Julia Teska joined the Department of Administration in April of 2014, bringing more than 20 years of government finance experience at both the state and local levels. Previously Julia served as the Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services at the Department of Education (DOE). Her primary areas of responsibility were K-12 budget initiatives, department business operations, audit functions, facilities, information technology and administrative policies and procedures. Julia also spent six years in the State Budget Division working with the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to working for the State of Nevada, Julia spent ten years in school district financial administration where she was responsible for budgeting, accounting, purchasing, warehouse, payroll and benefits. Julia is a graduate of Ashford University with a degree in Public Administration.
Jim Barbee has worked on policy issues with both the Nevada State Board of Education and the Nevada Legislature. Barbee has served on the National Future Farmers of American Board of Directors and on the Future Farmers of America Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a teacher and will receive his certificate as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) this month. Barbee has managed millions in grant monies and currently manages three budgets. He has a Masters of Agriculture Science, Agriculture Education from Cal Poly SLO and a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from CSU Chico.
Breslow, previously the Executive Director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, served as Commissioner and administrative law judge for the Transportation Services Agency under former Governor Kenny Guinn. In that post, he helped to restructure an organization once described by columnist George Will as the "worst-run agency in America" through the resolution of case backlogs and stalled applications and by working with transportation industry leaders to resolve concerns. Breslow is also the former Mayor of Sparks, Nevada. As Mayor, Breslow led the effort to revitalize an oil-blighted gravel pit and transform it into one of Sparks' newest recreational attraction, the Sparks Marina. From 2003-2005, he served as chairman of the Employee Management Committee for the State of Nevada. Breslow has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. His private sector experience includes CB Richard Ellis and Commercial Partners of Nevada, real estate services firms. Breslow holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and is in the Nevada Broadcasting Hall of Fame and has been an international commentator for the last seven summer Olympic Games.
Drozdoff, Director of Conservation and Natural Resources, was previously the Administrator for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. Drozdoff has also served as the Bureau Chief of Mining Regulation and Reclamation, Water Pollution Control and as Deputy Administrator for NDEP's water programs.
Previously the Deputy Director for the Nevada Department of Corrections, Greg Cox was appointed Director in June of 2011. He has previously served as warden of the High Desert State Prison and the Southern Desert Correctional Center. Prior to moving to Nevada in 2003, Cox was a Senior Public Service Administrator at Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois and held several other leadership position in the corrections field in Illinois. Cox has attended numerous national trainings, including several from the National Institute of Corrections.
Vecchio previously served as the tourism director in Ohio where she supervised the overall brand development of state tourism, working closely with the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Arts Council to create development programs. Vecchio also has an extensive background in marketing, having worked with the Edelman public relations firm in Chicago and Burson-Marsteller in Dallas.
Hill was previously the Sr. Vice President at CalPortland, a concrete, sand and gravel supplier in the Las Vegas area. During Governor Sandoval’s transition, Hill served as Chair of the Economic Development Policy Committee and advised the Governor, Speaker and Majority Leader on economic development issues in preparation for the 2011 Legislative session.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Previously an Interim CEO and Strategic Planner for clients in health care and arts and culture, Erquiaga served as Senior Advisor to the Governor from 2010 to 2012. From 2009 through 2010, Erquiaga was Executive Director, Government Affairs, Public Policy & Strategic Planning for the Clark County School District where he was responsible for the development of the district’s strategic planning and legislative and local government relations. From 2006 to 2009, Erquiaga was the Principal at Get Consensus, LLC, an independent consultancy with clients in five western states including the Nevada Association of School Superintendents and the Clark County School District.
Previously the Director of Las Vegas Operations and Workforce Initiatives for the Nevada Commission on Economic Development, Woodbeck was responsible for economic development activity in coordination with the local development authorities in southern Nevada and for providing advice and guidance to create employment and training opportunities for new and emerging companies throughout the state. He was previously a strategic consultant on workforce initiatives for DETR
Thomsen, who most recently served as Director at Ormat Technologies, was previously a legislative assistant at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Thomsen has served as a regional representative for United States Senator Harry Reid and was a legislative correspondent for United States Senator Richard H. Bryan. As Director at Ormat, Thomsen directed Ormat’s federal, state, and local legislative, regulatory, and strategic public relations programs and geothermal project development in the U.S. Thomsen received both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Mike Willden has served as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) since July 2001. Prior to his appointment, Willden was the State Welfare Administrator. Willden holds a degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University.
Sherry L. Rupert
A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Rupert is the Chairwoman of Nevada’s Indian Territory, a marketing arm of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. In 2013, Rupert was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. Rupert is an American Indian of Paiute and Washoe heritage. She was born in Carson City and raised on the Washoe Reservation in Gardnerville, Nevada.
Chief Information Officer
Gustafson is currently serving as the State Chief Information Officer. He received a BSBA degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been a Nevada resident for over 15 years. He has held numerous IT leadership roles over his career and is a certified project manager with the Project Management Institute. Prior to joining the State government, he worked in the private sector as the Director of IT for EMPLOYERS and has worked at Microsoft Licensing and Accenture consulting.
Brian K. Krolicki
As Lieutenant Governor, Krolicki serves as President of the State Senate, Chairman of the Commission on Economic Development, Chairman of the Commission on Tourism, and Vice-Chairman of the State Board of Transportation. He also serves as the Chairman of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition – comprised of a distinguished group of private and public sector leaders from both Nevada and California dedicated to bringing the Winter Olympic Games back to the Lake Tahoe region, Chairman of the Nevada Economic Development Inter-Agency Task Force, and as a member of the Executive Branch Audit Committee.
Dillard, a former administrator of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Compliance Enforcement Division, had been serving as Interim Director since November 2012. Dillard has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Science from the University of Nevada Reno and graduated from Mineral County High School.
Brigadier General William R. Burks is the Adjutant General for the State of Nevada. As Adjutant General, he is the senior uniformed Nevada National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than 4,000 Nevada Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the Governor, State of Nevada, General Burks serves as the Governor’s principal adviser on all National Guard issues, is responsible for both the federal and state missions of the Nevada National Guard, and serves as the official channel of communication with the National Guard Bureau, Department of the Army, and Department of the Air Force.
Jim has served as Deputy Director of the Department since July 2011. From February 2011 through October 2011, Wright served as Interim Chief of the Nevada Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. From August of 2006 through July of 2011, Wright served as Chief of the Nevada State Fire Marshal Division.
Daniel Klaich was appointed by the Board of Regents to serve as the NSHE's tenth chancellor on June 18, 2009. He previously held the positions of executive vice chancellor, vice chancellor for legal affairs and administration and chief counsel. Klaich is an attorney, admitted to the bar in Nevada and California and was in private practice for almost 30 years prior to joining the NSHE.
Previously Chief of the Division of Internal Prior to his current position, Nielsen served as Interim Executive Director from March 2011 to September 2011. During the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, Nielsen tracked legislation and testified before committees on numerous occasions. Using innovative solutions to close budget holes, Nielsen implemented tax amnesty programs in 2008 and 2010 that brought in a total of over $70 million in previously uncollected revenue for the State and local governments.
Colonel (U.S. Army, Retired) Katherine Miller was raised in Reno and served 34 years in the United States Army. Starting as an enlisted soldier, she culminated her military service with assignments as a military police brigade commander serving in the United States and in Afghanistan; and as the Commander of the Department of Defense’s largest correctional organization. After retiring she taught college at the University of Maryland and the University of Nevada, Reno. She served as the Deputy Director for the Nevada Office of Veterans Services prior to accepting appointment as the Executive Director.