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About Our Staff

Director Talim Lessane Talim Lessane

  Prior to becoming director, Mr. Lessane worked as the Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
  for two years. Mr. Lessane has 12 years of pre-college and higher education experience. 
  Mr. Lessane was a college advisor for six years at both the University of Illinois at Chicago
  and Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.
  Prior to that Mr. Lessane worked  as the Community School and 21st Century Community Learning Center
  coordinator for four years at Wendell Phillips Academy High School. He began his career with several years
  in youth work and family counseling in New York and Washington, DC. He holds a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology
  from Howard University and a B.A. in Psychology from State University of New York at Albany.
  He is a firm believer in the value of education and the power of human potential.


Our Upward Bound Team Fall, 2018

The Upward Bound Team Fall, 2018

Talim Lessane, Director; Ashley Robinson, Academic Coordinator;
Ameerah Vickers, Academic Counselor (left to right , front);

Carlin Nelson, Office Manager (back)


Carlin Nelson

Carlin Nelson
Office Manager


Carlin D. Nelson is a native of Charleston, SC who was introduced to the Upward Bound program as a student when he attended Burke High School. He then continued his education at The College of Charleston where he was an Upward Bound tutor and obtained A Bachelor of Arts in Public Health with a minor in Sociology. Carlin now attends The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as a student in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program concentrating in Epidemiology, and has come full circle as permanent staff member of the Upward Bound Program as the Office Manager.

Ashley Robinson

Ashley Robinson
Academic Coordinator

Ashley Robinson loves TRIO! As an alumnus of Upward Bound and Student Support Services and a former counselor with Educational Talent Search, she is living proof that TRIO WORKS! Ashley graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science and has spent the last three years helping high school students realize their goals of becoming successful college students.  She is dedicated to helping students understand their potential and utilize the resources around them to create their own unique success stories.

 Ameerah Vickers

Ameerah Vickers
School Counselor TRiO

Ameerah Vickers, M.Ed. has worked with Upward Bound most summers since 2011 is now a permanent staff member as the School Counselor for Upward Bound TRiO at the College of Charleston. Prior to this positon, she was a School Counselor for Dorchester District 2 for a couple of years. Mrs. Vickers is an Alumna of the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Sociology and obtained her Master’s in Education (School Counseling) from The Citadel.  She is a new mom to her 4 month old, Journee, and a devoted wife to her College sweetheart (whom also worked for Upward Bound-Summer). Mrs. Vickers is dedicated to serving our students holistically, so that they can be their best “selves” and succeed in this world as college bound students.