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AFSA Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has elected its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Newly elected directors include Rod DiBona of Rapid Fire Protection in Rapid City, S.D. (Region 3) and Lyle Hall of Western Fire Protection in Poway, Calif. (At Large).  DiBona will take over the Region 3 director position previously held by Joseph Heinrich, who will continue on the board as the immediate past chairman.

Re-elected directors include Tom McKinnon of Aegis Fire Systems in Pleasanton, Calif. (Region 1); Dwight Bateman of Southeast Fire Protection in Houston (Region 4); and Don Albares of American Sprinkler Co. in Metairie, La. (At Large).

Each year, one-third of AFSA’s Board of Directors is elected to a three-year term, providing continuity in the association’s governing body. The Board consists of seven regional directors (one for each of the seven membership regions), at-large directors and the immediate past chairman.

The 2015-2016 board of directors will be installed and elect its executive committee October 10, 2015 at the AFSA Convention & Exhibition in Phoenix.

A full list of the 2015-2016 AFSA Board of Directors is included below:

  • Region 1 Director Thomas J. McKinnon
    Aegis Fire Systems Technology, Inc., Pleasanton, Calif.
  • Region 2 Director R. Donald Kaufman
    Kaufman Fire Protection, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Rod DiBona
    Rod DiBona

    Region 3 Director Rod DiBona
    Rapid Fire Protection, Rapid City, S.D.

  • Region 4 Director Dwight E. Bateman
    Southeast Fire Protection, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Region 5 Director Jeff Phifer
    Crawford Sprinkler Company of South Carolina, Lugoff, S.C.
  • Region 6 Director Michael F. Meehan
    VSC Fire Security, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA
  • Region 7 Director Paul DeLorie
    Hampshire Fire Protection Co., Inc., Londonderry, N.H.
  • Lyle Hall
    Lyle Hall

    At-Large Director Donald G. Albares
    American Sprinkler Co., Inc., Metairie, La.

  • At-Large Director Linda M. Biernacki
    Fire Tech Systems, Inc., Shreveport, La.
  • At-Large Director Lyle Hall
    Western Fire Protection, Poway, Calif.
  • At-Large Director Jack A. Medovich, P.E.
    Fire & Life Safety America (an ECFP Co.), Hanover, Md.
  • At-Large Director Wayne Weisz
    Cen-Cal Fire Systems, Inc., Lodi, Calif.
  • At-Large Director Theodore C. Wills, Jr.
    Anchor Fire Protection Co., Perkiomenville, Pa.
  • Immediate Past Chairman Joseph A. Heinrich
    Bamford Fire Sprinkler Co., Salina, Kan.

AFSA’s Board of Directors is committed to the continuance of the merit shop philosophy, the promotion of property and life safety through the use of automatic fire protection, and the continued development of training for fire sprinkler fitters, layout technicians, inspectors and management. AFSA members are encouraged to voice any questions, concerns or suggestions with any member of the board or staff.  Visit


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