• May 21, 2022
  • 9:02 AM

NDVS Leadership

Fred Wagar - Director

The NDVS Director oversees and manages the department, which is responsible for the oversight of two State Veterans Homes, two State Veterans Cemeteries, as well as an array of programs, grants and initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of Nevada’s veterans, service members and their families.

He has been with the Department since 2017. He served as the Deputy Director for the Nevada Department of Veterans Services prior to accepting appointment as the Director.

Director Wagar is a U.S. Army veteran. He initially served as a Combat Engineer prior to changing his military occupational specialty to Military Intelligence Linguist/Interrogator. Following service, he served as a National Service Officer with the Disabled American Veterans, then as a Rating Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wagar is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Contact: Wagarf@veterans.nv.gov
Contact: chavezl@veterans.nv.gov

Amy Stephenson - Deputy Director of Healthcare Services

Amy Stephenson oversees the Nevada Department of Veteran Services (NDVS) two State Veterans Homes which provide 24-hour skilled nursing care. Stephenson also oversees all NDVS health and wellness programs as well as the department’s initiatives, which  includes suicide prevention as well as healthcare provider education and training regarding military sexual trauma and presumptive conditions.

Stephenson’s career in State government spans nearly two decades. She is known for her strong track record in successfully managing and building highly productive teams, improving business processes, directing budget planning initiatives, developing compliance measures, and reducing error rates.

For the past 25 years, Stephenson has been a strong advocate for those with disabilities and remains passionate about healthcare and equity within the disabled community. She is a U.S. Navy veteran who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is also a graduate of the State of Nevada’s Certified Public Manager’s program.

Contact: Garlanda@veterans.nv.gov

Deputy Director of Benefits - VACANT

The Deputy Director of Benefits oversees the following:

  • Northern and Southern Veterans Memorial Cemeteries
  • Veterans Advocacy and Support Team
  • Community Outreach Team
  • Emergency Management Operations

Contact: Chavezl@veterans.nv.gov

Terri Hendry - Communications Director

Media Members: Please call 775-771-2800

Terri Hendry joined NDVS as Communications Director in December of 2016. Terri has spent more than a decade in strategic communications, public relations, and public affairs for private companies, public entities, and advertising agencies. Previously she spent more than 25 years in media serving as a main anchor for the Reno, ABC-affiliate, KOLO-Channel 8 and as an investigative reporter at the Reno, NBC-affiliate, KRNV-Channel 4. She is an award-winning broadcaster and an inductee in Nevada’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Terri received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a specialty in Public Relations.

Contact: Hendryt@veterans.nv.gov

Contact: rizof@veterans.nv.gov