Our Staff

Mike Bedenbaugh - Executive Director

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. 

When not traveling the state in search of endangered historic places to save, Mike resides on his grandfather's restored farm outside of Prosperity with his wife Anya.

Contact Mike
Email: Mike

Suzanne Brooks - Director, Spartanburg Preservation Fund

Suzanne Brooks lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she has served as Executive Director of the Spartanburg County Historical Association overseeing the restoration of Walnut Grove Plantation, a 250 year old upcountry plantation, and managing programming, donor relations, and community outreach. Suzanne’s work experience includes managing the use of five historic properties of Historic Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina as Rental Coordinator.  Suzanne worked in Washington, DC in legislation and policy, specializing in federal policy, and is very passionate about grassroots advocacy at the local and state levels. She received her master’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA in Interior Design with a focus in Historic Interiors.  Suzanne also holds a post baccalaureate certification in Historic Preservation from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Suzanne's focus is in historic preservation, advocacy, education, and outreach. She looks forward to engage the Spartanburg community through programs, collaborations, and campaigns to promote South Carolina’s cultural history and help make the Spartanburg Preservation Fund as well as PreserveSC an accessible, relatable resource in Spartanburg County.

Contact Suzanne
Email: Suzanne

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. 

Contact Amy
Email: Amy
Phone: 803-944-9425

The Rest of Our Team

Carolyn Coppola - 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.

For more information on our consulting services, please contact us at 803-944-9425 or email Carolyn for more details and a quote.

Lisa Senn - Legal Council

Wicker & Senn, P.A.
P.O. Box 398
1309 Hunt Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: 803-276-4964
Email: Lisa

Carol Smith - Media Relations

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Email: Carol