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 children who have all benefited from ICC’s training, a fat cat named Silvie, and two goofy labs.
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.
Meet Kai Chen, a 2022 Fall Ambassador with ICC. He has loved serving on ICC’s Area Student Leader Team (ASLT) for the past year by helping to lead video chats for students in his area, and he is ecstatic to see what his time as an intern will bring. He has lived with his parents and brother Ken in Ellicott City, Maryland, where he enjoys video editing, computer science, and art. Kai hopes to use his talents in detail management to be another set of eyes to double or triple or quadruple check any work for the Fall Ambassador team. He looks forward to encouraging and listening to others on tour.
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.
Joining our iCON staff from Annapolis, Maryland, Charlotte Gunther is an ICC veteran – having been a part of the organization in some way for 16 years! After completing her own Young Speakers Guild training, Charlotte served on staff for eight previous ICC events. 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.
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 long 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 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.
ICC’s 2022 Fall Ambassador Celeste Haywood joins the team from Allendale, Michigan. She has studied and served with her ICC chapter, Speak Life, and wants to be a part of the Global Student Leader Media Team (GSLMT) in the future. She wants to use this internship to give back to the program that has given so much to her, helping others experience the benefits of a life-giving community. Celeste loves crafts, art, and making memories with friends on her robotics team. Her big family doesn’t end with her five siblings – she also has 19 pets! (You’ll have to meet her and guess which animals they are during ICC’s events!)
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 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.
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 and online for all the iCON 2021 fun!
Gaby Lamy joins the 2022 Fall Ambassador team from Clarksburg, Maryland where she has served in many different Student Leader roles throughout her time in ICC. In addition to cooking, baking, and playing with her blind-yet-spunky dog Thunder, Gaby enjoys reading and listening to TED talks. Her passion for education – leading small groups, helping others discover and use their strengths – drives her to inspire others as an Ambassador and empower them to achieve their goals and fullest potential. She looks forward to serving families like yours this year and learning more about other cultures!
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
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.
Joan 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
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 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. 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.
With a degree in education and twenty years’ experience in home education, 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.
Dr. Teresa M. Moon
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.
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 enjoyed traveling with Elise to Southeast Asia on an IMPACT trip in 2018.
Keri 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.
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.
Jonathan Ricks is joining us again for another extraordinary International Convention! A proud Chick-Fil-A team member, MBTI practitioner, and college student, Jonathan’s contagious spirit and humor make him the perfect fit as our “Experience Guy!” If you can’t visit him at home in Louisiana, you might be able to find him online hanging out on Discord with his friends. He’s looking forward to working with our Student Leaders and creating a fun-filled, best-convention-ever experience for families around the globe!
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. 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 the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
Dede 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.
ICC alumnus Doug Ruff has been part of the ICC community since 2013, maturing in his leadership skills as a 2020 Ambassador, a mentor for the Global Student Leader Media Team, and on staff at many of our events. He is currently a student at Midlands Technical College where he studies Political Science and International Relations. Doug’s passions include photography, collecting Legos, and studying Asian geopolitics. Through ICC, he has discovered a love for film- specifically sharing the types of stories he can emotionally invest in. Here’s a bit of his story: “When I joined ICC, I was scared of simply sharing my ideas, not to mention public speaking! However, at my first ICC event I saw that the people there truly cared about me and wanted to hear my ideas.” That’s why he’s back again!
Louise Ruff is an ICC graduate who served on our 2022 Fall Ambassador Team, now serving as a Team Liasion. She’s from Ridgeway, South Carolina and loves taking in the beauty of the outdoors with her 90-pound dog named Beau. Louise has a passion for music (whether teaching herself piano, listening to records, or leading worship at her church) and for old things (movies, books, buildings, etc.). ICC has always been a safe place for her to share her ideas and use her voice, and she’s excited to mentor others to understand that their voice matters.
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 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.