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.




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

First Vice Chair

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

Second Vice Chair

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


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

Assistant Secretary

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

Assistant Secretary

Donald R. Cook, Chief Inspector, Dewberry-Edmonds Engineering, Alabama 


Michael Wallace, Former Executive Director, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Juniper, Florida 

Assistant Treasurer

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

Immediate Past Chair

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

Jim Pauley, NFPA, Quincy, Massachusetts


Term expires 2023
  • Dr. Denis Onieal, Former US Deputy Fire Administrator, US Fire Administration,Gettysburg, PA
Term expires 2024
  • Raj Arora, Chief Executive Officer, Jensen Hughes, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Brion Callori, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Research, FM Global, Johnston, Rhode Island
  • Reginald D. Freeman, Fire Chief, City of Oakland, Oakland, California
  • William J. Fries, Supervising Fire Protection Engineer; Pentagon Fire Marshal; Deputy Director of the Standards and Compliance Division, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • Lou Paulson, CA Public Employment Relations Board and Former President, California Professional Firefighters, Walnut Creek, California
Term expires 2025
  • Butch Browning, Executive Director, National Association of State Fire Marshals

  • Adrián Gallardo Landeros, General Director, Servicios de Información Estratégica, Mexico

  • Mark Ghilarducci,Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES)

  • Patrick J. Morrison, Chief of Field Services, International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington, D.C.

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