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 trainings 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


Robin Colwell, Vice President

Robin is the Campus Director for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Memphis Campus. She has been with the University since 2006, working her way up at the Fort Walton Beach Campus and then moving to Memphis to take the Campus Director position.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Science in Management degree.  Robin is the current president of the Transportation Club of Memphis, Co-president of the Women in Aviation Memphis Belles Chapter, serves on the board of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Mid-South Roundtable and the Commission on Missing & Exploited Children.  She was named to the 2012 class of Top 40 under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal and as a Power Player in Higher Education for 4 consecutive years by Inside Memphis Business Magazine.  Robin is also an active member of Catholic Church of the Incarnation. In her free time, she enjoys doing CrossFit, reading, and spending time with her son, Rylan.


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

Mike Cope


Joy Doss



Matt Gulotta


Dana Howeth

Jane Russell

Pat Swain

Pam Taylor


Ron Wong