Gulf Coast Community Foundation announces team expansion and growth

Borgia named strategic engagement manager, while Pyatte and Boward to work with various initiatives

Kelly Borgia. Photo courtesy Gulf Coast Community Foundation

On June 1, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation announced the promotion “of a seasoned staff member, the addition of a philanthropic trailblazer, and the addition of an experienced donor relations staff member,” as noted in a news release.

“We are thrilled to announce Kelly Borgia’s promotion within Gulf Coast Community Foundation,” Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of the Foundation, said in the release. “Kelly has contributed to our entire team, year after year, in meaningful and dynamic ways,” Pritchett added. “We also welcome Sasha Hausman Pyatte and Priscilla Boward to the team, as they embark on their new careers at Gulf Coast and share their talents with our donors.”

Borgia joined Gulf Coast in the summer of 2018 after having worked for 10 years at Asolo Repertory Theatre as its production stage manager, the release notes. She has been serving as a philanthropic coordinator and administrator on the Philanthropy Services team at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the release continues. This month, she has been appointed strategic engagement manager.

“As a member of the Brand Strategy team,” the release explains, “Borgia will work closely with all functional teams at Gulf Coast to create and execute impactful and meaningful engagement experiences. She is also responsible for managing Gulf Coast’s Arts Appreciation and sponsorship grant programs. Borgia earned her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Central Florida,” the release adds.

Pyatte has joined the Gulf Coast team as a philanthropic adviser, “bringing experience in leadership, communications, donor cultivation, and stewardship,” the release notes. She most recently served as director of Advancement & Strategic Partnerships at the Van Wezel Foundation, “where she developed, executed, and evaluated long-term goals and strategies for the foundation and the future Sarasota Performing Arts Center,” the release continues.

Sasha Hausman Pyatte. Photo courtesy Gulf Coast Community Foundation

She also has served as executive director of AdventHealth Zephyrhills and the Dade City Foundation, “where she had responsibilities for the direction and development of two hospital foundations,” the release points out.

Previously, for 10 years, Pyatte was the director of philanthropy for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Pyatte earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and has earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credentials, the release notes.

Boward joins the Gulf Coast team as philanthropic administrator, the release says. She hails from Caledonia, Mich., where she worked with various nonprofits for a number of years, the release says. “She brings experience in donor relations, volunteer coordination, and communications. In her new role, Boward will work closely with the Philanthropy Services team to assist donors in establishing relationships with Gulf Coast,” the release points out. She received her bachelor of arts in strategic communication from Cornerstone University.

For more than 25 years, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation “has transformed our region through bold and proactive philanthropy,” the release notes.