Executive Team


Amy Roukie
As the Administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Amy Roukie envisions DPBH as the backbone of the health care systems serving the state. She believes she has the responsibility of ensuring and improving access to both behavioral and public health programs statewide; improving education, outreach and safety for all health-related activities provided to Nevadans and those visiting the state; and to assure the best use of public funding through federal, state and local resources.

Amy has extensive experience working with health and human services programs, specifically within DPBH programs. To the administrator role, she brings more than 30 years of focused, high-level experience in operations and finance in public and private sector. Her passion, commitment, and high energy will ensure support for the persons served by DPBH.

Amy’s experience working with the community also provides for a connection to those who are struggling and in need of help, as she understands the challenges of dealing with the systems in place. Her history of work with the Nevada Legislature and budget committees in a senior Fiscal Officer (ASO), Bureau Chief, and Deputy Administrator capacities, as well as her experience presenting and defending budgets and administering programs in compliance with statutory obligations, uniquely qualifies her for this position.

Amy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration/Health Care Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Administrative Services Branch

Deputy Administrator

Clinical Services Branch

Edward Ableser, CPC, Ph.D.
Deputy Administrator
Eddie Ableser is the DPBH Deputy Administrator for Clinical Services. He has served the State of Nevada as the Administrator for the Aging and Disability Services Division and as Director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment at the Nevada Department of Education. Prior to coming to Nevada, Eddie was appointed to one term in the Arizona State Senate and then elected to three terms as a State Representative and one term as State Senator from the 26th District in Arizona. He has worked as a mental health counselor for his own practice in Arizona, assisting clients in treatment, prevention, empowerment and remediation; and as a mental health counselor for several school districts in Arizona.

Eddie attended Arizona State University, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice and Social Inquiry; a Masters of Counseling; and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Chinese.

Community Services Branch

Julia Peek, MPH
Deputy Administrator
Julia Peek is a native Nevadan, born and raised in the Carson Valley. She went to school at Douglas High School, then went on to the University of Nevada, Reno to get her Bachelor's Degree in Health Ecology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies and a Certificate in Gerontology. Julia moved to Seattle to get her Master's Degree in Health Services Administration with a focus on Rural and Underserved Communities at the University of Washington. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute and is currently enrolled in the state's Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program.

Julia has been with DPBH since 2006, starting as a health resource analyst and then was promoted to the manager of the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology (OPHIE). During her public health career thus far, Julia has received several awards for her work, including the Dr. John E. Worden Award for excellence in public health from the University of Nevada, Reno and the Public Health Leader of the Year and Public Health Advocate of the Year from the Nevada Public Health Association.

Julia lives with her husband and three children in Reno.

Regulatory and Planning

Joe Pollock
Deputy Administrator
Joe Pollock has been a Nevada resident since 1972 and is a Carson High School graduate. He attended the University of Nevada Reno, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. After college, Joe received a commission with the U.S. Navy and served as a surface warfare officer, completing tours on the USS Lang (FF-1060) and USS New Orleans (LPH-11). After close to five years of extensive travel with the Navy, Lt. Pollock resigned his commission to return to the Silver State.

Joe has been with DPBH since 1993, starting with the Public Health Engineering Program (now NDEP’s Bureau of Safe Drinking Water), transferred to the Environmental Health Section and then was promoted to program manager. In all, he has more than 23 years of experience in regulatory programs. Joe has served as the deputy administrator for Regulatory and Planning Services since November 2015.

Outside of work, Joe enjoys fishing, camping, golf, fast-pitch softball and is one of the oldest players competing in the Reno/Tahoe NABA baseball league.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John DiMuro
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. DiMuro was named Nevada's chief medical officer July 1, 2016. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and prior to joining state service was the medical director of pain services for the Sierra Surgery Hospital in Carson City. Dr. DiMuro obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to receiving his DO, he obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University. He was the Chief Resident at Georgetown University Hospital and the Chief Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

As chief medical officer, Dr. DiMuro is directly responsible for enforcing all laws and regulations pertaining to public health throughout Nevada. This includes interpreting, implementing and providing guidelines for the State Board of Health, and public and private entities on federal and state laws and Board of Health regulations. He also investigates causes of disease, epidemics, sources of mortality, and other matters impacting public health.
Last Updated: 10/3/2017