Our Team Members volunteer their time to go on a mission and/or support our work!  We are grateful for all of our volunteers!


Leadership Team

+ Dave Moore Chief Fire Officer/ Executive Director

Dave@africafiremission.org

Dave is the founder, executive director and Chief Fire Officer of Africa Fire Mission. After visiting Kenya in 2012 and seeing first-hand the challenges that faced the fire services there to prevent and respond to fires and other emergencies, he founded Africa Fire Mission to help increase the sustainable capacity of fire brigades in Africa. Africa Fire Mission currently has training programs in place in Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya with planned expansion to Sierra Leone in 2017. Dave is a 23-year veteran of the fire service, a 3rd generation firefighter and began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Scottdale, PA, USA. Prior to founding AFM, Dave served as Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department in Cincinnati, OH. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and graduate degrees in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from Northern Kentucky University. He has a diverse background in structural, industrial and wildland firefighting and is passionate about ensuring firefighters all across the world have access to high quality training and personal safety equipment.

+ Nancy Moore Program Director

nancy@africafiremission.org

Nancy is a veteran “firefighter wife” and professional social worker. She was originally asked to go to Africa by Mary Kamau of Missions of Hope International (MOHI) to train social workers on child sexual abuse prevention. When Mary realized that Nancy’s husband, Dave, was a fire chief she asked him to come and do fire safety assessments in the schools that MOHI runs. Suddenly the needs of the fire service and the community became clear. God’s hand was at work as the mission began to grow overnight and Nancy’s role within Africa Fire Mission became a reality. Nancy’s work with Africa Fire Mission is that of organizer, planner, program & curriculum design. She uses her skills understanding culture and training to assist in preparing the teams of firefighters to go to Africa and is working to develop fire prevention programs for schools and communities in urban and rural Africa. She works with African firefighters to help them advocate for themselves and to advance the fire service. Nancy holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is a Co-Active Coach and is licensed as a social worker in Ohio and Kentucky.

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+ Mikel Robinson Administrator

mikel@africafiremission.org

Mikel is the owner and founder of Full Scope Management. She began working with AFM in December 2017. In addition to working with AFM, Mikel is the Executive Director for the International Association of Wildland Fire and Administrator for the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association. Before starting Full Scope, Mikel worked at the University of Montana as a Division Manager in Community & Professional Services. Prior to her time at UM she worked in the Cruise Ship Industry as a Hotel Manager in Alaska and the Caribbean. She has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Montana. Mikel lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband Ken.

+ Matt flagler chief of operations

matt@africafiremission.org

Matt Flagler is a 24-year veteran of the fire service. A Captain with the Cincinnati Fire Department, Flagler is currently assigned to the Operations Bureau as Company Commander of Engine 2, responding to 4,000 alarms per year in the ethnically and economically diverse northern neighborhoods of the city. Matt has previously served in a variety of roles in Cincinnati including as a Training Instructor and a member of the Administration Bureau. Flagler also serves in regional roles as a member of a local Incident Management Team, and as Plans Team Manager for FEMA US&R Ohio Task Force One. Flagler holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati and has completed his studies in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. 2016 will mark Matt’s fourth trip to Kenya in support of Africa Fire Mission (AFM). What began as a fun adventure and a favor to friends has become a passion to help his brother and sister firefighters in Africa. Flagler is excited to return to Kenya this year as part of a larger team bringing information, new experiences and encouragement to the Firefighters of Kenya. Matt resides in Cincinnati with his wife of 18 years Sarah, and children Daniel and Graciella.


Board of Directors

Barksdale

BENJAMIN BARKSDALE
Chair

JUDY JOHNSON
Board Member & Mission Teams Coordinator

MIKE BURNHAM
Treasurer

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BETHANY HAMPTON
Board Member

TUCKER PALMATIER
Board Member

MEGAN OHLER
Vice Chair


 BOARD OF AMBASSADORS

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ALHAJI SACCOH   Founder, Sierra Leone Children's Fund

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DICK ALEXANDER International Consultant, CMFI

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DAVID GITHUKU    Proctor and Gamble

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        FRANCIS NDELEVA             Fire Chief Officer, Kenya Airport Authority

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MOSES MUTELEMBA Chief Fire Officer, Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

          

WALLACE KAMAU  Missions of Hope International

 
 

Support Team

JOHN PETRACA
Project Manager
Northeast Region

BOB RIELAGE
Public Information Officer

JEFF JOHNSON
Project Manager
Midwest Region

JOE HANSEN
Logistics Officer
Midwest Region

 

DAVID STEVENS
Logistics Officer
Northeast Region

MELANIE SWINFORD
Project & Event Coordinator

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LAVETTA JONES
Special Projects

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HANK CLEMMENSON Fire Chief, retired

 
 
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Jose Ngunjiri
 
 

JOSÈ NGUNJIRI            Kenya Fire Service Liaison

CALEB MELOY
Storyteller