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Who We Are

The Burn Prevention Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization currently serving 22 counties throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Our mission is to provide burn injury prevention education, materials, and advocacy throughout North America.

We serve an average of nearly 500,000 people throughout the region each year, about 90% of whom are children. Consistent results are accomplished through both direct educational program intervention and through partnerships with schools, medical and health services, fire and emergency services and other community organizations with like missions. Our on-line activities and programs extend our reach to limitless organizations and children alike.

There are approximately 486,000 fire and burn injuries reported in the United States each year. Young children and persons with mobility impairments are the most frequent victims. In Pennsylvania, over 3,500 hospitalizations for children are attributed to fire and flame injury each year. Nearly 900 of these critical fire and burn injuries are treated annually at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Regional Burn Center.

Burn care professionals estimate that over 75% of all medically treated burn injuries could have been prevented by means of behavioral and environmental modification. The Burn Prevention Network has more than 35 years of experience and proven performance in the development and effective, efficient delivery of targeted fire safety education programs – to children, parents, seniors, teachers and even fire services personnel.

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What We Do

Burn Prevention Network reaches the maximum number of program participants and beneficiaries through collaboration with a wide network of community partners. BPN works with fire services, first responders and emergency service groups, educators, healthcare provider organizations, community service groups, and others dedicated to spreading awareness of fire and burn safety and prevention issues, programs and services.

The Burn Prevention Network also serves as a one-stop outsourcing resource for organizations who share our mission. We provide our National Award Winning programs, rebranded for their use with their constituencies, throughout the U.S. This provides a cost effective means of delivering quality educational services and products without the expense and time required for development, pilot testing, production and validation.

Within eastern Pennsylvania, over 900 elementary and middle schools partner with us in the annual delivery of our in-school fire safety and burn prevention programs targeted at 1st through 8th grades.

Nearly 350 early care centers belong to our Safety Lines Network, sharing quarterly fire safety and burn prevention tips and alerts with over 45,000 families of pre-school age children.

Businesses, corporations and health care organizations also play a major role in supporting the delivery of our targeted programs and in sharing our materials with employees.

Social service, family protection, and mental health agencies are vitally engaged as members of our Fire and Youth Intervention Program. Over the past 10-years, this collaborative program has redirected over 500 youth who were misusing fire to cease this destructive behavior.

Staff & Board Leadership


Dan Dillard, Executive Director/CEO

Jessica Banks, Prevention Education Director

Susan Numbers, Administrative Assistant

Lori Young, Controller



BPN Officers

President – Joe Tracey VP of Connected Care and Innovation, LVHN

Vice President – Ed Wurster, III Director – Protective Services, PPL

Secretary – Rebecca Martin, RN Case Manager, HCR ManorCare

Treasurer – Russell R. Clelland, CTP,CIA Retired V. P., Treasurer Talen Energy Corp

Assistant Treasurer – Chris Breting, CPCU,CLU Agent, State Farm Insurance

Committee Chairpersons

Chairperson, Development –    Rachael Scheffler, MBA Director of Corp. Education Partnerships Discovery Education

Chairperson, Personnel – John B. Bast, CFO,MIFireE Retired Fire Chief, City of Easton

Chairperson, Program – Steven Schneider Explosion Suppression Sales Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection

Chairperson, Advocacy – Claude E. Kohl, Jr Retired Assistant Chief, Allentown Fire Department

Chairperson, Nominating Robert J. Hobaugh, Jr., Esq, Attorney at Law


Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

John B. Bast, CFO, MIfireE               Retired Fire Chief, Easton Fire Department

Chris Breting, CPCU, CLU                 Agent, State Farm Insurance

Catherine M. Campanaro                  Administrative Manager, Bio Med Sciences

John E. Campos                                   Executive V.P., EMS Council of NE PA, Inc.

Russell R. Clelland, CTP, CIA           Retired Vice President & Treasurer, Talen Energy Corporation

Lori Ferdock, VMD                              SOAR Instructor, Phoenix Society Member

Robert J. Hobaugh,Jr., Esq.              Attorney

Nancy Humes, RN,MSN                    Director, 6T Med/Surg, Lehigh Valley Health Network-Muhlenberg

Gregory G. Kile                                    Sr. Vice President, Insurance and Payer Strategies, LVHN, President & CEO, Populytics

Claude E. Kohl, Jr.                             Retired, Asst. Fire Chief of Allentown

Lisa Kupper                                         Vice President & Co-Founder, Heal the Burn Foundation

Lee T. Laubach, Jr.,CFEI,/EMC     Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Allentown

Daniel D. Lozano, MD                       Medical Director, Regional Burn Center, Lehigh Valley Health Network

James Lucey                                        President/COO, ETI Company

Edward A. Mann                                Director of Education and Training, Provident

Rebecca L. Martin, RN,MSN             Case Manager, HCR ManorCare

Walter J. Okunski, MD                       Retired, Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Associates of Lehigh Valley

Terrence Osborne                                Human Resource Specialist, Middle District of PA US Probation Office

Santo Piccolomini                               Piccolomini Development

Rachel Scheffler,MBA                       Director of Corp. Education Partnerships, Discovery Education

Steven G. Schneider                           Explosion Suppression Sales, Kistler-O’Brien Fire Protection

Cory Thatcher                                     Financial Advisor, 1847 Financial

Joseph Tracy                                       Vice President-Connected Care and Innovation, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Edward Wurster, III                           Director-Protective Services, PPL Corporation


Advisory Committee:

Jay P. Niskey                                           Retired, Owner of Bowman Petroleum Co.

Rev. Alexander Pocetto OSFS,Ph.D    Retired, Senior Vice President, DeSales University

Ralph H. Slider                                        Retired Deputy Chief, Allentown Fire Department

J. Michael Zaia                                        Manager, Lehigh Valley Rail Management, L.L.C

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Allentown, PA 18104
(fax) 610-969-3940

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