Coastal Community Foundation Welcomes Five New Board Members

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (CCF) has five new members on its Board of Directors. These community leaders will play a key role in governing the strategic direction and decision-making of the Foundation.

“The new members join the board with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, as well as fierce passion for philanthropy and dedication to serve the community,” said Board Chair Ronda Dean. “Many have served on CCF committees and their experience will bring fresh insight to our governance as we enter our 50th year.”

Stacy Davis is a CPA-VP and Assistant Controller at Blackbaud. Davis brings extensive knowledge of accounting, auditing, compliance, and corporate finance to the board. She is well-versed in CCF after serving on the Finance and Audit Committee. Davis is experienced serving on nonprofit boards and was a board member for YWCA USA from 2019-2021.

Dr. Cokeitha Gaddist is the founder and CEO of LifeStyle and Career Consults, the founder and CEO of HealthCare Consultants, and the Director of Operations, Health, Wellness, and Performance ICCE at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She has a Ph.D. in Healthcare Administration and provides support to organizations in need of business development, research, and patient care. Gaddist joins the board with insight on CCF’s grantmaking after serving on the Grantmaking and Community Leadership Committee.

Vanessa Gongora is the Territory Director for Norsan Media’s South Carolina and Florida media assets. Gongora has a marketing background, with a passion for Hispanic marketing and entertainment. She is experienced working in the nonprofit space, serving as a Case Manager for Unaccompanied Minors for Lutheran Services Carolinas and fronteraTECH, a nonprofit providing pro bono legal services. She has received multiple awards for her work, including the 40 Under 40 distinction from Charleston Regional Business Journal. She currently serves as co-lead for the Coastal Immigrant Victim Coalition for South Carolina’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Mason Holland is an entrepreneur, and the former Chairman and Co-Founder of Benefitfocus. Holland is the founder, Chairman and President of American Pensions, Inc., the founder of Holland Properties LLC, and the Chairman and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace, Inc.

Christie Wootton is CFA, Managing Director, and Portfolio Manager at Greystar. Wootton oversees US Separate Account Portfolio Management and portfolios across a variety of asset classes, including conventional multifamily, life sciences, and single-family build-for-rent strategies. She is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of South Carolina and has served on CCF’s Investment Committee.

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