DPBH Leadership


Julie Kotchevar, PhD
Julie Kotchevar has extensive experience working within the field of health and human services programs, particularly in the field of children and adults with disabilities. She has worked nationally and internationally for over 15 years to create efficient and agile systems that can skillfully respond to the changing needs of consumers while also ensuring that services are person centered, ethical, appropriate, and evidence-based. Within Nevada and nationally she has worked with state programs to identify and repair broken and inefficient systems. Internationally she worked to develop systems in several countries including primary and maternity care in central China, basic health and assessment services in rural parts of Indonesia, and early intervention systems for children and families in the Southern Sudan.

Julie has served in the Nevada state system as an Executive Branch Auditor, the Clinical Program Manager of Nevada Early Intervention Services, and as the Deputy Administrator of Aging and Disability Services Division before joining the Director's Office as the Deputy Director.

Julie has recently completed her Doctorate in Health Policy Planning and Analysis, has a Master's degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education.

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

DuAne L. Young, MS
Deputy Administrator
DuAne L. Young has 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral and public health working previously in the areas of criminal justice, community mental health, substance abuse, drunk driving prevention and education. He has worked previously in the public sector in Indiana for eight years beginning as a mental health evaluator within the county courts and leaving as Assistant Administrator for the Court Drug and Alcohol Program within State Court Administration. He worked in the private sector in various capacities including overseeing the project development and implementation strategy of the 2013 publication of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria. Within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services he has served within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health as the Tobacco Program Coordinator, Director’s Office as the Health Policy Analyst and the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy as the Chief of Behavioral Health and Pharmacy Services.

DuAne received his B.S. in Family Studies from Miami University and M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also ABD status in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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 mentored, "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: 4/18/2018