2024 Faculty

Eunice Au

Director, Volunteer Empowerment
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Since 2012, Eunice has found motivation and fulfillment creating interactive online learning spaces for adults around the globe. This makes her an amazing Director of Volunteer Empowerment for the Institute! In 2019, she and her husband Au relocated to Singapore to serve with OMF, a global fellowship of Christians with a heart for Southeast Asia. In addition to continually reading and learning, she is now enjoying year-round gardening, visiting open-air markets, and connecting with her three daughters in the U.S. via WhatsApp. She loves to empower others to serve with excellence and integrity, to follow Christ with confidence, and to labor with faithfulness to advance God’s heavenly kingdom.

KA-Neng Au

iCON Staff
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Josiah Becker

iCON Staff
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Michelle Becker

Global Student Leader Team Coordinator
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Michelle Solar Becker, serving as our Global Student Leader Team Coordinator, brings so much wisdom and experience to our students as she helps them connect the competencies they are gaining to their applications in the workplace and beyond. From her degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communications to her multicultural communications work coordinating training events for a global tech company, she has plenty to share. Michelle also served as an Account Executive and Project Manager at a marketing communications agency, working in print, web, and video production – and as the Manager of Donor Communications for Moody Bible Institute. She loves applying her experience to help students engage more deeply with their personal growth in safe, supportive environments. Michelle  lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband Christopher, her four homeschooled students who have all benefited from ICC’s training, a fat cat named Silvie, and two goofy labs. children who have all

Antoinette Bloomer

Antoinette Bloomer

Area Coordinator, Great Lakes US
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In 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 now serves as our Great Lakes Area Coordinator in the U.S. 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.

Lydia BLOOMER

iCON Staff
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Meet Lydia. Along with my four younger siblings and a couple of cats, she live in Ohio. Lydia has been a part of ICC since 2011. She served on the 2019 Fall Ambassador Team and as the 2o20 Fall Ambassador Team’s Liaison. Lydia has staffed numerous ICC events and is well known for her ability to keep track of people, places and times on our event spreadsheets. She’s looking forward to serving alongside this life-giving community for iCON

Joshua Boulden

Alumni
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Anna Carrion

People Care
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Anna and her family first became involved with ICC in New Jersey 12 years ago. After moving to Ohio, she started the first chapter in Columbus with her two sons. She has served on the People Care Team for four 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 28 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.

Daphne Chai

Volunteer Empowerment Team
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Daphne and her three boys (ages 20, 18, and 14) live in Singapore. The Chai family has been integrating ICC as a part of their core homeschool curriculum for over a decade. Daphne was a Chapter Sponsor for the “Lions for the Lord” chapter for 5 years before joining the Southeast Asia Area Leadership Team, and then served as the Student Leader Liaison. Both her older sons are ICC alumni with her youngest is a Student Leader in his chapter. Daphne is treasuring this season of redemption of her own education. When she’s not slogging through Latin, equipping students with communication skills, getting educated in post-millennial memes by her boys, or unleashing her inner grammar Nazi, she can usually be found in the kitchen – baking to bless.

aaron Chan

iCON Staff
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Aaron joined ICC as part of Singapore’s first chapter in 2011, and interned with the Institute on the Fall 2019 Ambassador Team. Since then, he’s returned to serve on iCON Staff Teams twice, and is a rising junior at Elon University, studying Cinema and Television Arts. He’s a big fan of cats, Formula 1, and helping other students receive the communication skills that have impacted him so much!

Julia Chan

Julia Chan

Summer Institue Staff
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Having grown up in Singapore, Julia moved to North Carolina where she has been continuing her communication and leadership journey with the Institute! As part of the 2023 Student Ambassador Team, she hopes to be an example to students who are starting their own journeys in public speaking – just as past Student Leaders were role models to her. In her free time, she enjoys dance, martial arts, and creating media. If you need a refreshment, just ask her to whip up one of her matcha lemonades or creative iced teas! Julia looks forward to giving back to the Institute’s wonderfully supportive community.

Phyliss Chan

Phyliss Chan

Student Leader Liaison, Southeast US
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Phyllis Chan, our Student Leader Liaison for the U.S. Southeast area, joined a Singapore chapter of the Institute in 2011 with her family.  They moved to North Carolina in 2019, and when the pandemic occurred, she was thrilled to be able to help start and lead a new online chapter with families in several different countries! In addition to being a consultant and business developer in the actuarial field, Phylis has also served as a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, and homeschool mom of three kids who have all served in advanced Student Leader roles in the Institute. She loves to encourage young people to read good literature, work on sewing and paper crafts, and travel with her husband Christian.

Cindy Clarkin

Area Coordinator, Northeast US
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Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, Catherine joins our iCON Staff 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.

Garret Farley

Summer Institute Staff
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Garrett served in many roles in the Institute prior to joining the Student Ambassadors, including working with our Global Student Leader Media Team. He also works with elementary students at his church and enjoys participating in high school debate. Garrett loves stories of all kinds. After his internship with ICC, he plans to pursue a career in the health field. Garrett lives with his parents and two brothers in Modesto, California where their three cats always keep them on their toes. As he travels with the Ambassador Team, he hopes to encourage students in developing their communication and leadership skills to empower them to communicate for Christ  to all nations.

Catherine Gunther

Catherine Gunther

iCON staff
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Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, Catherine joins our iCON Staff 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.

Charlotte Gunther

Director, Training Center
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Joining our iCON staff from Annapolis, Maryland, Charlotte Gunther is an ICC veteran – having been a part of the organization in some way for 18 years! After completing her own Young Speakers Guild training, Charlotte served on staff for eight previous ICC events. Graduating with her degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland she assumes a new role as Director of Training Center Programming. She shares: “I have found the skills ICC teaches aren’t just classes to take or a checklist to check off, but rather competencies I am always using and always improving. I’m pumped to work with ICC again this year!” A true creator, Charlotte loves art of all kinds – from cross-stitch to ceramics.

Gary Gunther

Director, Capital Investment and Long Range Planning, U.S. Navy
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Retired United States Naval Commander and Licensed Professional Engineer, Gary Gunther currently serves as the Director of Capital Investments and Long Range Planning for the United States Navy. During his 22 year career in the Navy, Gary served at sea as a Surface Warfare Officer on USS Elmer Montgomery (FF-1082) as well as an engineering instructor at Surface Warfare Officers School Basic before transferring to the Civil Engineer Corps, where he was responsible for civil engineering projects at the Naval Hospital Bethesda, Naval Station Guam, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and Public Works Center Pearl Harbor Hawaii. After retiring from the Navy, he led the efforts of a government and contractor team which was responsible for the information management and telecommunications portion of the renovation of the Pentagon prior to and following the 9/11 attacks. Later he transitioned to government civil service and was the Deputy Branch Head for the Enterprise Integration Branch. In his current role, he develops long range plans to address Navy facility challenges and develops facility sustainment policy. 

Mary GuntheR

Chief Influence Officer
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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 30+ 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. Her leadership development experience is enhanced by certificates in Spiritual Direction (Richmont Graduate University), Christian Nonprofit Leadership (Christian Leadership Alliance), and Art Integration across Curriculum (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). Mary is currently pursuing a Masters in Spiritual Formation from the Richmont Graduate University. She served as the Institute’s Chief Influence Officer until 2024. Mary lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and a rapidly changing at any time number of children.

Stephanie haywood

Student Leader Liaison
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Stephanie 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.

Olivia Hebert

iCON Staff
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Olivia Hebert hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is part of our 2022 Fall Ambassador team. She adores art of all kinds (including cinematography!), reading, and being active on the beach. Before starting her ICC internship, Olivia was on the Global Student Leader Media Team (GSLMT). She lives with her parents, sister Bella, tons of chickens, a goat, a herd of bunnies, and their two dogs named Duke and Kona. Olivia hopes to use her time as an Ambassador to encourage younger students to find their voice and confidence in ICC, the same way she did at the beginning of high school at her first Communicators for Christ conference.

Samuel Hoisington

iCON Staff
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Joining us from Virginia, Samuel Hoisington enjoys all things leadership, computers, and Chick-Fil-A (which happens to be where he works)! He has a passion for games of all kinds. He has been a part of ICC for over a decade now, and is joining us as a member of the alumni staff. You may find Samuel throughout iCON serving as our facilities and transportation coordinator, making sure the property looks great and getting people where they need to be. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone at the Training Center for all the iCON 2024 fun!

PING Huang

Student Leader Liasion, Northeast US
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Karissa Leong

Karissa Leong

Student leader Development Team
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Hope Lukachick

iCON Staff
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Currently studying English at Louisiana State University, Hope Lukachick is serving as a Team Liaison. She previously served as a 2022 Fall Ambassador and on ICC’s Global Student Leader Team (GSLT). She is from Geismar, Louisiana and is the ninth child in a family of ten kids – most of whom have been in the Institute! Hope loves philosophical discussions, classical literature, and spending time with her eight nieces and one nephew. You are likely to find her weeding her garden or writing. She strives to have an impact on students who struggle with communicating their ideas, just as she did before joining ICC. She wants to make lasting relationships and help spread life-giving community

Jane Lukachick

jane lukachick

Student Leader Liaison Coordinator
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When 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.

Dr. John McLean

Physician, Entrepreneur & ICC Board Member
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Dr. John McLean sees a better future — he’s a visionary and an entrepreneur. His latest project is the building and running of a new kind of hospital: the neighborhood hospital.  All six of John’s children received years of training at the Institute, and now he serves as a member of our Board. As a businessman, he’s convinced that his two grandchildren will be better prepared for their futures thanks to their training in the Institute. Southeast Asia is special to him; three of his  children are of from this area, 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.

Lisa McLean

Director, People Care Team
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With a degree in education and decades of home education experience, Lisa McLean shares her extraordinary gift of problem solving in relationship in her work on ICC’s People Care Team. She uses her role to equip people in parenting, mentoring, and loving well. Lisa and her husband have raised their six children with a heart for genuine cultural communication. All of their children spent years training with ICC into adulthood.  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.

Caroline McPherson

Caroline McPherson

iCON Staff
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Caroline McPherson joins our 2023 Fall Ambassador team from Bristow, Virginia! She joined the Institute for Cultural Communicators as a YCC student at just 6 years old and has been developing her communication and leadership skills with us ever since. Whether serving with the Global Student Leader Team or at home with her family of six (plus two cats and a turtle), you’ll often find her enjoying sports or listening to her favorite music. Caroline hopes her time as an Ambassador allows  her to connect with others from many different cultures, helping people find joy and belonging.

Terri McPHerson

Area Coordinator, MidAtlantic US
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Terri McPherson serves the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States as one of the Institute’s Area Coordinators! Terri is a great resource to our chapters, with a degree in Business from American University and the experience of four children and a daughter-in-law having served as Student Leaders in the Institute (including three internships!). She loves empowering other adults to see more clearly that which they are capable of, supporting them in their God-given gifts. In her spare time, Terri enjoys knitting, sewing, hiking, and strength training. She and her husband, Jay, have been married over 30 years and live in Bristow, Virginia with two cats and a turtle.

Dr. Teresa Moon

Dr. Teresa M. Moon

ICC President & CEO
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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. 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.

cristae nickels

Cristae Nickels

Student Leader Liasion, MidAtlantic US
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Cristae Nickels joins our faculty from Vienna, VA where she lives with her husband Bret and three children: Jonah, Ady, and Caleb. Before becoming a Student Leader Liaison, Cristae served as a Chapter Sponsor in her local area as well as an Assistant Sponsor for an online chapter. Though the Nickels family has moved around quite a bit, they’ve always found an ICC community to connect with – they’ve been a part of five chapters! Cristae also volunteers with her church and homeschool co-op, spending spare time using her hands on crafts, gardening, and home renovations. The Institute has helped her accelerate her collaboration skills and given her a space to encourage students, empowering them to grow in confidence and the vital skills they’ll need for the workplace.

An Normand

Director, Global Engagement
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As ICC’s Director of Global Engagement, An Normand equips and mentors others in storytelling and cultural intelligence (CQ). An has trained thousands of people in intergenerational and intercultural settings. Born in Africa and raised in Belgium, An has worked and participated in missions all over the world. An has completed two certifications through the Cultural Intelligence Institute. She has worked with our Global Development Team to build and improve the Institute’s curricula as well as to translate those curricula into other languages. An’s son Daniel and daughter Elise both served in leadership roles in the Institute. An has enjoyed traveling to Southeast Asia with ICC three times and is looking forward to returning with this year’s team.

Julie Rambo

Area Coordinator, Southeastern US
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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 has also been assistant director for Child Evangelism Fellowship and Children Director for her church Lebanon PCA, in Winnsboro, SC. Julie has a deep rooted passion that the gospel be shared to the world. She attended Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. She acquired a degree in Communication Design, with an emphasis in Illustration. Her dream is to create art that shares a story.
Julie continues to reside in South Carolina with her husband, Matt, and they homeschool their four children. Julie has served as a chapter Sponsor for 3 years, a Student Leader Liaison and now serves as the Eastern Area Coordinator for ICC. Julie wants to influence today’s culture by discipling the next Christian generation. Julie has been a successful leader – fundraising for her area; helping grow leaders and resources; and building influence in her community.  Julie has played an integral part in creating partnerships with pastors in West Africa. Julie thrives despite having chronic Lyme disease. In her spare time, she is always creating and teaching art lessons and exploring with her kids.

Nicole ricks

Director, Student Leadership
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Nicole Ricks loves young people and her life reflects that call. For over 12 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.  Ahe 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 in her local community

Dede Ruff

Director, ICC Forensics Society
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Dede Ruff enjoys the challenge of intentionally innovating. 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. 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. 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 2024. Dede currently is working as Ben Lippen School’s Development Assistant.

Louise Ruff

iCON Support
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Louise Ruff is an ICC graduate who served as a 2022 ICC Ambassador and as a 2023 Intern Liaison. She has traveled globally to lead teams in creating and hosting Communicators for Christ conferences. 

She currently works with Varna International, an arts management organization, where she coordinates the tour logistics for their music festivals and academy in South Carolina and Italy. She is also the emcee for the festival in Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SC. Louise is from Ridgeway, South Carolina, and loves taking in the beauty of the outdoors with her dog Beau. She has a passion for music and for old things. The Institute has always been a safe place for her to share her ideas and use her voice, so she returns often to mentor others to understand that their voice matters.

Christina Waguespack

Student Leader Development
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Christina 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, and as our Global Student Leader Media Team Coordinator. Christina and her husband of over 30 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 high school 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.

Jenae Whitehead

Student Leader Development
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Jenae and her husband Mike have been married 23 years and have 8 children and one grandson. 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 Care 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.

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Kelsea Whitehead

Summer Institue Staff
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Kelsea Whitehead served on the 2023 Ambassador Team and is returning to serve as the 2024 Team Liasion. She can’t wait to help students find their voice and the confidence to share their stories. Kelsea’s experiences serving on the Institute’s media team have empowered her to volunteer for her church managing slide decks, running livestreams, manning the soundboard, and creating missions videos. Kelsea hails from Fenton, Michigan, where she is the third of 8 siblings who have all been a part of ICC. She loves working with media and graphic design, playing piano, and baking – especially cinnamon rolls.