Board Bios

Dan_Arnold.jpg Dan Arnold is an FPE graduate from the University of Maryland with more than 43 years of experience in fire protection; 37 years as an FPE. His early experience was as a volunteer firefighter in PG County, Maryland. His engineering experience includes 16 years with Rolf Jensen & Associates where he was a Vice President/Engineering Manager. In 2001, Mr. Arnold founded Seneca Fire Engineering, LLC; a consulting firm that provides fire protection engineering services. Mr. Arnold is a registered professional engineer in 21 states and an SFPE Fellow. He has taught numerous seminars and written articles on a variety of fire protection and loss analysis topics. He is Past President of the Greater Atlanta SFPE Chapter currently serves on the SFPE Board of Directors.

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Nicole Boston, CAE has served as Chief Executive Officer of SFPE since October 2013. She is responsible for the Society’s wide-ranging and expanding technical and educational programs, strategic initiatives, finance, operations, and staff.

Boston has over 20 years of experience in the engineering industry, having previously served 11 years as deputy director of Fiatech, an industry-led consortium in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin focused on deploying new technologies to improve capital projects. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Building Futures Council as well as held senior management positions at the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (part of the American Society of Civil Engineers). Boston is a certified association executive (CAE) and received her bachelor's degree in international studies from American University’s School of International Service and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

John_Campbell_200x200.jpgJohn Campbell, PE, PEng., CFPS, FIFireE has specialized in the Fire Protection field, providing engineering and consulting services globally on projects in industrial, mercantile, government, and residential occupancies before, during, and after construction, considering factors such as fire resistance, occupancy, water supplies, and egress facilities. Apart from my other responsibilities, He also designs or recommends materials or equipment such as structural components protection, fire detection equipment, alarm systems, fire extinguishing devices, and systems, and advises on location, handling, installation, and maintenance. He performs fire protection and life safety consulting services related to fire and building codes, national fire protection standards, and related issues. He analyzes plans for conformance to standard practice, codes, and specifications for seal and signature, as well as supervising the design work of others.

John's specialties include the warehousing and distribution industry, power generation facilities, large manufacturing facilities, health care, and nursing facilities, and retail occupancies. Other specialties include various service and institutional occupancies, including universities and computer environments. Specific protection schemes have involved water-based extinguishing systems (water spray, AFFF foam, deluge), water mist systems, clean agent extinguishing, CO2 extinguishing systems, detection, and control systems, and fire alarm.

He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), a Fellow in the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), and an active technical committee member on Water Tanks (NFPA 22), Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation (NFPA 18, NFPA 18A, NFPA 1150), and Hybrid (Water and Inert Gas) Fire Extinguishing Systems (NFPA 770), and a prior member of Storage and Warehousing of Containers and Portable Tanks (NFPA 30), and Aerosol Products (NFPA 30B) for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He also is an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) sitting on the Community Outreach and Advocacy Committee, holding the grade of Fellow in the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) sitting on the Fire Protection Subcommittee of Distribution Systems, and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a non-voting member of the International Code Council (ICC).

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Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE (Immediate Past President) holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from IIT Chicago, and an MBA from The University of Houston. Mike is a professional engineer in five states. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), local Houston Chapter past president and International SFPE Board Member 2008 to 2011 and 2016 to 2017, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Membership and activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 and NFPA 99. He is an NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA. Mike has been an SFPE designated ABET Program Evaluator for Fire Protection and Safety programs since 2010. Mike is also active in the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and is a designated Fellow in ASHE. Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers, and building owners worldwide.

jimmy_200_px.jpg Jimmy Jönsson is a Director with JVVA in Madrid. Jimmy has worked on a wide range of fire/life safety projects internationally over the last 18 years. He has extensive experience in developing performance-based fire engineering design and analysis. Jimmy has specific knowledge and experience regarding Fire Engineering, Performance-Based Design and Risk Management. Jimmy has led fire engineering design and implementation across a varied range of international building and infrastructure projects like high and super high rise, commercial and residential complexes, airports, underground infrastructure, logistics centres, rail and road tunnels. Prior to lead JVVA, Jimmy worked for Arup Fire for more than 10 years in different offices (London, Dublin and Madrid) becoming the team leader of Arup Fire in Madrid and the technical leader of Arup Fire in Europe.

Jimmy graduated from Lund University in Sweden, from where he achieved two degrees; BSc Fire Protection Engineering and MSc Risk Management & Safety Engineering. After graduation he worked at the department of fire safety engineering at Lund University evaluating fire and risk computer models. Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for the Spanish chapter of SFPE (President), and a member of SFPE Europe. Jimmy gives classes related to Fire & Risk at different Universities in Spain. Jimmy also gives Tunnel Fire Safety courses in Spain, the objectives mainly being operational procedures and intervention tactics. These courses are mainly directed to Fire Brigade personnel.

kelly_shaun.jpg Shaun Kelly, PEng, CEng, MIEI is originally from Co. Donegal, Ireland and was educated in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Co. Donegal. He graduated in 2003 with a BSc Hons in Fire Technology and began working with Moylore Civil Engineering Ltd. immediately upon graduating. His roles there included senior designer, fire safety engineering consultant, director, and he led the company until he left Ireland in 2010. He worked on projects across Ireland during this time and gained knowledge and understanding of Irish, British, and European codes and standards.

In 2010 he emigrated to Canada and currently lives in Toronto. He began working with ARENCON Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in fire protection engineering and code consulting and progressed to become a managing partner. He is a senior engineer and project manager charged with managing some of their largest projects which span across North America and the Middle East. He works as a fire protection system design consultant; code consultant and develops performance-based solutions to prescriptive code requirements. He's a former Council Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Canada Branch, a Professional Member of SFPE (PMSFPE), and a member of the SFPE Southern Ontario Chapter. He's also a registered Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland (CEng MIEI) and a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada.

Amanda-Kimball200x200.jpgAmanda Kimball, PE, FSFPE (Secretary/Treasurer) was interested in fire protection engineering during her junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she was an undergraduate in Civil Engineering, so she entered the five-year BS/MS program. Amanda graduated with my BS in Civil Engineering in 2003 and my MS in Fire Protection Engineering in 2004. Upon graduation, she started work for Arup as a Fire Specialist in the Boston office. She was responsible for fire engineering duties for fire protection projects in a variety of occupancies. In 2008, she was promoted to Senior Fire Engineer at Arup and became responsible for lead engineering duties and project management for a variety of fire protection projects. Her background experience includes fire protection engineering consulting with experience in building code life safety analyses, design of fire protection systems, fire and egress modeling of buildings and subway stations, and risk analysis. While at Arup, she aided with the development and validation of a new egress simulation tool.

In 2011, Amanda joined the Fire Protection Research Foundation (NFPA’s research affiliate) as a Research Project Manager as a Senior Project Manager and now is a Research Director. She is responsible for managing research activities, which includes research planning, procuring research funding, and outreach. She manages projects and activities relating to the topics of fire alarm/detection, sprinkler, and other suppression, building life safety, and public education and human behavior. In addition, she manages the activities of the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG). The PIRG is a group of property insurers that identify research needs relevant to the insurance industry and provide financial support for research at the Foundation. Amanda also oversees the activities of the Foundation’s Research Advisory Council (RAC), which provides oversight of the research activities of the Foundation to ensure that they adhere to the Foundation Policies.

Bob_Libby200x200.jpgBob Libby, PE, FSFPE is the principal for the fire protection engineering department and is growing and organizing the company’s fire protection engineering capabilities on a national and global scale. He has been instrumental in bringing key fire protection professionals to Coffman. Together with other fire protection staff, Coffman has landed significant contracts with key clients in the hospitality, industrial, and commercial markets.

Bob has extensive experience in the specification, bid, award, installation management, testing, and acceptance of fire protection systems in commercial buildings. All projects include the sound application of National Fire Protection Association standards and often owner expectations that exceed minimum code requirements. Technical standards include NFPA 13 “Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems”; NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems”; and NFPA 72 “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”. Project work often includes the integration of NFPA requirements with the fire protection requirements of the International Codes.

militello_tony_headshot_0720.jpgAnthony Militello, PE, CSP, FSFPE currently serves as the Director, Occupational Safety and Health on the Secretary of the Navy staff. In that role, Mr. Militello is responsible for overseeing, directing, and providing advocacy for all matters related to the Department of the Navy (DoN) Occupational Safety and Health Program. As the senior Department of the Navy career occupational safety and health civilian, Mr. Militello also serves as the Department’s civilian safety Community Manager. Mr. Militello began his current assignment on the Secretary of the Navy staff in June 2015.

Mr. Militello is a career civil servant who began his career in 1995 with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), with whom he worked from 1995 until 2003 as a fire protection engineer in regional offices in Charleston, SC, Washington, DC, and Naples, Italy. Mr. Militello also worked from 2003 until 2005 as a fire protection engineer with the General Services Administration in the National Capital Region.

In 2005 Mr. Militello returned to NAVFAC as the Safety Program Manager and was the senior technical subject matter expert responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, administering, and evaluating the performance and compliance of all aspects of a global Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program, which included the oversite of over 19,000 employees and over $11B in annual maintenance, construction, demolition, and repair contract work.

Mr. Militello is a licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional, OSHA Special Government Employee, and Department of the Navy Acquisition Corps Member. Mr. Militello is a Fellow with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), serves as a director on the SFPE Board of Directors and a trustee on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Militello is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park where he teaches a professional development seminar in their Fire Protection Engineering Department. Mr. Militello is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council of the American University Department of Public Affairs. Mr. Militello holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

Mr. Militello is originally from Buffalo, New York, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Josie and children Luca and Chiara. He is actively involved in advisory boards of his daughter’s grammar school and son’s high school and spends his free time as a sports photographer for the athletic programs at Gonzaga College High School, where his son is currently a senior.

Armelle_200X200.pngArmelle Muller has been working in fire safety for 25 years at CNPP (French prevention and protection association). She is currently supervising a team of 26 people (including 11 engineers and Ph.D.), having also strategic and economic responsibilities. This team is involved in fire investigation, fire tests (fire resistance, extinguishing products, suppression systems: sprinkler, water mist, foam systems, and gas systems), and fire safety engineering.

She is a member of the board of director at CNPP. She is also supervising Research Development and Innovation at CNPP. She represents CNPP in meetings or relations with the French federation of insurers. As a legal expert qualified in the fire, she performs fire investigation and gives testimony in the court. Armelle gives courses and conferences on fire investigation, fire testing, and fire safety engineering mainly in France and in Europe and also in more distant countries such as Africa and Korea.

She has been elected president of the SFPE French Chapter in 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and has been a member of the French Chapter for more than 10 years.

Jack_Poole_200x200.jpgJack Poole, PE, FSFPE (2021 President) graduated from the University of Maryland in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Mr. Poole is a Principal at Poole Fire Protection located in Olathe, Kansas. Mr. Poole is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Fire Protection, licensed in 49 states and 3 territories and his expertise includes designing fire suppression and detection systems. He has designed hundreds of fire suppression and fire alarm & detection systems for public and private clients all around the world.

He was a volunteer firefighter and Fire Marshal for South Johnson County Fire Department, is a Past President of the American Backflow Prevention Association, serves as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Board of Directors, is an SFPE Fellow, serves on several NFPA Technical Committees, is Chairman of NFPA 520 and SIG-PRO of NFPA 72, serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee, and is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Department and the Oklahoma State Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology Advisory Board. Jack also serves on the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors.

Mr. Poole received the Glenn L. Martin Medal from the University of Maryland in 2014 and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in June 2015. He is married to his wife and business partner Laura and has two children, Drew – 28, and Stephanie – 23. Drew has completed his B.S. Fire Protection, M. Eng. Fire Protection, and M.S. Engineering Management, all from the University of Maryland. Stephanie has completed her B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering degree from the University of Maryland and is currently completing her M. Eng. In Fire Protection Engineering.

Albert_Simeoni.jpgAlbert Simeoni, PhD is the Department Head of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Applications from the University of Corsica in France (1994), a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aix-Marseille in France (1996), and a Ph.D. in Physics, from the University of Corsica in France (2000).  He is an internationally recognized expert teaching and conducting research in fire and wildland fire and fire science with over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters.  He has more than 20 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior.  Before join WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire in the UK (University of Edinburgh) and in France (University of Corsica).  He has also experience as a consultant in fire science in the US and has spent over 10 years volunteering and working as a firefighter in France.  Starting as a volunteer firefighter, he ultimately led all aspects of fire, wildland fire, and rescue operations, n the capacity of Chief of Fire Station.

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Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering and a Minor Citation in French Language and Cultures from the University of Maryland College Park. Shamim is a registered professional engineer in the State of Delaware and was previously registered as a House of Expertise Engineer in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Her professional organization involvement includes Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), past Executive Committee Member of SFPE Chesapeake Chapter, Founder and immediate Past President of SFPE UAE Chapter, and member of the SFPE International Committee on Membership and Chapter Relations. She is a former member of the UAE Code Committee as well as an NFPA 101 International Instructor.

Shamim has over 18 years of experience in building and fire code consulting, fire dynamics, timed egress modeling, performance-based design, and fire alarm system witness testing. She has worked on a multitude of projects including government facilities, hospitals and medical centers, airport terminals, museums, high-rise buildings, hotels, malls, and other special use facilities. In addition, she has been active in the Middle East and India for the past 12 years as an industry expert, presenting and moderating at conferences and technical events throughout the region on technical topics including but not limited to façade risk assessments, fire alarm system fundamentals and nuisance alarms, recent updates to the UAE and Saudi Building Codes and delivery of code-compliant projects.

BethTubbs200x200.jpgBeth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE (President-Elect) has been with the ICC since 1995. During her time at ICC she has been involved in a variety of different activities including code development and support. Participation in various committees, both on a national and international level, has also been an important activity for her. Within the ICC framework, Beth has had a staff role in many different activities over the years. In particular, she was the lead staff during the initial development of the ICC Performance Code. This led to extensive involvement on a national and international level on the issues of performance building regulations. In addition to her involvement with performance-based regulatory issues, she has been active with prescriptive building and fire code development and application my entire career. Beth has and will continue to assist jurisdictions in applying building and fire codes through code opinions, presentations and development of support products such as commentaries and handbooks. She is currently the secretariat to the International Existing Building Code, ICC Performance Code and the International Fire Code.