Board of Directors
Darryl Jones - President
Darryl Jones is the Forest Protection Chief for the South Carolina Forestry Commission. His responsibilities include oversight of wildfire suppression, fire prevention, emergency response, law enforcement, forest health, training & safety, and administration of South Carolina’s Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, Smoke Management, and prescribed burning programs. Darryl is a Wildland Firefighter, Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, and a Registered Forester, as well as a past president and current steering committee member of the SC Prescribed Fire Council. He holds a B.S. degree in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University.
Tyler Brock - Vice President
Tyler Brock currently serves as Director of Engineering at SCETV, the state-wide Educational Television and Public Radio provider for South Carolina. Prior to joining SCETV, Tyler was Director of Technology and Operations for the DCA, a private sector organization providing centralized master control services to PBS stations in 14 markets around the US with a comprehensive approach, spanning from traffic services to final broadcast encode and over-the-air presence monitoring. As the technical landscape of the broadcast industry evolves, Tyler utilizes his background in IP network engineering, virtualization and traditional IT disciplines to lead and support the ETV team though these changes.
Joe Burgett PhD - Treasurer
Dr. Joe Burgett is a tenured professor at Clemson University in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management. He graduated from the University of Florida with his BS, MS and PhD all in construction management. He is a general contractor by trade and teaches HVAC an electrical systems courses at Clemson. His area of research is in advanced construction technology; specifically, with how drones can be used to support land surveying and asset inspections He has worked closely with the SCDOT and their drone program. In collaboration with the SCDOT, he teaches advanced aerial systems at the undergraduate and graduate level at Clemson.
Scott Reynolds - Secretary
Scott Reynolds is a Senior Scientist with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), having spent most of his 40 years with the Agency as Director of the Division of Air Quality Analysis. He holds a B S in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and has been with DHEC since 1979. Scott has been heavily involved in the UAS project at DHEC, providing coordination during response and recovery for natural events and developing processes for integration of UAS and use of UAS to support all of DHEC’s environmental programs. His focus is on developing pilots and the equipment, collaboration with other agencies, sharing best practices, and building the South Carolina’s Public Agency UAV community.
Mark Jahnke has served the broadcast community since 2002. A graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, Jahnke currently is the Vice President, Chief Information Officer for South Carolina ETV (SCETV) in Columbia, SC. . Since 2020 Jahnke has been integral in creating a drone program at SCETV. His focus on policy and practical application has directed SCETV’s drone program forward for creative content creation and engineering structural analysis.
Jason Lucas PhD
Jason Lucas is an Associate Professor in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University where he teaches classes and conducts research related to emerging technologies, materials and methods of construction, and residential construction. Jason has a background in architecture and construction management before becoming a faculty at Clemson.
Gary Sundin is a Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Research Institute. Gary has expertise in GIS, remote sensing, and low altitude manned helicopter photographic approaches to natural resources research. Gary was an early advocate within the SCDNR for the utility of sUAS and contributed significantly to the development of current Agency drone use policy. Gary frequently advises research and conservation groups as to the best approaches to incorporating sUAS methods, working with an ever increasing diversity of organisms, but focusing on the mapping and assessment of natural and restored intertidal oysters and quantification of migratory shorebirds.
Nikos Vitzilaios, PhD
Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios is an Assistant Professor of Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). He is the Director of the Unmanned Systems & Robotics Laboratory (USRL) working on perception, navigation and control of unmanned systems focusing on unmanned aircraft. USRL has a fleet of 25 drones including commercial, customized, and in-house built systems used in several monitoring\inspection applications. At the UofSC he teaches courses in robotics, control theory, mechatronics and engineering graphics and visualization.
Sallie Williams is Manager for the Solid Waste Regulation Development, Planning, and Reporting Section in the Division of Mining and Solid Waste at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). She has been with SC DHEC for ten years and served in several other areas, including underground storage tanks, solid waste, and hazardous waste. Sallie earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor focus on Leadership and Psychology and a M.A. in Organizational Change and Leadership, both from Columbia College. She earned her FAA Part 107 certification in 2016 as one of the first Department drone pilots and was instrumental in founding the DHEC UAV group. As a member of the DHEC UAV group, she has aided in piloting many flights for the Department, assisting and training new pilots, and promoting the group’s outreach efforts. Her passion for helping others extends outside of DHEC, where she serves as a member of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department and the Fairfield County Rescue Squad. She loves new challenges and exploring new uses for drones in the state of South Carolina.
Uwe Klauck is an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coordinator and lead drone pilot for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). He works in this capacity, post retirement from the agency, on a part-time basis. Uwe earned his FAA Part 107 certification in 2016 and was the agency’s first certificated pilot. After Uwe demonstrated the capabilities of the drone as a tool for safely and efficiently monitoring conditions at a waste tire recycling facility in 2016, SC DHEC chose to pursue the UAS technology and expand drone use into the various program areas within the agency. As part of the Department’s UAV Workgroup, he played a lead role in developing the Department’s drone program. Uwe continues to help grow DHEC’s program and train new agency pilots.