Special Assistant and Project Manager
Holly Balmer serves as lead project manager on HSS initiatives and as professional aide to the Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences. She develops and has fiscal oversight of the HSS budget. Balmer also conducts policy research in support of legislative relations related to health care, coordinates internal and external academic conferences, task force and ad hoc committee meetings and retreats, researches and prepares written and visual materials for presentations and researches, compiles, and prepares background information needed by the Vice Chancellor for meetings, reports and various projects. She also played a major role in the former Health Sciences System Foundation by developing and overseeing its budget and worked closely with Trustees on statewide initiatives.
Prior to joining NSHE Health Sciences, she worked at a major research university in New York in human resources and in its school of public health. Her areas of expertise are in project management, strategic planning, organizational development and change, facilities planning, event planning, and classification and compensation.
Balmer earned her bachelor’s in public administration from SUNY and is currently working on attaining her master’s degree in public administration from UNLV.
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
Eileen Biosi serves as the executive assistant to the vice chancellor of the HSS, joining the organization in 2007. She also serves as the office manager for Nevada System of Higher Education Las Vegas office, and as an assistant to the chancellor. Prior to joining the HSS, Eileen worked for five years at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and before that at an Investment Management firm on the east coast. Eileen has a certificate degree in Business Management from St. John Fisher College.
Manager of Public Affairs
Tessa Stewart has been with the HSS since early 2007, currently working in a part time capacity in a government and public affairs and communications role. Tessa works on communication and messaging strategies for the Health Sciences Systems for both internal and external audiences, including a monthly newsletter to a wide audience highlighting the work of the HSS and the health science programs from the individual higher education institutions. She previously worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Harry Reid in a longtime communications and media advisory role.