Kat Meissner, CPP

Kat graduated in 1985 from NCTC with a degree in Legal Secretarial Science. She worked in several law offices and then made a career change to Greenheck Fan Corporation in Wausau, WI. For a few years, she was a stay-at-home mom and then joined forces with her sister at Christopher’s Restaurant in Coleman. In 2000, Kat and her family moved to Iron River, Michigan, where Kat was the business manager for Ski Brule for 3 years.

Home kept calling, so in 2003, she moved back to Coleman, Kat worked for Eslien Law Offices until 2005 when the opportunity came up for her and her sister to purchase TimePlus Payroll of Green Bay. As a client of TimePlus Payroll (in the restaurant) she knew the value of outsourcing payroll and was very excited to be able to help other business owners succeed and grow their businesses. Eventually, the sisters split the business, TimePlus Payroll became Kat’s, and the name was changed to Wisconsin Pay Specialists.

Today, along with payroll and bookkeeping, Kat and her team manage over 50 residential rental properties.   In the fall of 2013, Kat became a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) through the American Payroll Association and continues to learn and stay on top of the ever-changing payroll and bookkeeping laws and regulations.

Kat, a wife, mother of three daughters, horse owner and grandma, loves to be with her family. She is an active member of St Anne Parish in Coleman and volunteers many hours to the SHINE Mission Group which helps the needy, elderly, and infirm.   Kat has experienced the death of her youngest daughter, a major software vendor collapse and other life changing hurdles but continues to believe in small business ownership where the struggle is real and so is the reward.

Kayla Cox

Kayla joined WI Pay in April 2017. She obtained an accounting degree through UWGB and has managed numerous small businesses.  Starting as a payroll processor, Kayla soon took over payroll tax management, quarterly and annual reconciliations, and setting up new clients. She is our go-to person for IT and excels at managing our bookkeeping clients.  Kayla resides in Coleman with her husband, two beautiful daughters and two dogs Buck and Fancy. For fun, Kayla likes to bow hunt, take a spin on her four-wheeler, and spend time with her family. Teaching Sunday School and cleaning her house are considered her down time.

Katie Torres

Katie joined WI Pay Specialists in April of 2020 as a payroll specialist.

After graduating in 1994 with an associate degree as an administrative professional, Katie has worked in offices in transportation, healthcare, and local government.  Katie utilizes her exceptional customer service and efficient office skills to excel in payroll and tax management.  She considers each payroll client her own personal account and watches out for their best interest. Katie has a son and two daughters and enjoys playing piano, reading, riding motorcycles, and trips to any warm beach.


Elizabeth joined the Wisconsin Pay team in April
2022.Elizabeth works in bookkeeping and has made a real impact on
this department.  She is extremely organized and knowledgeable, great in
client services. Her background in bookkeeping, inventory and supplies, sales
and customer service are a true asset along with her smile and
enthusiasm.  Elizabeth has 2 beautiful teenage daughters and 3 fuzzy dogs
and enjoys family time.

Nicole Merkt

Nicole joined WI Pay in February 2021.  Nicole’s background was in dairy farming, and she graduated from NWTC with an accounting assistant technical diploma.   Nicole’s strong organizational skills and drive to learn and do more and more make her very effective as the head of our property management division.  She also works effectively in our payroll department utilizing her training and certification skills to assist our clients.

Nicole resides in Lena with her husband and two children, and a new Baby in 2023!!! She loves spending time with her family, writing, painting, being outdoors, and caring for her dogs, goats, chickens, and horse.

Vanessa Lange

Vanessa joined WI Pay in September 2022 as our administrative assistant. She has worked in the financial services industry since 2008 and holds multiple licenses.

In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. She loves cheering on her boys in sports all year round and finding time to go camping, while enjoying a good book.

Lisa Patz

Lisa, formerly with Wisconsin Pay Specialists, has returned! She is a cherished wife, mom and grandmother and an amazing cook, who spoils all of us! With over 20 years in bookkeeping, we welcome Lisa back as an amazing asset to our bookkeeping staff again!

Cooper and Oakley

Our office mascots and beloved office pets. You may meet them if you visit us, they love to greet our visitors and spread love and good tidings!