Deputy Director of Programs
Department of Health and Human Services
Dena Schmidt serves as the Deputy Director of Programs for the Department of Health and Human Services. Dena oversees the Director’s Office programs, including the Grants Management Unit, IDEA Part C Office, Tribal Liaison Office, Office of Consumer Health Assistance, Office of Minority Health, and Nevada 2-1-1. She also serves as liaison for the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and assists with program coordination amongst the five Divisions. She most recently served as the Medicaid Specialist for the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) and formerly served as the Chief of Supportive Services for the Division of Aging and Disability Services (ADSD). Dena has extensive experience in research, policy development and system design relating to public assistance programs. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.