Independent Contractor Payroll Management


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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.

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Heidi McLean

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Aleah Williams

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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.

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Eric Overbey

Payroll Tax Specialist

Taxes are Eric’s jam. Eric comes to PayReel with 6 years’ experience in payroll, HR, and retail banking. Eric’s favorite part of his role as a Tax Specialist for PayReel is the numbers.

Eric’s father served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII in China and he has a strong affinity for the memorabilia.

Something else: Outside of work, Eric enjoys John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movies and experimental cooking–a fancier name for going through the spice cabinet and letting the force guide him. If he only had a sous vide for every time he wishes he had written that recipe down.

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Ben Lundberg

Sales Manager

Ben studied Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and worked as an event organizer in Madison, Wisconsin before joining PayReel. Balancing strong interpersonal skills with precise analytical abilities, there’s nothing this nice, Midwestern boy loves more than shaking hands, meeting new people and building fresh relationships… and spreadsheets.

Eager for any and every opportunity to see new sights and get outdoors, Ben is always planning his next adventure. This fresh transplant is crossing off Colorado’s bucket list faster than you can say “Rocky Mountains”.

Something else: A lifelong musician, Ben’s passion lies in making his guitar sing the sweet, sweet sounds of jazz and rock n’ roll.

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Erin Barth

Client Relationship Manager

Erin studied math at the University of Pittsburgh and worked most recently at a patent licensing company processing their royalty statements. Now, as a ​Client Relationship Manager​, Erin enjoys being able to combine her love for numbers with her love for people. To stay sharp, she tutors math online.

After moving from Pennsylvania, Colorado’s ever present sunshine is a welcome feature as well as the perfect companion for Erin and her adventure partner Stevie Nicks–a one year old Australian Shepherd Border Collie mix.  You’ll find them together climbing, hiking, and biking ​to breweries, parks and more. Despite her pup’s name, Erin doesn’t get to take Stevie Nicks to concerts, but she does take her down the slopes!

Something else: After a paddle boarding accident and a run in with a swarm of jellyfish a few years back, Erin is absolutely terrified of sea creatures. She’ll choose mountain life over coastal living any day.

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Maria Viguerias

Senior Accountant

What does a math major and numbers girl grow up to do? Finance with a side of forensics, or course! Maria says they’re related because you have to peel back the layers to see what’s going on and solve the problem. When you’ve spent over a decade doing the day to day accounting and reconciling for companies, you get good at fire fighting. Even better though, Maria trains people and bridges the gap between departments so things run smoothly. Put away those fire extinguishers, people. We’re gonna have processes, internal controls, and procedures instead.

Something Else: When she puts away the forensics and number crunching, Maria puts on her gloves for a little kickboxing and mixed martial arts.

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Madison Williams

Brand Development Representative

Madison’s personality is a delightful mix of seemingly contradictory qualities. As an Art History major, she sprinkles color-coded creativity into her super human organizational skills. She is happily talkative and friendly in her work with clients, but loves to sit alone at a coffee shop or go home and paint or read—also solo.

She sees her role with clients as a partnership and enjoys the conversation that leads to finding solutions. Clients are more than just potential prospects.

Something else: Madison’s favorite snack is black licorice and orange juice. Together.

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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.

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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.

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Catherine Caldwell

Client Relationship Manager

Catherine studied marketing with a concentration in sales at Texas Tech University. After a few years in sales, she found that her favorite part of any role was always helping people and switched over to Client Relationship Management. Collaborating with clients and helping solve problems is a great fit for her skills and interests.

When she isn’t managing client relationships, Catherine keeps busy at the gym, pursuing her masters in social work, and spending time with family and friends. Her dog Happy is her most faithful walking partner.

Something else: Catherine is a regular at plant shops. She might end up needing a bigger place just for her growing collection of house plants!

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Catherine Caldwell

Client Relationship Manager

Catherine studied marketing with a concentration in sales at Texas Tech University. After a few years in sales, she found that her favorite part of any role was always helping people and switched over to Client Relationship Management. Collaborating with clients and helping solve problems is a great fit for her skills and interests.

When she isn’t managing client relationships, Catherine keeps busy at the gym, pursuing her masters in social work, and spending time with family and friends. Her dog Happy is her most faithful walking partner.

Something else: Catherine is a regular at plant shops. She might end up needing a bigger place just for her growing collection of house plants!

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Elizabeth Lewis

Client Relationship Manager

Before joining the team at PayReel, Elizabeth spent seven years working with a diverse set of clients and organizations at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. She has a natural passion for building relationships and spreading joy to those around her. This has become a cornerstone to her commitment to excellence in customer care.

A native of The Garden State, Elizabeth will grow things wherever she can find the space. She also loves animals, especially horses, and is looking forward to fishing in the mountains of Colorado.

Something else: Elizabeth thinks there’s nothing tastier than steaming hot fries dipped in a vanilla milkshake!

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Michelle Bowersox

Director of Operations

Michelle has a long history of making sure our clients have the best experience possible. After her stint as PayReel’s Senior Customer Relationship Manager, Michelle is now putting her many years’ experience to work as the voice of and advocate for our clients’ hopes and dreams. As a subject matter expert, Michelle knows those needs intimately and can therefore offer solutions clients didn’t even know they needed. To that end, she helps with software development, handles speciality one-off projects, and helps build and maintain client relationships.

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 on the block.

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Maddy Schumacher

Crew Coordinator

It’s not every day you’ll meet such a young, well-rounded “old soul” as Maddy. While her interests are well beyond her years—black and white movies, museums, and art history, anyone?—they serve her well in her work. That’s because working behind the scenes on productions brings Maddy into contact with everyone from the best video crews in the world to Nobel Peace prize winners. On the weekends, you’ll often find Maddy skiing, riding horses, or in front of a canvas with a paintbrush in her hand.

Something else: Be careful what you say around Maddy. You may end up in one of her dozen or so journals of interesting quotes she hears in daily life.

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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.

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John Clark

Sales Manager

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.

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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.

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Mike Gaglia

Controller

Mike credits a stellar high school teacher with sparking his interest in accounting. It started with banking and progressed to insurance, small business controller-ship, and payroll. His roll at PayReel can involve everything from assisting Customer Relations Managers to reporting final numbers.

Payroll accounting requires finite attention to detail, which suits Mike’s personality well. In a way, it isn’t far from one of his favorite pastimes—restoring vintage vehicles as close to their original glory as possible. Accounting requires everything match up down to the last penny. Restoring cars takes a similar level of meticulousness to tackle each detail—from upholstery to paint. Mike gets a lot of satisfaction in the final result from both.

Something else: Michael is the kind of neighbor anyone would like to have. Not only will he answer your questions about cars, but as the neighborhood’s “Homecoming King,” he’ll also give you a cheerful greeting on your way in or out.

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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.

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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.

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Kat Johnson

CRM Operations Manager

Whether in her previous roles in healthcare management education, her volunteer efforts, or her current role supporting PayReel’s Client Relationship Managers (CRMs), Kat’s guiding mantra is simple: Many hands make light work. Sometimes, that’s literal. At a Habitat for Humanity site, Kat and a team of fellow volunteers (who also happened to be strangers) were tasked with getting a solid structural beam to the second floor. While many hands do make light work, sometimes a good process can eliminate the need for many hands and make work even lighter. She’s a pro at identifying and organizing both.

It’s these kind of moments—ones that require collaboration, creativity, and extreme organization—that Kat’s gifts shine.

As someone who thrives in a busy, demanding environment, it always surprises people that Kat can sit still long enough to quilt as much as she does! Each baby and graduate in her family gets a personalized gift from “Aunt Kat.” The slower pace and intense focus provide her brain some much needed “quilt therapy,” but in some ways, it’s not that different from the rest of it.

She can see the personalized VW-bug-themed quilt that a pile of scraps will become in the same way that she sees a stressed out team member needs help and another team member has a gap in their calendar that allows them to assist and share the load. And of course, she sees the team that can move the beam when one person alone cannot. The thing it all has in common is the creativity and vision required to get it done.

So did they ever get that beam to the second floor? Of course they did. With many, many hands to make that ultra-heavy beam light.

Something else: Kat keeps 50 different colored Sharpies in her drawer. What’s an ultra-organized quilter/manager/volunteer without an ultra-organized color-coordinated system to match?

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Stacey Tucker

Client Relationship Manager

After 38 years in customer service, project management, and operations, Stacey’s systems and processes run as smoothly as a Swiss commuter train. You will never find a rogue file on her desktop or an email without a home. You may not think it by looking at the many piles on her desk, but this professional has everything precisely where she wants it.

She streamlines budgets and manages projects like a boss, but Stacey’s organization extends into all areas of her life. In her free time, she manages musicians’ booking and keeps her family’s camper ready to roll. At any moment, you could pack a bag, get behind the wheel, and be on your way.

Just keep your hands off her piles!

Something else: Stacey’s penchant for details means there are some seriously useless tidbits rolling around in her brain. One of her faves is the fact that turtles breathe out their butts. It’s true. Ask her for details.

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Samatha Berg

Customer Relationship Manager

Samantha’s day to day role finds her onboarding new employees, problem-solving, managing a bunch of moving parts, and maintaining relationships. Her background in medical billing gave her great practice at the skills she uses daily—maintaining relationships, learning systems, and taking detailed notes.

In addition to professional background, Samantha’s experience growing up in the city prepared her for her work. Public transportation is a master class in planning and organization. Composting without a yard is a case study for learning resourcefulness and problem-solving. And of course there’s nothing like city traffic to teach patience and a tolerance for colorful language.

In her spare time, Samantha keeps busy learning new skills and languages (ASL and Korean are her current pursuits), knitting, and growing a few plants.

Something else: Samantha is young at heart—the “Disney magic” of her childhood sticks with her today.

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Chelsea Uzoma

Customer Relationship Manager

With a Bachelors in Management Sciences and a diverse work and travel background, Chelsea is ready for just about any curveball that comes her way. She is a pro at keeping clients and employees happy and ensuring she’s doing the very best she can for the clients. She’s great at developing relationships with people individually and giving them personalized attention and care.

Chelsea’s care and generosity show up in her personal life as well. Her friends and family know her as the one who goes above and beyond for everyone. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys traveling and having movie nights with her four lovely girls.

Something else: Even though she loves to read, Chelsea is notorious for taking forever to finish a book. She is quick to recommend one book that she started reading in 2015. Just don’t ask her about the last chapter (she hasn’t finished it yet)!

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Anna Vergara

Customer Relationship Manager

With over a decade in customer service roles, Anna is in touch with the importance of prioritizing and being highly organized. These skills make her a pro at staying on top of everything even on the busiest days.

Anna is naturally a people person, which shows up in her work as well as in her personal life. She’s also quick to get engrossed with a good movie or television series. She spends her spare time with her family and friends or doing anything outdoors.

Something else: Anna is a registered nurse with years of experience working and volunteering in several hospitals in the Philippines.

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Nina Bolden

Customer Relationship Manager

Nina’s daily work involves processing payroll, taking calls, and of course, managing client relationships. Every role she’s had has been client-facing and it’s a good fit for Nina as she’s known as the listener of her friend group. She can take in a lot of information and stay neutral and objective.

She’s also highly organized and a true believer in the mantra that everything has its place. That goes for her desk and her home (much to her husband’s chagrin).

In her life outside of work, Nina enjoys playing rugby (they are division champs, to boot!) and is a proud mom to three cats and twenty plants. She enjoys cooking and baking and hopes to incorporate an outdoor veggie garden into her routine as well as her meals.

Something else: Nina graduated from a tiny liberal arts college and her high school graduating class was bigger than her college class.

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Pipay Gerilla

Client Relationship Manager

Pipay’s work experience—both at PayReel and previous—has always been client facing. This is a good fit for Pipay’s observant and highly-organized nature. She has systems in place to make sure she remembers tasks and meetings and she is adept at multitasking and keeping things running smoothly.

Having had plenty of experience in multiple cultures, Pipay is well suited to understand different types of people and personalities. She is an astute communicator and understands what frustrates people as well as what makes them happy.

Outside of work, Pipay enjoys spending time with her two children and taking family walks with their three dogs. She also enjoys crafting, watching movies, and gaming online.

Something else: With her roots in the Philippines, Pipay’s favorite dish is kare-kare—a curry with peanut sauce, veggies, and meat. She can eat it for an entire week without getting tired of it.

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Viktoria Perrin

Senior Accountant

Viktoria has a degree in accounting and a substantial work history in the field. She enjoys reconciliations and making sure everything comes together. It’s satisfying in the same way that completing a puzzle together is.

Viktoria enjoys time with her two kids and their two gigantic cats. They enjoy hiking, camping and road trips. Viktoria also enjoys crafting. She makes blankets, coasters, soap from scratch, and more.

Something else: Viktoria goes to craft fairs with her daughter and loves that it gives her firsthand experience with business, money management, and social skills.

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Phalla Holton

Payroll Specialist

Phalla likes a good challenge. In addition to running payroll, onboarding, and e-verifying new hires, Phalla will tackle an Excel spreadsheet with unmatched gusto. She’ll be the first to volunteer to put all her logical and analytical skills to work building a spreadsheet that helps track or interpret information.

As a newly-minted homebody, Phalla enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and settling in with a movie!

Something else: Phalla lives by her colorful whiteboards and calendars full of to-dos, events, and tasks.

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Hershe Gesmundo

Client Relationship Manager

While her days keep her busy processing tickets, responding to employees, and working on payroll, Hershe’s true business is people. Everything from her background in social work to the client-centric jobs she’s had since have been people oriented. Customer service is a good fit for someone with those skills.

Hershe is the kind of person friends come to for help and strangers feel comfortable sharing their life story with. She is a good listener and also knows how to ask the right questions—a good skill for her work in customer relationships.

Something Else: Hershe learned to make kimchi during lockdown. It requires a ton of effort and, true to form, she loves to share with with the people closest to her.

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Ashley LaRoque

Manager Crew Connection

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