Board of Directors

William Jenaway

William Jenaway

President

Dr. William F. Jenaway, CFO, CTO, CFPS is the President of the Board of Directors of CFSI. Bill has 50 years of fire service experience, including service as Fire Chief and Fire Marshal in East Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, and Chief and President of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Volunteer Fire Company. He also served as chairman of the municipality’s Fire and Rescue Services Board. King of Prussia was the first all-volunteer fire department to receive accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Dr. William F. Jenaway, CFO, CTO, CFPS is the President of the Board of Directors of CFSI. Bill has 50 years of fire service experience, including service as Fire Chief and Fire Marshal in East Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, and Chief and President of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Volunteer Fire Company. He also served as chairman of the municipality’s Fire and Rescue Services Board. King of Prussia was the first all-volunteer fire department to receive accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Jim Estepp, Vice President

Jim Estepp

Vice President

Jim Estepp is the President and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable and the Andrews Business & Community Alliance. Jim is formerly Chair of the Prince George’s County Council where he served two elected terms; President Pro Tempore of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG); Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; Director of the Maryland Security Council, Office of the Governor; Fire & EMS Chief of Prince George’s County and Director of Public Safety for Prince George’s County.

Jim Estepp is the President and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable and the Andrews Business & Community Alliance. Jim is formerly Chair of the Prince George’s County Council where he served two elected terms; President Pro Tempore of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG); Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; Director of the Maryland Security Council, Office of the Governor; Fire & EMS Chief of Prince George’s County and Director of Public Safety for Prince George’s County.

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Christopher Neal

Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Neal retired from the fire service in 1998 after serving the previous ten years of his career as Fire Chief with the Claremore and Stillwater (OK) Fire Departments. He holds a master’s degree in political science, a bachelor’s in organizational administration, and an associate’s in fire protection technology and safety engineering from OSU, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program and a Fellow with the Institution of Fire Engineers. Over his career Chris has served on boards and working committees including for the National Fire Academy, IFSTA, NFPA, U.S. Fire Corps, Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association, and the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal Commission, and as an instructor at OSU in the Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology undergraduate and Fire & Emergency Management graduate degree programs. The joy of his life is his family – his wife Rose Ann; daughters Erin and Jessica, and sons Travis, Brett, and Michael.

Chris Neal serves as Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross. Prior to his appointment he served at Oklahoma State University (OSU) as Director of Fire Protection Publications (FPP) and Executive Director of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) after four years as Program Coordinator for the Fire and Emergency Management Program (FEMP) in the Department of Political Science.

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Steve Austin

Steve Austin is a 55-year veteran of the volunteer fire service. A life member of the Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company of Newark, DE, Steve served as President of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association between 1999 and 2000 and is the current chair of the DVFA Foundation.

On the national level, he holds a number of positions, including Chairman of the NFPA 1091 Technical Committee on Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications; Chairman of the First Responder Center of Excellence (a nonprofit affiliate of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; Project Manager of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Associations’ Emergency Responder Safety Institute; member of the International Fire Service Training Association Executive Board; and liaison to the IAFC Safety Health and Survival Section Board. Active within CFSI before joining the Board, Steve holds the distinction as being the only Chair of the CFSI National Advisory Committee to have served four terms. Steve served as a public policy analyst for State Farm Insurance before retiring following a 37-year career with the company.

Peggy Echols

Peggy Echols

Peggy Echols is Vice President of Operations for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Companies. Her role as Vice President of Operations includes enterprise responsibility for Personal Lines Auto and Fire Underwriting. She joined State Farm ® in 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership positions including positions in Corporate Law, Public Affairs, Claims, and Underwriting. She currently serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Brookings Institution Global Perspective and Public Policy Program that develops State Farm leaders.

Peggy is a member of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s Board of Directors, and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations since moving to Charlottesville, Virginia in 2005, currently serving on the board of the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, OH. She is also a member of the Ohio Bar and Illinois Bar, and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.