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 Co-Chairs: John Barrot and Ralph K. Foster, III 
Staff Liaison: Victoria B. Valentine

Kathleen Almand Anthony Apfelbeck Brian Ashe Daniel Bak  John Barrot
 Lowell Black  Bruce Campbell Mat Chibbaro Marcin Cisek   Ed Claridge 
 Anthony Cole Daniel Colombini Brian Cohen Brad Cronin Matthew Daelhousen
Nimish Deo
Gary Dominguez Derek Duval Rocky Edwards Netty Espinoza
R Keith Fairfax
Dan Finnegan 
Brian Foster  Douglas Frey
Thomas Gardner
Thomas Goss Glenn Hamilton Mike Hennegan Mark Hopkinsi Bryan Hoskins
Gavin Horn Diana Hugue David Jacoby Gregory Jakubowski
Bill Johns
 Lucas Kirn
Isaac Leventon
Stephen Mackenzie Shay Massey Alex Miear
Andrew Milliken Luis Molinelli Nick Moriarty  Edward Orazine Thomas Platt
Katie Pothier Christine Pongratz Edward Prendergast Joseph Rashleigh Peter Reddin
Robert Richter Ryan Rigsbee Jeffrey Rosen Lance Rutimann Christian Stievenart 
Maria Theodori Jared Thibodaux Brian Thompson Andrew Thul
Steven Venditti
Gennaro Vuoso Brandon Wilkerson David Young   Babak Bahrani Louis Guerrazzi 


Task Groups

Interdisciplinary Advocacy

  • Daniel Bak, Lead
 Daniel Colombini Rockwood Edwards  Luis Molinelli  Nick Moriarty  Katie Pothier 
Maria Theodori   

Public Policy Task Group

Brandon Wilkerson, Lead

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

Residential Fire and Life Safety Task Group

TBD, Lead

Lowell Black Marcin Cisek Nimish Deo Mike Hennegan
Dave Young 


Fire Service

Thomas Platt, Subcommittee Chair
Louis Guerrazzi, Staff Liaison

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee is made up of 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, trends, and hot topics, where applicable, engineering information is transferred to the fire service.  In addition, fire service tactics and strategies are conveyed to the engineering community to improve fire protection scenarios.

Committee Members:

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

Greg Jakubowski,Subcommittee Chair
Louis Guerrazzi, Staff Liaison

Committee Members:

Kathleen Almand 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


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