Staff

Dean Hybl
Executive Director since January 2010

Since becoming the first full-time Executive Director of the fledgling organization in 2010, Dean Hybl 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.

As Ten at the Top has grown and developed as a regional convener and facilitator for collective capacity building, Hybl has spearheaded efforts to grow regional networks and partnerships around a wide array of issues including transportation & mobility, child well-being, education, entrepreneurial support services, workforce development, air quality, community vibrancy and land use planning, just to name a few. He has also led TATT’s efforts to develop regional inventories and interactive asset maps that quantify and increase awareness of the number of organizations, programs or services in the Upstate around Outdoor Recreation, Child Well-Being, Senior Services, Education Entities, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Arts & Culture.

Dean has been recognized multiple times by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders. TATT was recognized in 2011 as a finalist for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship’s Organizational Champions Award. In 2016, Dean received the Welling Award for Regional Collaboration in the Upstate and in 2018 he was recognized by Upstate Forever as their Land Planning and Policy Champion. Ten at the Top also received the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) Outstanding Planning Advocate Award for 2018.

A member of multiple organizations and boards across the Upstate, Dean was a founding co-chair of Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network) 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.

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.

 

Where can you be found on the weekends?

Probably throwing a ball with Nate in the back yard

What’s your hidden talent?

I played the tuba in my college marching band

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Measure twice, cut once

Sharon Purvis
Director of Outreach and Special Projects

Sharon’s involvement with Ten at the Top began in 2013, when she was brought on as one of four writers of the articles featured in the Uniquely Upstate newsletter. Over time, she took on more of a role as part-time Communications Specialist before joining Ten at the Top full time in March of 2019 as Director of Outreach and Special Projects.

Her role is to support and expand the outreach of Ten at the Top, building engagement within the ten counties of the Upstate and working with Executive Director Dean Hybl on new and existing Ten at the Top initiatives. A part of the outreach, Sharon oversees the new #UpstateVibe365 campaign, which focuses on places and events in the Upstate through social media, a comprehensive regional calendar, and a weekly newsletter.

Sharon’s career has spanned children’s book clubs, scholarly publishing, and marketing and communications—which have their differences, but the common thread is language and words. She brings her love of the written word to this job, too, continuing to write the articles for the newsletter among other things.

She moved to the Upstate in 2010 to marry her husband Garroll, who has worked at AFL in Duncan for 29 years; they currently live in Spartanburg with their two cats. She moved from Asheville, NC, where she grew up, but she also spent about 12 years of her adult life living in Nyack, NY, where her son Nat was born.

 

Where can you be found on the weekends?

On my yoga mat, in the garden, curled up with a book, or hanging out with my husband.

What’s your hidden talent?

I know how to fold a fitted sheet.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A healthy ability to laugh at yourself will take you far in life.

Kaylee Harrison
Collective Capacity Coordinator

Kaylee grew up in Columbia, SC and first moved to the Upstate to attend Clemson University. While there she studied Economics and Russian Studies, completing an undergraduate degree in 2014. She then worked at an international freight logistics company in Columbia until an opportunity was presented in Greenville. Having fallen in love with the Upstate, Kaylee was thrilled to move back to the area and began a career as a commercial lines underwriter at Canal Insurance Company. After several years there, Kaylee began to consider moving into the nonprofit industry, a dream she had had since college. When Ten at the Top began looking for a new Collective Capacity Coordinator, she jumped at the opening, eager to be a part of an organization that is successfully facilitating the collaboration of regional networks to tackle issues facing the Upstate.

Kaylee’s role at Ten at the Top is to continue building the capacity of Ten at the Top’s task forces and working groups that have an ongoing focus on collaborating to address regional issues. Those groups include the Education Spectrum group, which is addressing the teacher shortage in South Carolina; the Senior Issues group, which is exploring issues around an important topic of growing concern as our population ages; the Entrepreneurial Support Providers Network, which is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Upstate; and Connecting Our Future, an initiative focused on mobility and transportation.

An avid rock-climber, gardener, and world traveler, Kaylee lives on the north side of Greenville with her cat, dog, and two chickens. She enjoys hiking at Paris Mountain, kayaking on Jocassee, or trying a new restaurant in Greenville.

Where can you be found on the weekends?

I usually spend weekends hiking with my dog, trying new restaurants, or out in the garden.

What’s your hidden talent?

I can speak Portuguese and Russian.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Plant $5 plants in $10 soil.