Learn about partners who manage the Trust on a day-to-day basis.
The IAFF MERP was created by fire fighters for fire fighters. The Plan is governed by a Board of Trustees, most of whom are active or retired fire fighters from participating IAFF Locals. The Trustees are fiduciaries, responsible for all aspects of plan governance, and not compensated for their service.
Meet and connect with our Trustees:
A A fire fighter for the City of Kent since 1984, Greg Markley now serves as a Battalion Chief for the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority where he oversees governmental relations, accreditation and grant programs. He was elected a WSCFF District Representative and joined the Executive Board in 1997, and was elected Secretary/Treasurer in 2003. Markley chairs the Post-Retirement Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) and the IAFF Health & Wellness Trust. In addition, he is the Treasurer of the Bates Technical College Foundation and has volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through Local 1747 Kent Fire Fighters for over three decades. In 2017, he was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as one of seven members of the Washington State Investment Board, and now serves as a member of the WSIB administrative committee. Markley is also on the board and chairs the Washington State Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
Mike Detoy joined the fire service in 2009 and has spent the last 12 working for the City of Riverside Fire Department. He has served on the union board since 2015 and was appointed President of Local 1067 Riverside City Firefighters in 2023. Mike served as a Trustee on the California Firefighters Benefits Trust for 4 years prior to the merger. In 2017, he graduated from California Baptist University with a Master of Public Administration degree.
Mike also serves on City Council for the City of Hermosa Beach since 2019. Prior to the fire service, Mike attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Finance.
Bill Dodd, L710 Coeur d’Alene Idaho, was appointed to the MERP board in 2020. Dodd joined the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department in 2001, and held the Treasurer position of L710 from 2003-2023. He is also an Enrolled Agent licensed with the IRS and holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho.
Michael was elected as 9th District Vice President in April 2021, served as Colorado Professional Fire Fighters (CPFF) President from 2017 to 2012, served as CPFF Secretary/Treasurer from 2012 to 2017 and CPFF Trustee from 2004 to 2012. Michael also served as President of West Metro Fire Fighters Local 1309 from 2005 to 2018 and Secretary/Treasurer from 1998 to 2005. Michael was hired by West Metro Fire Rescue in 1987, serving as a Paramedic/Firefighter from 1987 until 2000 and promoted to Lieutenant/Paramedic in 2001, currently assigned to Engine 5 and HAZMAT 5.
WSCFF President Dennis Lawson was hired as a fire fighter by the City of Puyallup in 1987. He worked as a Battalion Chief and represented the Chief Bargaining Unit for Central Pierce Fire and Rescue until his retirement in May, 2022. Active in the union since his first days on the job, Lawson has served as an elected leader since 1988 and has held all elected positions on the Local 726 Pierce County Professional Firefighters board. He was elected WSCFF Trustee in 1994 and 4th District Representative in 2001. He was elected Vice President in 2007, and became President in 2016. Lawson has served as an IAFF State Field Service Representative and is one of 25 IAFF instructors who deliver information on behalf of the IAFF Education Department across North America. In 2017 he was appointed to the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) Plan 2 Retirement Board, and now serves as chair of the LEOFF Plan 2 board. Lawson shares the legacy of fire fighting and union membership with his family. His father was a Tacoma fire fighter and member of Local 31, and his brother works in Vancouver and belongs to Local 452.
Matt Martens, Local 1296 Kennewick, was elected to the WSCF Board in 2022 to represent the 10th District which includes 675 IAFF members in 14 local affiliates. Martens joined the Kennewick Fire Department in 2004. He has held several positions with Local 1296 including shift steward, board member, and, for the past eight years, secretary-treasurer. Martens was appointed to the IAFF MERP board in 2020, then elected, and continues to serve. Matt holds a B.S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Locals: 404 Walla Walla, 469 Yakima, 1052 Richland, 1296 Kennewick & Benton 1, 1433 Pasco, 1892 Pullman, 2299 Clarkston, 2328 Toppenish, 3542 Sunnyside, 4203 College Place, 4514 Walla Walla County 4, 4965 Tri-County Fire Fighters, 5033 Columbia County, I-24 Hanford.
Legislative Districts: 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Congressional Districts: 4, 5
Judson McCauley, Local 4378 Vancouver Chiefs, was elected WSCFF Trustee in 2022. Prior to his promotion and move to 4378, he was a member of Local 452, Vancouver, and served on the executive board for sixteen years, serving as Shop Steward, Political Action Director, and President. In 2017, McCauley was elected to and continues to serve on the IAFF MERP Board.
Craig Soucy began his firefighting career with the city of Mukilteo and, since 1993, has worked for the city of Renton where he has risen through the ranks from Lieutenant in 2008, to Captain in 2014, and to Battalion Chief with the formed Renton Regional Fire Authority in 2016.
Craig was one of the organizing members of IAFF Local 3482 in Mukilteo and has served as Trustee, Vice President and President of Renton Local 864. He worked as a Legislative Liaison for the WSCFF from 2009 – 20011 and currently serves on the board of the WSCFF Medical Expense Plan (MERP) and Northwest Fire Fighters Benefits Trust (NWFFT). In 2012, the city of Renton honored Craig by awarding him Officer of the Year.
Craig was elected and served the WSCFF Executive Board from 2016-2022 and represented the 7th District, comprised of over 800 union fire fighters in the communities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Renton, Mercer Island, Skyway and the Seattle Fire Chiefs.
Jeff Wainwright began his fire service career in 1991 and is currently a Shift Captain with Spokane County Fire District #8 serving South Spokane County. Wainwright was Charter President of the Spokane County District #8 Local 3711, a position he held for 17 years. Elected to the WSCFF Board in 2012, Wainwright represents the 9th District, comprised of 767 IAFF members in 14 local affiliates. He serves on the Public Relations Committee and is Chair of the Wildland Fire and Mobilization Committee.
Locals: 29 Spokane, 453 Wenatchee, 876 Spokane Valley, 1258 Moses Lake, 1919 Cheney, 2916 Spokane 9 & 10, 3701 Spokane Valley Battalion Chiefs, 3711 Spokane 8, 4333 Stevens 1, 4418 Grant 3, 4816 Chelan County 7, 5085 Okanogan 6, 5134 Cascade EMS, F-304 USBR (Coulee Dam).
Legislative Districts: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13
Congressional Districts: 4, 5, 8
Ricky Walsh became a career professional fire fighter with the City of Hermiston, Oregon in 1983. In 1986 he was hired as a City of Richland fire fighter and worked as a paramedic, Lieutenant, and Engine Company Captain, and served as the department’s training officer. He retired in 2013. Ricky was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Hermiston Fire Fighters Local 2752 in 1983. In 1988 he was elected Vice President of Richland Fire Fighters Local 1052 in 1990, and served as Negotiations Chair for 22 years. An active participants in WSCFF issues, Ricky was elected to the Executive Board in 1993. He was elected Vice President in 1996 and served in that position until he was elected to the IAFF Executive Board as the 7th District Vice President in 2004.
Mike Westland has worked as a fire fighter and paramedic for East Pierce Fire and Rescue since 2000 and has been on the Pierce County Technical Rescue Team since 2008. Westland served as Treasurer, Vice President and, for nine years, President of Local 3520 East Pierce Professional Fire Fighters. He was elected to the WSCFF Board in 2016. He represents 1,115 members in ten IAFF local affiliates in Pierce and Mason Counties. Westland chairs the WSCFF EMS Committee and the WSCFF Scholarship Committee.
Locals: 726 Pierce County, 1488 West Pierce, 2394 Mason County, 3152 Key Peninsula, 3390 Gig Harbor, 3520 East Pierce, 3829 Dupont, 3876 North Mason, 4440 McNeil Island, F-283 JBLM.
Legislative Districts: 2, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 35
Congressional Districts: 6, 8, 10
After entering the fire service in 1986 as a volunteer firefighter for the Mammoth Lakes (CA) Fire Dept, Greg Wilson hired on as a career FF/Paramedic with North County Fire Protection District in San Diego County in 1990. Greg served as the agency’s EMS Coordinator, grant writer, oversaw numerous capital improvement projects, and negotiated several collective bargaining agreements for the Fallbrook (CA) Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1622 and Fire Management Association. After rising through the ranks, he retired in late 2019 as a Battalion Chief after a 30-year career.
Greg was elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Firefighters Benefit Trust (CFBT) in 2012. He spent most of 2022 and 2023 representing the CFBT Board of Trustees while working closely with the leadership of the IAFF MERP Board and service providers, developing the provisions to merge CFBT with IAFF MERP. The merger of these Trusts on August 1, 2023 directly resulted in several valuable new plan features benefiting all participants. Greg continues to use his background as a labor negotiator, fire service leader, and experienced Trustee to assist firefighter locals and their employers throughout California and beyond with MERP plan design education and implementation.