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Community Outreach and Advocacy Standing Committee

Scope of Work

The Committee on Community Outreach and Advocacy (COA) is responsible for advancing the recognition of the profession; increasing the public’s awareness of the profession and the services provided; and guiding the Society and its chapters in reaching out to the public, to allied professionals, to industry members, and to the code enforcement community for the purpose of increasing the stature of fire protection engineering and fire safety engineering. This Committee also recommends and monitors positions taken by the Society on emerging technical, legislative, and regulatory issues as well as provide support for marketing and public relation’s initiatives implemented by, and on behalf of, the Society.

Committee Members

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. End of term is denoted in parentheses below.

Committee Chair: John Barrot
Staff Liaison: Victoria B. Valentine

Kathleen Almand (2021)
Anthony Apfelbeck (2020)
Brian Ashe (2020)
Babak Bahrani (2020)
Bruce Campbell (2021)
Brian Cohen (2020)
Anthony Cole (2021)
Daniel Colombini (2020) 
Brad Cronin (2019)
Matthew Daelhousen (2019)
Gary Dominguez (2019)
Mark Dubbin (2020)
Derek Duval (2021)
Rocky Edwards (2021)
R Keith Fairfax (2021)
Ralph Foster (2021)
Douglas Frey (2021)
Glen Hamilton (2020)
Michael Hennegan (2021)
Mark Hopkins (2019)
Gavin Horn (2021)
Bryan Hoskins (2020)
Diana Hugue (2021)
David Jacoby (2021)
Gregory Jakubowski (2021)
Bill Johns (2020)
Lucas Kirn (2021)
Stephen Mackenzie (2021)
Shay Massey (2019)
Andrew Milliken (2021)
Luis Molinelli (2021)
Thomas Platt (2021)
Joseph Rashleigh (2020)
Peter Reddin (2019)
Robert Richter (2020)
Ryan Rigsbee (2019)
Jeffrey Rosen (2020)
Lance Rutimann (2020) 
Maria Theodori (2019)
Jared Thibodaux (2021)
Brian Thompson (2020)
Steven Venditti (2021)
Leslie Villanueva (2021)
Gennaro Vuoso (2021)
Brandon Wilkerson (2021)
David Young (2021)


Fire Service

Scope of Work

This subcommittee is a diverse group of SFPE members that all have an interest in the advancing cooperation and communication between the fire service and the fire protection engineering profession. Working with research, emerging trends, and hot topics, where applicable, engineering information is transferred to the fire service.

Committee Members

Subcommittee Chair: Thomas Platt
Staff Liasion: Victoria B. Valentine
  • Mat Chibbaro
  • Anthony Cole
  • Brad Cronin
  • Gary Dominguez
  • R Keith Fairfax
  • Daniel Finnegan
  • Douglas Frey
  • Gavin Horn
  • David Jacoby
  • Gregory Jakubowski
  • Andrew Milliken
  • Edward Prendergast
  • Steven Venditti

Student Outreach

Scope of work

This subcommittee helps developing materials that can be used to help students learn about fire protection engineering. Volunteer members work with student outreach programs such as the annual Future City Competition and bi-annual Engineering and Science Festival. Materials and resources are gathered to disseminate to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students.

Committee Members

Subcommittee Chair: Greg Jakubowski
Staff Liaison: Victoria B. Valentine
  • Kathleen Almand
  • Babak Bahrani
  • Brian Cohen
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Marcin Cisek
  • Anthony Cole
  • Matthew Daelhousen
  • Derek Duval
  • R Keith Fairfax
  • Tom Goss
  • Mike Hennegan
  • Bryan Hoskins
  • Diana Hugue
  • Shay Massey
  • Alex Miear
  • Andrew Milliken
  • Christine Pongratz
  • Katie Pothier
  • Robert Richter
  • Maria Theodori
  • Dave Young

Strategic Alliances

This task group helps coordinate agreements between the Society and industry organizations that have a common goal to share resources, or to undertake a specific, mutually beneficial common goal to further the missions of both entities.

Lead: Jared Thibodaux

  • Daniel Colombini
  • Rockwood Edwards
  • Luis Molinelli
  • Ryan Rigsbee
  • Maria Theodori

Public Policy

This task group helps developing efforts to improve relationships and policies impacting fire protection. Member volunteers collaborate with other organizations to improve public policies, such as with ICC and NFPA.

Lead: Brandon Wilkerson

  • Anthony Apfelbeck
  • Brian Ashe
  • John Barrot
  • Daniel Colombini
  • Matthew Daelhousen
  • Derek Duval
  • Mark Hopkins
  • Joseph Rashleigh
  • Jeffrey Rosen
  • Jared Thibodaux
  • Brian Thompson
  • Steven Venditti

To join a standing committee or subcommittee fill out and submit this volunteer application. The Board of Directors will review applications and make appointments on a rolling basis.

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