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Our Team

All members of our Las Vegas-based team can be contacted via our office phone, 702-486-8080.

"My vision for the future is one where all students have access to a quality education regardless of their zip codes." 

Executive Director

Manny Lamarre serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN) and a member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. OWINN has the mission of creating a skilled and aligned workforce by engaging with public and private entities to design career pathways, scale registered apprenticeships and work-based learning, manage the state’s longitudinal data system, promote and implement policies that strengthen the education and workforce system. At OWINN, Manny has authored several reports to inform policy, provided leadership on various workforce legislation, and the restructuring of the state apprenticeship system, which has seen the expansion into new high-demand industries.  

Prior to his appointment, Manny served as a Public Policy Fellow in the Governor’s Office and has worked in several states as a teacher, policy advisor, and an administrator at a foundation. Manny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from Wittenberg University, and a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was the recipient of the Class Marshal Award for leadership and service to the Harvard community. He also holds a certificate in Educational Leadership and Management from Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy. Manny holds a design patent and enjoys writing and competitive sports.  

"Nevada is anticipated to have 630,000 open jobs by 2024. Registered Apprenticeships are a way to not only provide Nevada with the skilled workforce it needs, but also allows employers to produce their own talent and provides apprentices with education and careers they can be proud of. I am dedicated to expanding opportunities to all industry and to all Nevadans."

State Apprenticeship Director

Erin Hasty serves as the State Apprenticeship Director where her primary duties are expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship (RA) opportunities in Nevada. In her role she works with employers to create RA program; promotes the benefits of RA to industries that are in high-growth, high-demand areas; provides outreach to communities and stakeholders across the state about RA benefits to both employers and apprentices; oversees the operation of registered programs and serves as Secretary to the Nevada State Apprenticeship Council.

Hasty is a third-generation Nevadan and holds her M.A. in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College and her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.

"As a native Nevadan, I cherish the opportunity to contribute to an office that strives to improve the education, workforce, and economic conditions of the state to help Nevada flourish."

Strategic Data Manager

In his role as Senior Economist, Zachary Heit works with the state longitudinal data system (SLDS), known as NPWR, which links data between K-12 education, post-secondary education, and the workforce. He works with stakeholders and the NPWR Advisory Committee to administer and maintain the SLDS, develop a longitudinal research agenda, and use data and analytics to evaluate and recommend education to workforce policies and initiatives. At the inception of OWINN, Heit worked as a program officer and prior to joining OWINN, he was an Education Fellow in the Office of Governor Brian Sandoval. A Las Vegas native and graduate of Chaparral High School, Heit received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Iowa and a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Outside of OWINN, Heit is Program Director for the American Legion Nevada Boys State program and plays rugby with the Las Vegas Irish Rugby Football Club.

"I am inspired to work on OWINN’s mission to promote and expand Registered Apprenticeships as it is not only an economic necessity but a way to bring a sense of purpose and dignity to people’s lives."

Policy Analyst

As OWINN’s Policy Analyst, Andres utilizes his background and experience in public policy and education to conduct research and analysis on workforce development-related issues facing Nevada. As the State Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator, Andres provides vital research and administrative assistance to help expand apprenticeship programs and opportunities across the state. Additional duties also include serving as the Board Liaison to the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and representing OWINN at various public events. Andres holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. 

The work I do is important to me because at OWINN we believe A Skilled and Diverse Workforce Strengthens all Nevadans

Executive Assistant

Joan Finlay is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation. She brings over 30 plus years of administrative experience to the table with expertise in organization and correspondence.  Joan provides technical and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, conferences, workshops and performed general administrative duties.  She enjoys this diverse experience and feels privileged to work with the organization and people to make a difference.

Joan is deeply committed to ensuring a successful workforce for the New Nevadans. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the OWINN offices!

Registered Apprenticeship is important because you can explore new ways of working and take the road less traveled to progress in the career path that you desire

Assistant Coordinator

Dionna Luckett is an Assistant Coordinator at OWINN, where she is a liaison between Registered Apprenticeship programs and the State of Nevada. Her Role includes certifying apprentices, making sure registrations are completed in a timely fashion and also verifying that apprentices are registered with the State of Nevada in order to obtain work.

"I believe that all Nevadans deserve access to quality educational and training programs. They are essential elements to individual and community prosperity.  In Northern Nevada, as OWINN’s representative, I work with academic and business organizations to create innovative workforce opportunities."

Northern Nevada Policy & Community Strategist

Based in Northern Nevada, Caryn Swobe serves as the Regional Strategic Specialist, connecting local economic development authorities, educational organizations/institutions and businesses to provide work-based learning experiences and employment for Nevadans.