June 23, 2022
The new president of The National Emergency Number Association (NENA): The 9-1-1 Association is a nearly-three-decade veteran of 9-1-1 operations in Florida, with a passion for collaboration and tackling big challenges.
Laurie Anderson, ENP, is the 9-1-1 Coordinator at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. She and the rest of the new 2022-2023 Board of Directors were sworn in on June 15 at the NENA 2022 Conference and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Anderson now leads the organization’s more than 18,000 members in advancing NENA’s mission to improve 9-1-1 through research, standards development, training, education, outreach, and advocacy.
In remarks to the conference, Anderson emphasized the need for 9-1-1 professionals to support their peers. “I want you to remember the challenges you have faced in your career,” she said. “Remember the hardships and pay it forward. Assist those who are new to our profession. Help your colleagues learn, excel, and lead. Let them know that the challenges that they are facing today can be overcome by embracing challenges and working through them.”
Anderson has been a public-safety professional for nearly three decades. Active on both the local and national levels, she is a past president of the Florida NENA chapter and currently serves on the state’s E911 Board as an At-Large Representative. Previously, she sat on NENA’s Education Advisory Board and is a founding co-chair of the association’s Wellness Committee.
“The dedication that Laurie Anderson possesses for consistently progressing our 9-1-1 operations in Charlotte County, and beyond, is commendable. The CCSO family is extremely proud of her and all she continues to accomplish,” Sheriff Prummell expresses. “Congratulations on your appointment as the NENA Board President,” he adds.
Nine other board members were also sworn in: 1st Vice President, Charles Cullen, ENP; 2nd Vice President, Melanie Jones, ENP; Immediate Past President, Jennifer White, ENP; Northeastern Director, Erin Malloy, ENP; Southeastern Director, Cassondra Lowery, ENP; North Central Director, Leah Hornacek, ENP; Western Director, Bruce Romero, ENP; Canadian Director, Holly Barkwell, ENP; and Private Sector Director, Karin Marquez, ENP.