Patrick Cates was appointed as the Director of the Nevada Department of Administration (D of A) by Governor Brian Sandoval, effective September 14, 2015.
In Patrick’s capacity as D of A Director, he oversees 10 Divisions, 577 employees, and an annual operating budget of nearly $300 million. The Divisions under Patrick’s direction include: Administrative Services; Enterprise IT Services; Fleet Services; Hearings and Appeals; Human Resource Management; Public Works; Purchasing; Risk Management; State Library, Archives and Public Records; and the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management.
Before accepting the position of D of A Director, Patrick served as Deputy Director of the Department of Wildlife for six years and managed administration and support functions to include budgeting, contracting, grants management, facilities management, information technology, engineering, personnel, and operations. Patrick has extensive experience working for the State of Nevada including the Departments of Cultural Affairs, Health and Human Services, Administration and Motor Vehicles. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Click here to read the Oct. 3, 2015 Las Vegas Review Journal article about Director Cates
Lee-Ann Easton was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Administration in February 2016. Prior to this appointment, Lee-Ann served as Administrator of the Department of Administration’s Division of Human Resource Management since December 2011. In addition to her strong background in project management, operations and budgeting, Lee-Ann brings with her nearly 27 years of experience in human resources. Lee-Ann's strong background in all aspects of human resources including employee relations and development, recruitment, training, workplace investigations, personnel hearings, and employee associations relations, will help elevate the critical role of human resources to the Director's Office level. Additionally, Lee-Ann has served on several boards, committees and professional human resources organizations during her career and has gained a thorough knowledge of personnel statutes and regulations. She previously held positions with the Public Employees Benefits Program and Department of Personnel and was a Personnel Officer for the Department of Administration.
Evan Dale has served the State of Nevada for ten years in senior financial positions. Prior to joining the Administrative Services Division, Evan worked for the State Public Works Board for seven years as Deputy Manager. His private sector experience includes a variety of staff accounting positions with fortune 500 companies and Controller positions for high-tech and construction industries. In 1990, Evan earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. In 1991, he was designated a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois and in 1993 he earned the Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) designation.
Administrator and Chief Information Officer
Shanna Rahming served as the interim EITS Administrator starting in April 2015 and was officially appointed as both the Division Administrator and the state Chief Information Officer October 15, 2015. As EITS Administrator, Shanna is in a high visibility position with statewide responsibility for IT policy, planning, security and technology advancement. The IT Administrator is responsible for the oversight of a legislatively approved biennial operating budget of approximately $90M, and the management of approximately 180 positions.
Shanna's previous work experience includes Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe Health System (Renown), Incline Village Hyatt Gaming, International Game Technology (IGT), Bally’s, Hilton, and the Peppermill.
Shanna is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Bryan Nix, Esq.
Senior Appeals Officer
Bryan Nix has served as Senior Appeals Officer for the Hearings Division and Coordinator of the Victims of Crime Program
since 1990. He Received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from UNLV and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Denver School of Law. Bryan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards and the Boulder City Boys & Girls Club. He is also a member of the Clark County Desert Conservation Community Advisory Committee. Previously Bryan served as a City Councilman in Boulder City for 8 years and as Director on the Southern Nevada Water Authority Board. He has been involved with many other boards and commissions over the years including the Colorado River Commission, the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, and the Nevada Business Services Board.
Peter Long was appointed Administrator for the Division of Human Resource Management (DHRM) in April 2016. Previous to Peter's appointment as Administrator, he served as the Deputy Administrator of DHRM for 12 years. As Administrator, Peter oversees all of the activities of human resources which comprise the following sections: Agency Human Resource Services; Central Payroll; Central Records; Compensation, Classification & Recruitment; Consultation &Accountability; Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination Investigation Unit; and the Office of Employee Development. Long will also work closely with the State Personnel Commission and carry out the provisions of Chapter 284 of the Nevada Revised Statues
and Nevada Administrative Code
Peter received his Associates of Science degree in Business Administration from Yuba College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State University. He is a Certified Public Manager from the State of Nevada and received certification in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Division provides highly complex and professional human resource services to directors, administrators, management, and employees in all departments of the State. Services include employee relations, grievances, discipline, succession planning, recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, policy development and enforcement, Family and Medical Leave Act leave management, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, catastrophic leave guidance, and rule development, interpretation and guidance. In addition, the Division provides direct, day-to-day HR services for 16 Departments encompassing 46 agencies.
Keith Wells has been with the State of Nevada for 27 years, all of which have been with the Fleet Services Division (formerly the Motor Pool Division). In 2002 Keith was appointed Administrator for Fleet Services and advanced the division by building a new Las Vegas Fleet Services location, modernizing the Fleet Services inventory, further automating operations, expanding the alternative fuels program, and competing and winning in an RFP process (that included private sector organizations) to provide services to the State. Additionally during Keith’s tenure as Administrator, the Fleet Services Division was recognized in 2008 as having one of the nation’s top 100 fleets out of over 38,000 other government operated fleets in the United States. Keith currently serves as an officer in the Rocky Mountain Fleet Managers Association and is a member of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators.
Jeff Haag was appointed Administrator in October 2015, after working in the private sector for Southwest Airlines where he obtained more than 15 years’ experience in procurement, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, contract law, and government contracting for State and Federal government, Higher Education, and Fortune 500 Corporations. In addition, Jeff is an active member of the National Association of State Purchasing Officers (NASPO), and a NASPO Value Point Board Member.
As the Nevada State Purchasing Division Administrator, Jeff is responsible for all functions related to service procurement and the purchasing, renting, or leasing of supplies, materials and equipment needed by state agencies. In addition, he oversees the reallocation and disposal of excess state property, inventory of state fixed assets, and administration of the Federal Surplus Property Program.
Connie Lucido has served in public administration, in both State and local government, for nearly 15 years. She was appointed Chief of the Grants Office in April 2016 and has a strong background in budgeting and operations; federal grant policies, auditing, and program development; as well as aligning strategic initiatives and cooperative teaming. Connie’s experience is in public health, public safety, human services and several large education projects; she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is certified in grants management. In addition, she is an active member of the National Grants Management Association (NGMA).
As the Chief, Connie reports to the Department of Administration Director and serves as the authority on federal and state regulations for grant management and policy in Nevada. In addition, she is responsible to facilitate cooperative relationships to foster grant development and planning; ensure training to address the needs of Nevada’s grant workforce; communicate trends in federal and state funding, regulations, and law; and to provide technical assistance to all agencies as needed - conveying concepts, principles and best practices of successful grant stewardship.
Jeff Kintop was appointed Administrator in April 2016 having been at the Nevada State Library and Archives for 33 years, including 7 years as the State Archivist and 18 years as the State Archives Manager. He was Nevada’s representative to the Library and Archives Preservation Institute, Nevada Governor’s Conference on the Future of Libraries, White House Conference on the Future of Libraries and the Society of American Archivists Preservation Management Institute and the Archives Leadership Institute. He has degrees in History from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato and he has taken additional coursework at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a Certified Archivist, a Nevada historian and author.
The Division of State Library, Archives and Public Records is responsible for the State Library, a statewide program of development and coordination of library and informational services including standards for public libraries, statewide planning of library services and state and Federal grant programs. The Archives and Records Management Program establishes standards and adopts regulations, procedures and techniques for the effective management of state and local government records, including records retention schedules to preserve records of continuing value and for the prompt and orderly disposition of state records which no longer possess sufficient administrative, fiscal, legal or research value to warrant their further retention. The Division also oversees State Mail Services in Carson City and Las Vegas.
Ana Andrews was appointed Administrator of the Department of Administration’s Risk Management Division in March 2012. Ana has served the citizens of Nevada for over 20 years, holding a variety of progressively responsible positions at the Nevada Attorney General’s office, the Real Estate Division and the Nevada System of Higher Education. Most recently, she has served as the Risk Management Division's Deputy Administrator. Ana has over 10 years of experience in the Risk Management arena, and along with many other educational achievements has earned professional certification as an Associate in Risk Management.
Gustavo “Gus” Nunez has worked for the State Public Works Division since 2001 and was appointed Administrator of the Division in 2011 after holding a variety of management positions. He received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Nevada licensed Professional Engineer. Gus previously worked for SEA Engineers (Project Manager), the City of Reno (Civil Engineer and Assistant City Engineer), Clark County Public Works (Civil Engineer) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (Civil Engineer). Additionally he owned and managed Transwestern Engineering and C&I Construction for 16 years. Gus served on the Reno City Council for 10 years as well as other Reno public entities including the Airport Authority, Housing Authority, Convention and Visitors Authority, and the Regional Planning Governing Board. He has served as Vice Mayor of the American Public Works Association (APWA), Nevada Chapter and was awarded the APWA 1985 Businessman of the Year.