Meet our awesome Girls University Staff

A little bit about Melanie . . . .

Melanie Collins – Florence Site Director

Melanie Collins is a native of Coward, SC, Melanie has lived in Florence since 1999. As a wife and mother of two, Melanie is passionate about using her abilities of leadership and organization in serving others. With an Associate’s Degree in Public Service from Florence Darlington Technical College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Francis Marion University, Melanie has a variety of life experiences including volunteer service in the community and being a homeschool mother. This experience provides her a unique perspective in managing the Florence site to fulfilling the mission of Girl’s University. In addition, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her local church, and reading.

Christina – Director of STEM and Specialty Programs

A little bit about Christina . . . .

Christina – Joy Ellerbe is the Director of STEM and Specialty Programs who works with GU Students and Staff to help create and facilitate a fun, hands-on learning environment through the use of  STEM Curriculum.

After working with OM Ships International and holding a Public Relations Coordinator position with Keep Florence Beautiful, Christina – Joy’s passion for tinkering and empowering by use of knowledge pointed her in the direction early childhood education. Christina – Joy has worked as a Learning Support Specialist and STEM Enrichment Coordinator for Tiny Techz, a compelling STEM company built on facilitating critical thinking and STEM classes. Due to Christina – Joy’s playful nature it’s a surprise that she holds a BA in Religion, Philosophy, & Political Science.