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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.
Henry Agbewali
Biostatistician II, Mental/ Behavioral Health

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.

Sandra Atkinson
Health Resource Analyst II, 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.

Douglas Banghart
Health Resource Analyst II, Immunizations Program
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).
Linda Barnes
Management Analyst III, Medicaid
Alexia Benshoof
Management Analyst IV over DCFS Data
Alexia is a Management Analyst IV in support of the Division of Child and Family Services.
Laurel Brock
Biostatistician II, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Laurel is a Biostatistician focusing on Opioid Abuse in the State of Nevada.  She has been with the State since 2016.  Laurel worked previously as a Statistician for the Department of Public Safety where she was responsible for aggregating and analyzing crime statistics gathered from all law enforcement agencies in Nevada.  As a Statistician, she contributed to the following publications: the 2016 and 2017 Crime In Nevada Annual Report, and the NIBRS transition website entitled NVCrimeMapping.com.  Laurel lived in South Lake Tahoe for 25 years where she raised three incredible children.  She recently married and relocated to Carson City.
Sara Byers
Health Resource Analyst I, Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) Program
Sara Byers is the Health Resource Analyst I for the Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) Program. She is responsible for supporting the data needs of the EHDI program, and for generating data reports for the program and its stakeholders. Prior to working for the EHDI program, Sara worked as a Program Coordinator for two programs within DPBH, firstly the Connecting Kids to Coverage Program and then the Tobacco Prevention Program. She also worked as a Project Evaluator for the Heart Disease Prevention and Diabetes Prevention and Control programs. Before working for the State, Sara completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno. In her spare time, Sara enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking and rock climbing, and is an avid traveler.   
Stephen Dotter
Management Analyst I, DCFS
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
Isaac (Verl) Humphreys
Economist III, Medicaid
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.
Michelle Khau
Health Resource Analyst II, Communicable Diseases and Syndromic Surveillance
Amy Lucas
Health Resource Analyst II, 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.
Melissa Madera
Health Resource Analyst II, Early Home Visiting
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.
Carmen Ponce
Biostatistician II, Cancer Registry
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.
Mavis Quansah Amissah
Biostatistician II, Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Mavis is a Biostatistician for the WIC program. She has a Master’s Degree in Statistics from Northern Arizona University. She recently moved from Columbus, Ohio to Reno where she lives with her family.
Sneha Ravikumar
Health Program Specialist, Substance Abuse
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.
Helen See
Biostatistician II, Chronic Disease and Wellness
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.
Jeff Stroup
Economist III over Supportive Services (Eligibility, Medicaid, GIS)
Jen Thompson
Health Program Specialist II over Special Populations, 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.
Jesse Wellman
Biostatistician II, Health Facilities, Sentinel Events and Lead
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.
Jie Zhang
Biostatistician II, Maternal Child Health
Jie is a Biostatistician focusing on Maternal Child Health.  She received a Master’s of Science Degree in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa in 2005.  Jie and her husband moved to Reno from Iowa City in 2007.  They enjoy living in Reno with their lovely daughter.