Membership & Chapter Relations Committee

Committee Chair: Craig Vesely
Committee Vice-Chair: TBD (seeking a Vice-Chair)
Staff Liaison: Kevin Mlutkowski

The Standing Committee on Membership and Chapters (CMC) is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and inclusion of members, recognizing member achievements, and awareness of services for allied professionals (code enforcement community), students, and special interest groups. Committee members receive recommendations from 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 the Society, and identifying opportunities to help chapters disseminate SFPE news and information 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 for additional terms. Requests are reviewed by the Chair and the staff liaison, and decisions are made by the Board of Directors on a rolling basis. To join a standing committee or subcommittee, you must be logged in to your member profile. Click here and navigate to "Committee Request" under "Forms." 

Subcommittees

Awards

Subcommittee Chair: Craig Vesely
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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

Chapter Relations

Subcommittee Chair: William Clay
Staff Liaison: Eva Przygodzki

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) 

Subcommittee Chair: Jonathan Bernal
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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 members and the community we serve. 

Emerging Professionals

Subcommittee Chair: Brian O'Connor
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

The Emerging Professionals Subcommittee helps members early in their fire protection engineering careers to engage with their peers and provide content and materials needed during the early stages of their careers.

Fire Service

Subcommittee Chair: Brad Cronin
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Frank Ellis
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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.

Membership Growth and Engagement

Subcommittee Chair: Steven Barrett
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Mary Jorgensen
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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.

Qualifications

Subcommittee Chair: Sarge Slicer
Subcommittee Vice-Chair: Deborah Freeland
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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.

Student Outreach

Subcommittee Chair: Matthew Daelhousen 
Staff Liaison: Ben Fogel

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.