Speaker Bios

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    Inez Boyd

    Inez Loyd is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration where she began her career in 1978. Prior to her current position, she was a Technical Expert where she worked the most complex social security cases and benefit computations. Inez worked with the Internal Revenue Service before coming to the Social Security Administration.

    She is a Virginia State University Alumna and South Carolina native. Inez has won numerous certifications and awards from Virginia State University and the Social Security Administration. Prior to January 2016, she handled public affairs for all twenty-four offices in the Philadelphia Region III Area and served as a liaison between the community and Social Security. Inez now handles twelve offices in the area. Financial planners and experts contact her regularly to decipher Social Security laws and policy, most recently with the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2015 which changed file and suspend options for couples and deemed filing provisions.

    Inez has lived in Virginia Beach for more than 40 years. 

    Vicki Bridgeman ~ Director, Virginia Division Unclaimed Property

    Vicki Bridgeman has been the Director of Virginia’s Division of Unclaimed Property within the Department of the Treasury since 1995. Prior to her current position, she held various audit positions within the Division of Unclaimed Property from 1982-1991. In the period between late 1991 and 1995, she worked to revise the Escheats Generally Statute, the program that deals with abandoned real estate. Ms. Bridgeman began her career with Virginia in 1980 as an internal auditor with the Virginia Community College System. Prior to her experience with the Commonwealth, she was a civilian employee for the U. S. Department of the Army in the Finance Division.

    Ms. Bridgeman is a native Virginian and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a B.S. degree in Accounting. She is a graduate of both the Commonwealth Management Institute and the Virginia Executive Institute. Ms. Bridgeman currently holds the professional designation of Certified Government Financial Manager and is a member of the Richmond Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association, and is an associate member of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

    Ms. Bridgeman served as President of the Richmond AGA Chapter in 2008-2009 and also served on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) as Secretary-Treasurer. She first assumed the duties of NAUPA Treasurer in October 1998 completing two additional terms that ended December 2004. She received a lifetime achievement award from NAUPA in 2007 after 25 years of service to NAUPA and Virginia.

    Bill Dadmun ~ Manager, Records and Receipts - Division of Unclaimed Property

    William H (Bill) Dadmun is currently serving as the Manager for the Records & Receipts Unit in the Division of Unclaimed Property, and has been in his position for the past 16 years. His responsibilities include oversight of the Records & Receipts Unit, a ten person team that handles the reporting receipt process, including tangible property reporting. In addition, he is responsible for the production of the annual advertisements of unclaimed property owner names statewide, the website content management for the Unclaimed Property Reporting pages, the annual auction of tangible property, and the communication of reporting responsibilities to the holder community.

    Bill is a 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech with a major in Economics, and he has completed CMI and AMI training provided by the Performance Management Group at VCU.

    Linda Dailey, CPP ~ Director of Payroll - American Public University System Linda has been in the payroll profession for over 25 years, currently working as Director of Payroll for American Public University. Linda received her CPP designation in the spring of 2000. Linda is involved in the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the APA, the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference and APA National. She is also a member of the Charlestown West Virginia Chapter of the APA. Linda currently serves as Vice President for the VSPC and in her APA National roles Linda serves on the Government Affairs Task Force- Child Support and Other Garnishments Subcommittee, the Strategic Leadership Task Force Government Sector subcommittee, Certified Item Development Task Force, the FPC Certification Board and just recently joined the National Speakers Bureau. One of the most rewarding things Linda does is teach the Money Matters classes to high school students so that when they get out into the working world they will have a little knowledge about their paycheck.
    Frank Gorrell, MSA, CPA, CGMA Frank is licensed in Virginia and Massachusetts. He is the author of a successful continuing professional education course that not only covers how to detect and prevent fraud but also explores what drives people towards rationalizing fraud. He has spoken at the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference several times. Frank has been employed in Government contracting for over a dozen years.
    Jermial Gray ~ Lead Compliance Office - Department of Labor and Industry Jermial Gray is currently employed as a Lead Compliance Officer with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) where he has worked for the last four years. Before joining the Department, Jermial worked as a Special Investigator for about 8 years doing security clearance background investigations for various federal agencies. In addition to that, he has experience working as a Private Investigator, Detention Officer, and Corrections Officer and has just shy of 12 years of military service.
    Gerard Hall, CPP

    Gerard Hall, CPP is the Learning and Development Manager who creates relevant technical and soft skills content, as well as staying abreast of regulatory updates for the Human Capital Management division of CBIZ. After spending over fifteen years working with payroll and benefits, Gerard knows the challenges that payroll practitioners face as well as remaining relevant in the ever-changing regulations that surrounds the industry. Gerard serves as an active member of the Southwest VA APA Chapter, the Speakers Committee for the Virginia State Payroll Conference, and the Volunteer Hotline for the American Payroll Association.

    Gerard has created a strong network in both the Learning & Development and the payroll arenas. He can be seen in articles and group pages offering advice and answers on the American Payroll Association, Payroll Talks, and Training Today forums. In addition to his extensive payroll experience, Gerard has assisted over 125 people in achieving their FPC and CPP designations through his preparation and assessment activities.

    Gerard holds a Bachelor of Science in HR Management from his beloved alma mater, Virginia Tech.

    Dr. Marie Gould Harper ~ Program Director of Management - American Public University System

    Dr. Marie Gould Harper is the Program Director of Management at American Public University. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in instructional systems from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in business from Capella University. She is a progressive coach, facilitator, writer, strategist and human resources/organizational development professional with more than 30 years of leadership, project management, and administrative experience. Dr. Gould Harper has worked in both corporate and academic environments.

    Dr. Gould Harper is an innovative thinker and strong leader, manifesting people skills, a methodical approach to problems, organizational vision and ability to inspire followers. She is committed to continuous improvement in organizational effectiveness and human capital development, customer service and the development of future leaders.

    Charlotte Hodges, CPP ~ Director of Payroll Operations - Willis Towers Watson Charlotte is the Director of Payroll Operations for Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. She is a member of the American Payroll Association's Hotline Referral Service and serves on the Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force Best Practices Subcommittee. Charlotte is also a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the APA (WMAC-APA) where she serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee.
    Nicholas Johnson ~ Branch Chief, Data Collection Branch - Currrent Employment Statistics, National - Bureau of Labor Statistics Nicholas is the Data Collection Branch Chief for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) – National program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the monthly collection of employment, hours, and earnings data for CES. This includes developing innovative data collection tools and procedures to ensure that BLS minimizes the effort needed by respondents to submit accurate and timely data. He has been in this role since 2015 and previously worked in the Producer Price Index (PPI) program, where he started with BLS in 2000.
    Ley Mills Herbert D. (Ley – sounds like “Lee”) Mills is a Senior Tax Specialist (Stakeholder Liaison - Field) assigned to Communication Stakeholder Outreach (CSO), which is part of Communications & Liaison operating unit at the Internal Revenue Service. He has been with the Service for over 27 years, consisting of 11 years as a Revenue Agent in Compliance and the remaining years as a Senior Tax Specialist. As a Revenue Agent, Ley audited Federal Income Tax Returns for various corporations, partnerships, and self-employed individuals. He also served as the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program Coordinator in Northern Virginia (the program helped over 6,000 taxpayers annually). As a Senior Tax Specialist, Ley works with tax practitioner and professional organizations in providing information to business owners on relevant tax issues. He also served on the District Speakers Bureau. Ley has also been involved in the IRS Central Withholding Agreement (CWA) from 2004 - 2007, working with agents for foreign entertainers and athletes performing in the U.S. And, from 2002 – 2005, he assisted taxpayers, such as foreign students and nonresident aliens in the U.S., U.S. employees working abroad, etc., on various tax questions during the tax season.

    Ley is a graduate of Gettysburg College, University of Maryland, and Strayer University, earning a Masters degree in Accounting at Strayer.

    Ley is an avid bicyclist/swimmer. He also plays the guitar at church, does volunteer work as an EMT at a local rescue squad, and teaches First Aid and CPR/AED for the American Heart Association.
    Frank Lynch

    Frank Lynch is a Director and Assistant General Counsel for Allianz Worldwide Partners and works in Richmond, Virginia.  He is responsible for managing the company’s contracting process.  In addition, Frank also serves as the primary legal point of contact for the company’s Human Resources department, assists with managing large litigation matters, and supports the Market Management Department with intellectual property matters.  He joined AWP in November 2007 as Senior Counsel.  Prior to joining AWP, Frank served as Assistant General Counsel for Cavalier Telephone, a competitive local exchange carrier, headquartered in Richmond.  While at Cavalier, he aided sales and corporate departments with preparing and reviewing contracts.  He also addressed employment law and corporate disputes.  Prior to joining Cavalier, Frank was in private practice with two law firms in downtown Richmond (McSweeney, Burtch & Crump and LeClairRyan), where he represented clients in securities litigation, bankruptcy, and general corporate matters.

    Frank is a 1991 graduate of The College of William and Mary (A.B. in Government).  Following graduation, he worked in Richmond as a litigation paralegal for two years.  In 1993, he began law school at the Columbus School of Law (Catholic University of America) and, after his first year, transferred to the Marshall-Wythe School of Law (William & Mary).  He earned his Juris Doctor in 1996 and is admitted to practice law in Virginia. 

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    Abbey Moran, CPP ~ Payroll Consultant

    Abbey has been working in the payroll industry for over 15 years, focusing on implementations, garnishments, procedural consolidation and documentation, best practices, and team management. She most recently worked as the Treasury & HR Senior Manager for Nextlink Wireless, acquired by Verizon in early 2018. Abbey began her payroll career in the restaurant industry, working with both the Champps and Fox & Hound organizations.

    A member of the APA since 2006, and a member of the local Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter since 2009, Abbey holds many positions for both. Nationally, Abbey served as Co-Chair for APA’s Best Practices Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force, and is currently on the Child Support and Garnishment Government Relations Task Force, National Speakers Bureau, and APA Board of Advisors. She also serves the local community as President for the WMAC and Speaker Chair for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference.

    Abbey received her Certified Payroll Professional designation in 2010. She received the Payroll Professional of the Year award from the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference in October 2015 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter in December 2015. Abbey received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Payroll Association in 2016.

    Kelly Quinn ~ Economist, Data Collection Branch - Quarterly Census of Employment Wages - Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Kelly is an economist with the US Bureau of Labor statistics on the Quarterly Census of Unemployment and Wages (QCEW) program. Ms. Quinn is the program lead for the Multiple Worksite Report, collecting employment and wages data for businesses across the country. Ms. Quinn holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina and an M.S. in Applied Economics from John’s Hopkins University.

     

    Nicole Smith, M.Ed., CDBC ~ Director of Instructional Design and Learning Development - American Payroll Association / Global Payroll Management Institute

    For the past 20 years, with her background in Learning and Development, Instructional Design, and Human Resources, Nicole has trained organizational leaders in various industries on topics such as Leadership Development, Project Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Emotional Intelligence, and Working with Multiple Generations. Nicole has written articles for Thrive Global, course curriculum for a variety of industries, implemented engaging and interactive leadership workshops, APA Talks, and training programs including Women in Leadership series—empowering women from all over the globe.

    She is a certified DISC behavior consultant, allowing her to administer, interpret, train, and coach on the DISC behavior profile assessments—helping to develop “your best self” in every situation. Nicole is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and received a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix.

    Lura Woodley, CPP