• Meet Our Team

    Lori Gajdzik
    Lori Gajdzik

    Branch Manager

    Lori rejoined the Express team in October 2016 as our Branch Manager. She comes to us with over 15 years of staffing experience which contributed to her strength in leading the Crystal Lake team to success in 2018 by hitting Platinum. Holding a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University, Lori also volunteers at Stateline SHRM and is currently serving as President Elect. In her spare time, she likes cheering for the Green Bay Packers and her sons' high school hockey teams.

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    Leslie Leamont
    Leslie Laemont

    Operations Consultant

    Leslie joined out team in 2017 as our Operations Consultant, serving 4 Express Employment Professional's offices. She is responsible for leading our team's internal growth and development, resulting in the best experience for our Associates. Leslie works with nationally recognized trainers and curriculum to ensure the highest caliber and consistent team available. Leslie utilizes data derived during training to make improvements in tools, daily practices, and information management. Part of her passion is to identify opportunities to improve the associate and client experience and developing leaders and skills of our team. Outside of work, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and baking.

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    Amy Rudd
    Amy Rudd

    Professional Recruiter - Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources

    Amy joined the Express team in June 2017. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University. Before teaching, Amy was a recruiter and trainer for retail management. She is the proud mom of a son in middle school. Some of Amy's favorite things to do are cooking, making jewelry and playing games. 

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    Matt Ollinger

    Administrative Employment Specialist

    Matthew joined our Express team in 2020. Matthew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2019. His extensive experience in sales and a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry has made him a great addition to our team. In his free time Matthew enjoys watching his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and playing poker with friends. 

     

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    Annemarie Heim

    Technical Recruiter - Skilled Trades & Engineering

    Annemarie joined our Express team in August of 2019. Prior to joining out team Annemarie worked in retail for 25 years and has 20 years management experience. With such a diverse background she has been a great addition to our Express team! Outside of work Annemarie enjoys running throughout the year and often participates in multiple races with her 2 teenage daughters, she also enjoys volunteering with a dog rescue and spending time with her husband and children. 

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    Maria Khan
    Maria Khan

    Onsite Manager

    Maria started her career in the staffing world right after high school, as a receptionist, for a staffing company. With 10 years of staffing experience, Maria joined our team in August of 2017 as an Onsite Manager. Since then Maria has been contributing to the growth and expansion of Express and helping us to hit Platinum in 2018. Currently, Maria is in the process of obtaining her Associates Degree in Business Management and continuing her education at McHenry County College. In her spare time, Maria likes to spend time with her kids and loves to volunteer time to her church and community.

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    Ruby Garcia

    Onsite Coordinator

    Ruby joined the Express team in December of 2019. She started in the staffing industry right after high school as an Account Manager. Ruby knew she wanted to be in the staffing world since she was a teenager and has since followed her dream. Ruby wants help you pursue YOUR dream job as well. Ruby's favorite things are helping people and coffee!

     

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    Mariah Babjak

    Light Industrial Employment Specialist Team Lead

    Mariah came to Express in November 2015. Before becoming a Staffing Consultant and then Onsite Manager, she spent 6 years as an Assistant Store Manager in retail. Mariah's incredible insight and professionalism has earned her the current title of Team Lead for our Employment Specialists. Helping to teach and train our successful Crystal Lake Light Industrial staff to once again bring us to Platinum! Currently, Mariah is in the process of obtaining her Associates Degree in Business Management and continues her education at Columbia College of Missouri for her Bachelor's Degree. In her spare time she likes to read, exercise and spend time with her two sons.

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    Becca Pearson

    Accounts Receivable/Payroll Coordinator

    Before starting at Express, Becca worked at Family Video for six years. She found her passion of wanting to help others through her work in customer service and retail and joined the Express team in April 2017. As an Onboarding Coordinator, Becca helped to support our Onsite Managers and grew quickly into an Employment Specialist Role. After a few short months, Becca got the calling for the Payroll Department and began her journey in January 2018.  This role includes many hats and keeps her very busy but she loves that she gets to help people every day. Outside of work, Becca enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog Tinker Bell!

     

     

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    Marcela Lopez

    Employment Specialist

    Marcela joined our team in September 2018 as an Onboarding Coordinator however, with her background in recruiting and customer service Marcela quickly found herself in her current position of Employment Specialist. Helping others has always been a passion of Marcela's and working at Express helps her to live her passion. During her down time, Marcela enjoys rock-climbing, nutrition and the gym.

     

      

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    Sarah Elliott
    Sarah Elliott

    Employment Specialist

    Sarah joined the Express team in September 2018 as a Front Office Coordinator in Bellingham, Washington. During her time there, Sarah was able to expand her knowledge base of Express allowing her to hit the ground running after joining our Crystal Lake Office in March of 2019. Coming to us with a Bachelors Degree in Communication, Sarah began her journey as part of our Employment Specialist Team. Together with the team, Sarah continues to grow with Express as they take on the next challenge of hitting Platinum again in 2019! When Sarah isn't working she enjoys hanging out with friends and family!

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    Yisel Carbajal

    Employment Specialist

    Before starting as a Front Office Coordinator at Express in April of 2018, Yisel received her Associates Degree in Science from McHenry County College. In addition to her degree, Yisel holds a Personal Training Certification from American College Sports Medicine and is also a licensed insurance producer. For 3 years prior to joining Express, Yisel trained clients in Health and Fitness.  In her spare time, Yisel enjoys spending time with her family and continuing to do physical activities and focus on health.

     

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    Katelyn McLaughlin
    Katelyn McLaughlin

    Marketing Coordinator

    Before joining the Express Team in February of 2020, Katelyn worked in Student Housing Services at Illinois State University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English-Publishing. During this time, she discovered her passion for helping others and was able to grow her customer service skills. In her downtime, Katelyn enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with her friends and family.

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    Diana Kordik

    Front Office Coordinator

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    Cameron Riemann

    Front Office Coordinator

    Cameron started here in January of 2020. With moderate experience, her reliability, hard work, and dedication landed her the role as one of our Front Office Coordinators. Before joining the Express family; Cameron gained experience in answering phones, worked in retail, and was a nanny for a brief amount of time. She studied cosmetology at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, where she gained an abundance of knowledge. Cameron has always enjoyed being a part of a team and helping others. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and kayaking in the summer!

     

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    Shanell Wilkins

    Recruiting Specialist

    Shanell joined our Express team in August 2018. She started her customer service background in 2014 while attending McHenry County College to further her education.  Her passion for helping people is what drives her to be successful in her role as a Recruiting Specialist.  In her free time she likes spending time with her family. 

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