Management Bios

Evolution has built a strong leadership team with over 150 years of combined experience in business, payroll, technology, and software development.   Our management team values and understands the importance of innovation and perseverance to provide our clients the secure and reliable technology that you need.

Our Founders

Michael Trahan – Founder and Board Member

Michael has been in the payroll/HR industry for 26+ years. After founding and operating a successful service bureau, PayData, for more than 12 years, Mike accepted the challenge of developing his own payroll service bureau software platform. The result was iSystems and the Evolution Payroll suite. Previously, he spent 15 years of his early career in management and software development. Mike received an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Accounting from Concord College.



Desiree Hanley-Trahan – Founder and Board Member

Desiree has been in the payroll/HR industry for 25+ years, beginning with PayData Payroll service bureau. For 11 years, she grew with the business in various roles before becoming its Operations Manager. In 1998 she joined Mike in establishing iSystems. Her years of payroll operations experience and product knowledge made her the subject matter expert on the initial development team, and her strong leadership skills helped her to drive the effort to develop the most advanced service bureau product available on the market today.



Our Management Team

Theodore I. Les – Chief Financial Officer

Ted joined Evolution in October 2015 and brings to the company over 30 years’ experience as a finance executive with success in growing software-as-a-service (SaaS), technology and service-oriented organizations. Ted started his career with the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Company.  From there he advanced his financial and business career to hold executive management positions with renowned Internet pioneer Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN Corp.) and GTE.  For the past 15 years, Ted served as the CFO for technology innovator Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc. (CRi) and Agreements Based Billing market leader MetraTech Corp.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Babson College and an Executive Program in Business Management from MIT Sloan School of Management. Ted is a licensed CPA and passed the CPA exam on the first sitting with honors.


Kathey S. Palmer – Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Kathey joined Evolution in October 2014 and brings to the company over 30 years’ experience in business development, marketing, sales management and corporate communications.  Kathey’s payroll industry experience spans 14 years including most recently BenefitMall, as Senior Vice President, Business Development, CompuPay as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, and PayMaxx as Vice President, Business Development and Marketing.  Prior to that, Kathey was the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales Support and Investor Relations for American HomePatient.

Kathey holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Mississippi University for Women.


Ted Pricer - Vice President of Engineering (photo coming soon)

Ted Pricer is a Vermont native and life-long software developer, was most recently the VP, Platform Engineering at Cox Automotive, the world’s leader in vehicle remarketing services, digital marketing and software solutions for auto dealers and consumers.  While at Cox Automotive, Ted led a global team of 350 engineers.   Ted co-founded and grew his own custom software development company, Pragmatic Technologies, which was sold to Cox Automotive in 2012 and prior to that he was a Principal engineer at GE Healthcare.  

Ted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.