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Our Team

Gregory Harrell, CPA, President

Gregory Harrell

CPA, President

Greg is the co-founder of Paychecks Plus, established in 1996. He began his career in 1965 as a staff accountant for CA Brown & Company (now Brown Edwards).  During his early career, he specialized in small business service including accounting & taxation.  He also taught at National Business College while establishing the firm. He enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems for small business clients and managing the firm.

Greg is active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Virginia Society of CPA’s.

As a young staff accountant, he quickly realized his love of small business client service.

Mark Harrell, RTRP, Payroll & Business Consultant - 2

Mark Harrell

RTRP, Payroll & Business Consultant

Mark is the co-founder of Paychecks Plus, established in 1996, and has a long history developing the PEO payroll model for the firm.  He is licensed by the Internal Revenue Service as a Registered Tax Return Preparer.  He stays educated in the ever-changing payroll laws and focuses his attention on the firm’s role in providing payroll support for its diverse clientele.

Mark is a graduate of Radford University with an Accounting Degree.

Mark is gregarious, and people are drawn to his happy personality.

Chad Young, MBA, RTRP, Senior Tax Consultant - 2

Chad Young

MBA, RTRP, Senior Tax Consultant

Chad has a long history as a tax accountant, beginning his career with Paychecks Plus in 2001.  He is licensed by the Internal Revenue Service as a Registered Tax Return Preparer.  He keeps abreast of the ever-changing tax laws and focuses his attention on the firm’s mission to be the Roanoke Valley’s leader in small business tax consulting.  He is excellent in all areas of individual and business tax preparation and enjoys and understands client needs in tax planning. 

Chad is a twice graduate of Virginia Tech receiving a Bachelor’s and Masters in Business Administration.

Chad considers his job as a labor of love and when he’s not working or with family, you can often find him on the golf course. 

Trisha Alley, Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

Trisha Alley

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

Trisha has been with the Paychecks Plus since March of 2001, and what started as a job quickly turned into a career.  Trisha handles more than just the internal workings of Paychecks Plus, she also handles licensing applications such as ABC, Lottery, ST-10C and SNAP just to name a few. She is also very knowledgeable with QuickBooks, Excel and Word.

Trisha lives in Vinton with her two crazy cats, Duke and Luna.

Amy Sowder, Payroll Director

Amy Sowder

Payroll Director

Amy joined Paychecks Plus in August 2004. Amy operates our payroll department and has extensive experience in processing payroll through our PEO system. She is also educated in payroll related items such as insurance, employee benefits as well as employee deductions i.e. child support, tax liens and garnishments.  Amy also assists employees with questions regarding withholding taxes.

Amy, originally from Texas, and her daughter, Myah, live in Salem. Amy spends most of her time on the soccer field, basketball court and cheer gym where her daughter does competitive cheer. After all, Amy is her biggest cheerleader.  When she is not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys watching UVA football and shopping.

Noemi Aguilar, Office Manager

Noemi Aguilar

Office Manager

Noemi started in December 2015 and has great customer service skills. Whether its bookkeeping, business consulting or payroll, Noemi is well versed in it all.  She provides priceless support to the firm in whatever area is needed.

Noemi along with her husband and 4 kids, Cassandra, Julia, Omar and Mato live in the Cave Spring area. Noemi enjoys watching her kids play sports and shopping.  She is fluent in Spanish.

Karen Muniz

Karen Muniz


I come from a big family, the 8th out of 9!
I enjoy spending quality time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.
I like to do hair and makeup, and to go shopping.
An activity that I like to do is to learn about Geography and definitely Greek Mythology.
I graduated High School in 2019 from William Fleming High School.

Nice people and awesome service

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Keith Turner

The best company ever! Thank you for everything that you guys have been doing for me and my company. I highly recommend them. And when you go over there ask for Noemi!

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Isaac Vasquez

Strongly Recommend!! We have been using Paychecks Plus for years they do a GREAT job!! Chad and ALL the staff takes GREAT care of us at our business Buy The Season & personally!! GRATEFUL FOR YOU GUYS😊

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Tammy Bronson Baughman

Chad and team did it again! Great job on my corporate taxes and my fiancé’s personal return. Highly recommend Paychecks Plus. 3 years ago, I moved 5 hours away and changed states, and I refuse to find another accountant!

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Crystal Leean Dalton

Chad has been extremely helpful since we moved to Roanoke. He provided prompt and knowledgeable service. Highly recommend Paychecks Plus for all your accounting needs.
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Charlie Thomason Archbell