Allen Brandon is the Director for the York County Department of Public Safety Communications. Prior to becoming the 911 director in October of 2015, he was employed by the York County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years. Before coming to YCDPSC, the past 15 years was managing the Uniformed Patrol and Field Services Division. He did manage the Sheriff’s Office communications unit until consolidation in 2009. He is a graduate of the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has extensive experience in serving on many boards, committees and community groups.
1st Vice President
Mike Flynn is the Director of Communications & 9-1-1 for Spartanburg County. He began his career with Spartanburg 9-1-1 in 1994 as a Call-taker and has since served in many roles, including his current position of Director which he has held since 2014. He also has experience as a responder in the Fire & EMS areas of public safety.
2nd Vice President
Cathy Jones-Gooding is the Communications Manager for the Hilton Head Island E 9-1-1 Center and has been with them since April 2011. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Cathy was the Deputy Communications Supervisor for Littleton Fire-Rescue. During her 20+ year career she has worked as a dispatcher for police, fire and EMS, served as a training coordinator, Quality Assurance officer and has presented at several local, regional and national conferences. Cathy is a former firefighter/EMT and served as commissioner on the City of Lakewood’s Commission on Cultural Diversity and Human Relations. She completed her Master’s Degree in Leadership with and emphasis in Disaster Planning and Crisis Management and is a certified Emergency Number Professional
Amy Fletcher currently serves as the accountant and wellness coordinator for the Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center, since 2012. She manages a multi-million dollar annual budget as well as assisting the directors with the financial operations and fiscal management of the dispatch center. Amy enjoys serving as the center wellness coordinator, as it is a source of personal accomplishment to be able to reach out and enrich others’ lives. During her career at Charleston County, she has enabled the center to earn gold and platinum awards for being one of Charleston’s healthy businesses for 3 years running, and was nominated for Charleston County employee of the year for 2017. Amy is eager to serve on the SCNENA board and support the PSAPs of South Carolina.
Midlands Regional Director
Vicki Spires has been employed with Lexington County 911 Communications since 2013 where she serves as the Accreditations Manager. During her employment she has obtained CALEA
re-accreditation in 2015 and again in 2018 where her agency received the Gold Standard CALEA
re-accreditation. Along with her duties as the Accreditations Manager, Vicki is a member of the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition as well as a South Carolina state assessor for state accreditation. She also serves on multiple committees to include: Process Improvement Committees for Communications in conjunction with EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement, is the Chair of the Dispatch Review Committee, and the Dispatch Steering Committee for her agency, as well as Chair the Public Safety Recruitment Committee for Communications, EMS, and Fire Service.
Pee Dee Regional Director
Alisha Smith is the Training Officer for Florence County E-911 Central Dispatch and has been with the center since March 2009. During her 8 year career with Florence County E-911 Center she learned quickly and moved through the ranks from TCO, Communications Training Officer to becoming an Assist. Shift Supervisor. While in the Assist. Shift supervisor’s position, it became evident that her positive attitude, motivation, dedication and desire for teaching and mentoring others would be a tremendous asset to the staff that will be coming up through her tutelage.
Alisha has a thorough knowledge of the dispatch profession and she takes enormous pride in sharing her vast knowledge with others. She is very comfortable in teaching, mentoring and sharing information with new and senior employees. Alisha is anxious to operate in this new role as the SC NENA Pee Dee Regional Director and work with everyone around the state.
Amy McDowell, ENP
Northern Region Director
Amy McDowell is the Assistant Director of E9-1-1 for Greenville County, South Carolina’s largest county. She began her career in Emergency Communications over 25 years ago, where she served as a Call-Taker, Dispatcher, and Supervisor, frequently fulfilling any or all of those roles simultaneously. For the last five years, Amy’s duties in the E9-1-1 Office in Greenville County involve working with 9-1-1, CAD, texting-to-911, mobile data terminals, digital video, and providing technical support for eight PSAPs. She has been an Emergency Number Professional for 15 years and serves on four NENA Standards Developmental Committees.
Southern Region Director
La Shawn Jefferson is the Communications Manager for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center. She have been a 911 telecommunicator for 22 years. She has been been affiliated with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Communications Section for 16 years and their sister agency of Hilton Head Communications for 6 years. As of last year, she has helped moved her section into CALEA Accreditation and initiated their current Quality Assurance Program. She has also recently been assigned to oversee the Division’s NCIC staff. Ms. Jefferson is anxious to operate in this new capacity as the SC NENA Southern Region Director & work with everyone.
Allyson Burrell, ENP
Immediate Past President
Allyson Burrell is the Deputy Director for the Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Center and has been with the center since its inception in January 2009. During her 19 year career in public safety communications, she has worked as a dispatcher for police, fire and medical services as well as supervised and managed the dispatchers in these critical positions. She is a certified Emergency Number Professional, a member of the Police Council of Standards for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, an instructor for the National Emergency Number Association, and regional team leader for the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT).