Who We Are
Protecting Our Future
Here at Riparian Games, we believe in the value of preservation. One of the greatest partners that we work with on a daily basis is Native Teaching Aids. Riparian Games donates a percentage of every purchase to Native Teaching Aids in the effort to preserve indigenous language and history.
"Native Teaching Aids develops, creates, and produces entertainingly educational Indigenous language material, that incorporates culture and history, for schools, communities and families."
Visit their website to learn more about their mission! www.nativeteachingaids.com
Leadership ~ Lead by example. Encourage, praise and inspire others.
Respect ~ Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Candor ~Commit to candid and honest dialogue, delivered and received with respect and without fear of reprisal.
Attitude ~ Be positive. Work hard and never give up. Enjoy what you do.
Teamwork ~ Be a team player. Our success depends on highly motivated, committed and competent people who share our vision and work together to attain it.
Environment ~ Protect the environment. This is vital and part of everyone’s job.
Community ~ Be good citizens and good neighbors.
Innovation ~ Embrace alternative thinking, responsible risk-taking and continuous improvement.
Honesty & Integrity ~ Practice honesty and integrity in all business and personal dealings.
MEET OUR TEAM
Dusty Burkhardt ~ President & CEO
Prior to his appointment as President, CEO & Co-Founder of Riparian Games, Dusty was the Director of Sales & Marketing with Native Teaching Aids. Before that Dusty worked as the President of Operations at Ace Inc for 9 years, during his time there he orchestrated the acquisitions of several companies.
Throughout his friendship with the founders of Native Teaching Aids, Dusty always felt a call to join the team. As he stated on many occasions, "I want to be with a company that focuses on making this world a better place to be, and I believe in Native Teaching Aids mission". Dusty still continues his work with Native Teaching Aids as a friend and mentor.
Brandon Goff ~ Chairman
As Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Native Teaching Aids & Riparian Games, he is our lead technical and design trainer for our interns / employees as well as oversees the software development and design teams. He also oversees the general operation of our publishing house.
Brandon Goff has been developing web content for over 20 years. He began his work as an independent graphic designer and web developer in Minneapolis, MN, later founding Meta-Forge LLC. Among his major clients have been Harley Davidson, Target, United Health Care, and General Mills. Also of note is his creation of a 4 volume CD-ROM music educational game and experience series for an organization called A+, that went into production and was sold commercially.
Rebecca Goff ~ Vice Chairman
As Vice Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Native Teaching Aids & Riparian Games, Rebecca Goff offers linguistic consulting, leads workshops, and presents at conferences, schools, and tribal council meetings. Linguistic and research interns/employees are under her supervision.
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. Her previous work in the retail sector has been valuable in NTA's product development and marketing. 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.