Executive Staff

Executive Staff

The Secretary of State’s executive staff is comprised of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske; Chief Deputy Scott Anderson; Deputy for Southern Nevada Gail Anderson; Deputy for Securities Diana Foley; Deputy for Operations Craig Kozeniesky; Business Portal Administrator Karen Michael; Deputy for Commercial Recordings Kimberley Perondi; Deputy for Elections Wayne Thorley; Public Information Officer Jennifer Russell; and Executive Assistant Maria Tello-Magana.

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 W. 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.

Mr. Anderson served as the Deputy Secretary of State for Commercial Recording since 1997 prior to his promotion to Chief Deputy. He served on the governing board for 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.

Gail J. Anderson was appointed Deputy Secretary for Southern Nevada in January 2015. 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.

Ms. Anderson’s service with the State of Nevada began in 1996 and she has held a number of high level positions with the State’s Department of Business and Industry, including Deputy Director; Deputy Commissioner, Division of Insurance; Administrator, Real Estate Division and Education Officer, Real Estate Division. Ms. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Active in both the real estate and education communities, Ms. Anderson earned Emeritus status with the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) in 2015, serves on the ARELLO Foundation Board of Directors, the Trinity International Schools Board of Directors and as Director of the Trinity Educational Foundation.

Diana J. Foley, Esq. was appointed Securities Administrator in December 2011 then Deputy Secretary of State for Securities following the 2017 legislative session. 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 violation 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 a 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).

Craig Kozeniesky was appointed Deputy Secretary of State for Operations in April 2018 and is responsible for managing the internal functions of the Secretary of State’s office such as the agency’s budget, personnel management, information technology systems and facilities management.

Mr. Kozeniesky served nearly 28 years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry and special operations officer and retired as a Colonel.  Among his assignments, which included multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, he managed worldwide USMC Operations through a 24/7/365 Marine Corps Operation Center in the Pentagon; served as the Commander of the Marine Corps Base in Camp Fuji, Japan and participated in relief operations after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011; and served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy.  More recently, he worked with Corps Solutions, LLC as a training unit commander and staff mentor and trainer at the Mountain Warfare Training Center.  He holds a BA in Political Science from University of New Mexico and is a Foreign Policy Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program.  He brings to the office experience in leading large-scale projects and teams of military, civilian and contract personnel, and working with large federal and military budgets. 

Karen Michael was appointed Business Portal Administrator in July 2011. Ms. Michael successfully led the initiative since 2009 to realize the vision for the Office of the Secretary of State to develop Nevada’s first portal for cross-agency business registrations and she oversees the Business Portal Division. 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), Nevada Information Security Professional, ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management, Nevada Certified Contract Manager, and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). Ms. Michael previously consulted for Fortune 500 organizations, operated her own business, and is a current member of InfraGard Nevada - Sierra Nevada Members Alliance.

Kimberley Perondi was appointed Deputy Secretary for Commercial Recordings in September 2016. Deputy Perondi 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. She supervises staff in both Carson City and the Las Vegas office of the Secretary of State. She 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.

Ms. Perondi’s public service career began in 1993 with the Nevada Department of Taxation.  In 1997 she joined the Department of Administration and served in various roles, including Assistant Chief Procurement Officer for the Purchasing Division, where she managed large-dollar contracting activities and statewide procurement practices.  After 18 years, Ms. Perondi moved to the Governor’s Finance Office and worked as part of the Education and Workforce Team in the oversight of Department of Education and Department of Administration budget development and management.

As former CFO of her family’s property management corporation, as well as having owned her own business, Ms. Perondi brings a balanced perspective to her position of the needs of business owners and government.

Wayne Thorley is the appointed Deputy Secretary of State for Elections 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. Thorley began his service with the Secretary of State’s office in January 2015 as Deputy Secretary of State for Operations.

Prior to joining the Secretary of State’s Office, Mr. Thorley worked for the Nevada 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 received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jennifer A. Russell serves as Public Information Officer for the Secretary of State and is responsible for handling media inquiries, public records requests, press releases and social media for the agency. 

Ms. Russell served most recently as the Executive Assistant to Secretary Cegavske; however she spent most of her career in the private sector prior to her service with the State, working for her family business in the gaming and hospitality industry. She 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 before starting full-time with the Secretary of State. 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.

Executive Assistant Maria Tello-Magana provides administrative support to the Secretary of State and Chief Deputy and manages all functions of the executive office. Ms. Tello-Magana earned her Associate of Arts degree from Western Nevada College.  She started her career in the Customer Service Division of the Secretary of State's office then served briefly for the Governor's office before returning to the Secretary of State in the role of Executive Assistant.