Executive Team

Interim Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement

Janie Lowe

Effective September 4, 2015 Lowe will serve as Interim Deputy Superintendent and will oversee the Department’s offices and programs most directly aligned with improving student achievement: Assessment, Data & Accountability Management; Career Readiness, Adult Learning & Education Options; Early Learning & Development; Special Education; Standards & Instructional Support; and Student and School Supports. Lowe's previously held position with the Nevada Department of Education was Director over the Office of Student and School Supports.
After 13 years as a Special Education teacher in Nevada schools, Lowe came to the Nevada Department of Education in 2000 to serve as the Early Childhood Education Consultant.  While at the Department, she has also served as the State Title I Director and the Office of Student and School Supports Director, responsible for overseeing programs that support diverse student populations and underperforming schools.  A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Lowe earned her M.A. in Education/Child Life Health from Mills College in Oakland, California.

Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services

Mindy Martini

Martini spent the last 16 years working in Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) in both the Research and Fiscal Analysis Divisions, where she has worked with education budgets and policy.  She developed the program to carry out the duties of the Legislative Bureau of Educational Accountability and Program Evaluation, and has staffed many education funding, governance, and oversight committees during her years with LCB. She has also worked for the State Division of Mental Health and in the private sector. A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Martini earned an M.A. in Program Evaluation from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness & Family Engagement

Dena Durish

Dena Durish is responsible for the operations of the Department’s offices and programs aligned with improving educator effectiveness and family engagement: Educator Licensure, the Nevada Educator Performance Framework, Parent Involvement & Family Engagement, Title II-A and Professional Development, and the Commission on Professional Standards. Durish has a long history with the Clark County School District, where she served as Coordinator of the Employee Onboarding and Development Department. She has also worked in higher education and was a teacher. A graduate of Indiana University, Durish earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment

Edward Ableser, Ph.D.

Edward Ableser, director of the Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment, has an extensive background in politics, education, and psychology. After growing up in Los Angeles, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan (and living in China for one year in high school), Edward attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he earned two Bachelor's degrees (Political Science and Chinese), a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, and a PhD in Justice and Social Inquiry. While working on his graduate degrees, Edward taught courses at ASU on multi-culturalism, justice theory, public policy, and statistics. Dr. Ableser was appointed to the Arizona State Senate at age 26, followed by a 10-year stint in the House of Representatives and the Senate, where he was a legislative champion for excellence in education, mental health policy, and extensive anti-bullying legislation.  

Edward has fifteen years of experience serving as a licensed professional counselor, coaching children, parents, and families through the effects of depression, anxiety, and many other mental-health disorders. His passion to create learning environments for all children that are safe, effective, and free of the insidious effects of bullying comes from years of experience of working with adults and children suffering long-term repercussions from childhood trauma. The Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment is dedicated to providing an education environment to all Nevada students that is free of bullying and cyberbullying. The office will establish programs and training to prevent, identify, and report incidents of bullying and cyberbullying and monitor compliance of school districts with the program. The office will also administer a new grant program that provides funding to place social workers or other licensed mental health care workers in schools.  

Dr. Ableser and his wife, Hilary, share a passion for their alma mater, outdoor activity, and their two children, Brielle (4) and Zachary (2). They reside in Reno, Nevada.

Management Analyst III

Lauren Hulse

Lauren Hulse is responsible for providing assistance to the Superintendent in the conduct of studies, research, and analysis of the Department’s policies and programs. This includes coordinating legislative analysis, developing guidance memoranda, helping to collaborate across the Department’s offices to implement programs, and overseeing the development of the Department’s regulations. She previously was the Director of the Charter School Association of Nevada where she became well versed in Nevada’s education policies. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Hulse earned her juris doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law.