Our Team


Our Upward Bound Team Fall, 2018

The Upward Bound Team Fall, 2018
 left to right, front:

Talim Lessane, Director; 
Ashley Robinson, Academic Coordinator; 
Ameerah Vickers, Academic Counselor
and Carlin Nelson, Office Manager (back)


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.


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.