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SCECA Executive Board


Fedrick Cohens

Past President

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


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

Vice President

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"

Angie Scott

Angie Scott


Angie holds an Ed.D. Degree in Educational Leadership and is an Assistant Principal at Cross Elementary School in the Berkeley County School District.

“My goal is to maintain a persistently purposeful learning place of high quality educators who maximize student success through supportive practices, and a positive, respectful school environment to include fostering community connections.”

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."

Sherry King

Sherry King

2nd Year

Sherry Ly Ching Chen King holds a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy/Music from the University of South Carolina. Currently she serves as quality coach for Spartanburg, Laurens, Union and Cherokee counties of the South Carolina Resource and Referral Network. She has been working in the Early Childhood field over 30 years as teacher, mentor, trainer and director.

“My passion is to work with teachers and administrators to provide a quality learning environment that supports each child’s learning and development which lays the foundation for becoming a life-long learner.” 


Sarita Rivera-Arriaga

Member-at-Large 1st Year

I currently attend Columbia College and am on track to graduate in December of 2020 with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and my minor in leadership. Once I graduate, I will be teaching in an elementary school in the Richland Two school district of Columbia South Carolina.

"Teaching has always been my passion and I thrive for the success of curious young minds. My goal is to create a positive experience for students by implementing various teaching experiences yet, also teaching them how to think on their own. While my students grow I want them to evolve into successful people by helping them reach their full potential. I believe that some students need guidance and educators should be their foundation to be able to uplift their students and become that stepping stone they desperately need to become truly successful. "


Deni Titcomb

SECA Rep through 12/31/2020

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

SECA Rep after 1/1/2021

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."