The Gaston Community Foundation is excited to announce two new employees to the Foundation, Lauren Sease Vanacore and Sydney Wyrick.


The Community Foundation welcomes Lauren Sease Vanacore as the Foundation’s Community Engagement Officer. Lauren will oversee the coordination and implementation of the annual Run, Teens Changing Gaston County and Next Gen. She will also be a resource for nonprofit leaders, seeking to provide support and educational opportunities. Lauren is a native of North Carolina, but grew up in southcentral Virginia. She resided in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Greensboro, North Carolina, before settling in Gastonia with her family in 2011. Before joining the Community Foundation, Lauren served as the Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia. She is a graduate of Greensboro College and of Princeton Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband, Jeff, have two teenage sons, Will and James. Lauren is excited to continue to build relationships in Gaston County in her new role as Community Engagement Officer. To contact Lauren, you may reach her via phone by calling 705-864-0927, ext. 102, or via email at [email protected].
In June, the Foundation also welcomed Sydney Wyrick as their Communications/Office Administrator. She will be assisting the Foundation’s staff with daily operational support as well as managing their social media and marketing accounts. Sydney is originally from Greensboro, NC and currently resides in Belmont. She fell in love with Charlotte and the surrounding areas while attending college at UNC Charlotte where she earned a degree in Sociology. Sydney enjoys serving others and is looking forward to working with a nonprofit where she will learn all the wonderful things Gaston County has to offer. To contact Sydney, you may reach her by phone, 704-864-0927, ext. 101, or email, [email protected].
The Gaston Community Foundation was incorporated in 1978 and since that time has grown to assets over $124 million at 2021-year end. These charitable dollars are well managed with the leadership from the Foundation’s Board of Directors. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit or call 704-864-0927.