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Staff

Executive Director Doug Cochran

Doug is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Fighter Pilot, a retired university educator and administrator, and a former Realtor of the S.C. Midlands. He has a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategies, an MBA, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement. Doug’s background coupled with his interest in military history has prepared him to help share South Carolina’s role in the American Revolution with South Carolinians and tourists drawn to visit our great state.

Coordinator Heather Hawkins

Heather received her BA in history from New York University, but spent over 20 years working in other fields. This SC native is excited to bring her skills to work with historic significance. As the Ticketing & Guest Experience Manager at the Newberry Opera House, she oversaw the Box office staff, coordinated events, trained volunteers, managed front of house activities like concessions, and collaborated with marketing and donor relations. Prior to the Opera House, she spent 10 years in local radio - hosting the mid-day show, selling ads, and covering local government. Other jobs include freelance writing for national magazines, working as an office manager for a promotional merchandising firm, and even a stint teaching math. She is excited to be a part of SC 250th celebration!

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