2017 KeyNote Speakers


Abbey Moran, CPP

Treasury & HR, Senior Manager
Nextlink Wireless, LLC

Abbey has been working in the payroll industry for over 10 years, focusing on implementations, garnishments, procedural consolidation and documentation, best practices, and team management.  She is currently the Treasury & HR Senior Manager for Nextlink Wireless, the leading broadband microwave provider (it’s like direct fiber connection in the air) and one of the largest holders of licensed broadband wireless spectrum.  Abbey began her payroll career in the restaurant industry, working with both the Champps and Fox & Hound organizations.

A member of the APA since 2006, and a member of the local Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter since 2009, Abbey holds many positions for both.  Nationally, Abbey served as Co-Chair for APA’s Best Practices Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force, and is a member of the Child Support and Garnishment Government Relations Task Force, National Speaker’s Bureau, Hotline, ListServ, and CHAMPS.  She also serves the local community as the President-Elect for the WMAC, Speaker Chair for the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference, and presents the APA’s Money Matters lesson plan to area students.

Abbey received her Certified Payroll Professional designation in 2010.  She received the Payroll Professional of the Year award from the Virginia Statewide Payroll Conference in October 2015 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter in December 2015.  Abbey received the Meritorious Service Award from the American Payroll Association in 2016.



Michael D. Billok, CIPP/US

Member, Bond Schoeneck & King Attorneys
Labor & Employment

Mike is the co-chair of the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice, and a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice. When employers are faced with a charge or lawsuit alleging a violation of employment law, or have questions regarding cybersecurity and data privacy, they turn to Mike. He has successfully represented employers before: 

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in several states, obtaining dismissals of charges alleging harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), during both inspections and the post-inspection citation process, as well as state agencies that operate their own
  • OSHA-compliant programs, including several high-profile matters.
  • New York State agencies, including the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals, and the New York State Unemployment
  • Insurance Appeal Board.
  • Arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) concerning labor and contract issues.

Mike is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), a credential offered through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Launched in 2004 as the first professional certification to be offered in information privacy, the CIPP/US has become the preeminent credential in the field. The CIPP/US credential demonstrates a strong foundation in U.S. privacy laws and regulations and understanding of the legal requirements for the responsible collection, use, and transfer of sensitive personal data. Mike advises employers on the overlap between cybersecurity and data privacy and employment issues, including privacy of employees, as well as the large impact of employees on cybersecurity and data privacy issues.

Mike regularly represents employers in state and federal court, defending against actions alleging violations of employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, including class actions, as well as collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL).

Mike regularly counsels clients in a wide range of industries—including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations—providing advice and training on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Mike is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and was a submarine officer in the United States Navy until 2004. He served onboard the USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) based out of Bangor, Washington; instructed students at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, New York; and was the Submarine Manpower Analyst for the office of the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. Before returning to upstate New York and joining Bond, Mike was an attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of a multinational law firm.



Mary L. Burkhardt, CEO

Lead Peak Performance, LLC

Mary L. Burkhardt, BS, MA, CAS, serves clients in strategy creation and engagement for execution, positioning ever-maturing leaders and team members to win in our highly competitive global marketplace and how to excel in operational excellence. Mary is recognized as a performance results leader applying innovative solutions, discipline and best practices to significantly improve and sustain performance in business and education.

Mary helps clients make strategy everyone’s job, leverage and align diversity and culture as a key performance asset, apply methods for simplifying and removing waste in business processes, consolidate functions for improved efficiency and cost reduction, and implement fast cycles of improvement and strategic transformation renewal for business success competitive advantage.

As an experienced global change agent, Mary has led people in small to worldwide organizations to be more focused on customer delight, accountable, flexible, proactive and productive as compared to the competition. She has demonstrated the ability to build performance-based cultures through proactive relationships with customers, suppliers and people across multiple organizations. Mary has held a wide range of leadership roles in public and higher education, business units, manufacturing and corporate functions including serving for a number of years as a Corporate Vice President in a Fortune 100 Company, responsible for the performance of thousands of employees.

Mary authored two books, both of which achieved #1 Best Seller status on Amazon and a third released on Amazon this year.

  • Worlds Collide: How Business Can Be Enriching for All
  • The Upside Down Triangle: Ignite the Life-Force Within Your Business
  • LIFT: Lead to Ignite Futures and Teams

Mary wrote the forward to “Why Johnny Still Can’t Read: A New Look at the Scandal of our Schools” by Rudolf Flesch, was published in “Empty Pages: A Search for Writing Competence in School and Society” by Clifton Fadiman and James Howard and in “Changing Focus: What’s Changing in the Business World” by Alecia Swasy.

Postgraduate education and executive development includes: Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Leadership in the 21st Century, Kenan Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina; Program for Manufacturing Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University; Statistical Thinking for Managers, Joiner Associates; Communication Skills for Managers, Ridge Associates; Lean Thinking and Simplification, Toyota; Quality Management, Dr. Edward Deming; Motorola Six Sigma; Coaching Certification.


2017 Breakout Session Speakers


Jon Bohnert

Jon Bohnert has more than 30 years of experience in B2B organizations and is currently President of Symmetry Software, the leader in payroll tax software. Jon is recognized for his strategic vision, business acumen, and ability to build strong teams. Prior to joining Symmetry in 2001, he held executive management positions for Nitro Security Systems, American Fence, and Iwatsu America. Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ball State University.  He is active in the community and currently serves as Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

Susan Dermody

 Susan Dermody is a Regional Manager for Employment Tax Consulting Services at Equifax Workforce Solutions. She is responsible for delivering consultative advice regarding employment tax liabilities and tax saving opportunities to employers. Susan’s expertise is focused on state and federal unemployment tax management including mergers, acquisitions and business strategies for a variety of business industry sectors including Professional Employer Organizations (“PEO”), Administrative Services Organizations and Non-Profit Organizations.

She has been with Equifax for five years. Her previous work experience includes unemployment tax and strategic business development for a PEO and Payroll HR outsourcing firm. She has extensive experience with the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (“NAPEO”), Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (“FAPEO”) and is a frequent speaker on unemployment cost controls and trends for local and state level American Payroll Association conferences as well as FAPEO and NAPEO events. She has an Accounting degree from Bryant and Stratton Business Institute and Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Robert F. Manfredo

When there is a threat of litigation, employers hire Rob, a diligent advocate who works to prevent his clients from incurring liability. An experienced labor and employment attorney and litigator, Rob represents employers before federal and state courts, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.

In addition to litigation, Rob also counsels employers in a broad range of industries,including higher education, health care, not-for-profits, and construction. He helps

employers navigate complex issues involving employee discipline, workplace accommodations, the Family Medical Leave Act, misclassification of independent contractors, and wage and hour issues. Rob also frequently reviews employee handbooks and policies, conducts training, and assists employers conduct workplace investigations.

In the area of higher education, Rob advises colleges and universities on compliance with Title IX and New York’s Enough is Enough law. He drafts Title IX policies,conducts sexual and gender-based misconduct investigations, and represents colleges in litigation related to Title IX and other employment-related matters. He also counsels colleges on student accommodation issues.

Rob serves on the Board of Directors for the Capital Region Human Resource Association,as well as the Board of Trustees of Maria College.

Tracie Sawade

Tracie Sawade, CPP is a Solution Consultant on the Executive Relationship Management team at Ultimate Software.  She has been in payroll for nearly 30 years and earned her CPP designation in 1996.  As former President of the Denver Chapter Payroll Association, Tracie led the chapter in earning the prestigious Chapter of the Year award in 2006.  She was also awarded the Kronos Education Grant in 2006 and the APA’s Meritorious Service award in 2009.

Dallas Wilfong

Dallas is the Eastern Division Director of Sales at rapid! PayCard and while growing up in a Navy family, he has lived all over the country. He now lives in Indian Rocks Beach, FL with his wife and their new baby girl.

Prior to joining the PayCard industry in May of 2012 most of Dallas’ experience dealing with the unbanked and underbanked segment of the population came from his long career in the staffing industry. There he held the roles of Senior Sales Executive, General Manager, and National Business Development Manager. In these roles Dallas experienced firsthand the challenges faced with the payroll and check distribution of thousands to unbanked employees working in local markets as well as per diem employees who travelled to remote jobsites both in and outside the US.



Dan Colacino

Dan Colacino is a Vice President with Rose and Kiernan, Inc., a multi-line insurance agency headquartered in East Greenbush, NY. His principal role is working with employers on the design, and pricing of their benefit plans and insuring their compliance with State and Federal regulation and legislationPrior to joining Rose and Kiernan, Colacino was the Chief Marketing Officer at Capital District Physician’s Health Plan in Albany and has worked in the healthcare benefits field for over 42 years.  

Dan was an adjunct professor at Union Graduate College, now part of Clarkson University, and taught Healthcare Financial Management and Healthcare Policymaking.. 

He served for 3 years as President of the New York State Association of Health Underwriters and is currently chair of the Legislative Committee.  He represented NYSAHU on Governor Paterson’s Healthcare Reform Advisory Committee in 2010 and the NY Health Benefit Exchange Stakeholder Group.  In 2012, he was appointed to the NY Health Benefit Exchange Regional Advisory Committee.

Dan is a native of the Rochester NY area and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the State University of New York at Brockport.  He received his Master of Science degree in Health Systems Administration from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Kristyna Lamphere

Kristyna Lamphere is a Wage and Hour Investigator.  She began her federal government career at the US Department of Homeland Security- Immigration Customs Enforcement in 2009.  She then transferred to the US Department of Labor-WHD in 2010.  Kristyna has worked in numerous positions within WHD; Office Assistant, Technician, Administrative Assistant, Investigator, and Assistant District Director.  Kristyna has participated in various project details, which have given her a greater appreciation and understanding of this nation’s workforce and the agency’s overall mission statement.  Kristyna graduated from the University of Phoenix with a major in accounting and a minor in business foundations.  She lives in Albany, NY with her husband and two daughters.  

Michael J. Sciotti

Mike Sciotti's practice includes jury trials, investigations, labor audits, supervisory and employee training and claims under ERISA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, New York State Human Rights Law, New York State Worker's Compensation Law, New York State Labor Law and employment agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secret disputes. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles regarding labor and employment issues. In 2013, Mike was recognized as an Empire State Counsel member by the New York State Bar Association for his substantial pro bono services in 2012.

Mike is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Labor Law Section: Equal Opportunity Law as well as the Committee on Legislation.

Mike received his bachelor's degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he graduated summa cum laude. He graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law with a law degree. He also attended Syracuse University College of Law to receive his LL.M. degree.