Fire Science Faculty: Bachelor in Fire Science


William Lynch, PhD
A veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, Dr. Lynch has been involved in public education as a teacher, administrator, coach, and instructor of professional development for 45 years. He has a BS in Education, three master's degrees, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and doctorate in Leadership in Schools.

Gary McCarraher
Mr. McCarraher began his fire and rescue career in 1974 as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in southeastern Pennsylvania. Since then, he has worked in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where he served as a firefighter/EMT, a fire lieutenant, a deputy fire chief and a fire chief in three fire departments. He is presently fire chief in Franklin, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 1999. Mr. McCarraher holds associates degrees in Fire Science Technology, Fire Protection Technology and Industrial Safety and Health Technology from Rowan Technical College; a bachelor's degree in Fire and Emergency Management from the University System of New Hampshire; and a master's degree in Public Administration from Framingham State College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and the Massachusetts Chief Officer Program, and is a Chief Officer Designee from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Andrew T. McCarthy, BS, MA, PhD
Dr. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He earned a Master of Arts in Theology at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, concentrating in History and Spirituality, and completed his doctoral studies in Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he concentrated on Spirituality through a psychological lens. He is currently Assistant Professor of Humanities at Anna Maria College.

John Michael Moschella
Dr. Moschella is a three-decade veteran of the Revere, Massachusetts Fire Department, where he attained the rank of Deputy Chief. He is currently an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College. Dr. Moschella co-authored the state's hazardous materials response training program. He has authored numerous articles in fire-related journals and is a frequent contributor to and current editorial board member of The International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management. He is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. In 2002, Dr. Moschella was the first recipient of the National Fire Protection Association's George D. Miller Award. He holds an MA in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College.

Jack Parow, MA, EFO, CFO Fire Chief, ret., Chelmsford Fire Rescue, former president of the IAFC
Chief Jack Parow, MA, EFO, CFO Fire Chief, ret., Chelmsford Fire Rescue, a 35-year veteran of fire service and the former President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC 2010-2011),  past president of the New England Division of the IAFC and past president of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. Since 1990 he has led the District 6 hazardous material team, which provides coverage to over 90 communities in the northeastern section of the state. Chief Parow still maintains both his state and national certifications as an emergency medical technician and is the incoming president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Michael D. Penders
Michael Penders has been a firefighter/paramedic with the Agawam, Massachusetts, fire department since 2008. He has served as the departments grant writer, successfully obtaining over $250,000 in grant funds over the past two years. In addition, he serves as an EMS field operations supervisor provides around-the-clock city-wide supervision of emergency medical services in the Operations & Communication Divisions. Mike holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Anna Maria College as well as a BS in Criminal Justice and a Certificate of Paramedic Technology from Northeastern University. Prior to joining the faculty at Anna Maria, Mike was a guest lecturer at Northeastern University's Institute for Emergency Medical Services.

Everett G. Pierce, M.S., CFO
Professor Pierce has been a member of the fire service community for 45 years and has taught at the university level for over 25 years. He has both an associate's and a bachelor's degree in Business Management, an associate's degree in Fire Science and a master's degree in Emergency Management. His career in the fire service includes a position as the deputy chief of a Call Department, 20 years in state fire training, and three years as a Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director of a combination department. Professor Pierce has been an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy for 25 years and has presented at numerous Fire Service venues and conferences.

Claudia E. Plasse
Ms. Plasse has taught Communications and Cultural Studies at Anna Maria College since 2007. Her professional background includes positions as a public relations specialist for the Department of Social and Health Affairs in Dresden, Germany; a radio and TV broadcast journalist for Deutsche Welle; a journalist and producer for a German public broadcast station, and a broadcast producer for the Network Media Service. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Munich, a master's degree at the University of Cologne, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Marc Tumeinski
Marc Tumeinski has taught at Anna Maria College since 2009, where he teaches courses on Spiritual Identity and Faith Formation and Catholic Social Teaching. He holds an MA in Dogmatic Theology and is currently in the Post-Master's Certificate in Theology program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He is the editor and publisher of The SRV Journal and leads workshops and trainings through the Social Role Valorization Implementation Project in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has presented talks and participated in conferences on social policy and service throughout the northeast U.S. and in Canada and New Zealand.

Michael A. Walker
Mr. Walker entered the fire service in 1974 as a volunteer. He achieved the qualification of shipboard Damage Control Assistant, the equivalent to civilian fire chief, and served as a fire fighting instructor. Since retiring from the United States Navy in 1994, he worked fire departments in Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, where he is now the Fire Chief for the town of Yarmouth. Chief Walker has a bachelor's in Fire Science C from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration in Government from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Certified Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Apparatus Engineer, and a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He has advanced training in chemical, biological and nuclear terrorism, attended advance emergency medical training for terrorism at Texas A&M University, and terrorism Bomb training at the Energetic Materials Training and Research Center at New Mexico Tech.

Stephen Walsh, Professor
Professor Walsh was a firefighter and officer in Quincy, Massachusetts, for over 20 years. He has been a subject matter expert for the Boston/UASI region on fire discipline and filled a number of roles for Homeland Security regional response, including Hazardous Materials Office and Department Liaison. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, a bachelor's in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, a master's in Public Administration from Framingham State University, and studied Management Science at the National Fire Academy.

Charles V. White
Mr. White became a firefighter in 1997 at the Weymouth (MA) Fire Department, where he worked as the Fire Prevention Coordinator from 2005 and 2009. He is currently a lieutenant in South Weymouth. He as a BS in Natural Resource Studies from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a BS in Fire Protection and Prevention from Empire State College, and an MA in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College.

Stephen Coleman
Stephen Coleman 22 year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. Stephen has been involved in the Massachusetts fire service for over 20 years. He began his career in the Charlton Fire Department in 1989 and served as a call firefighter and a call Lieutenant before being hired as a full time firefighter/EMT in 1995. He rose to the rank of Captain and served in that capacity for nine years before being hired as Auburn’s first full time Deputy Chief in 2006. He served in that capacity for almost five years before being named Fire Chief on May 31, 2011.

Chief Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science from Anna Maria College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Clark University. He is also a graduate of the UMASS Donahue Institutes Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. Chief Coleman is also currently working on a second master’s degree in Occupational & Environmental Health and Safety.

Chief Coleman is nationally certified as a Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor and a Safety Officer. Chief Coleman is also a Credentialed Fire Chief in MA.

Over the course of Chief Coleman’s career, twice, his peers have recognized him as a “Fire Fighter of the Year”. In 1997 the Tri-Community Exchange Club honored him for his work in training. And in 2005 he received the Massachusetts Fire Fighter of the Year Award for his work in the development and oversight of a training program for call firefighters in Southern Worcester County. "

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