NFPA re-elects officers and elects new members to its board of directors

Julie Rochman, Amy Acton and Kwame Cooper to join association’s board


June 12, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the re-election of officers and election of new members to the Board of Directors today at the 2011 NFPA Conference & Expo in Boston.

Thomas W. Jaeger of Great Falls, Va., has been re-elected as chair. Jaeger is currently the president of Jaeger & Associates, LLC, a consulting fire protection engineering firm. He has served as a member and chairman of several NFPA technical committees and served on the Standards Council from 1980 to 1989.

Philip C. Stittleburg of La Farge, Wis., has been re-elected as first vice chair. Stittleburg has served as the fire chief in La Farge, Wis. since 1977, and in 1998, he was awarded Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine. Stittleburg, a practicing attorney, is also a partner in the law firm of Jenkins and Stittleburg.

Ernest J. Grant of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been re-elected as second vice chair. Grant is an outreach nurse clinician with the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, UNC Hospitals, a position he has held for over 22 years. He is also the current president of the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Randolph W. Tucker of The Woodlands, Texas, has been re-elected as secretary. Tucker has over 30 years of fire protection consulting engineering experience, having worked on projects in over 60 countries around the world. He is the associate principal leading the Fire Protection and Life Safety team for ccrd partners. He was formerly with Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. Tucker has been chair of NFPA’s Smoke Management Systems Technical Committee since 2006.

Wayne Boyd, the president and CEO of the U.S. Safety & Engineering Corporation in Sacramento, Calif., has been re-elected as treasurer. He has served on several NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code and NFPA 720, Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in Dwelling Units. He is a Member of NFPA's Research and Education Sections and the California State Fire Marshal's Public Education Committee.

The new members of the board are: Julie A. Rochman, of Tampa, Fla.; Amy R. Acton, of Grandville, Mich.; and Kwame Cooper, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Rochman is president and CEO of the Institute for Business & Home Safety. She has held positions in the insurance field for over two decades, including senior vice president of public affairs at the American Insurance Association in Washington, D.C. from 2000-2007.

Acton has been executive director of The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc. since 1998. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. in the Regional Burn Center, serving the last seven of those years as nurse manager.

Cooper is battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, International Association of Fire Fighters, and the African American Firefighter Museum, in addition to NFPA. Cooper has received numerous special awards and honors in recognition of community service.