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A person posing for the camera  Description generated with very high confidenceDirector, Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler-Garner

Dr. Tiffany-Tyler Garner was recently appointed Director of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) by Governor Steve Sisolak.  In this capacity, she serves as a member of the Governor’s cabinet overseeing the daily operations of DETR which includes more than 1,000 staff members in several offices throughout the state. Prior to becoming director of DETR, Dr. Tyler-Garner served as served as the chief executive officer of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Nevada since August 2016.  In her capacity at CIS, she oversaw services provided to 68,000 students in 63 schools statewide including programs highlighting workforce development, youth development, reentry, and diversion. Prior to her service at CIS of Nevada, she was chief operating officer at Nevada Partners where she was tasked with overseeing the administration of programs and services addressing Southern Nevada’s at-risk-adults and youth populations. Dr. Tyler-Garner holds doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a Master of Science degree in Counseling, from California State University, Northridge; and a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Tyler-Garner’s research interests include dropout prevention, district and school reform, youth development, and program evaluation.

DETR Deputy Director:
Dennis Perea

Dennis PereaDennis Perea, Deputy Director for DETR,  is charged with overseeing the department's workforce development initiatives in support of the state's demand-driven business occupations.  Mr. Perea has responsibility for ensuring quality delivery of the state's employment and training, and enforcement programs.  He has executive oversight of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation Division, Research and Analysis, operations and financial management, as well as human resources and public affairs support services.  He previously served as Administrator for the Equal Rights Commission.  He began his employment with the State of Nevada in January of 2007, working for DETR as the Chief Internal Auditor.  After his enlistment in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Perea graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Administrator for the Employment Security Division
Renee Olson

Renee OlsonRenee Olson serves as Administrator for the Employment Security Division.  Ms. Olson was appointed to this position in January 2012 and has been with DETR since 1994.  Prior to her appointment as Administrator of the Division, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the department.  As administrator, she is charged with the oversight of the Stateís Unemployment Insurance Program, which is responsible for the collection of employment taxes and the payment of benefits.  She is also charged with the Stateís Employment and Training Services which include the federal Wagner Peyser, WIA, Trade, and VETS programs and an employer funded program called the Career Enhancement Program (CEP).   Employment Security programs offer job placement and training opportunities that assist businesses in meeting their employment needs and job seekers in returning to work through the Stateís workforce investment system, Nevada JobConnect.  Prior to her service with DETR she was a Certified Financial Institutions Examiner for the state of Nevada for several years after having worked in banking early in her professional career.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Public Manager.

Chief Economist for the Research and Analysis Bureau:  William Anderson

William Anderson

William Anderson has served as Chief Economist for the Research and Analysis Bureau since October 2006. In this position he supervises the labor market and economic research activities of a staff of 30; administers the Bureauís $4 million budget and provides useful analyses to departmental senior staff, other executive branch managers, public policymakers, the general public, and the media. Mr. Anderson earned his Masterís Degree from Wayne State University and his Bachelorís Degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Andersonís office is located in Carson City.

Administrator for the Nevada Equal Rights Commission:  Kara Jenkins

Kara JenkinsKara Jenkins serves as Administrator to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC).  As Administrator, Miss Jenkins oversees the processing of employment discrimination complaints relating to race, national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age (over 40), disability, and gender identity or expression, as well as complaints of discrimination in public accommodations and housing.  The Nevada Equal Rights Commission has offices in Reno and Las Vegas, and Miss Jenkins  oversees a staff of 15 from both offices.  She also provides outreach training to companies and community groups to help equip them to prevent discrimination.  Miss Jenkins was an appointee of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before serving the State of Nevada as Ombudsman for Common-Interest Communities and now NERC.  Miss Jenkins graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.A. in Sociology, and with distinction from Loyola Law School, New Orleans for her clinical work at Loyola's Law Clinic.

Administrator for the Rehabilitation Division:  Shelley Hendren

Shelley HendrenShelley Hendren was appointed Administrator of the Rehabilitation Division in 2013,  after serving the past three years as Administrator for the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.  As administrator for the Rehabilitation Division, Ms. Hendren oversees Nevadaís vocational rehabilitation and blind enterprise programs which seek to  improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She  also oversees the state's determination of claims for Social Security  disability and supplemental security income. Ms. Hendren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Park University with a B.A. in Communication Arts, and a Journalism Minor degree.  Ms. Hendren graduated in 2012 from the nationally recognized Certified Public Manager program, "Managing Government in Nevada."  Ms. Hendren was one of only 3 percent of applicants chosen to join the United States Peace Corps in 1998.

Administrator for the Information Development and Processing Division:  Dave Haws

Dave HawsKimberly Gaa serves as the Information Development and Processing Division Administrator.  In this capacity he oversees information technology and automated computing activities for DETR.  These activities include maintaining the DETR telecommunication network, supporting production databases and business applications, managing the hardware infrastructure, and completing strategic technology projects.  Prior to joining DETR in 2003, Dave consulted and managed technology units and projects in the private and public sectors.  Mr. Haws obtained a Bachelorís Degree in Business Administration from Boise State University, Boise Idaho with an emphasis in accounting and data processing.  Mr. Hawsí office is located in Carson City.


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