Membership and Chapter Relations Standing Committee

Committee Chair: Bill Koffel
Committee Vice-Chair: Jared Thibodaux
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

The Standing Committee on Membership and Chapters (CMC) is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and inclusion of members as well as recognizing member achievements, as well as awareness of services for allied professionals (code enforcement community), students, and special interest groups. Committee members receive recommendations of fire protection engineers or related professionals to consider recognition for their stature or significant, noteworthy accomplishments. In addition, the Committee fosters communication among chapters, HQ, and the Board of Directors. The Committee is also responsible for helping in the formation of new chapters, creating stronger ties between the chapter and SFPE, and identifying opportunities for the chapters to help in disseminating SFPE news and information that is relevant to their constituencies.

Committee members are appointed by the SFPE Board of Directors for a three-year term. Members can request to be appointed to a second three-year term. Requests are reviewed by the Chair, and the staff liaison and decisions are made by the Board of Directors.



The Awards Subcommittee reviews the nominations and makes the selection of awards for final approval by the SFPE Board of Directors.

Subcommittee Chair: Craig Vesely
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

Chapter Relations

The Chapter Relations Subcommittee looks at ways to strengthen and better align the Society’s mission with the work of the chapters.

Subcommittee Chair: William Clay
Staff Liaison: Eva Przygodzki

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) 

The DE&I Subcommittee creates and ensures that our Society is a diverse and inclusive one, including reviewing our policies, procedures, programs, events, and services to ensure that we create and provide a welcoming and professional environment for all our membership and the community we serve. 

Subcommittee Chair: Lee Mullin
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

Fire Service

The Fire Service Subcommittee advances cooperation and communication between the fire service and the fire protection engineering profession. They focus on sharing research, emerging trends, hot topics, and engineering information with the fire service.

Subcommittee Chair: Brad Cronin
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Frank Ellis
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

Membership Growth and Engagement

The Membership Growth and Engagement Subcommittee looks at ways to recruit new members through campaigns and marketing and reviews member services to ensure the Society has a strong value proposition to ensure retention of members.

Subcommittee Chair: Sean S. Donohue
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Mary Jorgensen
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon


The Qualifications Subcommittee evaluates applications for Professional Member and nominations for the grade of Fellow and makes selections for final approval by the SFPE Board of Directors.

Subcommittee Chair: Sarge Slicer
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Deborah Freeland
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

Student Outreach

The Student Outreach Subcommittee develops materials that can be used to help students learn about fire protection engineering, including participation in the annual Future City Competition and the bi-annual Engineering and Science Festival. 

Subcommittee Chair: Matthew Daelhousen 
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Greg Jakubowski
Staff Liaison: Julie Gordon

Want to Join a Committee?

First, log in to your member profile. Click here and navigate to "Committee Request" under "Forms." The Board of Directors will review applications and make appointments on a rolling basis.

On January 9, 2019, the SFPE Committee Operations Manual was adopted.