About Us

Meet The Payroll Department. Learn more about career opportunities.

What Makes Us Special?

Maybe it’s that we take immense pride that we are the number one provider of payroll services in the Four Corners Colorado area. Or maybe it’s because as a staff we go snowshoeing, bowling, rafting, parachuting (that’s right), attend yoga classes and require and enjoy a sense of humor to work here. Or maybe it’s because we’re a founder of Local First. Or maybe it’s because, we donated over $30,000 to the local non-profit community in the last twelve months. Mostly however, it’s because we get to serve you and our awesome community.

Appreciate always having a live voice answer the phone? We all answer the phone! You are our livelihood and many of our conversations offer a chance to be helpful. If we don’t know the answer, you should expect a return call in less than two hours.

Review our community involvement page, talk to anyone who works here – we like what we do, we love our community, and we sincerely enjoy our interactions with you. It’s fulfilling to be able to help someone with their day.

If a mistake is made, we own up to our responsibilities. It’s not how we do when all goes well, it’s when something goes awry when you find out the strength and mettle of why you selected us.

Career Opportunities

WHO WE ARE

Bryan Dear, The Payroll Department

Founder and former CPA, Bryan launched our service on the advice of his father (how does one make a living in this incredible town?) out of his home in 1993. From there, with the support of many CPAs, business owners, non-profit organizations and a fabulous staff, it has surpassed his dreams of what was possible. Bryan likes to play in his community – on the water, on the trails, in the woods, (and secretly taking up the ukulele) while continuing to strive for providing a service of outstanding care.

Bryan

Founder
Mary

Since 2000, Mary brings her extensive office experience and dedication to doing each job right. Her dedication is only exceeded by her friendly and personal demeanor. Mary was born in Wisconsin, but came to Durango to help her sister build a barn and liked it so much that she eventually chose to settle down here. Mary's hobbies include caring for her llamas and making soap. She has a passion for reading and hiking the backcountry. Mary's goal is to eventually be able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy life.

Mary, CPP

Tanya

Tanya started in June 2001. Her leadership skills, her attention to detail, and her sense of fairness has helped lead The Payroll Department to its success. She is a fair player of the game of softball (a lefty). She is a mother to two delightful girls who keep her incredibly busy when she's not here at the office.

Tanya, CPP

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Jessie was born and raised here in Durango and loves it! She earned both Accounting and Art degrees from Fort Lewis College which provides creativity and attention to detail in everything she does. All her jobs prior to starting with The Payroll Department in 2010 were service oriented and she continues to set the high standard of service we strive for. Outside of the office, she loves spending quality time with her son and being in the mountains. From cross country skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer, and traveling whenever she gets the chance, she’s up for any adventure with her family!

Jessie, CPP

Jenny

Jenny has been with The Payroll Department since 2011. Born and raised in Albuquerque, eventually the desire to live in her favorite vacation spot resulted in a move to Durango with her husband and two kids. She likes hiking, camping, music and being in the mountains. Combine computer skills with a love of numbers, and a drive to get the job done right, and you’ve got Jenny. She truly serves our clients and her colleagues with outstanding care. Need a custom report or specialized scripting? Jenny's your gal!

Jenny, CPP

Vanessa Mytko – The Payroll Department

In May of 2016, Vanessa added her years of experience with small businesses and her passion for helping people to the Payroll Department Team. You will hear Vanessa’s smile anytime you call the office and be greeted enthusiastically anytime you walk in the door. Originally from the deserts of Arizona, her love the for gardening, the mountains, and four seasons brought her to beautiful Durango. When not working on your payrolls, she enjoys spending time with her family, being on outdoor adventures, and throwing down with the Durango Roller Girls.

Vanessa, CPP

LaShell Jackson

LaShell moved to Durango in 1991 and started with The Payroll Dept in October 2018. LaShell brings her varied bookkeeping skills and her years in customer service to the team. She always has a smile on her face and loves helping people. Away from work, LaShell enjoys antique shopping, crafts, hanging out with family and friends, camping and loving on her 6 dogs.

LaShell, FPC

Jodie Mahnesmith

Jodie joined The Payroll Department in the Fall of 2018. She was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Durango in 2011 to be closer to family. She brings a diverse background to the team, including her experience as a business owner. With a love of numbers and a commitment to excellence, payroll processing is a natural fit. In her spare time, she loves training horses, barrel racing, enjoying Mexican food with family, and obsessing over her two blue heelers (Jammer and Sadie).

Jodie, FPC

Robbin Shackelton

Originally from Oklahoma, Robbin moved to Durango in 1993. Her years of accounting experience made for a smooth transition in November 2019 to The Payroll Department. Just as she found her home in Durango, she found her home with the team at The Payroll Department. In her spare time, Robbin enjoys traveling, taking her dog to the river and watching a good college football game. Go Sooners!

Robbin, FPC

Danielle Zambeck

In 2020, Danielle joined The Payroll Department and has been smiling ever since. Landing a coveted position with the organization allowed her to swing from the dizzying dance of the Durango Tango onto this team of happy, healthy go-getters, where she’s able to put her diverse skillset to good use. When she's not solving payroll puzzles for her clients, you will often find her with her dog, Bailey, off exploring all the outdoor activities and adventures that Colorado has to offer, including the quieter lifestyle and tightknit community of Durango, which has been a welcome reprieve from the fast-paced world she left in Los Angeles.

Danielle, FPC

Gary Sorich

Gary, a transplant from Chicagoland, joined the team in March 2020. After hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017 it became his focus to find a smaller outdoorsy town in the mountains to call home. Durango fit the description perfectly. Having a wide variety of past working experience, he brings an all-encompassing view on customer service and loves working within such a tight-knit community. He believes less is more, which is why he lives in a tiny house and spends as much time as he can outside!

Gary, FPC

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Shelby was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado and moved to Durango to join the Payroll Department family in August 2020. With over a decade of experience in customer service, and most recently, years of administrative work at the CSU Diagnostic Lab, she utilizes her varied background to bring exceptional care to her clients. Outside of work, Shelby enjoys traveling, crafts, and playing in the outdoors. She is eager to see what adventures are to be found on the other side of the Rocky Mountains!

Shelby, FPC

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Although a Durango native, Matthew has lived all over including Hawaii and Mexico. He heard Durango calling and moved back in 2012 and subsequently joined The Payroll Department in October of 2020. He brings with him over 15 years of IT and customer service experience which he uses to provide our customers a more technologically advanced and simpler experience. He loves Durango and looks forward to serving its residents in this new capacity.

Matthew

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Tim landed in Durango in 2008 after a lengthy stay in the Hudson Valley region of New York state and growing up in Maine. Joining The Payroll Department in 2021 his diverse professional experience includes a variety of leadership roles in hospitality and sales, with a focus on partner relations and development. He is excited to join the team at TPD and continue to be connected to the dynamic professional community in Durango.

When not in the office you can most likely find Tim on the ice playing or officiating ice hockey, pedaling his mtn. bike, or exploring the amazing southwest on his dual sport motorcycle. Fond of leaving many footprints but nothing else, he is grateful to call Durango home.

Tim

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Michael joins the TPD team from First Republic Bank, where he was VP of Deposit Operations. Prior to banking, Michael was VP of Marketing at Berkeley Executive Education. Michael has taught programs on Innovation and Strategy in the Berkeley MBA program. Michael worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton, and was a youth sailing coach. Michael has an MBA from Berkeley, an M.A. in Economics from University of Denver, and a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College. He is guided by a core belief in the power of human-centered design to transform both employee and customer experiences. Michael was born in Norway, grew up in Africa, and is excited to call Durango home.

Michael

JZ

Though an avid traveler, Jocelyn finds herself back in her native Durango and loving it. While she adores analytics, she knows they only matter in a human context and attempts to put good out into the world - hence The Payroll Department! Outside of the office, you’ll typically find her with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other. Whether she’s tackling a computer problem or delving into literary realms, she enjoys meeting new people, frolicking through the sublime Durango landscape, and cuddling with her husky.

Jocelyn, FPC

Karel

Karel came to Durango from the Front Range with her husband and children in 2008. She joined the Payroll Department in 2021. Their commitment to a high standard of service, reputation of excellence and community support made it a team she is proud to be part of. Karel brings extensive customer service, accounting, and retail experience to the Payroll Department. She loves helping people and always has a smile to share. When not at the office you will find her cheering for her favorite sports team, playing in her garden or exploring all that the Southwest has to offer.

Karel

Chelsea

Growing up in Maine, Chelsea is no stranger to small town living. After spending her 20’s in Denver she traded in the city for the mountains and landed in Durango. Starting at The Payroll Department in September 2021 with a background in retail management, hospitality, and insurance sales, she strives to provide superior customer service. She loves numbers, puzzles, and building relationships with her clients, which has made The Payroll Department a perfect fit. When she is not at work you will find her adventuring in the mountains. Camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, biking, you name it - she is ready for it!

Chelsea, FPC

Sydney

Sydney joined The Payroll Department in 2013 and after relocating and taking a 4-year hiatus to start a family she is back and feels like she never left! Sydney works and lives in beautiful Grand Junction with her family. She has substantial customer service experience, as well as banking experience. You will experience her spunk and enthusiasm with every interaction. When she is not working, she is rocking the mom gig with her two boys, Carson and Walter. She also enjoys leading her local MOPs group (Mothers of Preschoolers), playing with her dogs, and watching movies.

Sydney

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