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NASNA elected an executive board at its annual meeting in Orlando, Florida on 14 June 2019

posted Sep 10, 2019, 5:14 AM by IT Admin
NASNA elected an executive board at its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on June 3rd. 

NASNA’s new president is Maria Jacques, ENP, director of the state of Maine Emergency Services Communication Bureau.

Maria has spent her entire career in public safety, the last 21 years in 911. In 1996, she was as one of three people hired to implement a statewide Enhanced 911 (E911) system in Maine, which was completed in 2001. In 2008, she was appointed Director of the Maine Emergency Services Communication Bureau and charged with planning for and migrating the E911 system to Next Generation 911 (NG911). In 2011, Maine released an RFP to replace its aging E911 system with a NENA i3 compliant system, and by the end of July 2014 had implemented a statewide NG911 system, utilizing geospatial routing and delivering all 911 calls as IP to the state’s 26 PSAPs.

 Regarding her election to be NASNA’s president, she said, “NASNA’s presence and voice has grown stronger in recent years.  No other 911 association has the ‘state’ perspective which is so very important in the formulation of policy. As we continue the drive toward Next Generation 911, that voice will become increasingly important.” She concluded, “I look forward to being part of it.” 

NASNA’s new Vice President-Treasurer is Kelli Merriweather, executive director of the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC), a position she has held since 2011. She held several positions at CSEC during the 16 years prior to becoming its executive director.   

 “Our philosophy at the agency is to approach every opportunity through collaboration and open communication with all of our 911 stakeholders,” she said. “I think a great deal of this success is attributable to this philosophy, and I bring this same philosophy and approach to the position of NASNA’s VP-Treasurer.”

NASNA's new Secretary is Adam Wasserman, the State 911 Coordinator for Washington. Adam retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 22 years of service during which he served aboard five different Coast Guard Cutters and was Commanding Officer aboard two of them.  His final assignment was the Chief of Cutter Forces for Coast Guard Atlantic Area.  After retirement, he chose to serve in another light working for Washington State Emergency Management Division as the Washington State 911 Coordinator.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Masters in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.

"NASNA is by far the most important organization that I belong to.  The relationships I have built through NASNA have been invaluable in assisting me execute my duties as a State 911 Coordinator.  Serving as secretary is just one way that can hopefully give back to the organization and my counterparts."