Board Members

Executive Director

Len K. Edwards, Captain, MPD Ret.

Len Edwards joined the Memphis Police Department in 1973, retiring after serving forty-two years of service.  During his career, he was assigned a host of differing assignments such as Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer, Auto Theft, Domestic Intelligence, Burglary, Mounted Unit, Crime Prevention and others.

Len’s area of expertise is in issues that affect children and families, i.e. abuse, drug use, runaways, throwaways, parental abduction and stereotypical child kidnappings.

Len is a nationally known speaker and trainer for such issues as child abduction, family abduction, children and drugs and many other issues.   He has presented training’s for:

  • The National Institute of Health
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • The US Department of Justice
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO).

Len has won numerous awards in recognition of his work in Law Enforcement and in particular the area of children’s issues.  Len has been the Executive Director for COMEC for twenty-five years where his responsibilities make him responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nonprofit missing children’s agency.

Board Members

Alisa Ellis, President

Alisa brings more than 15 years of telecommunications sales experience with her to State Systems Inc. She previously worked as an account executive with C Spire Wireless. She sits on the board of the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children and is a member of the Jackson Chamber in Jackson, Tenn., the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club.

Patti Phelps, Secretary

Patti Phelps (CEO) is the owner of Phelps Security, Inc., which is the oldest security firm in Memphis, celebrating 65 Years of service to our community.  Phelps Security is also one of the largest certified woman-owned entities in Memphis, TN.  Phelps Security provides security guard and patrol services to businesses and residential areas in our community and in the Mid South.  Patti and her late husband, Lloyd Phelps are co-founders of the BIG for Memphis organization, which provides a monthly forum for the Memphis business community to learn the most recent crime statistics for their precincts and have an opportunity to develop one on one relationships with their precinct colonels, and to hear a presentation from an organization or speaker highlighting the many positive events happening in our city.  She is also proud to serve on the Fallen Officer Memorial Committee, Memphis and Shelby County Crimestopper’s Board and The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC) Board.

 Camilla Autry,  Treasurer

Camilla Autry, Retired Co-Owner of Autry Implements, is a professional businesswoman with over twenty years of experience in operations of a family-owned business.  Her experience includes operational management regarding inventory acquisition and control, equipment repair/sales and marketing, non-profit volunteer and event planning. Camilla enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends,  church and working with COMEC. She first came to COMEC seeking help for her granddaughter. Impressed by the services provided to her family, she joined the Board in January 2016. It is her desire that this worthy organization will be around for a long time, helping hurting families of Shelby County.

Greg Bethel

Greg Bethel has over 20 years of human resources experience in the state and local government and in the private sector. He is the longest-tenured member of the COMEC board and has been with COMEC longer than anyone but its Executive Director. He holds a BBA in Personnel from the University of Memphis and a AS in Management from Jackson State Community College. He is a Steward Board Member at Greenwood CME Church and has also published a book:  7-Steps: The Afro-American Guide to Financial Freedom.

Lori Bethel

Matt Gulotta

Matt Gulotta is a Memphis attorney with experience in Juvenile Court as a Guardian Ad Litem and parent attorney. He currently concentrates his legal practice on business law, criminal justice, traffic ticket defense, personal injury, and employment law. Mr. Gulotta is also an adjunct professor for several universities teaching business and aviation law, and he is currently working toward his doctorate in education.

Janice Alton

Janice Alton, Senior Executive Assistant at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital Germantown, is a professional assistant with over 20 years experience in administration and management.  Her past experiences with hospital administration, VA administration, accounting, sales and office management. She proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992.

Janice has been assisting with COMEC since 2011 and was the COMEC Volunteer of the Year in 2014.  Janice became a full COMEC board member in 2018.  Along with her husband Charles, Janice has assisted many charities and functions including, Room at the Inn, various homeless shelters, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Rylee’s Run, Miles for Melanoma,  Christian Wrangler Camp and Royal Ambassadors.

Joy Doss


Mike Cope

Dana Howeth

Jane Russell

Pat Swain

Pam Taylor

Ron Wong