CIBA's Board of Directors

A nine-member Board of Directors elected by the voting members governs CIBA. To be eligible for a seat on the board, one must be a voting member; that is, a California Indian basket weaver. Half of the seats on the board are up for election every year. Nominations to the board are made by voting members through a nominations and Elections Committee. Voting members elect CIBA Board of Directors who serves a two-year staggered term.

Our current Board members are from diverse regions of the state and represent a broad spectrum of basket weaver views and issues. It is the responsibility of the Board to set policies, establish and evaluate programs and program direction and strategy, assure CIBA’s financial and operational health, and employ and oversee the work of the executive director.

Chairman – Clint McKay (Dry Creek Pomo/ Wappo/ Wintun)

Clint and his wife Lucy live in Forestville, California along with their three daughters; Josephine, Mary, and Laura. They have been blessed with three granddaughters; Pearl, Sally and Angeline. Although not raised on a reservation, Clint was brought up in the traditional ways of his people. His father and other relatives told stories of “early days” and taught the children to respect their culture. Later, Clint would move his family to the Dry Creek Rancheria in Geyserville. It was while living next to his great-aunt, Laura Somersal, that he became interested in weaving. Through years of patient guidance, Laura taught him the art of Pomo basket weaving, including the ceremonial customs that accompany the gathering processing, and weaving of Pomo Baskets. Clint was fortunate to also receive guidance from another of his great-aunts, Mabel McKay, who shared her knowledge of Pomo basket weaving. In addition to Basket weaving, Laura taught Clint the Dry Creek Language, and was the main influence in the formation of the Dry Creek Pomo Traditional Dancers. In following the guidance of his elders, Clint is now teaching the Pomo/Wappo traditions to his family and other members of the community.

Vice Chairwoman –Susan Campbell (Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Washoe)

Treasurer – Diania Caudell (Luiseno)

Diania Caudell is a resident of Escondido, CA. Her family has been in Southern California for over nine generations (recorded). Diania is a gather and an apprentice basket weaver. Diania works with local, state, and federal agencies on the issues of pesticides and other toxic chemicals, which may affect the native plants that are used for basketry and other traditional uses by the native people. Diania lectures and demonstrates at local schools, colleges and public and private agencies on the art of basketry and uses of native plants; she also teaches grade school students basic basket weaving techniques. Diania works with agencies like BLM, USFS and State of California to help protect our gathering rights on public lands and to promote awareness of the Indian communities. Diania works with students from the University of CA San Marcos on the “Indian Rock Project” which has documented our native plants, gathering native plants, and weaving of our native baskets and help to promote and protect the importance of the preservation of the culture and traditions of the Indian communities. Diania currently sits on the Executive Council for TPPC (Tribal Pesticides Program Council) and is serving on the Board of Directors for the California Indian Basketweavers Association as Treasurer.

Secretary –Rebecca Torres (Mountain Cahuilla)

Louis “Bud” Fulwilder (Concow)

Louis is now retired but began his basket making by recovery from a life threatening illness. He was taught in Covelo by Karen Whipple and has been honored for his work with several awards and has since won several Ribbons for his traditional Pomo baby baskets. Bud believes “It is important to pass along the traditions, so the ancestors will not be forgotten”. He has worked with his Tribal community, does teaching, public speaking, demonstrations, and has time to serve on the CIBA Board.

Haroleen Bowlan (Mono)

Haroleen is a Certified Nurse Assistant and as an adult learned basket weaving from her grandmother and aunt. She believes that “Our Indian people are losing the art”, and enjoys teaching the young. Haroleen also donates her time to the Sierra Mono Museum and community organizations, and would like to serve on the CIBA Board to help make a “Greater Board for our weavers” and to share her knowledge. Haroleen is interested in fundraising and public speaking, and enjoys attending and teaching at CIBA Gatherings.

Raymond Patton (Nor El Muk, Wintu)

Raymond Patton resides in Hayfork, CA, which is located in Trinity County. He learned to make Wintu baskets by taking classes taught by Master Weaver Vivian Hailstone in the 1980s. Raymond has recently completed three Wintu baskets, two gift baskets, and a medicine pouch. Raymond believes that basket making is one of the most important cultural elements Wintu people have and it’s essential that the tradition of basket making continues to keep the Wintu culture alive in the future. For the last 8 years to present day Raymond has worked with Trinity County RAC and previously has been the Tribal Chair Person of the Nor El Muk- Wintu for 17 years, NCIDC Board member for 10 years, and WRTC Board member for 12 years. Raymond has retired from the US Forest Service and worked with them for a total of 42 years; he has interacted with BLM and worked with NRCS as well. Raymond has a vast amount of experience dealing with government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Raymond has a strong passion for Native basket making and has been a collector of these baskets for the last 42 years. Raymond supports the work of CIBA and the support that CIBA has for basket weavers.

William Harrison (Mountain Maidu)

William lives with his family in Woodland California. His Mountain Maidu ancestry comes from the areas of Greenville, Taylorsville, and Quincy in Plumas county. William is a traditional singer, handgame player, and student of Maidu basketry. He has begun learning the skills of creating willow utility baskets with his family and mentor Ennis Peck. William is proud to come from a long line of weavers and hopes the art can be passed down to many generations to come. His background includes working with California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), Chapa-De Indian Health, and tribal boards including the Maidu Cultural & Development Group (MCDG) and Maidu Summit Consortium both located in Greenville. William hopes to make a contribution to CIBA and serve a mission for which he is passionate.

Justin Farmer (Ipai/Mission)

Carrie Franco (Mono/Yowlumne)

Linda Navarro, Executive Director (Cahuilla/Shasta)

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