Brooke Santina took over as Executive Director for Nevada Day on Jan. 1. The former director of the nonprofit, Ken Hamilton, informed the Nevada Day Board in December he would not be returning after holding the position for over a decade, according to a Dec. 31 press release. “Brooke brings experience and new energy to Nevada Day. We are certainly looking forward to having her on our team,” Bobby Bean, Nevada Day Board President, said in a statement. Nevada Day is a registered nonprofit that oversees the celebration of Nevada’s statehood, including the annual parade that occurs the last week of October in Carson City. A native Nevadan, Santina previously worked as a deputy sheriff and public information officer for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office for over 13 years, as well as a public information officer for nearly four years for the Nevada Department of Corrections, among other roles.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a published novelist. “No other state celebrates their birthday like we do in Nevada.” Santina said in a statement. “The parade is a fun reminder every year of our history and culture. I’m thrilled to be a part of it."