Past Grand Marshals

2015 Nevada Day Parade Co-Grand Marshal
Grand Marshal Sherry L. Rupert
Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission

Sherry is the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission, appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn in September of 2005. On October 10, 2013, Sherry was sworn in by Governor Brian Sandoval as the first American Indian woman to be appointed a member of his cabinet.

Mrs. Rupert is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Sherry is the Chairwoman of Nevada's Indian Territory, a marketing arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. She was awarded the 2007 and 2008 Excellence in Tourism Award as well as the 2011 Statewide Excellence in Tourism Award from the Nevada Commission on Tourism for her success in promoting and advancing tourism in Indian Country. As the Chairwoman, Sherry leads Indian Country tourism projects including: developing the first ever permanent American Indian exhibit at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport; the first ever photo library of Nevada's Indian Country which boasts over 20,000 photos; creating the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference, now in its eighth year; conceptualizing and creating the first self-guided walking tour in the state to use cell phone technology at the Stewart Indian School. Sherry is also and leading the preservation, development, and transformation of the historic Stewart Indian School into what is to be the Stewart Indian School Living Legacy.

Mrs. Rupert was elected President of the Board of Directors for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) in January 2014. The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit association incorporated in 2002 to advance Indian Country tourism. In her capacity as AIANTA President, Mrs. Rupert has been appointed to the prestigious U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (US TTAB). The Board, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

Sherry is an American Indian of Paiute and Washoe heritage. She is also a proud mother of two and a Native Nevadan, born in Carson City and raised on the Washoe Reservation in Gardnerville, Nevada.


2015 Nevada Day Parade Co-Grand Marshal
Jack Waggon (Actor)

Jack Waggon is a talented Carson City based Actor. Born in Newport Beach, California, Jack grew up in Carson City, Nevada. In his youth, some of his favorite summers were spent traveling on many movie filming locations with his Grandfather, Wayne Cutlip, who was a famous Hollywood Wrangler and Horse Trainer during the 1950's, 60's and 70's.

Jack earned an Associate's Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, Nevada, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston. He went on to a career in Law Enforcement after earning a Law Degree from McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento. He retired early to follow his passion for acting, gravitating towards the Western genre as a tribute to his Grandfather.

In 2012, Jack co-founded the Nevada-based Old West theater troupe "The Mayfield Gang", which performs at various special events. In 2014, he joined the ensemble cast of the "Virginia City Outlaws" Wild West outdoor live theater show, which performs seasonally in Virginia City.

In 2014, Jack appeared in two episodes of "Virginia City, NV," a local weekly ABC affiliate production. He has also done commercial and voice-overwork, appeared as a gunfighter model in Sunset Magazine, and has been cast in two feature films this year. The first is an upcoming epic Western movie "What Child is This;" the second is a crime-drama, "Perpetual Nexus."

Jack had a big break this last winter and is so very excited to be cast in his first TV show, cast as Joseph Parker, the Gunsmith, in the upcoming frontier western series "Big Sky." He is also a Producer of the series.

Jack is currently working on a project to teach acting classes this winter to local youth and is writing a script and making plans with his partners for an upcoming variety T.V. show to be filmed here in Carson City.

Happily married, Jack is an avid motorcycle rider and outdoorsman. He enjoys collecting 19th Century firearms, and hiking and camping throughout the region. Jack will be meeting and greeting folks at his booth at FamFest after the Nevada Day Parade.

 

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