• May 22, 2019
  • 4:12 AM

VSC Members

Bill Baumann, Chairman

Bill Baumann’s role as a Veterans Service Commissioner (VSC) is to provide advisory support to the Director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS), and to review and make recommendations to NDVS, and the Commission on veterans’ issues and bills being placed before the Nevada State Legislature. In this capacity, as in his roles as a member of the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Volunteer Advisory Group and former member of the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Advisory Committee, he assists NDVS in any way he can be of service to the mission to support the needs of Nevada’s veterans. He previously served as VSC Vice Chairman, and was elected Chairman in January of 2011. Mr. Baumann, originally from Des Moines, IA, has lived in Nevada for 17 ½ years. He has a broad and diverse educational background, including training in federal mediation and conflict management, FAA air traffic systems, Defense Contractor management, and marketing. He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as Air Traffic Requirements Systems and Airways Facilities and Air Traffic Controllers Training Specialist. He retired from a major defense contractor, as an Aerospace Logistics and Management Engineer on the Space Shuttle Program, and for the same defense contractor, was the lead Integration and Implementation Engineer on the FAA Air Traffic Systems modernization program in the Great Lakes Region. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1971, having served in both the aircraft maintenance and flight operations fields, he completed his military career as a Non-commissioned Officer in Charge of Training in 22 specialist career fields.  He served in both Korea and Southeast Asia, he was one of four aircraft launch control NCOIC’s at the Royal Thai Air Base U-Tapio, Thailand, launching 1,600 Aircraft Bomber and Tanker sorties over Vietnam each month. He and his team of 7 trained Ethiopian Air Force technicians in country during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Mr. Baumann is a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, and provides oversight to the day-to-day operations of the DAV Transportation System throughout the State of Nevada.

Michael Musgrove, Vice-Chairman

Michael Musgrove was born in San Diego, California, and is a 40-year resident of Nevada, currently residing in Spring Creek. He served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1976 and attended Clark County Community College and Great Basin College.  Mr. Musgrove is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Military Order of the Cootie. He was reappointed to his second term on the Commission in January of 2010, and was elected Vice Chairman in January of 2011. Mr. Musgrove continues to be instrumental in the development of NDVS rural outreach efforts. His goals as a commission member are to ensure veterans always have a place for interment at a veterans cemetery, that they receive health care and assistance they need, and that they are afforded the respect, dignity, and consideration they deserve for their service to the country. He is a father of two and grandfather of three.

Dr. Anne Davis

Dr. Anne Davis is a native of Michigan. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. She served in the Army for 29 years in various locations and positions. She commanded the Hawthorne Army Depot from 2000-2002, a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) ammunition depot located in Hawthorne, Nevada. Anne Davis earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Business from The City University of New York in 2005. She is currently a member of the faculty for Walden University’s Doctor of Business Administration Program

Assemblyman Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards was born in historic Sleepy Hollow, NY.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Government and later earned a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University.  Chris retired from the Navy Reserve last year as a Commander after more than 25 years of service (active and reserve). Chris was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly in Nov 2014 representing District 19.  He serves on the Ways and Means, Education and Natural Resources committees and is the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Public Safety.

Jeanette Evans

Jeanette Evans, C.P.M., has served her country and her country’s veterans for more than 30 years. She served in the Air Force both on Active Duty and in the Reserves, retiring in 2002 with nearly 24 years of military service. Jeanette was one of the first women in the Air Force to complete training and serve as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD). Later in her career, she served as a Career Counselor in the Air Force Reserve. Jeanette’s Military decorations include the Air Force Commendation & Meritorious Service Medals. Jeanette has continued to serve Nevada’s veterans as an Accredited Veterans Service Officer. As a Certified Public Manager, she served as the State of Nevada Veterans Services Program Manager where led State Service Officers throughout Nevada who act as advocates assisting veterans with the complex task of completing and filing claims for disability and medical benefits. She retired from State service in 2011 and accepted a position with the VA Medical Center Reno as Chief, Eligibility and Enrollment and fully retired at the end of 2014. In retirement, Jeanette now volunteers to assist veterans through her membership in the American Legion, where she has held positions as Post Commander, State Commander and National Vice-Commander. She currently serves as a member of the Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission, Health Administration Committee. She also serves locally as Chairman on Senator Heller’s Northern Nevada Veteran’s Advisory Council, is a member of the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Reno facility Veteran and Family Advisory Council; and is a member of the United Veterans Legislative Coalition where she helps shape both Federal and State policies that affect veterans. Jeanette grew up in Auburn, California and currently resides in Fallon, Nevada with her husband David. She enjoys country western dancing and Yoga. She has two sons who live in California and Idaho with their wives and children.

Jerry Finley

Sherry Rupert

Sherry is the Executive Director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission, appointed by Governor Guinn September of 2005. With over 20 years of tribal, public and private business experience, she possesses a strong background in accounting, finance, business administration, tribal tourism and Indian Affairs.

Mrs. Rupert is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is past President of the Native American Chapter of the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association. She has presented at numerous tribal, state, regional and national conferences and served two terms as President of the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council, and was formerly the Treasurer for two terms. The Governors’ Interstate Indian Council is a national organization promoting and protecting the various interests, welfare and well-being of American Indian people of the United States and in particular those American Indian residents within the various participating states of the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council. Sherry is the Chairwoman of the Indian Territory, a marketing arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, and 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. She was also awarded the 2009 Human and Civil Rights Award from the Nevada State Education Association. Mrs. Rupert distinguished herself in her term as Treasurer for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Board of Directors (Southwest Region Representative) and during her service on the AIANTA Executive Committee; as a consequence, she was elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors. Most recently, Mrs. Rupert was appointed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. 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 Native Nevadan, born in Carson City and raised on the Washoe Reservation in Gardnerville, Nevada. Now residing in Carson City, she is a wife and mother of two, with her eldest son proudly serving in the United States Navy.

Felicia Tate

A native of Los Angeles, California, LS2 Felicia Tate graduated from George Washington Preparatory High School in June 1992. She joined the Navy at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center located at Naval Station Long Beach on August 30, 2001 and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Chicago, Illinois for Non Prior Service Accession Training on April 04, 2002. Upon completion of Boot Camp and Accession Training, she returned to the Reserve Center where she remained a drilling reservist until her move to Las Vegas in June 2003. After affiliating with the Reserve Center located at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, she was assigned to the Naval Coastal Warfare Group One, Detachment Delta unit. This assignment led to her being asked to provide Administrative support for their 34th Squadron which was comprised of the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare and Inshore Boat Unit’s. On July 30, 2006, YN2 Tate was involuntarily mobilized with Naval Coastal Warfare Group One, in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and was assigned as the Defense Travel Manager for Naval Coastal Warfare Group One at Naval Outlying Landing Field, Imperial Beach, California until April 3, 2008. After her mobilization she returned to the Reserve Center in Las Vegas where she joined the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Detachment Golf unit.

In September 2008, she began to volunteer as a Funeral Honors detail member until she was asked to come back onto Active Duty for Special Work as the Funeral Honors Coordinator for the Navy Operational Support Center, Las Vegas in November 2010, where she continues to serve and has participated in over 1,622 funeral details. On July 29, 2013, LS2 Tate was appointed by Governor Sandoval, State of Nevada, as a member of his Advisory Committee for the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Southern Nevada and on December 18, 2013 was also appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Veterans’ Service Commission. LS2 Tate has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (fifth award), Good Conduct, Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal (second award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with “M” Device), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal.

Sally Wiley

Sally Wiley was born in Winnemucca and has lived in Gardnerville since 2001. She attended Merritt Junior College in Oakland, California, and retired from the investment industry. Mrs. Wiley is a member of Carson Valley SERTOMA, Douglas County Republican Women, the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, Gold Star Mothers of America, Sierra Nevada Blue Star Mothers, and St. Gall Catholic Church. She also volunteers for the Army National Guard, Carson Valley Food Closet, St. Gall Women’s Society, and St. Gall Catholic Church. She is married to James Wiley and is the mother of three sons, Sean Diamond (deceased), Michael Diamond and Jason Diamond, and is a grandmother of nine. Her son, Staff Sergeant Sean Diamond, was killed by an improvised explosive devise while serving his third tour in Iraq in February 2009. Mrs. Wiley is very pleased with her appointment and says, “My way of honoring Sean is to continue working with the soldiers, their families, and the veterans.” She was appointed as a member of the general public.