Coastal Community Foundation Announces New Board Members

Four Board Members joining the Foundation from a variety of professional backgrounds

CHARLESTON, SC: July 12, 2016 – Coastal Community Foundation, a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to serving coastal South Carolina, today announced that four community members have joined its Board of Directors for the 2016-17 year: Herbert Drayton, Shawan Gillians, Colleen Troy and Angelia Washington. Additionally, C. Michael Branham has been selected as Chair Elect, while Paul Kohlheim will begin serving as Secretary/Treasurer.
Meet the Foundation’s newest Board Members:
Herbert Drayton (Charleston County) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Holdings, LLC, a Charleston and Memphis-based portfolio of services and software companies. Vertical Holdings’ portfolio spans business operations in medicine, software development, web design and technical training. Herbert served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and four years in the U.S. Air Force, in addition to early career work at Roper St. Francis. Herbert is a member of CCF’s Community Stewardship Committee and is involved in his church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal.
Shawan Gillians (Berkeley County) currently serves as Associate General Counsel for Santee Cooper. Previously, she was an Associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and Buist Moore Smythe McGee, PA. Shawan received her J.D. from the Marshall Wythe Law School at The College of William and Mary and a B.A. in Economics and Religion from Wofford College.  In addition to other community service roles, Shawan has volunteered on a number of Coastal Community Foundation grants committees, including Giving Back to Berkeley County, Open Grants and Lowcountry Unity Fund Mini Grants.
Colleen Troy (Charleston County) brings marketing and communications expertise to the CCF Board. She founded Touchpoint Communications, a local media agency, in 2005 and worked previously in community news and higher education public relations. Outside of Touchpoint, Colleen is a frequent adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and freelance magazine writer. Colleen has an M.A. in Media Ecology from NYU and currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Marketing Advisory Group.
Angelia Washington (Charleston County) has worked with Coastal Community Foundation for more than 10 years as an Advisory Committee Member to the N.E.W. Fund, which provides grants, leadership and technical assistance to low-to-moderate income neighborhood associations. She currently works as Human Resources Manager for Solvay (formerly Rhodia) and has been with the company since 1979. Outside of her career in human resources, Angie has been involved with many community organizations, as well as her church.
The new Board Members will attend their first Foundation Board meeting in August. Each member is elected for a three-year term and may be invited to serve a second consecutive three-year term.
The Foundation would also like to thank retiring Board Members for their years of service: Jim Marks, Bill Medich, Scott Phillips, Lawton Smith, Raymond Smith, Terry Stinson and Chris Volf.
About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation empowers individuals, families and organizations to make a lasting impact through permanent, endowed funds for charitable giving. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. To learn more, go to or call (843) 723-3635.


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