Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Jason Pizatella as Acting Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Administration on October 1, 2014. Prior to serving in this capacity, Secretary Pizatella was Governor Tomblin’s Deputy Chief of Staff and liaison to the State Legislature.
Within state government, Mr. Pizatella has served in various leadership positions including Acting Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Deputy State Tax Commissioner, and counsel to the State Senate Committee on Government Organization and Committee on Finance. Mr. Pizatella represents Governor Tomblin as his designee and Chairman of the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council and West Virginia Parkways Authority. In his role as Secretary of Administration, Mr. Pizatella is Chairman of the PEIA Finance Board and State Personnel Board while also serving as a member of the Consolidated Public Retirement Board, Regional Jail Authority, and Capitol Building Commission. The Council of State Governments recently named Mr. Pizatella as a 2014 Henry Toll Fellow where he participated in one of the nation's premier leadership development and training programs for state government officials
Before beginning his tenure in state government, Mr. Pizatella practiced law in the private sector. A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Mr. Pizatella is a 2007 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and a 2004 graduate of the West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
Robert Paulson was appointed General Counsel for the Department of Administration in September 2009. Prior to his appointment, he was an attorney in private practice at a prominent firm in Charleston, WV, and served as Assistant General Counsel for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Mr. Paulson is a native of Washington, D.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia in 1989 and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1994. He received the degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2002, Order of the Barristers.
Mr. Paulson was admitted to practice law by the West State Bar in September 2002, and is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Director of Communications
Diane Holley-Brown has served as the communication director of the Department of Administration since 1992. She oversees all communication and public relations efforts for the department, including internal and external communication, publications, press releases, marketing strategies, and media relations.
Additionally, Ms. Holley-Brown serves as the Assistant Director of the West Virginia Purchasing Division for the Department of Administration, where she manages the Communication and Technical Services section. This section includes communication, technology, professional development and training, and administrative services.
With more than 28 years of state government experience within the Department of Administration, Ms. Holley-Brown earned a bachelor's degree with honors in journalism from Marshall University and a master’s degree in organizational communication from West Virginia University.
Donna Lipscomb Spano
Executive Coordinator / Legislative Liaison
Donna Lipscomb Spano joined the Department of Administration in February 2001. Her responsibilities include serving as the legislative liaison for all agencies within the department, the department's Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator, the department's Recycling Coordinator, the chairperson for the department’s Employee of the Month Committee, the department's Records Management & Preservation Coordinator, the state representative to the Charleston Renaissance Board, and the state’s Sick Leave Buy-Back program manager.
Ms. Lipscomb Spano is involved with multiple committees and organizations, including the Design Build Board, Employee Suggestion Award Board, West Virginia Hate Crime Task Force, and the West Virginia Mansion Preservation Foundation Board of Directors. She is a past member of the Charleston City Council.
State ADA Coordinator
Kim Nuckles was named the Department of Administration’s ADA Coordinator in June of 2012.
As the State ADA Coordinator, Nuckles’ responsibilities include advising, consulting and collaborating with state and federal agencies to develop comprehensive policies and programs. She will also develop, implement and monitor a statewide program to assure compliance with the federal ADA.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Nuckles worked in a private sector law firm for 11 years.
Executive Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary
Carol Nichols joined the Department of Administration as the Executive Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary on December 1, 2014.
Prior to this role, Ms. Nichols worked for four years as the executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. She began her career in state government in December 1994 as the Administrative Secretary to the General Counsel in the Department of Revenue. During her tenure at the Department of Revenue, Ms. Nichols tracked legislation for the entire Department and its 10 agencies for over fifteen years. She also provided staff support for the Governor’s Committee on Fair Taxation, the Economic Development Grant Committee, and the Tax Modernization Project.
Ms. Nichols grew up in Dayton, Ohio, but has lived in Charleston since 1978. She has two sons and a granddaughter.
Executive Secretary / Paralegal
Joyce Jones has worked for the Cabinet Secretary’s office since November 2006 as the paralegal for the Cabinet Secretary’s general counsel. She also currently serves as the Executive Secretary and Office Manager for the Secretary’s office.
Born in Scranton, PA, Ms. Jones moved from Buffalo, NY, to West Virginia in 1977. She attended Huntington Business College and began her career as a court reporter. Ms. Jones has also worked as a legal secretary for a private legal practice, a prominent corporate firm, and as a legal assistant for a local personal injury firm before coming to work for state government.
Anita Allen, an Office Assistant II, has been serving as a receptionist for the Cabinet Secretary's office since February 2008. Her duties include answering the telephones, preparing the daily schedules, filing, gathering information on all new employees hired in the department each month, and serving as secretary of the department's Employee of the Month committee.