NFPA Standards Council members


NFPA Standards Council Member | James R. Quiter 
James R. Quiter, Chair | 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 also chaired the SFPE Committees that prepared the first and second editions 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.


Anthony C. Apfelbeck, City of Altamonte Springs Building and Fire Safety Department, Altamonte Springs, FL

Anthony C. Apfelbeck (Tony) serves as the Director of the Building and Fire Safety Department for the City of Altamonte Springs. He has over 35 years of experience with building and fire codes. He has served with the City of Altamonte Springs since 2000 following a 10-year career as Fire Marshal with the City of Oviedo. He began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1985 before becoming a Fire Inspector with Volusia County. In his current position, he oversees new construction plans review, building and fire inspections, fire/arson investigations, code enforcement activities and special projects. Director Apfelbeck is currently a member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Fundamentals of the Fire Code, Fire Prevention Organization and Development, and Fire Marshal Professional Qualifications. Director Apfelbeck is also a member of the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from the State University of New York. He is an 11-time attendee of the National Fire Academy and has achieved the Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Chief Fire Officer, Fire Marshal and Certified Building Official designations from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He is also a four-time graduate of the Harvard Kennedy and Business School Executive Education Programs.


NFPA Standards Council Member | Michael A. Crowley 
Michael A. Crowley, Coffman Engineers, The Woodlands, 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 6 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.


NFPA Standards Council Member | Jeffrey J. Foisel 
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 almost 30 years in lab safety and lab facilities design and operations. Over time he has combined this with additional roles in process safety, integrated management systems, and auditing. He has been active with NFPA since 2007 including serving as Chairperson on NFPA's Industrial Fire Protection Section Board of Directors. Jeff has also been active on the Laboratories Using Chemicals, and the Aerosol Products Technical Committees. 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. 


 NFPA Standards Council Member | Richard A. Gallagher
Richard A. Gallagher, Zurich Services Corporation, Wilmington, DE

Rich Gallagher is a VP 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.


 NFPA Standards Council Member | Michael J. Johnston
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. 


NFPA Standards Council Member | David P. Klein 
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.


NFPA Standards Council Member | Randy J. Krause 
Randy J. Krause, Fire Chief / Port of Seattle Fire Department, Seattle, WA

Randy J. Krause has been a member of the Fire Service for 36 years. He began his career in 1985 and has worked as a fire fighter in the United States Air Force (1985 – 1989), in private industry at the Boeing Fire Department (1990 – 2010) where he left as a Deputy Fire Chief and is currently the Fire Chief for Port of Seattle Fire Department where he has been for the past 11.5 years providing service to Sea-Tac International airport and the surrounding communities. He has been involved with NFPA Technical Committees since the mid-1990’s and is currently the Chair of NFPA Emergency Responders Occupational Health (ERH-AAA) and Chair of Fire Service Occupational Safety (FIX-AAA). He also is a member of the Gonzaga University’s School of Leadership Studies Advisory Board. Chief Krause earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Washington – Bothell in 1998, and his Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2006.


NFPA Standards Council Member | Jack Poole 
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 on several NFPA Technical Committees, is Chair of NFPA 72 SIG-PRO and NFPA 520, is a Fellow and Past President of SFPE, is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Department, serves on the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Department Curriculum Advisory Committee, serves on the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors, is a Professional Engineer member of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, a Past Board of Director and Training Committee Chair for the American Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and is a 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, received the John L. Bryan Mentoring Award from SFPE in 2016, and received the D. Peter Lund Award from SFPE in 2022.


NFPA Standards Council Member | Rodger Reiswig 
Dr. Rodger Reiswig, Johnson Controls, Goode, VA

Rodger Reiswig is a Fellow with Johnson Controls and serves as VP, Industry Relations. With over 36 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. He is the Chair of NEMA’s Life Safety Signaling Section as well as serves as Vice-Chair 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 Co-Chairs the USA delegation for 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, NICET level II Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems and NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification and holds a Doctorate 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.


Dwayne E. Sloan, UL Solutions, Research Triangle Park, NC
Dwayne Sloan serves as the Technical Director for the Built Environment Division at UL Solutions where he directs the activities of other Principal Engineers and supports regulatory technical leaders. During his 34 years at UL, Dwayne has focused on testing, certification and inspection of various fire protection products, building materials, and security products. He has led and participated in several new standards and code development activities. His primary focus over the years has been in the area of Reaction to Fire – including flammability and other characteristics of building materials and systems, building contents, roofing products, air ventilation and commercial kitchen ventilation. In these areas, he provides technical leadership for certification services, special programs, Code Evaluation Reports, and code and standards development activities. Dwayne serves on several UL, NFPA and ASTM technical committees. He is currently the First Vice President of ASTM E05 - Committee on Fire Standards, and Chair of NFPA 90A – Air Ventilation. One of Dwayne’s more recent focus areas is Exterior Wall Flammability where he has written several articles and presented around the world. Dwayne has a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dwayne is a graduate of UL’s Executive and Technical Leadership programs administered in conjunction with Yale School of Management and MIT Sloan School of Management, respectively. Dwayne is the current the Chair of UL’s Fire Council and has been recognized as a Corporate Fellow within the William Henry Merrill Society, named in honor of UL’s founder.
NFPA Standards Council Member | Catherine L. Stashak   
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. 

Victoria B. Valentine, American Fire Sprinkler Association, Dallas, TX

Victoria Valentine is the Director, Engineering & Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA).  She has served the fire sprinkler industry and fire protection community for over 20 years.  Victoria is a licensed professional engineer and a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).  Her education was pursued at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) achieving both a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Fire Protection Engineering.  In addition, she has focused her career working with non-profit associations concentrating on professional qualifications, codes and standards development, and training programs to ensure quality in fire protection systems.  Through her professional career, she has written many publications and presented on fire protection systems to a wide variety of audiences.  Victoria continues to be involved with many organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Fire Sprinkler Association, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the SFPE among others. Over the years she has served on many NFPA technical committees, a few of which are NFPA 13 Hanging and Bracing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, NFPA 101/5000 Fundamentals of Safety to Life, and NFPA 550/551 Fire Risk Assessment Methods.