Tessa D. Montelaro

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Senior Payroll Specialist
Phone 409-838-1605, Ext. 892-4444

Tessa began working for Leonard Juncker as a part-time receptionist in February of 1998. Shortly after beginning her career, Tessa was selected for a position with Dial-A-Check Payroll Service. Dial-A-Check Payroll service became an integral part of WDJ when Leonard Juncker merged his accounting practice with then named, Wathen, DeShong and Company. In early 2017 Dial-A-Check was moved to a cloud-based, more user-friendly system now called WDJPAY. Tessa is the backbone of the WDJPay, the firm’s Payroll Service, and she has assisted a wide variety of employers across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana with all their payroll needs. Through her years of operating the Payroll Service, Tessa has gained experience in all areas of payroll processing including quarterly and year-end payroll tax preparation. Throughout hurricanes, Rita, Ike, and Harvey Tessa worked using a generator so that literally hundreds of Southeast Texans had their paycheck.

Tessa has lived in Lumberton her whole life. She and her husband, Tommy, have been married for nearly 25 years. Tommy is a Marine Agent for Lighthouse Shipping Agency. Tommy and Tessa are the proud parents of a 21-year-old daughter, Tayler. Tayler is in her senior year at Texas A&M University as an undergraduate studying Animal Science. She will soon be applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine to pursue her dream. The family enjoys travelling, hunting, gardening and spending time with their 4 dogs and 2 cats, most recently, a stray dog that has adopted them.

Tessa’s current job duties for WDJ and WDJPAY are:

  • Payroll preparation for over 60 employers
  • Electronic transmission of tax liability payments for 30 employers
  • Direct deposit of payroll for over 20 employers
  • Invoicing all WDJPAY clients
  • Accounts receivable maintenance and collection for WDJPAY’s clients
  • Processing and electronically filing quarterly and annual payroll returns
  • New Hire Reporting with the Texas Workforce Commission
  • Answering a multi-line phone system
  • Assists with income tax processing for WDJ individual and business clients