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About Our Upward Bound

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.

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.