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Fire Science Online Program Faculty

Faculty from the Front Lines

Our online Bachelor of Science in Fire Science faculty consists of some of the biggest names in fire services and protection. You won’t find this level of expertise anywhere else. Gain knowledge from – and network with – the best and brightest talent that the industry has to offer.

Stephen Coleman, B.S., MPA, Fire Chief
Stephen Coleman is a 22-year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. 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 for almost five years before being named Fire Chief in 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. 

Peter C. Cusolito, MBA, CEM, CFM
Peter Cusolito is the Senior Security and Emergency Management Consultant for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and a member of the adjunct faculty at Anna Maria College teaching courses in public administration, fire science and emergency management.  He has a degree in Economics from Framingham State College and a Masters in Business Administration from Nichols College.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Certified Emergency Manager and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Peter has worked within the private and public sector from public assemblies, to working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, National Fire Protection Association, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has been intricately involved in standards and program models for Threat Assessments, Mitigation Plans, Security Plans, Emergency Management Plans, Standard Operating Procedures, and the development and conduct of training, drills and exercises. Peter is a retired senior military officer, serving over 26 years in a variety of assignments including Chief of Training and Operations, Commander of a National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. Peter’s skills include the coordination and public safety planning for large-scale, high-risk events.

Eugene Elliott, MPH, MPA
Eugene's career in emergency services began in 1996. In 2001, he graduated with his B.S. in Biology from East Carolina University while earning his Paramedic licensure. He went on to earn his MPH in 2010 and his MPA with emergency management specialization from Anna Maria College in 2011. He is currently completing his Master of Science in policy and management and is enrolled in the Doctor of Science in Emergency Management program at Jacksonville State University. He is currently a senior civilian within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Arlington, VA where he focuses on Incident Response matters, and has continued to serve as senior critical care and intensive care paramedic for a regional health care system since 2001. He has written several articles on EMS, public health and emergency response. He has a keen interest in the role of emergency services interoperability in emergency management and homeland security. 

Reginald D. Freeman, MS, CFO, FIFireE
Reginald Freeman currently serves as Fire Chief for Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth, TX. Chief Freeman’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership from Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE. He earned his Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ and he is currently an Ed.D student pursuing a terminal degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Development. Chief Freeman has also attended Harvard University’s Senior Executives for State & Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Ft. Worth, Chief Freeman served as Assistant Chief/Deputy Director of Emergency Management for the City of Hartford Fire Department in Hartford, CT. He also was the Fire Chief in Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, GA and served as a civilian Fire Chief in Iraq from November 5, 2004 through November 12, 2008. Chief Freeman is a sought after International speaker and currently holds memberships to several professional public safety associations. He has also been elected to serve as the Chair of the Industrial Fire & Life Safety Section and a Board member of the Executive Fire Officer Section of the IAFC, respectively. Additionally, Chief Freeman serves as a Commissioner for the Commission on Professional Credentialing and is also the Director of Training for the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs. He also was elected to serve as Treasurer/Membership Chair for the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch. Lastly, Chief Freeman is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. as well as a credentialed “Fellow” with the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch.

David Glazebrook
David Glazebrook joined the Army at 18 as an E-1 in the Airborne Infantry and later became recon and a Non-Commissioned Officer. He earned his B.S. degree and was accepted to the Army Officer Candidate School, where he graduated as a Distinguished Honor Graduate, eighth out of 135. As an officer, David was rated as the best in every position he held. He led Infantry Platoons in Downtown Baghdad on Haifa Street in OIF II, 2004 to 2005.

David then took up a career in Emergency Management as the Operations Manager for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. He also joined the Navy team in 2009 as the Emergency Manager for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. David teaches Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Terrorism. He is considered an expert in these areas and his vast experience in leading large organizations in tough high stress situations has proven to be an asset every place he has gone.

Travis Halstead
Travis Halstead, Jr. was a member of the Virginia Beach Fire Department for 40 years, serving 35+ years as a career firefighter and is since retired. Travis has also served as a Human Resource Officer, as well as a Battalion Chief where he served in a special assignment as the executive Assistant to the Deputy City Manager, which allows him to bring a unique perspective to the courses he teaches.

Travis earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College and an Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science from Tidewater Community College. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and was twice designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Additionally, Travis is a member of the Technical Review Working Group with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).

Dan Kerrigan
Dan Kerrigan has more than 27 years of distinguished service in the public, corporate and higher education sectors. His fire service and emergency management experience includes serving in positions from Firefighter through Deputy Chief. Currently a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer student with graduation expected in 2014, Dan is an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College (M.A.) where he facilitates undergraduate and graduate courses in Fire Administration, Emergency Management and Public Policy. Kerrigan has served as a PA State Fire Instructor since 1994, where he has lectured frequently on a wide range of topics including leadership development, officer development, instructor methodology, structural firefighting, hydraulics, building construction and rescue. 

William Lynch, B.S., Ph.D.
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 B.S. in Education, three master's degrees, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and doctorate in Leadership in Schools.

Gary McCarraher, B.S., MPA, EFO
Gary 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 has been fire chief in Franklin, Massachusetts since 1999. Gary 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, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
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, M.A., D.Ed., EFO
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 M.A. in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College.

Jack Parow, M.A., EFO, CFO Fire Chief, ret., Chelmsford Fire Rescue, former president of the IAFC
Chief Jack Parow, M.A., 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 more than 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, B.S., MPA
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 more than $250,000 in grant funds over the past two years. In addition, he serves as an EMS field operations supervisor provides around-the-clock citywide 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 B.S. 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 more than 25 years. He has both an associate's and a bachelor's degree in Business Management, an associate 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.

Edward J. Power, A.S., B.S., MPA
Edward Power has almost 20 years’ experience in the emergency services field and has been an instructor with Anna Maria’s fire science and public administration programs since 2012. Ed is also an Instructor with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy where he teaches in the Recruit Firefighter, Fire Officer and Rapid Intervention Programs, among others. He is currently a Lieutenant with the Lynn MA Fire Department. Prior to joining the Lynn Fire Department, Ed was the Supervisor of the Needham MA Fire Department's Communications Division. Ed holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Fire Science Administration degree from Anna Maria College as well as an A.S. in Fire Science Technology from North Shore Community College. Ed also holds several certifications relative to the fire service including: Fire Instructor 1, Fire Officer 1, Safety Officer 1 and Emergency Medical Technician.

Michael A. Walker, B.S., MPA
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 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, B.S., MPA
Professor Walsh was a firefighter and officer in Quincy, Massachusetts, for more than 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, B.S., M.A.
Mr. White became a firefighter in 1997 at the Weymouth (M.A.) 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 B.S. in Natural Resource Studies from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a B.S. in Fire Protection and Prevention from Empire State College, and an M.A. in Fire Science and Administration from Anna Maria College.

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