University of Edinburgh) and in France (University of Corsica). He has experience as a consultant in fire science in the US and has spent over 10 years volunteering as a firefighter in France, eventually becoming Fire Captain and chief of a small fire station.
Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE, holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering and a Minor Citation in French Language and Cultures from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware and was previously registered as a House of Expertise Engineer in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Her professional organization involvement includes SFPE Fellow, past Executive Committee Member of the SFPE Chesapeake Chapter, Founder and Past President of the SFPE UAE Chapter, and member of the SFPE Committee on Membership and Chapter Relations. She is a former member of the UAE Code Committee as well as an NFPA 101 international instructor.
Rashid-Sumar has over 18 years of experience in building and fire code consulting, fire dynamics, timed egress modeling, performance-based design, and fire alarm system witness testing. She has worked on a multitude of projects including government facilities, hospitals, medical centers, airport terminals, museums, high-rise buildings, hotels, malls, and other special use facilities. In addition, she has been active in the Middle East and India for the past 12 years as an industry expert, presenting and moderating at conferences and technical events throughout the region on technical topics including but not limited to façade risk assessments, fire alarm system fundamentals and nuisance alarms, recent updates to the UAE and Saudi Building Codes and delivery of code-compliant projects.
Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE (2022 President), has been with the ICC since 1995. During her time at ICC, she has been involved in a variety of different activities including code development and support. Participation in various committees, both on a national and international level, has also been an important activity for her. Within the ICC framework, Beth has had a staff role in many different activities over the years. In particular, she was the lead staff during the initial development of the ICC Performance Code. This led to extensive involvement on a national and international level on the issues of performance building regulations. In addition to her involvement with performance-based regulatory issues, she has been active with prescriptive building and fire code development and application my entire career. Tubbs has and will continue to assist jurisdictions in applying building and fire codes through code opinions, presentations and development of support products such as commentaries and handbooks. She is currently the secretariat to the International Existing Building Code, ICC Performance Code and the International Fire Code.
Michael Wojcik, PE, PMSFPE, is a Vice President for Jensen Hughes, Inc., and is based in the Phoenix, Arizona area. He serves clients throughout the Southwestern and Western United States of America and Asia. Wojcik earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, and his Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Wojcik is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Rocky Mountain Region. In this capacity, he directly supervises and is accountable for the Region’s financial performance, two sub-regions’ operations, staff morale, and the administration of Jensen Hughes policies and procedures. Under his direction, the Region has worked to reach staff utilization targets, client satisfaction, minimized turnover, and standardized operations. The Rocky Mountain Region focuses on business strategy, organization policy, and operational uniformity.
Wojcik is guided by one simple principle and core value: ‘Do the right thing.’ It’s what motivates him to assist people in solving problems in an economically feasible manner, promote Diversity, Equity + Inclusion in day-to-day operations, develop the talent of young graduate engineers and interns, encourage participation in professional organizations, and assist the greater community in understanding the subject of engineering. During his career, Wojcik has held leadership positions of both the SFPE New England Chapter and SFPE Arizona Chapter.