2020 IRISH GUEST OF HONOR
Dennis M. Jenkerson, St Louis City Fire Chief & Commissioner
Appointed as Chief of the St. Louis Fire Department on November 19, 2007, Dennis M. Jenkerson, a third generation St. Louis firefighter, brings to the post forty impeccable years of operational and tactical firefighting experience, an advanced education and a spirit dedicated to public safety.
Chief Jenkerson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Organizational Leadership and Development from St. Louis University, with minors in psychology and biology.
Experience and his numerous fortes, have landed Chief Jenkerson on a number of committees including the Mayor’s Strategic Planning Committee for Mass Casualty Incidents, Continuing Review for the Washington University School of Medicine Human Studies Board, Standards and Practice review committee member for the Washington University Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Board, the St. Louis Fire Department Disciplinary Review Board, inter-department research, development and procurement committees, St. Louis Fire Department Safety Committee and special operations committees under the St. Louis Area Regional Response System.
Motivated by a quest for knowledge and a desire to use that knowledge and experience to propel our nation’s fire service into the future, Chief Jenkerson is a staunch supporter of employee development through education and training, and utilization of technology and innovation to continuously improve the department’s level of service and assure that employees perform their work in the safest, most efficient manner.
Fire Chief Dennis M Jenkerson serves on the following community boards as an advising member, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, St Patrick’s Center, Mathews- Dickey Boys and Girls Club, St Louis University School for Professional Studies, St Louis Fire Department Foundation, Heat-Up & Cool Down St. Louis, St Louis Backstoppers.
Colonel Mark C. Quander
Colonel Mark C. Quander graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995 and assumed his position as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School in July of 2019.
During his years as a commissioned officer, he served in command and staff positions in the United States, the Republic of Korea, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
His tours of duty with tactical units include the 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division (Republic of Korea); 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); 20th Engineer Brigade; and 36th Engineer Brigade. He has also enjoyed several broadening assignments throughout his career to include Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center; Chief of the 10th Mountain Division Commanding General’s Initiatives Group; and Corps Engineer for III Corps.
At the operational level, Colonel Quander served as the Chief of Plans for the Multi-National Corps- Iraq C7 (Engineers), and as the Chief of Plans and Operations for the Joint Task Force Haiti-J7 (Engineers).
Colonel Quander served twice at the national level in the Pentagon. Within the Joint Staff, he fulfilled duties as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern/Politico Military Planner in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Iraq Division. Within Headquarters Department of the Army, he fulfilled duties as Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers. Colonel Quander also served as Commander and Division Engineer of the Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, directly supporting U.S. Central Command with a construction program exceeding $5 billion.
Colonel Quander holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in Civil Engineering; a Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri for Science and Technology in Engineering Management; a Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Public Policy; and a Master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College in Strategic Studies.