Meet Our Team

Jon Taylor

Jon Taylor

Executive Director, ICF ACC, CMI Coach, CMI Mentor Coach,  CLP Lead Trainer, FCE Training team; B.A. Business Administration and Biblical Studies

After taking part in CMI’s first Professional Coach training in 2009, Jon’s passion to see transformation in people’s lives was set ablaze when he saw the power of coaching to help people get unstuck, grow and thrive. His missions experiences include Zimbabwe with his family as a child and leading multiple short-term trips to Guinea, Kenya, and Mexico. He comes to us with a rich background in pastoral ministry and accepted the call to become CMI’s executive director in 2018. He and his wife June live in Arizona where they love to ride bikes together. They also live near their 2 adult sons and new granddaughter. 

Keisa Capers

ICF PCC, Coaching Services Director, Administrative Team Director, CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE Lead Trainer, CPT Lead Trainer;  B.S. Organizational Leadership & Management

Now based in South Carolina, Keisa has over 20+ years of cross-cultural mission work in, but not limited to, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, centered around her heart’s passion for staff care and leadership development of global leaders. Keisa started her coaching journey with Coaching Mission International in 2009 as a trainee in CMI’s first Professional Coach training cohort and began coaching with CMI in 2010. Her heart is to coach leaders to align their work with their personal values so they can thrive wherever they are called. Having experienced first hand the power of coaching, she wants to see global leaders tap into the power that coaching provides.She loves international travel, experiencing new cultures and cooking international menus. 

Keisa Capers
Toby Casteel

Toby Casteel

CMI Finance Director, CMI Coach, BS Chemical Engineering, MA Biblical Studies

After taking early retirement from his business career in oil, Toby and his wife Marilyn served as Member Care Coordinators for a flock of 60 missionaries spread out across Mexico.  Since returning to the US in 2008, Toby is a graduate of CMI’s first Professional Coach training in 2009 and has served on the staff of CMI as a coach and financial director. His conviction is that God’s heart reaches to all the peoples of the world, choosing to align with God’s passion in reaching all those peoples in his role as support those serving on the front lines. He enjoys reading, watching sports, and movies with his wife. Toby and his wife Marilyn have been married for 50 years. They live in North Texas and have 2 adult kids and 7 grandchildren. 

Kathy Maurer

ICF ACC, Communications Coordinator, CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE Lead Trainer, CPT Lead Trainer; BA in Counseling

Kathy comes to CMI with a rich ministry background. She served 12 years with College & Career ministries in her local church; and more recently 20+ years serving in cross-cultural missions in over 30 countries. Kathy started her journey with Coaching Mission International in the first CMI Professional Coach Training in 2009.  She enjoys connecting people with God’s purposes and loves to come alongside missionaries to help them fulfill their calling. Kathy never misses an opportunity to connect individuals and organizations for greater Kingdom impact. Her bliss is traveling internationally, experiencing new cultures, and staying connected via social media. Kathy currently resides in the Carolinas.

Kathy Maurer
Maria Shisler

Maria Shisler

CMI Administrative Assistant, BA Psychology

Maria Shisler serves as CMI’s Administrative Assistant. Having grown up at a missions-oriented church, her first exposure to cross-cultural missions was when she went on a short-term trip at age 7. As a teen and young adult, her passion for missions grew, and she participated in several short-term mission trips, also completing a Discipleship Training school in the south of France.  Maria loves being able to use her gifts and talents for the missions movement while also staying home with her three young daughters in Indiana.

Gwen Flaming

ICF PCC, CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE Lead Trainer, CPT Lead Trainer, CLP Training Team, Institute for Life Coach Training – Life Coach Certification, BS Biblical Studies

Gwen Flaming comes to us with 40+ years of service in overseas ministry, including living in Monaco, Bonaire, Sri Lanka, and Singapore. She has an understanding of many of the challenges faced by Christian workers serving in cross-cultural settings and continues to use her giftings and training as a coach to walk alongside workers serving in Asia and the Pacific. Gwen’s strong desire is to see missionaries finish well in what God has called them to do. Her passion is to be a catalyst and facilitator for life change and replication through training, coaching, and mentoring. Gwen has served as a CMI coach and trainer for the past 9 years. Gwen and her husband Vic have been married 43 years, and have a hobby farm in rural Nebraska.

Gwen Flaming
Vic Flaming

Vic Flaming

ICF PCC, Training Services Team, ICF Mentor Coach, CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE Lead Trainer, CPT Training Team, BS Biblical Studies & Diploma in Communications

Growing up in missions on Bonaire, Vic has a first-hand understanding of third culture kids (TCK). His adult experiences short and long term in Monaco, Sri Lanka, and Singapore has afforded him significant insight into missionary member care and leadership. For over a decade Vic has been engaged in cross-cultural ministry by coaching and training leaders around the globe. Vic considers himself a lifelong learner and generously passes on the richness of the skills he learns to everyone he meets. In his free time, he enjoys projects such as curing and smoking beef, mutton, or venison to make specialty deli meats or jerky. Vic has been married to Gwen for over 40 years and they have one son.

Paul Hillhouse

Certified Leadership Coach, CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, CLP & CCQ Training Team; BA Biblical Literature

Paul’s experiences bring a unique perspective because he knows what it’s like to seek to advance the gospel in a pioneering context. In 2007, Paul played an instrumental role in the establishment of CMIs Training program with the desire that no leader would ever have to go without the kind of support, encouragement and accountability that coaching uniquely brings.  He served 26 years in training, pioneering and indigenous leadership development roles assisting personal and community transformation in Asia and the Pacific. He continues to work with business and other executive leaders. He and his wife, Vanessa, currently live in Northern California.

Paul Hillhouse

Averyl Aeria

ICF ACC, CMI Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE & CCQ Training Team

Raised in Singapore,  Averyl has served in cross-cultural ministry for 35+ years focusing her time in the area of leadership development and coaching.  After completing her Professional Coach Training in 2017 she began coaching and serving on various CMI training teams.  She is especially passionate to see people reach their full potential and to be healthy, transformed, contributing members of their community with the ability to lead and influence others. Averyl resides in Bangkok, Thailand where she loves challenging physical activities such as walking half marathons and spending time at beaches with close friends. 

Dagmar Geiger

ICF ACC, CMI Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE & CCQ Training Team

With over 24 years of cross-cultural experience in Thailand and Spain, Dagmar believes in the process of coaching as a way to empower people and to provide support by being a partner in a journey taken together. She desires to see lives transformed and people reaching their full potential. Coaching has made a big impact on her life and now she gets to come alongside and see it impact the lives of others.  She began partnering with CMI as a coach and trainer in 2017. Any given day you will find her creating with her hands, either cooking, woodworking, crafting, sewing or teaching those skills to create spaces of restoration in Switzerland where she now lives.

Dagmar Geiger
L. Cory Lemke

L. Cory Lemke

CMI  Coach, CCQ Lead Trainer; PhD Leadership Development, BS InterCultural Studies, MA Leadership Development

Cory’s passion is to see cross-cultural workers excelling in their area of expertise, thriving in their relationships, and staying on the field as long as they are called. He was involved in missions for over 20 years. Many of those years were invested in Ukraine, providing training in leadership development and church planting. Cory is a graduate of CMI’s 2010 Professional Coach Training. In 2014 he joined the CMI community as a Coach and Trainer. Cory currently pastors a church in Oregon and utilizes coaching in all aspects of life. For fun, Cory and his wife Janice have a Russian Banya (a wood-heated dry sauna) that he built during the covid season. They have two adult daughters and have been blessed with 7 grandchildren.

Monika Avakian

Designer; Illustrator

Monka has served in international missions based primarily out of Germany, South Africa, and  Hawaii for over 30 years as a designer and illustrator. She is a graduate of CMI’s foundational coaching course. Monika believes that good questions can stimulate growth, joy, and confidence in oneself. Coaching is a wonderful way to blow a bit of air under one’s wings in preparation for the next hurdle. She is deeply convinced that coaching is a loving and respectful way to help people find their own passion and purpose. Monika is married cross-culturally and enjoys diversity. She has served on the CMI communications team since 2016.

Monika Avakian

Patty

CMI Master Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, FCE Lead Trainer, CPT Lead Trainer, CLP Training Team M.Ed. Educational Administration

Patty served in Asia for 24 years, raising a family while also deeply involved in the ongoing ministry there. She served as a Member Care Director, member of their Country Leadership Team, and National Training and Development Director. Patty is a graduate of CMI’s first Professional Coach training in 2009. She believes deeply in the work and values of CMI, bringing with her many years of experience, gifting as a coach and trainer since 2011.  Her passion is to see people who live and lead equipped, trained, and coached so they can also give wholeheartedly in hard places in the world. Patty and her husband Sam are currently living in Tennessee where they enjoy their children and grandson.

Terry Lee

Terry Lee

CLP Training Team; Certified Encounter Coach with Leadership MetaFormation Institute

Bringing with her two decades of experience in the corporate and university arena, Terry has been serving to mobilize missions for over 45 years. Terry’s passion is to come alongside cross-cultural leaders and leaders in transition.  She does this by training and equipping them to live, lead, and coach from the heart; identifying and reaching their goals, and providing perspective and encouragement to meet and overcome obstacles. Terry is a graduate of CMI’s 2014 Professional Coach Training. She enjoys biking, hiking, reading, zip-lining over coffee fields for fun. She now lives in Arizona near most of her adult children and their families.

Tim Austin

ICF PCC, ICF Mentor Coach, CMI Coach, CMI Mentor Coach, BA Church Leadership, MA Christian Education & World Christianity

Tim enjoyed 20 years of cross-cultural living, in the countries of Tajikistan and Turkey, mostly involved in church-based and NGO ministry. Tim is a graduate of CMI’s 2017 Professional Coach Training. He began coaching global workers while still living abroad, supporting and developing individuals and teams and knows first-hand the many sets of challenges which expats face. From major transitions, cultural adaptation and language learning, to the daily struggles of living out one’s purpose in a different context. Tim finds joy in coming alongside and helping people maximize opportunities for growth while living and serving abroad. Within CMI, he has found a place to live out his purpose and calling as a Coach and Trainer.

Tim Austin

Our Board

Heather Hicks

Chair

Reconciled World TCT Operations; Americas Regional Coordinator

“Coaching is a powerful way to see others grow, move beyond barriers and excel in their God-given calling. I’ve experienced it first hand in my ministry work. CMI provides the highest quality training and coaching for cross-cultural Kingdom-focused workers and it is a joy and honor to be part of all God is doing in and through CMI!”

Daphne Lubera

Treasurer

Universal Optic Service; Co-Owner 

“I love that CMI empowers missionaries, leaders, and organizations around the world with Christ-centered missions coaching. I believe coaching is a valuable tool in helping people transform their own lives and the lives of those they serve. I am honored to be a part of this kingdom-minded ministry.”

Gary St. John

Board Member

Retired since August 2020, after 44 years of service in financial management and leadership roles primarily in nonprofit organizations.

“As to its mission, I have been most attracted to CMI for its focus on developing and supporting people within their particular calling to influence and impact. In serving CMI as a Board Member, I find great satisfaction in working with others to effectively leverage and steward people and financial resources to achieve tremendous ministry outcomes.”

Brian Humbles

Vice-Chair

Atlas Copco; Business Development Manager

“CMI’s impact is immeasurable, as leaders and missions workers across the globe are strengthened, encouraged, listened to, and valued. I’m so glad to serve those who give so much in service to others through coaching!”

Tom Simmons

Secretary

Rector, St. Peter’s Church

“Having received coach training through CMI in 2011, I found the heart, mindset, and skills of Christian coaching very helpful at home, with friends, in pastoral care, and in leading others in the congregation.”

Jon Taylor

Executive Director