DHCFP Leadership


Marta Jensen

Marta Jensen has been with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for 24 years, beginning her career in social services with the Nevada State Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. During her 14 years with the Welfare Division, Marta was an eligibility worker, 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 Division of Health Care Financing and Policy where she held numerous oversight roles in Surveillance and Utilization Review, Provider Enrollment, Hearings, Medicaid Estate Recovery, Division Compliance and Program Integrity. In addition, she 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 the Affordable Care Act provider enrollment and screening regulations and processes.

In 2014, Marta was promoted to Deputy Administrator of Administrative Services at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health within the HHS Department where she was responsible for executive oversight of the accounting and budget, contracts, information systems and human resources units. In late August 2015, she returned to the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy as the Medicaid Administrator.

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

Ellen Crecelius
Ellen Crecelius served the last four years as the Deputy Director for Fiscal Services and Information Technology at DHHS, providing oversight of the six divisions on budget development and management, contracting, and other fiscal issues. Ellen also oversaw the department’s data analytics efforts. In previous DHHS positions, she coordinated caseload data, developed caseload forecasts, and undertook research and statistical analysis of policy and fiscal issues. Ellen holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Health Economics and Public Finance. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Davis, with majors in Economics and Russian.