Speaker Bios

    Speaker Bios 

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    Dave Basham
    Program Analyst
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    David joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2008 following his retirement from the U.S. Army. He has conducted over 500 Form I-9 and E-Verify presentations to nationwide audiences which include elected officials, immigration attorneys, compliance personnel to human resources and payroll professionals.  In 2016, the American Payroll Association presented Dave with their annual APA Government Partner Award in recognition of his service to the payroll community. In 2014, Dave was selected as the recipient of Arkansas's SHRM 'Friend of HR" award. Dave's military assignments were numerous in the infantry arena. His military service decorations include the Legion of Merit. Dave's originally from West Virginia but now makes his home in historic Virginia.

    Hosey Burgess
    Manager/Director
    Norfolk/Portsmouth VEC Workforce Centers
    Virginia Employment Commission


    Hosey is a former U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) Command Master Chief with over Twenty-six years experience as a supervisor, personnel counselor providing one-on-one counseling and group presentations on various subjects such as career, employment development, personal risk assessment and financial responsibility. He has twenty-two years experience as an instructor addressing groups of 5-200 personnel on various technical and administrative topics. When he left the Navy he became employed with the Virginia Employment Commission in 1998 in the following positions first as a Workforce Services Representative, Local Veteran Employment Representative, Supervisor and Manager with over eighteen years with the agency. He has participated on interview panels leading to the hiring of VEC agency personnel.  He is currently the Manager of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach Field Office as he carries out his duties by directing local office operations by representing, providing and promoting Virginia Employment Commission services and programs including unemployment insurance benefits; employer tax liability, audits and collections; and a wide range of workforce services to a diverse population in the Norfolk/Portsmouth and Virginia Beach service areas.  Hosey has served on the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board as a member of the Board of Directors.  He is married to LaRue Marie Burgess they reside in the city of Virginia Beach; they have four adult sons James, Hermanos, Carlos, and Anthony.

    Melinee’ Cody, CPP
    Director of Support and Training
    PenSoft

     

    Melinee’ Cody, CPP is the Director of Support and Training for Peninsula Software of Virginia, Inc. (PenSoft). She has over 28 years’ of accounting and payroll experience including 19 years with PenSoft. Melinee’ graduated from University of Maryland overseas division in Hilderberg, Germany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

    Melinee’ is an active member of the American Payroll Association (APA) and currently serves on the APA’s Hotline, Chapter Mentor Program- CHAMPS, and APA’s Government Relations Task Force IRS Issues Subcommittees. She received the APA Meritorious Service Award in 2012. She has held her CPP designation since 2000

    Melinee’ is a member of the Hampton Roads Chapter (HRAPA). She currently serves as the HRAPA chapter Vice President, Speaker Chair, and Webmaster. She is one of the founding members of the Colonial Capital Chapter. Melinee has been a guest speaker for several local chapters, Thomas Nelson Accounting Class and the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club- Women’s Forum. Melinee’ has served on the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference since 2003. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference. 

    Linda Dailey, CPP
    Payroll Compliance Supervisor
    Fairfax County Government
     

    Linda Dailey has been in the payroll profession for over 25 years, currently working for Fairfax County Government as Payroll Compliance Supervisor. 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 Treasurer 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. 

    Karen Elliott
    Member
    Eckert Seamans
    Attorneys at Law


    Karen focuses her practice on labor and employment law and commercial litigation matters. She strives to provide practical legal advice to help employers craft reasonable business solutions for their human resources challenges. Her clients span all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500, in industries ranging from nursing homes, physician practices, and health and rehab centers to construction, travel and entertainment, fast food and retail.

    As a labor and employment lawyer, Karen helps clients navigate the alphabet soup of 40 or more employment laws from ADA, FMLA, GINA, OSHA to USERRA, and the myriad federal agencies such as DOL, EEOC, and NLRB. Because Karen is a trial lawyer, she understands the complexities involved in going to court and helps clients work to resolve issues before they become legal issues. But as an experienced trial lawyer, she knows how to navigate agency investigations as well as courtroom drama. Karen empathizes with business facing difficult employment issues. She has firsthand experience from when she had to act on her own legal advice while serving as president of a not-for-profit when its business office staff walked out. She understands that the legal answer is not always the practical business solution.

    Karen dedicates time each day to honing her legal skills and keeping up with the fast-changing area of labor, employment, and benefits law. She has been recognized with an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest level rating for professional excellence for both ethical standards and legal experience. She is also proud to claim similar recognition from Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite." 

    Cynthia Holdren
    Senior Associate
    SLI Global Solutions
    (Office of Child Support Enforcement)
     

    Cindy is a Senior Associate with SLI Global Solutions, LLC assigned to the Employer Service team at the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).  At OCSE she works with employers, states, and courts about income withholding, medical support, and other topics; researches and writes documents about policy questions; trains groups about child support; and coordinates team content on the OCSE website.

    She has experience in federal, state, and local government.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a program manager supervising tasks associated with policy, legislation, and research for the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement.  Previous positions include director of a county social services department, manager of a child support enforcement field office, and manager of two employment security offices. 

    Cindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. 

    Carrie Hovell, CPP
    Payroll and Benefits Administrator
    Infinitive, Inc.
     

    Carrie is the Payroll and Benefits Administrator at Infinitive, Inc in Ashburn, VA.  Currently, Carrie serves as the Vice-President for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference (2016 to currently).  From 2011 to 2015, Carrie served as the Vendor Chair for the VSPC.  She also serves as the New England Payroll Conference’s (NEPC - 2013 to currently) Exhibitor Co-Chair and Social Media Co-Chair.

    Carrie has been involved in her local chapter – WMAC.  In 2004, she joined the Executive Committee as the Education Co-Chair. She continued in 2007-2008 as the Meeting/Planning Committee Chair and Vendor Relations Chair. She was elected President-Elect in 2008 and again in 2012. Carrie has been WMAC-APA National Promotions Chair for 2010-2011 and Government Liaison Officer in 2010. She served as Vendor Relations Chair in 2007, 2008, and 2011 - 2015.  She has represented the chapter as Immediate Past-President and Social Media Chair. has been a member of the WMAC-APA since 1999.

    Nationally, she volunteers on the APA Hotline, CHAMPS and as the administrator at national classes held in the DC metro area. 

    Jasmine Jones, CPP
    Tax Librarian
    PenSoft
     

    Jasmine Jones is a Tax Librarian for PenSoft.  She has six years of payroll experience, including six years with PenSoft.  Jasmine earned her FPC designation in the Fall of 2013 and her CPP in the Spring of 2014.  Jasmine is a member of the Colonial Capital Chapter, since 2013.  Currently, she serves as the chapter President.  She also is involved in the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference, since 2014.  Currently, she serves as the Hotel Chair.

    Jasmine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Minor degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Anika Kim  

    Anika is a Tax Manager at Ernst & Young McLean Office. She has 7 years of experience in public accounting. She advises clients on a variety of issues including preparation of US income tax returns for outbound and inbound assignees, tax equalization and cross-border business travelers. She is an enrolled agent. She received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Anika worked at the Wolf Group, PC as a Tax Specialist assisting foreign nationals and international organization employees and retirees with their individual income tax matters.  

    Hilda King  

    Hilda has been an Investigator with the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor since 1995. She was hired under the Boston Region’s distinguished scholar hiring initiative. Hilda was then recruited to work in our New York City Offices where she participated in various task forces targeting specific problem industries which involved working jointly with other government agencies like State level labor departments as well as the Office of Inspector General and U.S. Attorneys’ office. Hilda transferred to the Norfolk Area Office in 2002 where she has come to specialize in government contract compliance among other areas of focus. sheI had also been selected to lead in the very first investigations under new regulations like the Nursing Mother provisions under the FLSA.  

    he grew up in Boston, MA, and has two teenage boys. 

    She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, MA where most of her extended family still lives. 

    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. 

    Nathan Mathis Nathan is a CPA with Ernst & Youngs Mobility Practice, working as a specialist for the last 7 years.  He has extensive experience in developing policies and structuring mobility programs to help clients achieve their HR and overall business goals.  As part of this role Nathan works daily with clients to meet their obligations for tax compliance, as well as develop cost models and talent strategies so that they can develop their global leaders today and in the future. Nathan has led multiple global initiatives in technology and payroll redesign as well as performance improvement, helping clients of all sizes track and benchmark themselves to their goals as well as to their market.
    Abbey Moran, CPP
    Treasury & HR Manager
    Nextlink Wireless, LLC


    Abbey has been working in the payroll industry for over 10 years, focusing on implementations, garnishments, procedural consolidation and documentation, best practices, and team management.  She is currently the Treasury & HR Senior Manager for Nextlink Wireless, the leading broadband microwave provider (it’s like direct fiber connection in the air) and one of the largest holders of licensed broadband wireless spectrum.  Abbey began her payroll career in the restaurant industry, working with both the Champps and Fox & Hound organizations.

    Ronald Moser
    Payroll/Employee Benefits Consultant
    Taxing Matters


    As Payroll/Benefits Administrator, for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Schools, Ronald Moser was responsible for handling payroll, personnel,  and employee benefits matters. He has over 30 years of experience in these areas, having worked as Tax Preparer, Supervisor of Payroll/Benefits, and Accounts Payable and Employee Benefits Supervisor.

    Mr. Moser currently serves on the American Payroll national Speakers Bureau, CHAMPS, APA IRS Issues Committee, APA Government Task Force Subcommittee on Pay Cards and is Co-Chair of the Government/Public Sector Task Force. He has served on the American Payroll Associations Hotline, Education Committee, Board of Advisors and has served as a Vice President of the APA's Board of Directors. He has also served as President and Education Coordinator of teh Buffalo Niagara Chapter and as New York Statewide Conference Chair, and has taught the Payroll Professional Learning Series. He received the APA's Meritorious Service Award in 2003, Special Recognition Award in 2005, and Payroll Man of the Year in 2007.

    Mr. Moser, who has served on the Board of Advisors of the IRS Small Business Assistance Center in Western New York, has held the designation of Certified Payroll Professional since 1993. He also holds a degree in accounting. 

    Travis Nicholson


    Travis Nicholson is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the EEOC Charlotte District Office. The Education and Outreach program encompasses all external training through the EEOC Training Institute, as well as select no-fee based outreach programs and activities.

    Travis joined the Commission in 2009 as an Investigator with the EEOC Detroit Field Office. Prior to joining the EEOC he worked as a Compliance Officer with the U.S. Dept of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and he is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Alberto Ruisanchez
    Chief of the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section
    Department of Justice

     

    Alberto Ruisanchez is the Chief of the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.  He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  After clerking for the Honorable Juan Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Mr. Ruisanchez was accepted to the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice.  Since then, he has worked in various sections of the Civil Rights Division helping to enforce laws that prohibit discrimination.  

    Jackie Weisgarber
    Claims Specialist
    Social Security


    Jackie began her career with Social Security in 2006 as a Claims Specialist in the Charleston, SC field office. While working in the field Jackie processed thousands of Social Security claims including Retirement, Survivor, Medicare claims, post-entitlement claims including complex fraud cases and more.

    Jackie moved to Richmond in January 2016 when she accepted the Public Affairs Specialist position covering central and western Virginia. In this role, Jackie represents the agency through local, regional and national outreach events including speeches and training sessions.

    Prior to joining Social Security Jackie worked as a Project Manager for a software company and prior to that, she worked as a public relations specialist for a nonprofit group.

    Jackie has a BA in Journalism from The University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The College of Charleston.

    When not working, Jackie enjoys time with family and friends, volunteering, yoga, traveling, and cooking.

    Lura Woodley, CPP
    Payroll Director
    Armed Forces Services Corporation
     

    Lura F. Woodley, CPP, PHR is a multi-disciplined professional with over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Human Resources, and Payroll.  She has a solid Accounting background which started in the US Army as an Accounting Specialist and spans across the government, non-profit and private sectors.  As a Payroll Director for the Armed Forces Services Corporation, Lura directs a team who is responsible for the payroll of over 3,000 government contractors who are dedicated to improving the lives of Service Members, Veterans, Families, Civilian Federal Workers and Federal Program Recipients.

    Lura has been involved in payroll since 1999 after her relocation from New York City and has held positions such as Payroll Administrator, Payroll Specialist, Personnel Supervisor, Payroll Supervisor and Payroll Manager.  Lura is an active member of the APA’s Washington DC Metropolitan Area Chapter where she currently serves as the Community Outreach Chair and coordinates all their community service events.

    Lura holds an M.S. in Accounting from Strayer University and earned her CPP designation in 2009 and is also a Certified Human Resources Professional and has earned both the PHR and SHRM-CP