Update on Next General 911 Session Biographies
Posted March 5, 2013
NCSL 2012 Fall Forum | Washington, D.C.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
NCSL Staff Contact: Jo Anne Bourquard, 303-856-1355
Americans have come to rely on 911 for emergencies, but very few call centers can receive text messages, pictures or videos—all standard communications in today’s world. Next Generation 911 is aimed at updating the infrastructure for today's digital mobile society. In this session, speakers will discuss key issues in modernizing 911, including funding, technology, governance and collaboration.
Director of Government Affairs & Regulatory Counsel
NENA: The National Emergency Number Association
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 500
Alexandria, Va. 22314
Trey Forgety joined NENA: The 9-1-1 Association in 2010 after two years as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications. During that time, he served temporarily with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). At the FCC, Forgety developed recommendations for the Public Safety chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Later, at Commerce, he worked to implement the plan’s recommendations as NTIA evaluated applications to the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP). Both at NTIA and DHS, he participated in discussions with senior Obama administration officials from the Office of the Vice President, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council to develop policies for the deployment of a nationwide mobile broadband network for first responders. Forgety holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, both from the University of Tennessee.
Coordinator, National 911 Program
Co-Manager, US DOT NG 911 Initiative
Department of Transportation
Laurie Flaherty is a program analyst in the Office of Emergency Medical Services at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Her work focuses on issues related to the application of technology in 911 services and emergency medical services. Flaherty currently is the Ccordinator of the National 911 Program and co-manager of the U.S. Department of Transportation Next Generation 911 Initiative. Flaherty’s background includes more than 20 years of clinical experience as an emergency room nurse. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Marquette University, and her master's degree in emergency and trauma nursing from the University of California, San Francisco.
David L. Furth
Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW
Washington DC 20554
David Furth is deputy chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, a position he has held since July 2009. Furth has also served as acting chief of the Bureau from January to July 2009 and from April to June 2012, and as associate bureau chief from September 2006 to January 2009. Furth joined the FCC in 1992 as an attorney in the Private Radio Bureau, was a legal adviser to Commissioner Rachelle Chong in 1995, and held multiple positions in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau from 1994 to 2006, finally serving as associate bureau chief and counsel. Before joining the commission, Furth was in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Assistant Vice President - Federal Regulatory
1120 20th St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Joseph Marx is assistant vice president of Public Safety and Homeland Security for AT&T, where he is responsible for federal policy and strategic planning on public safety, homeland security, cyber security and emergency preparedness. Before joining the Federal Regulatory Group, Marx led the engineering team at AT&T Wireless which was responsible for the deployment of E911 and Location Technology. As a leader in the field of public safety and emergency preparedness, Marx plays a key role in crafting AT&T public safety policy. He has more than 30 years experience in the wireless and wired telecommunications industry and has held leadership positions in the technology, product management, and operations areas. Marx brings to the federal regulatory environment an understanding of how public policy influences business decisions. He has worked for AT&T throughout his 30-year career and originally started in the prestigious Bell Laboratories. He received a Bachelors of Science in software engineering from Illinois Benedictine College and a Masters of Science in software engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Tennessee-Emergency Communications Board
500 James Robertson Parkway
Davy Crockett Tower
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Lynn Questell has served as the executive director of the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board since 2005. Questell began her career with a clerkship at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She also served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, and as a staff attorney for the Georgia Court of Appeals. After moving to Nashville in 1999, she clerked for the Tennessee Court of Appeals, and she worked in private practice for several years.
Questell served as Counsel to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority from 2001 to 2003, focusing on telecommunication and regulatory issues. In September 2003, she became general counsel to the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board and in 2005 became the executive director. Questell earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Akron and her masters degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the State Bars of Tennessee and Georgia.