Ten Counties. One Upstate. Stronger Together
Since becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the fledgling organization in 2010, Dean has helped Ten at the Top earn regional and national recognition for developing connections, fostering collaboration and building regional capacity across communities and stakeholder groups. During his initial year with TATT, Dean directed the effort to develop the Our Upstate Vision, which was created through the input of more than 10,000 Upstate residents. He also helped develop the Upstate Information Hub, which serves as a comprehensive events and resources portal for the region. He has spearheaded efforts to grow regional networks and partnerships around a wide array of issues including transportation, child well-being, education, entrepreneurial support services, workforce development, air quality and land use planning, just to name a few. Dean has been recognized multiple times by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders. In 2011, TATT was recognized as a finalist for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship’s Organizational Champions Award. He currently serves as co-chair of Greenville CAN and has been on the board of directors for Community Works Carolina and the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the National Advisory Board for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship.
Prior to joining TATT, Dean spent five years promoting regional collaboration in the Central Florida area through myregion.org. In addition to serving as the primary Program Manager for their “How Shall We Grow?” initiative, he also coordinated initiatives on environmental preservation, improving science and math education, arts and culture, economic development and social services. In addition, Dean spent 15 years in college athletics as a Sports Information Director and Assistant Director of Athletics, including six years at Hampden-Sydney College and nine years at Rollins College. He also worked for a private public relations firm and is the founder of the website Sports Then and Now.
Originally from Keysville, Virginia, Dean is a graduate of James Madison University. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children—Bethany and Nate—and currently reside in Greer.
Born into a military family, Tiffany traveled from base to base until settling in Liberty, South Carolina. As a diehard Tigers fan, there was no question that she would be attending Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Sociology.
Tiffany now resides in Spartanburg and is a member of the Spartanburg Young Professionals and PULSE. Tiffany's past experience includes social media and communication campaigns, tax and accounting, and client service management.
An Upstate native, Zapf received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Presbyterian College and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She served as the Manager of New Initiatives for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association from 2008-2010 and as the Director of Marketing and Development for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund from 2010-2013.
Since returning to the Upstate, Zapf has served as Chief Financial Officer for Zapf Physical Wellness and is the Owner/Operator of Banner Bashes event coordinating.
Melissa (Missy) Houser attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. Although she was born in Florida, Missy has been a native of Greenville since she was four years old. After attending USC Missy always knew she would come back to her home town. As well, she has been a photographer for 15years, working under her own name, MH Photography.
Missy is the proud mother of her two sons, Jackson and Harris, and is an active volunteer in their school and throughout the community.