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Degree Assembly Board of Governors

DABOG Members

Paula Simone, DABOG Chair
Member Entity: Central Oregon Community College
Chair Term Ends: 2022
Term Ends: 2024
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Bill Klein, DABOG Vice-Chair
Member Entity: Chemeketa Community College, Oregon
Vice-Chair Term Ends: 2022
Term Ends: 2022
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Josh Crisp
Member Entity: Gaston College, North Carolina
Term Ends: 2022
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Randy Souther
Member Entity: Aims Community College, Colorado
Term Ends: 2022
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Bill Benjamin
Member Entity: Portland Community College, Oregon
Term Ends: 2023
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Cynthia Brun
Member Entity: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
DABOG Term Ends: 2023
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Earl (Rob) Freese, III
Member Entity: Bucks County Community College, Pennsylvania
Term Ends: 2023
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Gary Johnson
Member Entity: Central Ohio Technical College
Term Ends: 2023
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Marc Rudder
Member Entity: Kentucky Community & Technical College System
DABOG Term Ends: 2024
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Zeyad Sagr
Member Entity: Arab Fire Safety and Security Academy, Saudi Arabia
Term Ends: 2024
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Lee Silvi
Member Entity: None - Public Board Member
Term Ends: 2024
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The Degree Assembly Board of Governors (DABOG) consists of eleven members. Ten members are elected from Degree Assembly represented entities. One member is elected from the general public to serve as the Public Board Member. The functions of the Degree Assembly Board of Governors are to:

  • Carry out policies established by the Degree Assembly.
  • Provide suggested policy statements and administrative guidelines to the Degree Assembly for approval in addition to those provided by the Degree Assembly.
  • Encourage the professional and educational development of fire and emergency services.
  • Clarify policy established by the Degree Assembly
  • Review appeals.
  • Meet at least semi-annually immediately prior to the Degree Assembly meeting.
  • Establish a forum and dialogue between accredited entities that will encourage cooperation.
  • Ensure that the program accreditation process is done on a valid and credible basis.
  • Act upon all accreditation applications.

For more information about the Degree Assembly Board of Governors, see Article 20 of the IFSAC Bylaws.

Certificate Assembly Board of Governors

CABOG Members

Derek Simmons, Chair
Member Entity: Fire and Emergency Services, Newfoundland and Labrador
Chair Term Ends: 2022
CABOG Term Ends: 2024
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Lori Howes, Vice-Chair
Member Entity: Utah Fire and Rescue Academy
Vice-Chair Term Ends: 2024
CABOG Term Ends: 2024
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Affan Khalfan Al Akhzami
Member Entity: International College of Engineering Management, Oman
Term Ends: 2022
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Donna Saine
Member Entity: Indiana Board of Firefighting Personnel Stds & Edu/DHS
Term Ends: 2022
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Matt Thorpe
Member Entity: North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission
Term Ends: 2022
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Tara Youngblood
Member Entity: Texas Commission on Fire Protection
Term Ends: 2022
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Jason Decremer
Member Entity: Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
Term Ends: 2023
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Christy Rodgers
Member Entity: Kentucky Fire Commission
Term Ends: 2023
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Angela White
Member Entity: Wisconsin Technical College System, Fire Education and Training
Term Ends: 2023
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John Cunningham
Member Entity: Nova Scotia Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board
Term Ends: 2024
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Bill Slosson
Member Entity: Washington State Patrol - Fire Protection Bureau
Term Ends: 2024
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Bernie MacKinnon
Public Board Member
Term Ends: 2022
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The Certificate Assembly Board of Governors (CABOG) consists of eleven members elected from Certificate Assembly represented entities and one member elected from the general public.

The functions of the Certificate Assembly Board of Governors are to:

  • Carry out policies established by the Certificate Assembly.
  • Provide suggested policy statements and administrative guidelines to the Assembly for approval in addition to those provided by the Assembly.
  • Encourage the professional development of the fire and emergency services internationally.
  • Clarify policy established by the Certificate Assembly.
  • Review appeals.
  • Meet semi-annually, immediately prior to the Certificate Assembly meeting.
  • Establish a forum and dialogue between accredited entities that will encourage reciprocity between entities.
  • Ensure certification is done on a valid and credible basis.
  • Act upon all accreditation applications.
  • Act on recommendations of the Assembly committees.

For more information about the Certificate Assembly Board of Governors, see Article 10 of the IFSAC Bylaws.

Council of Governors

COG Members

Jillian Conaghan, COG Administrative Facilitator
Manager, IFSAC Administration
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Jason Decremer
Representing: Certificate Assembly
Member Entity: Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
Term Ends: 2022
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Kim Williams
Representing: Certificate Assembly
Member Entity: North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission
Term Ends: 2023
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John Cunningham
Representing: Certificate Assembly
Member Entity: Nova Scotia Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board
Term Ends: 2024
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Bill Klein
Representing: Degree Assembly
Member Entity: Chemeketa Community College, Oregon
Term Ends: 2022
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Phone: (503) 399-6240

Casey Hall
Representing: Degree Assembly
Member Entity: Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Term Ends: 2023
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Josh Crisp
Representing: Degree Assembly
Member Entity: Gaston College, North Carolina
Term Ends: 2024
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Public Members

Bernie MacKinnon, CABOG Public Member
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Lee Silvi, DABOG Public Member
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CABOG Chair

Derek Simmons
Member Entity: Fire and Emergency Services, Newfoundland and Labrador
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DABOG Chair

Paula Simone, DABOG Chair
Member Entity: Central Oregon Community College
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The IFSAC Council of Governors (COG) consists of eleven members with three members elected from each assembly of IFSAC, the public member from each board, the chair of each board, and one member of the Administration Office serving as facilitator/chair. The responsibilities of the Council of Governors are to:

  • Work with the Congress on issues of linkage between assemblies.
  • Deal with issues that are common to the Certificate Assembly and the Degree Assembly.
  • Recommend resolutions to the Congress to resolve disputes between the Certificate Assembly and the Degree Assembly.
  • Work with Oklahoma State University on employee issues with regard to hiring, termination, promotion, pay increases, and performance evaluations.
  • Approve and provide oversight of the budget.
  • Provide direction and assistance to IFSAC Administration.

For more information about the Council of Governors, see Article 01 of the IFSAC Bylaws.

About IFSAC

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) is a not-for-profit, peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope.

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