As the former Chairman of the NOWCC Board of Directors, Greg Merrill assumed his responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer with an in-depth understanding of NOWCC operations and extensive experience in nonprofit management and advocating for older Americans.
Prior to joining NOWCC, Mr. Merrill spent 19 years with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), moving from research and planning to legislative affairs. For seven years, he served as the Director of State Legislation of AARP during a period when the association was becoming more involved with older worker issues. Following his tenure at AARP, Mr. Merrill managed state government affairs, grassroots operations and policy campaigns for several national trade associations, accumulating broader responsibilities throughout his career.
In 2001, he joined the NOWCC Board of Directors, serving as Chair from 2002 until taking up the reins as President & CEO in December, 2006. Mr. Merrill’s background includes service in the US Marine Corps and the attainment of a MS degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with an emphasis in gerontology, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.
Judy Murray brought over 40 years of experience in nonprofit administration when she joined NOWCC as Director of Administration in August 2007. Ms. Murray’s past experience includes work with non-profits such as the Environmental Law Institute, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Ms. Murray is responsible for the administrative operations of NOWCC’s headquarters office, as well as its three field offices. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland.
George Thompson joined NOWCC in 1998, shortly after the Company’s inception. As the company has grown from its early days so, too, have Mr. Thompson’s responsibilities.
Today his title is Deputy Facilities Assistant and he directly supports the Director of Administration and the CEO, while ensuring that the office is well maintained and that all staff members have the equipment needed to do their jobs efficiently. When it comes to questions about office supplies, equipment or food, George is the “go to” person for NOWCC.
Genevieve W. Grinkley joined NOWCC in 2001 as Receptionist. She was promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant in 2006. Her background includes experience as an administrative assistant with the Federal Government at the Pentagon, the District Government and private industry.
Ms. Grinkley is a people person and trully enjoys the interaction with NOWCC staff, SEE and ACES Program participants and other organizations.
Cito Vanegas has been with NOWCC since the Company’s inception in 1997. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Vanegas directs the organization’s financial activities, including the management of the Accounting and Payroll Departments and the development of NOWCC’s financial systems.
Prior to joining NOWCC, Mr. Vanegas was an associate of a public accounting firm and is Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science from Mary Washington University and Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. He is a long standing member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Linda Holiman joined the NOWCC Accounting Department in 1998. Prior to working at NOWCC, she worked for a regional public accounting firm as an auditor and tax preparer. Ms Holiman now holds the position of Controller in which she leads and supervises the Accounting staff and ensures NOWCC’s compliance with Federal rules and regulations.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ms. Holiman says she is proud to work for an organization that provides opportunities for older workers and values their skills and experience. In addition, Ms. Holiman’s father was a SEE Enrollee with EPA for over 10 years.
Elizabeth Azizi joined NOWCC in 2009 as Staff Accountant and was promoted to Senior Accountant in January 2010. Prior to joining NOWCC, Ms. Azizi worked for Fannie Mae for five years as Financial Analyst in both the Single Family & Multi Family Divisions.
In her current position, Ms. Azizi concentrates most of her efforts in financial reporting for NOWCC. She holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting and is currently a candidate for a Certified Public Accountant license. Ms. Azizi appreciates the motivational atmosphere at NOWCC because it encourages staff members to make individual contributions to Company goals.
David Madoo joined the NOWCC Accounting Department in 2012. Prior to working at NOWCC, he worked for the University of Maryland’s School of Public Heath as a Business Manager. Mr. Madoo now holds the position of Staff Accountant. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration.
Erin Eamich joined NOWCC in 2008 as Accounts Payable Specialist. Her duties include processing travel reimbursements for enrollees and paying vendor invoices. One of the main reasons Ms. Eamich loves working for NOWCC is the people: “You just can’t find a better office to work in.
She also enjoys interacting with the enrollees in the SEE and ACES Programs and hopes to stay with NOWCC for a very long time.
Prior to joining NOWCC in 2010, Keith McBean spent 10 years working for the University of Maryland, College Park as Business Manager and Director of Administration in grants management. His main duties as the ACES Grants Analyst at NOWCC include financial and analytical reporting for the ACES Program.
Mr. McBean holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Masters in Accounting & Info Technology from UMUC (University of Maryland University College). He is currently a candidate for Certified Public Accountants license.
Keith is proud to work for an organization that is inclusive yet diverse, one that fosters an atmosphere where there is motivation to strive for excellence.
Yvonne Bolton has been with NOWCC since its inception in 1997. She began her career with the Company as Payroll Specialist, was promoted to Senior Payroll Specialist in April 2002 and to Payroll Manager the following October.
Ms. Bolton’s main duties include managing the Payroll Department and overseeing the payroll for staff & enrollees. Her goals are to provide excellent customer service and ensure that everyone gets paid on time.
Senior Payroll Specialist, Anna Doan, joined NOWCC in 2008. She loves to work at NOWCC because the Company promotes collaboration among staff which contributes to a good working environment. “They are like my extended family and I feel very comfortable going to work every day and knowing that I will have an enjoyable work day ahead”.
Most of all, Ms. Doan is happy to assist the enrollees and monitors with their payroll questions and concerns. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Hague University in Hague, Netherlands. Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family.
Aleth Almelor joined NOWCC in October 2010 as Payroll Specialist. Prior to working at NOWCC, she worked for an international logistics company as a payroll coordinator.
Danielle Spiker joined NOWCC as a payroll specialist in November 2010. Prior to joining NOWCC Danielle worked as an office manager gaining customer service experience.
She enjoys helping people in both her professional and personal life. “I am very excited to be here and feel very privileged to work with such great people at a company that truly cares about what they do.”
Program Management & Operations
Barbara Bronislawska-Canada began her career with NOWCC in 2001 as a Staff Accountant and was later promoted to Senior Accountant. In May of 2009, she left the Accounting Department to fill a newly created position of ACES Program Manager at NOWCC.
Ms. Canada’s main duties are to oversee the operations of the ACES Program administered by NOWCC for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) at the Department of Agriculture.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University and a Master of Business Administration from the American University in Washington, DC.
Fannie Walker joined NOWCC in 2008 as a Payroll Specialist. In March of 2010, Ms. Walker accepted a position with the Eastern Field Staff as ACES Recruiter/Specialist. Prior to joining NOWCC, she spent 30 years in the utilities industry.
Ms. Walker holds an AA degree in Business Management from Prince George’s Community College and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.
Tammie Reynolds joined NOWCC in early 2005 as a Recruiter in the Eastern Field Office in Arlington, VA. In late 2007 she moved to Rochester, NY and began working as Field Coordinator for the three NOWCCfield offices.
Ms. Reynolds earned a Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York in Cortland, New York. She loves working at an organization where she can make a difference. Her spare time is spent with her husband, Arthur, and daughter, Zatanna.
Eastern Field Office (Arlington, VA)
Al Ressler joined the staff of the NOWCC in June 2011 after having served on the Board of Directors for NOWCC since 2004. During his career, he has been a key planner and strategist for all aspects of human resources and other administrative support functions. He is acknowledged as a change agent and an innovator in positively dealing with human capital and management issues during periods of organizational transformation and change. His professional recognition includes the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, Dept. of Transportation Excellence in Leadership Award, the DLA Exceptional and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, multiple Department of Army awards, and annual SES bonus awards. Mr. Ressler was also one of seven inductees into the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Hall of Fame in May 2011.
Mr. Ressler is a North Dakota native and attended North Dakota State University earning both a Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences in 1969 and a Master of Arts degree in political science in 1971. He was commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army in 1971 and subsequently entered Federal service in the Executive Branch in the human resources management career field. His career progression included assignments in the United States and Germany with senior management positions in human resources in the Department of Transportation and Department of Army. He was selected into the Senior Executive Service in 1989 and served in the SES until his retirement from government service in 2003.
Al Ressler comes to NOWCC from the U.S. Army’s Fort Belvoir in Virginia where he served as the Human Resources Officer for non-appropriated fund employees. Prior to this, Mr. Ressler was the Director of the Center for Human Resources Management at the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration. While at the Academy he managed a cadre of over thirty consultants conducting research, performing studies and engaged in consulting services for federal organizations in their human resources and human capital management functions.
Delma Hamlett has been with NOWCC since April 1998. Ms. Hamlet began her career with NOWCC as Payroll/AP Specialist and then was promoted to the responsibilities of processing all Travel Reimbursement/Accounts Payable for the Accounting Department.
In 2008 Delma assumed her current responsibilities as Recruiter for the Eastern Field Office. During her tenure, Ms. Hamlet has witnessed the growth of NOWCC and now strives to provide the utmost in customer service to NOWCC Enrollees and clients.
South Central Field Office (Dallas, TX)
Laura Melton works as Recruiter for South Central Field Operations in Dallas, Texas. She joined the company in late 2004 after having spent 15 years as a human resources generalist in the energy, software, retail, and insurance industries.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. With fairly diverse responsibilities in the SEE and ACES Programs, Ms. Melton enjoys her interaction with the talented program participants in many different areas of the U.S.
Linda Farina works as the Recruiter for South Central Field Operations in Dallas, TX. She joined the company as a temporary employee in August, 2009. Prior to that, she spent 33 years in the Human Resources field managing benefits and compensation and, earlier in her career, as a human resource generalist in the retail and manufacturing industries.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Industrial Relations from Michigan State University. Linda enjoys supporting the South Central Field Office and having the opportunity to interact with SEE enrollees and monitors throughout the South Central states.
Western Field Office (Lakewood, CO)
Working out of the Western Field Office in Colorado, Bridget Farley (formerly Yupcavage) served as a Recruiter for more than three years supporting the SEE Program with the Environmental Protection Agency for Regions 8, 9 and 10, as well as the ACES Program with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for the western part of the U.S. In January 2011 Ms. Farley was promoted to a postion of the Director of Western Field Office.
Prior to working with NOWCC, Ms. Farley was an Education Coordinator for a non-profit environmental organization in Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Human Resources. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Conor and their dog, Rufus.
Pamela Lewis began working at NOWCC in 2010 on part-time basis before joining the staff full-time as a Recruiter for the Western Field Office. Her background includes working in the Denver Public Schools Administration and extensive work with medical records in nursing homes. She has also served as Executive Secretary and worked in Marketing and Sales in various capacities.
Pam is excited to be working with the SEE and ACES Programs and fully enjoys the culture of teamwork at NOWCC.
Working with the SEE Program since 1995, Ms. Miner established the Western Field Office that serves enrollees in EPA regions 8, 9 and 10. When the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture, decided to pilot an older worker program with NOWCC in 2005, Ms. Miner helped develop field policy and business practices.
Prior to working with the SEE Program, Ms. Miner directed a statewide senior employment program in Illinois for 17 years and spent six years with an Illinois Area Agency on Aging, establishing various Older American Act-funded, community-based senior centers and services.