Office of Analytics - Staff Listing

Kyra Morgan
State Biostatistician
Kyra Morgan is the State Biostatistician for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  She works closely with all the Divisions within DHHS as the principal consultant to advise program management on data for decision making and data-driven projects.  Kyra plans, organizes, and directs research studies and methodologies for program evaluation throughout DHHS.  She serves as technical leadership to 29 Analysts within DHHS.  Kyra hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She also holds certifications from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA), and from the SAS Institute as a Certified SAS Programmer.
Andrea Rivers
Health Program Manager II
Andrea is the Manager for the Office of Analytics.  She is responsible for daily and project management within the Office of Analytics.  Andrea has been with the Division of Public and Behavioral Health within the Department of Health and Human Services since 2003.  In that time she has worked as a Biostatistician as well as a Program Manager with oversight to a number of Public Health programs focused on the health of families, women and children in Nevada.
Dave Goldstein
Statistician II for DCFS

Dave is a Statistician II in support of the Division of Child and Family Services.  He has been with the State since 2017.  Dave compiles and analyzes data, responds to ad hoc requests and completes a number of monthly and quarterly reports so that the State can accurately maintain data for the children and families involved with various State programs.  Dave also leads a workplace engagement committee which sponsors monthly activities for the Office of Analytics.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UNR.  Dave has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1999.  He enjoys skiing and going to the beach with his family.  Dave is married with two children, ages eight and ten.

Jen Thompson
Behavioral Health Data Manager
Jen is a Behavioral Health Data Manager who oversees the reporting of data related to mental health, as well as substance abuse treatment and prevention, including the opioid epidemic.  She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Public Health from UNR.  Jen has been with the State for eight years, working the entire time in Analytics.  She enjoys working with data to apply logic toward making policies and decisions.  In her spare time, Jen enjoys biking, tennis, racquetball and hiking.  She places a high value on happiness and tries to find the good in all situations. Jen and her husband have three daughters and live in Carson City.
Vacant
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Biostatistician
Henry Agbewali
Mental/ Behavioral Health Biostatistician

Henry is a Data Analyst for Mental and Behavioral Health within the Office of Analytics.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics (Statistics Option) from UNR.  Henry has been with the State since 2017.  He lives in Reno with his family.

Sneha Ravikumar
Health Program Specialist
Sneha is a Health Program Specialist with the Office of Analytics.  Her work involves collection, analysis, validation and Federal reporting of Treatment Episode Data Sets (TEDS) to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Sneha has spent the past 24 years in the following fields: teaching, materials testing, regulatory development, regulation of licensed bodies and regulated materials, grants management, database management, data analysis and reporting and development of policy and procedures.  Sneha has two Master’s Degree in Chemistry.  She lives in Carson City with her husband and three children.
Vacant
Criminal Justice Biostatistician
Vacant
Opioid Biostatistician
Jeff Stroup
Economist III over Eligibility, Vital Records and Health
Sandra Ochoa
Women Infants and Children (WIC) Biostatistician
Sandra is a Biostatistician for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  She has been with the state for more than three years.  Sandra provides data from the WIC program to the State related to health assessments, participant profile data, food issuance and food purchasing.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Degree (Dietetics focus), and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology focus).  Sandra’s family lives in Reno.  She has two younger brothers and two dogs named Cocoa and Mookie.  Sandra loves to cook and eat.
Mina Mahmoudi
Economist I

Mina is currently working as an Economist I with a focus on Medicaid data.  She has been with the State since 2017.  Mina has a PhD in Economics from UNR.  She emigrated from Iran to the United States six years ago to continue her education.

Vacant
Reportable Conditions Biostatistician
Carmen Ponce
Cancer Registry Biostatistician
Carmen has been with the State for more than a decade.  She spent her first five years working with communicable disease data, and as the State Influenza Coordinator.  Carmen currently works as a Cancer Registry Biostatistician where she focusses on data quality, data analysis and data dissemination.  Before joining the State, she spent six years training to become an M.D.- General Practice, and two years in a fellowship to obtain a Medical Specialty in preventive approach to medical diagnosis and treatment.  Carmen also spent two years in the Mexican National Public Health Institute, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a major in Health Resources Administration.  Carmen’s family lives in Carson City and in Mexico.
Jonathan Kotchevar
Cancer Registry, WHC and Colorectal Cancer Analyst
Michelle Khau
Influenza and Syndromic Surveillance Analyst
Helen See
Chronic Disease and Wellness Biostatistician
Helen is a Chronic Disease and Wellness Biostatistician.  She has been with the State since 2017.  Helen is responsible for producing reports from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) and for supporting chronic disease program staff.  Helen has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health from UNR, with an emphasis in Epidemiology.  Helen lives in Reno and enjoys spending time exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  She plays soccer in the Summer and snowboards in the Winter.
Amy Lucas
Health Resource Analyst II over HIV/STD
Amy currently works as a Health Resource Analyst II overseeing HIV/STD data analytics.  She has worked for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services since 2014 as a Health Resource Analyst focused on vital statistics.  Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.  Upon graduating, she spent the next ten years conducting field studies.  Amy moved to Nevada in 2009, returning to school and completing a Master’s Degree in Biology in 2012.  She enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Jesse Wellman
Health Facilities, Sentinel Events and Lead Biostatistician
Jesse is a Biostatistician II and has been with the State since 2016.  He is currently focused on Healthcare Quality Compliance (HCQC) issues, including the Sentinel Events Registry Program and Healthcare Acquired Infections NHSN.  Jesse has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology.  Prior to his current role, Jesse worked as a Statistician II for the Division of Child and Family Services within the State of Nevada.
Douglas Banghart
Health Resource Analyst II
Doug is a Health Resource Analyst II.  In his current role, Doug collects and evaluates immunization data from the Immunization Information System, known as NV WebIZ.  Doug attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  Prior to his current role, Doug worked in the following positions: Community Health Nurse for DPBH and Washoe County, Clinic Manager at Carson City Health and Human Services, Program Manager for DPBH (Immunization and HIV Programs) and as a Health Program Specialist (Immunization and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs).
Alana Woodbury
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Analyst

Alana is an early Hearing Detection and Intervention Analyst.  She works with newborn hearing screening data, which she tracks in the State Vital Records System.  This is Alana’s first position with the State of Nevada.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology from Brigham Young University.  Alana is a Carson City native.

Melissa Madera
NV Early Home Visiting Analyst
Melissa is a NV Early Home Visiting Analyst.  She administers the NV Home Visiting Data System along with marriage data reporting activities.  Melissa also serves as the Continuous Quality Improvement lead for these efforts.  She has worked for the State since 2009.  Melissa has an Associate’s Degree from Truckee Meadows Community College.  She enjoys spending time with her ten year old son, who is a talented baseball player.  They can be found at the baseball park or at the beach in Tahoe.  Melissa also likes cooking and binge watching TV shows.
Isaac (Verl) Humphreys
Economist III
Verl is an Economist III focusing on Analytics related to Medicaid.  He has been with the State since 2016.  Verl has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and a PhD in Economics which is from UNR.
Vacant
Medicaid Management Analyst III
Yurie Liu
Economist II
Yurie is an Economist II and is focused on advanced analytics for Medicaid data.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from GBC and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from UNR.  Yurie has been with the State of Nevada since 2015.  Since joining the State, she has worked as a Data Analyst, as a Biostatistician and as an Economist.
Sandra Atkinson
GIS Specialist, SSDI Analyst

Sandra currently works as a Health Resource Analyst II with a focus on spatial analysis of all things health related.  She has an Associate of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has taught various GIS courses at Western Nevada Community College.  Sandra has worked at the State for a total of seven years, including five as a contractor and the last two years as a full-time employee.  She has been working with GIS programming software since 2002.  Sandra loves what she does and enjoys the part she plays in improving access to healthcare for all Nevadans.

Mark Ma
Medicaid Analytics Intern
Alexia Benshoof
Management Analyst IV over DCFS Data
Alexia is a Management Analyst IV in support of the Division of Child and Family Services.  She has been with the State for more than five years.  Alexia leads a team who compiles and analyzes data, responds to ad hoc requests and completes monthly and quarterly reports so that the State can accurately maintain data for the children and families involved with various State programs.  Alexia has a Master’s Degree in English, and has taught in the U.S. and abroad.  She is an avid reader.
Stephen Dotter
DCFS Management Analyst I
Stephen is a Management Analyst I in support of the Division of Child and Family Services.  He has been with the State for two years.  Stephen compiles and analyzes data, responds to ad hoc requests and completes a number of monthly and quarterly reports so that the State can accurately maintain data for the children and families involved with various State programs.  Stephen was born and raised in Philadelphia, a good place to be from.  Before joining the State, Stephen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and completed a 22 year career with the U.S. Navy where he retired as a Chief Petty Officer, one of the highest ranks available to an enlisted person.  Stephen also spent 15 years in the private sector, working as a Product Manager in the Telecom industry.  Stephen is married and enjoys life in Dayton with his wife and two small dogs.
Jane Dreiling
Administrative Assistant III