Shannon is the Founder & Editor of Gulf Coast Philanthropy. She is a Louisiana native and considers Texas to be her second home state. This blog serves as a platform to highlight charitable giving efforts in the region. She currently works in international development brokering partnerships and managing project design teams. Through her consulting company, P3 Creative Consulting, she works with companies to integrate and administer philanthropic initiatives into their business operations. In 2011, her company was one of 250 businesses selected for the exclusive British Airways "Face of Opportunity Global Entrepreneur" prize, which allowed her to travel to London and Uganda for business-building opportunities.

Her experience working with community initiatives has included developing and implementing programs, sponsorship development, seminar planning and grant writing. In addition, she has worked in the United StatesZimbabwe and BotswanaHer commitment to also working with large and small companies on community investment programs stems from her belief that businesses excel when communities thrive. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Xavier University of Louisiana, and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.

Laprisha is the co-founder of Kaleidoscope, a consulting firm focused on helping non-profit organizations develop diversified funding that builds organizational capacity and sustainability.
She has over 10 years experience working in the nonprofit sector including fundraising, quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection,  data analysis, project management and direct service delivery. A native of DetroitMichigan, Berry Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology  from Michigan State University, as well as Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Although a Detroit native, her familial roots are in the Gulf Coast area and she believes in the impact of enabling anyone, anywhere, to collaborate and contribute to the common good.