Phyllis Alexander, director of Dakota Conference Adventist Community Services Disaster Response, received a 15-year sticker for her emergency members plaque at the yearly Emergency Managers Conference last September in Mitchell, South Dakota.

“I had my picture taken with the EM president, Regan Smith, and also with South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, who gave the keynote address,” said Alexander. “I have been a member of the South Dakota Emergency Managers since the year 2000. I will always remember the special friends I have made over these past years.”

Since attending her first meeting of the Pennington County Emergency Managers 15 years ago, Alexander has become more involved in their meetings. At one of the annual conferences the opportunity came for Alexander to distribute her ACS DR cards so those she met could become more acquainted with the services offered. She was also given an opportunity to explain the role of ACS DR and how it could work during a large-area disaster.

Director Dustin Willet of the Rapid City Pennington County Emergency Management wrote, “I wanted to take a moment and commend Phyllis Alexander in her role representing the Seventh-day Adventists within the South Dakota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. Not only is Phyllis a fun and upbeat person to be around, but she truly has a servant’s heart and is incredibly dedicated and passionate in her commitment to disaster relief planning and operations. It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Phyllis and my office is very grateful for the Seventh-day Adventist commitment to the mission of disaster relief in our community (and across the nation, for that matter).”