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Ian Bennett

Ian Bennett is the National Local Assistance State Team (LAST) Coordinator for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In addition, he coordinates the Taking Care of Our Own program and the Unformed Peer Support Programs. Bennett has been associated with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation since 2001 serving as a member of the planning section of […]

Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr.

Chief Keith Brower

Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. has been a Special Projects Consultant for the Foundation since June 2019. His primary role is to represent the Foundation on the Vision 20/20 Steering Committee however he is also responsible for developing content and training to increase awareness for Life Safety Initiatives #14 and #15. In 2020, Chief Brower […]

Scott Burnette

Chief Scott Burnette

Chief Scott Burnette from Hendersonville, North Carolina (Retired) joins the Line-of-Duty Death Outreach and Research Program as deputy to Chief Ian Bennett (Retired). Chief Burnette started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter for the Mills River (NC) Fire Department in 1988. He became a career firefighter with the City of Asheville (NC) Fire […]

Bill Delaney

Bill Delaney

Bill Delaney has over 40 years of experience in the fire service, first as a volunteer and career firefighter and, over 23 years, as a civilian manager. He retired as the Assistant Director of the Office of Public Information with the Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department in May 2023. Bill has served as […]

John Kane

John Kane

John Kane spent 21 years with the Syracuse (NY) Fire Department, retiring in 2022 as the Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Division. The SFD is an ISO Class 1 fire department and was awarded the NFFF Seal of Excellence in 2021. After retirement, John took over a local fire science community college program, where […]

Judy Kirk

Ms. Judy Kirk joins the Fire Programs Team and will be lending her expertise in events management and special projects. Judy brings more than three decades of experience in grants management, non-profits development and fundraising, and events planning. Her career arc has taken her through a wide range of organizations, including the International Association of […]

Daniel Kistner

Daniel Kistner

Daniel (Danny) T. Kistner is a proven and innovative public-sector leader who has thrived in dynamic situations for over forty years. Daniel is regarded an industry leader and innovator on a variety of high impact topics including firefighter safety and health, adaptive leadership, professionalism, and prehospital medical services. Never satisfied with status quo, Daniel championed […]

Caitlin McGuire

Caitlin McGuire

Caitlin McGuire joined the Foundation’s Fire Service Programs team on February 1, 2021, as the new Events Management and Special Projects consultant. She has an extensive background in grant writing, grant management, conference planning, and program management in the nonprofit world. Caitlin earned a Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University, is the daughter of a […]

Sonya Roth

Sonya Roth joined the Foundation in 2012 as the Event Coordinator and Travel Manager. She coordinates travel on behalf of the Foundation and serves as the liaison between our firefighter community and travel agency. As Event Coordinator, she negotiates contracts with hotels and manages meeting, lodging and banquet needs. Her prior experience includes a position […]

Vickie Taylor

Vickie Taylor

Vickie Taylor is a licensed clinical social worker who has served as the behavioral health consultant and the coordinator of the Family Day activities for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend since the Foundation was created in 1992. In addition, she is an instructor for the Taking Care of Our Own® training program. She lives […]

Amy Tippett

Amy Tippett

Amy Tippett has been a consultant for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation since 2013 working on special projects and social media. She has more than 20 years of non-profit experience working for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Nature Conservancy. She lives with her husband and her Bluetick […]

David Wiklanski

David Wiklanski

David Wiklanski is a Captain for the City of New Brunswick, NJ Fire Department. He has been an advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for over a decade. In addition to being an advocate, David has worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist, teaching the Taking Care of Our Own program, and working with the […]