Speaker Bios G-K


Paul D. Gill, CPP
Payroll Manager, CVR Energy, Inc.

Paul Gill, CPP is currently the Payroll Manager at CVR Energy, Inc. As the Payroll Manager, Paul oversees a payroll department of two full-time staff but have managed up to seven employees in recent years to include centralized semi-monthly payroll, weekly and bi-weekly pay schedules paying up to 80 separate FEIN’s at one time for up to 7,000 US employees in almost every state in the US during his career.

Over the years, Paul has worked in several Manager and Director Roles in the healthcare staffing industry, the engineering and construction industry, oil and gas industry with offshore drilling companies and Stewart Title before joining CVR Energy, Inc. in January of 2016.

Professional Activities

  • APA – National Member and APA Houston Chapter local member.
  • 2017 President of Houston Chapter APA.
  • 2017 Payroll Professional of the year – Houston Chapter APA.
  • APA – National Speakers Bureau teaching PPE and Payroll Tax Forum.
  • Speaker at several Texas APA local chapters including Houston, Bluebonnet, and Alamo.
  • Speaker at the Alaska and TPC Statewide conferences.
  • TPC Board member from 2005 – 2007.


  • CPP – Certified Payroll Professional – active and current since 1999.



Emma Jackson, CPP
Sr. Payroll Services Manager, North East Independent School District

As the daughter of a civil servant and an educator, Emma Jackson, CPP is the Senior Payroll Manager at North East Independent School District in San Antonio. She leads a staff of 15 in paying the District’s approximately 10,000 teachers, administrators, substitute, and auxiliary, administrative and instructional support employees.

A long-time member of the Alamo chapter APA, she has served in several officer positions where she is currently the Government Liaison. She also served on the Texas Payroll Conference board from 2009-2013. As a member of the American Payroll Association, she has been a Certified Payroll Professional for over 20 years.

Emma often says “there isn’t a mic she doesn’t love” as she shares her passion for Payroll and education. She has spoken for several years at Texas Payroll Conference and to the Alamo and Dallas chapters. With a love for being active, she also teaches aerobic and strength classes in her “spare” time.



Stephen Kenney
Staff Employment Tax Services, Ernst & Young National Tax Department

Stephen is a Staff with EY’s National Employment Tax Department in Dallas, Texas. He focuses exclusively in the area of federal, state, and local employment tax.

Stephen’s experience includes providing employment tax advisory services to clients in various industries, including technology, construction, medical services, and entertainment. As an attorney, he is well versed in employment tax legal research.

Stephen recently assisted a client outside of Austin in auditing the taxability of their federal, multi-state and local earning and deduction codes.

He has executed the required compliance and regulatory filings for state jurisdictions where clients have payroll, including expertise in the following tax forms:

  • State Unemployment Tax (“SUTA”).
  • State Income Tax Withholding (“SITW”).
  • Local Income Tax Withholding (“LITW”).

Stephen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Duquesne University and received a JD from the Pennsylvania State University School of Law. Stephen is a licensed attorney and a member of the Pennsylvania and Texas Bar Associations.