Board of Directors
|Mike Dubron, Founder
Is a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, where he is currently assigned to flight operations.
On February 06, 2003 at the age of 39, he received the news, which came as a complete shock, and was met with disbelief. Mike was diagnosed with Cancer.
Upon Mike’s return to work after a nine month absence he has established a program where firefighters and their families can get immediate assistance in dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (“FCSN”) is comprised of firefighters and their families who are cancer survivors, care givers and volunteers providing comfort strength and hope to those diagnosed with cancer, provide cancer awareness and education.
Mike continues his work as a firefighter, and proudly displays the title; Founder of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as well as cancer survivor.
|Bryan Frieders, President
is a Division Chief with the San Gabriel (CA) Fire Department. He has over 23 years of experience in both Fire and EMS working in a variety of assignments including Training, EMS, and most recently Emergency Management. Chief Frieders is also the Director of Communications for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, and is the liaison to the Safety Health and Survival Section of the IAFC.
|Trey Kelso, Treasurer
has 20 years of experience in the Fire/EMS service. In 2009, Trey started the Maryland Chapter of Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) and serves as the Maryland State Director. Trey was elected to the FCSN Board of Directors in 2012, where we currently serves as Treasurer. He is the Assistant Chief as well as the immediate Past Fire Chief for the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, MD. Trey is a designated Fire Officer (FO) through CPSE and Safety Officer for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD). He is a MICRB (Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board) State Emergency Services Instructor in the Management Track, for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute. Trey holds a MBA, from Frostburg State University and Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University, in Information Technology and Management.
|Steve Westcott, Secretary
joined the Perkins Township (OH) Fire Department in 2001 and served for seven years. He was 25 when diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Westcott is a two-time cancer survivor; he’s been an FCSN mentor since 2009. He received a bone-marrow transplant and has been cancer-free for five years. He teaches at the Ohio Fire Academy and at Lorain County Community College. He earned an EMTP certification and a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology.
|Donna MacDonald, Vice President – East
is a firefighter in the city of Providence, RI. She has been an active member of the department for thirteen years and participates in the Honor Guard, the Employee Assistance Program and is a Peer Fitness Trainer. In 2006 she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her sternum and has undergone four surgeries over the years, the most recent in August of 2013. Donna reached out to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network for help while dealing with the effects of cancer and surgery. She then became the state director of RI in 2009 and elected to the board in 2013.
|Steve Fisher, Vice President – West
an engineer/paramedic with Tualatin Valley (OR) Fire and Rescue, is a testicular cancer survivor. Fisher started his fire service career as a volunteer in Colorado; he also worked in south Florida before moving to Oregon. He has served on the Tualatin Valley hazmat team and currently is a member of the safety committee.
|Curtis Dunn, Vice President – Events
a second-generation firefighter, retired at the rank of lieutenant after a 36-year career with the Arlington (TX) Fire Department. He has been affiliated with FCSN for seven years. Dunn also is the district vice president for the Texas State Association of Firefighters.
|Keith Tyson, Vice President of Education
Retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2008, after serving 34 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter, and within 6 months was diagnosed with both prostate cancer as well as several skin cancer issues.
In 2009, Keith formed the Florida Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Currently he also serves as the Eastern Regional Vice President and the National Director of Education for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, (FCSN). He is also actively involved with the Florida Professional Firefighters in gathering data to work towards a firefighter cancer presumption law for Florida’s firefighters and has submitted some of his own personal research to national research centers which are studying firefighters, their exposures and their types of cancer for further review.
|Tim Elliot, Vice President – Communicationsformer communication director for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, has more than 20 years of experience writing, producing, and deploying training programs and resources for the fire-service and medical communities.|
|Debbie Pike, Wellness Coordinator
In 2006 Debbie was diagnosed with cancer. Her husband is an LA County Firefighter. She was introduced to FCSN when she was diagnosed. After she completed all of my treatments she was asked to mentor at a local hospital (long beach memorial hospital). After completing the course she not only became a mentor for the hospital but she volunteered to be a mentor for of the FCSN. Debbie wanted to give back to the FCSN after they were there for her and her family. After years of being a mentor she was asked to be the wellness coordinator in 2012.
|Tony Cruz, State Director
retired from the FDNY, where he was assigned to Res2cue, and is the fomer fire chief for the Smithtown (NY) Fire Department. Cruz launched FCSN’s New York operation in 2008 with fellow prostate cancer survivor Ron Barz. Cruz now works more than 40 hours a week to further FCSN’s support, awareness, and prevention missions.