Advisory Council

Independent of CCFS's sponsors, the Advisory Council provides valuable strategic vision and wisdom to the Board of Directors and CCFS. The council’s members are experts and leaders in corporations, industry, and public service. They have encompassed CCFS's core values and through their business knowledge, professional careers, contacts, and personal beliefs, work hard to champion the mission of CCFS as well as fire and life safety. 


Lorraine Carli
Vice President - Outreach and Advocacy
NFPA
Lorraine Carli is vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for the National Fire Protection Association where she oversees media, public affairs and advocacy activities; the organization’s magazine NFPA Journal; and NFPA’s Wildfire, Public Education and US/Canada Regional Operations Divisions.

Carli is president of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition and past president and current member of the Board of Directors for The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. In addition she is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation and serves on the executive committee of the Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI) board of directors.

Carli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in Boston, teaching graduate public relations courses. 

 


Amy Daley
Staff Vice President
FM Global
Amy Daley is Staff Vice President, Education, Healthcare & Affinity Groups Global Practice Leader at FM Global and is located in the company’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island.  Daley provides leadership to enable FM Global’s worldwide growth and client retention in the education, healthcare and other affinity industries.  With more than two decades of insurance industry experience, Daley previously served as an account manager in FM Global’s Boston operations.  Prior to joining the mutual insurer in 2010, she held positions as a property and casualty reinsurance underwriter, broker and commercial underwriter, as well as a loss control specialist.  She is an undergraduate of Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan and received her MBA from the University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.  Amy also has an Associate in Risk Management designation from the Insurance Institute of America, as well as an insurance producer Property & Casualty license.  Amy is activity involved in URMIA, RIMS, ASHE, NACUBO and The Center for Campus Fire Safety.

Curtis L. Decker, JD
Executive Director
National Disability Rights Network
Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) since its inception in 1982. As Executive Director of the nation’s largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights, Curt oversees all activities related to training and technical assistance, membership services, and legislative advocacy. He has been involved in the passage of every major disability legislation since that time. Before founding NDRN with other P&A Directors, Curt served as Director of the Maryland P&A, Disability Rights Maryland. Curt also served as Director of the H.E.L.P. Resource Project for Abused and Neglected Children for four years, and was a VISTA worker prior to working as a senior attorney for Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau for five years. Curt is also a past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 100 national disability groups, and serves on the boards of Friends of Research. In his career, Curt also served as a legislative consultant for numerous groups, including the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the National Public Law Training Center, and the Maryland Academy of Physician’s Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School.


John Fellers
President
Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)
John Fellers has been working in higher education and campus fire safety for more than twenty years. John is currently an Assistant Director in Environmental Health & Safety at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He is also a Charter Member of the Center for Campus Fire Safety and is the 2020-2021 President of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). John began his career in higher education as an apprentice working on fire safety systems and later crossed over into fire code compliance. John has served in several capacities in higher-ed including Director of EHS and Security, Authority Having Jurisdiction, and Fire Marshal. In addition to this experience, John has more than five years of experience in non-profit association leadership serving on the Board of Trustees for CSHEMA. In his time volunteering at CSHEMA John has led conference planning, multiple communities of practice and committees, promoted professional development, and worked to enhance overall member experience and engagement. 

John holds a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in safety management, is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Fire Inspector, and holds licenses with the State of Texas as a Registered Accessibility Specialist, Flame Effects Operator and Pyrotechnic Special Effects Operator.


Jesse Ferri
Resident Assistant of Vroman Hall
Information Technology, BTB
Campus Engagement Board Leader 
SUNY Cobleskill ITS Helpdesk Assistant

Jesse Ferri, is a current student at SUNY Cobleskill studying Information Technology. He holds many leadership positions on campus such as a Resident Assistant, a Campus Engagement leader, and he also works at the student help desk on campus. Some fun things he likes to do on his free time is to hang out with friends, work on his hydroponic tower garden, and listen to music.  Jesse is a student member of CCFS.
 

 

 

 

 


John Foley
Managing Director
Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC)

John serves as Managing Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. John serves the SBC mission through policy, regulation, and code development, by solidifying member services and value, and by establishing a strong operational and financial base as tools to propel SBC’s mission. John has held key business development, operations, engineering, and executive roles at telecom service companies such as Level 3 Communications, MFS, and MCI. John was a co-founder of XO Communications where he was VP of Operations and Engineering, and later VP of International Network Development. John led dark fiber provider City Signal Communications in the position of President and CEO. John served as Capture Director for specialty construction firm Henkels and McCoy, a leading DAS Integrator. John also spent several years in television and video production services with PMTV, developing and managing complex video production projects including sports and corporate simulcasts and broadcasts. John participates on the TIA Smart Buildings Working Group and Public Safety Sub Group, and the Smart Cities Council/WIA City Networks Task Force.

John comes from a family with a tradition of first-responder service, with his grandfather, great uncle, brother, and son all serving in the Philadelphia Police department. 


Raymond Patterson
Life Safety & Fire Protection Sales Specialist
Siemens Industry
Raymond is a life safety and fire protection sales specialist for Siemens Industry in Dallas Texas. Raymond has been with Siemens twenty years providing quality fire and life safety systems for general contractors and end users though out Texas. These systems have included clean agent fire suppression systems, fire sprinkler, nurse call, fire detection system, mass notification systems, and firefighter enhancement radio systems. Mr. Patterson understands the complete building and system must work together to provide a quality and safe building for the occupants. Raymond began his career at Carter and Burgess Engineers in Fort Worth Texas in 1979. He was provided with the opportunities to learn how buildings are designed and built. The training and mentorship that was provided, allowed him gather the expertise in many of the building systems. This includes how they all work together to provide an overall life safety system. At Freese and Nichols Engineers in Fort Worth, he was a senior electrical design engineer. Raymond’s duties included all aspects of electrical systems and fire safety for industrial plants, commercial facilities and K12 education facilities. Raymond is an advocate for fire and life safety. He provides assistance with the Siemens Industry Affairs team on a local and national level. As a member of the Texas Fire Marshal Association, he is able to gain a better understanding the issues fire fighters and inspectors have with building and fire codes.

Mr. Patterson is NICET certified in all three of the fire life safety categories. He is certified as Fire Plans Examiner and Fire Inspection II in Texas (TCFP). He serves as an Alternative Member of the NFPA 1221/1225 committee, representing NEMA. Raymond is a 30 year member and director of the Fort Worth Red Helmets, the volunteer rehab support for the Fort Worth Fire Department. He has been on the North Lake College, Construction Education Foundation (CEF) Advisory counsel for 20 plus years. The CEF provides training and apprenticeship programs in all aspects of the construction industry.


Chief Shane Ray
President
National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)
Shane Ray began his fire service career in 1984 and worked through the ranks of career and volunteer organizations serving from firefighter to chief. Shane currently serves as President of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, headquartered in Maryland. Shane served 13 years as Fire Chief and he served six years as the mayor in his hometown of Pleasant View, Tennessee. He also held the position of Superintendent of the South Carolina Fire Academy and as South Carolina State Fire Marshal.

Chief Ray is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the University of Maryland’s Leadership Development Program, and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. 

Shane’s education not only comes from universities and institutions but from practical experience as well. Chief Ray currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Fire Services Institute and remains very active at the local, state, and federal levels involving legislative and regulatory issues impacting the fire service and fire protection.  

Shane was selected as Fire Chief Magazine’s Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year for 2005 and Eastern Kentucky University’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award for 2006. He was also selected as Tennessee Fire Chief of the Year in 2011. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki Haley in June of 2014.


Jon Roberts, CBO, CFM
Senior Regulatory Engineer, Codes and Regulatory Services
UL

Jon Roberts has been involved in the fire, building, and life safety arena for over 30 years. Prior to joining UL, he served as a Division Chief, Fire Protection Engineer, Building/Fire Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Training Officer, and Firefighter.  

Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Protection Engineering and Safety Technology from Oklahoma State University, is a Certified Building Official and Certified Fire Marshal, holds many other national professional certifications, and serves as a member of numerous state and national fire and building organizations, including the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.







Shawn Simons
Motivational Speaker and Fire and Life Safety Educator
After The Fire
Shawn Simons is a burn survivor and an international Motivational Speaker who delivers a first-hand account of surviving a tragic residence hall fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey when he was a college freshman. Because of a fraternity prank gone wrong, 3 lives were lost and both he and his roommate as well as two others, were severely burned. He now travels the world educating and motivating young adults in colleges and high schools as well in corporate settings that despite the challenges and adversities we all face, we can overcome anything with the right tools. He lives by the motto “Your scars are a reminder that you’re an overcomer and serve a greater purpose.”

Shawn resides in Roselle, NJ where he is married to his wife, Dr. Chinaire Simons, and has two teenage sons, Tamir and Jaylen. Shawn is the one of the main subjects of the New York Times Best-Selling book “After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival” and the subject of the award-winning documentary “After the Fire: A True Story of Heroes and Cowards.” More of his mission can be found at www.alandshawn.com