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Meet Ellie!

Founder and Business Consultant

   My name is Elizabeth "Ellie" May.  I am committed to helping you reach your business goals both short and long term.  As a small business owner myself, I understand both the challenges and benefits facing small businesses in California.  I have been an independent bookkeeper, human resources consultant and small business owner for more than 15 years

I am a Small Business Specialist & Human Resources Consultant who:

  • proactively meets company issues head-on with a creative and innovative approach

  • is enthusiastic and eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills

  • has clear understanding of Best Practices and Risk Management and training in Human Resources

  • has 20 years of expertise in project management and finance for construction sector businesses which has allowed me to cultivate rapport with individuals to optimize project goals and output, resolve complex problems, and deliver innovative improvement strategies

  • has knowledge about changing industry and employment market demands which allows me to utilize my expertise in benefits administration, compensation structuring and recruitment

   Ellie May Inc is dedicated to helping small businesses reach their fullest potential while staying current and compliant with both federal and state laws.  We are committed to helping you fight against discrimination in the workplace to create a healthy and satisfying environment where your employees can reach their fullest potential!

Meet the Team!

Barbara May


   Barbara is our staff bookkeeper and office manager. She is certified in TSheetsPro for payroll and also a COVID-19 Specialist for Ellie May Inc. She lives and works between the bustling city of LA and her rural home in Prineville, Oregon.  Barbara's attention to detail and dedication to perfection makes her an excellent addition to our team as staff bookkeeper. 


A Note from Barbara...

   Being part of the Ellie May, Inc is a refreshing change from working for more than 20 years in the corporate world.  I am committed to putting my skills and experience to work for you, by providing you with efficient, accurate and timely bookkeeping services and support for your employee training needs. Seeing your small business succeed is my goal!  

Michelle Swauger


 Michelle has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Organizational Development.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. She has experience working in many different types of industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail and municipal services.  Michelle is an expert in each of the functional areas of the HR field including leadership and talent development, training and facilitation, fair employment practices, compensation structure and analysis, benefits analysis and design, payroll/HRIS systems, wage and hour compliance, employee relations, performance management, and policy development.  She is adept at helping business owners identify and resolve complex employment issues, specifically in California.

Nydia Velez


   Nydia has consultative experience in various functional areas of Human Resources to include compensation programs, policies and procedures, managing project plans, identifying and implementing operational efficiencies, total rewards, compliance, training and facilitation, talent management, and technical expertise with different HRIS systems and compensation tools.

   She has specialized in compensation for many years and possess a certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  Her expertise enables her to provide a full range of compensation services such as executive compensation, competitive benchmarking, budget forecasting and modeling, job evaluations to include job analysis, job leveling, and job classification

   Nydia has a passion for people and is effective in assisting companies gain a better understanding of their place in the industry by gauging their performance among their peers.  She has worked with small, medium, and large companies in various types of industries to include but not limited to technology, entertainment biotechnology, medical, and financial services.  As a strategic partner, she welcomes the opportunity to assist your company toward achieving your business goals.


Jamie Burdick


   Jamie Burdick is energetic and passionate about aiding business owners with a variety of administrative and financial needs. Jamie has 20 years of experience, dating back to her high school years using peach tree to manage an aerial application company in South Louisiana. Jamie owned and operated three franchises throughout the state of Louisiana for 12 years.


   She has a wide range of skills including accounting, marketing, and process development. She takes pride in her versatility which has been earned through years of hands on experience in a variety of successful and rapidly evolving businesses. 

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Jessica Moore


   Jessica is currently a student at East Tennessee State University studying marketing with a concentration in merchandising.  Through her educational and professional background, she offers multiple skills in visual merchandising, data analytics, and marketing. 


   Her experience in visual merchandising includes, but is not limited to, the creation and design of flat lays, table displays, and window displays. Her experience with data analytics includes two collegiate courses, "Web and Social Media Analytics" and "Research and Analytics," and a certification in Google Analytics. Lastly, her experience in marketing includes creating and managing social media posts and promotional flyers, as well as the development and implementation of marketing strategies. 


   She aspires to have a successful career in the marketing and visual merchandising field. She believes that through her aspirations, she will be able to assist in creating a beautiful and effective environment that will benefit a business’s overall success.


Gian Martorella


   Gian is a recent graduate of ETSU holding a Bachelor's in Psychology. Through his education and extensive experience with consumer psychology, visual merchandising, and digital marketing, he is able to help clients achieve their online marketing goals. Through his work, he hopes to gain professional experience and fulfillment by working closely with many different types of companies. He aspires to obtain a life-long career in marketing and use his skill set in order to assist those who need a larger online presence and guide them to the right path of success.

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