Next Generation 9-1-1 Institute Elects New Directors

November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Next Generation 9-1-1 Institute (NG9-1-1 Institute) has announced the results of its 2012 election for five seats on the organization’s Board of Directors. The organization, which has nearly 2,000 members nationwide, holds an annual election for representatives from public safety, industry and non-profit representatives. These professionals provide industry expertise, guidance, and recommendations as they work together to further the advancement of public safety communications and support the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus.

The NG9-1-1 Institute membership elected the following five individuals to the Board
of Directors:

Angel Arocho of Philadelphia, PA; Director Strategic Services, Emergency Services Program, Comcast, representing the IP-Enable Service Provider position;

Jim Bugel of Washington, D.C.; Vice President, Public Safety Solutions, AT&T Services, Inc., representing the Large Telecommunications Carrier position;

Nneka Ezenwa of Glenn Dale, MD; Executive Director - Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon, representing the Wireless Provider position;

Mark Lee of Englewood, FL; Vice President, Denise Amber Lee Foundation; representing the Member at Large position; and

Jim Shepard of Overland Park, KS; Vice President of Product Evolution, 911 Datamaster, Inc., representing the Member at Large position.

The newly elected Board members will join the following Directors of the NG9-1-1 Board:

John Chiaramonte of Washington, D.C.; Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, representing the Member at Large position;

Jeff Cohen of Alexandria, VA; Chief Counsel - Law and Policy and Director of Government Relations of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International;

Jerry Eisner of Chicago, IL; Group Director of Public Safety, RedSky Technologies Inc., representing the Vendor/Integrator/Software position;

Brian Fontes of Alexandria, VA; CEO of the National Emergency Number Association;

Woody Glover of Covington, LA; Director, St. Tammany Parish Communications District, representing the Member at Large-Public Safety position;

Todd Piett of Framingham, MA; Chief Product Officer, Rave Mobile Safety / Smart911, representing the Vendor/Integrator/Software position;

Art Prest of Potomac, MD; Managing Director, Art Prest & Associates, representing the Small Telecommunications position;

Alisa Simmons of Fort Worth, TX; Marketing and Communications Manager, Tarrant County 9-1-1 District, representing the Education Professional position; and

Richard Taylor of New Bern, NC; President of NASNA; and Executive Director North Carolina 911 Board.

About the NG9-1-1 Institute
The NG9-1-1 Institute ( is a not-for-profit organization, which supports the mission of the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. The purpose of the NG9-1-1 Institute is to promote public education and awareness of NextGen 9-1-1 and emergency communications issues and serve the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus as a clearinghouse of information on NG9-1-1 and emergency communications issues. The Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus is co-chaired by: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Representative John Shimkus (R-IL).