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Yonkers Resident Named 2005 Woman Leader by NYPA

Connie M. Cullen

November 21, 2005


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has selected Anne N. McSpedon, payroll manager in NYPA’s Business Services Unit, as the Power Authority’s Woman Leader of the Year for 2005.

McSpedon was one of over 50 women honored by their employers at the 32nd annual Salute to Women Leaders Luncheon sponsored by the Academy of Women Leaders of the YWCA-NYC at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan this past Wednesday (Nov. 16).

The award recognizes women who have demonstrated leadership and served as positive examples in the workplace. Nominations from NYPA facilities across the state were evaluated by NYPA’s Executive Management Committee which selected McSpedon as its 2005 Woman Leader.

“People expect electricity when they flip the switch, just like everyone expects their pay statement on time, yet to deliver these seemly simple tasks, takes tremendous behind-the-scenes expertise.  Anne’s masterful leadership, dedication and superb coordination of payroll intricacies has achieved a level of excellence which makes this complex process run as smoothly as NYPA power runs in lines across New York,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.

McSpedon navigated a challenging year for the entire payroll group beginning in May 2004, when the group’s former manager fell ill and took a leave of absence. McSpedon, who had been second-in-command for a scant two years, was suddenly handed the reigns of NYPA’s paycheck disbursement just as the group was grappling with the task of switching payroll services after years with the former company.

With the attitude that payroll processing demands 100 percent accuracy, McSpedon on several occasions took the initiative to postpone implementation of the new system at the 11th hour because she was not convinced it could run error-free.  After many months of working late nights and weekends, the new system started successfully in January 2005.

For her expert management of this changeover, on top of her adept handling of a number of special projects, McSpedon was promoted to Payroll Manager this past January. She has worked in the payroll field for the last 18 years and started with NYPA in 1998 as a payroll representative.

“I've always had a knack for computer systems and converting the payroll system took knowledge of both payroll and systems functioning.  It was a great challenge and the experience enabled me to grow professionally,” said McSpedon about her achievements.

McSpedon and her husband, Bob, live in Yonkers, where she is a lifelong resident.  They have two daughters, Meghan and Jill; one son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Jeanne, and two grandsons, Ryan and Colin, aged five and two years, respectively.