NIC Staff

Stacey Montooth

Executive Director

Stacey Montooth, a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Nation, is the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission (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 proudly serves as the Program Officer for the Nevada Indian Commission. Sari is responsible for overseeing the Indian Commission’s grant projects and working with the Stewart Indian School facility’s manager on Stewart campus-related projects. Sari is a Nevada Veterans Service Advocate and proudly supports Nevada Tribal vets. From 2017 to 2020, Sari was an Executive Officer for the Nevada’s Indian Territory, the non-profit arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, acting as both Secretary and Treasurer, and continues serves on the Father’s Day Powwow, and Color Fun Run committees. Sari received her Bachelor’s in History Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a master’s degree in English Literature.

Diane Buckley

Administrative Assistant III

Diane started as an Administrative Assistant 3 for the Nevada Indian Commission on January 2019. She was previously with the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services where she worked as a clerical supervisor. Diane 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. Her 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.

Bobbi Rahder

Museum Director

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum

Ms. Rahder is honored to be the museum director for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum since May 2017. Ms. Rahder previously worked as director of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum for 13 years, at Haskell Indian Nations University, a former federal government boarding school called Haskell Institute, in Lawrence, KS. She also has worked as a museum professional in other museums in Nebraska and Kansas, and has taught museum studies classes at the undergraduate level at Haskell and at the graduate level at the University of Kansas. Ms. Rahder has curated many exhibitions and educational programs interpreting museum collections. She has a master’s degree in Museum Studies, and is working on a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas.

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 & Museum. As Curator, Chris is responsible for the organizing and preserving of the archival documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell Stewart’s history. Chris feels very fortunate to be part of the team responsible for opening the Cultural Center & Museum in December 2019. Chris is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and minors in both Native American Studies and Art History. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to the Commission, Chris worked in educational outreach and programming for the Southern Oregon Historical Society.