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Executive Board and Staff

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, President 

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

Richard Van Winkle

Richard Van Winkle, 1st Vice President   

Richard Van Winkle serves as the SFFMA 1st vice president.
He is also currently serving as the fire chief of Alvarado FD.


Chuck Richardson, 2nd Vice President 

Chuck Richardson serves as the SFFMA 2nd vice president.
He is also currently serving as the fire chief of Wild Peach VFD.


Donny Boggs, 3rd Vice President

Donny Boggs serves as the SFFMA 3rd vice president. He is also currently serving as the training director and chief of the Recruit Fire Training Academies at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Curtis Brown

Curtis Brown, 4th Vice President

Curtis Brown serves as the SFFMA 4th vice president. He also serves as a chief for the Dalhart Fire Department.


Brent Allen, Secretary

Brent Allen serves as the SFFMA secretary. He also serves as an assistant chief for the Ballinger Fire Department and a secretary of the Hill Country District.

Assistant Secretary - Michael Richter

Michael Richter serves as the SFFMA Assistant Secretary.

He is a member of the Needville Fire Department, and serves as their Certification Coordinator.

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.

Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson, Immediate Past President

Mike Richardson serves as the SFFMA immediate past president.
He also currently serving as the fire chief of Decatur 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.


Landon Flisowski, Mascot

Landon Flisowski serves as the Mascot.

Tim Rutland

Tim Rutland, Executive Director

Tim Rutland serves as the executive director for the association.  His responsibilities include managing the business of the association; working closely with the executive board to advance the interests of SFFMA; researching, negotiating, and implementing membership benefits; forming and maintaining relationships with other fire protection stakeholder groups; providing testimony at various legislative venues; and other duties as assigned or delegated by the association’s leadership.  Tim began his fire service with the Corpus Christi Fire Department in 1982, and has been active in the Texas                   fire service since that time.

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SFFMA has a dedicated staff working for you!

Tim Rutland, Executive Director
Jon Barron, Special Projects
Julie Beauchamp, Sales Manager
Kevin Creamer, Certification Administrator/Industrial Coordinator
Luis Martinez, SFFMA International/Membership Administrator
Heather Lundy, Certification/Events
Teresa Junkin, Membership/Financial