Office of the President

Darrin Goss, Sr.President & Chief Executive Officer
(843) 723-3635
Darrin has led Coastal Community Foundation since 2016. Along with the Board, Darrin sets and implements the strategic vision for the organization.
C.T. BurtonDirector of Executive Operations
(843) 723-3635
As Director of Executive Operations, CT is responsible for providing strategic project support for the President and CEO while coordinating actions, functions, and duties across CCF’s organizational departments and supporting organizations.
Chanel LeachSpecial Assistant to the President & CEO
(854) 222-3459
Serving as Special Assistant to the President & CEO, Chanel provides executive-level support to the Office of the President team. As principal manager of the CEO’s calendar, Chanel coordinates meetings, constructs presentations, sends follow-up correspondence and completes tasks supporting the CEO. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Chanel also serves as the primary Board contact for CCF.
Emily WingfieldOffice of the President Intern
(843) 723-3635
As the Office of the President Intern, Emily is responsible for providing administrative support for the President and CEO and Director of Executive Operations. Her responsibilities include research, special project assistance (including the Foundation’s strategic plan), data entry, and more.

Development & Stewardship

Melissa LevesqueVice President of Development & Stewardship
(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.
Helen WolfeDirector of Stewardship
(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.
Gloria DuryeaStewardship & Events Officer
(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.
Wanda WillisDevelopment Database Manager
(854) 222-3465
Wanda is responsible for establishing an exceptional understanding of the organization’s technology. She supports the Development & Stewardship team's use of foundation information systems, processes all gifts contributed to CCF, and manages donor data.
Allan BunchDevelopment & Stewardship Officer
(854) 222-3471
Allan works with the Development & Stewardship team to deepen relationships with existing donors, community members, and fund-holders. He also works with new donors and professional advisors to help them work towards and achieve their philanthropic goals.

Communications & Marketing

Abigail DarlingtonSenior Communications Officer
(854) 222-3463
Abigail leads strategic communications and media relations for Coastal Community Foundation. She develops and implements the organizations’ communication strategy, oversees branding and messaging, and coordinates media coverage.
Sarah LambMarketing & Communications Specialist
(854) 222-3460
Sarah executes strategic initiatives that illustrate CCF’s work and impact in the community, with a focus on the Southern Lowcountry region. She develops quality content and design work for CCF publications, marketing materials, and other communications.

Grantmaking & Community Leadership

Edie BlakesleeVice President of Grantmaking & Community Leadership
(843) 793-6031
As Vice President of Grantmaking & Community Leadership, Edie leads strategy and direction for grantmaking and leadership opportunities, shapes how grantmaking resources are deployed, created the civic engagement framework and provides leadership on strategic partnerships.
Veronica HemmingwaySouthern Lowcountry Director
(854) 222-3468
Based out of our Beaufort office, Veronica directs the grantmaking and leadership work for the Foundation in the Southern Lowcountry counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Her grantmaking portfolio includes The Beaufort Fund’s family of programs, N.E.W. Fund, and Winthrop Family Fund.
Caroline RakarDirector of Grantmaking and Scholarships
(843) 793-6120
Caroline works directly with students through scholarship programs, leads the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program, and oversees the implementation of the Reverend Pinckney College Readiness Program and all the foundation’s scholarships. She also manages a grantmaking portfolio that includes the Volvo Cars USA Grants Program and Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year.
Kaela HammondProgram Officer
(854) 222-3469
Kaela leads the Northern Regional portfolio of programs in the Tri-County region that include Open Grants, Home Telecom Funds, Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund, Dorchester County Fund, and the REALTORS Housing Opportunities Fund. Her specialty-focused portfolio includes youth-focused programs such as the Blackbaud Fund and Webb-Croft Endowment.
Kristi WallaceGrants & Compliance Manager
(854) 222-3462
Kristi provides primary administrative and technical support for all the Foundation’s online grantmaking and scholarship programs, as well as data entry and processing of grant requests for select Funds and other Fund-activities. She oversees the day-to-day legal and compliance processes for the Foundation’s overall grantmaking.
Cassandra StaffordStudent Success Manager
(843) 723-3635
Based out of our Beaufort office, Cassandra is the Student Success Manager for the Reverend Pinckney College Readiness Program in the Southern Lowcountry region. She works with high school juniors and seniors, providing tailored support and resources throughout their college application process to ensure their success leading up to, during and after college.
Christian CarterProgram Assistant
(843) 723-3635
Based out of our Beaufort office, Christian supports grantmaking and capacity-building efforts in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, and fields inquiries and provides information for nonprofits within the region. She assists with research, the calendar of activities and community meetings, as well as online grantmaking programs.
Samuel Bellamy Program Officer
(854) 222-3457
Samuel manages a portfolio of programs that includes Bakker Family Fund, Disaster Relief & Recovery fund, Lowcountry Unity Fund, N.E.W Fund, Saul Alexander Foundation and Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment, as well as providing technical assistance, capacity building, and outcomes management to nonprofit organizations through the Facebook Grant for Sustaining Black Communities.

Finance & Investment

Jane LitzChief Financial Officer & Vice President of Finance
(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.
Tess MartinDirector of Impact Investing & Treasury
(843) 793-6122
Tess oversees CCF’s Place-Based Impact Investing (PBII) program and leads the Foundation’s investment goals from a community impact perspective. She also serves as a strategic advisor regarding investments, treasury & liquidity, and oversees funds management activities.
LaQuista DempseyProcurement & Operations Manager
(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. She also maintains the Charleston office building and manages other operational items.
David GalvinSenior Director of Human Resources & Operations
(843) 793-6032
David develops policies and practices that enhance CCF’s positive workplace culture, whether that is through managing day-to-day operations or through his human resources management.
Staff member, Andria Bell
Andria "Rose" BellExecutive Assistant to the CFO
(415) 940-4775
As the Executive Assistant for Finance & Operations, Andria Rose provides administrative support and strategic planning to the VP of Finance & CFO and other leaders within the Finance & Operations Team.
Chris BalladDirector of Finance & Controller
(843) 793-6125
As Director of Finance & Controller, Chris has the primary accounting responsibility for Coastal Community Foundation, including for the annual audit, tax, and monthly financial reporting processes.
Sabrina MandanasHuman Resources Generalist
(854) 222-3456
As the Human Resources Generalist, Sabrina administers the daily Human Resources functions for Coastal Community Foundation and its supporting organizations. Functions include, but are not limited to, hiring & retention, employee relations, benefits management, training & professional development, and HR administrative responsibilities.