Chapter President Profile:
Liz Hewitt, CPP
Northstar Chapter

By Caren Bennett

Liz Hewitt, CPP, President of the American Payroll Association Northstar Chapter, was originally interested in serving as Chapter Treasurer. However, she was persuaded to run for Vice President/President and has excelled in the role.

As President of the Northstar Chapter, Liz has focused on modernizing the chapter. She has overseen a reworked chapter brochure, a new chapter website, new social media outreach, and cloud organization for document storage.

"When I started as VP, most everyone on the board had been involved for a long time," Hewitt said. "I was always someone who asked 'Why?' because 'It's the way we've always done it' has never really worked for me."

The chapter's revamped website and newly created Facebook page have helped as marketing channels for the chapter.

"Thanks to our Facebook page, we had attendees from Canada and Missouri at our Fall Statewide Conference last year," Hewitt said.

The Northstar Chapter is very involved in its local community. The chapter has annual food and school-supply drives. Members also volunteer their time to charities such as United Way and Pink Courage.

The chapter also sponsors CPP study classes and has a scholarship program to give $5,000 to $10,000 to deserving students.

For Hewitt, the most rewarding part of serving as Chapter President has been meeting new people and getting to understand just how the chapter works. Serving as President also has given her greater confidence in leading a large organization.

In her free time, when she can find it, she enjoys gardening and reading. She loves spending time with her two young daughters and is involved with her local parent teacher organization.

APA's Board of Advisors, Regions

APA's 130 active, affiliated local chapters are divided into nine regions across the United States. Selected by APA's President for a two-year term, a Board of Advisor representative serves as an ambassador and key resource to their assigned region's chapters. In doing this, they serve each chapter as an experienced mentor and a 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 Advisors for chapter-related guidance, to find out about APA's activities, or to give constructive recommendations regarding the Association's products, services, conferences, and seminars.

2017-2018 Regional Board of Advisors
Region 1 - David Wakeling, CPP
Region 2 - Michelle Clawson, CPP
Region 3 - Ronald Gilson, CPP
Region 4 - Christine Stolpe, CPP
Region 5 - Billy Meyerkorth, CPP
Region 6 - Ginnette Clark, CPP
Region 7 - Jon Schausten, CPP
Region 8 - Latisha O'Neal, CPP
Region 9 - Owhen Astorga

Prepare for National Payroll Week 2017

National Payroll Week® is a time when we honor all payroll professionals for their hard work and dedication to their profession throughout the year. APA local chapters make it a priority to show their spirit and pride for payroll during NPW. This is a great time for members to host a wide array of events, then afterward submit their NPW contest entries.

The Chapter Promotion Contest is an amazing way to show how your chapter is dedicated to the promotion of the payroll profession. The deadline to enter this contest is August 25. Make sure your chapter takes lots of photos during your NPW events. We love to see how our members are celebrating!

Chapter Memo

NOT a member of the APA? Take advantage of this benefit today!

APA's Chapter Relations Department will waive the $35 enrollment fee for a new APA membership to all chapter officers and chapter members.

Submit the APA Membership Application to the Chapter Relations Department at [email protected] or fax to (210) 281-3976.

Please indicate your chapter name on the form with your $219 payment.

2017 Chapter Study Groups

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

For the most current list of 2017 chapter study groups, visit the Chapter Section of APA's website.


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