Carrie Louise Hovell, CPP
Payroll became my bread and butter in October of 1998 but I wanted it to be more. So, I started to learn more about payroll through my mentor and chapter meetings with our local chapter here in the DC area. I joined the WMAC in 1999 and that is where I started to develop my payroll network. In 2003, I earned my CPP after participating in the WMAC's CPP Study Group and soon after that, I started to volunteer. I have been on many committees for the WMAC – Education, Meeting/Planning, Tri-State (that was before the WMAC joined the VSPC-APA), Vendor Relations, and National Promotions. Eventually, I served as President-Elect and President. Once I got involved in a committee, the volunteer bug kept growing.
I found I was really successful at getting vendors involved with the local chapter. I believe I learned how to beg and plead, never giving up for sponsorships because of all the fundraising I did as a child and watching my mother put together small local craft fairs for a women’s club where she was a member. In 2010, I was asked to shadow the VSPC Exhibitor Chair and learn from her. In 2011, I put together my first exhibitor hall in Fredericksburg, VA. I stayed on that committee through 2015 and then ran as Vice President for 2016/17. Now, I am currently serving as the President of the VSPC and I am truly honored to be able to serve at this level for our payroll community. It is my pleasure to work with our current VSPC board because these volunteers give of their time to make the best conference possible each year.
Volunteering for the payroll community has been amazing. As I mentioned, I started at the local level with the WMAC in 2004 and then I joined the VSPC in 2010. Nationally, I have been involved since 2004 from the APA Hotline to an APA administrator at a national class held in the Washington, DC area. Yet, my payroll reach doesn’t end there. In 2013, I was asked to help the New England Payroll Conference with their Exhibitor Hall. I mention this because you never realize how you can help until you start with your first opportunity. I never thought I would be involved beyond the local level. Over time, I learned what I enjoyed and what I didn’t. Not every position was a fit for me but I learned from each one. So, just by giving my time, I was able to grow myself as well as the community I was helping.
As the VSPC President, my responsibilities are to be the guide throughout the year. From our kick-off, at the end of October, until the conference concludes on October 12, 2018, I am here for our team of volunteers to assist where they need help. I am here to encourage people to get involved, whether as a volunteer, attendee, Chapter President, etc. We need our community to be involved in order to be successful each year.
Now is the opportunity for you to shadow a committee and see if you would like to be a volunteer in that area. Or, you can volunteer your time while you are at the conference. Either by helping the Registration Committee check people in and get them their conference materials or the Hotel Committee, by collecting meal tickets, so seating is handled quickly and efficiently. Other Areas to volunteer your time are the Social Media Committee or Historian Committee, by posting both current and past experiences and pictures of Statewide conferences on VSPC social media. There are many ways to get involved and I know we can find a place for you.
So, if you have any interest in becoming involved with a VSPC committee, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, be sure to register for this year’s conference at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg, VA. I can’t wait to see all of you on October 11-12, 2018. It is going to truly be a Payroll Revolution.
The Jump Start ends on January 31, 2018. You still have time to Jump Start in 2018 and SAVE BIG!
Each year, the VSPC helps new and current payroll professionals remain up-to-date in the ever-changing payroll industry and prepare for the FPC and CPP Certification Examinations.
This year, "Payroll Revolution" will be offering several new and exciting learning opportunities for our attendees. We are currently working on the line-up and class selection will happen closer to the conference.
Registration fees for the 2018 VSPC "Payroll Revolution" are below:
Get a Jump Start on 2018's conference with our Jump Start registration, available until January 31, 2018.
Jump Start Registration (October 13, 2017 - January 31, 2018) $300
Must use Coupon Code - 18VSPC
No adjustments will be made and must be paid by January 31, 2018
Early Bird Registration (February 1 - July 15, 2018) $350.00
Regular Registration (July 16 - August 15, 2018) $430.00
Late Registration (August 16 - September 14, 2018) $475.00
NOTE: If you are paying with a credit card - You will need to have the mailing address of the credit card statement to complete the transaction.
Cancellation Policy - Due to our contractual obligations, VSPC does not allow cancellations. However, we do allow for substitutions to the conference as long as the VSPC is notified within 3 days of the conference. To substitute a registrant, the current registrant has to complete the substitution form.
Reservations: The Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference group rate of $101/night + tax, is available one day before and after the conference! Call 1 (800) 222-8733 and reference the group name Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference 2018 or group code VSP. You can all so use the reservation website by September 10th, 2018 (or until sold out) to make your reservation at www.Williamsburg.DoubleTree.com. On the left of the page enter the dates of arrival and select “Add special rate code". Select “Group Code”, where you will enter your "ID code" of VSP. The group rate for this event is $101.00 per night. To get the government rate, check the “Government / Military Rate” box on the left side of the screen. Please contact the hotel directly in regards to accommodations for early check-in and late check out.
Hotel Amenities: The hotel offers complimentary parking, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, modern 24-hour fitness center and their signature chocolate chip cookie!!
Local Attractions: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg is the closest hotel to the thrilling Busch Gardens theme park. The hotel offer shuttle service to and from the park (fee applies). While you are in Williamsburg, enjoy a round of golf on one of Williamsburg’s world-famous courses. The hotel offers easy access to dining and shopping at the Premium Outlets shopping mall.
The Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference charity for 2018 is Transitions Family Violence Services (TFVS). TFVS is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1977 and celebrating 41 years of operation. The mission of Transitions Family Violence Services is to build safe and healthy families by supporting healthy, violence-free family life. Transitions is the sole provider of comprehensive domestic violence services in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and co-provider for York County. All victims of domestic violence and their family members are eligible for services and all services are free, although transitional housing clients pay rent commensurate with their income.
Transitions’ implements a host of services including a 24-hour hotline; emergency, short-term, and transitional shelter; support groups; safety planning and legal advocacy; information and referral; art and play therapy; and outreach to underserved populations. Transitions’ services are available at no charge.
Transitions engages in a host of collaborations with allied community agencies to expand available services to survivors and their families, including partnerships with local Human Services departments; Commonwealth Attorneys and Victim Witness Offices; the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board; the Center for Child and Family Services; Alternatives; the Office of Human Affairs; local schools and universities; and a host of other organizations. Transitions’ is also actively involved with the prevention of future violence by working to promote healthy relationship education among youth in schools.
Domestic Violence is an issue of family and community. There are many parts involved in affecting family violence from culture, race, age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Family violence has an impact on the workplace and the community. Did you know that battering is the major cause of injury to women.
There are programs to benefit children who reside in violent homes with tutoring and mentoring, interim drop-in onsite and subsidized childcare, and art therapy. Children’s intervention and violence prevention program are for those children who have witnessed domestic violence first hand.
Another area is building skills for self-sufficiency through individual and group counseling, life skills training and employment assistance, and finally legal advocacy. In the legal advocacy services include accompaniment, protective orders, and assistance with custody and divorce proceedings.
Through community participation TFVS has 21+ trained volunteersthatprovide services to clients at the lowest operational cost. They provide internships for students from colleges and universities. Another way the community can participate is through donations and Adopt-a-family programs where clothing, household goods, toys, and supplies are gathered.
So, let us support this year’s charity by reviewing the donations list and give today. Remember your local chapter will be accepting donations. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with your local chapter. The donation listing is posted on the website. If you would like more information on TFVS please visit them at - http://transitionsfvs.com/wp/. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the year from your co-chairs for charity – Robyn Underwood, CPP and Liz Borroughs, CPP.
By Stephanie Salavejus, CPP
The Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference is the cornerstone for payroll professionals located in Virginia, District Columbia and West Virginia. Just like most statewide conferences, we started out small with a bare bones group of dedicated individuals. I joined the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference in 2005.
Being a crafter, it was only natural I was attracted to working on the exhibitior committee. The chair was looking for assistance in reaching a broader group of exhibitors and working the theme into the events in the exhibit hall. The challenge fueled my love for crafting but more importantly, it provided me with lifelong relationships with members who share my passion for the payroll industry.
The chair of the committee provided me with a list of potential exhibitors; my first task was to send out e-mails introducing them to the VSPC and invite them to be an exhibitor to share their products and services with the members. It was a very simple but important task being the sponsorships helped in supporting the educational offerings for the attendees. With the support and guidance of the senior committee members, I learned the ropes quickly. It is so exciting to see many of the exhibitors who initially joined the conference in 2000 are still active today in 2018. A lot has changed in the past 18 years, but the support of our exhibitors has remained strong.
There is a wealth of opportunities to share your passion and skill when you volunteer to work with the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my crafting and design skills the past 13 years.
The VSPC welcomes all members to support the VSPC at any level they feel comfortable. Last year, Martha Seemiller joined the committee entertainment, decorations/theme. You can only imagine the mayhem when two passionate crafters began sharing their thoughts and ideas. Once again, the VSPC introduced me to a new friend that shares the same excitement for crafting and payroll that I have. I am so excited Martha decided to join the committee, she has introduced us to so many new ideas to keep the conference current and fun.
If you are interested volunteering in the VSPC, you can let anyone of the committee members know, and you too can join in on the fun.
By Linda Dailey, CPP
What does it take to be the Payroll Professional of the Year? I think the answer is something different for everyone. We are all great payroll professionals and shine in our own way. You never get involved and give back with any expectations however it is rewarding when you are rewarded with an honor like this.
In your career, do you have anyone who has helped you and stands out as a great mentor? There are so many people who have helped me and I have looked up to over the years. Some of those who I have considered a mentor in my career are Maureen Reed Brown, Margaret Roark, Jane Holmes and Dan Dycus. These people took the time to help and advise me on my career and I appreciate all the advice and help they have given me. I have also had the support of my Employers and Managers, all who have encouraged me to get involved and give back.
Are you one of those people who is a mentor or who tries to help others, then nominate yourself? Do you have someone who has helped and advised you in your career if so why not nominate them for Payroll Professional of the Year and let them know how much you appreciate all their help and support? It is truly one of the biggest honors that has ever been bestowed on me and it just makes me want to continue to give back and help others. I hope you nominate someone and give them this same this same honor. Thank you all for honoring me for 2017.
The Richmond Chapter is off to a fast start for 2018. Our first chapter meeting of the year is on February 21st at 8am at The Place at Innsbrook. Alice Jacobsohn from APA National will be speaking on payroll legislative updates for 2018. Please visit our website at www.apa-richmond.com and plan to join us on February 21st!
Please check us out at www.ctwvapa.org. We invite you to join us for our March 9th chapter meeting. Our meetings are held at American Public University, 393 North Lawrence Street, Charles Town, WV 25414 at 2 pm. The topic is “Procurement with a Focus on the Requests for Proposals (RFP) Process” with speaker Kathy Elgin, CPPO, CPBB. For those wanting to know more on what you need to know about RFP and more this course is for you. Pending approval of 1.5 RCH credits for this meeting. For more information, please contact email@example.com or register online for this event. We look forward to seeing you at our chapter meeting!
Chapter Planning Meeting – Saturday, February 10, 2018 – All Members welcome to participate.
Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Did you know that if you don’t calculate and withhold a garnishment from wages correctly that your company may be required to pay the entire amount of the employee’s debt – not just the corrected payment? This session will review the ways other than child support that wages can be garnished, including creditor garnishments, tax levies, and bankruptcy orders. Learn how to calculate a federal tax levy correctly! We all rely on our payroll software to calculate our garnishments, but how do you know that it’s right?
Speaker: William (Bill) Dunn, CPP - Director of Government Relations for the American Payroll Association
Express Meeting – Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Welcome to the 2018 Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference. We have a lot of new faces and old faces taking on new challenges. We wanted to take an opportunity to tell you more about ourselves. Each Committee is involved in putting together the best conference each year. We would like for you to get to know us.
Linda Dailey, CPP
Fairfax County Government
Well here is a little bit about Linda Dailey's payroll story. I fell into payroll just as I am sure you have heard others say in 1990. I was working in accounts payable and a position opened in payroll and I jumped at it not knowing anything about payroll. I joined WMAC in 1998 and took their study group classes and became certified in 2000. I wanted to get involved and give back to others like those who helped me. I started teaching CPP study group classes and got more and more involved in WMAC and continue to do so today.
I have had many mentors and payroll professionals who have helped be over the last 25 years who have became dear friends and I cherish that. I was honored this past year by being rewarded with the VSPC Payroll Professional of the Year and I currently serve as the VSPC Vice President. I love speaking at chapter meetings, state wide conferences and teaching APA classes. Payroll is a great profession and I am glad I fell into in 27 years ago.
Vivian Hoffmaster, CPP
I’ve been volunteering with VSPC since 2012 when I started helping with the Charity Committee. I found the experience to be very rewarding and looked forward to finding charities from the local areas that could really benefit from VSPC’s support. It’s a fun way to meet people at the conference and I enjoyed watching the winners receive their prizes.
I’m a member of the WMAC and CTWV Chapters. Previously, I served as Secretary for WMAC and currently, I serve as Treasurer for CTWV.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family especially my 4 year old grandson.
Robyn Underwood, CPP
Co-Chair Charity Committee
Robyn Underwood Bookkeeping/Tax Services
I was invited to a WMAC payroll chapter meeting in 1995 by Maureen Reed Brown. From that meeting, my head was swimming on all the things I did not know and what I did know my company was doing wrong. I joined WMAC in 1995 and attended the study group to learn more and sit for my payroll certification. It paid off and in September 1996 I passed the written CPP exam.
In 2010, Vivian Hoffmaster and I started the Charles Town WV Chapter of the APA. We are a small chapter that meets quarterly. I am currently the President and I am on the NPW Committee. We just participated in Wreaths Across America on both laying wreaths and picking them up at a local cemetery, Edge Hill, Charles Town, WV.
As far as my involvement in VSPC, I started volunteering in 2011. VPSC looks to members of the participating chapters involved in the conference. Since we were new, the board approached us to be part of the conference the next year. I enjoy getting involved and seeing what other chapters are doing besides all the fun we have as a group and make things happen…the amazing conference. I am currently on the Charity Committee where we select a charity in the area of the conference for that year. Each chapter is contacted to donate a basket to raffle during the conference. It has been a very rewarding job seeing all the charities that are out there helping others and the amazing VSPC participants that give so graciously to help others. I was truly humbled last year with our largest amount raised to date of $4,150 for Health Brigade. Get involved and you will be glad you did whether at your local chapter level or VSPC; you will not regret it!
Elizabeth “Liz” Burroughs, CPP
Charity & Donations Committees
My Journey started over 20 years ago. I was asked to work for a car dealership and help them with their Accounts Payable/Receivables. Before I knew it, I was asked to process their payroll. I had no idea how to handle a timesheet, calculate taxes or calculate a garnishment. So that very first year, I quickly figured it out and that is how my career in payroll started.
Over the years, I took the time to learn as much as I could about payroll. In 2002, I moved to Richmond and was very lucky to be hired with a company that took interest in my career and my growth as a payroll professional. I became a member of the local Richmond APA chapter and studied for my FPC, which I earned in 2006, then my CPP, which I earned in spring of 2007. As I continued with my journey, I knew I wanted to do more than just learn and process payroll, I wanted to give others the same opportunities.
I started to volunteer. I started with the local Richmond chapter. My first position with the Richmond chapter was on the Membership committee. I helped with creating name badges for the meetings, greeting and registering people as they arrived. I moved on to the Secretary position and currently hold the Vice President position. Still for me, that was not enough. I started helping with the VSPC board. I was co-chair of registration, then moved onto the Secretary position, 2016/17 was in the President position and I am currently working with Charity, Donations & Attendee/Speaker gifts.
By giving a little of my time, I have met many new people who love payroll as much as I do, many I call friends. I have my own private “network” to call when I am presented a new challenge in payroll. I have learned a lot about myself. My strengths, my weaknesses, etc.
Volunteering, to me, has been very fulfilling. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing the knowledge I have accumulated over my years of experience. I love that both the Richmond Chapter and VSPC, sponsor local charities. To know that by sponsoring these charities each year, we are making a difference in people’s lives.
So if you like a challenge, want to meet new people and have your own “private network”, volunteer. Start small, help at a meeting with your local chapter or if you are attending the VSPC, approach one of the VSPC board members and ask “what can I do to help? “ Who knows, maybe you will catch the bug and what to join our board, make a difference in someone’s day.
Lura Woodley, CPP, PHR
Armed Forces Services Corp
My name is Lura Woodley and I am an active member of the Washington DC Area Chapter of APA where I currently serve as the Chair for Community Outreach and Education. While my career started out in Accounting, I’ve been involved in payroll for the past 18+ years since my relocation in 1999 from New York City. In order to be proficient in my role as a Payroll Professional, I studied hard, attended the PayTrain Courses and successfully obtained my Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) Designation in 2009.
This year, I am honored to join my fellow Payroll Professionals on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference (VSPC) where I will be serving as the Exhibitor Chair. My job at VSPC will be to solicit vendors for sponsorship. In addition, I will be collaborating with these vendors during the Exhibit Hall which serves as a networking opportunity for over 200 Payroll Professionals throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia.
I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s conference in Williamsburg and definitely encourage everyone to get involved.
Laura Pegram, FPC
Woodfin Heating, Inc.
My name is Laura Pegram and I am the Payroll Specialist for Woodfin Heating, Inc. I moved to Payroll from Accounting in 2010 and I process payroll for 4 divisions of the company for about 700 employees. I joined the National APA for the resources and found out about joining local chapters. I joined the Richmond Chapter in 2013 and received my FPC certification that same year. I am working now to earn my CPP certification. I have volunteered to be the new historian and photographer for the VSPC and I am looking forward to working with such a great group of people. I have enjoyed coming to the VSPC for the last few years and thought it would be a great idea to get more involved. I do photography as a hobby and I also take pictures for my company events and meetings. Doing this for the VSPC as well felt like it would be a great way to volunteer my services and have fun while doing it.
Timothy Massenburg, CPP
County of Henrico
I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance with over 30 years of experience in Accounting and Financial Reporting. I work for the County of Henrico as the Payroll Supervisor for the last 10 years. I oversee all payroll operations and management for 4,500 employees.
My interest in payroll started at Virginia State University after graduating from College, with my first job working in the Payroll Office. I was responsible for auditing college work study timesheets and processing the hourly payroll. I was introduced to the Payroll Association from a former supervisor who stressed the importance of professional development and career advancement. This instilled in me the desire to get the CPP certification. After several unsuccessful attempts, I knew I had to change my study habits and focus on productive learning. This was both challenging and rewarding.
Joining the Richmond chapter allowed me the opportunity to meet and fellowship with my peer payroll professionals and volunteer for committees and actively engage in helping grow our chapter. I'm the Government Relations Officer for the Richmond Chapter and enjoy interacting with government agencies collecting payroll proclamations recognizing the hard work and dedication of the profession in collecting and paying employment taxes to the government. I eagerly joined the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference Committee 10 years ago and the rest is history.
I currently serve as the Registration Chair ensuring that your first impression attending the Conference is a great one by welcoming you and distributing the awesome registration attendee booklets. Volunteering for the VSPC allows me to interact and network with hundreds of payroll professional throughout the state of Virginia and surrounding areas. I encourage all members to become actively involved in your local chapters and statewide conference. We are always looking for people with good ideas and willing to serve. If this is you, contact us and make it happen.
Social Media Committee
Prince George County Government
I began my career in Payroll in 2004 while working for Cumberland County, VA Government. As someone brand new to the field, I began as a part-time employee and quickly advanced to a full-time position. My eagerness to learn and ability to take on new challenges is what enabled me to quickly advance through the ranks. Within the first year, I was promoted to the Payroll & Benefits Administrator. With the ever-changing world of payroll, I felt that it would behoove me to join the American Payroll Association and become a member of the Richmond Chapter of APA. In 2013, I accepted a position with Prince George County, VA Government as the Payroll Supervisor. During my first year with the County, my supervisor encouraged me to start studying for the CPP exam so that I could become a Certified Payroll Professional. I accepted the challenge and took an online study course which helped me earn my certification in payroll in 2015.
Payroll has always been a passion of mine, but I felt that working directly with people was a bigger goal for me ultimately. I accepted a promotion as the HR Analyst in 2015 and have since been promoted to the HR Supervisor in 2017. I enjoy working in the Human Resources Department and have been able to use my payroll skills to bridge a gap between HR and Payroll within the last couple of years. I am working towards my certification in Human Resources so that I can be a huge asset to any organization that I choose to work in. It is very hard for organizations to find people that are well versed in both HR and Payroll and can speak and understand both languages. I enjoy the employee interaction and appreciate the opportunity to branch out in my knowledge in both fields. I joined the Board as Chairperson for Social Media as an opportunity to network with others and share my knowledge and learn from others at the same time. My ultimate goal is to assist in helping those folks that are frustrated with the working relationship that HR/Payroll have in the organization and share ideas on how to be a great team while achieving the common goal of Customer Service.
Abbey Moran, CPP
I have been in payroll for over 15 years, resulting from a happy accident trying to be the next Bernadette Peters or Idina Menzel. Although the necessity to pay rent eventually overcame the desire to see my name in lights, I have really enjoyed finding a career in the payroll world. My focus is primarily on implementations, garnishments, procedural consolidation and documentation, and best practices.
I’ve been a member of the APA since 2006, a member of the WMAC since 2009, and have been volunteering on the VSPC board since 2012. Nationally, I am currently on the Child Support and Garnishment Government Relations Task Force and National Speakers Bureau, among others. This year I am also proud to serve as WMAC’s President.
I received my CPP designation in 2010, at the suggestion of my manager. The company where I worked had limited promotion opportunity, so this was my boss’ attempt to keep me happy and engaged at work. I was the first in our department to try for a payroll certification. Walking into the testing center that day, all I remember is how scared I was. Not at feeling unprepared, or scared of the test itself, but I was so frightened I would disappoint my manager if I didn’t pass. She was convinced I could do anything. Luckily, she was right.
Earning my CPP and volunteering with APA, WMAC, and VSPC has been the best move I could ever make in turning my job into a career. What started out as “busy work” to keep me from finding a new job has opened more doors than I ever knew existed. The people I serve on these committees with have grown from colleagues to life-long friends.
Martha Seemiller, CPP
Conference Theme / Social Committee
I was introduced to payroll back in 1991 when I was working at a small local accounting firm. I started handling the payroll at our office and really enjoyed it. That led me to handling the payroll for the firm’s clients whom we did payroll services for. I joined the Richmond Chapter APA around 2009-2010 and found the meetings very insightful and a great networking tool. Made great friends also. I studied and passed the CPP exam in 2012 (it was hard but well worth the time and effort) and have recently become re-certified.
I joined the Richmond Chapter board on the Hospitality committee where my creative talents were put to good use, coming up with themes and table decorations. In 2016 I was asked to join the VSPC Board to head up the Decoration/Entertainment committee, and I can say it was a blast hanging out with the VSPC board members and learning so much from them this past year. If you ever thought about joining the board of directors or even volunteering at your local chapter, do it, it is so much fun and rewarding.
Dan Dycus, CPP
Communications & Webmaster
American Payroll Association
Global Payroll Management Institute
My first experience with payroll occurred in the summer of 1996. I had just been on loan to the Atlanta Summer Olympics, and I knew when I returned, I was going to have a new challenge ahead of me… I just did not understand what it would be.
I guess I am one of those… Once you get into payroll, you stay in payroll. During my career, I have worked for a variety of companies and held various levels of positions within those companies. Currently, I am the Senior Director of Education Services for the American Payroll Association and the Global Payroll Management Institute.
Locally, I have been active with the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter since 1999, and I have held most positions on the board. I assisted with Colonial Capital Chapter during their formation. I coached and still volunteer for the Charles Town West Virginia Chapter.
For Statewide, I became involved in 2010. I feel that this conference is very beneficial to the State of Virginia. Since becoming involved, I have been President, Vice President, Treasurer, and currently, work on the website and communications.
I always get more out of what I give that what I put in. If you have a little free time, consider getting involved and get to know your fellow payroll professionals.