Meet the Institute for Cultural Communicators
The vision of Institute for Cultural Communicators is to enlarge a global community empowering next generation Christians to influence today’s culture.
The mission of Institute for Cultural Communicators is to help ordinary students become extraordinary leaders.
MEET THE 2021 FACULTY
Josh CurryJosh is the second of six children in his Ohio-based family, with a passion for using creativity through digital media. A member of ICC since 2014, Josh aims to be a fun and engaging Ambassador at every event at which he serves. He can’t wait to connect with students all over the globe in life-giving community.
Olivia DaileyFluent in both Spanish and English, Olivia Dailey comes to us from Rhode Island where she loves spending time in discussion about everything from books to personality types. ICC has helped her find the courage to overcome her fear of public speaking and pursue acting. Inspired by interns at past ICC events, Olivia is thrilled to be a part of the team this year and to help create an inspirational experience for your family!
Rae EliasonFrom the Central Valley of California, Rae has been attending ICC conferences since she was five years old. She’s been invested in ICC’s media training for years, and loves filming and editing. In addition to her hobbies of 4-wheeling, water-skiing, and art, Rae is looking forward to spending time team-building with the ICC Ambassadors and sharing all that God is teaching her about positive influence.
Catherine GuntherHailing from Annapolis, Maryland, Catherine joins our intern team as the youngest of nine siblings and a 12-year ICC veteran. Her training through the Institute has helped her grow in expressing her thoughts and feelings, as well as in listening to and respecting those of others. When she’s not busy with schoolwork, Catherine loves to edit videos, create vibrant art, and play piano.
Noah MoserNoah joins our Ambassador Team from Shreveport, Louisiana. He loves blacksmithing and reading literature, as well as exchanging favorite music with others. Noah is thrilled to help young Christians develop the tools they need to courageously share and defend their faith!
Luke PeytonFrom just north of Baltimore, Maryland, Luke Peyton has been pursuing student leadership throughout his eight years in ICC. He loves games, music, meaningful conversations, and steamed crabs! ICC has taught Luke the power of servant leadership, and he looks forward to connecting with other students to help them realize the influence they can have for Christ!
Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Kaleigh Power, and I am from the unique city of Shreveport, Louisiana where I once saw an alligator crossing the street just a couple blocks from my house. When I’m not studying or working, I like to be reading or writing. Words are enchanting to me, and I love to express my thoughts and feelings through writing. I also love playing music, listening to many different kinds of music, and writing music on the piano, ukulele and clarinet. I love being with people, having meaningful conversations with friends, and making people smile and laugh with corny jokes! I’ve been a part of ICC for almost six years, and in that time I have learned how to express my thoughts in a way that will positively influence others and help me create lasting connections and friendships (Something very important to me). I look forward to helping other students do the same as I serve as an ICC ambassador.
Grace WoodGracie comes from New Jersey, where her life is filled with anything and everything music-related! Through ICC, she’s discovered that God not only gave her a singing voice, but a voice to share His glory through competent communication. She loves to share this adaptation of a favorite Eric Liddell quote: “God made my mouth. And when I speak, I feel his pleasure.”
Michaela YoungMichaela joins our Ambassador team from Minnesota, where she is often found working as a barista and playing ultimate frisbee. For nine years, she has been developing her passion for storytelling through ICC. The uplifting atmosphere and intentionality of the ICC community inspired her to become a student leader, and she is eager to continue building life-giving community during the Communicators for Christ tour.
Director, ICC Academy | CFC Parent-Teacher Curriculum DesignerEunice is an avid reader and loves learning. Since 2012, she has been motivated to create interactive, online learning experiences both in the US and internationally. She has served in the Institute as the Director of the ICC Academy since its inception. Most recently, with her husband Au, she relocated to Singapore to serve with OMF, a global fellowship of Christians with a heart for East Asia. She is now enjoying gardening year-round, buying fresh produce in open-air wet markets, and connecting with her three daughters in the US via WhatsApp. She loves to empower others to serve with excellence and integrity, to follow Christ with confidence, and to labor with faithfulness for the advance of God’s heavenly kingdom.
Area Leader, Great Lakes / Online Global AreaIn 2011, Antoinette Bloomer attended her first CFC Conference and knew she had found a like-minded community where she could help her students grow. She started a local chapter, serving as Chapter Sponsor for 7 years, and recently stepped into the role of Great Lakes Area Leader. Antoinette has a Bachelor’s in Music Education with a minor in Interpersonal Communication. She is the music director at her homeschool co-op where she enjoys combining music, speaking, humor, and the timeless message of the Gospel into inspiring programs. Antoinette loves lists, true stories, and temperaments, and lives with her husband Brad and their five children in Delta, Ohio, where they own a rental business and sell Italian Ice at local events. Her passion comes from Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Chapter Sponsor, Lions GlobalAs a girl growing up in East Texas, Carin dreamed of traveling and exploring the globe. While she can not claim to have seen the world, Carin is happy to have lived in more places, over the past 37 years of marriage, than she dared to dream possible. Currently, she and her family are living in Germany—for a second time! Besides traveling, her other passions include teaching, listening to audiobooks, and savoring coffee and conversation with a friend or a family member. Carin is the sponsor of Lions Global, an online ICC chapter that provides her and her children opportunities to grow and learn with other families in other countries. Carin and her husband, Allen, have six children and two grandsons.
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.
Student Leader Liaison, Western AreaEleven years ago, Shannon witnessed such an incredible transformation in her god-daughter as a result of training she was receiving in ICC that she could not stop asking questions about how to get involved. She knew that her kids had to be a part of that community. What she didn’t expect was how much she would grow in the process of starting a chapter and bringing conferences and tournaments to her area. All three of her children completed the Young Speakers Guild training, continuing into advanced leadership, and each year there have been new opportunities that continue to challenge and grow their entire family. She will tell you the best educational decision she and her husband made for their children was to be a part of the ICC community.
Area Leader, Eastern AreaSharon is a humble follower and servant of Jesus, who finds joy in serving others in the mundane moments in life. Since joining ICC in 2014, she has been stretching and growing alongside her three sweet, highly energetic children. Her friendly, introverted personality desires to quietly settle in the background, but ICC has taught her that change only occurs when one is challenged. It is because of ICC’s encouraging and supportive environment that she is willing to step into her roles of Chapter Sponsor and Area Leader, challenging her to become a better servant for the Lord.
ICC Chief Influence Officer
Mary Gunther understands what it means to operate in a rapidly changing environment. And she likes it that way! A graduate in the 2nd class of women from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and mother of nine, she has been involved in leadership education for the past 25+ years. After attending her first ICC conference in 2005, she brought ICC conferences to Maryland and started the first ICC Chapter. Mary’s interests are varied and diverse: from graphic design, organizational health, strategic action, latest tech trends, and visual storytelling. Along with her experience and training in leadership development, Mary holds a certificate in Art Integration across Curriculum from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as a certificate in Christian Nonprofit Leadership from Christian Leadership Alliance. She assumed her current role Chief Influence Officer in May 2017. Mary lives in Annapolis MD with her husband and a rapidly changing at any time number of children.
Student Leader Liaison, Great Lakes / Global Online AreaStephanie joined ICC seven years ago and is thankful for its community and intentionality. She has served as a Chapter Sponsor for her local chapter in Michigan and is now stepping into the role as Student Leader Liaison. Stephanie enjoys making things for others and helping them with just about anything. She collects fabric and animals. Willing to experiment with most activities, she is more interested in spending time with others than the actual activity. Moreover, if the activity involves a costume or an element of game play, you’ll make her day. Her family says she can make just about anything fun, and she doesn’t take anything too seriously.
Area Leader, Central AreaMichelle, her husband, and two daughters relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana over 3 years ago. They always knew that they wanted their daughters to be communicators for Christ, but how does this happen? Thankfully, they were led to a group of wonderful, like-minded friends that introduced them to ICC. Being part of a local chapter of ICC has given them love and support, a place to grow, to learn, and to make mistakes. What truly amazed Michelle is that she experienced the same training and mentoring, in a supportive environment, as her children did—a win win! As she takes on the role of Central Area Leader, she’s excited about the new challenges, growing into a competent communicator and serving her area families with love.
ICC Community Support/CurriculumMindy attended her first Communicators for Christ Conference in 2010. She had never before seen speech coaching taught from the perspective of serving the audience. She was hooked! Mindy started a chapter in 2011 in Hutchinson, MN, where her family are still members. She has a BA in English/Spanish Education and loves studying leadership and improving her speaking skills. She and her husband, Ryan, have been married for 24 years and have 4 children. You will find her working in the garden, helping on the farm, teaching the teens at church, or running.
Student Leader Liaison CoordinatorWhen Jane attended her first Communicators for Christ conference in 2007, she was sold and helped start a chapter with a friend in Prairieville, La. Two years later she became Chapter Sponsor and served that way for several years, then as Area Leader, and then as Area Coordinator for the South Central Area. Now she’s stepped into a new role: Coordinator for the Area Student Leader Teams. She and her husband, Mark, have 10 children, 8 grandchildren and have been married for 37 years. One of her favorite “hobbies” is traveling with Mark around the country, visiting all of them.
Global Resource Team
Deborah Mackall and her husband have 7 children, spanning 21 years from oldest to youngest. She loves communicating and connecting with others and for many years secretly longed to be a story teller. Recently she completed a Writing for Children course and has finally admitted that her ultimate goal is to write non-fiction novels. You will probably never find her far from a stash of chocolate or the next party idea. Deborah attended her first Communicator’s for Christ Conference in 2006, where Dr. Moon’s words resonated in her heart. Having been searching for good mentors for her boys, she really wanted this community for her entire family. In 2009, she joined chapter with the agreement she would sponsor a new chapter the following year. And in 2015, she stepped into the Area Coordinator role for 4 years. She is currently an Area Leader on the Global Resource team, supporting the Mid-Atlantic Area while working to invent her new role in resources.
Great Lakes Area CoordinatorJoan is magnetically interested in Peacemaking and anything relational – a gift she brings to our CFC conference faculty roster! As a bit of an eclectic, she enjoys water sports, the pets on her hobby farm, volleyball, and mostly non-fictional reading. On weekends away, she assists her hubby in their entrepreneurial business of equine photography or spends weeknights watching her kids play sports on various homeschool teams. Joan is a unique introverted Edleman Red, a lover of cappuccino and homemade desserts, and an ever-growing member of the ICC community.
Dr. John McLean
ICC Board Member and BusinessmanDr. John McLean sees a better future — he’s a visionary and an entrepreneur. His latest project is the building of a string of micro-hospitals in the U.S. All of his six children received years of ICC training, and he’s convinced that his two grandchildren, who participate in an ICC chapter currently, will be prepared for their futures because of it. East Asia is special to him; three of his adopted children are of Asian descent, and he has done years of work with a Philippine orphanage. This is his third trip to East Asia with an ICC team! He believes in the benefit of the ICC training and has frequently backed that up with donations to make it possible for students to experience the transformation of the ICC community.
Director of People CareWith a degree in education and twenty years’ experience in home education, Lisa McLean has found a place in ICC to do what she loves to do: to work out problems — in relationship. As Director of People Care, she equips people to parent, to mentor, to love well. Her husband and she have six children, two who interned with ICC and one who serves as an ICC Area Leader. They now have two grandchildren in ICC chapters! Five of their children are adopted, three of them are Asian by birth; she loves the idea of mixing up the races! Having traveled to East Asia three times with ICC, working with our global community challenges her to develop new skills and ways of thinking, to learn from other cultures, and to appreciate the immensity and diversity of the Church. Her passion: to disciple Christ-followers in wisdom, respect, and holiness.
Dr. Teresa Moon
ICC President/CEOICC founder, Dr. Teresa Moon continues to serve as the organization’s President and CEO. Her mentees have spoken at the White House, Congress, the G8 Summit, the United Nations and in countries around the world. After 30 years of training organizational leaders, teachers, parents, students, and youth workers in 16 countries and in every state in America, Dr. Moon is more committed than ever to equipping authentic leaders who engage and transform culture. Dr. Moon is a nationally recognized speaker, leadership consultant, author, communications coach, and President of Communicators Advantage Project (CAP), a publishing and consulting company. Teresa enjoys thought provoking books and movies, leisurely lunches and walks, bold coffees and ideas, and brainstorming culture and the future intergenerational teams. Her favorite Millennials are her two grown sons, Wendell and Devin. Teresa and her husband David call Tennessee home.
Community Support TeamTina loves connecting people to people and people to resources. She collects and archives information for fun, just in case it might be useful for troubleshooting a problem in the future. Planning for every possible contingency is a delight, and her trust in God keeps her from going overboard. Another of her great joys is supporting members of the ICC community and working on international and intergenerational teams. Tina likes to cook, and her husband Charles and children Noah and Lydia say she’s pretty good at it, too.
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.
Area Coordinator, Central AreaKeri is a Nebraska girl living in a Louisiana world. Her family moved to Louisiana in 2015: husband John of 27 years and two awesome kiddos, Kaleigh and Jesse. Keri loves to read, homeschool, work puzzles, and she absolutely treasures any time spent with family. Keri and John had a desire for their children to be effective communicators, as they believe that words have power, so later in 2015, the family joined the Institute for Cultural Communicators, jumping in with both feet. ICC has been essential in helping them to achieve that goal. Moreover, ICC has empowered Keri to step out of her comfort zone and work on her own communication skills. Serving in adult leadership roles available to her, beginning with Chapter Sponsor and Student Leader Liaison, she is currently the Area Coordinator for the Central area. She loves working with both students and adults, building relationships and hearing their stories.
Eastern Area Coordinator
Julie Rambo is an artist, gardener, lover of Jesus, and a homeschool graduate. Julie believes teens should be challenged to step out of their comfort zone. At 17, she became the director of a children’s ministry running 12-week Bible camps with teams from across the Eastern United States. She attended Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY to study Communication Design, with an emphasis in Illustration. Her dream is to create art that shares a story. Julie lives in South Carolina with her husband and their four children. As a Chapter Sponsor and Student Leader Liaison for ICC, Julie wants to influence today’s culture by discipling the next Christian generation. Julie has been a successful leader – fundraising for her chapter; helping grow leaders and resources; and building influence in her community.
ICC Global Director | Student LeadershipNicole Ricks loves young people and her life reflects that call. For over 9 years, she has served and mentored both students and adults. As Director of Student Leadership, Nicole is an innovator who is intentionally challenging and supporting Area and Global Student Leadership Teams as well as the adult liaisons around the globe. She has launched new online curriculum and created tools to support the growth and development of her teams. Currently finishing her degree in Nursing and mentoring her five children, she is a natural nurturer, a lover of fun and friendship, and a pursuer of excellence.
Director, ICC Forensics SocietyDede Ruff enjoys the challenge of intentionally innovating. This year, as Director of ICC’s Forensics Society, she’s helped to innovate a new online tournament experience that has brought together intergenerational teams from four countries and expanded opportunities for real-world training. Entering her 8th year in ICC, she loves learning – and trying- new things, especially if they’re challenging. Dede earned her BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University as part of the second co-ed class at the all-male school. She has served as and ICC Chapter Sponsor and then as Southeast Area Coordinator for 3 years. She is part of the new online chapters ICC is launching this year and looks forward to developing community in new ways. Her love of community comes from living in a small town where everyone knows your name. She and her husband operate a 6th-generation family business and live in a house built by his family in 1904 which requires lots of innovating to work with life in 2020.
Student Leader Liaison, Central AreaAndrea has always lived in Minnesota, but her love for people is global. All her interests and hobbies involve connecting with people and getting to know them better. The global community with ICC has been a wonderful fit for her since 2013. When it comes to working with students, Andrea has worked with all ages in various roles over the years. Teenagers are her favorite because of their fresh perspectives as young adults. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three daughters where they enjoy city life and homeschooling.
Christina Gomez Waguespack
Global Student Leader Media Team CoordinatorChristina has a passion for coaching others to become extraordinary leaders. With degrees in Engineering and Psychology, she uses her attention to detail, digital technology, individualization, nurturing, and peacemaking skills to challenge and support the leaders she mentors. She has served in a variety of roles and as a member of the Student Leader Development Team where she develops and publishes leadership training for students. She’s just stepped into the role of Global Student Leader Media Team Coordinator. Christina and her husband of 28 years have raised three children and homeschooled them through high school. They attended their first Communicators for Christ Conference in New Jersey in 2009 and joined the local chapter immediately. She was a Systems and Network Engineer for fourteen years as well as BSA Troop Committee Chair and Eagle Scout Advisor, farm co-op host, and highschool math and history teacher for a co-op. She spends her summers swimming at a community pool and going with family and friends to the beach.
Student Leader Services CoordinatorJenae and her husband Mike have been married 21 years and have 8 children. She first joined a chapter in Louisiana in 2007 when her oldest daughter was 6. Her children have literally grown up in the institute! She moved to Michigan in 2016 and has served in the roles of Chapter Sponsor, Student Leader Liaison, and now Student Leader Services Coordinator on the Student Leader Development team. She enjoys increasing her learning through online classes and reading books. She has learned that slow is fast in the development of her children as well as in her own personal growth.
East Asia/Global 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.Eas