You deserve someone you can depend on to help you bring in more funding for your nonprofit - so it’s our pleasure to help you accomplish more for your organization and community.

Our Team


Before starting Upstream Consulting in 2017, I spent more than a decade working with a variety of health and social service organizations. Despite their differences, nearly all of these organizations had two similarities that probably sound familiar: 1) they were doing amazing work; and 2) they were so understaffed and overwhelmed that they couldn’t dedicate the time needed to win more grants. 

While I enjoyed the work I was doing for one organization, I knew I could use my skills to help lots of nonprofits. So I packaged up all my years of writing, program development, and evaluation into a business that allows me to help you win more grants for your organization.

When I’m not helping alleviate the hassle of acquiring essential grant funding for nonprofits, you can find me kayaking Georgia marshes, dancing in the living room, or walking my dog, Mya.

founder & Principal consultant


Hi, I’m Melissa Reams, MPH, MCHES 

Professionally speaking, my greatest joy is teaching. I love helping others learn something useful and have a knack for making dry topics fun (yes, even grant writing!).

My attention to detail can be annoying to folks who are big thinkers. But that’s okay because that means I never miss a super-specific grant application requirement.

I’m ridiculously productive. I often get asked if I have a clone (I wish!), if I sleep (I do!), and if I’ll share productivity tips (I will!). 

Fun Facts:

Abby Higgenbotham has a background in exercise science and health administration. She has her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and is currently working on a Master of Health Administration at Georgia Southern University. She is entirely responsible for our Pinterest page, which we use to help educate nonprofit leaders across the world on how to win more grants.  In her free time, you can find Abby hanging out with her friends and exploring Savannah.


Abby Higgenbotham, MHA

Carrie Oliver is a Certified Health Education Specialist with over 9 years of experience in program planning, curriculum writing, training development, evaluation, and grant writing. She reads through dozens of grants every week to find the perfect ones for our weekly grant alerts. When she's not researching grants, you can find Carrie working on her DrPH coursework at Georgia State, catching up on her favorite TV shows, traveling, and even trying to squeeze in a nap or two.



Carrie Oliver, MPH, CHES

Breyana Davis has 5 years of experience in health education and community engagement. She regularly writes articles to help nonprofits learn how to win more grants and consults on special projects, especially in the areas of nutrition education and community development - both of which she’s super passionate about. When she’s not teaching, writing, and doing amazing things in her own community in Wilmington, NC, you can find her traveling the world and trying new foods.



Breyana Davis, MPH, CHES

Kristen West McGuire has over 20 years of consulting experience in grant writing and communications. She is a veteran of church-related nonprofits and knows what it’s like to be a one-person shop. As an executive director, she doubled operations and income after investing in strategic planning. She can help you do it, too! Kristen is the proud mama of eight amazing young adults, and lives in Bluffton, SC with her husband, a retired U.S. Marine.

Non-profit Readiness and Grants Consultant

Kristen West McGuire, M.Div.

We are firm believers that honesty is the best policy. If we aren’t able to help you or think you would benefit from a different approach, we’ll let you know.



We do what we say we’ll do, always.



We’re dedicated to supporting your work as you strengthen your organization and community.



They say perfectionism is overrated. We tend to disagree. When you work with us, you’ll get our best work, every time.



Our Values

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