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.
Suzanne Brooks - Manager, Sacred Spaces 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.
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.