NFPA Board of Directors appoints two new members to Standards Council

January 29, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors has appointed two new members to the NFPA Standards Council: Patricia A. Gleason of Mclean, Va., and Gary S. Keith of Norwood, Mass. Gleason and Keith are serving three-year terms effective Jan. 1, 2015.

NFPA also announced two current Council members, Randall Bradley of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and John Rickard of P3 Consulting, who were each reappointed for a second three-year term starting Jan. 1. In addition, the Board has appointed Chad Beebe of ASHE – AHA, who had previously served on an interim basis, to his first official three-year term, also beginning Jan. 1.

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 for 18 years at NFPA serving as vice president-Field Operations, 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, Keith for worked 15 years at FM Global in various field engineering and management positions. He also served his home town community for 20 years as a call firefighter and fire protection engineer with the fire department in West Bridgewater, Mass. Keith has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Management Development program at Harvard Business School. 

Patricia A. 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 and emergency services industry. In this position, Gleason 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. She has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment since 1998, and the Correlating Committee for Protective Clothing and Equipment since 1995. Gleason 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. She also 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. Gleason received her MBA from Marymount University and her BS from Frostburg State University. 

The NFPA Standards Council, a 13-member body appointed by the Board of Directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA codes- and standards-making process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA codes and standards development, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body. 

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