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
    Yvonne Wojcicki
  • Julio Basabe

    • Fire Safety Specialist, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    Julio Basabe began his career at Columbia University Irving Medical Center as a fire safety specialist in 2016, following two successful years as a fire alarm technician in the private sector. Julio is an expert troubleshooter of the many complex fire systems in place across campus. He inspects, tests, and maintains CUIMC fire alarm and fire suppression systems and leads fire drills.

    While in the private sector, Julio 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 CUIMC.

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

    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
      • T-89, Temporary Fire Life Safety Director
      • W-07, Fire and Emergency Drill Conductor (Citywide)
    Julio Basabe
  • John Biggs

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

    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 CUIMC 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 CUIMC 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.

    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
      • S-56 Certificate of Fitness as Construction Site Fire Safety Manager
      • F-89 Certificate of Fitness as Fire Life and Safety Director for the ARB building
    • OSHA 10 hour certification
    • NYC Department of Buildings 4-Hour Supported Scaffold User
    • NYC Department of Buildings Site Safety Coordinator 
    • NYS Division of Criminal Justice, General Topics Security Guard Instructor
    • MOAB Training International, Management of Aggressive Behavior Instructor
    • Numerous FEMA courses
    • OSHA 30 hour certification
    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.

    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
  • Daniel Gonzalez

    • Fire Safety Specialist, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    Daniel Gonzalez joined Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance as a fire safety specialist in spring 2019. His duties include emergency response, building inspections, and conducting fire drills. Daniel is retired from the NYC Fire Department, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant.

    Daniel Gonzalez
  • Adam Light

    • Associate Director, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance

    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 CUIMC 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.

    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

    Hector Nieves began his career at Columbia University Irving 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 CUIMC 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. When he is not playing ping pong and billiards with family and friends, he can be found reading a good book.

    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
    • F-60, Fire Guard For Torch Operations and Construction Sites
    • 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
    • T-89, Temporary Fire Life Safety Director
    • 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

    A seasoned fire safety professional, Matthew O’Hanlon brings 21 years of experience with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Matt joined CUIMC 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.

    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
  • Vincent Vagnone

    Vincent Vagnone joined the Campus Life Safety & Regulatory Compliance department in 2021 as the compliance manager. Vincent promotes a safe and healthful work and learning environment in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations to identify potential safety and health hazards and develop solutions for immediate implementation.Vincent is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Degree in Health Science. Vincent has over 9 years of experience in the Safety and Environmental field and has been with Columbia University since 2016. While with the University, Vincent earned the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Certifications. A lifelong Long Islander, Vincent lives with his wife, newborn son and two dogs in Massapequa Park.

    Vincent Vagnone