About Us


Meet Our Team


Since 1995, our crew of industry experts has helped our clients successfully bridge the gap between independent contractors and speedy, compliant pay cycles. Our employees are dedicated team players who bring energy, ideas, and pride to their work. PayReel’s people are the very cornerstone of our culture and capabilities, and their diverse experience and skill sets create not only an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented, and complementary team.

Heidi McLean

John Clark

Joe Safken

Katrina 'Tree' Shepherd

Kim Day

Himanshu Goel

Michelle Bowersox

Chris Wright

Alexis Gabel

Cody Thibault

Lisa Cobb

Danette Keener

Brittney Clark

Dani Lyman

Aleah Williams

Todd Keener

COO

A self-proclaimed geek with a proven business acumen, Todd began his career by launching one of Colorado’s first internet service providers in 1993, growing it to one of the largest in the country, and ultimately selling it to publicly traded RMI.

A CTO, COO or CEO for 14 years, Todd has continued to combine technology, especially software development, with leadership and his love for business strategy to help grow several companies, including Arrival Telecommunications, 3C, and American DataBank.

Todd received his MBA from UCLA, but was born and raised in his beloved Colorado. Todd’s version of heaven is watching baseball under a summer sunset with his wife and three children—each of whom root hard for the Rockies, the Broncos, and UCLA (of course!).

Something Else: Todd was two-time City of Denver Diving Champion.

Dani Lyman

Crew Coordinator

Before Crew Connection, Dani worked in freelance video and sports broadcast production, primarily as a Producer and Graphics Operator. Now, she makes clients’ shoots a breeze by hooking them up with the best crews and gear for their project in their area.

Dani loves going to concerts at interesting venues and exploring Colorado’s many mountain towns. The smaller the town the better. She volunteers for Denver Writes–a nonprofit which teaches kids the art of creative writing.

Something else: In film school, Dani and her friends won a short film competition with something they wrote in a couple hours, filmed the following day, and submitted just for fun. It showed at Cannes that year. Being a proper, Netflix binge-watching millennial has its benefits. Dani knows good programming.

Aleah Williams

Crew Coordinator

Before joining the Crew Connection team, Aleah was a Line Producer at Starz Entertainment. She has the people skills of a diplomat and the organizational skills of an event planner. At Crew Connection, she puts all that expertise to work connecting clients worldwide with the best crews for each job and keeping everything running smoothly on both sides of every production.

Aleah needs every ounce of her impressive organizational and people skills for her newest role: Mother to a very adorable baby girl.

Something else: Before playing a role behind the scenes, Aleah’s career included a stint in front of the camera as a Disney Character Performer as the adorable Chip from Chip and Dale at Walt Disney World.

Brittney Clark

Client Relationship Manager

Previously a Project Manager at a software company for 12 years, Brittney’s passion for helping customers and creating relationships has been a long-standing part of her professional life. In her current role, Brittney works with PayReel’s clients and employees to make everyone’s lives a little bit easier and to get everyone paid quickly and smoothly.

Brittney’s interests span far beyond building strong relationships. She has a knack for creative talents and loves spending her time outside of work taking pictures on the weekends with her family, sewing for her twin daughters, and spending quality time with her children and husband.

Something else: Brittney wears flip-flops year-round. Yes, even in Colorado.

Cody Thibault

Sales Development Representative

Previously a Marketing Coordinator for Three Points Center and a high school football coach at Valor Christian High School, Cody brings a wide array of skills to his role as a Sales Development Representative at PayReel. He has an outstanding knack for building solid relationships and this serves him well in his professional life.

Whether skiing, hiking, working out, or playing sports, Cody’s favorite place to be is outside. When not reveling in the Colorado outdoors, Cody can be found either planning his next trip or jet-setting around the world. With three continents under his belt so far, Cody plans to visit the rest as soon as he can.

Something else: A true movie buff, Cody sees 20-30 movies every month in theaters and online and knows lines from more films than you’ve probably heard of.

Kim Day

Client Relationship Manager

Before joining the PayReel team, Kim worked at Walt Disney World in diverse roles from Operations and Training to Food and Beverage. The common denominator is a natural connection with people and while her current role is different, those skills are the same.

Kim is an avid hiker, reader, and swimmer. Look for her at the local restaurants and breweries and enjoying concerts at Red Rocks. An adventurer without boundaries, she is looking forward to exploring Colorado more and learning how to snowboard. Let’s hear it for first timers.

Something else: Don’t let her Texas roots fool you, Kim’s favorite sport is ice hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks are her team. She is also studying to be a sommelier.

Katrina “Tree” Shepherd

Client Relationship Manager

Katrina was a Senior Payroll Specialist for five years at an Employer of Record and Payroll Company and applies the expert knowledge from her previous role to her new role at PayReel. Katrina is a master in the world of payroll and worker classification and treats her clients at PayReel to top-notch customer care.

Katrina certainly devotes herself to her clients while at work, but her three kids, husband, and their three dogs are everything to her.

Something else: Katrina’s penchant for country, rock, hip hop and pop music takes her to a concert at least once a month. That’s a lot of music.

Michelle Bowersox

Client Relationship Manager

From driving PayReel’s paperless initiative and converting clients and employees to the PayReel OnLine system to helping develop new payroll products and services, Michelle is all about making sure our clients have the best possible experience.

A true Colorado native, Michelle also enjoys spending time with her family, rooting for the Broncos, and learning more about her home state’s history.

Something Else: Michelle’s house is a local legend on Halloween– it’s always the scariest house in the neighborhood.

Joe Safken

Sales Manager

Joe learned early on that relationship building was ‘his thing’ and people are what he’s good at. Joe is a master at building truly meaningful relationships and he has 11 years’ worth of clients turned friends to prove it. With a background in tech, software, and education, Joe has now mastered the art of payroll and compliance and is taking the industry by storm.

Joe, his wife, and their three kids love all things outdoorsy– just as they should, being born and bred with the mountains right in their backyards.

Something Else: Move over, Elsa. Joe knows more Disney songs than all three of his kids combined.

Heidi McLean

President & CEO

With a unique blended background that includes experience on both the client and freelance sides of corporate video and broadcast news production, Heidi has a natural gift for seeing the big picture.

For six years, Heidi worked with CBS News as a freelance audio technician, gaining indelible insight about how the industry could be improved. Since then, she has filled an industry-wide void by establishing Crew Connection in 1989 and PayReel in 1995. Today, thanks to Heidi, it’s never been easier for companies to outsource the recruitment, management, and payment of freelance video and media professionals.

Heidi is a wanderer with an appetite for good food, fresh powder, and world travels. Time with her husband and two daughters is one of the simplest joys of all. To Heidi, Colorado is the bee’s knees—a great place to raise a family, start a business, and invest in wildlife preservation efforts.

Something Else: The in-house Cake Boss, Heidi bakes the most delicious custom birthday cakes for every team member on their birthday.

John Clark

Sales Account Executive

After graduating from Colorado State University, John went straight to work in television production and never looked back. Prior to joining the PayReel Colorado team, John was fortunate enough to work on shows for the Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and the National Park Service.

John is a member of the rare species known as “Colorado Native.” Not one to shy away from his Colorado roots, you’ll find John where the powder is. The mountains and ski slopes are his favorite playgrounds.

Something Else: John is a proud lifelong apiarist with a deep passion for all things bees.

Chris Wright

Client Relationship Manager – HR, Risk & Compliance

Chris has a decade of experience in assessing and mitigating the risks related to independent contractor engagements and providing employer of record services on a global scale.

Chris is a 4th generation Colorado native and returned to Boulder after developing innovative contingent workforce management programs and technologies in Silicon Valley.

Something Else: Chris prefers to commute by bicycle whenever possible, no matter the weather. Those calves don’t lie.

Danette Keener

Controller

On the weekends, you’ll find Danette watching baseball, keeping up with her three active children, or curled up with a book. Family is hugely important to Danette. In the office, she’s the one tending to a different kind of books. And they’re perfectly balanced, too. With more than 20 years of experience in full-charge accounting roles, Danette brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as controller at PayReel. She keeps everything in line.

Something Else: After staring at figures all day, Danette actually loves nothing more than coming home to her kids’ math homework.

Lisa Cobb

Bookkeeper

Lisa started at PayReel and Crew Connection in 1995 as a part-time bookkeeper. She proceeded to take over bookkeeping for both companies, and later moved on from payroll to handle HR, workers comp, ACA tracking, and health insurance. In 2017, Lisa jumped at the chance to get back into accounting as bookkeeper for Crew Connection and PayReel.

Lisa moved from Texas 30 years ago and while Lisa loves the Colorado snow, the only way she’ll ride it is on a snowmobile. In her spare time, you’ll find Lisa knitting, reading, hiking, watching movies, and eating.

Something Else: Lisa is famous for bustin’ out the ‘bot on the dance floor.

Alexis Gabel

Digital Marketing Manager

Alexis hails from the hustling and bustling town of New York City. Moving to the mountains of Colorado was a stark but surprisingly fast and easy transition for this city girl. She spent 10 years marketing luxury brands and boutique fitness on the East coast before making her way to the world of payroll and media.

Managing marketing strategy and development for both PayReel and Crew Connection by day, Alexis spends her time outside the office checking out the many mountains and breweries Colorado has to offer.

Something Else: Alexis writes in pencil. Only pencil.

Himanshu Goel

Tech Product Owner

With an array of experience spanning scrum master, product owner, and agile method of software testing and development, Himanshu plans, prioritizes, and delivers solutions to ensure PayReel aligns with client needs and variable market environments.

By rolling out bi-weekly updates he is able to provide every user an easy-to-use interface.

Himanshu is an India native, and moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2017. He enjoys the outdoors as much as any Colorado native.

Something Else: In a contest for favorite sleeping location, Himanshu will pick his couch over his bed every time.