WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS ?
Joshua Davis is a (Ret.) Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal from the Charlottesville Fire Department. Chief Davis has 31 year of fire service beginning with the US Navy as a ShipBoard Firefighter and a Gulf War Veteran. He served with the Charlottesville Fire Department for 26 years where he was the Fire Marshal and led the Community Risk Reduction section. Chief 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 bachelor’s degree in emergency management and Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.
April Degen Product Safety Investigator from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Brene Duggins is the Fire Prevention Coordinator/Training Captain at Holly Grove Fire Department in Lexington, NC. During her 20 years as a volunteer in the fire service, she has shared her passion for technology and education across not only the state of North Carolina but across the United States and into Canada teaching the public as well as Fire Service Personnel to enhance their own programs through the integration of technology. Most recently she has started Ms. D's Virtual PD, which is a virtual professional development training program that combines live training sessions and on-demand training opportunities for public school personnel and fire service personnel. Brene is the past Chair of the NC Eastern Region Fire and Life Safety Educators Association and also is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educator Association State Council. She is the 2022 NFPA Educator of Year. Her day job is as the Media Coordinator at Oak Grove High School in Davidson County, NC, and she is also a Past President of the North Carolina School Library Association.
Jason Elmore has more than 13 years experience in communications as a public information officer. His career started in 1993 as a firefighter/medic with the City of Colonial Heights Fire and EMS Department. In 2001, he was hired by Chesterfield County Fire and EMS and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006. Jason began serving as the Public Information Officer in 2009 and served in that position until 2020. After 27 years in the fire service, he switched roles and is now the Deputy Communications Director for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Jason has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, a Master's degree in Divinity, and the Master Public Information Officer designation from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Jason is a resident of Chesterfield County, VA and also is a pastor at Providence United Methodist Church in N. Chesterfield.
Danielle Englund is the Preparedness Manager for the Virginia Region of the American Red Cross. She oversees the implementation of the organization’s youth, adult, and business preparedness education programs as well as the smoke alarm installation programs. She has been with the American Red Cross for 6 years, and has served in the Preparedness Manager role for a little over a year. She is passionate about making homes, families, and communities safer, and is always looking for opportunities to work with individuals, organizations, and agencies in the Commonwealth to make it a reality!
Jessica Xenakis joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department as the Life Safety Education Supervisor in 2019. With over a decade of professional experience as an educator, Jessica has incorporated her teaching expertise into the creation of a new virtual learning resource (www.vbfdlifesafety.com), while building the VBFD “Safety Squad Program” - an interactive station-based fire and injury prevention curriculum currently being piloted in 56 elementary schools throughout the City of Virginia Beach. As the Youth Fire Prevention & Intervention Program Manager for VBFD, Jessica continues to improve educational processes and develop solid working relationships with at-risk youth and their families. In addition to her work as a fire safety and prevention educator, Jessica is also the Co-Founder of the Virginia Beach Fire Foundation, and she is certified as an instructor for Child Passenger Safety Technicians through Safe Kids Worldwide. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in Education from Old Dominion University.