Year after year New Jersey NENA has offered a First Class Conference, bringing the best that the 9‑1‑1 industry has to offer in speakers and vendors.
In the beginning the conferences were small, with the Conference Committee consisting of the Executive Board. As the conferences grew so did the need for more meetings and more volunteers to help. These volunteers do everything from running the registration desk, photography, working with the vendors, speakers and attendees to meet their needs during their time spent with us.
We have a quality group of volunteers. Some are past executive board members who wish to stay involved but we also like to see new volunteers that, one day, might be interested in executive board positions. If you think you’d like to help us out at next year’s conference, contact a member of the executive board.
Danny Medina’s career in public safety began almost 20 years ago, when he first served as a volunteer firefighter and company secretary with the Avenel Fire Company No. 1 in Avenel, NJ. An opportunity arose in 1999 for Danny to work for the State of New Jersey as a Project Manager for Y2K contingency planning. He later was approached in 2000 with another opportunity to continue working for the State within the Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services (OETS). While there, he eventually became a Coordinator of Emergency Telecommunications Systems recertifying 9‑1‑1 emergency medical dispatchers and working closely with over 25 telephone carriers interconnected into the State-wide 9‑1‑1 system.
Danny has been a part of NJ NENA since 2001 and currently volunteers at the Applegarth Volunteer Engine Company No. 1 in Monroe Township, NJ, Middlesex County. He has held the position of President for the past four years and still remains an active firefighter in his community.
Mike 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 served as Chapter President from 2017 – 2019
Emergency Telecommunications Systems Coordinator
NJ Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services
P.O. Box 212
Trenton, NJ 08625-0212
Ray Strilec, a NENA member since 1996, joined the executive board in 2006. He was employed at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Telecommunications Division, where he spent nearly 20 years of his career. During his tenure, he served as county 9‑1‑1 coordinator, agency TAC and technical specialist. He was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and served as the Division Commander before he retired from his agency.
Ray also served in the private sector of Public Safety Communications, being employed as a Technical Support Engineer at Eventide, Inc., a manufacturer of Digital Recording Systems for Public Safety, Military and other various industries.
He served NJ NENA as chapter president from 2011-2012, after which, he was appointed chapter secretary and served in that position for several years. He currently serves on the by-laws and election committees and manages the chapter website and social media.
Gareth has over 30 years experience in Public Safety. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Union County Police.
Gareth began his career in communications as one of the original dispatchers with the now defunct Atlantic Ambulance CenCom. He eventually was promoted to Communications Coordinator.
Gareth has also been a NJ State Certified Paramedic since 1983, serves as the Union County OEM EMS Coordinator and serves on several state communication and EMS committees.
A member of NENA since 1995, he held the position of Central Region Vice President for 7 years until moving up to 2nd Vice President in 2007 and 1st Vice President in 2011. He served two terms as chapter president in 2012 – 2013 and from 2016 – 2018.
Gareth L. Williams
Union County Police Communications
300 North Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 654-9800