South Orange Rescue Squad Board Members


Fred Stipe, South Orange Rescue Squad Board Chair

Fred Stipe is a Chapel Hill native and has had long-standing involvement with various community agencies. Fred has been a member of SORS since 1997 and has served as a Board Member and Board Chairman as well as overall champion for the Squad. Fred is also a member of the UNC Community Emergency Response Team and is President and Director of Operations for Show Pros Event Services of Chapel Hill, Inc.


Matthew Mauzy, South Orange Rescue Squad Chief

Matthew Mauzy has served as Chief of South Orange Rescue Squad since 2004. A member of SORS since 1996, he's served in various roles within both the EMS Division and the Technical Rescue Team.  He's a certified swiftwater rescue, rope rescue, and ICS instructor.  He's also been a firefighter, Captain, and Safety Officer for the New Hope Fire Department.

Chief Mauzy served on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners Emergency Services Workgroup and the Radio Tower Site Committee.

Chief Mauzy currently serves as the Lead Rescue Tech for the LUH-72 section of the North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART).


Jacques M. Morin, South Orange Rescue Squad Treasurer

Jacques Morin is currently a Director of Program Management for Georgetown University at 2U, Inc - a digital education company based in Lanham, MD. His career in Education and Information Technology spans more than 20 years. In addition to his professional career, He is currently a doctoral student with the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

In a former life, Jacques served as a volunteer first responder for several departments in rural Alberta in Canada including positions as a certified Firefighter and Paramedic. Jacques has been with SORS since 2007, serving as a Board member, Board Chair and for the past 4 years, as Treasurer.


Emilio Figueroa, South Orange Rescue Squad Secretary 

Emilio Figueroa, current Secretary to the Board and EMS Lieutenant, hails from the West Coast of California. Upon receiving the distinguished Carolina Covenant Scholarship, Emilio moved to Chapel Hill to pursue his bachelor’s degree at UNC. While at UNC, Emilio was instrumental as Co-Chair of the Covenant Pre-Health Society and helped to create the Tar Heel Trailblazer 5k benefiting the NC Jaycee Burn Center. It was through this service that Emilio was selected to travel with Jaycee Burn Center physicians to Malawi to study how the care of burns varies internationally. Over the last four years, Emilio has dutifully supported SORS as a Squad Member.


Ben Smith, MD is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UNC, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, a faculty member for UNC's EMS fellowship, and the assistant medical director for Carolina Air Care. He began his career in emergency medicine as a volunteer EMT and technical rescue technician for SORS in 2007 and continued to volunteer while he was an undergraduate and medical student at UNC. He took a brief hiatus for residency training in emergency medicine in Las Vegas and returned as a technical rescue technician in 2017 and as a board member in 2018.


David C. Cox is a native North Carolinian with a passion for leading and optimizing healthcare operations. After more than a decade in healthcare, David has held numerous senior leadership positions building and operating hospitals and clinics throughout the region. He is presently working in clinical research project management, while pursuing his Masters in Healthcare Administration degree. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, David is a Lieutenant for the SORS Technical Rescue Team.

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David Silfen, a native New Yorker, spent more than fifteen years after his undergraduate studies working in the renowned 7th Avenue Fashion Industry. In the early 1990s, David began his life-long commitment to helping those in need as a volunteer EMT in New Jersey. Even after moving to the deep south David has dutifully served his Chapel Hill and Orange County community by being an active member in SORS as well as a paramedic and recently Deputy Operations Manager for Orange County EMS for almost twenty years. While David recently retired to spend more time with his patient wife (Janet) and three sons, David was asked to step up and become the Program Director for Durham Tech’s EMS program.


Jeff Williams, MD, MPH is the Deputy Medical Director for the Wake County EMS System and a local Emergency Medicine Attending Physician with Wake Emergency Physicians, practicing at WakeMed. Jeff began his illustrious career in emergency medicine as an EMT and rescue technician with SORS during his time at UNC Chapel Hill. Since those days, Jeff has made EMS his profession, becoming board certified in EMS, publishing EMS research, and teaching paramedics, EMTs, and EMS physicians. Jeff has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.


Lera Montminy is an account director in advertising and marketing. She has worked at both national and boutique agencies around the country as the lead on local, international and publicly traded Fortune 500 accounts. Outside of the office, Lera also volunteers her time with Partners Read and In2Books, helping teach literacy to school aged children. Lera has been a SORS board member since 2017 with ties to the organization since 2013.


Liz Shipman is a well-respected science and paramedicine educator. As a proud alumna of the UNC - Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching Program, she received her degree and teaching licensure in 2015. She has worked in secondary science education, post-secondary science curriculum development, and EMS education. Liz joined South Orange Rescue Squad almost a decade ago, serving in various roles on the EMS and TRT divisions, and recently became a member of the Board of Directors. She currently works as a paramedic for Guilford County Emergency Services.


Dan Jones is the retired Chief of the Chapel Hill Fire Department. He entered the fire service in Pinellas Park, Florida in 1974, where he served as a firefighter, paramedic, training officer, EMS Chief, and Deputy Chief over a period of 16 years. He relocated to Chapel Hill in 1990 to serve as Fire Chief. He retired in 2015 and has served on the South Orange Rescue Squad Board of Directors since May 2015.