Administration – Part Time
Amy Clifton Keely has worked for Communities In Schools of Greenville since February 1999. Her past roles have included Case Manager and Site Coordinator, and in 2008 Amy was promoted to her current position as Director of Afterschool Programs.
In 2007, Amy was one of only seven recipients in a network serving more than 2300 schools to earn the National Communities In Schools “Unsung Hero Award”, and in 2008 was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award at Western Carolina University. Amy graduated from Leadership Greer, Class XXXVI, in 2016 where she was also presented with the President’s Award.
Amy is a third generation graduate of Greer High School and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in English.
Aside from Communities In Schools, Amy’s work experience includes church youth ministry, school district/Title 1 Summer Enrichment Programs, and counseling at a group home for adolescent girls with behavior problems.
Amy also owns and operates Amy Clifton Keely Photography as a wedding, portrait, and corporate photographer across the Carolinas. She and her husband love cooking and trying new restaurants, traveling, live music, and their kitty Pepper.
Operations Manager – Lisa Hughes
A resident of Greenville County for more than 20 years, Lisa left the corporate world in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. She has been working at Communities In Schools of Greenville since 2006 with the administrative, human resources, and accounting functions of the agency. Lisa holds a BS in History from Washington and Jefferson College. She is constantly inspired by the staff she works and their dedication to the CIS mission. Lisa strives to utilize her skills and abilities to provide CIS with the support it needs to be able to provide programming that creates the greatest possible impact in the lives of students and their families.
Tami is originally from Charleston SC and received her BA from Winthrop University in 1991. Two years later she completed her Master’s in Education from the University of Georgia. Her focus was working with college students and counseling. Early on she worked in Puerto Rico as a guidance counselor and college counselor. Several years later she switched her focus slightly and began working with college students as the Director of Freshman Advising for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami. This proved to be an interesting transition having worked primarily with high school students and their transitions into college, to then working with freshman as they enter college. Her interest in working with students lead her to the current position she holds with CIS, but now instead she works on the financial side helping make sure the organization runs smoothly from a financial perspective. Tami has been with Communities In Schools for four years.
Special Projects Coordinator – Susan Carlson
After a brief time working in a lab and teaching ESL in Atlanta, Communities In Schools was Susan’s first “real” job after graduating from Clemson with a degree in Chemistry and Spanish. Now nearly 17 years later, she has worn many CIS hats and still has a passion for the agency’s mission to serve children in Greenville. Once a full time caseworker, Susan shifted gears when her daughters were born and now works part time on data collection and evaluation, the Strengthening Families Program and other special projects. CIS has grown and changed a lot over the years and Susan continues to be inspired by their commitment to empowering students and their families.