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


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 Dear


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 Wagner, FPC

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 Campbell, CPP

Eric brings 20 years of leadership and management experience to the staff and clients of the Payroll Department. A life path of experiential education and adventure has brought Eric into the wilderness with executives and youth while working for Outward Bound, climbing the big walls of Yosemite Valley, while on the continued pursuit of happiness. When not helping our clients with their Payroll needs he practices yoga, enjoys road biking and loves rock climbing and spending time with family.

Eric Malone, FPC

If you are calling The Payroll Department, chances are good Jessie will be greeting you! She was born and raised here in Durango and has been with The Payroll Department since November of 2010. She earned Accounting and Art degrees from Fort Lewis College. In her free time, she enjoys making pottery from the wheel, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing and adventures with her dogs, Izzie and Cedar.

Jessie Christiansen, CPP

Jenny was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Eventually the desire to live in her favorite vacation spot resulted in a move to Durango with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking, skiing, and river gazing. Her varied background with computer skills, customer service, a love of numbers, and a drive to get the job done right has landed her here at The Payroll Dept ready to help serve this great community.

Jenny Ewing, CPP

Karissa joined The Payroll Department team in July 2013. She has fit right in with willingness to take on any new project. She grew up in Aurora, Colorado and attended Kansas State University. It was in Kansas where she met her husband, and his job is what brought her to Durango. In November 2014 she became a member of the ``mom`` club with the birth of a baby girl.

Karissa Birdsell, FPC

Peggy grew up in Durango and received Geology and Accounting degrees from Fort Lewis College. She loves being part of such a dynamic and beautiful community and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Peggy has an extensive background in customer service and always strives to give each client the best experience possible. She spends her free time hiking in the mountains and nearby desert, cooking, reading, doing yoga and playing with her three dogs.

Peggy Leek, FPC

Landing in Durango via her travel van, ‘’Stella’, Stephanie originally hails from Texas (though her love for the mountains has taken her all over the American West). She joined The Payroll Department Team in April of 2015 and uses her background in finance, education, and historical research in her approach to payroll. Donned the “ACA Queen”, if you are a large employer, chances are you’ve spoken with Stephanie regarding this new and complex subject. When she’s not processing payrolls or discussing IRS regulations, Stephanie spends her time archery hunting, hiking, camping and backpacking

Stephanie Bowden

A Wyoming native, Sydney settled in Durango in 2014 and joined The Payroll Department in July of 2015. She brings with her 11 years of banking and retail experience. She is eager to apply her knowledge to the payroll industry. You can always count on a cheerful and helpful voice on the other end of the line when you call! Sydney loves meeting new people as well as spending time with her friends and family. In her free time Sydney also volunteers at the La Plata Humane Society and is a lover of all animals.

Sydney Oliver

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 Mytko

A Durango transplant from the front range, Jessica graduated from Fort Lewis College and liked it so much she couldn’t leave. The majority of her working career had been as an entrepreneur owning a local landscaping business. She has been a committed Ski Instructor at Purg as a for the last 22 years! She is excited to be part of the Payroll Department team serving our community. She takes your needs seriously and is always willing to help. Make sure to say “hello” if you see her on the slopes, on the trails, or in the gym!

Jessica Copp

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