Department of Administration Leadership

Laura Freed
Laura Freed
Director
Laura Freed was appointed Director of the Department of Administration by Gov. Sisolak in January 2020. Since 2015, Freed served as Executive Branch Budget Officer II in the Governor’s Finance Office for the State of Nevada. In that role, she trained and supervised a team of executive branch budget officers, analyzed agency budget requests, reviewed contracts, monitored compliance, and reported to the Director and Governor’s staff. Prior to working as a budget officer, Freed served as Deputy Administrator for Regulatory Services, leading two bureaus totaling 190 FTEs within the Division of Public and Behavioral Health at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. From 2003 to 2014, she worked as Program Analyst and Senior Program Analyst with the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Freed graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources. She also received an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Colleen Murphy
Colleen Murphy
Deputy Director
Colleen Murphy was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Administration in February of 2020. She brings more than 25 years of experience in governmental and program management for the State of Nevada. Prior to joining the Department, she worked with a wide range of state agencies and consulted on budget preparation, rate setting, and fiscal management as an Executive Budget Officer, Supervising Lead for the Governor’s Finance Office. In addition, Colleen was responsible for multiple projects including the administration and testing of the state budgeting IT system, the interpretation and preparation of executive summaries on policy and legislative bills, and statewide initiative reviews. Colleen has also served on various interdepartmental committees and subcabinet workgroups. Her previous positions in the State of Nevada include management positions with the Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health and Developmental Services, where she managed the Administration and IT budgets, oversaw the Medical Billing Unit, and functioned as the caseload statistician. Colleen started her state service in the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources where she worked in multiple divisions including the Director’s Office where she coordinated department-wide activities.
Alan Cunningham
Alan Cunningham
State Chief Information Officer
Alan Cunningham was appointed Chief Information Officer for the State of Nevada in August 2020. As CIO, Cunningham establishes the strategic direction of state information technology. He served as the Washoe County School District’s Information Security Officer since 2016, following a 14-year IT career in the private sector. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with extensive experience in cyber security operations, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and policy and strategic planning.
Matt Tuma
Matt Tuma
Administrator

Matthew was appointed Administrator of the Administrative Services Division in March of 2020. Matthew’s state public service has included working for the Governor’s Office of Finance, the Governor’s Office of Energy, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Prior to joining the State of Nevada, Matthew was the Nevada state director for The Nature Conservancy, the state’s largest conservation organization, and worked for U.S. Senator Harry Reid, serving in a variety of roles and positions. As Administrator for ASD, Matthew is responsible for providing fiscal and administrative support to the Department of Administration divisions, as well as a variety of other state agencies, offices, boards and commissions.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

David Haws
David Haws
Administrator

David Haws served in the role of EITS Interim Administrator starting February 6, 2018, and was appointed permanent Administrator April 6, 2018. As Administrator, David manages the day-to-day operations of EITS to include all of the Agency and Enterprise IT services, and works to actively improve their capabilities and processes for better outcomes and customer service. Throughout the 25 years of David’s IT career, he has always been passionate about helping organizations achieve excellent business results through the use of new and emerging information technology. 

 

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Technology from Boise State University.

Robbie Burgess
Robbie Burgess
Administrator
Robbie joins the Department of Administration after eight years with the Department of Public Safety, six of which as a NV Highway Patrol Trooper. Prior to coming to the state, Robbie was President and General Manager of Michael’s Cycle Works in Carson City for over 20 years.

As the Administrator for Fleet Services, Robbie will be responsible to manage over 1,000 vehicles; oversee fleet rental locations in Carson City, Reno and Las Vegas; a fleet maintenance program; a fueling program including alternative fuels and electric charging stations; and emergency road-side assistance, among other things.
Michelle Morgando
Michelle Morgando
Senior Appeals Officer
Michelle was appointed as the Senior Appeals Officer in the Hearings Division in June 2018. The Hearings Division was established to provide an independent appeals process for workers compensation disputes and a variety of state agency administrative hearings. The division contains the Hearing Office and the Appeals Office. The Hearing Office is the first level for a hearing in a contested matter and the hearings are conducted in an informal setting by Hearing Officers who come from a variety of backgrounds. The Appeals Office is the final administrative level for hearings for contested matters.
Peter Long
Peter Long
Administrator
Long was appointed Administrator for the Division of Human Resource Management (DHRM) in April 2016, and served as Interim Director of the Department of Administration from November 2019 to January 2020. Prior to Peter's appointment as Administrator, he served as the Deputy Administrator of DHRM for 12 years. As Administrator, Peter oversees all activities of the division, which include: 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 works closely with the State Personnel Commission to carry out the provisions of Chapter 284 of the Nevada Revised Statutes 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.
Rob Boehmer
Rob Boehmer
Executive Officer
Rob Boehmer currently serves as the appointed Executive Officer of the Nevada Public Employees’ Deferred Compensation Program (NDC). Mr. Boehmer serves the State of Nevada with over 18 years of experience in the Estate Planning/Retirement Planning/Employee Benefits Management business primarily working in the Health Insurance Industry and managing 457b Deferred Compensation, 403b Tax Sheltered Programs throughout multiple western states. He has worked with associations like Institutional Investors Association for Government Plan Sponsors, Nevada League of Cities Municipalities, Nevada Association of Counties, and a multitude of Firefighters and Police Associations, School Districts, and Teachers Associations in assisting their members with Benefits management and 457b Deferred Compensation/403b management and administration. Mr. Boehmer additionally serves as a Certified Senior Advisor through the Society of Senior Advisors (CSA), and a Certified Master Estate Planning Professional (CMEPP), assisting and advising those in the accumulation phase of their lives, as well as those entering or actively in the Preservation stage of their life. Recently, Mr. Boehmer has been certified as a Certified Retirement Plan Administrator (CRPA).

Rob is a Nevada Native, and he holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Southern California, as well as two Associates degrees from local Junior colleges.
Tammy Westergard
Tammy Westergard
Administrator
Named Nevada's Deputy State Librarian in 2016 and State Librarian in October 2019, Tammy Westergard is focused on the library as an "onramp" for working-age citizens to reframe or gain marketable skills. She's helped arrange opportunities for training in advanced manufacturing - with ability to earn industry recognized credentials - at the library. She says focus on strategic partnerships through shared and complementary workforce development policy has been key to success and sustainability. In 2016, Library Journal named Tammy as an Agent of Change Mover and Shaker. Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management, a Master of Library Science from the University of North Texas, and is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. See: Westergard, T. (2016). The Library Movement as the Real Mentor and How Stories Recognizing Good Work Influence Us. OLA Quarterly, 21(3), 23-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/1093-7374.1824
JoVon Sotak
JoVon Sotak
Administrator

JoVon Sotak was appointed Administrator of the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management (Nevada Grant Office) in April 2019. Shortly after she joined the Nevada Grant Office as an executive grant analyst in 2017, JoVon established standardized processes to consistently action and respond to organizations requesting assistance. She also managed and coordinated the Silver State Grant Conference, the first statewide grant conference in Nevada. 

JoVon previously worked on grants at the University of Nevada, Reno, then advanced through several marketing and communications positions and into the world of online commerce at Amazon’s corporate offices in Seattle. As a third-generation Nevadan and Tonopah native, she’s thrilled to be leading grants and capacity-building initiatives for the Nevada Grant Office in Carson City. 

JoVon is an alumna of the University of Nevada, Reno and a member of the Grant Professionals Association.

Kevin Doty
Kevin Doty
Administrator

Kevin Doty became Administrator of the Purchasing Division in July 2019 after serving as Acting Administrator since April 2019. Prior to that, Kevin served as General Counsel for the division since January 2018, where he provided legal oversight for the state’s solicitation and contracting processes handled by State Purchasing. Kevin also served as Chief of Contract Management with the Division. 

Before joining the Purchasing Division in the Department of Administration, Kevin was in-house counsel for Caesars Entertainment, General Counsel for the Nevada Press Association, and taught at the William S. Boyd School of Law.   

Kevin earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 1994.

Mandy Hagler
Mandy Hagler
Administrator
Spanning nearly three decades, Mandy Hagler’s workers’ compensation experience includes twenty-one of those years specific to the State of Nevada account, and most recently, six years of direct oversight of the State of Nevada Workers’ Compensation Program as the Deputy Risk Manager. Mandy began her career in 1986 with the State Industrial Insurance System (SIIS) and through the years her experience grew to include all aspects of workers’ compensation, including specializing in large Nevada construction groups. Her experience continued with over seven years as the Lead Adjuster for Sierra Nevada Administrators, overseeing management of State of Nevada claims including but not limited to heart and lung, indoor air quality, contagious disease, and catastrophic claims. Mandy returned to state service in 2008 as the Heart/Lung Coordinator, overseeing that program which provides specific benefit to State of Nevada named police and fire officers.

Mandy served as the Deputy Risk Manager for the State of Nevada for the past six years, where she oversaw a multitude of safety and loss control programs, in addition to workers’ compensation oversight. She was appointed under two governors to sit on the Employee Management Committee, and is currently serving her sixth term, with her second nomination to serve as Chair.

Mandy was selected to serve as Risk Management Administrator by Director Patrick Cates effective October 10, 2018, after the retirement of Ana Andrews who held the position for more than six years.
Ward Patrick
Ward Patrick
Administrator
Ward Patrick was appointed Administrator of the Department of Administration’s Public Works Division in May of 2018 to manage the architects, engineers, planners, building inspectors, plan examiners, leasing agents, building maintenance and support staff of this division. The sections within his oversight include Leasing Services, Buildings and Grounds, Facility Condition Analysis, Marlette Water System, Building Official and Engineering and Architectural Services. This diversified staff under Ward’s direction, provide Nevada state agencies with safe and efficient facilities to administer their programs.

Ward has 22 years of experience with the Division with his most recent experience as the Chief of Planning developing and overseeing the Capital Improvement program. He was born and raised in North Central Montana, worked summers on his family’s wheat farm and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University and his Master of Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He enjoys cycling, skiing, camping and time spent with his family.