NFPA appoints Patricia Gleason and Gary Keith to Standards Council

Blog Post created by debbiebaio Employee on Jan 30, 2015

The NFPA Board of Directors appointed two new members to serve on NFPA’s Standards Council for a three-year term effective January 1, 2015: Patricia A. Gleason of McLean, VA and Gary S. Keith, of Norwood, MA.

Patricia A. Gleason is currently the President and COO of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), which operates certification programs for over 50 types of safety and protective products used by millions of workers in the fire & emergency services industry.  In this position, she serves on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as Chair of the ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, the ANSI Accreditation Committee, and is also an ANSI Appeals Board member.  Ms. Gleason also served on the ISO Working Group 29 that completed the revision of ISO Guide 65, the standard governing the accreditation of third-party certification organizations. She has served on the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing & Equipment since 1998, and the Correlating Committee for Protective Clothing & Equipment since 1995.  She is a member of the American Society for Safety Engineers, and serves as an officer on the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Homeland Security Executive Committee. Ms. Gleason serves as a member of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Special Technical Committees on CBRN Protective Clothing and Equipment for Law Enforcement; and Bomb Suits. Prior to her appointment at SEI in 1994, Ms. Gleason was director of communications with the International Safety Equipment Association and Safety Equipment Institute, where she worked with corporate personnel of safety and protective equipment manufacturers.  From 1984 to 1985 she worked with Keller & Heckman as director of government affairs, and from 1982 to 1984 as a liaison/paralegal with the Federal Communications Commission.  She received her MBA from Marymount University and her BS from Frostburg State University.

Gary S. Keith is the Vice President-Engineering Standards at FM Global, overseeing the development of technical guidance to understand and mitigate the property hazards in client locations.  Prior to returning to FM Global in 2013, he worked 18 years for NFPA serving as Vice President-Field Operations and overseeing six divisions responsible for the outreach of NFPA's fire safety mission.  He has been a member of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a project dedicated to public education for residential fire sprinkler systems, since its inception and served as its president from 1996 to 2013.  Prior to NFPA, he worked 15 years for FM Global in various field engineering and management positions.  Mr. Keith also served his home town community for 20 years as a call firefighter and fire protection engineer with the Fire Department in West Bridgewater, MA.  He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Management Development program at Harvard Business School.

In addition to adding two new members, current Council members Randall Bradley of Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, and John Rickard of P3 Consulting were each reappointed for a second three-year term starting January 1.  Also, the Board appointed Chad Beebe of ASHE - AHA, who had previously served on an interim basis, to his first official three-year term, also beginning January 1.

The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA standards development process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA standards development process, acting as administer of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.