Meet the Staff

Meet The Payroll Department. Learn more about 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


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


An Aggie at heart, Stephanie graduated summa cum laude with two B.A.s from West Texas A&M before leaving her home state of Texas in 2009 to explore the vast and beautiful landscape of the American West. She joined The Payroll Department team in April of 2015 and has progressed from payroll processing to managing ancillary services, including Affordable Care Act compliance and Human Resource Information Technologies. Away from work, Stephanie enjoys archery hunting, hiking, camping, and dirt biking in the La Plata Mountains near her home in Mancos.

Stephanie Bowden, FPC

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

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

Gina Giron

In May of 2019 Gena joined our team! She brought 20+ years of experience in escrow and lending, which made for a smooth transition to our world. She has deep roots in Durango, in 1904 her great-great-grandmother opened her dressmaking business and her mother was born at Mercy. Her love for the mountains and being close to family brought her back permanently in 2015. Since then, she has married the love of her life and enjoys spending any free time exploring our beautiful lands with her family and friends.

Gena Giron

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