Visions International

Our Team

Bernell King Ingram

Founder | Adviser

Bernell-circle-199x207Bernell King Ingram, founder and adviser, lead Visions International for 18 years to be a leader in business, language and intercultural coaching. The Visions International T.E.A.M. maintains 98% overall client satisfaction, 97% of our students complete their language program, 98% pass official language testing (TOEIC, TOEFL, EIKEN), a 5-star English Immersion Program for youth, managers and executives, a 5-star satisfaction of Business, Executive, Intercultural Coaching and Training, 4.9 stars for our language coaches, 4.9 stars for our Executive Staff. Under her tenure, Bernell coached and trained fellow coaches, entrepreneurs, managers and global executives of USA, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, Malawi and other countries. Bernell has coached over 1,500 entrepreneurs to start and grow companies and gain access to more than $1 million in financing. Bernell authored $1.4 million in federal loans and grants to provide entrepreneurs access to new financing opportunities in South Carolina. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, Bernell continues to support and advise the Visions International T.E.A.M. to excel in language and intercultural coaching and training services and maintaining high levels of client satisfaction.

Katrin Mattis

Client Relations | German and Portuguese Language Coach

Katrin is a multilingual public relations professional born in Germany and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a native speaker of German and Portuguese and proficient in English and Spanish. Katrin has an extensive international background and wide range of expertise in public relations, communication politics and international trade. Her intercultural competencies have been honed while working in leading multinational corporations and as an entrepreneur for more than 10 years. Katrin was a Language and Intercultural Coach for German and Portuguese always with excellent client satisfaction. Katrin enjoys literature, arts, travelling and life.

Linda Gish

TESOL/TEFL/TESL Certified English Language Coach | TESOL Master of Education

As a bilingual child raised in Japan, Linda often felt the frustration of not being able to express herself fully in either language. Once her language skills became more prominent in English, she knew she wanted to help bridge the gap between Japanese students and their desire to communicate in English. Linda began tutoring English as a Second Language in Japan while in high school. At California State University Northridge, Linda obtained a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts, then went on to earn a Master in Education in TESOL at Temple University. Linda has taught ESL at colleges and language schools in Japan and the United States. Linda speaks English, Japanese and enjoys music, singing, acting, theatre, films, hiking, and traveling.

Yasako Parks

Japanese Language Coach
Yasako-circle-199x207Yasako Higa Parks was born in Okinawa, Japan and has lived in the United States since 2007. Yasako’s career experience spans administration, accounting, and real estate. In Japan, Yasako dedicated her time and skills to teaching Japanese language, culture and calligraphy to students of military families, at local churches, and volunteering with an international women’s club. Yasako has been teaching Japanese for over 5 years and is currently also a teacher of Japanese to first language speakers at Greenville Japanese Saturday School (GSS) and whole-heartedly enjoys teaching students. Yasako speaks English and Japanese and enjoys making Japanese bread, serving her community and singing and playing the Okinawan sanshin (stringed instrument and precursor of the Japanese shamisen) with her musical group.

Carmen Cummings

TESOL | TEFL | TESL Certified English Language Coach

Carmen-circle-200x200Carmen Cummings is a professional English teacher of over 19 years, pronunciation and vocal trainer and former home school educator. She holds a B.A. Secondary Education in English and B.A. English. Carmen has extensive experience teaching English and pronunciation skills to Japanese engineers. She spent several weeks in Japan training and examining methods to expand English usage successfully in Japanese students. Carmen has worked with multicultural international student groups and traveled to Japan and Canada for English training programs. Carmen enjoys theater and Broadway Shows, reading, traveling, writing, and antiques.

Kerstin Boehme

Certified German Language Coach and English Language Coach
Kerstin is a native of Germany and has lived and worked in the USA for over 30 years. Kerstin’s education background is in early childhood education which had led her to have a career in non-profit as a Parent Educator for over 16 years. Due to her native fluency for German and fluency in English, Kerstin has taught German and English at a technical college and with organizations with corporate and government students who are required to achieve various levels of fluency as required by their employer. Kerstin prides herself in combining challenges and fun to create a stimulating yet professional learning environment and adheres to the standards set by the Goethe Teaching Institute and Common European Framework (CEF) regarded as the highest form of teaching German and English.​