Meet The People Lease Team

We believe the fundamental strength of People Lease is our people. Their commitment, dedication and talent is how we have become a leading provider of back-office services. Our people desire to be the best, to do things better and to build a competitive edge. They already meet the rigorous demands of businesses today. And they are committed to providing even higher levels of performance in the future. They have the expertise and resources to make it happen. And the drive to see that it will.

At People Lease, we’re proud of our employees, who skillfully interact with clients on a personalized basis to create customized administration plans, handle special requests or address compliance concerns. All because we’ll never stop putting our primary emphasis on good old-fashioned human interaction and well-forged relationships, no matter how high-tech the business world becomes.

The People Lease team is here to meet your staff administration needs, large or small, period. If that’s the kind of assistance your busy schedule can benefit from, we encourage you to Contact Us.

Ken Lewis

Ken began with People Lease in 1994 as a customer service representative and has worked tirelessly through the ranks all the way up to President.

Before his time at People Lease, Ken spent almost a decade serving our country in the US Navy. In his spare time you will find him fishing, cheering on MS State and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Margaret White
Corporate Accounting & Tax Specialist

Margaret could easily be considered the backbone of the People Lease machine. She pays the bills, handles the deposits and files federal and multi-state tax payments. No role at People Lease has greater fiscal implications or is more deadline-driven. Margaret’s can-do attitude and on-the-job insights make her one of the organization’s most valuable assets.

Jacquelyn Avalon
Staff Accountant

Jacquelyn joined the People Lease team in 2016. She performs financial and reporting activities between our clients, their employees, and the government. Her assertiveness and attention to detail in her daily work makes her an important asset to the People Lease staff. Jacquelyn obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Belhaven University in 2015.

Currently residing in Madison, Jacquelyn is an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Laura Burdick

Laura joined the accounting department at People Lease in August 2022. She brings with her 17 years of experience in accounting, payroll and tax processing. Laura has a strong work ethic and is detail oriented, she strives to understand all aspects of the company to provide the best service to our clients. Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lackawanna College, Scranton PA, with a degree in Business Administration.

A native of Pennsylvania, Laura relocated to Mississippi in 2022 and currently resides in Ridgeland. When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping and trying out different restaurants.

Sue Burrell

Sue joined People Lease in our Payroll Department in March 2022. She has 25 years combined experience in the banking industry, human resources, and customer service.

She resides in Leesburg and enjoys spending family time with her 2 beautiful daughters and 2 adorable grandchildren.

James Clay
Business Development Manager
James has been in sales & customer service for 10 years. In that time he has helped ensure complete customer satisfaction by being knowledgeable and dedicated to his clients. He is extremely detail-oriented allowing him to determine the fundamental needs of the customer and exceed their expectations. James has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.

Currently residing in Brandon, James enjoys outdoor activities, sports and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica Deffenbaugh
Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson joined the People Lease Team in April 2018. She brought with her over ten years of accounting and administrative experience. Cheryl is currently housed in our payroll department as a payroll specialist.

Cheryl is happily married with two sons. They recently purchased a new home and she is excited about her future at People Lease!

Michelle Jordan

Michelle joined the People Lease team in March 2023. She brought with her over 5 years experience in customer service and 2 years in accounting technology. She is very detail oriented, has a strong work ethic, and is passionate about her profession.

Michelle currently resides in Brandon with her high school sweetheart, Chris. When she is not working, she can be found spending time with her 3 children, doing puzzles, and reading.

Rosa Halford McIntyre
Commercial Customer Service Representative

Rosa Halford McIntyre has 30 years experience in the insurance industry. Rosa has been CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) certified for over 25 years and brings a wealth of insurance knowledge to the company. Her specialties are Professional Liability and Management Liability. 

Residing in Brandon, MS, Rosa enjoys reading mystery books, admiring her vast collection of over 340 seashells and spending time with friends & family. 

Wendy Miller
Front Office Coordinator

Wendy joined People Lease with over 20 years of experience working in Business Administration and Customer Service. Over the phone or in person, Wendy’s enthusiasm for her job and pride in her work compel her to provide the best solution for each of our clients.

Wendy has one daughter that lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently residing in Brandon, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and friends

Jaymie Murphy

Jaymie joined the People Lease team in September 2017.  Jaymie’s more than 15 years’ experience in management has afforded her a well-rounded skill set, including implementation and process development, problem-solving, payroll and human resources, marketing, and customer relationship development.

Jaymie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Counseling from the University of Holy Cross, New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently residing in Pickens, Jaymie and her husband enjoy spending time reading, kayaking and playing with their dogs.

Melissa Murray

Melissa joined the Accounting Department at People Lease in 2017. Melissa brings 15 years of experience and knowledge in accounting, auditing, office management, and project management to the company. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Louisiana Tech University, Melissa is a team player with a strong work ethic and positive attitude. She has a passion for working hard, helping others, and creating a positive teamwork environment.

When she is not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her daughter, fishing, hunting, baking, and making crafts.

Savannah Ortner

Savannah joined People Lease in September 2021 as a payroll specialist. She has over 8 years of experience in customer service and truly enjoys helping people.


Savannah was born in Jackson, Mississippi and is married to her high school sweetheart, Kaleb. She and Kaleb have a two year old cat named Charles and they plan to adopt more fur babies in the future. Savannah enjoys spending her off time with family and friends, and she loves to take impromptu day trips over the weekends.

Leslie Powell, CISR
Marketing/ Commercial Account Manager

Leslie Powell joined People Lease in 2017. She has over 15 years of experience in business administration and 5 years commercial insurance. As a licensed Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance agent, Leslie works closely with our clients to make sure their businesses are protected and properly insured.

Currently residing in Brandon, Leslie enjoys spending time with her children, cooking, and entertaining her family and friends.

Staci Riddell

Staci joined People Lease in March 2023. She brings over 10 years of customer service experience to our payroll department. Currently residing in Rankin County with her husband, Staci loves to spoil her three kitties, Bubby, Miss Kitty, and Old Cat and enjoys gaming with friends, running 5k’s, and cooking at home.

Eric Sokolsky
Business Development Manager

Eric is an experienced Client Services Professional with extensive Sales and Operations experience. For the past 15 years Eric has concentrated his skills in the Payroll Service Industry. He has opened and serviced hundreds of accounts.

Eric is known for his professionalism and attentiveness to customer needs. He has spent many years directly mentoring and supervising employees and stream-lining customer service functions. Eric enjoys project work and will volunteer to pitch in where there is a need or to help grow business in new areas. In addition to his professional achievements, Eric is active in the community and a member of several Chambers.

In his spare time, you will find him doing something with his family or Church. Eric is also a licensed Life/Health and Property/Casualty agent.

Terri Stigler
Project Administrative Assistant

Terri joined People Lease in 2019. Terri brings 30 years of experience in Business Administration , Accounting, Customer Service and Insurance Billing. Terri is a team player and enjoys taking on new projects.

When Terri is not working, She enjoys working out, working in her yard , spending time with friends and family and playing with her 3 dogs.

Nanette Upton

Nanette Upton joined the Accounting Department at People Lease in July 2021. Nanette brings with her over 20 years of accounting experience and 5 years of experience in payroll.

Nanette is a native of South Louisiana, currently residing in Braxton, MS. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and church friends, reading and cooking.

Jodi Warrington

Jodi Warrington has 20 years’ experience in Business Administration and Customer Service. She has worked as a Bankruptcy Trustee to courtrooms and a local law firm for 12 years. At People Lease, Jodi brings enthusiasm to her job and pride in her work as she handles supplemental insurance, 401(k) and workman’s comp audits.

Jodi is a resident of Madison County where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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