The CIBA Board of Directors works hard to provide a sustainable future for our organization by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies and help ensure that CIBA has adequate resources to advance our Vision ” To preserve, promote, and perpetuate California Indian basketweaving traditions while providing a healthy physical, social, spiritual, and economic environment for basketweavers.”
Alice Lincoln-Cook (Karuk): Chairperson
Alice has proudly served on the CIBA Board of Directors for two terms. She is a member of the Karuk Tribe and worked over 20 years as an independent artist, making traditional jewelry and weaving Karuk style baskets. She teaches basketweaving to local tribal members at her store, the Klamath Book Nook in the town of Klamath, California. In addition, she works with local schools and other institutions and at events throughout the Pacific Northwest region. Alice was instrumental in reviving CIBA’s Following the Smoke program, building valuable partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies.
Heidi Lucero (Acjachemen/Mutsun Ohlone): Vice-Chairperson
Heidi is a member of the Acjachemen Tribe. She is an Indigenous anthropologist and an accomplished native artist and basketweaver. She is a proud teacher of traditional cultural knowledge, including the use of native foods to improve the health of native populations and also works as an activist fighting for the protection of sacred sites and the return of ancestors and sacred objects under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Heidi recently began teaching as a Professor at California State Long Beach.
Diana Terrazas (Paiute): Secretary
Diana is a member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe and has weaving baskets for seven years. Basketweaving is important to Diana as it is a multi-generational family tradition that she plans to pass down to my children. Diana currently works as the Community Outreach Manager at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles. One of Diana’s main reasons for serving on the Board is her desire to bring awareness about the environmental impacts facing the land, water, plant materials, that basketweavers use. This is Diana’s second term on the Board.
Diania Caudell (Luiseño) – Treasurer
Diania is a member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. She has served multiple terms on the Board, being first elected in 2001 and has served as CIBA’s Treasurer for over 15 years. Diania works with several San Diego county-based tribes and schools, teaching basketweaving history and workshops. She currently represents CIBA as a member of the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC), a group which consists of tribal representatives from across the United States who are concerned about pesticides and its uses in Indian Country.
Jennifer Malone (Wukchumni)
Jennifer is from the Wukchumni tribe and has been weaving for 25 years, having learned from Beatrice Wilcox, her grandmother who was Master Weaver. Jennifer is active within her tribal community teaching both basket weaving and working on keeping the Wukchumni language alive. Jennifer works with several organizations in her local community, serving as the cultural advisor for Sequoia National Park’s annual, Go Native event. Jennifer is proud to have served on the CIBA Board for over a decade.
Clint McKay (Wappo/Pomo/Wintun)
A gifted basket weaver, Clint formally served as Chair of CIBA for many years and looks forward to again serving a statewide community of weavers. Clint who is Wappo, Pomo, and Wintun is an enrolled member of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians and a descendant of several well-known Pomo basketweavers and culture bearers that include the late Laura Fish Somersal and the late Mabel McKay. Clint has and continues to be an advocate for his ancestors and their way of life. “Our ancestors gave all to preserve our culture; the least we can do is work to save it during our time here.”
Gracie Dick (Paiute)
Gracie is a Paiute basketweavers and is retired. She formally worked with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and was instrumental in the creation of bringing a basketweavers association to the Great Basin and was also instrumental in planning two recent, CIBA co-sponsored basketweaving gatherings in the Bishop Paiute community. Gracie is a Paiute language instructor and continues to work within her community providing Paiute basketry and pine nut related presentations and demonstrations.
Carolyn Smith (Karuk)
Carolyn Smith is from the Karuk Tribe and began weaving baskets in 2008 with the help of her teacher and mentor, Wilverna Reece. Since she began weaving, she has pursued a bachelor’s degree and doctorate, focusing her studies on how basketweaving is entwined with all aspects of her culture—it is a way of life, from cradling children and preparing traditional foods to caring for the land and sustaining tribal communities. Carolyn is 2018-2020 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. This is Carolyn’s first term on the CIBA Board.
Fred Briones (Pomo)
Fred is an enrolled tribal member at the Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. Fred has been weaving baskets for the past 20 years and was inspired to begun weaving by his grandmother who reminded him of the power in the baskets related to the ability to unlock his dreams. Fred works as a business strategy consultant for First Nations Development Institute and the Regenerative Ag Foundation to build the Native American Fiber Program and Indian Hemp Economy. After attending the 2019 Gathering, Fred knew he wanted to be a part of CIBA and is serving his first term on the Board.
Cristina Gonzales (Chumash)
Cristina is a member of the Coastal Band Chumash Nation. Since attending her first CIBA Gathering in Lemoore, Cristina has worked primarily with dogbane and has taught dogbane cordage classes throughout the years in the Central Valley. Cristina is a cultural practitioner and museum professional. In 2015, Cristina worked with Gladys McKinley (Dunlap Mono) as part of an Alliance for California Traditional Artists (ACTA), apprenticeship grant. She is proud to serve, stating “I wanted to be on the Board because I want to be part of something I believe in.” This is Cristina’s first term on the CIBA Board.