Contact Us

Contact one of our Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance team members to discuss any facilities-related compliance matters, or to share your ideas for improving campus safety and accessibility.

For general fire safety questions, email cumcfiresafety@columbia.edu.

Meet Our Team

  • Yvonne Wojcicki

    Executive Director, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-305-0776
    Yvonne Wojcicki
  • Julio Basabe

    Fire Safety Specialist, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-342-3696

    Julio Basabe began his career at Columbia University Medical Center as a fire safety specialist in 2016, following two successful years as a fire alarm technician in the private sector, where he gained proficiency and competency in the supervision and management of fire detection, protection, and suppression systems. This familiarity, coupled with a good working knowledge of the New York City and national fire code requirements, led to a smooth transition to the Fire Safety team at CUMC. Julio is as an expert troubleshooter of the many complex fire systems in place across campus. He inspects, tests, and maintains CUMC fire alarm and fire suppression systems and leads fire drills.

    In his spare time, Julio enjoys hiking, mastering the game of shogi, and tending to an indoor garden with his fiancée.

    Office Address 

    Georgian Building
    617 W. 168th St., Room 110-112
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    • Fire Alarm Systems Technician, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, 2015
    • New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:
      • F-01, Citywide Fire Guard for Impairment
      • F-03, Indoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel
      • F-04, Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel
      • F-60, Fire Guard For Torch Operations and Construction Sites
      • P-98, Fuel-Oil Piping and Storage System
      • S-12, Citywide Sprinkler Systems
      • S-13, Citywide Standpipe Systems
      • S-14, Standpipe for Multi-Zone System
      • S-95, Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems and Other Related Systems
      • W-07, Fire and Emergency Drill Conductor (Citywide)

     

    Julio Basabe
  • John Biggs

    Site Safety and Compliance Manager, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-304-5221

    John Biggs joined Campus Life Safety & Regulatory Compliance as the Site Safety & Compliance manager in the spring of 2017. John focuses on project and construction site safety and compliance, ensuring compliance with the CUMC Compliance Guidelines and all applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.

    John first joined the medical center in October 2011, working in Public Safety first as a sergeant; he was then promoted to manager of Technology and Projects in September 2013. He is now a fire safety director for the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, and has held that qualification for five years with CUMC and for 15 years while he worked for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. John also has a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., Room B-12
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    • New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness: F-85 Certificates of Fitness as Fire Safety Director with Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness
    • OSHA 10 hour certification
    • NYC Department of Buildings 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User
    • NYS Division of Criminal Justice, General Topics Security Guard Instructor
    • MOAB Training International, Management of Aggressive Behavior Instructor
    • Numerous FEMA courses
    John Biggs
  • Mensa Dilligard

    Fire Safety Specialist, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    Mensa Dilligard joined Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance as a fire safety specialist in mid-2017. He previously worked with TSS, our fire alarm maintenance vendor, and was able to bring to the team a deep familiarity of the medical center campus and fire alarm panels.

    Previously, he served as an assistant manager for Walgreens for six years.

    Office Address

    Georgian Building
    617 West 168th Street, Room 110-112
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    •  New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:
      • S-98, Fire Alarm Systems Inspection, Testing, and Service Technician
      • S-78, Cleaning & Testing of Smoke Detectors Citywide
    • Electrical apprentice certification 

     

    Mensa Dilligard
  • Adam Light

    Associate Director, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-304-5572

    Adam Light has served Columbia University for more than a decade. He began his career in hazardous materials management in Environmental Health and Safety, then advanced to become compliance manager in Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance. As associate director, Adam develops, manages, and supports all compliance programs within the department. He oversees CUMC campus fire alarm systems and training on OSHA, safety, and compliance topics for approximately 180 uniformed staff.

    Adam is currently attending New Jersey City University and working towards a degree in fire science. An avid sports fan and experienced baseball player, he looks forward to weekends at home in northern New Jersey, coaching his two sons.

    Office Address 

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., Room B-12
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:

    • F89, Fire Life and Safety Director
    • F-59, Emergency Action Plan Director
    • F-58, Fire Safety Director
    • S-56, Construction Site Fire Safety Manager
    • S-12, City Wide Sprinkler
    • S-13, City Wide Standpipe
    • P-98, Supervisor Fuel Piping in Buildings
    • A-35, Operate and Maintain Air Compressors

    Affiliations

    • Member, Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York
    Adam Light
  • Hector Nieves

    Fire Safety Specialist, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-342-3696

    Hector Nieves began his career at Columbia University Medical Center in 2015 as a security officer in Public Safety, where he eventually became a supervisor. In 2016, he joined Facilities Management and Campus Services, where, as a fire safety specialist, he is a vital part of the Fire Safety team. Hector implements and administers systems, technologies, and processes to protect CUMC against fire and non-fire emergencies. His responsibilities include inspecting, testing, and maintaining fire alarm and fire suppression systems and running fire drills on campus.

    For more than eight years, Hector served in the United States Army, where he gained insight into information technology and communications; he also earned a bachelor's degree in business management. His pastimes include cooking and creating dishes with a Latin flair. When he is not playing ping pong and bowling with family and friends, he can be found reading a good book.

    Office Address 

    Georgian Building
    617 West 168th Street, Room 110-112
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:

    • F-01, Citywide Fire Guard for Impairment
    • F-03, Indoor Place of Assembly
    • F-04, City Wide Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly
    • S-12, City Wide Sprinkler System
    • S-13, City Wide Standpipe System
    • S-14, Standpipe for Multi-Zone System
    • S-95, Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems and Other Related Systems
    • W-07, City Wide Fire and Emergency Drill Conductor
    Hector Nieves
  • Matthew O’Hanlon

    Director of Fire Safety Operations, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-342-3227

    A seasoned fire safety professional, Matthew O’Hanlon brings 21 years of experience with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to Columbia University Medical Center. Matt joined CUMC in 2013 as a fire safety officer for Environmental Health and Safety and was promoted to director of fire safety operations for Facilities Management and Campus Services in 2016. He has built and leads a team of fire safety specialists dedicated to enhancing fire and non-fire emergency procedures and preparedness across the campus. His work includes developing and implementing fire safety procedures, emergency fire response and evacuation procedures and preparedness, fire safety programs and training, fire prevention initiatives and building inspections, fire drills, and fire detection and suppression equipment and systems maintenance and monitoring.

    Matt has extensive practical experience from his time with FDNY, where he advanced to positions of increased responsibility, beginning with lieutenant in 2002 and ending with captain in 2007. He received a bachelor's degree in business management from William Paterson University.

    Office Address 

    William Black Building
    650 West 168th Street, Room B-02
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:

    • F-03, Indoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel
    • F-04, Temp Indoor/Outdoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel
    • F-85, Fire Safety Director with Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness
    • S-95, Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems and other Related Systems
    • W-07, Fire and Emergency Drill Conductor (Citywide)

    Affiliations

    • Member, Fire Safety Directors Association of Greater New York
    Matthew O'Hanlon
  • Glenroy Simpson

    Compliance Manager, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    • 212-304-7312

    Glenroy Simpson has been a proud employee of Columbia University Medical Center for more than four years. A seasoned professional, he manages and supports all safety and compliance programs within Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

    He began his career as an environmental consultant for a small environmental consulting firm in New York. In 2009, he began working as a health and safety specialist in the Environmental Health and Safety division of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations.

    Glen holds an MS in environmental occupational health sciences from Hunter College and a BS in environmental science from Hampton University. In his spare time, he enjoys researching new technology and reading articles and books on engineering, sustainability, and a variety of other fields. He is also an avid reader of comic books.

    Office Address 

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., Room B-12
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications 

    New York City Fire Department Certificates of Fitness:

    • B-29, Supervision of Battery Systems and Other Related Equipment
    • F-01, Citywide Fire Guard for Impairment
    • F-03, Indoor Place of Assembly Safety Personnel
    • F-58, Fire Safety Director with Active Shooter and Medical Emergency Preparedness
    • P-98, Supervise Fuel-Oil Transfer in Buildings
    • S-12, Citywide Sprinkler System
    • S-13, Citywide Standpipe System
    • S-95, Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems and Other Related Systems
    • W-07, Fire and Emergency Drill Conductor (Citywide)

     

    United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    • Certified Visible Emissions Reader per Title 40 Part 60 Appendix A USEPA Method 9

     

    United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    • OSHA 10-Hour Construction course
    Glenroy Simpson