Research Foundation Board of Directors


Jim Pauley, Chair

National Fire Protection Association

Amanda Kimball, Executive Director

The Fire Protection Research Foundation

Paul DeFronzo, Treasurer

National Fire Protection Association


Chad Beebe, American Society for Healthcare Engineers

Chad Beebe is the Deputy Executive Director for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. He is an active member of the NFPA— serving on over 20 technical committee—, is a member of the NFPA Standards Council. Furthermore, Chad is also active on numerous national panels and committees, and is involved in developing regulations for health care facilities. Previously, Chad also served as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for the Washington State Department of Health from 1999 to 2010. In this role he managed the Construction Review program which oversees the design and construction of all health care-related facilities in the state.

Thomas Gell, Brandforsk

Thomas Gell is Director of Brandforsk, a non-profit body located in Sweden and formed in 1979 in collaboration between a wide ranges of fire protection stakeholders, with the purpose to initiate and fund research and knowledge development within the field of fire safety. Based on inherent similarities, Brandforsk has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Foundation to promote collaboration on areas of mutual interest. Thomas is also Director of Research and Innovation within the Swedish Fire Protection Association, and he is Chair of the Board for the Centre for Public Safety at Karlstad University, Sweden. He holds a MSc and Lic. Eng. in Marine Structural Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. Following a number of years in the maritime industry, Thomas has been working for the Swedish Rescue Services Agency (SRSA) since the late 1980´s. During the years he has been responsible for a number of different functions within the SRSA such as the Dangerous goods section, the Risk- and Environment Department and the Department for Research and Analysis. He was Director of the Swedish Centre for Learning from Incidents & Accidents (NCO) within the SRSA and, from 2009, when the SRSA became part of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), head of the Lessons Learned Section within the MSB.

Anthony Hamins, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Anthony Hamins has been at the Fire Research Division at NIST since 1989. His research interests include fire model validation, fire dynamics, heat and mass transfer processes in fires of multiple scales, fire suppression, flame structure, and micro-gravity combustion. At NIST, he has led interdisciplinary research studies on advanced fire measurements and predictive methods, including large-scale fire experiments for validation of fire models, and fundamental and applied fire suppression studies. Anthony has served a number of roles, including, Vice-Chair of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) during 2008-2014 and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Research Foundation during 2010-2012. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Fire Safety Journal. He holds a BSc in Physics from University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D in Engineering Physics from the University of California at San Diego.

Gavin Horn, Illinois Fire Service Institute, UL FSRI

Gavin Horn is a Research Engineer with the UL Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). Gavin’s research interests range from firefighter health and safety and first responder technology development to material testing and nondestructive evaluation. Prior to joining the UL FSRI team, he served as the Director of IFSI Research Programs at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) for 15 years and as a firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire Department. Gavin holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as a ME in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and given presentations at meetings, conferences and symposia around the world.

Susan Lamont, Arup

Susan Lamont, CEng, PhD, is a Director in Arup’s Dubai office.  She has over 17 years of experience in the fire protection industry in the UK, US, and Middle East. Her role on many projects is to guide the developer/owner through fire safety design, testing and commissioning to occupation and fire safety management of the completed building. Susan led the development of EFFECT TM,   a risk assessment tool to help AHJs and other stakeholders assess the risk posed by combustible façade systems and prioritize remedial work across a portfolio of properties. She is actively involved in the industry both within the Middle East and Internationally. She has recently authored a fire safety code of practice for a major airport company and is currently working on a project to develop a unified Building Code for an international Government client. 

Susan has a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Fire Protection from the University of Edinburgh.  Her Doctorate research looked at the response of composite steel frame structures in real fires. She has extensive experience in the field of structural fire engineering internationally and is recognized through her numerous conference and journal articles in this field. Susan is a chartered engineer and professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).  

Alan Manche, Square D Company/Schneider Electric

Alan Manche is the Vice President, External Affairs for Schneider Electric, where he has served in various capacities over the last past 24 years. He is currently responsible for company strategy and participation in trade and industry associations, standards associations, standards organizations and conformity assessment. He is active with boards and committees of NEMA, IAEI, ANSI, ESFI, and multiple NFPA Code Making Panels and Technical Committees. Alana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Miami University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Joan Paquet, Ford Motor Company

Joan Paquet is a Fire Protection Engineer with Ford Motor Company where she is currently responsible for managing global fire protection. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company in 2003, Joan worked for Industrial Risk Insurers as a loss control consultant evaluating various types of industries for property loss control. She is a board member for the NFPA Industrial Fire Protection Section. Joan has a degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Tennessee, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Rodger Reiswig, Johnson Controls

Rodger Reiswig is currently the VP of Industry Relations with Johnson Controls, and serves as their representative with multiple other organizations. His other engagements include his role as President of the Board of Directors of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), Chair of the NEMA Signaling Section, 3SB, and serving on other multiple codes and standards committees— for NFPA alone, Rodger serves on twenty NFPA Technical Committees as well as the Standards Council. Rodger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Theology, both from Evangelical Theological Seminary, holds certifications from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications.

Steve Wolin, The Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

Steve Wolin is currently the Vice President, Product Technology & Compliance at Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., responsible for the direction of the complete product line.  Steve holds a BSc. and an MSc in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland, as well as a JD, Law from Saint Louis University School of Law. Steve serves on numerous NFPA Codes and Standards Committees. He has also been a trustee member of the Research Foundation since 2015, and he was also recognized in 2011 by the Research Foundation, being awarded the Foundation Medal. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Member of the Missouri Bar, and holds a limited certificate for In-house Counsel from the South Carolina Bar.