WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS ?
G. Keith Bryant
G. Keith Bryant was sworn in as the United States Fire Administrator on August 4, 2017 as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s United States Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration. He is responsible for managing the United States Fire Administration including the programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center. Prior to his presidential appointment he was the Chief of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He joined the Oklahoma City Fire Department in 1982 after serving 4 years in the Army as a Military Firefighter. He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association. He also served as a member of the National Fire Protection Association and is an ex-officio board member of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Chief Bryant believes that the business of the fire service is about people --- people centered, people focused, and people committed.
Greg Cade [Fire Chief Cade (ret.)] is the former United States Fire Administrator. He has over 49 years in emergency service as a responder and emergency manager. He now works for the National Fire Protection Association as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. He has written and spoken nationally and internationally on leadership, safety, and homeland security. Chief Cade is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Jay Davis is a Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal with the Charlottesville Fire Department. BC Davis started his fire service career in the US Navy as a Ship Board Firefighter. He is a Gulf War Veteran. He has been working for Charlottesville Fire Department for 26 years. For the past five years, he has been the Fire Marshal in Charlottesville and headed the Community Risk Reduction section. BC Davis has led the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Life Safety - Community Risk Reduction Section since 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a bachelors degree in emergency management. Chief Davis is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
Jason Elmore is a lieutenant with Chesterfield Fire and EMS. He has been assigned to the Fire and Life Safety Division as the community programs coordinator and public information officer since February 2009. Lt. Elmore is the lead spokesperson and serves as the fire department's social media manager. He is also one of the fire department Chaplains. Lt. Elmore has been in the fire service for 25 years, serving with the City of Colonial Heights Fire Department and Chesterfield County Fire and EMS. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Strayer University and a master’s degree from Virginia Union University.
Deana Haggerty has worked with law enforcement grants for 18 years, and in granting for over 26 years. She has worked as the project manager for head injury grants with both pediatric and servicemen/veteran victims. She has written grants for non-profits and governmental agencies, including the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and Project Safe Neighborhood in Richmond. As a law enforcement grant writer, she has written for the Richmond Police Department and the Chesterfield County Police Department. Deana also teaches The Fundamentals of Granting for Chesterfield Learning & Performance Center, and has conducted workshops for the FBI National Academy, and the Chesterfield County Community Development Block Grant offering. Deana has a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and an M.S.A. in Public Administration. Currently, Deana works as the Grants Specialist for Chesterfield County Public Schools where she writes division-wide grants and assists school personnel with the development and submission of school-specific or special project grants.
Meredith Hawes is a Regional Education Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association. She works to provide technical assistance and support on fire & life safety public education outreach and initiatives on a State, National, and International level. Meredith assists in implementing NFPA resources, including identifying problems, determining appropriate resources, and seeking funding sources and partners to enhance fire departments and fire marshals. Meredith's U.S. territory includes the states of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.
Lieutenant Annmarie Pickett leads the Worcester Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction and Public Education Division. She has been a member of the fire department for 18 years and a paramedic for 33 years. Lt. Pickett set the standard for integrating Community Risk Reduction tactics taught at the National Fire Academy into protecting her community. She received the 2011 Massachusetts Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award and was the recipient of NFPA’s 2015 Educator of the Year award. She was instrumental in the Worcester Fire Department forming a working relationship with the Worcester Housing Authority to receive grant funding from Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Together the partnership has installed over 3000 stove-top, heat-limiting devices to prevent stove-top fires in housing units. The Division has multiple community service award recognitions, including the 2018 National Firemark Award for Community Service and Public Education.
Kate Schulz is the Pediatric Trauma Quality Coordinator with Virginia Commonwealth University/Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Kate previously spent 4 years as the Trauma Program Manager for Johnston-Willis Hospital. She has also worked as an Emergency Department Nurse at Chippenham Hospital for 12 years and as a Paramedic in the City of Richmond for 6 years. Kate earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from VCU, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Chicago. Kate is a mom to 4 kids in Chesterfield County Public Schools and is married to a police sergeant – the Stop the Bleed program is a passion of hers for her entire family’s safety!