DPBH Leadership

Interim Administrator

Lisa Sherych
Interim Administrator
Lisa Sherych has over 20 years of experience supporting and advocating for individuals with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities.  She started state service in August 2000, primarily serving in Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement roles within Developmental Services and Behavioral Health under the Department of Health and Human Services.


She has also worked as an Executive Branch Auditor in the Division of Internal Audits under the Governor’s Finance Office, and as the Agency Manager of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health where she was responsible for a 30-bed inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Outpatient Behavioral Health Services. 

In August 2017, Lisa was appointed Deputy Administrator of Developmental Services for the Aging and Disability Services Division. She was responsible for statewide developmental services provided through Desert Regional Center (DRC) to include DRC’s state-run Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ICF/IID), Rural Regional Center (RRC) and Sierra Regional Center (SRC). 

In April 2019, Lisa was appointed as the Interim Administrator for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies, Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is Green Belt certified in Lean Six Sigma.

Administrative Services Branch

Debi Reynolds
Deputy Administrator - Administrative Services
Debi Reynolds has served the State of Nevada for 20 years, most recently as an Executive Branch Budget Officer in the Governor’s Finance Office where she served as the budget analyst for Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, Division of Child and Family Services, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange and the Department of Veterans Services.

Prior to this, Debi worked for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health for 15 years as an Administrative Services Officer, Budget Analyst, Management Analyst and Executive Assistant. Debi’s extensive experience with DPBH includes budget planning and development, financial analysis and reporting, budget oversight and management, budget reconciliation, cost allocation, development of indirect cost rates, contract management, regulation adoption and executive support to the State Board of Health.

Community Health Services

Beth Handler, MPH
Deputy Administrator
Beth has worked in public health for almost 20 years. In addition to overseeing the programs in the Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness, she has also worked with Nevada’s Public Health Preparedness, Community Health Nursing, and Ryan White programs. Beth has a Master’s degree in Public Health (International Health/Epidemiology), Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University. While working at Emory, she also traveled across Southeast Asia and Europe coordinating international colloquiums for the Business School. She is a graduate of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute.

Disease Prevention and Investigation

Deputy Administrator

Regulatory and Planning

Margot Chappel
Deputy Administrator - Regulatory and Planning Services
Margot Chappel is the DPBH deputy administrator over the Regulatory and Planning Services Branch, which includes programs that oversee health facility inspection, environmental health, medical marijuana regulation, emergency preparedness, radiation control and more.

Margot started with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services in 2006 as the Head Start State Collaboration Office Coordinator in the Director’s Office. Her work led to the creation of the Office of Early Learning and Development (now housed within the Nevada Department of Education) before she took a role with the Aging and Disability Services Division where she developed provider certification standards for early intervention service providers and led quality assurance efforts for programs providing developmental services, and services for people who were aging or had physical disabilities. Most recently Margot was the manager of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program and then the Primary Care and Health Workforce Development Office, where she researched topics regarding funding, best practices, national trends and other information needed to address health care disparities related to primary health care.

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with an associate’s degree in prekindergarten education and bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, Margot earned a Master of Science degree in human services in 2015. Margot lives in Sparks with her husband and dog Rowan. She and her husband have five grown children between them and six grandchildren.

Chief Medical Officer

Ihsan Azzam, Ph.D, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ihsan Azzam oversees public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities. He advises state and local health authorities, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, and provides professional education, guidelines, clinical updates and recommendations to prevent, control and contain disease outbreaks. Dr. Azzam represents Nevada on state and national forums, advisory bodies, and academic institutions, and he coordinates investigations and surveillance activities among state, local and federal agencies.

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from Cluj University of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He also holds a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography from the University of Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a CDC Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the Penn State College of Medicine. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2010. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 National Sheppard Award for Excellence in Epidemiology.

Medical Epidemiologist

Stephanie Woodard, Psy.D.
Dr. Stephanie Woodard is the State Mental Health Authority and the Single State Authority for Substance Abuse. She provides oversight and quality assurance to behavioral health providers statewide; designs, plans, funds, and implements systems of care, including behavioral health prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support services; establishes funding priorities for behavioral health services and supports through close collaboration with communities and stakeholders; evaluates outcomes of behavioral health interventions; and guides policy and financing options across the Department of Health and Human Services.

State Biostatistician

Kyra Morgan
Kyra Morgan is the State Biostatistician for the Department of Health and Human Services. 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.