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Our Team

Our Team

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

“I believe that when workforce training is done correctly, it presents the shortest path out of poverty and into meaningful careers for anyone willing to put in the work.”

Executive Director

Craig von Collenberg serves as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN). Craig is a passionate workforce development professional dedicated to OWINN’s mission to help drive a skilled, diverse, and aligned workforce in the state of Nevada by promoting cooperation and collaboration among all entities focused on workforce development.

He is a product of these types of programs, having completed a five-year apprenticeship through Sheet Metal Local 88 in Southern Nevada. As a skilled craftsperson, he found a passion for mentoring new apprentices and eventually made a new career in the classroom as an instructor for the Sheet Metal Training Center. This career shift allowed him to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in Labor Education and eventually his Master of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. Utilizing the skills learned through his degree training and experience teaching, Craig took on the role as Director of Apprenticeship Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. At the college, he worked with students directly as an advisor and counselor, helped design and implement innovative training systems, and partnered with existing apprenticeship programs to provide degree pathways for apprenticeship students.

"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 Strategic Data Manager, 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 the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation. She brings over 30 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 performes 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 Nevada. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the OWINN office!

"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 the 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.