South Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association
SCSARDA members come from many professional
backgrounds which add great diversity and skill sets to
our team. Our team members are highly trained volunteers
who are dedicated to serving the community. Members
maintain high standards of excellence in Search and Rescue
work through on-going training and certifications.
Katie originally hails from Idaho and has been active in SAR since 2013 throughout the great Pacific Northwest.
She joined SCSARDA in 2019
She has a BA from Georgetown University, Washington DC (2003) and a Master's from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Katie
currently lives in Asheville, NC and works in international trade compliance for J Crew corporate.
Gertie - HRD Training
Mitch joined SCSARDA in 2012. He is the President of SCSARDA. He is a certified first responder as a volunteer fireman with Boiling Spring Fire Department. In addition, Mitch has his NASAR SAR II certification. He is an avid outdoorsman and runner.
Nancy is the previous Secretary of SCSARDA. She joined SCSARDA in 2003, and is employed
as a certified quality engineer for a large non profit organization. Nancy continues to advise the
team on matters related to HRD.
Cyra -Air Scent - In Memory
Grim - NAPWDA Certified Cadaver - In Memory
Beau - NAPWDA Certified Cadaver
Tilly - Area Search
Sarah came to SCSARDA in 2009. She has a BA in Speech with a minor in writing, and a Masters
degree in Communication with a concentrate in marketing. She has worked in marketing
strategy, communication, project management, speech coaching, and public relations for the
past 15 years. She brings her skills to SCSARDA and has been responsible for most of the
outreach and communication with the press about SCSARDA activities and accomplishments.
She continues to pursue expertise in area search training with her K9 Brand.
Brand - Team Certified Large Area Air Scent, Team Certified Night Air Scent,
NAPWDA Certified Air Scent - In Memory
Faramir - Large Area Air scent - In training
Marion joined SCSARDA in 2013. After graduating from Clemson University in 1987, Marion
returned to Spartanburg to work in small business. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have 2
daughters, Catherine Eve and Ashley. As a small business owner, Marion always saw the
importance of volunteerism and community involvement. From 2007-2012, he served on the
Board of Directors for HALTER, a local nonprofit that provides therapeutic horseback riding
to the handicapped.....Combining the unique skills of animals with community service is a very
fulfilling endeavor, and I have been very fortunate to have found two organizations whose
membership has been so welcoming and generous with their knowledge.
Maya - Team Certified Large Area Air Scent, Team Certified Night Air Scent,
NAPWDA Certified Air Scent
Dock - Large Area Air Scent - In training