President/Chief Executive Officer
H. Rodger Wilder is a partner in Balch & Bingham LLP in the firm’s Gulfport, Mississippi, office. He received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University in 1970 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi, School of Law in 1977.Rodger is listed in Who’s Who, Best Lawyer in America, and Mid-South Super Lawyers. In 2010, he was recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Leaders in Law in its inaugural class. Rodger is Past President of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Foundation, and the Harrison County Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association; a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Rodger currently co-chairs the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.Rodger has been active in numerous community and civic activities. He was a founding member, continuous board member, and past board chairman of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. In 2006 he was voted one of South Mississippi’s Outstanding Community Leaders by The Sun Herald and The Journal of South Mississippi Business.
Paul D. Guichet
Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Paul, a New Orleans native but longtime Gulf Coast resident, has a thirty-eight year career in banking and finance, having held senior management positions in retail banking, personal trust, investor relations, corporate governance, communications, and business development. Guichet served our country as an officer in the United States Air Force and has degrees from Tulane and Louisiana State University. A strong believer in community service, Paul has also been very active in many local charitable and civic organizations. He has served for 14 years on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation and chaired several Foundation committees. In addition, he has taken active leadership roles on boards in numerous local non-profit organizations, such as MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Infinity Science Center, Coast Electric Power Association, St Vincent DePaul Pharmacy, and the Biloxi Rotary Club. His professional experience, community service, and passion for Coastal Mississippi makes him an ideal leader of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation as it continues to grow and support this area.
Lisa Birmingham joined the Foundation in September 2005 as the donor relations manager. Lisa is also responsible for grant administration, scholarship administration, accounts payable and various other office duties. She has always had a passion for volunteerism and has spent her career working with various non-profits and schools. Lisa has always called the Mississippi Gulf Coast home.
Alisha Johnson Perry, CFRE
Alisha Johnson Perry became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in November 2021, after serving 14 years as a Development officer for non-profits in the Gulf South region. As GCCF Director of Donor Programs, Alisha helps to cultivate individual, government and corporate relationships through meaningful stewardship activities that center donor generosity and facilitate community investments. She holds a juris doctorate in Civil Law from Loyola University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Spanish from Washington and Lee University. Alisha volunteers as Critique Coordinator of the Louisiana/ Mississippi Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and holds memberships in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the National Association of Scrabble Players. She is also an avid walker and a budding gardener.
Patty began her Accounting career in the Mississippi State Auditor’s office, where she was senior auditor for nine years. She later joined the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and served as Comptroller for 12 years. Prior to joining the GCCF in late 2014, Patty served as Finance Director of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors for seven years. Since 2011, Patty has volunteered as president of the Gulf Park/ St. Andrews Fire Protection District.
Alex Purchner was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and completed her education at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She joined the Foundation in June 2021, after completing an internship with the Gulf Coast HUB through Mississippi Department of Rehab Services. With the Gulf Coast HUB, Alex continues to help connect local volunteers with local Mississippi Gulf Coast non-profit organizations, by producing monthly newsletters, by creating and managing social media content, and by providing other important support services. Alex also assists the Gulf Coast Community Foundation team with records management and donor services. When she is not in the office, Alex enjoys family time and volunteering at her church. She fully enjoys a career that aids those in need.