Executive Board


President | Vice-President | North Vice-President 
Central Vice-President | South Vice-President | Private Sector Vice-President
Secretary | Treasurer | Past-President

Chapter President

JLeczano2Jason Lezcano is employed at the Morris County Law and Public Safety, Communications Division, where he serves as a 9‑1‑1 Systems Operation Coordinator and is responsible for the oversight of personnel and day to day operations of the Communications Center’s Floor.

He began his career in public safety in 2003 with the Denville Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as volunteer firefighter and worked his way through the ranks to First Assistant Chief.

In 2005 Jason began working for the Town of Dover Police Department where he served as a Telecommunicator for 5 years. In 2010 Jason began working for Morris County as a Telecommunicator – later promoted to Senior Telecommunicator and was assigned to the training division, where he was responsible for training of new hires. Jason also serves as the agency’s Alternate TAC and is responsible for record keeping and training of staff.

Jason Lezcano

Morris County Communications Center
P.O. Box 900
Morristown, NJ 07963
Phone: 973-285-2900
Fax: 973-285-2941
Email: jlezcano@co.morris.nj.us

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Dawn began her career at the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department in October of 1989 as a per diem employee, hired to enter data into the Departments first CAD system. Once this job was completed, she was retained as a permanent employee and began training as a dispatcher in November of 1991. Dawn worked her way up through the ranks to Senior Supervising Communications Officer. She was the training coordinator, custodian of records and wore many hats at the Communications Center.

In April 2012 Dawn accepted the position of 9-1-1 Coordinator for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.

Dawn has been an APCO member since 2000, NENA Member since 2002, NECI member since 2003. Dawn is a certified State of New Jersey Police Training Instructor and holds a Bachelors Degree in Science for Criminal Justice.Dawn is married, has a son, 2 step children, and 2 grand children. Dawn’s hobbies consist of exercising, spending quality time with family and friends and loves to vacation in the Florida Keys.

Dawn Sommeling

Monmouth County Sheriffs Office
Communications Division
2000 Kozloski Road
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
732-431-6400 X 1629
732-431-7103 Fax

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North Region Vice-President

Region North includes the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Sussex and Warren.


Padre began his involvement in Public Safety when he was appointed as Chaplain to the Stratford, CT, Police Department in 1977. Parochial Transfer took him to Ohio where he became an active Firefighter/EMT with the Barton Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the rank of EMS Lieutenant. He also served as Chaplain to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. Reassignment brought him back to New Jersey in 1987 and he began a 12 year career with McCabe EMS, attaining the rank of Lieutenant and Midnight Tour Supervisor.

In 1999 he accepted appointment as 9‑1‑1 Coordinator and Communications Supervisor with the City of Bayonne Police Department, his current position. He has also served as Bayonne PBA Chaplain since 1988 and is the Certified NECI Communications Trainer for the Police Department. He has been a member of NJ-NENA for over 10 years and has served as North Region VP for 7 years. He considers the 9‑1‑1 Community and Public Safety Services to be a part of his priestly ministry and looks forward especially to the Annual Conference where he interacts with all our members and he considers everyone in NJ-NENA to be his friend and associate.

Padre is currently Pastor of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Bayonne.

Rev. John P. Fencik

Bayonne Department of Public Safety
630 Avenue C
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Phone: (201) 858-6163
Fax: (201) 858-6021
E-mail: padrefencik@optonline.net

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Central Region Vice-President

Region Central includes the following counties: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Ocean and Union.

South Region Vice-President

Chris joined NJ-NENA as a volunteer in 2015 and currently serves as Chief Telecommunicator for Burlington County Communications.



Chris Carroll

Central Communications
1 Academy Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060
Ph: 609-265-7162




Private Sector Vice-President

Maria Teruel has been working for Xybix Systems, Inc. since 2016 as the Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager. Xybix Systems designs, builds, and implements ergonomic furniture solutions for 911 dispatch centers. When she is not traveling for work, she is often traveling to visit family in New York City, Atlanta, and Myrtle Beach. In her spare time she can also be found playing volleyball, training her puppy dachshund, or throwing axes in her local league.

Maria joined the NJ-NENA Executive Board in July 2018.

Maria Teruel

Mid-Atlantic Territory Manager
Xybix Systems

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Kellie Goodell is employed as a telecommunicator by the Fort Lee Police Department and also serves as the current Chief of the River Vale Fire Department.

Kellie began her career as a telecommunicator and has worked for the Borough of Emerson, Upper Saddle River Police Department, Westwood Police Department, before moving on to her current employer.

Kellie A. Goodell
Email: Kelliegoodell@yahoo.com





Judy Hawkins started in the field of Communications back in 1993 as a Class 2 Special for the Montvale Police Department. In 1995 she began working part time for the Tri-Boro Dispatch Center in Park Ridge. In 1997 she became a full time clerk/dispatcher for the Northvale Police Department. In 2001 she started with the River Vale Police Department as a Senior Dispatcher and 9‑1‑1 Training Officer. Since obtaining her Emergency Medical Dispatch Instructor Certification in 2005, Judy has been instructing at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute.  In February 2022 Judy retired from Northwest Bergen Central Dispatch, where she worked from July 2018 until February 2022.

Judy has been a NENA member since 2006 and serves as conference chairperson.

Judith A. Hawkins

Recently Retired
(But still VERY active with NJ NENA)
Email: njnena001@gmail.com

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Immediate Past-President

mikeMike Morgan is currently a Coordinator – Emergency Telecommunications Systems for OETS. He began his career at the age of 18 as a Cherry Hill Police dispatcher. The following year he began employment at the Camden County Alarm Room as a fire and ambulance dispatcher. Mike was a volunteer EMT with the Ashland Ambulance Squad and an Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal with the Woodcrest Fire Company, in Cherry Hill.

In 1982 he returned to Cherry Hill Police as a police officer. He stayed involved with communications, serving as a communications supervisor and training unit instructor. In 1989 he was transferred to the Services Division to work on the implementation of the 9‑1‑1 network. Mike worked on the rewriting of the Communications General Order and the Comprehensive Radio Needs Assessment. As a lieutenant, and later captain, he was responsible for the installation of a new PSAP with an 800 MHz trunked radio system for the town. He also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator.

Mike retired from the police department in November 2003 and started working for OETS the following week as the State migrated from the Rockwell Network to the Nortel Network. Mike still resides in his Cherry Hill home with Karen, his wife of 30 years, and dog, Bailey Kissangel. His three daughters have left the nest. One is a neuroscientist, one a police officer, and one is studying to be a large animal vet.

Mike Morgan

Emergency Telecommunications Systems Coordinator
NJ Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services
P.O. Box 212
Trenton, NJ 08625-0212


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