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

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

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.
Last Edited: 12/22/2017