The Secretary of State's executive staff is comprised of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske; Chief Deputy Scott Anderson; Deputy for Commercial Recordings Jeff Landerfelt; Business Portal Administrator Karen Michael; Deputy for Elections Richard Hy; Deputy for Operations Wayne Thorley; Deputy for Southern Nevada Gail Anderson; Securities Administrator, Diana Foley; Public Information Officer Catherine Lu; and Executive Assistant Jennifer Russell.
Each of the Deputies is a sworn officer and is responsible for overseeing all functions of the Constitutional office as well as managing their respective divisions and to carry out the duties of the Secretary of State as prescribed by law and the State Constitution.
Scott Anderson was named Chief Deputy Secretary of State in November 2014. He is responsible for implementing agency policies, carrying out Secretary Cegavske's mandates and policies, administering the agency's budget, supervising all agency personnel, and acting on behalf of the Secretary of State when necessary.
He served as the Deputy Secretary of State for Commercial Recordings since 1997 prior to his promotion. Mr. Anderson served on the governing board of the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) for seven years and served as the IACA President in 2006. He also serves on the boards of directors and in advisory capacities for several nonprofit organizations. Mr. Anderson is a certified public accountant and prior to joining the Secretary of State's office, served as the Chief Financial Officer for a local manufacturing business. Mr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Nevada.
Jeffery Landerfelt was appointed Deputy Secretary for Commercial Recordings in December 2014. Deputy Landerfelt is responsible for overseeing the Division that processes and maintains the documents of more than 310,000 business entities on file with the Secretary of State's office. He supervises staff in both Carson City and the Las Vegas office of the Secretary of State. He assists the Secretary of State in developing, reviewing and presenting legislation pertaining to the Commercial Recordings Division, working with legislators, the Business Law Section of the State Bar Association and the Nevada Resident Agents Association.
Mr. Landerfelt previously served as a management analyst with the Commercial Recordings Division. He also has prior experience as an executive branch auditor with the Division of Internal Audits and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Mr. Landerfelt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento, and his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Oregon.
Karen Michael was appointed Business Portal Administrator in July 2011. Ms. Michael has successfully led the initiative since 2009 to realize the Secretary’s vision of Nevada’s first one-stop shop for cross-agency business registrations. SilverFlume, Nevada's Business Portal, includes the first-ever online Digital Operating Agreement application developed from work initiated at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, with generous support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Ms. Michael’s credentials include a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from the University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.; a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.; and certifications in Project Management Institute – Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). Ms. Michael previously consulted for Fortune 500 organizations.
Richard Hy was appointed Deputy Secretary for Elections in March 2015, and is responsible for administering the State's election process including enforcing state and federal election laws and procedures and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).
Mr. Hy previously served as an associate with the law firm of Kolesar & Leatham. His areas of practice included complex commercial litigation and construction law. He also counseled clients with regard to administrative issues involving privileged business licensing, zoning and land use matters. Prior to that, he served legal externships with the Office of the Nevada Attorney General and the Office of General Counsel for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Hy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Utah, and his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University.
Wayne Thorley is the appointed Deputy Secretary of State for Operations and is responsible for managing the internal functions of the Secretary of State’s office such as the agency’s budget, personnel and information technology systems. Mr. Thorley is the Secretary of State’s voting alternate for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Prior to joining the Secretary of State's office, Mr. Thorley worked for the Legislative Counsel Bureau for six years where he held a variety of jobs from senior research analyst to fiscal program analyst. He has served a wide range of policy interests, including the Assembly and Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor; the Senate Committee on Energy, Infrastructure, and Transportation; the Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Review the U.S. Department of Labor's Report on the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Program; the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Marlette Lake Water System; and the Task Force on K-12 Public Funding. Mr. Thorley has vast experience dealing with budgets and ensuring that programs remain fiscally solvent. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Gail Anderson was appointed Deputy Secretary for Southern Nevada in December 2014. As Deputy for Southern Nevada, she oversees the daily operation of the Las Vegas office, and is the Secretary of State’s liaison to the Southern Nevada community.
Diana J. Foley, Esq., was appointed Securities Administrator in December 2011. She oversees the Securities Division of the Secretary of State’s office and is the chief regulator of the securities industry in Nevada. The Securities Division pursues both criminal and civil penalties for violations of Nevada’s securities law, and licenses firms and individuals engaged in the sale of securities, including those who provide investment advice for compensation.
Ms. Foley began her career as a prosecutor in Utah and has a wide range of experience in entity formation, transactions and civil litigation. She has practiced law in Las Vegas since 1985, most recently with the law firm of Foley & Oakes, PC. Ms. Foley previously served as member of the Disciplinary Board of the Nevada State Bar and the Chief of Enforcement for the Securities Division. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah, College of Law in 1983, where she distinguished herself as the Traynor Moot Court Champion, 1982 and the Chancellor of the Moot Court Board, 1982-1983. Ms. Foley clerked for the Honorable Donald M. Mosley, Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada from 1984-1985. Ms. Foley is a member of the Nevada Bar (active), California Bar (inactive), and Utah Bar (inactive).
Catherine Lu was appointed Public Information Officer in September 2011. Ms. Lu is responsible for communication with the media and dissemination of information regarding the Secretary of State’s various divisions.
Ms. Lu was most recently an account executive as the Ferraro Group, a statewide public relations and public affairs firm. From 2005 through 2011 she worked extensively with a variety of industries on marketing campaigns. Prior to joining The Ferraro Group, Ms. Lu freelanced for several news publications and interned at National Public Radio-affiliate KQED-FM in San Francisco, Calif. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Ms. Lu received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Asian American studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Executive Assistant Jennifer Russell provides administrative support to the Secretary of State and Chief Deputy and manages all functions of the executive office. Ms. Russell most recently served as a campaign director for an elected official and held a position within the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee during the 2015 legislative session. She hails from a prominent Nevada family and is the granddaughter of former governor Charles H. Russell. A native of Northern Nevada, Ms. Russell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.