Mrs. Hanshaw is a native of Biloxi, born August 9, 1954 to the late Rev. and Mrs. Louis Peyton.
is a graduate of Biloxi High School class of 1972.
went on to establish her
own beauty salon which she
more than 20 years.
has followed in the footsteps of her
father as she
has committed herself to a lifetime of community service.
She has worked with the Star Education Center which offered free literacy classes for local residents.
Mrs. Hanshaw is an active member of the Biloxi Chapter NAACP where she serves as the Asst. Secretary.
has three daughters who are also very active and instrumental in community efforts.
Along with working within CWC they are active members of the local NAACP chapter.
daughter and 2 grandchildren at her
side Mrs. Hanshaw
is ensuring that the family's service to community is being carried on.
Since Aug 29, 2005 she
has focused her
energy towards enabling the community in the rebuilding process and overcoming the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
efforts led her
to a group of women looking for a way to voice their concerns about the direction and future of the community.
efforts and with the support of the faithful few Coastal Women
for Change was born.
In part, due to the generous funding of the 21st Century Foundation
, Coastal Women
for Change became a recognized non-profit organization on May 8, 2006.
The efforts of CWC has quickly become the model of grassroots involvement throughout the community across the coast .
As each hurricane season approaches, Mrs. Hanshaw
has become a force of nature, creating a database of emergency contacts and prescriptions, and proposing ideas such as using public television or Wal-Mart
to disseminate the locations of displaced community members, holding a women's healing retreat in Hattiesburg or Gulfport, and promoting financial literacy for people receiving disaster assistance and insurance money.
also vocal about the physical and mental health hazards of confined trailer housing for so many Mississippians, including herself.
Sharing issues, hardships and solutions with survivors of a similar tragedy from half way around the world has given Mrs. Hanshaw
a new perspective and a drive to move forward.
Sharon Hanshaw has been selected for inclusion in the International Women's Leadership Association