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Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself.
Augustine

2015 Staff [Photo]


Lauren DunnTop ^

Lauren Dunn [Photo] DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - Lauren has participated in AIC in one way or another for several years and has treasured every minute of it! A 2009 homeschool graduate, she is grateful to live at home with her parents and two younger brothers. Since completing a communications degree online, she has been exploring the field of freelance writing for blogs and magazines. Lauren enjoys being involved with her church, working with children at a Christian daycare, and reading on rainy summer days.

Cade HiebschTop ^

Cade Hiebsch [Photo] STAGE LEADER - Cade follows a long tradition of Hiebsch involvement in AIC and has served as an actor, assistant teacher, or teacher since 2005. He is a favorite among fellow teachers and students alike and is excited to be coming on board for his first year as a staff member. He looks forward to putting his contagious enthusiasm to good use on stage as he leads hundreds of eager children in learning songs and memory verses.

Brooke NicholsonTop ^

Brooke Nicholson [Photo] GRAPHIC DESIGNER - Brooke has been blessed to be involved with AIC for several years now as an assistant teacher and teacher, and is very excited for her first year as a staff member. Brooke's interests include photography and graphic design, and she is currently attending Butler Community College for a degree in photography.

Her prayer for her life is: "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:17

Cori ThonenTop ^

Cori Thonen [Photo] MATERIALS SUPERVISOR - Cori is a 2005 homeschool graduate and has served AIC in the past as a supporting actress, assistant teacher, and teacher. This year, her position on staff includes organizing the materials needed for AIC and editing the teacher's curriculum. Currently, Cori works as an algebra tutor and her interests include playing with and teaching her daughter, gardening, and photography. She has also received training in the emergency medical field. She loves being near her husband and little girl; reading, dancing, and being outdoors - mainly hiking, fishing, canoeing, or being with her dogs.

Julian and Natalie WeberTop ^

Julian and Natalie Weber [Photo] AIC DIRECTORS and TEACHER TRAINERS - Julian and Natalie have a passion for encouraging others to find their identity in Christ and use their God-given talents and abilities to serve Him. They love sharing testimony of how God does "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20).

Natalie was part of the core group of young people that dreamed and prayed and planned and finally saw AIC become a reality. She is the author of Pajama School - stories from the life of a homeschool graduate, co-author of Born to Deliver, and producer of Journey to Self Publishing - 12 steps to successfully publish your book. Julian is the author of Rebellion to Responsibility.

Julian and Natalie enjoy homeschooling their four children and are blessed to be working together as a family to plan and prepare for Adventures in Character.

Naomi WickhamTop ^

Naomi Wickham [Photo] CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER - Rarely does a week go by in Naomi’s life that is not spent with little kids or young people. She has worked with children from the time she was 12 and though not every day has been a moment in paradise, many of them have been memorable. She currently nannies for a family with two handsome little boys and is the Reviews Editor for Natalie’s music education blog, “Music Matters Blog.”

Naomi loves being a part of AIC’s ministry because of its commitment to teach God’s Truth. She has a passion for people of all ages to know Jesus as their Savior and she deeply desires to see people-no matter how “different” or “normal” they are-soar beyond expectations and encourage them to never. ever. give. up.

Cheryl Kaye WisnerTop ^

Cheryl Kaye Wisner [Photo] DRAMA MANAGER - Cheryl Kaye is extremely blessed to be working with AIC. It is one of the highlights of her year and she looks forward to the new adventure it brings with eager anticipation! She has helped for the last six years as in a variety of roles and is excited to be assisting her brother, Luke, backstage with the drama this year. Cheryl Kaye has a deep desire to reach out and serve people with the love of Jesus. One of the main ways God has provided for her to serve is through a pro-life training organization called Justice For All (JFA). She works with JFA speaking and training JFA seminar participants how to have truthful, yet loving, conversations about abortion; doing regular outreaches on college campuses; and working in JFA's office. She also enjoys being intentional and encouraging to those God has put in her life. She would be thrilled if it never got cold, she could spend hours reading, she could hold babies whenever she wanted, and she could play ultimate frisbee every day with her friends.

Luke WisnerTop ^

Luke Wisner [Photo] DRAMA DIRECTOR - I believe knowing Jesus Christ is the greatest joy in life. I aim to know Him better, and complete my joy by making Him known to others.

"He must increase and I must decrease" John 3:30.

"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ" Colossians 1:28.

Brandon and Nellie WittTop ^

Brandon Witt [Photo]CURRICULUM COORDINATOR - This will be Brandon's fifth year being involved with AIC. Though new to the workings of AIC and the homeschool community, Brandon is passionate about the Gospel and God's design for parents being the primary disciplers of their children. Impacting the lives of the teachers with the Word of God and training them to be disciplemakers not only during AIC but for the rest of their lives is incredibly exciting to him. He graduated from Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas in 2007 with a BSM in ministry. He has worked five years in camp ministry and a short time at a group home for troubled teenagers.

Brandon is a licensed plumber and pastor-in-training whose desire is to raise a godly family and love Christ's Church for the glory of God. He believes one of the greatest ways to impact the world around him is to strive to love his wife as Christ loved the Church and train up children in the way of the Lord. When not working Brandon enjoys being outdoors, playing ultimate Frisbee, discipling, and reading his endless supply of books. Brandon's prayer for the AIC team, teachers, and students this year is that they would see Jesus as more precious and valuable than ever before and would give their lives more fully to knowing Him and making Him known throughout the whole world.

"…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead" Philippians 3:10-11.