Team Category: Lingua Bear

Andrei Golub

Andrei Golub was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the US in 1989. Before commencing this project, he studied languages and linguistics at the University of Utah, worked in Europe as a language teacher, and was a National Volunteer Advisory Committee member in Peace Corps Paraguay. He loves learning languages by living in… Read more »

Ryan Parrish

Ryan is a Utah native who’s drive runs in the vein of web development, political policy reform and environmental sustainability. With over a decade of full stack development experience, He personally built and maintained this site and the lingua bear digital experience. I’m passionate about solving complex problems thru coding, design, art, user interaction, and… Read more »

Mariessa Maughan

Mariessa Maughan participated in and partially funded the design process of the Lingua Bear toy. When one of our Guaraní speakers need an auxiliary speaker, she volunteered to record the English portion for this character. As treasurer, she has played an important role in developing our fundraising campaigns and accounting.

Dominique St Clair

Dominique St. Clair co-facilitates meditation workshops all over the world. She joined the family business full-time in 2011 and has worked in The Netherlands, Ireland, India, Zimbabwe, Spain, Canada as well as all over the United States. She has volunteered countless hours of her time and paid the legal fees associated with acquiring our 501c3… Read more »

Rose Jakub

Rose created the script for the Navajo (Diné) language and is an active member of the Lingua Bear board as well as many organizations in her community. She works for the largest school district in Salt Lake City where she mentors and teaches Navajo, works at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, and is… Read more »

Peter Golub

Peter Golub is an author and translator. His work can be found in Circumference, World Literature Today, and PEN America. He is the editor of the online project New Russian Poetry ( and a frequent contributor to Words Without Borders ( He is the recipient of the Pen USA Prize for Translation. He lives in Oakland, CA.  

Tatyana Platonova

Tatyana Evgenievna Platonova is a translator, consultant, and sound editor for Lingua Bear, as well as the female speaker for the Moscow dialect. She is a longtime participant in the project, and has played a key role in its development. During the initial stage of the project, she was responsible for sewing the Lingua Bear… Read more »

Fernando Rubio

Fernando Rubio works at the University of Utah and is the Director of the UOnline Curriculum Enhancement and Innovation for Undergraduate Studies. He is also the Director of the Second Language Teaching and Research Center in the College of Humanities, where he is also a Professor of World Languages and Cultures. He is currently working… Read more »

Brad Vanderford

Brad Vanderford has a background that combines venture capital, international economic development and management consulting to SMEs. Brad currently provides advisory services to impact investment funds, tech-enabled and impact-driven ventures and other organizations engaged in international economic development. While earning his MBA at the University of Oxford, Brad led Oxford Seed Fund, where he made… Read more »

Tamrika Khvtisiashvili

Dr. Tamrika Khvtisiashvili was most recently an English Language Fellow in Palestine, where she taught Linguistics and Intercultural Communication courses. Prior to that she was an assistant professor at Alfaisal University in Saudi Arabia, teaching various courses in Linguistics, Anthropology and Directing University Preparatory Program. She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University… Read more »