Speaker Bios

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    Sgt. Tony Ayers
    Roanoke County Police Department

    Sgt. Ayers has been employed as a law enforcement officer at the Roanoke County Police Department for over 19 years.  His assignments include field training officer, Detective, Narcotics Investigator assigned to a Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Administrator and member of the Blue Ridge Partnership for Workplace Violence Prevention.

    Suzanne Bach, J.D., CEBS
    Regional Director of Compliance
    ERISA Attorney

    Suzanne Bach is a former Federal Government regulator with 17 years of experience at the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.  Prior to joining USI, Ms. Bach was EBSA’s Acting Chief of the Divisions of Health and Financial Investigations implementing the Agency’s auditing policies nationally and directing the most complex group health plan investigations. She also developed the Agency’s regional auditing policies and she worked closely with the Agency’s national and regional leadership teams to conduct complex investigations of plans, insurance carriers and large third-party administrators. Previously, she also served as a Senior Employee Benefits Law Specialist in EBSA’s Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance where she worked on group health plan regulatory issues and compliance assistance involving ERISA group health plan provisions such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.  Before joining EBSA’s National Office staff, Ms. Bach worked as a field investigator in EBSA’s Kansas City Regional Office. Ms. Bach received her J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business.  Ms. Bach is admitted to the State Bar of Missouri and District of Columbia.

    Victor Cardwell
    Principal and Chairman of the Board

    Victor Cardwell is Co-Chair of Woods Rogers’ Labor and Employment Law Section. He is also Chairman of the Woods Rogers Board of Directors. He practices labor and employment law throughout the U.S., focusing on diversity, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and labor/management relations—including union-organizing campaigns and union-avoidance techniques, and workplace violence.

    Victor has significant experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. He offers counsel to executive and human resources managers on a wide range of employer concerns—from harassment, sexual orientation/transgender, retaliation, and discrimination, to workforce reductions, handbooks and agreements, unfair competition, wage/hour compliance, health and disability, discipline/discharge, and employee leave.

    Christopher Cope
    Supervisory Special Agen
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Cyber Division

    Christopher Cope is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division.  SSA Cope began serving the FBI in 2009, where upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to the FBI’s-flagship New York Division.  While in New York, SSA Cope was assigned to investigate cyber-criminal matters, specifically cases involving Anonymous/Lulzsec, Silk Road, ransomware, carding, and money mules as facilitated through the Zeus financial trojan. 

    In 2015, SSA Cope was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Cyber Division Headquarters in Washington, DC, serving the Middle East Africa Unit (MEAU).  MEAU’s mission is to support the FBI’s National Cyber Security Mission as it pertains to nation state-sponsored cyber threats against the US and its international partners.

    In 2019, SSA Cope was promoted to Field Supervisor in the Richmond Division, supervising both the Cyber Squad and Computer Analysis Response Team, where he currently serves today.

    Prior to the FBI, SSA Cope worked as an Oracle Systems Administrator for Ricoh North America and Agere Systems/Lucent Technologies. 

    SSA Cope is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre Law and Master’s Degree in Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

    Dan Dycus, CPP
    Senior Director of Education Services
    American Payroll Association
    Global Payroll Management Institute

    Daniel Dycus is the Senior Director of Education Services for the American Payroll Association (APA) and the Global Payroll Management Institute (GPMI). In this role, Dan has the overall responsibility of the Education Division for the APA and GPMI. Dan’s responsibilities include all of the in-person education classes, virtual classes, webinars and webinars on-demand for the APA. Dan oversees the Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force, along with its 12 subcommittees, and the Shared Services Task Force. 

    Dan represents APA by teaching APA courses, he speaks at APA events and the events of other organizations. He also helps in the planning of the APA Annual Congress, the Educational Institutions Payroll Conference, and the Payroll Leaders Conference.

    Before joining APA in 2015, Dan was the Senior Manager of Accounting for Intelsat Corporation where he managed the Global Payroll and Payroll Accounting Department. During his 25 year career, Dan has managed payroll, accounts payable, benefits and accounting for a variety of organizations. Dan is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter, and the Charles Town West Virginia Chapter. Dan obtained his CPP designation in 1999.

    Frank Gorrell, CPA

    Frank Gorrell lives in Virginia and works for the U.S. Government as an auditor.  He is a certified public accountant licensed in the Commonwealths of Massachusetts, where he grew up and Virginia.  Frank has been writing and leading continuing professional education courses for fellow CPAs for over a decade.  He has spoken on the subjects of accounting basics, fraud prevention, abandoned property, and internal controls in several states.  Frank is also an actor and singer.  You can catch him on Pure Flix in the movie 6 Hearts 1 Beat and if you are in the greater Washington DC area, you may find him on stage.  He recently finished a tour in the original play Haint So—about ghost stories of southwest Virginia—with the Shoestring Theatre Company.  He performed last spring with Shoestring as an emergency replacement, joining the show just nine days before opening night!  Frank has also appeared in Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays; Calendar Girls; and Comic Potential at the Alden Theatre in McLean, Virginia.  Frank has also sung the National Anthem before baseball games and been part of a benefit concert at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Frank grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts and attended St. John’s Preparatory School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College, and his Master of Science in Accountancy from Bentley College (now Bentley University).

    Gerard Hall, CPP
    Payroll Technical Operations Manager

    Gerard Hall, CPP is the Payroll Technical Operations 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 surround the industry. Gerard serves as an active member of the Southwest VA APA Chapter, the Speakers Committee Chair for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference, the Volunteer Hotline as well as the National Speakers Bureau 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. In 2018, Gerard established the company donned “That Payroll Guy” focused on educating people on the intricacies of payroll as well as keeping those within the industry-relevant of regulation updates/changes.

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

    Cindy Holdren
    Senior Associate

    Cindy is a Senior Associate with CSF, A Division of 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 web site.

    She has experience in federal, state, and local government.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a program manager supervising tasks for policy, legislation, and research for the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement.    

    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.

    Cory Lough, CPP
    Client Success Consultant

    Cory is a Client Success Consultant for CBIZ Payroll based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  In his role, Cory is responsible for presenting CBIZ payroll and HRIS solutions to potential and current clients seeking to outsource their human capital management needs. As an Achieve Global Certified Trainer (2017), Cory also facilitates interactive customer service training courses for CBIZ staff. Often times Cory serves as “the voice” of CBIZ Payroll writing and producing product overview commercials and training videos made available to CBIZ clientele.

    As a Certified Payroll Professional (2016), Cory has over 10 years of payroll industry experience with five of those years spent with CBIZ. Previously, as a Payroll Specialist, Cory served as a primary point of contact for more than 150 large payroll accounts where he not only audited and assisted in payroll processing, but also provided clients guidance with human resources and wage and hour laws. When the Affordable Care Act – Employer Shared Responsibility provision went into effect in 2015, Cory lead a team of professionals in learning the details of the provision and developed a feasible compliance solution that CBIZ could offer their clients, adding tremendous value to the breadth of services CBIZ offers.

    Betty Martin, CPP

    Betty H. Martin, CPP, has over 40 years’ experience in hands-on payroll and accounting.  Her career has covered many industries and afforded her a variety of experience.  She has handled a one-person payroll department all the way up to supervising a staff of 14 paying over 30,000 employees on a weekly basis using an in-house system.  She has also participated in systems implementation for payroll and time and attendance and user training.

    Betty has been active in the American Payroll Association since the mid 80’s attaining her CPP certification in 1988.  She is currently serving on the National Hotline Committee, was a member of the Nomination and Elections Committee, Education Grant Committee, and the National Speakers Bureau.  She is a Past President of the Richmond Chapter and has been the Director of Education for over 20 years.  She began teaching the CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) Exam Study course in 1994 and continues to teach it.  She also teaches the FPC (Fundamental Payroll Certification) Exam prep class.  She was an adjunct faculty member of Old Dominion University teaching both the computer lab PayTrain™ course and the PPLS (Payroll Professional Learning Series) courses.  She has been the guest speaker for the Virginia Association of Community Colleges, Ceridian User Group Forums, VSCPA, Carolina and Virginia Statewide Payroll Conferences and the Richmond, Colonial Capital and Hampton Roads-APA Chapter meetings.  She has been a speaker for the Lorman Education Services giving seminars on Payroll Basics in VA, Nuts, and Bolts of Payroll Taxes and Payroll Management.  Betty was named Virginia Payroll Professional of the Year 2004 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, the Meritorious Service Award from National APA in 2012 and the Global Cash Card Education Grant in 2013.


    Ley Mills
    Senior Tax Specialist
    Communication Stakeholder Outreach
    Internal Revenue Service

    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 29 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, payroll associations, 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 swimmer/bicyclist. 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.

    Abbey Moran, CPP
    Payroll Production Manager
    Booz Allen Hamilton

    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.  Currently, the Payroll Production Manager focused on U.S. payrolls for Booz Allen Hamilton, Abbey has also notably worked in the Hospitality and Telecommunication industries.

    A member of the American Payroll Association 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 Newsletter Chair for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference.

    Notable Achievements/Awards:

    • Certified Payroll Professional since 2010
    • Named Payroll Professional of the Year from the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference in October 2015
    • Named Payroll Professional of the Year from the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the APA in December 2015
    • Meritorious Service Award from the American Payroll Association in 2016


    Ron Moser, CPP
    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 35 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’s IRS Issues Committee, APA Government Task Force Subcommittee on Pay Cards and Board of Contributing Writers. Mr. Moser has also served as Co-Chair of the Government/Public Sector Task Force and K-12 Education Task force. He has served on the American Payroll Associations Hotline, Education Committee, Nominations and Elections Committee, Board of Advisors and has served as a Vice President of the APA’s Board of Directors. He is a co-founder of the Buffalo Niagara APA Chapter and has served as President and Education Coordinator of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter. Additionally, he has served as New York Statewide Conference Chair, and has taught the APA’s Payroll Professional Learning Series. He received the APA's Meritorious Service Award in 2003, a Special Recognition Award in 2005, 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.

    Margaret Roark
    M&D Consulting, Inc.

    Ms. Roark is the retired owner and President of M&D Consulting, Inc. previously based in Fairfax Station, VA.  Margaret has over 40 years of experience in employer payroll taxation audits, system conversions, compliance, and administration.  She served on the IRS Advisory Council for four years and was asked to chair the committee in 2009. She has received numerous awards from the American Payroll Association (APA) and was President and Treasurer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of the APA. Margaret spoke nationwide on many payroll issues, has written and published numerous articles, and been a contributing editor to major payroll publications. Margaret was certified for more than 25 years and in 1999, she was chosen to serve a three-year term on the American Payroll Association's Certification Board, the board responsible for writing the Certified Payroll Professional exam.

    Stephanie Salavejus, CPP
    Vice President and COO

    Stephanie is the Vice President and COO of PenSoft.  She has over 33 years’ experience in payroll and accounting of which over 26 years have been with PenSoft. Stephanie graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

    Stephanie is an active member of the American Payroll Association. She is an APA Vice President, and the APA’s 2017 Payroll Woman of the Year. She is also a member of the APA’s National Speakers Bureau, Government Relations Task Force (GRTF), co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee of the Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force (SPLTF), and a member of the Board of Contributing Writers for PAYTECH. She received the Meritorious Service Award in 2013, and Special Recognition Award in 2016.  She has held the CPP designation since 2000.

    Stephanie is a member of the Colonial Capital and Washington Metropolitan Area Chapters of the APA. She has served on the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference since 2005.  Stephanie has been a guest speaker at the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conferences and various local chapters.  In 2010 she received the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference Payroll Professional of the Year Award.