Who We Are
We are Maine-based professionals with extensive cross-cultural experience and training, who are committed to bridging across difference.
Liz Greason, Co-Owner and Principal Consultant
A Mainer by birth, Liz is co-founder of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and its principal consultant. She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to the United States, Liz has applied her knowledge of the Middle East and Islam, cultural competency, and intercultural communication to help Maine businesses, non-profits, municipalities, hospitals, and schools effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve diverse populations diverse in terms of national origin, race, class, and age, among other differences. Her most recent work has taken her back to Dubai, advising international university professors on best practices for inclusion and engagement of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Liz has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education. In addition to being trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon (USA) Liz holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College in Women and Gender Studies and Reed College, and a Certificate in Mediation from USM.
Deb Breiting, Co-Owner and Trainer
Deb is co-founder of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and hails from Vancouver, Canada. Her parents being originally from Germany and Japan, Deb grew up in a diverse, multilingual home. She has a degree in Linguistics and German and a Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia. Now, with almost 20 years of teaching and training experience in a variety of business settings, Deb divides her time between Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and the New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult Education as an Instructor and Program Associate, where she provides cultural and job skills training to foreign-trained professionals. Deb has lived and worked in Vancouver, Toronto, Munich and Tokyo and now lives in Portland, Maine.
Content Area Experts
Areas of expertise: Iran, Islam, Middle East, Higher Education, Peace Building, Women's Rights in Islam
Born in Iran, Reza is a writer, educator, human rights activist, and a Muslim scholar, who has lived in Maine since 1985. His essays, short stories, and commentaries have appeared in the local and international media. His children’s book, Moon Watchers, has received the Stepping Stone Multicultural Award. His five-act play, The Poets and the Assassin, which is about women in Iran and Islam, has been staged throughout Maine. In May of 2015, Reza was featured in the National Public Radio’s popular program, The Moth Radio. Reza is the Muslim Chaplain at Bowdoin College and is the Coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine.
Arian Giantris Clements
Areas of expertise: Refugee Resettlement, Language Access Policy, Sexual Violence Against Women/Trafficking, Workforce Pipeline Policy, Albania
Arian, a second generation Albanian American, has 15+ years of collaborative policy and programming experience working with vulnerable populations (trafficking and violence survivors, refugees, seniors, economically disadvantaged) to effect positive changes in communities. Arian holds a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College and a MS in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has lived, worked, and studied in Barcelona, Spain; London, England; and Tirana, Albania; and visited over 20 countries. Arian managed the Catholic Charities Maine (CCM) Refugee and Immigration Services program and CCM Language Partners from 2007- 2014. Following that, she worked for the John T. Gorman Foundation and was closely involved with the creation of the Portland Jobs Pipeline Initiative to support marginalized populations’ access to the workforce. In addition to her consulting work, Arian now serves as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine.