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Debra McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE joined the American Fire Sprinkler Association in January 2019 as its first female President and CEO. In her three decades of association management, McGuire held a variety of leadership positions. Prior to joining AFSA, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and Executive Vice President for the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan. Previously, she was Director of Communications and Education for the Michigan Townships Association, and prior to that, Communications Director for the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA). In 1999, MMA received the prestigious Gold Circle Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where McGuire was recognized for her lead role in the innovative public relations campaign, “Manufacturing in Michigan.”

McGuire was awarded the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE), the highest professional credential in the association industry, in 2003. In 2009, she was appointed to the CAE Commission, then elected as its Vice Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2012, completing her work on the Commission in August 2014, after serving as Immediate Past Chairman and a member of the CAE Professional Conduct Committee. McGuire also served as a member of the 2014-2015 ASAE Foundation Development Committee and was appointed to the CAE Appeals Committee in 2016. She currently serves on the ASAE Foundation Research Committee, APAC – the political action committee for associations, based in Washington, D.C. – and CAE Practice Analysis Task Force.

McGuire is a proud alumna of the Honors College at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan where she completed her undergraduate studies while on a track scholarship. She also is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and Cornerstone University (MBA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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ROLAND HUGGINS, PE

Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services

 (214) 349-5965 ext. 121

Roland Huggins, P.E. is the Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association.  As part of the executive team he provides guidance on external operations regarding technical elements within the industry.  His primary roles include defining technical positions for AFSA, directing the effort to improve the NFPA standards that drive the installation and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems covering 28 NFPA standards and 38 representatives, as well as oversight on all technical services in support of AFSA members. Roland is a graduate of the University of Maryland and registered in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has served on the NFPA Standards Council, and is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees. Other NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the Sprinkler Handbook and the Fire Protection Handbook.  His national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, and NICET. Additionally, Roland is a proud United States military veteran.

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MARLENE GARRETT, CMP

Vice President, Program Operations & Educational Services

(214) 349-5965 ext. 118


Marlene Garrett, CMP is Vice President, Program Operations and Educational Services. In this role, which she assumed in July 2018, she has oversight of all AFSA meetings and events, including the annual AFSA convention and exhibition, the industry's largest fire sprinkler show. In addition she organizes quarterly board meetings and oversees live and virtual training events for the association. She heads the meetings and events department and is involved in the strategic development and implementation of programs related to training events. She joined AFSA in 1997 as its manager of education services and meetings, and in 1999 she was promoted to director of education and meeting services. In 2016 she was promoted to senior director of meetings and events. In 2005, Mrs. Garrett earned her certified meeting planner (CMP) designation from the Convention Industry Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and has seven years of education experience in Texas public schools.

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LAVERNE DAVIS

Vice President, Finance & Administration

(214) 349-5965 ext. 127

LaVerne Davis, MSA is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. In her role, Davis is responsible for managing all AFSA financials, financial reporting, accounting processes and administrative services. In addition, Davis oversees the financial and administrative affairs for the Association. She also will oversee the updating and maintaining office policies as well as human resources processes. Prior to joining AFSA, she served as the chief financial officer for a Dallas nonprofit, and in accounting and financial management for The Coca-Cola Co.’s world headquarters in Atlanta. Davis joined AFSA in early 2017 as manager of accounting. She holds both a bachelor and masters degree in accounting from The University of North Texas in Denton. 


AMY BURCH

Executive Assistant

(214) 349-5965 ext. 112

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LESLIE CLOUNTS

Director of Education Services

(214) 349-5965 ext. 130

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NICOLE DUVALL

Director of Communications & Social Media, and Publisher - Sprinkler Age

(214) 349-5965 ext. 126

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JOSHUA FISHER

Digital Media Producer and Brand Specialist

(214) 349-5965 ext. 136

Jill Gamble

JILL GAMBLE

Education Programs Coordinator

(214) 349-5965 ext. 128

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ROGER GRAGG

Director of Marketing & Information Technology

(214) 349-5965 ext. 116

Rebecca

REBECCA HERRING

Communications Coordinator

(214) 349-5965 ext. 134

KEVIN D. KORENTHAL
Manager of Chapter Relations
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MARICARMEN MARTINEZ

Meeting Programs Manager

(214) 349-5965 ext. 132

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D'ARCY MONTALVO

Manager of Public Relations & Editor - Sprinkler Age

(214) 349-5965 ext. 115

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ELIZABETH NEMEROFSKY

Meetings & Events Coordinator

(214) 349-5965 ext. 117

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TOM NOBLE, CET

Technical Programs Specialist

(214) 349-5965 ext. 125

Christina

CHRISTINA SALES

Meetings & Events Specialist

(214) 349-5965 ext. 113

Angelica

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AMY SWEENEY

Member Relations Specialist

(214) 349-5965 ext. 119


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JASON WILLIAMS, CET

Manager of ITM Technical Training

(214) 349-5965