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Leadership Team

Eric Schroeder, CPA,President

Eric Schroeder, CPA,

Eric Schroeder, CPA is the founder and CEO of The Payroll Company, Inc. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Political Science). To learn more about Eric, please connect with him on LinkedIn!

Kevin Peternel, SPHR,CHRO

Kevin Peternel, SPHR,

Kevin has approximately 30 years of Human Resources and other senior management experience working in various positions at mid-sized organizations. He has been advising clients as a consultant and HR Strategist since 2004.

Kevin is an instructor at Upper Iowa University, has taught SPHR/PHR Certification classes at UW-Madison, has presented to numerous organizations and audiences including the Wisconsin SHRM conference and has also hosted numerous webinars on HR-related topics.

In addition to his SPHR certification, he holds a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in Communication and Sociology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Melissa Versnik,VP-Business Development

Melissa Versnik,
VP-Business Development

Melissa has over 15 years in the Human Resources field and has been with The Payroll Company since 2008. Prior to joining TPC, Melissa was the HR Manager for a client of The Payroll Company, where she led her company through a conversion from another processor. She is currently responsible for the business development of our HCM solution, marketing, and website management.

Melissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management. She was an active volunteer in the Greater Madison Area Society for Human Resource Management (GMA SHRM) and served on the Board of Directors for 7 years. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, chasing her toddler around, traveling, gardening, hiking and taking road trips.

Angela Pickel,QKA, VP of Retirement Services

Angela Pickel,
QKA, VP of Retirement Services

Angela has the responsibility for leading the new business conversion process, serving as a liaison for our advisors and clients, and driving process improvement initiatives. Angela specializes in 401(k) plan design and compliance consultation and achieved her Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation through ASPPA in 2012. Angela is also a member of the Great Lakes Relius Administration User Group.

Angela brings over 14 years of Retirement Industry experience to The Payroll Company, formerly holding positions as Sr. New Business Pension Consultant, Relationship Manager, and Associate Relationship Manager.

Angela obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Finance/Human Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Angela also serves as Treasurer for the Southwestern Wisconsin School District Parent/Teacher Organization.

Emma Nelson,CPP, Vice President - HCM Operations

Emma Nelson,
CPP, Vice President - HCM Operations

Emma has the responsibility for leading the daily operations of the HCM division at TPC, including customer support, implementation, and tax. She has been with TPC for over 7 years and works closely with other TPC leaders to help ensure a seamless relationship between departments.

Emma obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Journalism & Communications, with a certificate in Business. She went on to then receive her Associate’s Degree fom Madison College in Accounting.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 rescue dogs, 4 rescue cats, and the rest of her human family. They both enjoy working with animal rescue and advocacy associations, she enjoys baking, attending car shows, and traveling to tropical destinations where she can enjoy the ocean and brighly colored sea life.