Department Staff

Department Staff

Patrick Boyle: Chairperson
Chairperson, Prof. Patrick Boyle, Director/Chief, Bayonne Fire Department (Ret.) brings 30 years’ experience in the fire service to the Fire Science Department. During his career Prof. Boyle worked in all areas of the fire department including operations, special operations, training, and administration. Prof. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Jersey City State College in 1981 and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University Law School in 1988. Prior to his career in the Bayonne Fire Department, Prof Boyle served in the United States Navy on nuclear submarines. Throughout his fire service career Prof. Boyle earned two service awards, a valor award and in 2005 received the NJCU Fire Science Department’s distinguished Alumni Award.

Anthony Avillo: Adjunct Professor
A 30 year veteran, Deputy Chief (Ret.) in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon Regional Tour Commander. Chief Avillo has a B.S. in Fire Science from New Jersey City University. He is an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) and Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academies. Avillo, an FDIC instructor, is a member of the FDIC advisory board and is an editorial advisor to Fire Engineering Magazine. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Pennwell 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volume II (Pennwell, 2010). Anthony is a contributing author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook (Pennwell 2009) and will be co-author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook Study Guide (Pennwell 2010). Avillo also has a monthly column on Firenuggets.com called The Bigger Picture.

Michael Hurley: Adjunct Professor
Prof. Hurley retired from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with over 30 years experience, he is now Director of Operations for the 9/11 Tribute Center. A majority of his career has been spent at the World Trade Center, where he was the Manager of the WTC Site, managing all aspects of site operations. Prior to this, he was the World Trade Center Fire Director and was responsible for fire and emergency management related activities. Professor Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in fire science, a Master's degree in administration, and a graduate certificate in public management. He regularly instructs classes on fire related topics and lectures to a variety of government agencies such as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and various military units. During his career, Professor Hurley has been formally commended on various occasions. Most notably he has been awarded medals for valor and heroism for his actions during the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Thomas Von Essen: Adjunct Professor
Fire Commissioner, City of New York (Ret.) In his 30+ years with FDNY, Thomas Von Essen served; as a Firefighter in the South Bronx Ladder Co. 42, Union President 1993 - 1996, and ultimately Commissioner from 1996 – 2001. Prof. Von Essen received his bachelor’s degree in 1972 in economics from St. Francis College and received his Master’s degree in secondary education in 1982 from C.W. Post College. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to joining FDNY. Prof. Von Essen has received many awards and honors throughout his career including; three Honorary Doctorial degrees, two Medals of Honor, and a Humanitarian Award. Prof. Von Essen is presently a Risk/Safety Consultant partnering with such manufactures, industries and associations as Honeywell, Underwriters Labs and RJA Fire Protection Engineering.

Kenneth Jenks: Adjunct Professor
Lt. Kenneth Jenks is a career fire officer with the City of Summit Fire Department in Union County New Jersey. Ken started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Summit Fire Dept. in 1997 and was hired as a career firefighter in Summit in 2004. Ken was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2012. Ken earned a Master of Administrative Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2014, a Bachelor of Fire Science degree from New Jersey City University in 2011, and an Associate of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1993. He is also a Fire Instructor at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy since 2014.

Kevin J. Nelson: Adjunct Professor
D.C. Nelson is the Lead Professor of the Communiversity NJCU Fire Science program in Wall Township. Professor Nelson a Deputy Chief with the Bloomfield Fire Department since 1997 at which time he also became a certified EMT. A 1996 graduate of the Fire Science program from New Jersey City University; Professor Nelson continued his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University graduate school and in 2000 he received a Masters degree in Administrative Science. Prof. Nelson is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Keith Weaver: Adjunct Professor
Chief Weaver has been with the Bayonne Fire Department since 1990, and is the Chief of the Dept. Prof. Weaver received both a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University. He also holds a certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Homeland Security Specialization from North Central University. Prof. Weaver’s extensive background includes but limited to: being a NJ State Arson Investigator, Train the Trainer, certified EMT and Fire Instructor Level 1.

Jordan Zaretsky: Adjunct Professor
B.C. Zaretsky has been with the Teaneck Fire Department since September 1994; becoming a Battalion Chief with the fire department in 2013. He has also maintained his EMT certification for more than 20 years. Prof. Zaretsky received his Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Trenton State College in 1989 and his Master’s degree in administration and supervision from Montclair State University in 2004 and has taken fire science courses at New Jersey City University. Besides being busy with the fire department and instructing at NJCU, Prof. Zaretsky is a certified flight instructor in single and multi-engine aircraft. He also makes Angel Flights.  Angel Flight is a volunteer organization whose mission is to “arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need”. Each pilot donates their time, airplane and operating expenses to every mission they fly.

Anna Scanniello: Administrative Assistant
Ms. Scanniello brings to the Fire Science department over 25 years of administrative experience. She received her B.S. degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 1982 and a Master’s of Public Administration from Kean College in 1988. Her career began at the Summit YWCA, in Summit, NJ where she was the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Director. Then in 1990 she was hired by the Millburn Police Department as a Police Officer. Then as valedictorian, she graduated from the Jersey City Police Academy, Class #57. In 1993 she left the police department to raise her children. As her children grew, Ms. Scanniello began working full time holding both Associate Director and Director positions throughout the YMCA primarily in the areas of Safety and Aquatics. Ms. Scanniello is also an Adjunct Professor for the department.

Edward Campbell: Lead Instructor
Mr. Campbell is a retired Captain with the Jersey City Fire Department; with more than 25 years of fire service experience. Prior to being appointed to the Jersey City FD, Mr. Campbell served time in the U.S. Air Force. He attended St. Peter’s College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Fire Academy. He is a licensed Fire Inspector, Fire Official and Fire Service Instructor. During his career with JCFD, he was Commander of the Fire Prevention Bureau and Commander of the Community Relations Bureau. Mr. Campbell has also held such positions as: the first minority recruiter for the JCFD; coordinator, administrator and lead instructor for the Jersey City High School Police and Fire Science Program; instructor for the Jersey City Fire Training Academy.

Richard Burroughs: Instructor
Mr. Burroughs is a retired Lieutenant with the Bayonne Fire Department. Prior to being appointed to the Bayonne FD, Mr. Burroughs served time in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Turkey. Mr. Burroughs attended both Jersey City State College and St. Peter’s College, and holds several fire service certifications. Mr. Burroughs was also the Board Chairman/Director of Communications for The Lighthouse Foundation; a non-profit organization dealing with at-risk children from 7 to 18 years of age.

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