Dwayne McClinton joined the Governor’s Office of Energy as Director in February 2023. Prior to joining GOE, Mr. McClinton spent five years in public affairs and policy at Southwest Gas and has more than 15 years of operations management and government relations experience in energy and renewable energy. McClinton served as the North American Field Operations Manager for Titan Renewables, as the Regional Operations Manager for Gamesa North America, and as a Staff Project Manager at Granite Services. Additionally, McClinton worked at Clipper Wind Power, First Wind, and at Shiloh Wind Farm and is a U.S. Marine veteran.
With 14 years of public service experience in state government, local government and academia, Denise Frohlich joined the Governor’s Office of Energy (GOE) as deputy director in July 2022. Most recently, she served as interim administrator for the Nevada Grant Office and deputy administrator for Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records, where she led budgeting, hiring, operations and grant management staff and procedures. In her role as interim administrator for the Grant Office, she led and prepared the office through its transition from the Department of Administration to the Governor’s Office, including direction of the division’s budget, hiring and onboarding of a new team, development and implementation of policies and procedures, and mission development. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor in Western Nevada College's Organization and Project Management program. Prior to state service, she served in leadership roles in several higher education institutions in both Nevada and Texas. She holds a Master of Science in Leadership and Project Management from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Adelphi University.
Ms. Wickham joined the Governor's Office of Energy in February 2015. As Program Manager she oversees the Renewable Energy Tax Abatement Program, Revolving Loans, DEAL and serves as a C-PACE resource for the State of Nevada. Prior to joining GOE, Ms. Wickham ran a paralegal business for 7 years, where she specialized in bankruptcy and served attorneys across the United States. She is a Certified Contract Manager and has expertise as an interpreter and document translation. She attended Western Nevada College and has an Associates Degree in Applied Science.
Management Analyst III
Ms. Helget joined the Governor's Office of Energy in December 2019. Prior to joining GOE, she worked for the Department of Taxation for 14 years with a recent assignment as an Audit Supervisor over the Tax Abatement and Tobacco Audit Programs. She holds a Certificate in Supervisory Management from the Nevada Certified Public Manager Program. Ms. Helget lives in the Carson City area with her husband Tim and enjoys spending time outdoors competing in events with her horses, camping, fishing, and golfing.
Management Analyst III
Lorayn Walser joined the Governor's Office of Energy in December 2019 as a Management Analyst III. She is responsible for organizing and implementing Energy Office programs, including the PerformanceContracting Audit Assistance Program, the Emergency Assurance and Emergency Operations plans, and support for Nevada Electric Highway projects. Prior to joining GOE, she was with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, and implemented the Emergency Management Performance Grant statewide. She previously worked for the Nevada State Office of Energy from 2006 to 2012, where she was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of the Green Building Rating System (LEED) and associated tax abatement program, the Renewable Energy Tax Abatement program, and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Ms. Walser holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Jose State University and is a veteran of the U.S. Army and California National Guard.
Grants and Fiscal Manager
Ms. Long joined the Governor’s Office of Energy in October 2020 as Grants and Fiscal Manager. She is responsible for a variety of fiscal functions relating to both federal grants and day to day operations. Ms. Long has 10 years’ experience with the State of Nevada, and prior to joining GOE worked for the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Karen is a State of Nevada Certified Contracts Manager.
Management Analyst III
Jeanne joined GOE in 2022 as a management analyst, and her responsibilities include the development and adoption of appliance standards, helping to administer the HEROS program, and to assessing opportunities to advance of Nevada’s energy infrastructure for a clean, energy efficient, reliable, and resilient future. She was born and raised in Carson City and holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and psychology and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Administrative Assistant IV
Alyssa Ortiz joined GOE in October 2022 as an administrative assistant, supporting the office and all program areas through a variety of administrative duties. Prior to joining state service, she was a sales representative for a packaging company in Reno. Alyssa has eight years of administrative experience and is currently working toward an associate degree in business administration at Southern New Hampshire University. She is a new mom, and in her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, watching her brother play baseball, shopping, and trips to Lake Tahoe.