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2017 Speakers

Jennifer Bettiol

Jennifer Bettiol Project Manager

BRW Architects 2700 Earl Rudder Freeway Suite 4000 College Station, TX 77845
Ph: 979-694-1791 Fax: 979-694-8293

With 10 years of fire station design experience, Jennifer Bettiol has made it a priority to design stations which will efficiently facilitate the demands of emergency responders, both in function of the facility and the health and welfare of those working there. With multiple design awards from F.I.E.R.O., Station Style, and Firehouse, she creates a balance between function and aesthetics in fire station design.

Jennifer is a graduate of Texas A&M’s Masters of Architecture program. She has guest lectured at Texas A&M, as well as presented for F.I.E.R.O., Firehouse, SAFE-D, and the Texas Fire Chief Academy.

Mike Bucy

Mike Bucy Fire Chief

Stevens 1 Fire-Rescue P.O. Box 246 Clayton, WA 99110
Ph: 509-262-9660

Fire Chief Mike Bucy has been in emergency services for over 31 years and has been a Chief officer for over 15 years. He has been a part of three building projects and his current district is replacing two stations---a $6.5 million project.

Chief Bucy has strong community building skills with each department. In his all-volunteer fire department, fundraising went from $7,000 per year to over $20,000 per year. In his current district, he has passed two levies and a bond in an economically depressed area.

Craig Carter

Craig Carter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Associate

BKV Group, Inc. 343 S. Dearborn St. #203 Chicago, IL 60604
Ph: 312-279-0465

Craig Carter's career has been focused on the Architecture of public sector projects, specifically fire stations. Licensed in several states, he leads the fire station design process for BKV Group nationwide. He has completed over 40 fire station projects in the last decade, many of them award winners.

Craig holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has a strong working knowledge of national standards and best practices, a deep knowledge of the history of fire station design, and remains up-to-date on the latest national trends. He is passionate about fire station design and providing excellent buildings that support fire fighters in their service to the public.

Dr. Michael Christian

Dr. Michael Christian Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4723 McColl | CB #3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
Ph: 919-962-3490

Dr. Mike Christian is an award-winning teacher and researcher. Poets & Quants named him “Best 40 Under 40 Professor” and the Association for Psychological Science honored him as a “Rising Star”. His research focuses on understanding the mind-body connection at work. He examines how somatic states such as sleep, pain, and sickness affect energy, work engagement and self-control at work. He studies how these factors dynamically relate to unethical behavior as well as desirable work performance.

Dr. Christian received his PhD in management from the University of Arizona, his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Tulane University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Don Collins

Don Collins Fire Station Consultant; Professor, Clemson University (ret.);
Captain, Clemson University FD

112 Allee Street Clemson, SC 29631-1903
Ph: 864-653-0378 Voice mail: 864-654-1841

As the son of a professional firefighter from a family of 11 firefighters, Don used the "family business" to inform his teaching as a design professor at Clemson University’s College of Architecture where fire station design projects would sometimes serve as the teaching vehicle. His first fire station design consulting work was for one of his graduates.

Parallel his college teaching career, Don served with the Clemson University Fire Department (CUFD), the largest university-operated fire department in North America. Operating from 2 stations with a fleet of 3 engines, 3 aerials and 3 ALS medic units, CUFD serves a town-campus population of 35,000 that can quadruple on football weekends. With his construction specification knowledge, heading the CUFD’s apparatus procurement process became a major responsibility for most of his fire service life.

Don’s academic "applied" research was focused on the fire station as a unique building typology. He linked his overlapping fire and academic positions to expand his knowledge base in site selection, site design and the interaction of a fire station’s functional relationships. In support of his research, he has visited, studied and photo documented hundreds of fire stations throughout North America. In doing so he has been welcomed for "duty tours" in many of them. These visits and tours have allowed him to hear and experience first-hand "post-occupancy" evaluations by end-users of all ranks. The duty tours have sharpened his insights into fire station design concept issues as well as design features ranging from those that work to those that resulted in varying degrees of failure. His photo collection of fire stations and fire station details is extensive.

Speaking the languages of both the fire service and the design professions, Don has been retained as a fire station consultant by for architects and fire departments on station projects throughout the United States and Canada.

Catherine R. Counts

Catherine R. Counts PhD, MHA Health Services Researcher

Seattle Medic One Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington School of Medicine
325 9th Ave. 3EC-22 Box 359702 Seattle, WA 98104
Ph: 713-410-6656

Dr. Catherine R. Counts is a health services researcher with Seattle Medic One in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received both her PhD and MHA from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Counts has research interests in domestic healthcare policy, quality, and patient safety, organizational theory and culture, and pre-hospital emergency medicine. Given the crossover between her background in public health and her expertise in emergency medical services (EMS), she specializes in the mechanisms by which providers are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the pre-hospital setting.

Don Collins

Don Collins Fire Station Consultant, Professor, Clemson University (ret.) Captain, Clemson University FD

112 Allee Street Clemson, SC 29631-1903
Cell: 864-653-0378 | 864-654-1841 (voice mail) |

As the son of a professional firefighter from a family of 11 firefighters, Don used the “family business” to inform his teaching as a design professor in Clemson University’s College of Architecture where fire station design projects would sometimes serve as the teaching vehicle. His first fire station design consulting work was for one of his graduates

Parallel to his college teaching career, Don has also maintained a consulting practice and served as a Captain with the Clemson University Fire Department (CUFD), the largest university-operated fire department in North America. With a fleet of three engines, two aerials and three medic units, CUFD serves a town-campus population of 35,000 that expands to over 125,000 on football weekends.

Don’s academic applied research was focused on the fire station as a unique building typology. He linked his overlapping fire and academic positions to expand his knowledge base in site selection, site design and the interaction of fire station functional relationships. In support of his research, he has visited, studied and photo documented hundreds of fire stations throughout North America. In doing so he has been welcomed for “duty tours” in many of them. These visits and tours have allowed him to hear and experience first-hand “post-occupancy” evaluations by end-users of all ranks. The duty tours have sharpened his insights into fire station design concept issues as well as design features ranging from those that work to those that result in varying degrees of failure. His photo collection of fire stations and fire station details is extensive.

Don speaks the languages of both the fire service and of the design professions. He has completed and has in-progress fire station consulting projects throughout the United States and Canada.

Paul R. Erickson

Paul R. Erickson, AIA, LEED AP Principal/President

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects 11250 Roger Beacon Drive Suite 16 Reston, VA 20190
Ph: 703-956-5600

Throughout his nearly 40 year career, Paul Erickson has been consistently recognized as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia's most acclaimed architects. He has managed and designed award-winning projects and served the profession as an active leader of the Virginia State and Northern Virginia Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, a juror for prominent design competitions, and is a popular speaker at national conferences and symposia.

Paul is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), allowing him to practice nationwide, and is currently licensed in the states of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and the District of Columbia. His designs for fire and rescue stations have been recognized for design excellence with 23 design awards from national, state and local organizations.

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects is the proud recipient of the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Award, the Virginia Society AIA highest honor for a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for a minimum of 10 years. For his cutting edge design work and advancement of health and well-being of fire fighters in fire station design, Paul was recently elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, the highest membership honor bestowed on only 3% of the 88,000+ members of AIA.

Theodore (Ted) Galante

Theodore (Ted) Galante, AIA President

Galante Architecture 146 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge, MA 02138
Ph: 617-576-2500

Ted Galante established The Galante Architecture Studio, Inc. (TGAS) in 1997. He completed his Masters of Architecture Study with distinction from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1993, and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1990.

The firm’s focus on fire stations began with an award by the NYC Department of Design and Construction. TGAS was awarded a contract with the City of New York after submitting a portfolio of design and construction experience. In turn, Ted redesigned historic fire stations that had not been renovated in over 100 years. This led to work with the Boston Fire Department and still more stations with FDNY. Today the firm provides design services to municipalities of all scales from Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Davenport, Iowa, to Boston Fire and for FDNY.

Ted’s work has been recognized with many architecture awards and publications. His designs have won awards from F.I.E.R.O. and other conferences. In 1998 Ted was awarded the prestigious Young Architect’s Award by The Architectural League of New York, and shortly after a similar award by the Boston Society of Architects. A number of local and national AIA design awards followed. Ted was acknowledged as an emerging voice among Boston architects. His work has been published in books such as Materiality for Design, and trade magazines such as Architecture, Architectural Record, Architecture Boston, Dwell Magazine, and many other respected publications.

Ted has served as Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural College, and visiting critic at many institutions. His work has been exhibited nationally, and continues to be subject of recognition on design websites worldwide.

Gregory S. Gilbert

Gregory S. Gilbert, AIA, LEED Green Associate Vice-President, Public Sector

Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects, PC 1 Park Place Suite 250 Annapolis, MD 21401
Ph: 301-261-8228 Fax: 410-224-4443

Mr. Gilbert is Vice President of Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects, P.C. in charge of the firm’s public sector work. He has been with Bignell Watkins Hasser for over 30 years, with over 20 years working directly on the design of Public Safety Facilities for regional governments and fire companies.

Mr. Gilbert brings extensive experience with the planning, programming and designing of public safety facility projects, and is a past F.I.E.R.O. presenter. He is also a former consumer advisor on the Department of Emergency Services Advisory Board, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland and a current member of the Queen Anne’s County Library Board.

Recent Public Safety Projects/Awards include:

  • South Glen Burnie Fire Station Addition/Renovation, Anne Arundel County, MD
  • Lakeshore Fire Station, Anne Arundel County, MD
  • Middletown Volunteer Company 7
  • Brambleton Public Safety Center, Loudoun County, VA- Bronze Award, Station Style Awards, 2015
  • Henrico 12, Henrico County, VA- Notable renovation, Station Style Awards, 2012
  • Takoma Park Fire Station 2- FIERO Recognition Award, 2012
  • Henrico Station 9, Henrico County, VA

Mr. Gilbert has designed over 25 public safety facilities in the past 15 years. He graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture from Georgia Tech and has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. He is a Registered Architect in both Maryland and Virginia.

David J. Hartman

David J. Hartman Battalion Chief Special Operations (retired) Charlottesville FD, Virginia

Hartman Fire Station Consultants Co-Owner 1040 Fox Hollow Lane Palmyra, VA 22963

David formed Hartman Fire Station Consultants with his wife in 2014 and is currently working with four clients in various phases of programming, planning, and design of their fire stations. HFSC Owners have over $260,000,000 in construction experience, primarily as an Owners Representative.

During a 32-year career with the Charlottesville Fire Department (CFD), David has held the position of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Commander, and Battalion Chief in Suppression, Administration, and Special Operations. His first station project began when he was rehired by CFD to oversee and be the Owners Representative for the building and completion of the Fontaine Fire Station. This was the first Fire Station built in Charlottesville in 53 years. He has worked on this project since 2003. David not only found the site and created the unique program for the fire station that responded to the very challenging site conditions and the needs of the fire department, he also traveled to 45 new fire stations around the country to cull the successes and failures of various programmatic features to combine the most successful features into the Fontaine Fire Station. The station was awarded F.I.E.R.O. honors in 2010 and 2014; awarded LEED Platinum in 2015 and landed the Department an ISO 1 rating.

David participated in the selection for the Architectural/Engineering Firm, development of the program, budget, schematic design, and all phases of construction documents. He specified most of the buildings functional spaces and features, and procured all the furniture, fixtures and equipment for the station. He also specified all the operational technology for the facility. He was also the hands-on, day-to-day, on-site Owners rep during 27 months of construction. He participated in hundreds of hours of various project meetings, from city work sessions, firm selection, construction progress meetings, and user training and equipment fit out meetings over the course of 4 years of active planning and construction. David has chronicled the entire construction process with thousands of pictures and hundreds of videos.

David is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. His participation with the FEMA HSEEP program as a peer evaluator, his previous service as a Deputy Emergency Manager, his role in IC for major events from the local to the national level, and his current service with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as a Disaster Reservist has been instrumental in shaping the functionality and operational capabilities of the new Fire Facility for Charlottesville. He has attended 11 Fire Station Conferences and began presenting annually at FIERO in 2014. In early 2014, he and his wife formed Hartman Fire Station Consultants (HFSC) to help other departments build their projects and his firm can serve as Owner Advocates during any segment or the entire process from Concept through Opening. Currently HFSC is assisting several fire/rescue departments in the US.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Started Hartman Fire Station Consultants in 2014
  • 42 Years of both Volunteer and Career service with several Fire Departments & Rescue Squads
  • 32 Years with the Charlottesville Fire Department
  • Created and Designed the University of Virginia Medical Centers Regional Medical Communications Program for both ground and air based EMS: Medcom
  • Served as a Regional Deputy Emergency Manager
  • Serves as a Disaster Reservist for the VA Dept. of Emergency Management with 14 years of field experience
  • Volunteered with several Fire Departments and Rescue Squads over the course of his career.
Mashal Hartman

Marshal Hartman Co-owner

Hartman Fire Stations Consultants 1040 Fox Hollow Lane Charlottesville, VA 22963
Ph: 434-989-4239

Mashal has been co-owner for Hartman Fire Station Consultants since 2014. The firm is set up to help fire station projects be the most successful project possible, consulting directly with owners, architects, and design build firms.

She has been an “Owner’s Representative” as a Senior Project Manager (PM) and Senior Construction Administration Manager (CAM) at the University of Virginia for over 18 years, managing over $240,000,000 in successful construction projects, including her current portfolio.

Her projects include a $141,000,000 Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic Building and Outpatient Surgery Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) within the University Hospital, a Chiller plant, a gymnasium, a stand-along dormitory, a major addition to the School of Law, renovations to structures at the historic Lawn and Rotunda. These are a few of the over 70 successful construction projects at UVA. She has 11 “Outstanding Achievement Awards” for projects at UVA.

Mashal studied both Architecture and City Planning for her undergraduate ('89) and graduate studies (’95), both at UC Berkeley.

Mark Havener

Mark Havener Assistant Chief

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Organization 11945 SW 70th Avenue Tigard, OR 97223
Ph: 503-259-1110

Chief Havener was hired by TVF&R in 2010. As its Assistant Chief of Integrated Operations for 3-1/2 years, he was responsible for managing the activities, programs, and emergency services delivered by 21 fire stations and approximately 350 career firefighters. In addition, he had oversight and budget management for TVF&R's three Operating Centers (responsible for prevention, community services, public education), and its EMS, Health and Safety, and Training divisions.

Today, Chief Havener serves as the Assistant Chief of Business Operations. He has held this role since 2013. In this assignment, he oversees the activities and programs that support all emergency delivery support. This includes Human Resources, Supply Services, Facilities support, Fleet maintenance, Occupational Health and Wellness and all land acquisition and capital construction. TVF&R is in a growth phase currently planning to open eight new stations in the next ten years. TVF&R will also be completing three station remodels that include seismic retrofits. The most recent station opening is a new concept which forms the basis of the presentation.

Prior to coming to TVF&R, Chief Havener was the Fire Chief of South Pend Oreille Fire & Rescue (SPOFR) since 2004, a department of eight stations and 100 personnel. While there, he helped facilitate the merger between SPOFR and two other fire districts to increase efficiency and improve service delivery. Prior to that he spent time as a Deputy Fire Chief and was a Firefighter/Paramedic for 13 years.

Chief Havener is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program and attended University of Cincinnati (OH) and Iowa State University. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Ray Holliday

Ray Holliday Principal

BRW Architects 2700 Earl Rudder Freeway Suite 4000 College Station, TX 77845
Ph: 979-694-1791

BRW Architects, under the guidance of Ray Holliday, has used innovative forethought in the design of more than 175 fire and EMS facilities. He has incorporated his high standards of quality efficiency and durability, as well as, the creation of inspiring design into all of his fire stations. With more than 50 design awards from F.I.E.R.O., Station Style, and Firehouse, he and BRW Architects have become nationally recognized in fire station design.

Ray is a graduate of University of Nebraska's Bachelor of Architecture program and Texas A&M's Master of Architecture program. He is also an instructor in the College of Architecture of Texas A&M and speaks at several fire station design conferences and academies each year.

Christopher Kehde

Christopher Kehde, AIA, LEED AP Principal/Owner

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects 11250 Roger Beacon Drive Suite 16 Reston, VA 20190
Ph: 703-956-5600

Christopher Kehde is a Principal Architect at LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has practiced architecture in the greater Washington, DC area for 20 years with a focus on the design and construction of public safety facilities.

Recent and current projects include:

  • Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station No. 10 in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville, Maryland
  • Beachwood Fire Station No. 2 in Beachwood, Ohio
  • Lorton Fire Station No. 19 in Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Reston Fire Station No. 25 in Fairfax County, Virginia

The Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station No. 10 has won numerous awards including:

  • 2015 F.I.E.R.O. Award of Honor
  • 2015 Firehouse Station Design Award – Silver
  • 2015 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award
  • Fairfax County DPWES Award of Excellence for Building Design & Construction
F. Thomas Lee

F. Thomas Lee, AIA, LEED AP Principal

Samaha Associates 10521 Rosehaven Street, Suite 200 Fairfax, VA 22030
Ph: 703-691-3311

Mr. Lee joined Samaha in 1987 and received a Bachelor’s of Design in Architecture from Clemson University and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Colorado. He manages a practice of 27 employees focusing on fire station commissions, having designed over 30 public safety projects. His fire stations have won various accolades including awards for community appearance, public works processes, construction detailing, innovative design, and LEED Gold certifications.

Mr. Lee’s philosophy in fire station design is rooted in thoroughly understanding station operations, researching options to allow informed decision making, and using architecture as a means to enclose the optimal performance model.

Robert J. Main

Robert J. Main Captain (retired) Type III AHIMT PSC

Honolulu Fire Department
Main Street Services Proprietor 99-829 Auamo Street Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Ph: 808-294-0631

Captain Main has an unusual blend of building and fire service experience. He began his professional career as a Drafting Technician for Gem Construction, Inc. in 1983. After just over a year, he took a similar position with the City & County of Honolulu, Department of Public Works. In 1987, he became a Building Inspector for the Building Department. In 1988 he joined the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) until his retirement in 2013. There he served as a journey level fire fighter, fire equipment operator, and front-line engine and ladder company commander. In February 2007, he was transferred to the Administrative Services Bureau as a Captain, where he remained until his retirement in December 2013.

During his tenure with the Honolulu Fire Department, as a firefighter, Captain Main maintained a parallel career as an independent drafting technician and in 1990 joined Blueprint Builders, Inc. Rob starting out as a Drafting Technician, progressing to a Project Estimator, and then a Project Coordinator. He remained with Blueprint Builders, Inc. until October 2002.

While in HFD Administrative Services Bureau, Captain Main was responsible for overseeing facility design, and maintenance of HFD facilities, and was tasked with providing facilities for a very diverse work force.  With less than one percent of the fire fighting represented by females, and members belonging to all protected classes the Civil Rights Act, it was a daunting task to bring the City & County of Honolulu into the 21st century.

Up until 2009, the facility program for HFD fire stations was a single gender design with a warning light should a female be utilizing the changing and bathing facilities. Furthermore, these facilities did not provide adequate space(s) for members, other privacy needs. This was overcome in a large way when Captain Main leveraged the ruling made by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Wedow, Kline versus the Kansas City Fire Department, that convinced the engineers and budget analysts responsible for overseeing facility design for the City & County of Honolulu would benefit from gender neutral designed facilities that allowed for personal privacy over past practices.

Robert Manns

Robert Manns Principal

Manns Woodward Studios 10839 Philadelphia Road White March, MD 21162
Ph: 410-344-1460

Robert Manns is a founding principal architect of Manns Woodward Studios, a Baltimore, Maryland based firm that specializes in the design of fire stations and public safety training centers. He carries more than 15 years of experience in the design of first responder facilities and has been the lead designer for more than 30 fire stations and training centers over the course of the past five years.

Recent awards consist of the F.I.E.R.O. Honor award (in cooperation with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects) for the Chester County Tactical Village, as well as, a Bronze Award from FireHouse Station Design for the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company renovation and the Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department renovation.

He obtained both his Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.

Steven M. McEvoy

Steven M. McEvoy, P.E. Project Engineer—Structural Engineering

H2M architects + engineers Broad Hollow Road Melville, NY 11747
Ph: 631-756-8000 x1355 Fax: 631-694-4122

Mr. McEvoy has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. As structural engineer, his responsibilities include the design of concrete and steel structural components to various commercial projects, developing structural plans for contract documents and developing strategies and methods to resolve structural problems on new and existing structures. Mr. McEvoy performs forensic engineering analysis for municipalities and multiple insurance companies in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Mr. McEvoy is also a lieutenant in the New York City Fire department. With over 18 of active service, his knowledge and experience with the fire service has been instrumental in the design, planning, and construction phases for many projects with our fire service clients.


  • Professional Engineer: NY
  • New York State Certified Fire Officer
  • New York State Certified Fire Instructor
  • F.E.M.A. Urban Search & Rescue, NY Task Force 1- Advanced Structures Specialist
  • F.D.N.Y. Special Operations Command Task Force – Advanced Structures Specialist
  • F.D.N.Y. Hazardous Material Technician I
  • F.D.N.Y. Confined Space Certified
  • USACE Structural Collapse Certified


  • B.S., Structural Design and Construction Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • A.S., Construction Technology, State University of New York at Farmingdale
  • F.D.N.Y. Fire Officers, First Line Supervisor Training Program
  • F.D.N.Y. Special Operations Command: Technical Rescue School
  • F.E.M.A. Structures Specialist Training Level I and II
Michael McKeon

Michael McKeon Principal

Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. 325 Foxborough Blvd. GE Building Suite 100 Foxborough, MA 02035
Ph: 508-549-9906 Fax: 508-549-9907

Mr. McKeon has practiced architecture for more than four decades. He has specialized in municipal facility planning and design for over twenty years. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. He specializes in police facility programming, recognizing the need to the “design to the mission, and there is no one-size-fits-all in police station design.

Mr. McKeon is a LEED accredited professional, with Architecture and Building Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Universidad Central de Venezuela. Mitchell Associates has partnered with Mr. McKeon and his colleagues at KBA to complete feasibility studies, designs, renovations and new construction for fire stations, combined fire, EMS & police, and municipal facilities. The partnership has a long history, as Bob Mitchell and Michael McKeon studied architecture together in college. The MA-KBA team has completed more than 15 public safety studies and designs.

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell, AIA Owner-Principal

Mitchell Associates Architects 29 Thacher Park Road Voorheesville, NY 12186
Ph: 518-765-4571

Robert Mitchell is the principal of Mitchell Associates Architects located in Voorheesville, NY, a firm whose entire focus is public safety architecture. Prior to Mitchell Associates, he was a founding partner and principle designer of Mitchell Ross Associates Architects, P.C. (MRA). He has more than 22 years of experience designing fire stations and has been directly involved in over 200 fire stations and emergency services facilities.

Bob’s design work has been published more than twenty times in national fire service magazines. Three of these, designed at MRA won gold prizes. He frequently speaks of conferences on topics related to fire station design and has written the chapter on renovation and additions in the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Station Manual.

Ron Mondragon

Ron Mondragon Deputy Chief of Operations Administration

Seattle Fire Department 301 Second Avenue South Seattle, WA 98104
Ph: 206-386-1060
Fax: 206-233-2755

Deputy Chief Mondragon has been a member of the Seattle Fire Department for over 38 years and is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of Operations Administration. In this capacity, Chief Mondragon oversees all Technical Team Administration, Special Events, External Government Liaison and Fire Station Levy Construction.

Chief Mondragon is the 5th consecutive Chief Officer assigned to represent the department during a 15 year, $167,000,000 Levy Project which includes the remodel or new construction of 33 Fire Stations, Communications Center, and Training Center. Chief Mondragon has been directly involved with 5 Fire Station Construction Projects and 2 Capital Improvement Projects.

Joseph M. Mottola

Joseph M. Mottola, R.A. Sr. Vice President & Director of Architecture

H2M architects + engineers Broad Hollow Road Melville, NY 11747
Ph: 631-756-8000 x1355

Joseph Mottola is a partner with H2M architects + engineers, which specializes in the design of emergency response facilities. He has specialized in the design of fire and EMS facilities throughout the New York metropolitan area for more than 20 years.

Joe serves as the market leader for the emergency services market at H2M. He has been directly involved with over 90 fire service/EMS clients. The projects have included feasibility studies; site analysis; new construction, renovations, additions, and alterations; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; site upgrades; interior reconstruction; and building envelope investigation and upgrades.

H2M has been recognized for number fire station design awards for F.I.E.R.O., Station Style, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Joe is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB); National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); and, the Construction Specification Institute (CSI). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County (NY) Fire Museum and Education Center and is an active member of the volunteer fire service for 35 years and is a member of the Massapequa Fire Department, Ladder Co. 2.

Joe lives in Massapequa, NY with his wife and three children.

Ken Newell

Ken Newell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Principal

Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects 719 East Second Avenue Gastonia, NC 28054
Ph: 800-671-0621

Since 1988, Ken Newell has earned a national reputation for the programming and design of public safety facilities that are functional, practical and budget-conscious. Ken has been directly involved in the planning and design of over 275 fire stations, EMS stations and public safety training facilities projects. He has also consulted other architects on the design of over seventy Public Safety projects, spanning 27 States. Many of these stations have received design award recognition.


Ryan Olson

Ryan Olson Associate Architect

Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated
110-700 Richmond Street London, Ontario Canada N6A 5C7
Ph: 519-432-6644

Ryan Ollson is an associate with Cornerstone Architecture which specializes in community, educational, and healthcare facilities. His experience with emergency service station design started in 2011 with the No.7 Fire Station and continued with the recent completion of the No.11 Fire Station, both located in London, Ontario.

In 2015, Ryan won the London Urban Design Award of Excellence and the Don Smith Commercial Building Award of Excellence for the No.7 Fire Station.

Ryan has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo and is a LEED® Green Associate and Green Globes Professional™.

Zak Pierce

Zak Pierce, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP Principal

CLH Design, p.a. 400 Regency Forest Drive Suite 120 Cary, NC 27518
Ph: 919-319-6716

Zak Pierce is a Principal at CLH design, p.a., an award-winning design firm located in Cary, North Carolina that offers collaborative landscape architecture and civil engineering services. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Landscape Architecture degree and have led CLH design’s public safety sector for the past 10 years. As this practice has evolved, he has helped manage more than 40 public safety projects for CLH.

Zak is the Immediate Past-President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NCASLA). During his presidency, he helped lead North Carolina’s advocacy efforts which led the chapter to receive the Chapter of the Year Advocacy Award from National ASLA. His continued involvement and leadership with the society ensures that he is at the forefront of design trends.

Michael T. Pry

Michael T. Pry, AIA, LEED, AP Senior Associate/Community Studio Leader

DP3 Architects, Ltd. 211 East Broad Street Greenville, SC 29615
Ph: 864-232-8200

Mike has been designing community-focused projects for over 30 years and currently serves as Senior Associate and Community Studio Leader for DP3 Architects. During this time he has led significant award-winning projects including fire stations, police stations, city halls, recreation centers, and parks. In all his projects, Mike aims to build on the client’s vision to create spaces which capitalize on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, creating spaces which ultimately promote people’s health, happiness, and economic well-being.

Mike holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Clemson University with an emphasis on Health Care Facilities Design and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

J. Lynn Reda

J. Lynn Reda, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Principal

Hughes Group Architects 22630 Davis Drive Suite 175 Sterling, VA 20164
Ph: 703-437-6600

Lynn is a Principal and the Public Safety Studio Leader with Hughes Group Architects. Lynn received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. She also completed studies at the University of Bath, England, and the Polytechnic University at Athens, Greece. In addition to being a registered architect with extensive design, construction document and project management experience, Ms. Reda is also a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.

Lynn has focused the last fifteen years of her 25 year career on public safety facilities and is recognized as a leader in this building type nationally. Several stations Lynn has designed have been recognized with national design awards. She is currently working with departments in Virginia, Maryland, and New Hampshire on projects ranging from additions and renovations to multi-use facilities.

Lynn regularly speaks at national station design conferences on topics such as sustainable design and programming. She is a contributing author to the IAFC publication “Fire Station: Architectural Insight to Planning, Design & Construction”.

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche Partner

FACETS Consulting 2395 North Colter Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Ph: 602-421-7602 Fax: 602-324-7603

Kevin Roche is a partner in FACETS Consulting of Phoenix, Arizona. FACETS provides public safety-related consultation to governmental, commercial, and not for profit organizations.

Kevin retired after 24 years with the Phoenix, Arizona Fire Department where he served as an Assistant to the Fire Chief. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection and Safety program at Oklahoma State University and earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Kevin’s experience includes significant work in the areas of fire department facilities planning, firefighter safety, and fire department logistics. He was the author of the “Capital Resource Management” chapter in the text Managing Fire and Rescue Services, published by the International City Management Association. He is also an active writer and consultant on firefighter safety and fire service management issues.

Kevin was the editor of the first NFPA 1500 Handbook in 1992 and has delivered numerous seminars on NFPA 1500 for the NFPA. He was a principal developer of the National Fire Academy courses “Incident Safety Officer” and “Health and Safety Officer”. He has been the author of the annual United States Fire Administration “Report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” since 1998.

Dennis A. Ross

Dennis A. Ross, AIA Director of Emergency Services Market

Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C. (a Division of H2M architects + engineers)
3 Lear Jet Lane Suite 205 Latham, NY 12110
Ph: 518-765-5105

Dennis is an architect and co-founder of Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C., (PRA), an award-winning, nationally recognized architectural firm dedicated exclusively to the design and funding strategies of Emergency Response Facilities. As part of the H2M family now, PRA joins a like-minded, client-centric firm with a strong emphasis on emergency response design and wide ranging services to better serve our clients.

Dennis is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his education included a year as an exchange student with the Polytechnic of Central London. He has over 40-years of experience including a long tenure in real estate development and construction, which allows him to assess projects from multiple points of view.

Dennis is NCARB certified; a member of the American Institute of Architects, NFPA, the International Code Council, is licensed in 14 states and an honorary member of the Kingston Fire Department. His expertise in public forums, project management, land use, budgeting, construction and focus on solutions to difficult problems has enabled him to knowledgeably write and speak on a variety of fire station design issues.

Dennis has authored articles for Fire Chief Magazine and co­authored Chief Fire Officer's Desk Reference and Fire Station: Architectural Insight to Planning, Design & Construction. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Business Council of New York State and NFIB annual award for "NYS Small Business Advocate of the Year". He lives in upstate New York with his wife.

Mark Shoemaker

Mark Shoemaker, AIA, LEED AP Director of Public Facilities

KZF Design, Inc. 700 Broadway Cincinnati, OH 45202
Ph: 513-621-6211 Fax: 513-621-6530

Mark Shoemaker is Director of Public Facilities at KZF. He is responsible for leading KZF’s efforts in delivering professional architectural and engineering services for local government clients, including studies, design-bid-build and design-build projects. With over 35 years’ experience, Mark has worked nearly exclusively on public projects.

Over the past 15 years, he has completed more than 75 local government projects, comprising administrative buildings, public works facilities and public safety facilities (including over 50 fire station projects.) He has been a regular presenter at the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Symposium, has authored several articles for fire industry publications and he wrote the Introduction to "Fire Station: Architectural Insight to Planning, Design & Construction" published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation in 2010.

David Sterne

David Sterne Fire District Manager

Setauket Fire District 20 Hulse Road East Setauket, NY 11733
Ph: 631-941-4900

David Sterne is the District Manager of Setauket Fire District where he handles the day-to-day duties for the administrative operations of a large career and volunteer, combination fire department in an affluent community on the North Shore of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

David has been a firefighter and EMT since 1994, and joined the Setauket Fire Department in 1995. Soon after, in 1996 he became a paramedic. He worked as a NYC paramedic; a flight paramedic on a Suffolk County Police Helicopter; and served as EMS Supervisor for the Setauket Fire District prior to becoming District Manager in 2012.

The Setauket Fire District is an area of approximately 28 square miles and encompasses the hamlets of Setauket, East Setauket and parts of Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Lake Grove, and Centereach. The District also provides Fire Rescue and Emergency Services to the Village of Old Field, Stony Brook University Hospital and 90% of the State University of New York at Stony Brook Main Campus. The District serves 28 square miles, 30 miles of beach front, more than 10,000 private residences, four adult assisted living and nursing home facilities, more than 700 commercial businesses, and seven schools. The District has a daytime population that exceeds 90,000 people.

Mr. Sterne lives in Setauket, NY with his wife and two children.

James Stumbo

James Stumbo, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C Senior Principal

Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
719 East Second St. Gastonia, NC 28054
Ph: 800-671-0621

Jim is a partner and principal with Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects. His design experience includes a variety of Public Safety, 911/EOC, and municipal buildings and complexes, as well as various community projects. He has developed a national reputation for his expertise in the design of fire stations and for his office’s work on public safety training facilities.

A University of Tennessee alumnus, Jim has written professional articles on design for regional fire and rescue publications, and teaches design courses at regional and nation fire and law enforcement conferences. He also serves as the firm’s vice-president and information technology expert, overseeing the technology resources and systems.

J. Michael Taylor

J. Michael Taylor, AIA, LEED, AP Managing Principal

DP3 Architects, Ltd. 211 East Broad Street Greenville, SC 29615
Ph: 864-232-8200

J. Michael has provided direction and leadership to DP3 Architects for more than 33 years and has provided project management and design services for numerous projects throughout the United States. He has been involved with several community projects including fire and EMS stations, community centers, city halls, and parks. He has also managed higher education and restaurant studios, leading projects for regional colleges and universities and national restaurant concepts.

J. Michael has served as president of the North Greenville Rotary Club, been president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and participated in the Inaugural Urban Land Institute South Carolina Sustainability Leadership Institute. Additionally, he has served on the City of Greenville’s Design and Preservation Commission, Clemson’s Architectural Foundation Board of Directors, and serves as a District Assistant Governor for Rotary international.

He holds Undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees from Clemson University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Keith Tyson

Keith Tyson Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (ret.)
VP Education, Research and Outreach Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Firefighter Cancer Support Network 10217 SW Fernwood Avenue Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
Ph: 786-351-3276

Keith served 34 years with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and was diagnosed with cancer 6 months after retirement at the age of 55. He currently presents educational seminars across the country on fire fighter cancer awareness and common sense prevention techniques.

He works with multiple researchers and scientists on different projects. This includes work with Casey Grant of the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation on cleaning of PPE. He also works with Dr. Caban-Martinez and his team at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center on multiple programs including research into cancer causes, mitigation, education and exposure tracking methods.

Keith worked on the FCSN’s first White Paper which has been recognized across the fire service as an outstanding document leading to many changes. And, he worked on the just-released White Paper #2. He has written many articles for various national and international magazines.

Lynn Washburn-Livingston

Lynn Washburn-Livingston Fire Chief (ret.) Davenport Fire Department

1539 Olde Brandy Ln. Davenport, IA 52807
Ph: 563-449-6152

Chief Lynn Washburn began her fire service career in 1981. She was appointed Fire Chief for the Davenport Fire Department in 2011 with responsibility for all administrative functions, oversight of all operational functions, leadership of over 135 firefighters, and support of cooperative relationships with community stakeholders.

Her first major task after joining DFD in 2011 was seeking City Council approval for funding to renovate or rebuild the 111-year-old Central Fire Station. Chief Washburn was an integral part of the team that selected the architect and construction manager. She participated in the design process, approved all design changes, managed communication with City administration and the City Council, led the interior finishes selection, and was accountable for the project budget. Chief Washburn was the leading voice in ensuring that the completed project would honor DFD history, provide for present emergency response needs, and would allow the department to be prepared for the future.

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