MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION
Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
785-296-3403
jill.bronaugh@ks.gov
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Press Releases

OSFM Welcomes New Education Consultants

User Not Found | Jun 08, 2016

The OSFM welcomes two new Education Consultants to our team – one aimed primarily at educating facilities on fire safety and prevention, while the other will focus on our agency’s public education programs.

A picture of Kelly Ingold and Joel BecknerJoel Beckner, who is working in our Prevention Division to train facilities on fire prevention and code compliance, comes to our office from the Secretary of State’s office as a recent college graduate from Hannibal LaGrange University in Missouri. Joel was born in Garden City, but as the son of a pastor moved a number of times to towns throughout the state before graduating from Ell-Saline High School in Salina. Upon graduating, he began his studies at Hannibal LaGrange where he finished with a BA in English.

Joel married his new wife Kelsey on May 21 and they enjoyed a magical honeymoon at Universal Studios where the Harry Potter fans thoroughly enjoyed “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” sections.

Back home, Joel is happy to be embarking on his new career with the OSFM. He is looking forward to being involved in education and helping others with the training and resources they need to provide fire-safe facilities for employees, guests and residents.

Kelly Ingold is starting in a brand new position created within the OSFM’s Administration Division to focus on expanding public education about fire safety and prevention across the state. Kelly earned her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M University at Commerce) and was a school teacher before leaving the workforce to be a mom. Most recently, she has been serving as a paraprofessional with the Auburn-Washburn School District (USD 437) working with gifted students.

Kelly and her husband Casey, a pastor, have lived in Topeka for eleven years and they have four sons with ages ranging from five years to 20. They also enjoy their four pets: two dogs, a cat and a parakeet.

She is eager to learn all she can about fire safety and help to develop programs to increase the awareness of fire prevention across the state – especially for children and seniors.