NFPA Standards Council members

As of January 1, 2021

  • James E. Golinveaux, Chair
    President / CEO Viking Group Inc., Hastings, MI
    James E. Golinveaux  is currently the President / CEO of Viking Group, Inc.. With 39 years of experience in the fire protection industry including both contracting and manufacturing, he currently holds 14 US Patent families in Automatic Sprinkler Technologies. James is the current Chair of the NFPA Standards Council and also serves on the ANSI Executive Standards Council (ExSC). 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 Committee, AFSA, NFSA and the International Fire Sprinkler Association. James has lectured in 43 countries on Fire Suppression Technologies.
  • Kenneth E. Bush
    Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, Easton, MD
    Kenneth E. Bush, FSFPE, has been employed as a 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.  Currently he serves as the Chief Fire Protection Engineer for that Office and supervises a staff of five Regional Fire Protection Engineers providing engineering services for the application of applicable fire protection laws, codes, standards and recognized engineering practices to address all types of fire protection issues throughout the State of Maryland.  Mr. Bush also 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 40-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.
  • Michael A. Crowley
    Coffman Engineers, Spring, TX
    Mike Crowley holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Houston. He is a Principal Advisor for Coffman Engineers supporting the Fire Protection Engineering group. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in 5 states. Mike has more than 40 years of fire protection engineering consulting experience. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Lifetime Member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 - Healthcare Occupancies and Means of Egress, and NFPA 99 Correlating Committee, Piping Systems, and Fundamentals Technical Committee. Mike was the 2020 President of SFPE and is a Member of NFPA Standards Council.  He is a Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA.  In addition, he is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).  Mike has authored numerous technical articles and made presentations at various conferences and symposiums.  Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers and building owners around the world

  • Jeffrey J. Foisel
    Dow Chemical, Midland, MI

    Jeffrey J. Foisel serves as a Research and Development Environment Health and Safety Delivery Leader and Laboratory Process Safety Leader for Dow Chemical.  Jeff has over 25 years in lab safety and facilities combined with additional roles in process safety, integrated management systems, and auditing.  He has been active with NFPA since 2007 serving on  NFPA's Industrial Fire Protection Section Board of Directors where he is currently serving as past chair.  Jeff has also been active on the Laboratories Using Chemicals, NFPA 45 technical committee.  He continues to serve as a board member for the UC Center of Lab Safety since its inception.  Jeff has a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College. 
  • Richard A. Gallagher
    Zurich Services Corporation, Wilmington, DE
    Rich Gallagher is an AVP Property Technical Director with Zurich Services Corporation’s technical team.  In this role, he provides support and guidance to the Risk Engineering property staff.  He received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware.  Prior to joining Zurich in 2003, he held various property loss prevention roles with both the Industrial Risk Insurers and CIGNA.  He is a member of NFPA, and a member of the NFPA technical committees related to sprinklers, boilers, and industrial ovens and furnaces.
  • Michael J. Johnston
    National Electrical Contractors Association, Bethesda, MD
    Michael Johnston is NECA’s executive director of codes and standards. Mike holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Mike is a principal member of the NEC Correlating Committee. He served on NEC CMP-5 in the 2002, 2005, and chair of CMP-5 representing NECA for the 2011 NEC cycle. Among his responsibilities for managing the codes, standards, and safety functions for NECA, Mike is secretary of the NECA Codes and Standards Committee. Mike’s career includes working as a journeyman electrician on residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He also worked as a project foreman and superintendent for several major electrical construction projects. Johnston achieved both Journeyman Electrical License (E-2) and Unlimited Electrical Contractor (E-1) licenses in the State of Connecticut. Mike was also employed with the City of Phoenix in the Development Services/Building Safety Department as an Electrical Inspections Field Supervisor and gained experience in Electrical Code enforcement both as a Senior Electrical Inspector and Field Supervisor. Johnston achieved all national electrical inspection certifications provided through the IAEI and has achieved inspector certification through the International Code Council (ICC). Johnston is a member of the IBEW and is an active member of NASCLA, ANSI, IAEI, NFPA, SES, ASSE, UL Electrical Council, and the National Safety Council and he is currently a member of the NFPA Electrical Section.
  • David P. Klein
    US Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, DC
    David P. Klein, PE, has over 35 years of experience as a Fire Protection Engineer in the Federal Government, including 15 years as the Fire Protection Program Manager for the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and Delaware. He has been a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers for over 35 years. Mr. Klein is a member of the NFPA 101/5000 Technical Committee on Fundamentals, as well as a member and former chair of the NFPA 101/5000 Technical Committee on Health Care Occupancies and the NFPA 99 Technical Committee on Fundamentals. He is also a member of the Healthcare Interpretations Task Force (HITF). Mr. Klein is currently the National Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Veterans Health Administration.

  • John R. Kovacik
    Underwriters Laboratories, Northbrook, IL

    John Kovacik, Principal Engineer, is UL’s Primary Designated Engineer (PDE) for industrial control equipment; components and assemblies including control panels and industrial machinery. His primary responsibilities are driving consistency, integrity and engineering quality in the establishment and application of UL product certification requirements. John’s career with UL includes more than 40 years of experience with codes and standards. He represents UL on numerous technical committees covering a broad range of subjects for NFPA, NEMA and the IEC. He is UL’s principal member on the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Correlating Committee and is responsible for coordinating UL's participation in NEC activities. He is also a member of NEC Code Panels 12 and 13. John is also UL’s principal member on the NFPA 79 Committee for Industrial Machinery and the NFPA 20 Committee for Stationary Fire Pumps. He serves as the Technical Advisor for the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Group for IEC Subcommittee 121A and Technical Committee 94. John has received the IEC 1906 Award, the NFPA Committee Service Award, the NFPA Richard G. Biermann Award, is an NEC 25-year honoree and an NFPA Life Member.
  • Jack Poole
    Poole Fire Protection Inc., Olathe, KS
    Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE, is a Principal of Poole Fire Protection, Inc. in Olathe, Kansas. Mr. Poole graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Fire Protection, licensed in 49 states, plus Guam and the District of Columbia. His expertise includes building and fire-code consulting and designing fire suppression and fire alarm & detection systems. He was a volunteer firefighter and Fire Marshal, currently serves as the SFPE President-Elect on the Board of Directors, is an SFPE Fellow, serves on several NFPA Technical Committees, is Chairman of NFPA 72 SIG-PRO and NFPA 520, serves on the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Department Curriculum Advisory Committee, is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Department, serves on the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors, is a member of the Kansas Board of Technical Professions, a Board of Director and Training Committee Chair for the American Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Oklahoma State Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board. Mr. Poole received the Glenn L. Martin Medal from the University of Maryland in 2014, was honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in June of 2015 and received the John L. Bryan Mentoring Award from SFPE in 2016.

  • James R. Quiter
    Arup, Los Angeles, CA
    James R. Quiter is a recently retired Principal with Arup, though he maintains affiliation with the firm. His last official role with the firm was to lead the 300 person Los Angeles office.  He has more than 40 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. He is currently the Chair of the NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee. He is Past Chair of the NFPA Safety to Life Correlating Committee, the NFPA Building Code Correlating Committee and the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee. He is also Chair of the SFPE Task Group which  is preparing a 2nd edition of the  Guide to Fire Protection in Very Tall Buildings. 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 registered Professional Engineer in 13 states and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
  • Rodger Reiswig
    Johnson Controls/Tyco/SimplexGrinnell, Apopka, FL
    Rodger Reiswig is a Fellow with Johnson Controls and serves as VP, Industry Relations. With over 34 years in the fire protection industry including training, product support, application design, sales and management experience. Rodger currently serves on numerous NFPA Technical Committees. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Fire Protection Research Foundation. In addition, Rodger serves as a board member for the Center for Campus Fire Safety and is the Immediate Past President of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association. He is the Chair of NEMA’s Life Safety Signaling Section as well as serves on NEMA’s Codes and Standards Committee. Rodger serves as Chair of the Electronic Security Association’s Codes and Standards Committee. Additionally Rodger serves as a member of the ASME A17 Elevator and Escalator Safety Code, Emergency Operations Committee. Rodger also serves on ISO TC21 for Fire Alarm Systems and IEC TC 79 Security Systems and Components Committees. Rodger holds a NICET level IV Fire Alarm Systems Certification and a NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification and holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rodger holds certifications from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications and from Eastern Technical holds a certification in Electronics Technology and Microprocessor Design.
  • Kenneth W. Richards Jr.
    Fire Chief / Fire Marshal / Old Mystic Fire Department, Mystic, CT
    Kenneth W. Richards, Jr. MS, EFO, CFO has been a member of the Fire Service for 43 years starting in 1976 at the age of 14 as a Junior Firefighter in Old Mystic, CT. Ken has served as the career Fire Chief / Fire Marshal of the Old Mystic Fire Department for 25 years. Currently, he is the 1st Vice President of the New England Division of The International Fire Chiefs Association(NEDIAFC), and a 27-year member of the NFPA. Serving as a member of the Fire Service Training Technical Committee for 17 years and its Chair for the past 8 years. Chief Richards earned his Bachelor of Science in Fire Technology from Charter Oak State College and holds a Master of Science in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is also a 1999 graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, a Certified Chief Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, a Fire Officer IV NFPA Standards and a Fire Instructor III NFPA Standards.
  • Catherine L. Stashak
    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, Chicago, IL
    Catherine L. Stashak is currently employed as an engineer with the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Catherine is retired from the fire services after serving 20 years with the Des Plaines (Illinois) Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic and a firefighter/inspector. She graduated from the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering program at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1985. She obtained an MBA from IIT in 1997. Currently she serves as the Section Chief for the OSFM Technical Services Division, supervising staff that provides engineering services as support for other operating divisions within the OSFM as well as providing assistance to design professionals, the fire service, and the general public with technical and engineering expertise in the form of code interpretation and plan/application review. Technical Services also provides expert advice in the agency’s variance process and their rulemaking processes for a variety of subjects, including aboveground tank storage regulation, LP-gas regulation, motor fuel dispensing facility operation, fire and life safety rules, safe cigarette rules, and myriad of other fire protection, petroleum, and chemical safety-related issues. Catherine has been active in the NFPA Life Safety Project since 1991, as well as several other NFPA Technical Committees, and represents the fire service on various national and international working groups.