One of the many things I like about working at NFPA is the interaction I have on a daily basis with our customers and seminar instructors. With interaction comes stories and no matter what hat I wear at NFPA, I love hearing a great story. After talking to one of our customers, I thought I'd share one of my favorites.
When Sherrill Nardontonia, an administrative assistant at York Hospital was pulled aside by the hospital's director of engineering, she had no idea what career changing event was in store for her. The hospital had undergone 7 life safety surveys in 1 year and the engineers needed a "go to" person to manage code compliance. As someone who had never cracked a code book, Sherrill took the advice of the engineers by registering for an NFPA seminar. The 5-day seminar - Life Safety Code, NFPA 99 and the SOC for the Joint Commission Compliance, was a whirlwind of information. "This seminar paved the way for me to be all I can be to uphold the high standards set by the director of engineering."
When asked what made the difference in her learning experience, Sherrill pointed directly to NFPA instructors Bill Koffel and Jim Lathrop. "I was captivated by Jim's teaching style and the way he integrated stories to back up his material. Bill was very professional and knowledgeable of every aspect of the codes he was teaching and impressed me with his ability to recite codes immediately when asked a question. The NFPA training experience gave me a stepping stone to bigger and better things in my career."
Sherrill is now the regulatory compliance assistant at York Hospital in York, PA.
Thank you for sharing your story Sherrill.