Mike Bedenbaugh - President
Michael Bedenbaugh has been Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina for over 10 years. Born in Prosperity SC in the shadow of his Great Grandfathers home, Mike has always had a love and respect for old places. After serving in the US Navy for 5 years on board the USS South Carolina, Mike attended USC and Columbia University in New York for a degree in International Studies and History. Following school he moved to NY and helped to build a product marketing company that catered to the entertainment industry with offices in NY and LA. In 1991 he moved the corporate headquarters to Prosperity and became socially involved as a member of the local planning commission, chair of the county Board of Zoning Appeals, joined the Board of the Palmetto Trust, and was elected to Prosperity's city council. After a high pressured 14 years of managing the needs of clients such as DreamWorks, MGM, Island Records, Paramount Pictures and Philip Morris, Mike decided to focus on local community and took on managing the social studies program for Newberry Academy' middle and high school until assuming the reigns of the Palmetto Trust in 2007.
Amy Fluette - Office Manager
Amy comes to the Preservation SC team having been been an administrator for almost twenty years, working primarily in legal administration, insurance benefits and estate planning. Her experience including customer service, team supervision, and executive management, have prepared her for her position at Preservation SC.
Amy commutes to Prosperity from her hometown of Chapin, South Carolina.
The Rest of Our Team
Carolyn Coppola - National Register/Tax Credit Consultant
Carolyn has been practicing historic preservation since 2007. She approaches preservation from a community context so that each completed project supports and strengthens its neighborhood and region. She nominates buildings to the National Register of Historic Places and defines plans for rehabilitating historic residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Carolyn helps property owners of historic properties apply for and secure federal and state funding, and grants, when possible, so that preservation is an affordable option.
Elaine Gillespie - Historic Property Sales: Central Carolina Region and
Elaine Gillespie brings her 30+ years of owning an advertising agency to the table as our real estate agent representing properties in the Central
Carolina Region and Society hill in Darlington county. Having also once been a licensed residential contractor, her years of doing renovations and
construction help show buyers of our historic properties remodeling opportunities.
Historic homes and architecturally significant buildings are a lifelong passion for Elaine, making her a perfect partner for our mission to save our states endangered historic places.
Anna K. LaGrone - Sacred Spaces Program Coordinator
Anna is the Project Coordinator for Trinity Abbeville. She was born in Charleston, SC, but moved to Abbeville, SC, almost twenty years ago and immediately felt a connection to the town’s rich history and sense of community. She attended Lander University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with one BA in History and one in English. She has taught History, worked to promote small business at the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, and served as a promotional coordinator on the Penny For Progress 2018 campaign. After being appointed to Abbeville’s Historic Properties Protection Commission in 2019, she was elected vice-chair and loves the opportunity to help preserve historic buildings and the stories they tell.
In her free time, she likes to explore SC’s state parks and work on her biography of Anne Boleyn.