The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) has 11 members that represent a cross-section of the fire and emergency service, including career, combination, and volunteer fire departments, city and county management, labor, academia, EMS, fire prevention, and the U.S. Department of Defense. CPC holds an in-person meeting at the CPSE Excellence Conference each spring and at the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Fire Rescue International Conference each summer. During these in-person meetings, as well as during regular web meetings, CPC reviews officers applying for a designation. Learn more about the individuals that graciously volunteer their time to overseeing credentialing.


Fire Chief
Decatur Fire Rescue Department
230 East Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Toni Washington is the chief of the City of Decatur, Georgia, Fire Department, which she has been with for almost 11 years. She has over 27 years in the fire service including thirteen years with the City of East Point Fire Department as a Fire Administrator, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief and three years with the State of Georgia Fire Marshal.

Chief Washington holds a Masters in Managerial Leadership from National-Louis University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Savannah State University.

Toni is a Georgia Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a current member of the Executive Board for iWomen.

Chief Washington earned her Chief Fire Officer designation in 2013.

Alexander C. Henderson, Ph.D., CTO
Commission Vice Chair
Representative: Academic

Associate Professor
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Alexander Henderson, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration at Marist College, New York.

His research and teaching span organizational behavior, personnel management, policy implementation, and administrative discretion. Dr. Henderson previously served as a chief administrative officer, operational officer, and director with several emergency services organizations in suburban Philadelphia. He is a fellow of the Center for Organizational Research and Design at Arizona State University, and an academic fellow with the Local Government Workplace Initiative at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark, and a B.A. and M.P.A. from Villanova University.

He earned his Chief Training Officer designation in 2022.

Todd Canale, CFO
Department of Defense

Fire Chief
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Emergency Services
4690 South Phoenix St
Tucson, AZ 85707

Todd Canale is the chief, fire emergency services, for the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). In addition to overseeing all activities of the fire department, Chief Canale serves in the Air Force Reserve as a Liaison Officer providing Air Force oversight for the Southwest Region of the Civil Air Patrol, and teaches both fire science and leadership courses at Pima Community College.

Chief Canale is a graduate of Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Fire Service Administration, is currently a doctoral candidate in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

He earned his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2011.

Chris Christopoulos, CFO
Combination Career and Volunteer Departments

Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director
Lebanon Fire Department
Lebanon, NH

Chris Christopoulus is the chief of the Lebanon, New Hampshire, Fire Department and emergency management director for the city of Lebanon. He began his fire service career in 1981 as a volunteer in his hometown of Wallingford, Connecticut and then became a full-time firefighter/paramedic with West Haven, Connecticut. In 1999, Chief Christopoulus accepted a position as fire chief/building inspector for Rindge, New Hampshire before becoming deputy chief for Lebanon, New Hampshire and was promoted to fire chief in 2001.

Chief Christopoulos is a graduate of Mount Wachusetts Community College in Massachusetts with an associate’s degree in Fire Science and a bachelor’s in Emergency Services Management from Granite State College in New Hampshire. He obtained a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California.

Chief Christopoulos earned his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2009.


City Manager
City of Redwood City
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Melissa Stevenson Diaz is the city manager for the City of Redwood City, California, a position which she has held since October 2015.

Ms. Diaz has held various executive and leadership roles over her 24-year professional career in local government. Prior to joining Redwood City, she was the assistant city manager and interim city manager with the City of Mountain View. She has held positions in the cities of Freemont and Morgan Hill and was responsible for functions such as human resources, finance and budget, policy analysis, redevelopment and economic development, information technology management, community engagement and communications.

Ms. Diaz holds a Masters of Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mills College.

Brandon Fletcher, CFO, CTO
Volunteer Departments

Fire Chief
Gilt Edge Fire Department
Burlison, TN 38015

Brandon Fletcher is the chief of Gilt Edge Fire Department in Burlison, Tennessee, a position that he has held since July 2015. He began his fire service career in October 2000and is a second-generation firefighter with a background as both a volunteer and career firefighter in rural, suburban, and airport/industrial settings. 

Chief Fletcher is a graduate of theUniversity of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He serves as a principal member of the NFPA Fire Officer Professional Qualifications and the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety Technical Committees. Chief Fletcher is a 2021 graduate of the Fire Service Chief Executive Officer (FSCEO) program throughTexas A&M’s Engineering Extension Service and Mays Business School. He is also a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). 

He earned the designations of Chief Fire Officer in 2020 and Chief Training Officer in 2021. 


Deputy Chief
Rogers Fire Department
3003 W Oak Street
Rogers, AR 72758

William Hyde serves as deputy fire chief for the Rogers, Arkansas, Fire Department, an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. At Rogers, he has served as the fire marshal, building official, and director of training, special operations, aircraft rescue and EMS. 

He is a graduate of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute at the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He has a master’s in Business Administration from John Brown University, bachelor’s in Public Safety Management from Franklin University, and associate degrees in Paramedicine and Fire Science Administration from Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Chief Hyde earned the designations of Chief Fire Officer in 2010 and Chief EMS Officer in 2011 and is a Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch.

Thomas Maloney, CFO, FM
Representative: Fire Prevention

Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal
Marysville Fire District
1094 Cedar Avenue
Marysville, WA 98270

Tom Maloney is serving as Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal for the Marysville Fire District, a Regional Fire Authority in Washington State, a position which he has held since October 2008. He began his fire service career as a volunteer in upstate New York in 1984 and has served as a Fire Chief in both New York and Montana.

Maloney is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as certifications from the International Code Council and National Fire Protection Association.

He earned his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2016 and Fire Marshal in 2019.

Hezedean Smith, Ph.D., CFO, CEMSO
Representative: Career Departments

Fire Chief
Charlottesville Fire Department
2420 Fontaine Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hezedean Smith is the chief of the Charlottesville Fire Department in Virginia, an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Chief Smith has over three decades of experience in the emergency services profession, having started his career in 1998. He recently retired as a chief officer after serving almost 25 years in the Orlando Fire Department.

Chief Smith has a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree, and two associate degrees (Fire Science and EMS). He is a Certified Public Manager, Healthcare Simulation Educator, Executive Fire Officer (University of Florida), a Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives, and Certified Occupational Safety Specialist. Dr. Smith is a Nationally Registry Paramedic, serving on the National EMS Management Association and the Black Chief Officers Committee board. He is an adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Columbia Southern University. 

Chief Smith earned the designations of Chief Fire Officer in 2015 and Chief EMS Officer in 2018 and is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA and the Caribbean Branch.

Grant Tinker, FO
Representative: At Large

Colorado Springs Fire Department
375 Printers Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Grant Tinker is a captain with the Colorado Springs Fire Department in Colorado, an accredited agency through the Commission on Fire accreditation International (CFAI).  Captain Tinker has been with the department for more than fifteen years, working his way through the ranks to Captain in 2020.

Captain Tinker has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.  Tinker has been honored with several awards and recognition including being named Firefighter of the Year in 2019.

He earned his Fire Officer (FO) Designation in February 2015.

Matthew Vinci, CTO

At Large

Matthew Vinci served in senior leadership roles with the International Association of Fire Fighters for over 8 years as Chief of Staff and the Director of Education, Training and Human Relations. Prior to his time at the IAFF, he served on the Executive Board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont for 15 years, with six years as the president. He served as a captain with the South Burlington, Vermont, Fire Department where he started his fire service career in 1992. He has been advocating for the health and wellness of firefighters for over 20 years at the local, state, and national levels.  

Mr. Vinci holds an associate’s degree in Fire Science from New Hampshire Technical College and is pursuing his bachelors degree in Fire Science and Emergency Management. He earned his Chief Training Officer designation in 2022.