Board of Directors

Richard Bugbee

Chairman of the Board
Richard Bugbee, Payoomkawichum
P.O. Box 1668
Topanga, CA 90290
(619) 459-9086

Richard is the Associate Director and Curator of the American Indian Culture Center & Museum in San Diego as well as the Director and Curator of the Kumeyaay Culture Center. His roster of activities and duties is too long to list- suffice it to say that Richard is an extremely active presence in all Native American revitalization efforts in Southern California, teaching classes, running programs, publishing a daily email newsletter ,etc.


Kayla Carpenter

Kayla Carpenter
1203 Dwinelle Hall,
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

Kayla Carpenter is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member of Hupa, Yurok and Karuk descent. Carpenter holds a bachelors degree in Linguistics from Stanford University and a masters degree in Linguistics from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently a graduate student in the Linguistics Ph.D. program at U.C. Berkeley. She is the daughter of Chance Carpenter, and Melodie George-Moore, one of the first apprentice participants in the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program. Carpenter is working towards conversational fluency in the languages of her family heritage, and is also a traditional basket weaver and singer.


Julian Lang
Karuk (northwestern California)

P.O. Box 2276
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Julian Lang is a member of the Karuk Tribe (northern California) with Wiyot and Konomihu Shasta ancestry. He currently lives in McKinleyville, California with wife and cultural work partner, Native artist and leader, Lyn Risling.

Lang has taught the Karuk language since 1980 when he started teaching under the mentorship of Shan Davis. He also teaches traditional singing and has taught more than 500 people a wide range of traditional songs with assistance from Lyn Risling. He is a highly sought after traditional storyteller.

He currently teaches a language class 2 days per week which is being documented by Crystal Richardson, language student, under a grant from the Endangered Languages Institute. His classes were initially taught using the Accelerated Second Language Acquisition technique, also known as the Grey Morning method which relies on images and immersion to teach. Today his teaching methods include the Grey Morning method and several additional approaches all aimed at getting the students to acquire language skills, to exercise the acquired skills, and then to encourage conversation/communication.

A newly established website is planned devoted to teaching and learning the Karuk language. According to Lang, the website will be based on development of content at the beginner, intermediate and advanced speaker levels.

Lang is a digital artist with expertise in audio and video programs: protools, audacity, peak, soundtrack and final cut pro, final cut express, compressor, and the motion graphics programs Motion and After Effects. He is expert in using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, ToonBoom animation software and several web authoring programs.


Vincent Medina
1353 Via Vista
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
(415) 385-4571

Vincent Medina is a Chochenyo Indian, one of the eight tribal groupings of the Bay Area's original people, the Ohlone. Vincent is the assistant curator at Mission Dolores where he proudly shares his heritage with the many, many visitors to the Mission. Vincent has been working to bring back the Chochenyo language and is currently teaching his 9 year old brother and is dedicated to language revitalization.



Deborah Morillo, / Northern Obispeno Chumash
221 Idora Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94591

Deborah is a present participant in AICLS.



Stan Rodriguez, Kumeyaay
P.O. Box 744
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

Stan Rodriguez, started with the Advocates as an apprentice to Juan Mesa, fluent Kumeyaay speaker and renownked Wild Cat song singer. He is currently teaching Kumeyaay at Sycuan College and at various tribal locations.

Nancy Richardson Steele, Karuk
381 Fern Lane
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-6365

Nancy is a language specialist and consultant. She has worked on language projects for the past 25 years. Nancy is also a board member of the Karuk Language Restoration Board and is an accomplished storyteller, basket weaver and traditional singer.

Carly Tex

Carly Tex

Carly Tex is Western Mono and an enrolled member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. She currently resides in Fresno, California. Carly has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Sonoma State University and a Master's degree in Native American Linguistics and Languages from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Carly is a traditional basketweaver, cultural demonstrator, and consultant. She participates in events and gatherings where she educates the public about Western Mono culture. She also attends community language classes and works with her elders to learn, document, and maintain the Western Mono language. Carly provides her services as a linguistic consultant to Tribes and tribal organizations, including the Nuumu Yadoha Language Program, where she assists language groups and Tribes with language research, curriculum development, and instruction. Carly is dedicated to the revitalization, documentation, and maintenance of Indigenous languages.



Matthew Vestuto, Tšʰumaš
hukišałtǝ (you’ll bump into me at.....)
1215 Mix St. NW
Olympia, WA 98502

Matthew Vestuto is the secretary for the Advocates. He also serves as language program coordinator for the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians and director of the Tšumaš Transcription Project. A graduate of The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) where he focused on Language Revitalization, Linguistics and Media, he plans to pursue graduate studies in linguistics at the University of Oregon, Eugene.


Professor Leanne Hinton, Consulting Board Member
Professor Emerita, Department of Linguistics
U. C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650
(510) 643-7621
(510) 643-5688 FAX

Dr. Hinton is professor emerita of the Linguistics Department at U.C. Berkeley. A specialist on language revitalization, she consults with indigenous groups around the world on language maintenance and reclamation. As a founding member of AICLS, she is deeply involved in their language programming. Dr. Hinton has published 8 books, and numerous articles and reports on the revitalization of indigenous languages.




Marina Drummer
221 Idora Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 486-6806
(866) 644-7161 FAX

Marina served as Executive Director of the LEF Foundation from 1985- 2000. In 2000 she began her own non-profit, Community Futures Collective and provides technical assistance and fund-raising help to grassroots organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop, Families With A Future, the National Coalition to Free the Angola Three and is Grants Advisor to the LEF Foundation.