The M-V-P

With over 50 years in combined retirement plan administration experience, Kelly Musico, Mark Vaughn, and Michele (Powell) Tomlinson share the commitment to be the best in the industry. MVP Plan Administrators was built on strong values and standards to produce quality and quantity in the most efficient and innovative manner, and we are still passionate about providing industry-leading services to our clients.

The Founders also believe in teamwork and surrounding themselves with dedicated experts whose strengths complement the company’s vision, but also allow everyone to grow and be successful.

Our Team

Our group of MVPers has grown substantially since our humble beginnings, and our success has everything to do with the achievements of each individual as they contribute to our Team. Hands off, recruiters…we’ve got it good over here!

President & CEO
Kelly Musico Gay, AIF®, PPC®
As founder, President, CEO, and the “M” in MVP, Kelly is dedicated to leading and implementing business development, sales, and compliance strategies. Before MVP, Kelly led several practices in mergers and acquisitions, new business development, and a team of administrators. Kelly is an advocate and volunteer with several local non-profit organizations and foundations. Her commitment to veteran causes, her community, and volunteering influence and reflect her work at MVP. Kelly dreams of traveling to Bora Bora and having an entertaining dinner with the rambunctious Gordon Ramsey. You may find her searching for the next delicious hamburger, watching Pride and Prejudice, or escaping to the beach. Kelly Musico
Vice President & CFO
Mark E. Vaughn
Mark plays a vital role as the “V” in MVP, founder, Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities include initiating and executing all business development and sales strategies. Prior to his role at MVP, Mark focused his career on retirement plan compliance and recordkeeping and working within the Human Resources department for a large plan sponsor. Afterwards, he decided to consult for the benefit of plan sponsors. Mark received his degree in Accounting from Harding University. Mark spends most of his free time with his family, serving his community helping adults with financial and spiritual counseling, and daydreaming about exploring New Zealand. His favorite activities include traveling to the mountains, drinking craft beer, and watching the critically-acclaimed film, Citizen Kane.
Michele (Powell) Tomlinson
As the “P” in MVP, founder, and Chief Operating Officer, Michele focuses on maintaining and implementing internal controls, procedures, and operations. Prior to serving as the COO, she worked extensively in the banking industry specifically in the retirement sector, leading a team of administrators with their continued education and managing services for the client experience. Outside of the office, Michele enjoys riding her Harley, visiting the mountains, and treating herself to french fries and donuts. One day, she would like to swim with the sea turtles in the Galapagos Islands. Michele Tomlinson
Tanya Keister, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA
Tanya is the longest serving non-owner of MVP. As our Chief Compliance Officer, she is focused on keeping plans in compliance with government regulations. Her responsibilities include drafting compliant plan documents while researching and consulting on complex issues by monitoring all of MVP’s internal workflows. Tanya is an active member of ASPPA, the premier national organization for retirement plan professionals in the industry, and has obtained her Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credential, among other credentials. She is a cum laude graduate from the University of Pittsburgh where she began her career in the retirement planning industry. Outside of work you may find her cooking, exercising, cheering for the Steelers, watching her favorite film, Pulp Fiction, or eating anything chocolate. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her family.
Director of Recordkeeping
Sheri Medlin, QKA

Sheri is part of MVP’s Management Team as the Director of Recordkeeping. She ensures all our recordkeeping is running smoothly and is always developing new, innovative ways our systems can better support our clients. You can find her working on everything from our Participant and Plan Sponsor websites to creating participant statements and employer reporting to ensure every plan has been implemented and adjusted consistently. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University.

Sheri prefers beaches over mountains, being on the lake with her family, and competing in a multitude of races from 5ks to triathlons. When she’s not competing, Sheri is daydreaming about Australia, eating Bojangles or practicing some dance moves from Dirty Dancing. If she could pick anyone to have dinner with, she’d love to chat with George W. Bush over a few glasses of wine.
Firm Administrator
Kelly Little, SPHR®, PHR®, SHRM-CP
As MVP’s Firm Administrator, Kelly is ready to take on any task to ensure we meet our highest quality standards and enable our company to run efficiently. As part of the Management Team, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Accounts Payable/Receivable, Human Resources, and Information Technology. She is the best resource for any invoice or revenue sharing questions. When not at work, you can find Kelly supporting her alma mater, NC State University, in football and basketball. She dreams of traveling to Scotland with her husband and daughter, and she would love to have dinner with J.K. Rowling to pick her imaginative brain. A few of Kelly’s favorite things are indulging in brownies, watching Love Actually, and soaking up the sun at the beach. Kelly Sippel
Director of Compliance
Bev Davis, QPA, QKC, QKA
Bev joined the MVP family in 2007 all the way from Maryland. She is in charge of our Compliance Team, which executes all plan testing, employer contribution calculations, and analysis of plan design. Bev coordinates with other MVP teams and focuses on high-level plan design analyses. She has worked in the retirement plan industry for over 18 years, in both recordkeeping and third-party administration. Bev has been an active member of ASPPA since 2001 and has earned her Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA), Qualified 401(k) Consultant (QKC), and Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) credentials. As a Maryland native, she is an avid supporter of the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps! Her long list of travel dreams includes Hawaii, Australia, and Ireland, and that’s just scratching the surface. Bev Davis
Senior Distribution Specialist
Faith McGinnis
Faith has been part of the MVP family for over ten years and serves as a Senior Distribution Specialist. She collaborates with other MVP teams to ensure each and every distribution and loan is processed timely, accurately, and compliantly. Faith is the proud parent of four children who keep her quite busy! Aside from her family life, Faith is dedicated to serving her community. She balances volunteering with the NC Victims Assistance Network, Autism Speaks, and the Autism Society of NC. Faith is happiest with her family at the beach, so it is only natural she would like to travel anywhere that is warm, tropical, and isolated with fruity drinks, crystal clear water, and delicious seafood. Quite the movie lover, her favorite films are Shaun of the Dead, Secretariat, Fool’s Gold, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Auntie Mame, and Dreamer. Faith McGinnis
Senior Relationship Manager
Jillian Britt, QKA
Jillian is a Senior Relationship Manager at MVP, working directly with clients to answer questions, assist with plan audits, and communicate all information affecting their plan. She obtained her Business Administration degree from William Peace University and has been in the customer service industry for her entire professional career. She has obtained her certification as a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) through ASPPA. Jillian fills up her free time with travel and trying new foods from different countries. She would love to meet Anthony Bourdain because they share an appreciation for world travel, exotic foods, and good music. She is also involved with a volunteer-driven charity that focuses on funding research to find cures for children with cancer. One day she’d love to explore and experience Bali’s culture ... with Anthony Bourdain. Jillian Britt  
Senior Compliance Analyst
Julie Anderson, QKA
Julie is a member of our Compliance Team and is focused on compliance testing. Her critical thinking and attention-to-detail gives our clients the confidence and reassurance that nothing has been overlooked. She has over 15 years of experience in the retirement plan industry and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She is a member of ASPPA and has obtained her certification as a Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA). On the weekends she spends time with her family and friends while exploring the North Carolina coast. She enjoys only the cheesiest of pizzas and the classic movie, Sound of Music. Julie Anderson
Recordkeeping Specialist
Brittany MacLaren, QKA

As MVP’s Recordkeeping Specialist, Brittany manages daily recordkeeping processes to ensure all plans are in balance and all automated processes are functioning accurately. She creates plans for our system, processes investment changes, and allocates plan fees. She obtained her Business Administration degree from Meredith College with minors in Human Resource Management and Marketing. While attending Meredith, Brittany enjoyed being a student advisor, studying abroad in Italy and Switzerland, and performing at Cornhuskin’. Brittany passed her exams and has recently earned her QKA (Qualified 401k Administrator) designation...way to go, Brittany! If Brittany had to choose someone to have dinner with, it would be Candace Cameron Bure. She is inspired by her success as an actress, author, speaker, wife, and mother. She also loves dancing, traveling, her favorite movie How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, and eating fresh bread and gnocchi.
Senior Relationship Manager
Patricia Lait, QKA
Patricia is part of MVP’s Relationship Manager Team where she utilizes her years of experience in retirement plan administration to complete plan balancing and reconciliations, employer contribution calculations, and helps clients with plan questions. As a native of North Carolina, Patricia attended Hardbarger Business College, but cheers on the NC State Wolfpack. When Patricia’s not at work, she manages the website and blog for her family farm. She shares recipes and encourages their readers to eat locally grown foods. A few of Patricia’s favorite things include chocolate and the classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Retirement Plan Analyst
Aubrey Fouts, QKA
Aubrey is a Retirement Plan Analyst, specializing in balancing plans, recordkeeping, and compliance. Her twelve-plus years of experience in plan administration along with her Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) through ASPPA allows Aubrey to handle audited plans and assist Operations with reconciling cash. Aubrey would pick the beach over mountains and watermelon over any food item. When not relaxing with a good book and her two dogs, Aubrey enjoys attending concerts with her husband.
Relationship Manager
Laura Retzer

As a Relationship Manager, Laura assists clients with plan audits, communicates important plan updates, and answers questions from plan sponsors and advisors. With over 20 years of experience, she utilizes her technical retirement plan skills as a client relationship manager and her unique perspective of a benefits plan administrator on a global manufacturer level. She is currently applying her expertise toward the ASPPA Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) certification. In Laura’s free time, she is an active volunteer with the Humane Society, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys cake decorating. She would love to accompany Morgan Freeman to dinner and hear about his stories. She finds him incredibly interesting, intellectual, compassionate, and non-judgmental toward others.
Relationship Manager
Debra Newsome
Debra a Relationship Manager; she will help clients with their questions about the plans, handle year-end work, and coordinate all aspects of service for her caseload. Prior to this role, she trained MVP clients on uploading payroll to our secure site, reviewed and monitored submitted payrolls, and troubleshooted any issues. We believe her 10+ years in the retirement plan administration field will serve her well in this new position, and we look forward to great success for Debra with MVP. Debra prefers beach vacations that involve sushi-eating, loves the movie The Holiday, and would welcome the chance to pick Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s brain about being First Lady and a fashion icon during her time.
Relationship Manager
Karissa Moss, QKA
Karissa is serving the MVP Team as a Relationship Manager. In this position, she is handling retirement plan administration and has recently passed her Qualified 401k Administrator exams to earn her QKA! While receiving her degree in Finance at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Karissa interned for a proactive wealth management firm; here she learned how to establish excellent customer relationships as she helped people prepare for retirement and other life changes. Karissa spends her free time cooking and creating innovative dishes, many times from her very own catch of the day. She also enjoys working out and visiting family. She dreams of catching grandeur blue marlin in Australia, trekking through Thailand, and eating her way through Italy.
Payroll Specialist
Michelle Lucchesi

As a Payroll Specialist, Michelle monitors submitted payrolls, troubleshoots issues, trains clients, and assists with questions. Having her Masters in Communications from NC State University, Michelle also passed her Retirement Plan Fundamentals exams in order to be even more helpful to clients. Michelle would love to meet Hayao Miyazaki and pick his brain about how his stories came to be. She would also like to travel to Scotland or Japan (during the Cherry Blossom Festival) and is a lover of chocolate, the beach, and the movie Remember the Titans.
Distribution Specialist
Emelie Grasso

Emelie joined our MVP family as a Distribution Specialist and works closely with teammate Faith McGinnis. As a team, they answer questions about rollovers, loans, distributions, and ensure every distribution is processed timely and accurately. A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in Communication, Emelie passed the Retirement Plan Fundamentals exams, allowing her to expand her knowledge and become more awesome for our clients. Even though she left the Northeast, Emelie loves to travel to Buffalo to see her little nephews and family whenever she can. She also recently traveled to Africa where she went on safari and even dove with sharks! A perfect, quiet day for her would be binge-watching all of the Harry Potter movies while indulging in pizza, wings, & ice cream. Emelie also loves football, and, faithful to the end, she has been and will always be a Buffalo Bills fan.
Front Office Manager
Tara Tipton

As the Front Office Manager, Tara is first to greet callers and visitors to guide them to the answers they seek. Utilizing her almost 12 years’ of administrative experience, she helps the Firm Administrator run office operations so all MVPers can meet the high quality service standards we are proud to uphold. Tara loves spending time with her husband and fur-babies, and her ultimate travel destination would be Disneyland Paris; they LOVE Disney! Life would be meaningless without pickles for Tara, and in her free time, you might find Tara watching Hocus Pocus or The Matrix. If Tara had the chance to have dinner with anyone, she would choose Michael Scott from The Office because it would be hilariously fun!
Relationship Manager
Katie Briles

As a Relationship Manager, Katie is the main communicator of plan updates, the contact for audits, and the best resource client and advisor questions. She brings her extensive retirement experience, strong communication skills, and a passion for helping others to the Team. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Katie has spent time working for third-party administrators, managing client relationships, and overseeing plan administration. She is currently working on her Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) through ASPPA. In her free time, Katie enjoys going to the lake with her husband and hanging out with her dog, Corky. She enjoys volunteering in her community and spending time with family and friends. A native of rural North Carolina, she prefers peaceful country surroundings, where you can walk barefooted in the yard and see the stars. Her travel bucket list includes a road trip up the East Coast to Maine and experiencing the Northern Lights from Alaska.
Relationship Manager
Kayla Manduke
Kayla is our newest MVPer and brings over eight years of retirement industry experience to the Relationship Manager role. She assists clients and advisors with questions, coordinates with plan auditors, and manages plan administration for her clients. Kayla’s skills in retirement plan software and dedication to quality service make her a great addition to our Team. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Hospitality Management, this Crimson Hawk found her passion in our industry and is currently seeking to further her retirement knowledge as she studies for the Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designation. A “dream day” for Kayla would be sitting at a glorious beach in Greece, getting to spend one more day listening to her grandfather’s stories while eating a buffalo chicken wrap.
Kerry Oetting, CPC, QPA, QKA
Compliance Analyst
Kerry Oetting, CPC, QPA, QKA
The newest member of our Compliance Team, Kerry, brings over 20 years of experience with her to MVP and holds her Certified Pension Consultant (CPC), Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA), and Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) designations. Kerry graduated Magna cum Laude from University of Binghamton. She has been a long-standing member of ASPPA, having served as a subject-matter expert, on committees and as a Technical Education Consultant for them. With her analytical skills and attention-to-detail, Kerry completes year-end compliance testing, valuation packages, and projections. An ideal getaway for Kerry would be somewhere under the Northern Lights. If she could have one more day with her dad, she would love to do so over her favorite food, veal parmigiana.

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