THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Ours is a success story written by the entire TEG family. Since our 1995 launch, we’ve taken great leaps forward, growing as individuals — and as a company — and continuing to serve an expanding list of clients. What drives us, you ask? Customer service. Teamwork. Integrity. Success. And also passion: passion for our work, for our company, and for our community. Meet the team behind TEG.
Angie Heim |
Huge Fleetwood Mac fan (just ask her daughter Rhiannon) and lover of statement tees. If it’s sunny and 75, you can find her on the lake; fair-weather golfer, fearless TEG leader, and resident office firecracker.
Angie joined The Employer Group in 1999 as one of its original Payroll Specialists turned Business Promoter. Much of TEG’s growth in its first decade is thanks to Angie, and when the time came, she purchased the business in 2007. In the time following, she built the unique team and culture that, today, makes TEG so special. She takes extraordinary pride in the talented team that makes coming to work a pleasure, and in the success of TEG’s clients. Today, Angie heads the management team, leads client relations initiatives, and is the main contact for onboarding clients.
Amy Grazioso, FPC |
Lover of camping, boating, traveling — preferably to Las Vegas or Jamaica (take your pick), and dart-throwing; she was a third-place finalist in the 2017 Wisconsin State Dart Tournament.
Amy joined the team in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! In fact, other than TEG’s owner, Angie, Amy is the company’s most senior employee. Amy holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) from the American Payroll Association and as The Employer Group’s Payroll Manager, she spends her days managing the payroll department, managing TEG’s payroll services, and working with clients on custom solutions.
Ashley Aschliman |
Adventurous recipe-tester, Target-frequenter, and HGTV-viewer turned at-home DIYer, though she starts more projects than she finishes.
Ashley joined the TEG crew in April 2017 as the team’s Operations Coordinator. She provides ongoing coordination and support for the company’s operations and manages departmental projects to ensure their success. Multi-talented as she is, she also facilitates external communications, works on client relations, and, perhaps most important of all, supports Angie and makes sure she’s on track.
Bobbi Burg, FPC |
Mom to a human and a cat, Iowa native turned Badger fan. Runner, yogi, traveler (heaven is a camper van in New Zealand). Lover of sweet potatoes and the color purple.
Bobbi has been with The Employer Group since 2012 and holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) from the American Payroll Association. As a Payroll Specialist, Bobbi’s typical work day consists of processing payroll and providing enthusiastic customer service to TEG’s clients and their employees, verifying time cards, inputting PTO plans, and ensuring employees are paid on time. In fact, Bobbi is so committed to on-time payrolls, she’ll call and email employees to ensure time cards are in and ready for processing by the pay date.
Brian Gile |
Financial Reporting Accountant
Husband and father. Exceptional golfer (2018 Club Champion at Deer Valley Golf Course), enthusiastic sports gambler and spectator, and self-proclaimed craft beer nerd who will happily spend $50 on a bottle of beer.
Since 2005, Brian has grown along with TEG: he’s been a Payroll Specialist, Accounting Assistant, and now serves as the Financial Reporting Accountant. His knowledge of payroll taxes, payroll tax filings, and local compliance requirements allow TEG to process payroll and support clients across the United States. In addition to his already numerous hats, he is TEG’s 401k expert and handles the processing of retirement plan funds, is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Madison, and is a member of the board of directors for the Madison School and Community Recreation organization.
Emily O’Donnell, SHRM-CP |
Amateur wine connoisseur, proud Packer fan, and dog mom to her 75lb lap dog named Stout. Could eat buffalo chicken, or pizza, or buffalo chicken pizza, every day for the rest of her life.
Emily comes to TEG with a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources Management and is also a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Her professional experience ranges from payroll administration to human resources management and everything in between. At TEG, Emily works with clients on employee relations issues, HR-related projects, and new employee onboarding.
Eric Lowry, CPA |
Fierce loyalist and fan of the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers (take your pick). Softball player, bicycle rider, expert BBQer and in-house grill master.
Eric joined TEG shortly after Amy, narrowly becoming TEG’s third most tenured employee (behind Angie and Amy). As TEG’s Controller, Eric manages the company’s finances, generates financial reports, keeps Angie’s spending in line, and corresponds with state agencies (his favorite pastime is ranking which state has the best hold music: currently it’s Arizona). Eric further works with clients on complicated accounting practices and end-of-year filing requirements. An active member of the community, Eric currently sits on the board of directors for the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jami Howard, FPC |
Mother to a child from each of the last 3 decades: the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s (which also happens to be the most popular Pandora station in the office). Enjoys sand volleyball and the color teal. Adds nacho cheese sauce as a side to almost everything she eats (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it).
Jami joined the TEG crew in 2008 and has been working as a Payroll Specialist ever since. Jami’s had some of the same clients since she started at TEG, and has developed working friendships with many of them. Jami holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) from the American Payroll Association, and she spends her time assisting clients and their employees with questions related to local payroll requirements, payroll taxes, pay stubs, and PTO.
Justina Schmitz |
Born and raised in southwest Wisconsin, lover of all things Wisconsin, sports, random facts, and chocolate. In her free time, you can find Justina doing some sort of physical activity, outside if the weather’s decent, or catching up on some reading.
Justina has a degree in Business Administration with emphases in both Human Resources Management and Business Management. Justina spends her days assisting clients with recruitments, new employee onboarding, and employee relations issues. When she isn’t working or playing sports, Justina can be found volunteering at local schools, assisting high school students with mock interviews.
Kiarra Eith |
Mom to Levy (a dog, not a human). Golfer, rec basketballer, and club soccer all-star. Loves to cheer on her Badgers, Packers, Brewers, and Oregon Ducks (not random — she’s an alum).
Kiarra joined the TEG team in August 2017 as an HR Assistant after graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration. Now as TEG’s Benefits Coordinator, Kiarra’s day-to-day involves assisting clients and employees with all of their benefit questions and needs, auditing benefit reports, and managing leave of absences, Workers’ Comp administration, and benefits enrollment and administration.
Liz Shoemaker-Maas |
TEG’s resident musician. Cat mom of 2, enjoys long walks with coffee, day dreams of the ocean and mountains on the west coast. Seattle Seahawks fan (we’ll let it slide, she’s from WA).
Liz joined TEG in 2019 as a Payroll Assistant. Liz spends her days processing payroll and payroll related changes, providing payroll information and guidance to employees and clients, and maintaining the organization of payroll records. Liz provides exceptional customer service by taking the time to understand individual client’s business and its corresponding payroll needs.
Luke Anderson, FPC |
Husband, father, and craft beer aficionado. Loves going to Badger games at his two favorite Madison venues: Camp Randall and the Kohl Center. Born and raised on the east side of Madison; enjoys exploring the west side.
Luke joined TEG in July 2009, holding previous roles as Senior Payroll Specialist and most recently, Payroll Manager. As Vice President, his primary responsibilities include onboarding new clients, working with clients on custom solutions, and overseeing TEG’s payroll systems. Luke holds a Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) from the American Payroll Association and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison.
Luke Hallett |
Fan of the Badgers and the Packers (the only acceptable teams to root for at TEG). PGA certified golf pro charged with keeping employees’ golf games up to par to compete in charity golf outings.
Luke couldn’t ever stay away from TEG for too long; he started as a Payroll Specialist in 2012 and, after a brief time away pursuing a career in the golf business, returned as a Payroll/Finance Specialist. At TEG, Luke works with clients and employees to ensure the timely processing of payroll, updating demographic and pay information in the payroll system, and auditing reports.
Marla Rybowiak |
Director of Operations
Chicagoan from the Southside who’s the office’s resident yogi. Enjoys dancing and singing — even if it’s just alone in her house. Loves nothing more than hunkering down with a dense biography of an American president, czar, or other powerful head of state.
As TEG’s Director of Operations, Marla keeps the office humming. She also provides leadership and direction to the HR team, and often facilitates their development through mentorship. Marla directs our client seminar series and learning opportunities, partners with clients on strategic HR needs and executive coaching, and works with clients at the time of onboarding. Marla also remains active in the Madison community, where she is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin teaching professional development and interviewing skills.
Mike Beringer, SHRM-CP |
Human Resources Manager
Husband, father, intense question-asker, and self-proclaimed cat owner/hater. Likes to unwind with a gnarly brew following a passionate game of volleyball or hand of poker. Prefers to engage in calming activities, like SCUBA diving with sharks off the coast of Fiji.
Mike brought a diverse skillset to TEG when he joined the team as an HR Business Partner. He’s got experience across multiple industries, with multi-state employers, brings a breadth of HR and leadership experience, and holds a certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. As TEG’s HR Manager, Mike ensures that the Human Resources team provides the services and tools our clients need to be successful. He oversees the daily operations of TEG’s Human Resources services, while still providing high-level HR services to several of our clients.
Riley Peckham |
Two-time national champion rugby player (UW-Whitewater), born and raised in Oregon, WI. Loves to cheer on the Packers, Badgers, or Bucks to their next championship.
Riley joined TEG in November 2019 as one of the team’s HR Assistants. He graduated from UW- Whitewater with a degree in Human Resources Management. Riley assists with recruiting coordination duties, including: phone screening qualified applicants, providing interview summaries, and conducting pre-employment background checks when required. Among other HR tasks, Riley also provides information to employees, clients, vendors and staff, handles new hire paperwork and new employee orientations.
Shelby Goodwin |
HR Assistant by day, gymnastics coach by night. Lover of all Wisconsin sports teams. In the summer you can find her on the sandbars or sand volleyball court.
Shelby started with TEG in August 2019 as an HR Assistant. Shelby’s day consists of assisting clients with account needs, handling new hire paperwork coordination and responding to new employees’ requests for information and assistance.
Sue Nolden |
Operations and Payroll Assistant
Wife, mom, dog mom, mother-in-law, grandma (whew!). Passionate golfer and cheerleader for the Badgers and the Packers. On the weekends you can find her at Lake Wisconsin or crafting her next project.
Sue joined The Employer Group as an Administrative Assistant, and there’s never been a dull moment for Sue. She keeps files up-to-date, answers phones, distributes mail, receives packages and shipments, and verifies that new client and new employee information is entered correctly in the payroll system. And, most important of all, she ensures the employee lounge is fully stocked and ready for a happy hour at a moment’s notice.