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

Debi Reynolds
Deputy Administrator
Debi Reynolds is the Deputy Administrator of Administrative Services. Debi 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.

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

Ross Armstrong
Deputy Administrator
Ross Armstrong is the DPBH Deputy Administrator for the Regulatory and Planning branch. He previously worked as Deputy Administrator of Juvenile Services with sister agency Division of Child and Family Services. Prior to joining the Department of Health and Human Services, Ross represented the legal interests of Nevada children and families as a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General. With the AG's office, he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes specializing in domestic violence, sex offenses, and child sexual abuse in Nye, Esmeralda, and Mineral counties.

Ross graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He then went on to graduate with his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in Oregon in 2010, and he is a current member of the State of Nevada Bar Association. He advised We The People teams at Hug (Reno) and Reed (Sparks) high schools in 2013 and 2011, advising teens in citizenry and Constitution competitions. Ross is a longtime advisor for the Boy Scouts of America and himself earned the honor of Eagle Scout in 2002.

Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer
Last Updated: 11/8/2017