South Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association

Team Member Profiles

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.




It takes a Team



K9s: Area Search and Cadaver



Mitch Henderson

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. 

Remington--Team Certified Aged Trail & - NAPWDA Certified Trailing - In Memory
Penny--NAPWDA Certified, cadaver


Brandon Wackerle

Brandon comes to SCSARDA from Michigan. He received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University

 and is working on his PHD in Inorganic Chemistry from Clemson University. He has a passion for Nuclear waste research and 

hopes to perform this research within a National lab upon graduating. He currently holds the seat of Treasurer for the Clemson Graduate Student Organization.











Sarah Hey


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 Tisdale


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.

Marion holds a NASAR SAR II certification and a PADI open water scuba certification.


Maya -  Team Certified Large Area Air Scent, Team Certified Night Air Scent,

              NAPWDA Certified Area Search - Retired

Dock - Wilderness Area search