Deputy Director – Silver State Industries, Acting Public Information Officer, Acting Medical Administrator
Deputy Director William “Bill” Quenga is responsible for Silver State Industries, the self-supporting industrial program within the Nevada Department of Corrections. Quenga oversees several operations within multiple prisons, where inmates make furniture, restore automobiles, screen print, embroider, sew and more. He is dedicated to creating quality products, while preparing offenders to re-enter society with job skills and a sense of pride in their work.
Quenga has been with the Nevada Department of Corrections for 23 years, 20 of which he has worked for Prison Industries. He started as a Correctional Officer in 1995 and in time promoted to PI Supervisor II and subsequently to PI Marketing Coordinator, where he handled all aspects of Prison Industries. He now leads prison industries while also acting as Public Information Officer.
Quenga has attended and completed several Lean Manufacturing Programs, Industry Standards programs, and the National Institute of Corrections Directors Leadership Program. As a member or National Correctional Industries Association, he works with other Correctional Industries Directors nationally and internationally on improving Correctional Industries Practices. Quenga brings to his job previous experience in the private sector as well as working with federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Quenga is a member of the Goodguys Hot Rod Association. His hobbies include working on classic cars, bowling and spending time with his family.
He is a Marine Corps veteran.
Deputy Director - Operations
Deputy Director Brian Williams is a native of Southern California. In 1990, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Public Relations/Communications from the University of Illinois. Shortly after graduation, Williams began his law-enforcement career as a Court Detention Officer in Sangamon County. He later transitioned to the Illinois Department of Corrections Juvenile Division. He worked in the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) for 12 years in various capacities serving both male and female youth and adult offenders in all custody levels.
During his tenure with Illinois DOC, he worked in pivotal positions including Shift Commander of the Operation Center, Leisure Time Service Supervisor and Clinical Services Supervisor. Mr. Williams has also attended numerous training seminars across the country and achieved various certificates from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Illinois Correctional Association (ICA) and American Correctional Association (ACA).
In 2005, Mr. Williams accepted the position of Associate Warden at Southern Desert Correctional Center with the Nevada Department of Corrections. As a result of his dedicated service to the Department, he was promoted to Warden in October of 2006. He later went on to become Warden of High Desert State Prison. As Warden, he worked closely with classification in developing the Caseworker Manual, Mental Health Operational Procedure/Manual, Education Operational Procedure/Manual, Re-Entry and worked with various community partners in enhancing programming opportunities for inmates returning to the community in the Southern Nevada area. With over 29 years of experience in the corrections industry, Williams is aptly prepared for this new role as the Deputy Director of Operations.
James K. Jones
Jones is responsible for criminal investigations, professional responsibility, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and security threat group identification, management, and support servinces. These responsibilities ensure accountability within the Nevada Department of Corrections while maintaining professional ethics and standards and bringing those engaged in criminal, disruptive, and dishonest behavior to justice. He was selected as Inspector General in November of 2019. Starting his career with the Nevada Department of Corrections in September 2000 as a Correctional Officer promoting to Senior Correctional Officer and soon after promoted to Criminal Investigator in the Office of the Inspector General. In 2017, he promoted to Supervisory Criminal Investigator. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Chief – Human Resources
Chief Leathers is responsible for human resources operations, to include employee development and payroll. She joined NDOC in December 2016 as Human Resources Manager and was promoted to Chief of Human Resources in May 2019. Chief Leathers has an extensive background in human resources both in the public and private sector. She served in HR roles at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and worked with 10,000 employees on compensation, FMLA, workers compensation, compliance, recruiting, labor and employee relations, and events.
Since joining NDOC, Chief Leathers has been instrumental in bringing cohesiveness between HR teams located throughout the State. She looks forward to bringing the “human” back to human resources and rebuilding position relationships at every level within NDOC.
Dr. Michael Minev
Dr. Michael Minev has been Medical Director for the Nevada Department of Corrections since October 2018. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Minev has practiced in Southern Nevada since 2009. Prior to working at the Nevada Department of Corrections, Dr. Minev was the medical director of the Henderson Detention Center and worked for the private sector and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Minev completed his medical training at Ben-Gurion University in Israel and residency training at Mount Auburn Hospital a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Acting Deputy Director - Programs
Acting Deputy Director - Support Services