CIBA's Board of Directors
A 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.
Chairwoman –Carrie Garcia (Luiseño/Cahuilla)
Ms. Garcia was born and raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation and is a current enrolled tribal member. In 2005 she received her B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of California Riverside. Ms. Garcia has taught Culture classes at both Noli Indian School and the Soboba Preschool, located on the Soboba Indian Reservation. Prior to her teaching career, she worked briefly in Cultural Resource monitoring working to protect and preserve the ancestral lands and tribal traditional territory of the Luiseño and Cahuilla Nation in Riverside County. Ms. Garcia has also served 3 consecutive terms as a Board Member and Vice Chairwoman for the statewide non-profit organization, California Indian Basketweavers Association also known as CIBA, which works to promote, perpetuate and educate traditional California Indian Basketweaving and its practices. Currently, Ms. Garcia serves as the Cultural Program Manager for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. Inspired by the California Indian Basketweavers Association, Ms. Garcia has successfully implemented a weekly basketweaving circle and annual basketweavers gathering for the Soboba tribal members and surrounding tribal communities. Her work has also inspired both local and statewide tribal communities to begin their own weaving circles and start their own gatherings. Currently a recent project that Carrie has implemented in Soboba is the Traditional Land Resource Management Program. A work crew of 8 tribal members that work to restore the traditional gathering sites as well as water ways on the Soboba Indian Reservation. Carrie has been weaving baskets for over 8 years and has learned from Donna Largo, Lorene Sisquoc, Rosie Salinas, Sue Hill and Eva Salazar and credits her mentors and teachers for being her inspiration.
Vice Chairwoman - Jennifer Malone (Wukchumni)
Jennifer Malone Wukchumni tribe, basketweaver. I have been weaving for 25 years. Beatrice Wilcox my grandmother was a great weaver. My mother Marie Wilcox is my other teacher along with Clara Charlie who taught me how to make cradleboards. I have been a board member on different terms. I really enjoy working withour native people. I communicate with our members when called. I enjoy weaving baskets and speaking our Wukchumni language.We are here to keep our culture alive.
Secretary - Donald Saucedo (Quechan Nation of Fort Yuma)
Donald is a proud member of Quechan Nation of Fort Yuma, California. Donnie was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of La Mirada with his grandparents. His family was part of the relocation program in the 1950's. Donnie joined the CIBA Board to help keep the traditions of weaving growing strong within tribal communities. In Quechan he worked with their President, Mike Jackson on restoring tribal wetlands. He learned from him the importance of plant life in their community. In Quechan, basketweaving has been a lost art to his people and it is Donnie's goal to see a revival in the Yuma areas of California. He has grown to fall more and more in love with basketweaving through attending basketweaver gatherings. Donnie works as a Native Social Worker helping to restore our Indian families. "I have always compared basket work to the resoration of a family in the fact that all the pieces need to work together to complete the bond".
Treasurer – Diania Caudell (Luiseño)
Miiyu: My name is Diania L. Caudell, Luiseno and a member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. I have been a member of CIBA since 2000. I joined CIBA because I was asking a lot of questions regarding basketry and gathering of native plants in the Southern California areas. One question lead to another and finally it was suggested to me to run for a position on the CIBA board so that maybe I would be able to get answers and help others regarding basketry and gathering. I was elected to the board in 2001 and have held the positions of Secretary and treasurer over the last thirteen years.
Being on the board is an experience that all members of CIBA (voting) should consider whether you are a master weaver or just learning; an experience that will test your patience, lessons in being humble, working with individuals whose views are varied but still working as a team. I have also been privileged to represent CIBA as a member of the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC). This group has tribal representatives from across the United States that are very concerned about pesticides and its uses in Indian Country. CIBA is one of two Native Organizations that serve on this council. CIBA is very concerned about pesticides and its uses especially in gathering of native plants for basketry, native food sources and medicinal uses. CIBA was one of the first organizations to help publish a handout titled “Pesticides…what Basket weavers should know.”
To all CIBA members, it is an honor to have served you and this organization. CIBA is widely respected in California. Respected at the State, Federal, County and local levels. Respected and duplicated in Indian Country.
Leah Mata (Northern Chumash)
Leah Mata is a member of the yak tityu tityu (the people) Northern Chumash Tribe, located on the Central California Cost. Leah works as a Traditional Artist creating contemporary living forms of regalia, jewelry and baskets, allowing for the opportunity to experience California Indian arts.Leah’s is an award winning artist and has been awarded top honors such as the Autry Indian Market 2012-Best in Diverse Cultural Arts, Heard Museum Fair 2013- First Place Traditional Attire. In 2011 Leah was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a Master Artist recipient for ACTA 2013. Her personal experience with California Indian traditional arts, has given me insight to the barriers and issues many California Indian weavers encounter. Leah embraces the opportunity to help draft cultural policies that will sustain our weaving traditions. She holds B.A. in Anthropology and will complete her M.A. in Cultural Sustainability December 2015.
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.
Nicola Larsen (Yowlumni)
Nicola Larsen is a Yowlumni woman who has been reviving her language on the Tule River Reservation since 2002. She is also currently working on a video documenting gathering weaving materials, types of baskets, types of materials, how to clean, store and use materials. She began weaving with her aunt in 1978, and as far back as she can remember basketweaving has always been a part of her. Nicola is a basket teacher who has been teaching and sharing her weaving skills in the tribal community and with tribal and local communities. Nicola graduated from D-Q University in Davis in 1997 with a dual Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration and Gaming Administration. She has certificates in Indian Gaming, Commissioner Training, Audit and Finance and has worked for her tribe in various capacities in financial, administrative, planning and other areas as required.