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Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr., MPA, CFO

Chief Coleman is a 25 year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. He has held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief before being named Chief of the Auburn Fire Rescue Department in May of 2011.

Chief Coleman holds associates and bachelor’s degrees in fire science and a master’s degree in public administration from Clark University. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in communications with a focus in public relations.

He holds the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and is a credentialed Fire Chief in Massachusetts and is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, and is a graduate of the UMASS Donahue Institutes Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. Chief Coleman is an Instructor with the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy in the Fire Officer programs and is also on the adjunct faculty at Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College in the Fire Science program. Chief Coleman also currently serves as the Chairman of Massachusetts Fire District 7.

Chief Coleman has contributed articles to Fire Rescue Magazine and is a past speaker at the Fire Rescue International conference as well as the Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts Annual Educational Conference.

Chief Coleman was named one of QCC’s 50 Guardian’s in June of 2014.

Jeffrey K. Lowe, M.S. CFI

Jeffrey is a 30-year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. He has served in every rank within the fire service and currently serves as Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Rutland. 

Jeff holds a Master’s Degree in Arson Investigation from the University of New Haven, as well as having decades of specialized training in fire investigation in both the public and private sectors. 

Jeff currently oversees the fire investigation unit for EFI Global. This includes a team of experienced fire investigators who travel throughout the east coast. The EFI team operates on a multi-million dollar budget and is responsible for determining the causes for many local and regional incidents. He is also a certified private investigator. 

He is affiliated with such agencies as the NFPA, National Association of Fire Investigators, and National Association of Arson Investigators.  Jeff has also been a featured speaker at insurance conferences in both Massachusetts and New York. 

Michael P. Gonynor, M.P.A, Program Coordinator

Michael is a 14-year veteran of the Massachusetts fire service. He currently serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Town of Southbridge. 

Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Associate’s Degree in Fire Science.  Michael also obtained his Paramedic Certificate right here at QCC. 

He has been a member of the QCC family for 6 years, first as an associate instructor for the Paramedic Program and later the Fire Science Program.  Michael started as coordinator in the summer of 2014. 

He has also served in many capacities of the fire service including training coordinator, certified Fire Instructor II, EMS Coordinator, training program development, staff development, as well as service data analysis. 

Stedroy Hortance, B.S, M.P.A

Stedroy’s career in Emergency Services began in the year 2001. In 2001, he graduated with his B.S in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He then became a Firefighter in the United States Army Reserve where he served for nine years and received an honorable discharge. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Emergency Management in 2013 with Anna Maria College. Stedroy has been a senior level career firefighter for the City of Newton since 2002 and is currently working as an Adjunct Instructor in the Fire Science program at Quinsigamond Community College.