Meet the Staff

Meet The Payroll Department. Learn more about career opportunities.


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 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


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 Christiansen, CPP


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 Ewing, CPP


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, 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 Mytko, FPC

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 Jackson, 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 Mahnesmith

Lonna, The Payroll Department

Lonna joined The Payroll Department Team in June 2019. Born and raised in Utah, Lonna moved to the Front Range in May 2017. After a few years of living in the city, her and her husband decided to move to the mountains for an adventure! When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs, Kadee Rae and Bella. Lonna brings years of customer service and office experience to the team and strives to provide her clients with a positive experience. She is excited to be a part of great community and is looking forward to exploring all that Durango has to offer!

Lonna Knight

Angelica, The Payroll Department

Angelica grew up in Anchorage Alaska and moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College. She graduated with degrees in Biology and Sociology and has stayed in Durango ever since. As a recent homeowner she is busy with never ending house projects but enjoys the beautiful Colorado scenery while rafting, camping and spending time with her husband and Cavalier Spaniel dog. With a background in healthcare and customer service she is excited to serve her clients and build lasting community relationships.

Angelica Zuni

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 Shackelton, FPC


Wanting to leave the big city for the quieter life of a small town, Angie and her family moved July of 2019 here from San Diego. Her background includes several years as an Administrative Assistant with the public schools and working as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Technician, making maps for State Parks, Water Resources and public utilities. Her number one goal is to provide excellent customer service. When she’s not working, you’ll probably find Angie camping and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and two boys.

Angie Cohen, FPC

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