• JT Britton
    J.T. Britton

    Franchise Partner

    With a bachelor's degree in marketing, J.T. currently serves as Managing Partner for the Springfield, Jacksonville and Bloomington, IL Express locations.  J.T. has served in nearly every role within the Springfield Express office since joining Express in 1993, including Staffing Consultant,  Manager of the Professional and Office Services teams, and Director of Operations. J.T.'s depth of experience, combined with his training and coaching skills, continues to enhance the effectiveness of our staffing consultant team.

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    Kayla Edwards

    Managing Partner

    Kayla has been a valuable addition to Express since 1994, and has held nearly every position within our company. She currently serves as Managing Partner, holds the designation of a Certified Staffing Professional, and oversees the Springfield, Bloomington and Jacksonville locations. Kayla specializes in helping organizations create highly productive teams of people while controlling their cost of labor, and she has led her Springfield team to be one of the best in client retention. Her memberships include: Business Education Partnership Committee, Business Connections Committee, Community Connection Point Board and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Committee. She is a former Rotary International member and has also served as a United Way Loaned Executive. Prior to being recognized as a leader in the staffing industry, Kayla earned a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University. Now, Kayla's "hands-on" experience and successes have made her a sought after speaker, trainer and consultant. Kayla's hard work has been proven in being the second person company-wide at Express to achieve the $1,000,000 producer award.

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    Zachery Britton

    Director of Learning, Franchise Partner

    Zachery has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business from Oral Roberts University. He has received appreciation from our largest local client for his ability to help them maintain a high-performance workforce. He has achieved the scholar designation from Express University for completing 54 online courses related to staffing. Zac came to Express in 2003.

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    Lea Jackson
    Lea Jackson

    Light Industrial Specialty Manager

    Lea helps managers and business owners find qualified candidates for temporary and direct hire positions.  She works with a variety of companies to fill positions including, but not limited to, welders, factory laborers, banquet servers, restoration technicians, and many other industrial jobs. Lea started at Express in January 2009 with over four years of staffing industry experience from her previous background. 

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    Madison Fox

    Employment Specialist- Light Industrial

     Madison has been a crucial part of the Express team since January of 2022. She builds relationships with our clients and associates, helping to send more people to work every day. She is dedicated, hardworking, and always willing to put in extra effort for her team. In Madison’s free time, she can be found spending time with her loved ones or playing with her pitbull.

     

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    Dave Strader

    Employment Specialist- Light Industrial

    Dave joined the Express team in 2022. Dave grew up in Springfield and graduated from Southeast High School. Before coming to Express Dave built a career in the grocery industry. The odds were pretty good that when shopping you would be greeted by his smiling face. He has a passion for helping others and providing top-notch customer service to the associates and companies we serve. When Dave is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lacy and his son, Payton. Traveling, building Legos, and watching a little WWE are among their favorite ways to pass the time.

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    Kelsey Barker

    Employment Specialist- Light Industrial

    Kelsey joined the Express team in 2023. Her background is in management, recruiting, and HR. She grew up in Monticello Illinois and is the oldest of 3 sisters. While attending High School in Monticello she enjoyed competing on the golf course and soccer field.  Kelsey obtained an HR degree from Indiana State with a focus on Training and Development. She has a passion for working with people and really enjoys helping them learn and grow. She has lived in North Carolina and Pennsylvania with her spouse, and now calls Springfield home. She loves spending time outside in the sun with her dog, attending Taylor Swift concerts, and spending time in the Ozarks!

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    Sara McGruder

    Employment Specialist- Light Industrial

    Sara joined the Express team in 2023, and comes from a background of high-level customer service roles. She is passionate about helping people succeed. She grew up in California and was 1 of 6 siblings.  She moved to Illinois in 2016 to be closer to her family. This was a big culture shock for her, but liked the smaller town and less traffic. Sara and her husband have five children (ages 13, 11, 8, 6, and 5). She enjoys spending time with her kids outside of work at the trampoline park and Bounce Tag.

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    Cortez Gillispie
    Cortez Gillespie

    Employment Specialist- Light Industrial

    Cortez joing the Express team in 2023 with 30 years of military service in the US Army. First Sergeant Gillespie spent much of his military career overseas including time in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as numerous other assignments and deployments. Afterwards, Cortez and his wife LaTona returned to Springfield and worked for the Illinois Comptroller as Director of Administrative Services for nearly 6 years. He is a graduate of Southeast Highschool.  

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    Kirk Considine
    Kirk Considine

    Senior Director-Business Services

    Kirk joined Express in 2014. He brings over 16 years of Health Care industry knowledge and experience as a career Accountant to his current role.  Having unique insight into the Accounting & Finance needs of our clients, Kirk is able to maintain a strong role in the placement of IT, Engineering and high end professionals in both long term and temporary roles. Kirk holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University-San Bernardino and an MBA in Business from Texas A&M University. Kirk also serves on the Board of Directors for Community Connection Point in Springfield.

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    Jordan Stott

    Contract & Search Specialist

    Jordan joined Express in 2020. He brings with him 12 years of Insurance and Financial Services experience. He understands the importance of building strong relationships and he values his commitment to helping others succeed. Jordan serves our team recruiting professionals in the Accounting, Finance, Engineering, and IT fields. Jordan has his Bachelor's degree in Business Management & Organizational Leadership from Illinois college. In his free time, he enjoys running and spending time with his wife and four kids. 

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    Deidra Lytle

    Employment Specialist- Office Services

    Deidra joined Express in 2005, and is an unstoppable force on our administrative team. She has a degree in Business Administration and is well skilled in matching candidates with any company's clerical or customer service staffing needs. She specializes in recruiting candidates for banks, insurance companies, veterinary clinics, medical offices and much more! Not only has Deidra served as an onsite coordinator for one of our largest clients, but she has also managed properties for a subsidiary company owned by the Britton family for several years. Deidra enjoys her pugs, pop culture, TV shows, movies and spending time with her family.

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    Taylor Kuenstler
    Taylor Kuenstler

    Employment Specialist- Office Services

    Taylor joined the Office Services team at Express in 2021. Hailing from Historic Petersburg, Illinois, Taylor spent the last 12 years in upper management for The Buckle clothing store in Springfield, Iowa and Peoria locations. She has recently relocated to Springfield with her kitties, and is excited to dig in and help people succeed. She loves sports, specifically March Madness and Golf, and provides next level customer service.

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    Gavin Gardner
    Gavin Gardner

    Search & Contract Specialist- Skilled Trades

    Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Gavin joined the Express family in April of 2020 on the Light Industrial team where he found fulfillment helping companies succeed and jobseekers find their next step.  Gavin transitioned to the Skilled Trades team in January of 2023 and loves the challenge of proactive recruiting and building connections with his clients. You might catch Gavin in a production at your local community theatre, leading worship at his church, or cheering on his teen on the soccer field (he’s a self-professed “soccer dad”).  He is also head over heels for his wife, Katie, and 3 kids- Tyler, Griffin, and Addison. 

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    Harrison Eubanks
    Harrison Eubanks

    Search & Contract Specialist- Skilled Trades

    Harrison joined the Express team in 2023. As an search & contract specialist, he draws on his skilled trades experience, as well as his sales background, to build relationships with our clients and help put people to work. Outside of work, Harrison, his wife Gracie, and their son Ezra call Spaulding, Illinois home. Some of Harrison’s interests include watching football and basketball, specifically the Lakers or the Chicago Bears! He also enjoys fishing and spending time with family.

     

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    Don Adams
    Don Adams

    Sales Manager

    Don joined Express office as an Area Manager in 2012 with 15 years of outside sales and management experience in the areas of telecommunications and advertising. In 2015 he took on the role of Sales Manager. As a previous small business owner, Don understands the importance of attracting, developing and retaining talent.   He was born and raised in the Springfield community and he's highly committed to its success.  He earned a Bachelor's degree in Education specializing in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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    Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas

    Business Relationship Manager

    A Southern Illinois native; Michael's background in sales, marketing, and leadership all began in the retail industry. Helping companies develop a stronger workforce is now his passion. Serving as the current board President of the Central Illinois Customer Service Association and Vice Chairman of the Salvation Army board has afforded him the opportunity to develop deep and meaningful relationships within his community. Michael volunteers with the Red Cross, Central Illinois Food Bank, and other local agencies when he discovers an opportunity. Michael is very engaged in the community & enjoys helping people find their purpose. One of his passions is connecting individuals to opportunities & resources. Michael works closely with the Family Guidance Center, Gateway, Helping Hands, and many of the local churches.
    His ability to connect with both people and companies has earned him national recognition as a Top 50 Sales Representative for Express in 2019. Michael has been recognized by the Springfield Business Journal for the 40 under 40 award, UIS awarded & recognized Michael with their "Good As Gold" volunteerism award, he received the hometown hero award from Modern Woodman & continues to be recognized as a top performer. 
     Michael is a proud father, husband, and man of faith and his commitment to the community and helping others is apparent in the way he serves.

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    Erin Sommer 2022
    Erin Sommer

    Talent Acquisition Manager & Marketing

    Erin joined Express in 2014 with over 9 years of management and leadership experience. Her background and expertise include grant writing, new business development, and staff recruitment/training skills gained during 13 years in the retail and healthcare industries. In 2015, she transitioned from an administrative staffing consultant role to focus on recruiting top talent in the areas of Accounting, Engineering, and Information Technology. Then in 2017, she began her role leading the Talent Acquisition team for candidates in the Springfield, Jacksonville, and Bloomington areas. Erin also leads the coordination of marketing and communications efforts for the three offices. She is a current member of iWIL and earned the Springfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award in 2021. Erin is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies.

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    Emily Pasley
    Emily Pasley

    Marketing Specialist

    Emily started at Express in 2023 as a Front Office Coordinator but soon became our Marketing Specialist, focusing on social media and community outreach. She received her associate's degree in communications from Lincoln Land Community College, then attended Illinois State University, graduating with her bachelor's degree in English. Emily is an avid reader and loves to write. In her free time she plays video games and spends time with her cat Fiona.

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    Valerie Heaney
    Valerie Heaney

    Senior Recruiting Specialist

    Valerie has been a wonderful addition to the Talent Center here at Express since 2017. Coming to us with 9 years of management experience, her customer service skills really shine. As a Recruiting Specialist, Valerie is dedicated to helping others find work and is a warm and inviting welcome to anyone that is new or returning to Express. Valerie also leads the team with her proactive recruiting efforts, finding specific candidates with the skills and experience our clients need to help with their hiring needs.  As a mom, she loves to soak up every moment with her husband and two kids! 

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    Jenessa Farnsworth
    Jenessa Farnsworth

    Recruiting Specialist

    Jenessa joined the team in 2021 in a Recruiting Specialist role. She previously worked on many assignments with local companies through Express. She is an experienced graphic designer, and much of her experience comes from the newspaper industry. Jenessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Print Journalism from Bringham Young University. She is originally from Idaho, and moved to Illinois in 2013. She enjoys reading, creative writing, and attending board game conventions in her spare time.

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    Sylvia Davis
    Sylvia Davis

    Recruiting Specialist

     Sylvia came to Express in 2022 and quickly became a vital member of our team. She is dedicated to her role and always looking for different ways to help not only our associates, but our internal staff as well.  Outside of work, Sylvia can be found playing with her dogs or watching a classic Disney film. She loves musicals but her favorite is Wicked.

     

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    Fadra Birdsell
    Fadra Birdsell

    Part-Time Recruiting Specialist

    Fadra has been with Express since 2019. As a recruitment specialist, she speaks with dozens of applicants weekly and is dedicated to matching them with positions that align with their interests and skill set. Fadra works part time at Express and owns her own hair salon. She is crafty and not afraid to get her hands dirty. Fadra has been happily married for over 30 years and has 3 beautiful children. Her grandkids Ross and Renlee are her pride and joy!

     

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    Eric Franklin

    Business Manager

    Eric has been part of the Express team since 1998. With a degree in business administration, he ably serves as payroll specialist, but his value to Express goes far beyond his work with payroll and payables. Eric also deals with most of the computer issues, benefits administration for in-house staff and meeting room set-ups. 

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    Kara Scriven 2022
    Kara Scriven

    Payroll & A/R Specialist

    Kara joined the Express team in 2012. She is an integral part of our team handling the processing of weekly payroll for Express associates, managing online timekeeping systems and the accounts receivables for the office. She graduated with Bachelors in Communications from Benedictine University in Springfield in May 2012. She enjoys traveling and likes to spend her spare time with her husband and dog Dexter.

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    Adrienne Jeffers
    Adrienne Jeffers

    Part-Time Front Office Coordinator

    Adrienne has been a Front Office Coordinator at Express since 2021. She is often the first face people see when coming into our office and she always greets them with a smile. Adrienne’s managerial experience combined with her overall care and compassion for everyone has made her a vital member of our team. She is happily married to her husband Robbie, with their two kids Maddie and Braxton. When Adrienne isn’t at work, you can find her serving at her church or DIYing her latest project!  

     

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    Victoria Chiaro
    Victoria Chiaro

    Front Office Coordinator

    Victoria started at Express in 2023. At her previous job, she was supervising a team of over 40 staff members and decided to bring that experience here to Express. Victoria’s work history along with her passion for helping people has made her the perfect addition to our company. Outside of work you can find Victoria either working out or at a body building competition!

     

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    Julia Warren
    Julia Warren

    Front Office Coordinator

    Julia is very familiar and involved with the Express brand. She worked in our office in the past before moving to Greenville, Illinois where she attended Greenville University. While in school, Julia studied Organizational Leadership with a minor in Business Administration and Music Performance. Julia is now graduated and back at Express! In her free time she loves to watch anime and spend time with her husband Philip. They have two cats together named Beans and Ava.

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