Alone we can do so little.
Together we can do so much.
― Helen Keller ―

Melissa Huff

Director for iMAGINE Upstate and Upstate SC STEM Collaborative

Melissa joined the iMAGINE Upstate team in December 2016 to lead the 3rd Annual iMAGINE Upstate festival. As a visionary who is passionate about creating equitable education and career opportunities, Melissa is excited to be involved in providing innovative, hands-on learning in STEAM to all Upstate students.

Prior to joining the iMAGINE team, Melissa directed the BOOST (Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time) Initiative at United Way of Greenville County where she worked to ensure that all children have access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day, including exposure to STEM activities. She has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 15 years in various capacities including operations management, fund development, program management and event planning.

As a Greenville native who has been active in community development and advocacy in Birmingham, AL and Chicago, IL, she is glad to be back in Greenville since 2014 and to be part of its growth and vibrant culture. Melissa earned her bachelor’s from Samford University and her master’s in social sciences from the University of Chicago. In her free time, you can find her reading or writing, with her two kids at the Greenville County Library or the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, or hanging around downtown Greenville checking out the latest restaurant or event.

Kelsye Acker

Special Events & Marketing Coordinator

As a passionate professional, Kelsye is excited to join iMAGINE Upstate and the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative team in her new role as Special Events & Marketing Coordinator. With her particular interest in mentoring and motivating youth, she is thrilled to be involved with a program like iMAGINE Upstate that is geared toward students and young professionals. Kelsye’s dad is an engineer and she is looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of STEM education and careers.

Prior to joining the team, Kelsye managed display media campaigns as a Media Specialist at Infinity Marketing with their DJ Endorsements program in Greenville. Her experience includes sales, marketing, client management, branding and financial communications.

Originally from Atlanta, GA, South Carolina has always been a second home since she has family in Anderson. Kelsye earned her bachelor’s from Kennesaw State University in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her downtown checking out the latest food spots, or spending quality time with family in Anderson!