DCNR Leadership

Bradley Crowell

Director, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bradley Crowell was appointed as the Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2016. A native of Carson City, Nevada, Crowell has nearly 20 years of experience in energy and environmental policy at the state and federal level. His professional experience includes working for multiple Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, including former Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator Richard Bryan; and for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington D.C., and most recently serving as Assistant Secretary for Congressional, Intergovernmental, and External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

 


Jim Lawrence

Deputy Director, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Jim Lawrence became Deputy Director in 2015, previously serving as Special Advisor to the Director and before that as the Administrator of the Nevada Division of State Lands. Jim currently represents the Department on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Jim has more than twenty years of resource protection and land use planning experience in Nevada. He has been responsible for coordination of Nevada’s environmental improvement efforts at Lake Tahoe, implementation of a multi-agency statewide conservation and natural resource protection grant program, efforts for the protection of Nevada’s sagebrush ecosystem, administration of the Conservation District program, and served as Executive Officer for the Nevada State Land Use Planning Agency.

 


Dominique Etchegoyhen

Deputy Director, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Dominique became a Deputy Director in 2017. Prior to working for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Dominique co-founded a land use consulting firm dedicated to protecting and enhancing natural and cultural resources in Nevada. Dominique is licensed to practice law in Nevada and California, and served as a law clerk to Judge Howard D. McKibben in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. Dominique is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Golden Gate University School of Law, where he was a Member and Editor of the Law Review, and received the Faculty Award for Academic Excellence in Environmental Law. Prior to his legal career, Dominique worked in Washington, D.C., as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Richard H. Bryan.

 


Greg Lovato

Administrator, Division of Environmental Protection

Greg Lovato was appointed administrator of the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection in 2017. He joined the Division as Remediation Branch Supervisor in 2006, and has served as the Deputy Administrator, overseeing the Division’s Corrective Actions, Industrial Site Cleanup, Mining, Waste Management, and Department of Energy oversight Programs, and previously as the Chief of environmental cleanup programs.  He serves on the NV Petroleum Fund Board to Review Claims and represents Nevada on the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board. Before working for the Department, he spent 14 years as an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, where he worked in the hazardous waste, permitting, enforcement and hazardous substance cleanup programs, including six years at the Cal/EPA Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Greg is licensed as a professional civil engineer in Nevada and California. 

 


Jason King, P.E.

State Engineer, Nevada Division of Water Resources

Jason joined the Nevada Division of Water Resources as a Hydraulic Engineer in 1991.  Since that time, he has worked as Chief of the Engineering and Dam Safety Section, Chief of the Water Rights Section, Deputy State Engineer and was Acting State Engineer before being appointed to Nevada State Engineer in 2010. The State Engineer’s Office is responsible for the appropriation, adjudication and regulation of all waters within the state, and has oversight of water well drilling activities, dam safety, water planning and floodplain management. Jason has negotiated on Nevada’s behalf on numerous interstate water disputes, is a member of the State Environmental Commission and served on Governor Sandoval’s Drought Forum.

 


Kacey KC

State Forester/Firewarden, Nevada Division of Forestry

Kacey KC was appointed State Forester/Firewarden in 2018.  After college, she became a Peace Corps volunteer, spending two years doing community forestry work in Nepal.  Kacey started her career with NDF in 2002 as a seasonal for the nursery and seedbank program then moved to the resource program as the Staff Specialist for Community Protection. She spent more than ten years working collaboratively with state, local and federal partners in the fuel reduction program before moving into the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program. There she worked with partners, landowners and other industry to find a collaborative and sustainable approach to sagebrush ecosystem management in Nevada.  Kacey went back to Forestry in 2015 as the Deputy Administrator of Operations, managing the natural resource, wildland fire, aviation and conservation camp programs.  

 


Charles Donohue

Administrator and State Land Registrar, Nevada Division of State Lands

Charlie has served as the Administrator and State Land Registrar since his appointment in 2014.  He started his state service in 2001 with the Conservation Districts Program, prior to joining the Nevada Tahoe Resource Team in 2003.  He was the Water Quality Program Specialist on the team and later the Tahoe Program Manager, coordinating the implementation of the Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) for Nevada. Charlie has conducted resource inventory and restoration work from southern Vermont and New Hampshire to the Eastern Sierras.  He relocated to Nevada in 1999 from Kenya East Africa where he worked as a Natural Resource Consultant.

 


Robert Mergell

Acting Administrator, Nevada State Parks

Bob Mergell is currently the Acting Administrator for Nevada State Parks. He began as a seasonal Park Aid at Floyd Lamb State Park near Las Vegas while attending college, and after serving in the United States Marine Corps, then working at Glacier National Park, he became a Park Ranger at South Fork State Recreation Area in 1995. Since then, he has worked as a Ranger at Lahontan State Recreation Area, as a Park Supervisor at Wild Horse State Recreation Area, as State Park’s Northern Regional Manager, and most recently, as the Deputy Administrator before becoming Acting Administrator in October, 2018. 

 


Rebecca Palmer

Administrator, State Historic Preservation Officer

Appointed in 2013 to the position of Administrator and State Historic Preservation Officer, Rebecca has also served as both the Deputy and as the Review and Compliance Officer for the State Historic Preservation Office since 1994. In those two prior positions, Palmer consulted and coordinated with 38 federal agencies, state agencies and governmental divisions, municipalities, regional authorities, and private property owners to assist those parties in complying with federal laws and regulations (primarily the Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966), state statutes and, in select instances, with regional planning ordinances around Nevada.  Prior to her employment with the State, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service as an Assistant Forest Archaeologist at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada for two years, and managed the cultural resources program for the Eldorado National Forest for five years.  

 


Kristin Szabo

Administrator, Natural Heritage Program

Kristin Szabo joined the Nevada Natural Heritage Program in 2009 to fill a temporary position as a Climate Change Biologist. In this capacity, she conducted climate change vulnerability assessments for more than 350 wildlife species to inform the Nevada Wildlife Action Plan revision. Kristin joined the Program permanently later that year as a Biologist where she primarily maintained data on a variety of native plant and wildlife species. Kristin was appointed Administrator of the agency in 2015. Prior to joining NNHP, Kristin lived in southern California and worked for 10 years as a Senior Biologist and Project Manager for a private environmental consulting firm in Orange County.

 


Kelly Williams

Administrative Officer IV

Kelly Williams began her career with the State of Nevada within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Protection in March of 1998.  Kelly has worked in multiple areas within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, including the Division of Environmental Protection (Bureau of Waste Management, Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation, Bureau of Water Pollution Control, and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund program), the Division of Forestry, and the Director’s Office.  Kelly took a three year detour to the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs before coming back in August 2014 to her current home in the DCNR Director’s Office as the Chief Fiscal Officer for the Department.