Meet the Speakers

When available, biographies of our Meeting Speakers will appear on this page..

March 22 - Susan T. Mathiesen - Director of Research


Sue Mathiesen is a licensed health and life professional with extensive experience in the management of group benefit plans. She began her career in the employee benefits arena working as an Employee Benefits Specialist for a consulting firm in Oak Park, Illinois.



She relocated to Southeast Michigan in September 1994. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan Agency (previously known as McGraw Wentworth), Sue was an Account Manager at Gallagher ABOW, Inc. providing regulatory compliance assistance, implementing carrier transitions, creating employee communication materials and conducting employee meetings for mid-sized organizations. Sue was promoted to a consultant in May 1996 and worked in that capacity until August 1997 when she joined McGraw Wentworth.



As MMA’s Research Director, Sue regularly monitors resources to keep up-to-date on new legislation as well as changes to existing legislation. She routinely disseminates information to Account Directors and Managers, and works closely with local attorneys to interpret regulatory provisions and how they affect employers. Sue offers assistance to clients and colleagues via annual accredited seminars and monthly and quarterly newsletters, and the Reform Update publication which provides a timely, concise overview of health care reform, its impact on organizations’ benefits strategies, and next steps as the administrative infrastructure is created.



Sue has addressed audiences ranging in size from 20 to 200 on a diverse set of topics. In addition to leading numerous MMA seminars and roundtable discussions, Sue has addressed HR professionals and organizations such as the MISHRM state conference, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), American Society of Employers (ASE), and the Oakland County School District Benefit Coordinators Group.



Sue earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. Sue resides in White Lake with her husband and her dogs, Zeppelin and Bowie.


April 19th - Vickie Lambert

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company’s website www.thepayrolladvisor.com offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals                   up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations.



With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues.  She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.

A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the Program Developer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Facilitator for the Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management Program offered by Cengage Learning / Ed2Go through hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.



June 21st - Debbie Burton of Plante Moran


Deborah L. Burton, CPA - Tax Partner, Plante & Moran

Deborah has more than 25 years of experience providing tax consulting to manufacturing and distribution companies with an emphasis on internationally active organizations.   She consults with business owners regarding entity selection and structuring, resolution of employment tax matters, and represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and various state agencies.





July 19th - Vickie Lambert


Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company’s website www.thepayrolladvisor.com offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals                   up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations.



With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues.  She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.

A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the Program Developer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Facilitator for the Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management Program offered by Cengage Learning / Ed2Go through hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.







August 16th - Jon Keller of Deloitte

Jon Keller, GPHR holds a masters of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.  He currently holds the title of Global Employer Services Manager at Deloitte Tax LLP and has for 8 years.  Jon assist and partner with clients on payroll compliance realm of global mobility where payments are made in both the home, host and 3rd party providers.


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