Who We Are

We are Maine-based professionals with extensive cross-cultural experience and training, who are committed to bridging across difference.

Owners

Liz Greason, Co-Owner and Principal Consultant

bio-liz-160pxA 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 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

bio-deb-160pxDeb Breiting is co-founder and trainer of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and hails from Vancouver, Canada. Born in Montreal to immigrant parents from Germany and Japan, Deb grew up in a multilingual and multicultural home. She has a degree in Linguistics and German from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is a graduate of the UBC Certificate Program in Intercultural Studies. With professional focus on Teaching English as an Additional Language, Deb most recently taught at Portland Adult Education as part of the New Mainers Resource Center Program www.nmrcmaine.org and provided education around cross cultural awareness and job skills training to foreign born, foreign trained professionals. Deb has traveled extensively abroad and has worked in Toronto, Munich, and Tokyo for schools, non-profits and the private sectors before settling in Portland, Maine where she now lives with her husband and two young daughters.

Content Area Experts


Reza Jalali

Areas of expertise: Iran, Islam, Middle East, Higher Education, Peace Building, Women's Rights in Islam

bio-reza-160pxBorn 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

bio-arian-160pxArian, 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.