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  • Mission Statement

  • Coast Young Professionals (CYP) is designed to develop leaders along the Mississippi Gulf Coast by connecting its network of over 170 diverse and dynamic young professionals (ages 21- or young at heart) throughout the region. 

  • Register for our upcoming events below!


  • Program Overview

  • Coast Young Professionals provides a variety of special events and programs throughout the year to facilitate connections, professional development, and engagement among young professionals along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We offer four Signature Events that occur annually, social and networking programs, and a series of professional development seminars and workshops.  In addition to programs, CYP offers development opportunities through Leadership Gulf Coast scholarships and CYP Scholarship/Professional Grants. We embrace the chance to learn from current and emerging leaders in our community, as well as seasoned professionals from various backgrounds who can enlighten our members and advance their careers.


  • Meet our Board of Directors

    2024 Coast Young Professionals Chair: Christian Hartley, Cadence Bank

    Immediate Past CYP Chair: Jase Payne, City of Gulfport

    Incoming CYP Chair: Gardner Hewes, Cadence Bank

    Treasurer: Grace Russell, CMG Financial

    Leadership and Learning Chair: Scarlett Rogers Green, The Peoples Bank Asset Management & Trust Services

    Policy and Government Chair: Sawyer Walters, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation

    Projects and Networking Chair: Samantha Loomis, Hancock Whitney

    Community Service Chair:  Antoine Taylor, Harrison County Circuit Court | Co-Chair: Annie Sanders, Safe Haven Center for Domestic Violence

    Membership Chair: Janet Schnurr, WLOX

    Communication Chair: Anthony Lopez, Clear Families Chiropractic 

    Board Members At Large: Melissa Hewes, Taylor Wilson, Joshua Borden, Morgan Bogolin, Brittany Fountain, Laithan Simmerman, Tristan Balderacchi, Mary Katherine Filipich, and Denise Johnson. 

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  • Check out some CYP memories!

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