Meet APA's Board of Advisors

APA's 165 local chapters are divided into nine regions across the United States. Selected by APA's President for a two-year term, a Board of Advisors member serves as an ambassador and key resource to his or her assigned region's chapters. In doing this, he/she serves each chapter as an experienced mentor and voice to APA. The Advisors bring forth ideas and recommendations from the local level to help enhance and further benefit APA and its members.

In addition to regional conference calls held individually by each Advisor, all chapter members are encouraged to contact their advisor for chapter-related guidance, to find out about APA's activities, or to give constructive recommendations regarding our association's products, services, and seminars.

The 2015-2016 Regional Board of Advisors are:

Region 1
Debbie Couch, CPP, PHR

Region 2
Stephanie Salavejus, CPP

Region 3
John Lestock, CPP

Region 4
Mary Brumm, CPP

Region 5
JB Morey, CPP

Region 6
Michael Schoelles, CPP

Region 7
Susan Baptista, CPP

Region 8
Gerald Whittmore, CPP

Region 9
Tina Peery Gholson

Begin Planning for National Payroll Week

It's time to show your National Payroll Week® (NPW) spirit and participate in the 2015 NPW Contests. Make sure to have fun and properly prepare when planning NPW events and contest entries. The many NPW contests you could enter are:

Chapters Only:

For Individuals and Groups: For Everyone: When purchasing NPW merchandise, remind your chapter members to select your chapter name from the drop-down menu on the NPW online store order to win the Chapter Promotion Contest. The deadline for purchases to go toward the contest count is August 21. Visit for more information on the Chapter Promotion Contest and other NPW Contests.

Chapter President Profile
Melissa Maressa, CPP
South Jersey Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Melissa Maressa, CPP, wanted to become more involved with a local APA chapter. The only problem was that the closest one was 40 miles away. Along with the current Chapter Vice President, Maressa decided to found the South Jersey Chapter, a new chapter covering the seven southern counties of New Jersey.

"Starting this chapter is our way of giving back," Maressa said. "We want to ensure that our profession receives the recognition it deserves. We also want the payroll professionals in this area to have convenient access to the necessary education and networking support to meet their needs."

Maressa has had her hands full working to develop the South Jersey Chapter, which was affiliated in October 2014.

"My focus has been to develop the chapter in ways to meet the needs of our members via education and networking," she explained.

Maressa organized the chapter's first monthly meeting, which was a success.

"After our first meeting, we received tons of positive feedback, so that makes all the hard work worth it," she said. "We are just starting out, so we are still feeling our way through and working with a tight budget, which can be a challenge, but it is enjoyable keeping our members happy and fulfilled."

Her main goal for this year is to continue to grow chapter membership and to encourage involvement from members. To help achieve this goal, Maressa worked to establish a social media presence for the South Jersey Chapter on LinkedIn and Facebook. This has proven to be an effective way to spread the word about the chapter and to accrue new members. Maressa has also developed a chapter logo and assisted with developing the website.

Over the past holiday season, the South Jersey Chapter helped collect more than 8,000 holiday gifts for children in need. Maressa plans to continue the chapter's involvement with local charities.

"I want to ensure that we are socially responsible in our community," she explained.

Maressa was named New Jersey Payroll Professional of the Year in 2014. Her grandmother did payroll for the state of New Jersey, and as a child, Maressa would play with her payroll punch cards for hours.

"I was offered a full-time position as a payroll clerk 14 years ago, and my mom says it was destiny!" she exclaimed.

In her free time, Maressa teaches indoor cycling. She was excited to have attended her first APA Annual Congress in this year!

Get Publicity, Support
for Your Next Statewide

Is your chapter organizing a Statewide or Regional Meeting? If so, complete the Statewide/Regional Conference Registration Form and submit it to the Chapter Relations Department. Your Statewide or Regional meeting will be advertised on the APA website and PAYTECHonline. Plus, you will receive free promotional materials from the APA.

View the most current list of 2015 Statewide or Regional Conferences.

Receive Free Materials
for Your Chapter Study Group

Register your study group with Chapter Relations today by submitting the Study Group Registration Form and your study group will be advertised on the APA website and in PAYTECHonline. Plus, you will receive free study materials (see form for details).

View the most current list of 2015 Chapter Study Groups.

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