NFPA Standards Council members

As of January 1, 2015

Kerry M. Bell, Chair
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Northbrook, IL 

Kerry M. Bell, PE, is a Principal Engineer and Corporate Fellow at UL specializing in fire sprinkler and pump equipment. He is a member of ASTM International, Fellow member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and a Life member of NFPA.  He is currently a member of more than ten NFPA technical committees as well as committees involved in developing standards for the International Standards Organization.  Mr. Bell obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. He has been a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois since 1981.

Chad E. Beebe, AIA SASHE
American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association
Chad Beebe is a registered architect, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist, a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, and a Certified Building Official. He is currently Director of Codes and Standards for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. He serves on many national panels and committees that develop regulations for the design and construction of health care facilities. Mr. Beebe is a highly active member of the National Fire Protection Association and of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC), the multidisciplinary body responsible for updating the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. He is a member of the  HGRC Steering Committee and is a principal member of the Technical Correlating Committee for NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code. From 1999 to 2010, Mr. Beebe served as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the Washington State Department of Health and managed its Construction Review Services program, which is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of all health care-related facilities in the state, including board and care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. He was honored by receiving ASHE’s Regional Leader Award and became the first AHJ to receive a leadership award from the American Hospital Association.

Randall K. Bradley
Tracy Fire Department/South County Fire Authority, Tracy, CA 

Randall K. Bradley has been a member of the Fire Service for over 30 years and is Fire Chief of the Tracy Fire Department/South County Fire Authority in California.  He served for more than 20 years as a member of NFPA’s Forest and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee, serving as chair for 10 years.  He is a director of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Section, a Charter member of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Advisory Committee, and he was an instructor for NFPA Home Ignition Zone seminars.  Bradley completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Kenneth E. Bush
Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, Easton, MD
Kenneth E. Bush, FSFPE, has been employed as a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office following graduation from the Fire Protection Engineering Program at the University of Maryland in 1976.  He is responsible for review of construction and fire protection system plans, and the inspection of new and existing structures housing all occupancy types in seven Maryland Eastern Shore Counties.  In addition, he remains as an active participant in the review process to amend and adopt nationally written and recognized codes and standards for adoption as part of the State and local laws and regulations, and provides technical assistance to other fire officials, design and consulting professionals, building contractors, and the general public in all areas of fire and safety code requirements and fire protection related matters; and to investigative personnel in the investigation of fires involving personal injury, loss of life, or high dollar loss.  Throughout his 37-year career, Mr. Bush has held positions in many national and local professional organizations, including participation in the NFPA Life Safety Project since 1978, and membership on several other NFPA Technical Committees and Member Sections.  He also remains active in the local fire service, and serves as a Contract Instructor with the National Fire Academy and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

Patricia A. Gleason
Safety Equipment Institute, McLean, VA

Patricia Gleason is currently the President and COO of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), which operates certification programs for over 50 types of safety and protective products used by millions of workers in the fire & emergency services industry.  In this position, she serves on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as Chair of the ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, the ANSI Accreditation Committee, and is also an ANSI Appeals Board member.  Ms. Gleason also served on the ISO Working Group 29 that completed the revision of ISO Guide 65, the standard governing the accreditation of third-party certification organizations. She has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing & Equipment since 1998, and the Correlating Committee for Protective Clothing & Equipment since 1995.  She is a member of the American Society for Safety Engineers, and serves as an officer on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Homeland Security Executive Committee. Ms. Gleason serves as a member of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Special Technical Committees on CBRN Protective Clothing and Equipment for Law Enforcement; and Bomb Suits. Prior to her appointment at SEI in 1994, Ms. Gleason was director of communications with the International Safety Equipment Association and Safety Equipment Institute, where she worked with corporate personnel of safety and protective equipment manufacturers.  From 1984 to 1985 she worked with Keller & Heckman as director of government affairs, and from 1982 to 1984 as a liaison/paralegal with the Federal Communications Commission.  She received her MBA from Marymount University and her BS from Frostburg State University.

James E. Golinveaux
Consultant, Fire Suppression - Florida

James E. Golinveaux is a former senior fellow of Water Suppression Products for Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products. With 30 years of experience in the fire protection industry including both contracting and manufacturing, Mr. Golinveaux is currently a consultant to the fire protection industry. His current role applies his experience globally in the fire protection industry to develop advancements in water-based fire protection devices and systems. He currently holds 12 US Patent families in Automatic Sprinkler Technologies. He is a past member or the Board of Trustees for the Fire Protection Research Foundation, as well as multiple other Boards and Councils including the Factory Mutual Advisory, AFSA, NFSA, International Fire Sprinkler Association and the Fire Sprinkler Association of Brazil. Mr. Golinveaux is also a subject matter expert for past two editions of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and the NFPA 13 Handbook on Storage and Residential Sprinklers.  He has also served on the NFPA 13 Technical Committee.

Gary S. Keith
FM Global, Norwood, MA
Gary S. Keith is the Vice President-Engineering Standards at FM Global, overseeing the development of technical guidance to understand and mitigate the property hazards in client locations.  Prior to returning to FM Global in 2013, he worked 18 years for NFPA serving as Vice President-Field Operations and overseeing six divisions responsible for the outreach of NFPA's fire safety mission.  He has been a member of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a project dedicated to public education for residential fire sprinkler systems, since its inception and served as its president from 1996 to 2013.  Prior to NFPA, he worked 15 years for FM Global in various field engineering and management positions.  Mr. Keith also served his home town community for 20 years as a call firefighter and fire protection engineer with the Fire Department in West Bridgewater, MA.  He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.

Bonnie E. Manley
American Iron and Steel Institute, Norfolk, MA 

Bonnie E. Manley, P.E., M.ASCE, is a Regional Director for the American Iron and Steel Institute.  Since joining AISI in 2006, her primary focus has been the structural and material provisions of the model codes and standards.  Over the years, this has involved collaboration with numerous external organizations and committees, including ASCE, BSSC, FEMA, ICC, NCSEA, and NFPA.  She is a current member of the NFPA Correlating Committee on Building Code and the Technical Committee on Structures, Construction and Materials.  Bonnie also serves on the ASCE Codes and Standards Committee, which oversees their codes and standards development activities, maintains their ANSI accreditation, and enforces their rules for standards committees.  Prior to joining AISI, Ms. Manley worked as a senior structural engineer for NFPA.  Bonnie earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Her Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering was completed at the University of California, San Diego. She is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts.

Daniel J. O'Connor
Aon Fire Protection Engineering, Glenview, IL  
Daniel J. O'Connor, P.E. is the Chief Technical Officer of Aon Fire Protection Engineering where he provides technical leadership and expertise to staff on a company-wide basis often in the areas of fire modeling, human behavior, and new fire protection technologies and research-related projects. Mr. O'Connor is responsible for organizing and assigning Aon staff to participate in NFPA, SFPE, and other building code and technical standards committees. He provides leadership on marketing and sales activities for high-profile projects and new market initiatives by the firm. In addition to serving as Chair of the National Fire Code, NFPA 72, Committee on Initiating Devices and a member of numerous other NFPA Committees, Mr. O'Connor is Chair of the SFPE Task Group on Human Behavior; and Co-Chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) Fire Safety Working Group. Mr. O’Connor is also a subject matter expert for two Chapters of the 20th edition of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and the 2013 NFPA 72 Handbook on Initiating Devices. Mr. O'Connor earned his Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Kansas.

Richard P. Owen
Oakdale, MN 

Richard P. Owen has been involved in the electrical industry for 40 years. He started as an electrician for various electrical contractors and was hired by the City of St. Paul as an electrical inspector. He was promoted to Senior Electrical Inspector in 1990 and remained in that position until his retirement in 2009. Dick has been active in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors since becoming an inspector and has served in various elected positions in IAEI at the state, section and international level, culminating in serving as the IAEI International President in 2009. He has served as member and chair of NEC® Code-Making Panel 3 and is still representing IAEI on the NEC Correlating Committee. Dick also served as a principal member of the Technical Committee on Air Conditioning. He is an active member of the Underwriters Laboratories Electrical Council and the UL Board of Trustees.

James R. Quiter
Arup, San Francisco, CA
James R. Quiter is a Principal with Arup and is currently their Global Leader of the Management Consulting business.  He has more than 30 years of experience as a fire engineer and is recognized as a leader in Fire Protection Engineering in North America and globally. His experience blends an excellent understanding of fire protection engineering and performance-based codes with wide recognition as an expert in the US codes and their applications. As a result of his active participation in the code-change process and participation on major projects throughout the world, he is well renowned within the US and International Code community. He has been a major participant in the US approach to performance – based codes. He chaired the NFPA 101(Life Safety Code) Task Force coordinating the efforts of the  committees in developing the performance-based option. He is currently the Chair of the NFPA Building Code Correlating Committee and the NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the SFPE Task Group, which authored a Guide to Fire Protection in Very Tall Buildings. He is also a member of the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee.  He is a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and a Life member of NFPA.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.  He is a register Professional Engineer in 11 states and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

John A. Rickard
P3 Consulting, Austin, TX 

John A. Rickard, AIA, PE, is president of P3 Consulting, an architecture and engineering consulting firm specializing in senior living and health care facility code compliance. He has more than 30 years of experience in design and construction, is immediate past chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Building Systems, and serves as a principal member of NFPA 101/5000 Technical Committees on Health Care Occupancies and Board and Care Facilities. He is a registered architect, engineer, and accessibility specialist in the state of Texas. Mr. Rickard holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught as an adjunct professor in the architectural engineering program at UT Austin for 14 years.

Michael D. Snyder
Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI 

Michael D. Snyder, PE, CFPS, CSP serves as the Global Director of Safety & Loss Prevention for Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI.  An NFPA member since 1987, he has served on the NFPA's Industrial Fire Protection Section Board of Directors. Mr. Snyder has been an NFPA Technical Committee member for more than 15 years.  He is currently serving on the Technical Committee on Pre-Incident Planning and the Technical Committee on Operations for NFPA 30,  Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.  As the Fire Marshal for the Auburn-Williams Volunteer Fire Department,  Mr. Snyder has also been appointed to the NFPA 1720 committee.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer and received his BS degree with distinction from Cornell University School of Chemical Engineering. 

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