By Lee Ann Magoski
There are many essential issues on the technical and professional side of 9-1-1 telecommunications that are being debated and acted upon in our industry, that’s why. It takes experience, dedicated, passionate individuals to run for office in an association such as NENA and I believe I’m one of them. That’s why I’d like to tell you about myself and why I am I am humbly seeking NENA members’ vote to serve as the incoming Second Vice President to represent you in these efforts.
2022 marks my 26th year in the 9-1-1 profession. Through these years I have worked my way from the console to the Directors position at four agencies. I have been an ENP since 2010 and I believe that it is a gold standard for what it takes to be a triathlete in this profession, balancing leadership, experience, and technical perspective.
For the last six years, I have served on the CALNENA Executive Board and during my tenure, we were able to secure the title “First Responder” for Dispatchers in California. I have learned the value of legislation through this effort. I will continue to passionately pursue the national legislative initiatives to improve the profession, including Next Generation 9-1-1 and reclassification efforts.
With the experience from the state level, I hope to elevate to the NENA Executive Board to advocate, facilitate and collaborate on the needs of our great profession. I have a vision of fully staffed communications centers nationwide.
On the personal side, I have a daughter in her first year of college at Cal State Monterey Bay. My mother helped me co-parent her and I am forever grateful. I enjoy a good novel and read about 40 books a year. I love the outdoors, including hiking and jogging. (Even when my “jog” is someone else’s walk pace!) I have participated in the Run for 9-1-1 for the last 4 years and I have jogged the last two without stopping. It’s not easy, but it is worth the satisfaction of running my own race.