Executive Team

Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement

Steve Canavero, Ph.D.

Dr. Canavero will oversee the Department’s offices and programs most directly aligned with improving student achievement: Assessment, Program Accountability and Curriculum; Career, Technical and Adult Education; and Educational Opportunity. As the former Director of the State Public Charter School Authority, Canavero brings years of experience working in public education at the state level. He also has a background in evaluation and planning and worked as a teacher and principal. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Canavero earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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.

Director of Educator Effectiveness

Dena Durish

Dena Durish will be responsible for the operations of the Department’s offices and programs aligned with improving educator effectiveness: Teacher Licensure, the Nevada Educator Performance Framework, 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 currently serves 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.