Board Members

Cassie Tennant, CPP- President

Cassie is the Payroll Manager at Prevea Health. Her previous role prior to joining Prevea was at Savage Services as the Payroll Tax & Compliance Specialist.  She started working on and off in Payroll in 2005 and made payroll her career focus in 2014. She enjoys everything to do with payroll and staying current on all the different state rules and taxes. 


What is Cassie's payroll superpower?

Cassie's payroll superpower is being a "payroll nerd". She loves being a compliance guru!




Alena Hessler- Vice President

Alena is the Payroll and Benefits Manager for Hometown Pharmacies in WI. she has been in the payroll world since 2017. When asked to temporarily fill in an opening in the department she ended up finding her professional passion in payroll! She enjoys helping employees understand their pay and promoting financial literacy. In her free time, if she is not at her son's baseball games or hanging out with her Goldendoodle puppy Olive, you can find her at the Portage CrossFit cooperative, where she enjoys working out and serving the community as President.


What is Alena's payroll superpower?

Alena's payroll superpower is having survived an implementation of 15 new EIN's within 6 months of each other- all as a payroll department of one!

Jessica Franklin- Secretary

Jessica is a Lead Payroll Coordinator with LabCorp. She started her payroll career at LabCorp formally known as Covance as a payroll processor. Most recently she has been promoted to Lead Payroll Coordinator. In her previous role she processed payroll for over 4,000 employees, processed garnishment orders for the entire company, and completed payroll metrics. In her current role she works close with payroll processors for Weekly, Biweekly and Monthly payrolls for over 55,000+ employees. She has also assisted in implementing a new payroll system moving from ADP to Workday.

She received her Associates degree in Finance in 2010 from Madison College and began working in Payroll in 2018. In her spare time Jess enjoys boating/being on the water, spending time with her identical twin daughters and her husband.


What is Jessica's payroll superpower?

Jessica's payroll superpower is being an organization guru! With multiple priorities to juggle her organization skills keep her on track to make sure deadlines, and paychecks, aren't missed!


Lauren Harrigan- Treasurer


Emily Tietyen, CPP, PHR, SHRM-CP- Website & Communication Director

Emily is the Human Resources Manager for NEW Water in Green Bay, WI. Through various roles she has been involved in the HR and Payroll profession for over 15 years. Her experience has granted her opportunities in many industries including retail, manufacturing, bio-technology, hospitality and the public sector. Emily earned her CPP in 2014 after participating in the Northeast Wisconsin Chapters study group. Since then, she past participated in the Chapter as a past board member, study group facilitator and state wide committee member. Emily also serves on the National American Payroll Associations Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force. In addition to her CPP designation, Emily holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential, the SHRM-CP credential and her MBA from Concordia University. She has a passion for continuing education in the payroll and HR professions and is thrilled to re-join the Board of Directors. In her spare time Emily enjoys reading, listening to pod casts, all things Disney, traveling and spending time with friends and family.


What is Emily's Payroll Superpower?

Emily's payroll superpower is being the bridge between HR and Payroll. Having a core understanding of both realms helps her drive collaboration on the teams she works with.


Beth Troke- Membership Coordinator