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 Daniel Bak John Barrot Lowell Black Bruce Campbell
Mat Chibbaro Marcin Cisek  Ed Claridge  Anthony Cole  Brad Cronin
Matthew Daelhousen Nimish Deo Nimish Deo  Nimish Deo  Gary Dominguez
Derek Duval Rockwood Edwards R Keith Fairfax  R Keith Fairfax Dan Finnegan 
Brian Foster  Douglas Frey Thomas Gardner Thomas Goss Louis Guerrazzi 
Mike Hennegan Mark Hopkinsi  Mike Hennegan  Mark Hopkins Gavin Horn
Bryan Hoskins Diana Hugue David Jacoby Gregory Jakubowski  Lucas Kirn
Isaac Leventon Stephen Mackenzie Shay Massey  Shay Massey Alex Miear
Andrew Milliken Luis Molinelli Nick Moriarty Edward Orazine Thomas Platt
Katie Pothier Edward Prendergast Peter Reddin Ryan Rigsbee Christian Stievenart 
Maria Theodori Jared Thibodaux Andrew Thul Steven Venditti Gennaro Vuoso
Brandon Wilkerson David Young      


Task Groups

Interdisciplinary Advocacy

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

Public Policy Task Group

Brandon Wilkerson, Lead

John Barrot Matthew Daelhousen Derek Duval Mark Hopkins  Jared Thibodaux 
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 Bruce Campbell Marcin Cisek Anthony Cole Matthew Daelhousen
Derek Duval R Keith Fairfax Tom Goss Mike Hennegan Diana Hugue
Shay Massey Alex Miear Andrew Milliken Katie Pothier Maria Theodori
Dave Young


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