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Department of Administration
Building 1, Room E119
1900 Kanawha Blvd East
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone 304-558-4331
Fax 304-558-2999
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 Office of Cabinet Secretary

Jason Pizatella
Acting Cabinet Secretary

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 positions including Acting Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Revenue, Deputy Commissioner of the State Tax Division, and counsel to the State Senate Committee on Government Organization and Committee on
Finance.  Mr. Pizatella continues to represent the Governor as his designee and Chairman of the Parkways Authority, Water Development Authority and the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.  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
General Counsel

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.

Diane Holley-Brown
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.

Kim Nuckles
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, Nuckles worked in a private sector law firm for 11 years.

Joyce Jones
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

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.

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