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.
Human Resources & Administration
Caroline joined NOWCC in 2013 as Director of Human Resources. She leads NOWCC’s human resources strategy of people development and driving a high performance organization.
Prior to joining NOWCC, she served in human resources leadership roles at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and CVS. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Ms. Espree is a Founding Member of Prince William Society of Human Resources Management, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors.
Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.
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 Operations Specialist and he directly supports the Director of Human Resources 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.
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.
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.
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 which she held until September 2014 when she accepted a newly created posiiton as a Deputy Payroll Coordinator. 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.
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.
Ursula joined NOWCC as a Payroll Specialist on February 1, 2016. She has 9 years of Payroll experience working in the nonprofit, healthcare and global logistics industries.
Ursula has a Bachelor's of Science in English from the University of Montana and obtained her Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) in 2008. She takes pride in meeting deadlines and providing excellent customer service. In her free time, Ursula likes to travel and participate in 5k walks for charity. Ursula is delighted to be a part of the NOWCC family.
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.
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. In September 2014, Pam accepted a position as the ACES Recruiter-Specialist. 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 ACES Program and fully enjoys the culture of teamwork at NOWCC.
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.
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)
Delma Hamlett Johnson has been with NOWCC since April 1998. Mrs. Johnson 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 Enrollee Personnel Management Specialist for the Eastern Field Office. During her tenure, Mrs. Johnson 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 Enrollee Personnel Management Specialist 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 Enrollee Personnel Management Specialist 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)
Bridget Farley has been with NOWCC since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of the Western Field Office. She supports 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 .
Prior to working with NOWCC, Bridget 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 and a Masters of Professional Studies in Strategic Human Resources from The University of Denver. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Denver and the mountains with her husband, Conor, their son Benjamin, and rambunctious dog, Rufus.
Beth Stover is an Enrollee Management Specialist for the Western Field Office of NOWCC since March 2015. Beth is retired from the Federal Government with over 35 years of experience in Administrative and Human Resources positions. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Boise State University.
Beth personally relates to the mission of NOWCC as an experienced professional that wants to continue working and providing value in a progressive organization such as NOWCC.
Bonnie Calvert joined the staff of NOWCC in December 2014. She brings experience and expertise in administration and office management. Ms. Calvert is a champion for the older worker and has worked as a SEE Enrollee Administrative Assistant for the past seven years at the EPA National Investigations Enforcement Center office in Denver.