DHCFP Leadership


Marta Jensen
Marta Jensen has been with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for 22 years, beginning in social services with the Nevada State Welfare Division as an eligibility caseworker for AFDC, Food Stamps and Medicaid. During her 14 years with the Welfare Division, Marta was also a hearings representative, eligibility system trainer, quality control specialist, child care program specialist, child care systems analyst and the program manager for the Energy Assistance Program. In 2007, she transferred to the Medicaid Division where she held numerous oversight roles and also was appointed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as the Region IX representative for the Fraud and Abuse Technical Advisory Group (TAG) where she co-chaired a national work group on provider enrollment and screening. In 2014, Marta was promoted to the Deputy Administrator of Administrative Services at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health where she was responsible for executive oversight of the accounting and budget, contracts, information systems and human resources units. In late August 2015, she was named the acting administrator for the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, also known as the State Medicaid Office.

Deputy Administrator

David Stewart
David Stewart has been with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for over 10 years, beginning with the Nevada State Welfare Division the Deputy Administrator of Information Systems supporting the automated technology used for SNAP, TANF, Child Care, Child Support, Energy Assistance programs and Medicaid eligibility determination. At the end of 2016 David transferred to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. David is now responsible for the Medicaid management Information System (MMIS), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) activities and the establishment and development of a departmental data analytics program to provide decision support for all of Health and Human Services. 

Deputy Administrator

Shannon Sprout
Shannon is a member of the leadership team responsible for 285 employees and a $8 billion biennial budget in state and federal funds. She is responsible for the management of programs, including the Managed Care Organizations, Fee for Service, Health Care Guidance Program, and District Offices. Shannon began state service in 2013 as a policy specialist for the Division, with a focus on services for children and adolescents. Here responsibilities expanded in 2016 when she promoted to Chief over medical coverage policies, and most recently promoted to Deputy Administrator. In addition, she serves as the Medicaid representative on the Nevada Interagency Coordinating Council. Shannon comes to the state with a background in early education and care and over 13 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector working with socio-economic disadvantaged children and families. Shannon received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Nevada Reno.

Deputy Administrator

Cody Phinney
Ms. Phinney is a Nevada native, and has been in State service since 1998. Ms. Phinney has a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration; as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Cody started with the mental health programs doing quality assurance. She has been an agency manager and managed the Federal Community Mental Health Services Block Grants. She has an extensive background working in health and human service programs, including program and division oversight at the executive level in Nevada State government.  Cody has developed a strong background in program oversight, quality assurance and performance improvement.

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Salm
Karen has worked in and around the State of Nevada since 1997. First as a consultant for the implementation of the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System’s computer system and then as the Operations Officer of the Public Employees’ Benefits Program bringing the plan from a deficit into a surplus. Prior to that, Karen worked within the University of California Davis in various roles: retirement and benefit program project manager, Surgical Intensive Care nurse, as an internal consultant reengineering the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, writing contracts for services and research collaborations for the Campus, and subsequently as the Administrative Officer (AO) of the School of Medicine and University of California Davis Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department. In her AO role, she had over 100 employees and 30 physicians located at 15 different sites funded by federal, state, grant and private sources working in clinical, administrative and research positions. In her most recent positions she was a revenue cycle consultant performing audits of hospital systems, hospitals, FQHCs, CAHs, clinics and medical groups identifying operational issues and missteps requiring changes, updates, and reimbursements. Karen has also managed joint ventures and investments for a medical group, funding these efforts with the group’s retirement funds with the expectation that profits were payable at retirement. In addition, in her various roles, Karen has implemented small and large systems including electronic medical records.
Last Edited: 8/3/2017