New NENA Executive Board Takes Office, Bernard Brown Installed as President
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Posted by: Chris Nussman
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 was sworn in as President, while Christy Williams, ENP
became 1st Vice President and Cheri Lynn Rockwell, ENP assumed the
office of 2nd Vice President.
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 9-1-1 professionals are equipped to meet the
challenges presented in 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
work [of 9-1-1] is of critical importance – 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.”
from Lancaster, NY, Brown has worked in public safety Communications for almost
30 years, and he is currently the Virginia Information Technologies Agency
(VITA) Regional Coordinator for Region
6, where he oversees multiple localities 9-1-1 training, grant management, and
equipment upgrade and replacement programs. Before joining VITA, he was the Director
of Emergency Services for the City of Danville, VA.
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 later elected to the position of Virginia NENA President.
other Executive Board members were sworn in at the Conference: Past President Barbara
Jaeger, ENP; Northeastern Region Director Ed Marecki, ENP; North Central Region
Director Rob McMullen, ENP; Southeastern Region Director Linda Draughn-Woloski,
ENP; Canadian Region Director Nancy Banks, ENP; and Private Sector Director Ron