Meet the AIC Staff

Harper Abbot

Harper Abbot
Sound Engineer

Harper Abbot is an enginerdy dad of 5. A former cubicle jockey at Cessna, he’s now an entrepreneur enjoying the freedom we have as a family. He has been involved with AIC in various ways behind the scenes, and was the stage manager for last year’s drama. This year he is going to be our sound guy. He loves inventing things, making prototypes, and playing with his 3D printer.

abbot_katieKatie Abbot
Graphic Designer

Katie Abbot has worked behind the scenes with AIC for years, and has recently come on staff to do the graphic design work. She loves learning along with her kids, doing crafty things, and designing sewing patterns (you can visit her Etsy site, Beautiful Pie Shop).


Lauren Dunn Lauren Dunn
Director of Communications

Lauren has loved AIC from the first day she walked in as a student, and she has been blessed through her experiences as an assistant teacher, teacher, and staff member more than she could ever say. She loves learning with “her” toddlers in a Christian daycare and blogging at

Cade Hiebsch Cade Hiebsch
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 returning for his third 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.

Morgan Hildebrand Morgan Hildebrand
Curriculum Coordinator

Morgan has been a part of AIC since 2012, serving as an assistant teacher, teacher, small group leader, and featured writer for The Adventurer. Since finishing high school in 2013, Morgan has become a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and now teaches nutrition classes and offers health and wellness coaching. She loves working with kids, cooking, eating chocolate, and reading classic literature. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, writing, and attending musicals and any local theater productions. We are thrilled to have her creative and thoughtful writing talents this year as she oversees the development of the curriculum!

Cassie Schantz Cassie Schantz
Assistant Stage Leader

Since her first year as a student many years ago, Cassie has always loved Adventures in Character and looks forward to this highlight of every year! Being high spirited, a bit on the goofy side, and a child at heart, kids have always been a part of her life – whether through babysitting, taking care of nieces, or AIC. Cassie is a type 1 diabetic and currently works volunteering at Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center in Wichita. She is passionate about horses, Jesus Christ, and pursuing her many hobbies.

“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:9

Amy Shelden Amy Shelden
Drama Director

Since 2008, Amy has served in AIC as a teacher, actress, script writer, pianist, and other roles. She is thrilled to return this year as Drama Director! A recent graduate of Friends University in English with a minor in theatre, Amy has a major interest in promoting Christian teaching through the Fine Arts – AIC has always been a wonderful combination of both! Along with participating in Fine Arts, she enjoys organizing, reading, working at Friends U, and spending time with her parents and 4 sisters. One verse which has influenced Amy’s involvement in the arts is this:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:1 NASB).

Soli Deo gloria!

Rachel Shelden Rachel Shelden
Director of Operations

Rachel has worn many “hats” over the years in her service with AIC – teacher, props manager, stage manager, script-writer, liaison team member, and now as the Director of Operations. We are continually blessed by her gracious and sacrificial spirit as she seeks to bless everyone she meets!



Cori ThonenCori Thonen
Materials Supervisor

Cori tends to be an organized mess of many different passions: the outdoors, teaching, gardening, photographing, and dancing. She has a flair for organizing and enjoys creating and updating systems to help people use what they already have to do the most good. Cori loves visiting outdoor markets with her husband, Geocaching with her daughter, and sewing for herself and her Etsy shop: A Tale of Two Threads.

Julian and Natalie Weber Julian and Natalie Weber
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 founder of Music Matters Blog. Julian enjoys speaking and sharing his testimony of God’s redemption and restoration.

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.