Executive Board & Staff

Harvie Cheshire

Harvie Cheshire, President

Harvie Cheshire serves as the SFFMA president. He is also the training manager for the annual schools at the Emergency Services Training Institute at TEEX, the deputy chief and fire marshal of Madisonville VFD, and the Madison County fire marshal.

Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson, 1st Vice President

Mike Richardson serves as the SFFMA 1st vice president.
He also currently serving as the fire chief of Decatur Fire Department.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, 2nd Vice President 

Tim Smith serves as the SFFMA 2nd vice president.
He is also currently serving as the fire chief of West Carlisle Fire/EMS.

Richard Van Winkle

Richard Van Winkle, 3rd Vice President   

Richard Van Winkle serves as the SFFMA 3rd vice president.
He is also currently serving as the fire chief of Alvarado FD.

Chuck-Richardson

Chuck Richardson, 4th Vice President 

Chuck Richardson serves as the SFFMA 4th vice president.
He is also currently serving as the fire chief of Wild Peach VFD.

Joe Ondrasek

Joe Ondrasek, Secretary

Joe Ondrasek serves as the SFFMA secretary. Ondrasek recently retired as fire chief of the Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Department, but serves as battalion chief in the Bryan Fire Department.

Jim White

F. Jim White, Asst. Secretary

F. Jim White serves as the SFFMA assistant secretary. He is also
the fire chief for the Overton Fire Department, retired fire marshal and rescue chief.

Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy, Chaplain

Ben Kennedy is the SFFMA chaplain. He also serves as the regional coordinator for Region 5 of the Emergency Services Training Institute at TEEX.

Henry Perry

Henry Perry, Immediate Past President 

Henry Perry serves as the SFFMA immediate past president.
He also recently retired as as the fire chief of Bastrop Fire Department.

Rayford Gibson

Rayford Gibson, Board Appointed Parliamentarian

Rayford Gibson serves as the board appointed parliamentarian.
Gibson also serves at the fire chief of the Tatum Fire Department.
He has been a member at Tatum for 32  years. He is retired but still conducts classes as a part-time instructor with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Daisy Svatek

Daisy Svatek, Mascot

Daisy Svatek serves as the Mascot.
Daisy also served as the TFA Sweetheart in 2012 and 2016. She is from Needville, TX.

Chris Barron

Chris Barron, Executive Director

Chris Barron serves as the executive director for the association where he is responsible for researching, negotiating and implementing membership benefits, forming strategic partnerships and alliances, and providing testimony in the state and national legislature. Barron also serves as the fire chief of Travis County ESD #5.

executive board and staff

2017/2018 Executive Board

Front row (L to R): Harvie Cheshire, Mike Richardson, Tim Smith, Richard Van Winkle, Chuck Richardson, Henry Perry
back row (L to R): Ben Kennedy, Jim White, Joe Ondrasek, Rayford Gibson, Chris Barron, Daisy Svatek

SFFMA Staff

SFFMA has a dedicated staff working for you!

Chris Barron, Executive Director
Jon Barron, Special Projects
Julie Beauchamp, Sales Manager
Kevin Creamer, Certification Administrator/Industrial Coordinator
Gabi Glass, Event Coordinator
Luis Martinez, SFFMA International/Membership Administrator