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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

Ross Taylor
Cabinet Secretary

Ross Taylor was named Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Administration on January 3, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as Acting Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Administration since February 23, 2012. His other state positions included State Comptroller / Director of Finance and Deputy Director of Finance.

Secretary Taylor has also worked as the Project Manager for the OASIS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, for which he remains as the chairman of the OASIS Steering Committee.

Secretary Taylor earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from West Virginia State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Marshall University. Residing in Ripley, Secretary Taylor is married and has three children.

Cedric Greene
Deputy Secretary

Cedric Greene serves as deputy secretary of the Department of Administration. In this position, he assists the cabinet secretary in overseeing and providing direction for the operation of the agencies under its authority. Additionally, he assists with all personnel matters as they relate to the department.

Previously, Mr. Greene worked as chief of staff for the Secretary of State’s Office and as deputy executive director for the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority within the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. 

For more than 20 years, he served in the United States Marine Corps, stationed on both coasts as well as Okinawa, Japan as a gunnery sergeant. Mr. Greene's last years of service focused on every recruiting duty station in West Virginia, including the recruiting station in Hurricane.

Since 1987, he has served on numerous boards including the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and has also participated in the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program since 1995.  Mr. Greene has recently been assigned to the Governor's Committee for the Purchase of Commodities & Services from the Handicapped as well as the position of chairman for the Wes Virginia Veteran’s Council. 

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.

Christopher Harich
Deputy General Counsel

Christopher Harich was named the Department of Administration’s Deputy General Counsel in October of 2011.Prior to his appointment, Harich served 18 months as a governance and rule of law advisor for the U.S. Department of State in Afghanistan where he was embedded with U.S. Army units. Prior to this position, Harich served as the assistant general counsel for state Department of Health and Human Resources and has also practiced private law with a Charleston firm.

Harich received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 and was admitted to practice law by the West Virginia State Bar the same year.  He has a bachelor’s degree in science and finance from Louisiana State University.

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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