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Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS
Director & Principal Investigator, FIRST

Dr. Taylor has been trained in the field of injury prevention and control, and uses its principles to address safety issues in healthcare and first responder industries.

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Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis, MPH, CPH
Senior Project Manager, FOCUS

Ms. Andrea Davis is a Project Manager at the Drexel University School of Public Health. She provides oversight to one of the team’s projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “Understanding Culture: Assessing Firefighter Safety Climate.”

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Regan Murray, MPH, EMT
Project Manager, SAVER

Ms. Regan Murray is a Project Manager at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She works primarily on the SAVER project for the FIRST center.

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Lauren Shepler

Lauren Shepler, MPH
Outreach & Communications Manager

Ms. Lauren Shepler is the Outreach and Communications Manager for the FIRST project. She manages the Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends website, social media, and press in addition to assisting with FIRST's Safety Culture and EMS Behavioral Health, Violence, & Sources of Stress projects. 

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Affiliate Faculty

Joseph Allen, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Utah

Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Utah. His research focuses on three major areas of inquiry including the study of workplace meetings, organizational community engagement, and occupational safety and health.

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Jin Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the Kansas State University

Dr. Jin Lee is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the Kansas State University. Dr. Lee’s research focus is primarily on workplace safety, health, and well-being. 

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Christian Resick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior, LeBow College of Business at Drexel University

Dr. Christian Resick is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior with the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA. His research focuses on the social and cognitive psychological processes associated with leader influence, teamwork, and organizational culture and fit.

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Sherry Brandt-Rauf, JD, MPhil

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

Sherry Brandt-Rauf is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. Her teaching and research focus on environmental and occupational health policy with a special interest in issues of efficacy and equity.

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Advisory Board

Richard Campbell, ScD, MA
Senior Research Analyst, NFPA

Richard Campbell is a senior research analyst with the National Fire Protection Association.  

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Madison Davidson

Madison Davidson, MPH
Consultant, The Lewin Group

Ms. Davidson is a consultant with The Lewin Group. Additionally, she is a former FIRST trainee and graduate from the Dornsife School of Public Health. 

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Ken Desmond
Maine State Director, National Volunteer Fire Council

Operations and Training Specialist for Lincoln County Emergency Management in Wiscasset, Maine

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Joseph Finn
Commissioner, Boston Fire Department

Commissioner Joseph E. Finn has been with the Boston Fire Department for 31 years. Commissioner/Chief Finn made significant contributions to the department and has worked on numerous planning committees for high profile events for the department.

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Eriks Gabliks
Director of DPSST and Oregon Public Safety Academy

Eriks Gabliks currently serves as the Director of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

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Billy Goldfeder

Billy Goldfeder
Deputy Fire Chief

Chief Goldfeder has been producing The Secret List (TSL) since 1998. TSL is an independent newsletter with over 300,000 subscribers, which serves to bring forward the issues surrounding firefighter injury and death via

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David Hollinger
Director for Fire and Emergency Services, Drexel University

David Hollinger was appointed to the position of Director for Fire and Emergency Services at Drexel University in 2013.  He is responsible for the University’s fire/life safety and emergency preparedness programs.  He also liaisons with and advises Drexel EMS.

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Emily Huang, PhD
Associate Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

Dr. Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology/Systems Science from Portland State University. During her more than 20 years as an occupational safety and health researcher and consultant, she has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters, more than 100 worldwide conference presentations/proceedings and has provided recommendations to numerous occupational safety and health practitioners. 

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Bill Jenaway

William F. Jenaway, PhD, CFO, CFPS
President of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Fire Services Institute

Dr. William F. Jenaway, CFO, CFPS is the President of the Board of Directors of CFSI and has over 40 years of fire service experience.

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Dr. Scott Kerwood

Scott Kerwood, PhD, MPA
International Association of Fire Chiefs

Scott Kerwood is a student of the fire service. He currently serves as the Fire Chief for Hutto Fire Rescue in Hutto, Texas. He also works as an adjunct instructor for Capella University were he teaches Masters and Doctoral classes in homeland security, fire, and emergency management operations, and serves as an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program

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Edward Mann
Director of Education & Training, Provident

Director of Education and Training for Provident and serves as the Fire Chief of the East Derry Volunteer Fire Company in Mifflin County.


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Richard Marinucci
Executive Director, FDSOA

Chief Marinucci has over 40 years of experience currently serving as Executive Director of the Fire Department Safety Officers. He served nearly 25 years as the Chief of Farmington Hills.

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Candice McDonald
Board Member, I-Women

Dr. Candice McDonald serves a firefighter/public information officer with the Sebring Fire Department in Ohio. She works for NASA in the Office of Protective Services as a physical security specialist.    

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Lori Moore-Merrell DrPH, MPH, EMT-P
President & CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute

Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell is the President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute. Lori is considered an expert in executive leadership, emergency response system evaluation, public safety resource deployment, community risk assessment, data collection and analysis, strategic planning, costs and benefits analysis, advocacy, consensus building, policy development and implementation and generational differences in the workplace. 

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pat morrison

Patrick Morrison
Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine (IAFF)

Patrick Morrison leads the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Health, Safety, and Medical Division.

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Ed Plaugher

Edward Plaugher
Retired Fire Chief

In August of 2004, Chief Edward Plaugher was named "Career Fire Chief of the Year" by Fire Chief Magazine.

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Dr. Jeanne Sears

Jeanne Sears, PhD, RN
Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington

Dr. Sears specializes in occupational health services research, injury surveillance methodology, and program and policy evaluation. She is Co-Director of the Occupational Health Services Research training program at the University of Washington.

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Tim Sendelbach

Tim Sendelbach

Firehouse Magazine is the leading information and news source for the fire service. As Editor-in-Chief, Tim Sendelbach is responsible for the content and editorial direction of Firehouse Magazine,, Firehouse Expo, and Firehouse World.

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Ron Siarnicki
Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

NFFF’s mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes while providing resources to assist their survivors. NFFF convened the National Fire Fighter Life Safety Summit and serves as a key communicator and advocate for all Summit initiatives, including #1: “Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service.”

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Michael Tucker
Superintendent, Florida State Fire College

Michael Tucker is the Superintendent of the Florida State Fire College. The Fire College serves as the regulatory agency for fire service providers as well provider of all training curriculums relative fire service credentials for nearly 70,000 fire and emergency services personnel in Florida.

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Eric Valliere
Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Vice Chair

Eric Valliere has been an active member of the Fire Service for the past 27 years and currently holds the rank of Assistant Fire Chief at the Scottsdale Fire Department. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.

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Devon Wells

Devon Wells
1st Vice President, International Society of Fire Service Instructors

Devon Wells is the 1st Vice President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and former Fire Chief of Hood River (OR) Fire & EMS.

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