COMMUNICATORS FOR CHRIST FACULTY 2020
Hi there! I’m Josh Boulden. Since interning with ICC’s 2011 fall tour I’ve been pursuing a career in acting along with some singing and dancing here and there, depending on the show. My absolute favorite plays are that of the Shakespeare variety, but I love a good musical too. Theatre is my calling from God and He has directed my every step. He even sent me to attend the Conservatory at Sight & Sound Theatres in 2014 where I met my beautiful wife, Charis, and we’ve been performing and adventuring together ever since. Our latest adventure took us to Washington D.C. where I attended graduate school at the Academy for Classical Acting with the Shakespeare Theatre Company at The George Washington University. I have great love for the spoken word and storytelling, but when I’m not performing I enjoy playing co-op board games with my wife, catching up on my Scottish history and kilt culture, or sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee or on the special occasion an old fashioned chocolate milkshake.
Greetings and salutations! My name is Charis and I hail from the cornfields and woodlands of northern Maryland. I went to school for theatre, ending up at Sight & Sound Theatres’ Performing Arts Conservatory program where I met my husband, Josh, and first heard about ICC. While I missed out participating in ICC growing up, I’m greatly looking forward to adventuring with the intern team and getting to experience something that has been such an influential part of my husband’s life. In my free time, this nerd enjoys writing fanfiction (although, I would love to write something I could legally publish one day), stage combat, artsy crafty projects, occasionally dabbling in costuming, and spending time with my hubby.
Fall InternHello! I am Daniel Lukachick. I grew up in the American South where the weather is hot and the humidity is hotter! Although some may say mud is disgusting, I grew up running through swamps, making mud cakes when it rained, and pulling anything we could find behind our four wheeler! Ever since I can remember, my father has been teaching me about woodworking, building, and fixing things. I love doing anything adventurous or creative. I discovered ICC when I was a young child, roughly 15 years ago. I treated ICC like it was just another school thing I had to do, but little did I know how much the Institute was actually shaping the person I was becoming. ICC has taught me how to create ideas, put those ideas into words, and speak those words with confidence. I can’t wait to go on this journey with you! I hope to see you soon!
Fall InternHello, my name is David Stamp. I am 18 years old and I hail from the small state of Rhode Island. For the past year I have had the honor of serving on ICC’s Northeast Area Student Leader Team (ASLT). I come from a large family with five sisters and two brothers. Some of my hobbies include rock climbing, swimming, hiking, camping, and any other outdoor activities. You can bet that wherever I go I have a book (either hardcopy or downloaded on my phone) and am looking for a good tree to climb and a place to read. After a break, I re-joined ICC back in the fall of 2018 and if you had told me then that God was calling me to apply to this Intern team I would have said, “No way.” However, one of the most impactful things I have learned through ICC is how God can bring inspiration and direction from anywhere and anyone. I am looking forward to working and growing with my team. I can’t wait to meet you all somewhere on this tour.
Fall InternHi everyone! My name is Doug Ruff and I’m from South Carolina, the Palmetto State. I’ve been part of the ICC community since 2013. For the past three years I’ve had the privilege of being able to serve on the Southeast Area Student Leader Team (ASLT) and the Global Student Leader Media Team (GSLMT). Some of my passions include photography, collecting Legos, and studying Russian and Central Asian geopolitics. Through ICC, I’ve discovered a love for film and storytelling, and I’ve had the opportunity to co-produce a documentary film for a church in Nashville, Tennessee with ICC’s Frame It Up program. When I first joined ICC, I was scared of simply sharing my ideas, not to mention the whole public speaking aspect of it. However, at my first ICC event I saw that the people there truly cared about me and wanted to hear my ideas. This year, I am incredibly excited to help create meaningful experiences for you.
Fall InternHello! My name is Gabriella, but you may call me Gabby. I live in Baltimore Maryland, just a few blocks from where the Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, grew up. When I’m not doing school work, I enjoy listening to political podcasts, reading dystopian novels, and braiding hair. This year I am 17 going on 18, which isn’t quite how the song goes…maybe I can adapt it? One of my hobbies is writing ICC parodies of well known stories and songs. I’ve been part of ICC’s global community for 9 years. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that feedback is there to build you up, not tear you down. As an Ambassador for the Institute, I’m really looking forward to mentoring the students I will get meet. I can’t wait to connect with you!
Fall InternHello there! My name is Gwen Wittel. I live in the Garden State, also known as New Jersey, where we have super good pizza. I am the youngest in my family – and the only asian in the family. I was adopted at 14-months old. I love puns any day, any time. I also love connecting with others one-on-one and having wonderful conversations. ICC has given me the ability to step out of my comfort zone and try hard things. One of those was serving on last year’s IMPACT Team. Learning how to respond and act in different situations has strengthened my character, particularly my patience. I’ve heard others say that an ICC Internship has helped them grow in so many ways. I may not grow past 5 feet, 2 inches, but I look forward to taking the skills ICC has taught me and applying them to this internship – gaining more skills and growing into the person God has called me to be. And I can’t wait to share what I’m learning with you!
Fall InternHi! My name is Joanna, and I live in Minnesota, the land of 11,842 lakes. The one I live closest to is shaped like a spoon; although, it’s named Boon. Some things I enjoy doing are painting, perfecting my smoothie recipes, and making music with my siblings. In fact, I’ve studied violin for 14 out of my 17 years on this earth. When I was younger, one of my dreams was to become an author. Despite the fact that I have yet to publish anything, I still love to write. I have been coming to ICC events since 2010, and throughout my journey, I’ve learned how to better express my ideas and listen to others’ ideas as well. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join with you on this next adventure!
Hi! I’m Kim. I’m from the corny state of Ohio. As the first child of six, I would categorize my family as chaotically good. We’re busy, but have a great time together. I enjoy quite a few things, including but not limited to, climbing, cooking, reading, school (believe it or not), and martial arts. I am always ready to have a conversation about philosophy or go on an adventure. Not only am I thrilled about the adventure of internship, but I am also looking forward to the incredible conversations and learning opportunities on our journey. I am hyped to learn more about what it means to be an intentional leader and communicator. And I can’t wait to share what I’m learning with you!
Intern Steward and Staff LiaisonHey there, I’m Lydia! Along with my four younger siblings and a couple of cats, I live in Ohio. I’ve been in ICC for seven years, and last year, I had the amazing experience of being a part of the fall ambassador team. I am looking forward to supporting this year’s ambassador team, and being a part of the Institute’s life-giving community!
Media PREP and Production StewardHey! My name is Abi Shepherd. I come from New Zealand and Singapore. I’ve spent about half my life in each country. Last year I served as an Ambassador for the Institute. I produced media for the 2019 Communicators for Christ international Conference Tour and 2020 IGNITE Winter Advance. I am currently serving as an alum with ICC, producing media and mentoring the Global Student Leader Media Team. I really love historical fiction, but I’ll take most books – if you’re offering any!I also really like tea…especially with a good book on the side. I look forward to connecting with you over this summer, and maybe finding out what your favourite books are…
Online Global Coordinator
Amy is one of the pioneers that started the first ICC international chapter in Singapore in 2010 and helped organize the first CFC Conference in East Asia in 2014. She was an ICC Chapter Sponsor before starting the first UK chapter in Leeds. She saw the need for ICC in Europe and went on to organize and host the first CFC Europe in Nov 2019.
Before homeschooling her children full time, Amy was a lecturer in the local polytechnic, training students in intercultural communication and life skills subjects. Her passion for intercultural studies has led her to Indonesia, Australia, and Vietnam as well as finding a home in both Singapore and the UK. Amy is also active in her local church ministries like the English class for migrant ladies, and café ministry for the homeless and needy.
ICC Curriculum DevelopmentA physical therapist by training, An worked with typically- and atypically-developing children for twenty years before making a career shift. She became involved with ICC ten years ago, where she has since been fulfilling one of her great passions: equipping and mentoring adults. An is of Belgian descent and a strong advocate for intergenerational and intercultural communication. She loves learning by immersion and her vision is to be a reflective listener who creatively reframes other people’s thinking.
ICC Department of People CareAnna and her family first became involved with ICC in New Jersey 10 years ago. After moving to Ohio, she started the first chapter in Columbus with her two sons. She has served as the Great Lakes Area Coordinator for three years. Anna earned a BS in Industrial Management Engineering at De La Salle University. Growing up in the Philippines, a culture with a strong focus on family, Anna taught computer software to business and bank professionals. She and her husband of 26 years, Anton, moved to the United States in 1994 where she discovered her love of ballroom dancing. Anna has two grown sons, who have served with ICC as touring ambassadors.
Western Area Coordinator
Brian Eliason has been married to his wife Robin for 27 years and has a wide and varied background. From being a literal rocket scientist to conducting an orchestra, Brian has been a creative coach his entire life and has thoroughly enjoyed helping to homeschool his daughter. He has been evaluating speakers for over 30 years and he recently stepped down from being the Modesto, CA Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship after 17 years, but still says he’s not the public speaker in his family. After all, he is also the brother of Dr. Moon.