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NFPA Board of Directors

NFPA board members are chosen from various disciplines and backgrounds and are elected based on experience in business, finance, or administration; respect of peers; respect as a member of the safety community; commitment to the Association's goals; and appreciation for the relationship NFPA must maintain with the changing needs of society.

NFPA Board of Directors 

Front row – Keith Williams, Reginald Freeman, Sally Everett
Second row  – Russell Leavitt, Teresa Deloach Reed, Brion Callori, William Fries, Stacy Welch, Bruce Mullen
Third row  – R. David Paulison, John Bonney, Patrick Morrison, Eric Rosenbaum, Mike Wallace, Amy Acton, Martha Connors
Fourth row - Kwame Cooper, Louis Paulson, Roger Montembeault, Hatem Kheir, Jim Pauley, Donald Cook




Amy R. Acton, Executive Director, The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan

First Vice Chair

Russell B. Leavitt, Executive Chairman, Telgian Corporation, Tempe, Arizona

Second Vice Chair

R. David Paulison, Owner/Consultant, Global Emergency Solutions, Davie, Florida


John D. Bonney, Owner/Consultant, Alendi Consulting Ltd., Ropley, United Kingdom

Assistant Secretary
Donald R. Cook, Chief Electrical Inspector, Shelby County Department of Development Services, Pelham, Alabama

Roger W. MontembeaultOwner/Consultant, The Montembeault Group, Inc., Tampa, Florida

Assistant Treasurer

Kwame Cooper, Assistant Chief (retired), Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles, California  

Immediate Past Chair

Keith E. Williams, President and CEO (retired), Underwriter Laboratories Inc., Northbrook, Illinois

Jim Pauley, NFPA, Quincy, Massachusetts


Term expires 2021
  • Brion Callori, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Research, FM Global, Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Martha Connors, Digital Media and Marketing Consultant, Newton, Massachusetts
  • Reginald D. Freeman, Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management, Hartford Fire Department, Hartford, Connecticut
  • William J. Fries, Supervising Fire Protection Engineer; Pentagon Fire Marshal; Deputy Director of the Standards and Compliance Division, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Louis Paulson, Former California Professional Firefighters President, Walnut Creek, California
  • Michael Wallace, Former Executive Director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Juniper, Florida
Term expires 2022
  • Hatem Kheir, Owner/General Manager, Kheir Group, Cairo, Egypt

  • Teresa L. Deloach Reed, Oakland Fire Department (retired), Oakland, California

  • Stacy N. Welch, Vice President, Fire Protection & Life Safety, Marriott International, Bethesda, Maryland

  • Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine, International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, D.C.

Term expires 2023
  • Dr. Denis Onieal, Former US Deputy Fire Administrator, US Fire Administration,Gettysburg, PA

Association officers

  • Assistant Secretary: Sally Everett, NFPA, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Staff Officer: Paul DeFronzo, NFPA, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Stacy N. Welch
    Senior Director, Fire Protection and Life Safety, Marriott International
  • Stacy N. Welch
    Senior Director, Fire Protection and Life Safety, Marriott International
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