Stacey Montooth, Executive Director
Stacey Montooth, a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Nation, is the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commissioner (NIC), appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak on Sept. 1, 2019. A member of his cabinet, Montooth is the liaison from Governor Sisolak to the 27 Nevada Tribes, bands and colonies.
A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Montooth has spent over a decade in service to Nevada Tribes. From 2012-2019, Montooth worked at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony as that Tribe’s first public relations / community information officer. Upon returning to Northern Nevada, Montooth was the Indian Education liaison for her alma mater, Churchill County High in Fallon, Nev. Before returning home to the Great Basin, Montooth spent nearly 12 years working in community relations, primarily in higher education and college athletics.
Sari Nichols, Program Officer 1
Sari Nichols was hired as the Program Officer 1 for the Nevada Indian Commission in August of 2017. Sari received her Bachelor’s in History Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and holds a Master Degree in English Literature. Sari is a Nevada Veterans Service Advocate and proudly helps Nevada Tribal vets. She also serves as the Secretary for the Indian Territory, the non-profit arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism and serves on the Father’s Day Powwow Color Fun Run committee. Sari has been in state service since 2009, and brings her many skills and passion for all things Stewart related to the Commission.
Diane Buckley, Administrative Assistant III
Diane started as an Administrative Assistant 3 for the Nevada Indian Commission on January 14, 2019. Diane comes from the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services where she worked as a clerical supervisor for four years.
Mrs. Buckley had served as a bookkeeper and tax consultant for Stewart Indian Museum, and Stewart Powwow Volunteer, with the then Executive Director, Bob Sill in the 1990s. Mrs. Buckley had served as a patient rights advocate in Nevada for the National Patient Advocate Foundation for several years. She has supported many bills in the state legislature as an effort to assist the Nevada disabled community.
Mrs. Buckley’s professional background is in accounting and business. Her educational background is in business and accounting. Diane has been living in northern Nevada since early 1993, and hails from Laguna Beach, California. Mrs. Buckley is excited to join the Nevada Indian Commission.
Bobbi Rahder, Museum Director I
Bobbi Rahder is a museum professional with 25 years of demonstrated experience in museum management. With a Masters Degree in Museum Studies, she has served as museum director, curator, and collections manager at several museums. For 13 years she worked Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS to help them create and operate the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum. She has extensive grant writing and marketing skills, and has curated many exhibitions and educational programs from museum collections.
Chris Ann Gibbons, Curator II
Chris Ann Gibbons began with the Nevada Indian Commission in 2005 and is currently the Curator for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center. She is also instrumental in promoting and marketing the Stewart Indian School which includes educational outreach, research, programming and she is part of the team responsible for its rehabilitation. Chris is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in History and minors in both Native American Studies and Art History. Currently, Chris is working on obtaining a Master Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to the Commission, she worked in educational outreach and programming for the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Chris is the recipient of the 2008 and 2016 Excellence in Tourism Award from the Nevada Commission on Tourism for her success in promoting and advancing tourism in Indian Country.