HOD Doctoral Student
Recipient of the HOD Scholarship, Sustainability Scholarship, Fielding Research Grant, and Seashore Scholarship for Organizational Diversity & Change

My research interests are in public safety and inter-organizational collaboration, which are the two key aspects of my professional work as chief of Ohio’s Columbus Fire Department. I am in my sixth year as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Fire Protection Research Foundation is an affiliate of the NFPA, and is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to plan, manage, and communicate research in support of the association. The foundation is currently focusing effort on two emerging concepts in fire protection that will significantly impact NFPA codes and standards over the next five years: smart firefighting and resiliency. Community disaster resiliency is an interest and has relevance to my study.

My academic interests include the possibility of conducting post-doctoral research and writing, and possibly working at a university, an endeavor I began by teaching Introduction to Public Safety. I am also interested in continuing my work with the various national and international organizations and associations I have worked with over the years.

I am very grateful for these awards. They will help me complete this process, and becoming a PhD will make me an even better role model for minority and women firefighters, and those interested in becoming firefighters, officers, and fire chiefs.  It helps demonstrate you can accomplish your goals through hard work, commitment, and perseverance. Again, thank you so much for all the support.