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National 9-1-1 Association's New President Promises Strong Leadership on Pressing 9-1-1 Issues
The newly elected leaders of NENA-The 9-1-1 Association (formerly the National Emergency Number Association) are pledging to keep up the organization’s momentum and leadership in the coming year.
The new NENA Executive Board took office during the Installation Banquet & Gala at the NENA 2013 Conference & Expo last week in Charlotte, NC. Bernard “Buster” Brown, ENP, of Danville, VA, was sworn in as President; while Christy Williams, ENP, of Dallas, TX, became 1st Vice President; and Cheri Lynn Rockwell, ENP, of Chico, CA, assumed the office of 2nd Vice President.
After the ceremony, Brown addressed the attendees and put forward his goals for the coming year. Most notably, he spoke about the critical role the association continues to play in ensuring that 9-1-1 professionals are well equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st Century communications environment. “Wherever someone may be, however they may try to reach 9-1-1, whenever that call may come … If there’s an emergency, that call must be answered promptly and professionally by a trained and compassionate 9-1-1 telecommunicator,” he said.
“Seconds count, accuracy is vital, and mistakes can cost lives,” Brown continued. “It’s for my family, your family, and families across North America that I’m in public safety. No matter where, no matter when, I want to make sure that every call for help is answered to the very best of our ability.”
Originally from Lancaster, NY, Brown has worked in public safety communications for almost 30 years. He is currently the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) Regional Coordinator for Region 6, where he oversees multiple localities’ 9-1-1 training, grants management, and equipment upgrade and replacement programs. Before joining VITA, he was the Director of Emergency Services for the City of Danville, VA.
Brown has spent the better part of the past decade involved in numerous association activities, serving on the NENA Executive Board for the past two years. Previously, he served as the Program Chair for the Virginia chapter’s annual conference and was elected to the position of Virginia NENA President.
Six other Executive Board members were also sworn in at the Conference: Past President Barbara Jaeger, ENP, of Phoenix, AZ; Northeastern Region Director Ed Marecki, ENP, of Dover, DE; North Central Region Director Rob McMullen, ENP, of Terre Haute, IN; Southeastern Region Director Linda Draughn-Woloski, ENP, of Ft. Pierce, FL; Canadian Region Director Nancy Banks, ENP, of Toronto, ON; and Private Sector Director Ron Bloom, ENP, of Chicago, IL.
For more information, see: www.nena.org.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via NENA, 6/28/13)