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SCECA Executive Board


Jim Lane

Past President

Jim holds a PhD in Educational Research and Policies and is Professor of Education at Columbia College. He is the Elementary Education Program Chair and directs graduate programs in Divergent Learning and Higher Education Administration at the college.

"My goal is to ensure that every infant and toddler and each school-aged child has a high-quality early childhood program that meets his/her individual needs. Engaging the family in the education of young children is also an important part of our roles as early childhood specialists."

Katie Nichols

Katie Nichols


Katie holds a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Presently, she is a kindergarten assistant at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Camden.

“Education is a process that involves many different elements working together for one common goal.  My hope is that every child will become confident, effective, imaginative, and life-long learners. I have a passion for supporting the success of children and their families, as well as a true desire to advocate for those who do not have a voice. “

Dona Pitts

Dona Pitts


Dona has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a Pre-K teacher in the Newberry County Schools. 

"My favorite quote is 'Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.' Fred Rogers"


Davida Price

Vice President

My name is Davida Caldwell Price. I was born and raised in Newberry, SC. I am married to Trani with 3 children Nicholas, Taylyn and Tristyn. I attended The University of SC where I earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an add on in ECE, a Masters and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.

I am the Coordinator of Youth and Family Services for School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties. I am over the 4K programs in the district. I have served as the Vice President and President of District 7 in the past. I also served as the Member at Large for 2 years. I served as the Chairman of Richland County First Steps for 2 years and now serve as Past Chair.

Ashley Riddle

Ashley Riddle


My name is Ashley Riddle and I have been working in early childhood for over 13 years. I hold an ECD credential from Tri-County Technical College and I'm the Assistant Director at Upstate Children's Center of Walhalla. I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and I'm currently the President of District 5 of SCECA. I enjoy being a member and representative of the SCECA organization. I look forward to taking on more responsibility as State Secretary and hope this will continue my growth in SCECA. I reside in Six Mile with my husband of 14 years, Dean, and our four children, Austin, Amber, Braxton and Sylas. In my free time you can find me soaking up the sun on Lake Keowee, cooking up a new recipe I found online, lost in a good book or off on an adventure.

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

Brandy Wix

Brandy Wix

State Treasurer

Brandy is the current SCECA District 4 treasurer and the interim State Treasurer. She has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and is certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Newberry Elementary School in Newberry County.

"Every day is a new learning experience for children. Help them embrace their learning by leading and showing them how to utilize all the information they have learned into everyday life skills and practices."

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Manija Torian

2nd Year

My name is Manija Torian and I am a Quality Coach for South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral. I coach in Horry, Georgetown, Marion, and Williamsburg counties. I am very passionate about early childhood education. I have served in many rolls such as a preschool teacher, center director, parent educator and now as a quality coach. I also serve on the advisory board at Horry Georgetown Technical College and have served as the SCECA District 2 treasurer. I have 20 years of experience working with young children and their families. I truly believe that reaching children in their most critical years of development is the key to all of their future success academically, socially, and overall wellbeing.

"To be Fully ALIVE, Fully HUMAN and COMPLETELY AWAKE is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to BE ALWAYS in NO MAN’s LAND, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again." By Pema Chodron 

Jamila Anderson

Jamila Anderson

Member-at-Large 1st Year

Jamila Anderson has a BA in Child and Family Studies and M.Ed in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, as well as a MAT in Elementary Education from Liberty University! She is also a National Board Certified teacher in early childhood. Jamila is currently a prekindergarten teacher in a magnet school in School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties.

"I believe I have the ability to impact ALL children and families through patience, positivity, and an encouraging spirit. We all deserve a chance!"

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Deni Titcomb


Deni holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is a first grade teacher at Meadow Glen Elementary School in Lexington District One.

"My goal each year in my class is to create an environment where children can blossom socially, emotionally and academically."

Vaudrien Ray

Vaudrien Ray


Vaudrien holds an EdS Degree in School Psychology and is the owner/director of Ruby’s Academy Preschool and Child Care.

"My goals as an early childhood advocate are to stress the importance of early childhood education, promote best practices among educators, and work closely with parents as their child's first teacher."

Judy Whitesell - SCECA Board of Directors

Judy Whitesell

Meeting Planner

Judy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is retired from teaching in Lexington District One.

"My goal is to help provide the best training opportunities possible for any person working with children."


Becky Wardlaw

Executive Director

Becky holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and is certified in Secondary  Social Studies and Early Childhood Education. She has retired from teaching  K-1 Multiage at Gilbert Primary in Lexington One Schools.

"Children are our first and best resource. We should work hard to nurture and develop that resource for a much better tomorrow."