Photo by  Emerson Sheerer



Mae Bowley moved to Savannah in 2015. Out of a desire to learn more about the charming and mysterious city, she started taking classes in Historic Preservation and Restoration at Savannah Technical College. When she encountered Emergent Structures (parent organization of Re:Purpose Savannah) in 2018, she fell in love. She was an avid volunteer for six months, and was then hired on as Assistant Executive Director. In 2019 Mae took over as Executive Director after her predecessor, Scott Crotzer.

Mae holds a Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Art in Classical Archaeology from Florida State University, and a Master of Art in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her professional background includes creative director for a manufacturing firm, market manager for an urban farm, and a principal in her own marketing consultancy for creative startups, Bowley Creative.

She harbors a fierce passion for longleaf pine and will often be caught gushing over it. Mae lives with Peas and Charlotte, her two cats, and Mo the lumberyard dog, whom you will likely meet romping about the lumber yard during work hours.




Kiersten Connor joined the force in 2018. She has a strong passion for the history of buildings and the challenge of research. Kiersten also works part-time as a Historic Tax Credit Consultant assisting Coppola Preservation Consulting.

She holds a bachelor’s in Business from Daytona State College and a Masters in Preservation Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.

In her spare time she enjoys working on her 1917 row house and forcing her husband to drive her around to look at old houses. Kiersten has a black cat, Yoshi, and a lovely dog, Molly. Sometimes she drags along her trusty husband to volunteer.




Tia Ross joined the team in 2018. Her love of historic buildings brought her to Savannah in 2000 and has kept her here ever since. When she’s not writing grants she works as the Director of Proposals for a travel management company.

Tia holds a Master of Fine Art in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and she holds a Bachelor of Art in English from George Mason University.

Tia is a loving single mother, who runs an all-girl household consisting of her wonderful daughters and two dogs, Marina and Millie




Brooke Dicks began as a dedicated volunteer in 2019 and soon after joined the team. Her love of history and architecture drew her towards our mission and she has been hoooked ever since.

Brooke is a career firefighter at the Thunderbolt Fire Department. She plans to pursue a career in the field of Historic Salvage and Restoration.

She is a mother and an aspiring historical fiction novelist with two fur babies, Khaleesi and Elliot.




Mary Carwile started as a volunteer shortly after moving to Savannah in 2019, and quickly evolved into our first intern. She is fearless and will often be the first to volunteer for climbing atop roofs and crawling under buildings.

Mary holds a Bachelors of Philosophy and is currently studying at Savannah College of Art and Design for her Master of Preservation Design.

Mary spends her spare time exploring the outdoors with her two puppy dogs, Rudy and Sampson. 


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Board of Advisors

Guiding our mission and representing our values throughout the Savannah community


Bryan Mossing

Bryan Mossing completed his Master of Science in Architecture at NewSchool of Architecture, where his focus was the study of culturally sensitive building design. He is currently the Drafting Department Head at Savannah Technical College.


Benjamin Curran
Vice President

Benjamin Curran is the Department Head of STC's Historic Preservation and Restoration Program and the Director of STC's Center for Traditional Craft.


Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick is the Preservation Director with J.T. Turner Construction Co., Inc., and Chair of the USGBC Savannah branch Leadership Group, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


Denis Blackburne

Denis Blackburne is a senior vice president and the Georgia office manager for The Woda Group, Inc. He received his B.S. in business administration from Geneva University in Switzerland and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a LEED accredited professional who currently serves on the board of Southface Energy Institute.


Ilise Benun

Author of seven books, including The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money. Host of the, Business Coach and national speaker, founder of and adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.

David Miller

Corporate Vice President for Business Development, Marketing and Sales, and Vice President of the Government Systems Division for AYA Associates, Inc. Mr. Miller earned his MS in Education with concentration in Business Administration from Wright State University.

Clara Fischel

Commercial Real Estate Advisor focusing on mixed-use developments, women-owned businesses, green businesses, and start-ups. Clara holds a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis, and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Clara also serves on the KW Associate Leadership Council and is VP of the Sylvan Terrace Neighborhood Association.

Larry Heichel

Bio coming soon

Connie Capozzola Pinkerton

Professor of Historic Preservation and Restoration at Savannah Technical College. She holds an MFA from SCAD and a BA in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Albany.

Denis Lepine

Partner at Seed Sustainability Consulting Montreal Canada/Albuquerque New Mexico.


Honorary Board


Scott Crotzer
Former Executive Director, left

Scott Boylston
Founder, President Emeritus, right


Scott Crotzer holds an MFA in Design for Sustainability and a BFA in Historic Preservation from SCAD. He has worked around the country as a project manager for restaurants, nightclubs, and event center openings, and has managed movie shoots, corporate events, and fund-raising galas for companies such as Google, Vanity Fair, Disney and Microsoft. Scott has also led the design and construction of everything from adaptively re-used urban spaces to runways for high fashion. In 2017, Scott won a scholarship to speak at the National Trust for Historic Places annual conference on the importance of building material reclamation when preservation is not possible.

Scott Boylston is co-author and program coordinator for the masters in design for sustainability at SCAD, and professor in design for sustainability. He holds a masters from Pratt Institute, and is a past member of the State Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council of Georgia. Scott presently serves on the National Academy of Environmental Design and has recently published a book titled "Designing with Society: A Capabilities Approach to Design, Systems Thinking and Social Innovation."


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