Meet the Owners of Express Anchorage

  • Express Anchorage Leadership 

    Elisha Arunga
    Managing Partner

    Elisha had been working with Express since May of 2006. Elisha values honesty and hard work. His fun-loving, yet competitive, nature shows proof of a good worker through his previous success at the Kent, WA office before relocating to Alaska. 

    Elisha has become an active part of our community, serving on both the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and The Great Alaska Council. 

    When he isn’t doing a great job running our office, Elisha enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons as well as watching sports, playing basketball, reading, kayaking, and swimming.


    Kris and Jill Hoglund
    Franchise Owners

    Kris and Jill Hoglund are proud franchise owners of our Kent and Anchorage offices. They started working with Express very early in their work career and believe the best part about working with a staffing agency is seeing people succeed and being a part of those success stories.

    Both Kris and Jill grew up in the Puget Sound area and graduated from Gig Harbor High School just a year apart from each other.  They both attended Washington State University where Jill graduated with a BA in Communications/PR while Kris had a BA in Education/PE.  Kris paid for college working in Cordova in the summers and has loved Alaska ever since.

    Besides being avid world travelers, Kris and Jill are enthusiastic dog owners, hikers, camper, fitness instructors, and proud parents of two. Both Kris and Jill serve the beautiful state of Alaska to supply staffing solutions for a variety of positions across three main industries: Administrative/Clerical Staffing, Industrial/Skilled Labor Staffing (including Logistics, Warehousing, and Skilled Trades), and Professional/Executive Staffing. Express Anchorage specializes in finding the right fit for you as a Job Seeker or a business owner, so no matter what your needs are, our Anchorage team is here to help you!

    Dawn Colston
    Pacific Northwest Regional Developer

    Since 1997, Dawn has been a driven part of our team working hard to build an environment in which employees are diverse, passionate, and team oriented. Before working with Express, she was a NCAA Women’s Division I Volleyball Coach. 

    With Dawn’s competitive nature, she enjoys working at Express because she loves the opportunity to continue building great teams and strong leaders that succeed in the industry.

    While Dawn has lived all over the U.S., she grew up in Interior Alaska where many of her family members still reside. She is very passionate about her local community and has served on several boards over the past decade. When she isn’t hard at work, Dawn enjoys hiking, camping and trail riding through the mountains on her snow machine.   

    She is extremely passionate about the beauty of the NW part of the US and that is what drove her to become a partner in the Anchorage market of Express. Dawn serves as the regional developer for the Pacific Northwest Region at Express; this includes 15 offices throughout Western Washington and Alaska.