Office of the President
Development & Stewardship
Melissa LevesqueVice President of Development & StewardshipMelissa@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3464
As Vice President of Development & Stewardship, Melissa oversees donor development, donor stewardship, new fund creation and complex gift planning. She also creates engagement events for donors and professional advisers.
Sheffield WebbDirector of DevelopmentSheffield@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (843) 793-6123
Sheff connects donors to the Foundation through the Community Partnership Program. He also works with our corporate partners to help them achieve their charitable goals through the Community Partnership Program, corporate-advised funds, and our full menu of philanthropic funds that allow individuals, families and businesses to partner with CCF.
Gloria DuryeaStewardship & Events OfficerGloria@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (843) 379-3400
Based out of our Beaufort Office, Gloria works with donors, their families, and professional advisors in the Southern Lowcountry to help them realize their philanthropic goals and also focuses on donor stewardship.
Helen WolfeStewardship OfficerHelen@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3458
With a focus on stewardship, Helen works with donors and their families to help them with philanthropic goals and leaving lasting legacies through endowments, as well as with next-generation legacy planning. Helen also supports the Bridge Philanthropists, CCF’s next generation of leaders.
Communications & Marketing
Abigail DarlingtonCommunications Officerabigail@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3463
Abigail leads communication and media relations for the Coastal Community Foundation and the Waccamaw Community Foundation. She develops and implements the organizations’ communication strategy, manages branded social media accounts and coordinates media coverage.
Grantmaking & Community Leadership
Edie BlakesleeVice President of Grantmaking & Community LeadershipEdie@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (843) 793-6031
As Vice President of Grantmaking & Community Leadership, Edie leads and implements many of CCF’s key community leadership initiatives while overseeing all grantmaking. Edie is also responsible for the Foundation’s new Civic Engagement Agenda.
Veronica HemmingwaySouthern Lowcountry DirectorVeronica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3468
Leading CCF’s competitive grantmaking programs in the Southern Lowcountry, including the Beaufort Fund and the Winthrop Family Fund, Veronica connects nonprofit organizations and resources. She is also responsible for managing the Neighborhoods Energized to Win (N.E.W.) Fund.
Caroline RakarDirector of Grantmaking and ScholarshipsCaroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (843) 793-6120
Caroline leads CCF grantmaking programs in the Northern Lowcountry, including Open Grants, Giving Back to Berkeley, and the Home Telecom Funds, and manages the Foundation’s scholarships, including the Rev. Pinckney Scholars Program.
Amber BrownProgram OfficerAmber@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3456
Amber is responsible for research and analysis of emerging opportunities for the Foundation and project management of special initiatives selected. She also oversees reporting related to grantmaking and grant programs, and other Foundation related activities dealing with impact measurement. Amber also manages a small grantmaking portfolio including the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment and the Lowcountry Unity Fund.
Zahra GauthierStudent Success & Scholarship ManagerZahra@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3457
Zahra leads the Rev. Pickney College Readiness Program. This program serves high school juniors and seniors in Charleston, Beaufort, and Jasper counties by providing them with high-quality college counseling and preparing them to succeed in their academics after high school graduation. Zahra also helps to manage the Foundation's scholarships.
Kaela HammondProgram & Compliance ManagerKaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3469
Kaela manages the compliance processes for all of CCF’s grantmaking, ensuring that grants comply legally as well as follow the donors’ wishes. She leads several grantmaking programs including the Blackbaud Fund, the Cooper River Bridge Fund, the Webb Croft Endowment, and the Realtors Housing Fund.
Kristi WallaceGrantmaking Administrative Assistantkristi@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3462
As the Grantmaking Administrative Assistant, Kristi helps manage CCF databases, processes grant recommendations for CCF and all supporting organizations and provides support to the Grantmaking and Community Leadership Team.
Finance & Investment
Jane LitzChief Financial Officer & Vice President of FinanceJane@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org (843) 793-6034
As Chief Financial Officer, Jane is responsible for financial management, investments, controls, and long-range financial strategy for CCF and its supporting organizations. Jane also oversees human resources and information technology programs.
Herman GoinsSenior Director of Finance & ControllerHerman@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (843) 793-6125
Herman is the primary accounting and tax manager for CCF and its supporting organizations. He manages our internal and external financial reporting including financial statements, tax work, audit, and more.
LaQuista DempseyFinance ManagerLdempsey@coastalcommunityfoundation.org (854) 222-3462
LaQuista acts as the point person for key finance responsibilities for Coastal Community Foundation and affiliate organizations. She manages accounts payable, processes bank deposits, and performs select accounting and compliance responsibilities as part of the Finance team.