Board of Commissioners
Neil Velasco has been a member of the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps since 2001. He obtained his New York State EMT certification prior to joining, studying at the Nassau County EMS Academy starting in 2000. Neil has held the positions of Secretary in 2003, Captain in 2004, Assistant Chief in 2005-2006 and Chief of Operations in 2007. He went on to be MVAC’s Safety Officer in 2008 and Assistant Chief again in 2009-2010. In 2011, Neil was elected to his first three year term as Commissioner and re-elected in 2014 and 2017. Neil has been awarded MVAC’s EMT of the Year in 2002 and the Garden City American Legion Respect for Law & Order Award in 2009. Neil has also been a member of the Albertson Fire Company since 1999 having held the positions of Captain of Rescue, Recording Secretary, President, Assistant Fire Inspector. He is currently one of several Safety Officers and holds a seat on the Board of Trustees. Neil is employed as a Fire and Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher at the Nassau County Fire Communications Center in Westbury and lives in Mineola with his wife Jill who has also been a member of MVAC since 2003. In their spare time, Neil and Jill also volunteer with the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group, which secures foster homes and provides veterinary care for domestic pet rabbits voluntarily surrendered or abandoned in the wild.
Tom joined MVAC in 2000 after serving for 5 years as an EMT-B with the East Williston Fire Department. Tom earned his EMT-Critical Care certification in March of 2001, and has continued to maintain this level of certification to date. Tom served as MVAC's Safety Officer in 2001, and was on a crew of three when MVAC responded to Ground Zero on 9/11/2001 with an ambulance for over 30 hours. Tom received the American Legion’s Law & Order Award in 2001 from Post #265 in Garden City. Tom was first elected to MVAC's Board of Directors in 2006 as the Treasurer and 2007 as a Trustee, followed by three consecutive years as President. Tom was most recently elected to a three year term on the Board of Commissioners. Tom is employed by the Town of North Hempstead in the Comptroller’s Office managing all state and federal aid. Tom also serves as Director of Operations for Grant Guys, Inc., a full service grant company that specializes in Fire-Police-EMS grant funding. Tom also works for the Nassau EMS Academy as a skills evaluator, and is an adjunct professor of Homeland Security and Security Management for the Long Island Business Institute. When Tom is not riding the ambulance or fire trucks, writing grants or teaching, he can be found with his wife, Kristen or their sons, Ryan, Collin and Connor.
Christopher M. Taylor joined MVAC in January of 2004 as an explorer, where he attained his certification as a NYS CFR-D. In July of 2005 he joined the ranks as a full member, and began training as an EMT. Chris has served as Sergeant at Arms (2008) and Department Secretary (2009). Most recently Chris has served as the Chief of Operations for the Department in 2014 and 2015. Chris currently works as a Rescue Paramedic with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) since 2007 in Queens, NY.