Elizabeth Bachle

Elizabeth was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and then briefly left to attend college at Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Elizabeth joined Alamo Area SAR in 2015 after deploying to the Wimberley floods that occurred in May 2015.  She is currently a graduate student in a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program.  Her Border Collie, Rey, is her first SAR K9 and they are an IPWDA certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, IPWDA Certified K9 Handler, Basic Wilderness Search Specialist





 Molly Buis

Molly Buis grew up in southeast Michigan, where she attended Michigan State University.  She joined AASAR in November 2016 on her arrival to San Antonio.  Her Labrador, Pippi, is her first SAR K9 and they are working toward certification as a Human Remains Detection K9 team.







 Karen Carr – President

Karen was born in Key West, FL. and raised on the Chesapeake Bay.  She got to TX as quickly as she could after traveling the world as a Navy wife and mother.  Since 1992, home has been Fredricksburg, TX.  Karen has been an active community volunteer serving on several non-profit boards.  She helped establish the local mentoring program in FISD.  After receiving her bloodhound pup, Woodrow, Karen decided to tackle the skill of man-trailing.  She joined AASAR in April 2015.  Karen and Woodrow are now an IPWDA Man-Trailing certified K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, IPWDA Certified Trailing K9 Handler, Basic Wilderness Specialist






 Paris Dailing









Susan Dickens 

Susan has lived in the San Antonio area for over 18 years.  She joined Alamo Area SAR in 2015 after adopting her K9 partner, YYork.  Susan has over 30 years of military experience with the United States Army and Air Force.  She currently serves with the 149th Fighter Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  Susan has extensive Emergency Management experience through her service with the Texas Military Department.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, IPWDA Certified K9 Handler, Wilderness Search Specialist






 Melissa Ellis

Melissa has been a Human Remains Detection SAR K9 handler and trainer since 2003 with 300+ deployments across the U.S. as well as in Iraq, Aruba, and Jamaica.  She has 700+ hours of detection dog training seminars, workshops, and conferences since 2003  Melissa has 15+ years experience with Incident Command through the military, hospitals, the State of Florida, and K-9 SAR.  Melissa has Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Management and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran.  She also currently works for the Federal government as an explosives detection dog trainer and has over 15 years experience training dogs for obedience, agility, various sports, and behavior modification.  She and Recon, her Golden Retriever, are a certified Human Remains Detection team through IPWDA and formerly certified with USPCA and NNDDA.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler






Mat Garber

Mat lived in Michigan until he joined the military after high school. He spent the next 26 years in the military while completing degrees from Ferris State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan. He joined the team as a flanker in 2017 after he realized the integral niche it filled for our community.








 Phil Harralson

Philip was born in Tucson, AZ and lived in CA as well. He joined The US Army in 1994 and throughout his 20 years active duty he worked as a Maintenance Control Sergeant, Senior Drill sergeant, Senior Instructor, Master Driver, and Vehicle Recovery Specialist.  He served in four Combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, and four other overseas tours to Kuwait and Germany. He continues to serve as a volunteer in The Texas State Guard as a Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS), Liaison Officer (LNO), and an RBOT Instructor.  Phil has worked with other SAR teams since 2014 deploying several times in support of those organizations. In 2016 Phil moved to the San Antonio Area and joined AASAR where he supports the team with logistics, communications, and incident support. Phil currently works for Fisher House Inc. as The House Manager for The Lackland AFB Fisher House. He has a Certificate in Homeland Security/Emergency Management from Pierce College. Phil is married and has three sons.

Certifications- NASAR SARTECH III, FCC Licensed Radio Operator, CERT, LNO, LOFR, EMR, ECA, WFA, GSAR 1, GSAR 2, LSC, ICS 300, ICS 400





 Jennifer Holguin – Secretary

Jennifer was born in San Antonio but raised every where else as the daughter of an Air Force father.  She has lived in San Antonio since 1991 and joined Alamo Area SAR in 2015.  Jennifer and her K9, Allie, are a certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, NASAR Certified Human Remains K9 Handler, and Basic Wilderness Search Specialist







Ben Holstein

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IPWDA Ceritified Air Scent K9 Handler




 Ryan Kelly

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NNDDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler




Sheila Newland

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 Orlando Nunez – Operations Chief

Orlando was born in Corpus Christi, Texas into a military family.  He began his military career in June 1994 joining the United States Army Military Police Corps.  During his ten years in the Army, Orlando, was a canine handler at Fort Riley, Kansas as well as a canine trainer and instructor at the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Training Center, Lackland AFB, Texas.  In 2004, he was honorably discharged from the Army and accepted a civilian canine instructor position with the Department of Defense as an instructor in the Specialized Search Dog (SSD).  He joined Alamo Area SAR in 2010.  Orlando and his K9, Reme, a Belgian Malinois, are a certified Human Remains Detection K9 team.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH III, Wilderness Search Specialist, IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler





 Marcel Perret-Gentil

Marcel currently serves as University Veterinarian and Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is also the Attending Veterinarian of the START Center for Cancer Care in San Antonio.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, a joint residency/Master of Science in Comparative Medicine, followed by a fellowship in experimental minimally invasive surgery.  Past veterinary appointments include the United States Army, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Merck, University of Florida and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  Marcel and Nuru, his Belgian Malinois, are a certified human remains detection team through the International Police Work Dog Association.

Certifications – IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler





 Nancy Perret-Gentil

Nancy married Marcel in 1979 and is the mother of three grown children.  She has served in various organization as a volunteer such as the Red Cross, Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), Shands Hospital, VA Hospital and various nursing homes among others.  She supports Marcel and Nuru, with their Belgian Malinois, a certified human remains detection dog.






 Susan Rodenko

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IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler





 Melissa Schmalhorst

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 IPWDA Certified Human Remains K9 Handler





 Sarah Stone – Vice President

Sarah was born in Texas City, TX.  but  moved around the world until she attended Texas Tech University.  She is married with two children and four grandchildren.  Her last job was director of the Pregnancy Care Center.  She is retired and decided to join Alamo Area SAR during June 2015.

Certifications – NASAR SARTECH II, Wilderness Search Specialist






David Wilde

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 Lee Wingert – Treasurer

Born and raised in San Antonio.  Served seven years in the US Navy aboard two different aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War.  Graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  Career in senior management positions in major corporations in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Safety and Security positions.  SPHR-Emeritus and SHRM-SCP certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management and the HR Accreditation Institute.  Football Official for 46 years, working the Referee position.  Previously served as the CERT Program Manager for San Antonio.  Currently a Commissioner on the Municipal Civil Service Commission for the City of San Antonio, hearing cases of discipline and discharge of city employees. Married with three grown children and one grandchild.  Joined Alamo Area SAR in 2013 to continue serving the emergency management community.

Certifications – Incident Support Specialist, Basic Wilderness Search Specialist, NASAR SARTECH III, FCC Licensed Radio Operator, CERT Master Instructor