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Meet the Merritt Technical Associates, Inc. Team

William (Bill) Merritt, President and CEO, of MTA has been providing professional services support to clients in the financial community for more than 25 years. Bill's success has come from his ability to understand clients' needs and providing creative and cost effective solutions to their requirements. In January 1998, Bill formed MTA. Nearly all of his clients and his consultants have followed him. Bill grew up on the north shore of Long Island. Bill attended Fairfield University and graduated from CW Post College, with a Major in Business Management and a Minor in Marketing. Bill and his wife and daughter live in Wilton, CT. Bill has been an ice hockey player his entire life, he enjoys restoring antique cars and homes, and is a big sports fan.


Alpona Nanda has been recruiting for more than 10 years. She joined Merritt Technical Associates, Inc. in 2001 and since then has been supporting major financial clients.

She has a degree in commerce and several certificates in computer technology. She lives in Queens with her daughter who is a sophomore at Stony Brook. Alpona has been attending yoga/meditation which has enabled her to handle the day to day pressure of work and life in general. She enjoys listening to music, reading and travelling.


Kent Draper has been working as a Senior IT Recruiter / Manager for over 10  years in the New York City area.   He has both agency and human resources experience.  While working with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, he headed up recruitment and was solely responsible for recruitment and support of all recruiting within their IT divisions.  Kent holds a BFA from the State University of NY at Purchase.  He enjoys baseball and is very active within the saltwater aquarium hobby world within New York State.  Kent resides in NY.

  Ellen Essman, Chief Financial Officer has been with MTA since it was formed in 1998. Ellen is a 1981 graduate of Boston College Carroll School of Management. She started her career with Price Waterhouse and received her CPA designation in 1984. She is licensed to practice public accounting in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Prior to joining MTA she managed her own CPA practice, providing corporate tax and business consulting services to a diverse portfolio of industries as well as individual tax advice and preparation services. Ellen is an active member of her community, and her local church, currently serving as President of the Wilton Woman's Club and as a Trustee of the Wilton Library Association. She makes her home in Wilton, CT. there she lives with her husband and three sons. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, hiking and reading.


Barbara Cancelliere, Corporate Officer, has been with MTA since its formation. Barbara is involved in numerous activities in support of the back office of the organization. Prior to joining MTA, for 12 years Barbara worked as a system administrator and business liaison for several marketing organizations. She graduated from CW Post College, with a Major in Business Management. Barbara and her husband and daughter live in Wilton, CT. Barbara is an exercise enthusiast she enjoys skiing both downhill and cross country, and has been an active member of her local community.


Stanley Merritt has been a Director of MTA since the company formed. He is responsible for business expansion and planning. His biography is featured in "Who's Who in America". Stan retired in 2000 from Merritt Clapp, Inc., the advertising agency he created and built into a multi-million dollar organization with offices in NY, LA and Chicago. He has been instrumental in assisting MTA to structure and capitalize itself into the multi-million dollar organization it has become. He has helped position the organization for growth without risk of under capitalization. An active tennis player, author and collector of antique toy trains, Stan and his wife make their home in Brookville, New York.


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