When Teresa Moon was a university student, public speaking made her physically ill. Now she is an internationally recognized seminar speaker, education consultant, author, and leadership coach. Teresa is founding President and CEO of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, where ordinary students become extraordinary leaders.
She designs state-of-the-art digital immersive learning environments and in-person experiences that provide training for students, teachers, and parents across the globe to become “cultural communicators” who can impact culture through relevant communication and extraordinary leadership. Her Tennessee home doubles as the Institute’s Training Center, accommodating dozens of high school and college students at a time in leadership residencies. Teresa’s students have been invited to speak on tens of thousands of platforms – digital and physical – to influence audiences for Christ – including the White House, Congress, the G8 Summit, the United Nations and churches, schools and heads of state in more than twenty nations.
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.
With a degree in education and twenty years’ experience in home education, Lisa McLean shares her extraordinary gift of problem solving through relationship in her work as ICC’s Director of People Care. She uses her role to equip people to parent, mentor, and love well. Lisa and her husband have raised their six multicultural children (five of whom are adopted!) with a heart for genuine cultural communication. All of their children spent years training with ICC – and one currently serves as an Area Leader. They now have two grandchildren in ICC chapters! Having traveled internationally with ICC several times, working with a 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.
ICC Board Member and Businessman
Dr. 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. 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, Global Engagement and Cultural Intelligence Educator
A 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.
Brian Eliason is a veteran homeschool dad who has encouraged hundreds of parents and educators throughout his speaking and leadership career. As an Area Coordinator for ICC, he helps lead families, classrooms, and community groups to equip next-generation Christian leaders with the vital skills they need for success in education and in life. Holding a graduate degree in Physics with a specialty in Applied Optics, Brian has brought this knowledge not only to his work for corporations like McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, but also into his ministry. Brian served as a teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship for 17 years, which has empowered him to encourage dads walking out their faith at home and in the workplace. His STEM background, combined with his experience coaching speech and leadership skills, enables him to support home educators with well-rounded expertise. He and his wife currently live in the Central Valley of California with Brian’s greatest achievement, his daughter Rachel, who has recently toured the globe with ICC as a speech and leadership Ambassador.
Director, ICC Academy
Eunice 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.
Director, Student Leadership
Nicole 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. She is a natural nurturer, a lover of fun and friendship, and a pursuer of excellence. In addition to her work in ICC, Nicole is a registered nurse serving in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
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