Brittany Lavelle Tulla

Executive Director

Brittany Lavelle Tulla is the proprietor and principal architectural historian for the Charleston-based firm BVL Historic Preservation Research, Charleston’s first and only full-service firm dedicated specifically to historic research and National Register for Historic Places nominations. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Historic Preservation and Community Planning at the College of Charleston and a board member of the Charleston Heritage Symposium. In 2014, she was one of three women featured in Historic Charleston Foundation’s “Women Who Impact Preservation” video series. In 2015, she established the Young Preservationists of Charleston and was selected as the Drayton Hall Wood Family Fellow.

Brittany has conducted several talks in and around Charleston on the importance of World Heritage, and has presented to the U.S. National Commission for UNESC on behalf of the CWHC and the City of Charleston. She is a frequent contributor to history publications and has worked and conducted research for Charleston’s leading preservation organizations, such as Historic Charleston Foundation, Preservation Society of Charleston and Drayton Hall, as well as national organizations such as the National Park Service. Before establishing BVL HPR in 2013, she served as an architectural historian for a government consulting cultural resources management firm, where she conducted historic research, architectural surveys and conditions assessments on large-scale government preservation projects, including the Statue of Liberty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brittany has a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston/Clemson University joint program located in Charleston, SC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in graphic design from Elon University. Her interest in World Heritage began at Elon, where she spent a term documenting the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Brittany is devoted to the Holy City and is committed to showcasing its heritage and historic places through researching and profiling the city’s national and international significance in both architectural fabric and cultural memory.


Steve Ziff

Founder & Chairman

A Charleston resident since 1991, Stephen Ziff has a long association with corporate leadership and real estate development. Currently the Founder & Chairman of Ziff Properties, Inc., headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, SC, he was formerly general partner in Ziff-Button properties in Dallas, Texas, and was managing partner in Lower East Redevelopment, Inc. in New York, N.Y. He served as chairman and CEO of Dual Lite, Inc. of Newtown, Conn., a publicly owned business, and was a founder and director of Tokyo Electron Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. Stephen is a 1962 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received a Master of Arts in Art History from Columbia University in 1989. He has been very active in Charleston, having organized and chaired a task force to modernize city government and with Beth Elohim, Charleston’s Reform Jewish Congregation, as well as with the American College of the Building Arts.

Ruthie Ravenel

Vice Chairman

A Charleston native, Ruthie Ravenel grew up on Broad Street in the heart of the Holy City. Ruthie graduated from Boston College, and spent a year abroad in Strasbourg, France (A UNESCO world heritage city center) studying History and Political Science. After undergraduate studies, she moved to Park City, Utah to pursue one of her passions, snow-skiing. During her 3+ years in Park City she was involved in developing a new property management & lodging division at the world famous Deer Valley Resort. This experience helped develop a strong appreciation for real estate as well as the vacation rental business. Since 2011, Ruthie has been living in Charleston and works as Sales and Marketing Director at Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty. Her passion for real estate sales in the context of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is something she shares with all agents at the firm through training in the areas of sales, marketing and technology. Her hobbies include snow-skiing, travel, tennis, boating and hiking.


Ambassador Davidson L. Hepburn

Board Member

Davidson L. Hepburn was born at New Bight, Cat Island, in a small settlement called Douds. As a public speaker Dr Hepburn is sought after to address various audiences. He is regarded as a motivational speaker and has entertained people globally. He served for 10 years as Ambassador of Bahamas to the United Nations and represented his country as non-resident Ambassador to Haiti and Cuba. He is the Honorary consul for Indonesia. He recently completed a two-year term as President of the 35th Conference of UNESCO. Davidson L. Hepburn has received numerous certificates, awards and recognition for his contribution to the promotion of peace and harmony in the world. Among them are the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International; Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur of France and the Order of the British Empire from the Queen. He received his university education at Florida A&M University, Michigan State University and the University of Madrid, Spain where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Comparative Language and Literature. He holds a Diploma in International Relations for the L’Institut des Hautes Etudes, Geneva Switzerland. Davidson L. Hepburn resides with his wife in Nassau. They have one son and a lovely grand daughter.


The Honorable Alex Sanders

Board Member

Alex Sanders has been a lawyer, a state representative, a state senator, an appellate judge and a college president. He taught law for 25 years as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Harvard Law School and was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He was Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He was the 19th President of the College of Charleston and is Chairman Emeritus of the Charleston School of Law.



Karen Chandler

Board Member

Karen Chandler, Associate Professor in Arts Management, has taught in the Arts Management Program since 1999. Currently, she teaches arts management courses in both the undergraduate program and master’s program in public administration. She is also Co-Founder/Principal of the Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI), a multi-year study of the jazz tradition in Charleston and South Carolina. From 2001-2004, she served as director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Chandler received her Ph.D. in Studies in Arts and Humanities from New York University, M.A. in music education from Columbia University-Teachers College in New York, and B.S. in music education from Hampton University. Chandler formerly served as Director of the University of Virginia’s African-American Cultural Center from 1983 to 1989 and then in the graduate program as an Assistant Professor of Arts Management at American University in Washington, DC from 1994-1999 before coming to the College of Charleston. Chandler has served as an advisory and grants review panelist with arts councils and commissions around the country including the Coastal Community Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. She also serves on numerous regional, state and local governing editorial and advisory boards including the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Rutgers University; Arts and History Commission in Charleston; South Carolina Arts Alliance; Charleston Concert Association; and the African American Jazz Caucus in New York City, among others. She is also active in other volunteer projects in her local community including serving as Chair, Board of Directors of The St. James Foundation, and longtime and devoted volunteer as Literary Program Co-Coordinator of the MOJA Arts Festival in Charleston.


Carter L. Hudgins

Board Member

Carter L. Hudgins is director of the joint College of Charleston and Clemson University Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. A native of the small Tidewater Virginia town of Franklin, Hudgins completed a BA at the University of Richmond and an MA at Wake Forest University prior to receiving the PhD in early American history at the College of William and Mary. Trained as an historian and archaeologist, Hudgins has interspersed work in both the public and private sector through his academic career. A field archaeologist with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources early in his career, he later served for seven years as director of Historic Charleston Foundation. Prior to his appointment to the faculties of Clemson University and the College of Charleston, Hudgins was a member of the history faculties at the University of Alabama/Birmingham where he implemented the graduate curriculum in public history and the University of Mary Washington where he was chairperson of both the Department of History and American Studies (2002-2008) and the Department of Historic Preservation (1984-1993), a program in which he held appointment as the Hofer Distinguished Professor of Early American Culture and Historic Preservation. Hudgins research interests include vernacular architecture in early America and early modern material culture of the Atlantic rim.

Gray Coulton

Board Member

Gray completed his M.B.A. in Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and his B.A. with honors in Political Science at the Australian Defense Force Academy, where he was named a Distinguished Graduate and received various awards for military and academic performance. In 2009 he earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® Designation from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and IMCA. In 2012, he earned the Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM designation from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and IMCA. Active in his community, Gray is associated with the Investment Management Consultants Association, Duke University Fuqua School of Business Alumni Association and Daniel Island Rotary. Gray resides in Charleston, where he has lived since 2005. Gray is a Senior Vice President at Baird, joining the firm in January 2011 from Smith Barney, where he had previously worked since 2005 as a Vice President and Senior Investment Management Consultant. Originally from Australia, prior to his investment career Gray worked as a Principal at various international business consulting firms in Sydney, Boston, and Atlanta from 1997 through 2004. From 1988-1996, he served as a Infantry officer in the Australian Army, commanding at the platoon and company level.


Jonathan Green

Board Member

Jonathan Green has a passion for creating and collecting cross-cultural fine art representing the themes of work, love, belonging and spirituality. He is also committed to promoting cross cultural arts to be included in mainstream museums throughout the United States and Europe. He has a drive to enhance the visibility, perceptions, and recognition of professional visual artists of African American, Caribbean, Latin American descent for their cultural contributions to this nation. He strives to show such contributions as they are specifically noted in the use of the artists’ creations in the areas of education, health, performing arts, business, and the environment.

Kitty Robinson

Board Member

Katharine S. “Kitty” Robinson is President and CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the architectural, historical and cultural character of Charleston and its Lowcountry environs. Ms. Robinson has been at the forefront of preservation on both the national and local levels for more than three decades, addressing key civic challenges and carrying out HCF’s mission. She was Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival Director from 1987 to 1993, during which time she increased visibility and funds for the Foundation. Ms. Robinson was named the Director of Development at Porter-Gaud School in 1993 where she led advancement efforts until 2000 and continued her service at Historic Charleston as a Trustee and Vice-President before coming its Executive Director and President & CEO in 2000.

Currently serving in a leadership capacity on a number of civic boards and organizations, Ms. Robinson has served and/or continues to serve on the boards of: The Citadel School of Business, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston Heritage Federation, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Trust, College of Charleston Graduate School, Charleston Leadership Foundation, Engaging Creative Minds and the Peninsula Advisory Commission. Her previous community involvement includes serving as President for the Center for Women, the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center, the Charleston Tennis Club, the Junior League of Charleston and as a board member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Ms. Robinson served previously on the Board of the Gibbes Museum of Art and was a member of the City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review. She is currently chairing the Tourism Management Advisory Committee for the city of Charleston and also serving as a Board member for the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the International African American Museum.

AEM Head shotAndrew E. Muller

Board Member

Andrew is President of Mappus Insurance Agency, Inc., a long-standing Charleston insurance firm specializing in insuring historic, high-value and coastal properties. Andrew is a native of Louisville, KY and graduate of the College of Charleston where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at the College, Andrew took many history classes that fueled his love for the history of Charleston. Andrew and his wife, Alexandra, love to travel the world and have visited many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Andrew is a past board member on the Mount Pleasant Historical Commission where he and Alexandra reside. Andrew is a current board member for the Association of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of South Carolina (IIABSC) where he champions flood insurance reform on a local, state and national level.  In his free time, Andrew loves fitness, reading and walking the historic district of Charleston.


Board Member

Tom Tisdale is a lawyer and writer living in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a former president of the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Historical Society. He has served on the boards of several schools and colleges and community-related non-profit organizations, including the University of the South and Spoleto Festival, USA. Tisdale is the author of the biography A Lady of the High Hills: Natalie Delage Sumter (University of South Carolina Press, 2001), and in 2004 was the executive producer of the play South by Julian Green, and has written a play in 2013, Truth in Cold Blood. He was a founder of SPCK/USA, the American branch of the oldest English missionary society that distributes Christian literature worldwide.



Sallie McPherson Duell is a native of Greenville, SC and has been a resident of Charleston since 1964 where she has been primarily engaged in the non-profit world. She has served on the executive committees of the boards of the Junior League of Charleston, the Preservation Society, Historic Charleston Foundation, and the Coastal Community Foundation. Currently, she serves as Chairman of the Board of the Middleton Place Foundation is a founder and board member of both the Charleston Horticultural Society and Gun Sense SC.


Advisory Council

Jane Aldrich,  Lowcountry Rice Culture Project

William Bates,  American College of the Building Arts

Mary Pinckney Battle, Avery Research Center

Christina Butler,  College of Charleston

Dr. Nic Butler,  Charleston County Public Library

Stephanie Crette,  Warren Lasch Conservation Center

Frances H. Ford,  Clemson/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Brent Fortenberry,  Warren Lasch Conservation Center

Grant Gilmore,  College of Charleston

Eleni Glekas,  Boston Architectural College

Harlan Greene,  College of Charleston, Special Collections

Winslow Hastie,  Historic Charleston Foundation

Corie Hipp,  The Corinne Company

Carter C. Hudgins,  Drayton Hall

Ralph Muldrow,  College of Charleston

Dr. Bernard E. Powers, College of Charleston

Dale Rosengarten,  College of Charleston, Special Collections

Paul Saylors, Gentleman Gardener

Dr. Barry Louis Stiefel,  College of Charleston

Bob Stockton,  College of Charleston

Amy Elizabeth Uebel,  Warren Lasch Conservation Center