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.
Jennifer Malone – Vice Chair Person (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.”
Diana Terrazas (Paiute)
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.
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.
Florrine Super (Karuk)
I am a member with the Karuk Tribe. Raising my two boys Ivan and Issac. Work for Karuk Tribe Housing Authority with the Karuk Tribe. Been weaving for the last 10 years and an advocated for local basket weavers. Throughout the years, I attend basket weaving class in Happy Camp. Learned weaving and gathering from Verna Reese, Crystal Richardson, and so many others. My main goal, once I start to understand the process of CIBA; is to start working with youth. Encouragement, engagement and opportunity for youth throughout California. This is my first term and again trying to find my spot and time management to give back to a wonderful organization. Looking forward to meeting all the basket weavers all over California. Please reach out if you have questions or ideas for CIBA.
Amanda O’Connell (Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation))
Amanda O’Connell is an enrolled citizen of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and also has Yurok and Hupa ancestry. This is her first term on the CIBA Board of Directors. Amanda also currently serves as a Councilwoman for Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and previously worked as the Nation’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Coordinator. This experience has provided Amanda the opportunity to work on building relationships with state and federal agencies regarding the protection and management of cultural landscapes and natural resources, including gathering sites for basketweavers. Amanda actively works to pass on the traditional ecological knowledge that has been shared with her from her mentors to ensure basket weaving can be practiced by our future generations.