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SCECA Executive Board


Kristine Jenkins


Kristine has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is the Lead Regional 4K Coordinator for South Carolina Office of First Steps for 4K.  

"My passion is striving to provide high quality early childhood learning experiences that can provide a positive impact on the practice of teachers, administrators and advocates in the field."


Fedrick Cohens


Fedrick is the Executive Director of the Georgetown County School District. He holds an EdS Degree in Elementary Education.

"I want all children to have every opportunity to be successful. This means that our early learning programs, practices, and policies must afford them with experiences that will prepare them to be ready for school and life."


Jim Lane

Vice President

Jim holds a PhD  Degree in Elementary Education and is a Professor of Education at Columbia College. He is also the Student Advisor of the Columbia College SCECA Student Group.

"My goal is to ensure that each school-aged child has a quality early childhood program that meets his/her individual needs and that also works to educate the family on important issues in early childhood education."


Vaudrien Ray

Past President

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."


Debbie Malphrus


Debbie holds an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science. She recently retired from the Newberry County School District where she worked as an instructional assistant.

"The best time for a child to learn is as early as possible. They pick up on our words and actions. Children are our future. We need to set the example for them. It always does my heart good when a former student sees me outside of a school setting and gives me a big smile and hug! Let’s take care of our future."


Cheryl Steadham


Cheryl holds a Master's Degree in Administrative Supervision. She serves as the Coordinator of the Parenting and Family Literacy Center for Pickens County Schools.

"My passion is supporting the success of children and families as well as a desire to advocate for those who do not have a voice."

Shayla Pettigrew

Shayla Pettigrew

First Year

Shayla Pettigrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development. She is currently a 4K Regional Coordinator for South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness. Shayla has prior experience as a Montessori Center Manager in the Public Sector and a Head Start Lead Teacher.

“The joy of being in Early Childhood Education is getting to explore the world, over and over, for the first time”


Davida Price

Second Year

Davida also serves as President of District 7. She holds an EdS Degree in Elementary Education and serves as the Coordinator   of Youth and Family Services in Lexington-Richland District 5 Schools.

"I want to ensure all students get off to the best start in life. I have a passion for helping young people grow, learn and achieve. Every single child is a reward and a blessing."


Deni Titcomb

SECA representative

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."


Reggie Eargle


Reggie is also Interim District 4 President. She holds an EdS Degre in Early Childhood Education and is a first grade teacher in the Newberry County School system.

"I love helping children be  all they can be! Working with young children is my passion!"

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 an interventionist at Gilbert Elementary School 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."