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.
It takes a Team
K9s: Area Search and Cadaver
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.
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 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 Area Search - Retired
Dock - Wilderness Area search