Jonty Yamisha is the founder and Executive Director of the Nassip Foundation.
Sami Yamisha is considered one of the “founding fathers” of the Circassian Benevolent Association (established c.1952) of Wayne, New Jersey.
Nart Arislanouk has lived in both the California and New Jersey Circassian communities and has served as an executive officer at the Circassian Benevolent Association.
Born in California, raised in Mississippi and New Jersey, John Colarusso first studied physics and then took two degrees in philosophy (BA Cornell, MA Northwestern). He has been studying the Caucasus, its languages, myths and cultures since 1967 and earned his doctorate in linguistics from Harvard University in 1975.
Daniel Kaufman, a linguist, is founder of the Endangered Language Alliance and adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Columbia University.