Faculty

Toni Bakal, M.F.A.
Toni Bakal, M.F.A.Communications and Film
Toni Bakal is a college professor and a faculty advisor to the award-winning KCOD CoachellaFM, a college and community radio station in the Coachella Valley. She received the title of Best On-Air Personality in the Nation in 2016 through the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, and KCOD has been nominated three times for Best Community College Radio Station in the Nation. Toni has taught Intermediate Radio Production, Intro to Radio Production, Intro to Mass Media and Film Production 1 at College of the Desert, and she has also taught Intro to Film and Intro to Public Speaking at the California Indian Nations College. Prior to teaching college, Toni was working as a producer in Los Angeles at a brand consultancy and creative agency that specialized in rebranding and refreshing TV networks. She worked with many entertainment brands including AMC, UniMás, Canal+, The CW, Time Warner and PBS.
Jermaine Cathcart, PhDSociology
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Danielle DelgadoAmerican Sign Language
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Veronica Daut, Ed. D.Counseling and Sociology
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Daniel Diaz Reyes Ph. D., J.D.Anthropology
Professor Diaz has a background in Anthropology, Education, Ethnic Studies, and Law. His focus addresses instruction management, content analysis, and curriculum design to support implementation of projects in higher education. He has a sense of community rooted with the Afro-Indigenous people of Costa Chica and Nahuatl speakers of southern Mexico. Professor Diaz recently completed a Juris Doctorate to incorporate law with Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, and Education as applicable to youth culture, school systems, Urban Studies, and Critical Race Theory.
Roger Griffin, MA. MSPolitical Science
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Pamela James, M.A.Counseling
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Charles Land, MSNatural Resources - Lab
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Anthony Madrigal, Ph. D.Ethnic Studies and History
Professor Anthony Madrigal, Sr. is Vice Chairman for the Cahuilla Band of Indians. He is a historian, attorney, and is Historic Preservation Officer for Cahuilla. His work with centers on Cultural and environmental preservation.
Ruth Nolan, M.A.English
Carol Park, M.F.A.English
Professor Park is the author of two books: “Korean Americans: A Concise History,” (2019, Korea University Press/YOK Center, UCR) and “Memoir of Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots,” (2017, YOK Center, UCR). Park also helped lead the Korean American Oral Histories Project at the

YOK Center, UCR; she and a team of academics, researchers, and interns interviewed 50 subjects and created an online platform and repository for the video and audio files. The project was completed in March 2019. Carol is also a filmmaker and researcher and wrote and produced two short documentaries: “Footsteps of Korean Americans,” (2018) and “The 1992 L.A. Riots: Reflections on our Future,” (2012). She graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2011. Park is also a lecturer and researcher and was part of a team of academics that received an Academy of Korean Studies Grant in 2014.

Phil ParkerNatural Resources
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T. Robert Przeklasa, Ph. D.
T. Robert Przeklasa, Ph. D.History; Chief Instructional Officer
T. Robert “Dr. Bob” Przeklasa has been with California Indian Nations College since the early planning stages. He serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer, focusing on all aspects of the College’s academics. Dr. Bob ensures course offerings are ready for each term while building towards eventual accreditation and securing partnerships with local colleges and universities. He has worked closely with Southern California tribal communities and organizations through his academic research on the political history of the local Indian Country. Przeklasa received his doctorate in Native American History from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and serves as a board member of the Native American Land Conservancy.
Aaron Thomas, M.B.A.Business
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Christopher Williams, Ed. D.Counseling
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