Rebecca Goff, Co Founder - Executive Director
As Executive Director, and Co-Founder Rebecca Goff oversees the company, serves as primary client contact, leads workshops, and presents at conferences, schools, and tribal council meetings.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Montana at Missoula. She has been invited to speak at conferences and present workshops in several states about linguistics and Native Teaching Aids. She and her husband, Brandon, are avid board game players and strongly believe in the power of games to teach concepts, critical thinking and communication.
Brandon Goff, Co Founder, Creative Director
Brandon Goff is the co-founder and Creative Director of Native Teaching Aids. As Creative Director, he is the head of our graphic design, IT, and production teams. His main focus is on new educational product and material development.
Brandon started as an independent contractor and web developer starting in 1995. He co-founded Meta-Forge in 2001, a Minneapolis, MN based multimedia web development firm for advertising agencies and government contracts for educational software development.
Naatosi Fish - Director of Operations
As our Director of Operations, Naatosi is responsible for the running of the office's projects, employees, and assists in our customer relations. He also attends conferences with Rebecca, and presents on Native Teaching Aids.
Naatosi Fish is an alum of the Cutswood Blackfeet Immersion school. From his experience with the school, he developed a passion for language revitalization which led his current position with Native Teaching Aids. Naatosi holds a degree in Community Health, with a minor in linguistics, and received his Masters in Business Administration. He plans to take his education back home on the Blackfeet Reservation to work on community building projects and improve Blackfeet Language Curriculums.
Dannii Yarbrough, Content and Pedagogical Development Manager
Dannii Yarbrough oversees game design to ensure that the format is customized to reflect the individual linguistic structure and integrity of each unique language. She also responsible for mentoring incoming summer linguistic interns, data management and organization, and occasionally assisting with artwork for packaging.
Currently, she is a PhD student studying at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Department of Linguistics specializing in Language Documentation and Conservation. She currently holds her Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Linguistics from Boise State University. While at the University of Montana she was a founding member of the Sacred Roots Language Society, a student run organization dedicated to raising awareness for the status of and revitalization efforts for
Montana's indigenous languages.
Additionally, she has a background in language acquisition theory, pedagogical methods, and materials development. She has taught English to international students at University of Montana, as well as, elder refugees to aid them in gaining citizenship as part of Project S.H.I.N.E. (Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders) at the English Language Center in Boise, Idaho. She comes to our team with a passion for learning and teaching languages, the empowerment languages bring to their communities, and real world applications for linguistic theory.
Ellie Costilla, Graphic Design Manager
As our Lead Graphic Designer, Ellie Costilla makes all of our products look amazing! Ellie is responsible for designing our products, working with our communities to ensure the integrity of the design, and collaborating with designers in other communities to incorporate their work into the products.
Ellie Costilla recieved her Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Salish Kootenai College.
Thomas Koefod - IT Manager
As head software engineer, Thomas develops and designs digital learning tools such as apps, websites, and games.
He has over 10 years of experience in coding, stays ontop of the fast changing world of web-app development, and enjoys board and video games!
Spencer Kittle, Lead App Developer
Spencer Kittle is a mobile app developer who works with Native Teaching Aids to create web and mobile apps focused on learning native languages. Spencer is, along with many other ethnicities, Metis-Cree, German, and Irish. Spencer holds an Associates Degree in Media Design from Salish Kootenai College. Spencer has found a passion in game and app development and looks forward to releasing his own games.
Tristen Teeple, Production Manager
As our Production Manager, Tristen oversees our physical product development. He is responsible for printing, and assembling our games, posters, books, etc, and is in charge of our shipping department. He is an avid photographer and videographer and assists Native Teaching Aids with the occasional video project!
Interns, Collaborators and Illumni
Avery Old Coyote - Game Developer of Cards for Decolonization
Jesse DesRosier - Freelance Artist, and Blackfoot Language Consultant
Kaylene Big Knife - Freelance Graphic Designer
Ana Alsonso - Linguistic Intern
Mikalen Running Fisher - Linguistic Intern
Josiah Murphy - Linguistic Intern