Carson City Staff
Chief of Staff
In his role as Chief of Staff, Mike Willden brings more than forty years of experience in state government to the Governor’s office. He most recently served as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a position he held since July 2001, having first been appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn, reappointed by Governor Jim Gibbons, and appointed again by Governor Brian Sandoval. In that capacity, he was responsible for oversight of the largest department in Nevada state government, managing approximately 5400 employees and 29% of the state’s budget. A native Nevadan, Willden earned a degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University.
Daniel is a fifth-generation Nevadan who grew up in Henderson, Nevada. After graduating from Green Valley High School, Daniel attended Brigham Young University, graduating cum laude with a BA in history in 2001. In 2005, he received his Masters in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After that, he attended law school at the University of Chicago and graduated in 2008.
After law school, Daniel and his family moved back to Nevada, and he began practicing law. In his practice, he has focused on election law, administration law, government relations, and civil and constitutional litigation.
During the 2015 General Session of the Nevada Legislature, Daniel served as chief policy advisor to Speaker John Hambrick, Majority Leader Paul Anderson, and the Assembly Republican Caucus.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Mary Jane and their 2 children, collecting and reading books, cheering on UNLV sports, and traveling.
Special Assistant to the Governor
Mari Nakashima St. Martin
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Morris received his law degree from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, and graduated with honors from Nevada State College where he was an editor of the college newspaper. He most recently served as a Speechwriter and Research Assistant in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Dean Heller. Morris previously worked in Las Vegas as a representative in Heller’s local Congressional and Senate offices.
Cesar O. Melgarejo
Veteran's Policy Analyst
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Cesar
Melgarejo served as a Program Administrator with the Governor’s Office of
Economic Development (GOED). He previously worked as an Outreach
Specialist with the local VA Hospital, where he provided transition assistance
services and outreach services to veterans, active military, reserve, and
National Guard members. Melgarejo is also a veteran of the U.S. Army,
where he served two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Melgarejo
graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s in Criminal
Justice and is currently a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Public
Boards & Commissions Officer
Prior to joining the governor’s staff, Haag spent the past 15 years as a customer service leader. She has had held several customer service leadership roles with Southwest Airlines. Most recently she was a small business owner in Carson City.
Executive Assistant to Mike Willden, Chief of Staff
Linda Fitzgerald began her state career in 1997 with the Office of the Governor under Governor Bob Miller. She also served during the Guinn administration as Executive Assistant to the Senior Policy Advisor, General Counsel, Chief of Staff, and as the northern Nevada Constituent Services Director. She went on to serve as the Executive Assistant to Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and personal secretary to Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams during the 2015 Session of the Nevada Legislature.
Prior to working in state service, Linda worked in the medical and legal fields. She holds degrees in Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and Paralegal studies. Linda enjoys arts and crafts, watercolor painting, and Lindy Hop.
Elyse Monroy serves the Office of the Governor as Health and Human Services Policy Analyst. Elyse has served the State’s constituents in the past by working at the federal level working for Congressman Mark Amodei and the local level working for the Nevada Association of Counties. Elyse is also engaged in her community. She is an active volunteer and member of the board for the Community Food Pantry in Sparks. Elyse is a proud fifth generation Nevadan and graduate of the University of Nevada.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining the governor’s staff, Brooks was with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. She was responsible for processing all civil lawsuits and documentation that came into the civil office. Before the Sheriff’s Office, Brooks spent 13 years in the private sector as an administrative assistant in a medical testing company. Brooks has been in Nevada for over 20 years and has raised two children. One of which is a Correctional Officer in California and another who lives in North Carolina with her daughter and husband who is in the end stages of becoming a Green Beret with the United States Army.
Native Nevadan Jaqueline Pierrott was born and raised in Carson City. She began her state service at the The Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation working in the Unemployment Division and has experience with the Employment Security Division at JobConnect. Prior to joining the governor’s staff she worked in the Office of the Secretary of State serving in The Customer Service Division as well as The Executive Division. Pierrott is a graduate of Carson High School and is currently working toward a degree in Business Administration.
Constituent Services Program Officer
Prior to joining the Governor’s staff, Litz spent more than 14 years as a photojournalist with Sierra Nevada Media Group. She graduated from Douglas High School and has a degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Pam Robinson previously served as the Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki which included the overall management of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration. In addition to her state service, Pam has extensive federal experience having held positions in the offices of United States Senators Dean Heller and John Ensign and Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich. She was the Congressional liaison for the U.S. Forest Service and has coordinated several Lake Tahoe Summits during her career.
Las Vegas Staff
Annalyn Bo Carrillo
Southern Nevada Office Manager
Carrillo, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, began working in the Governor’s office as intern in 2003 and shortly appointed to staff by Governor Kenny C. Guinn. Appointed as Southern Nevada Director of Constituent Services in Governor Gibbons’ office in 2007, Carrillo also served internships in the offices of then-Attorney General Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Bruce Botelho of Alaska.
Southern Nevada Outreach Coordinator
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Mendez was the Transportation Manager for the City of Glenwood Springs, Colorado where she oversaw the city’s public transit system. A long-time resident of Nevada, Mendez has worked in varied faces of government including her tenure with a contractor to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Clark County.
Before joining the Governor’s office, Beck was employed as a ER Admitting Representative for the Valley Health System. Previous experience includes 14 years in customer and client services with Medco.