• Meet Our Team!

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    Lori Gajdzik

    SRG Division Manager

    Lori rejoined the Express team in October 2016 as our Branch Manager. She comes to us with nearly 20 years of staffing experience. She loves the fast paced staffing industry, helping people find jobs and developing relationships with clients and associates. Lori serves as the Past President of Stateline SHRM. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and cooking and baking - especially her husband and sons' favorite things.

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    Leslie Laemont

    Operations Manager

    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 Martin

    Business Development Manager

    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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    Traci O'Shaughnessy
    Traci O'Shaugnessy

    Business Development Representative

    Prior to working for Express in February of 2022, Traci spent over 20 years in sales, marketing, and customer service. She is most fulfilled when connecting people with opportunities, and continues to have a genuine interest in developing and maintaining positive client relationships. In her spare time, Traci enjoys being outdoors, biking on trails, and walking her rescue dog, Skittles. She also loves spending time with family, especially when her kids come home from college.


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    Debbie Cronin

    Front Office Coordinator

    Debbie came to Express in January 2016 as our Front Office Coordinator and has become a staple to our North Kane office. In addition to being our Front Office Coordinator, Debbie helps to keep us organized and on track. Before Express, Debbie was an Assistant Manager for 10 years at AmeriCenter Executive Office Suites. In her spare time Debbie likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to travel, read and golf.

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    Adam Turner

    Professional Recruiting - Skilled Trades

    After 13 years in Atlantic City as a poker dealer and supervisor, Adam wanted something different. He moved to Illinois to live with his girlfriend after two years in a long distance relationship. Wanting to expand on his customer service background, he applied with Express on a whim, unaware of even the existence of staffing firms. He was drawn to the position of employment specialist because it mentioned the ability to help people. Since starting this position in June of 2021, he is extremely pleased he stepped into a career with so much potential for growth. He has actually been a rapper putting out music for the past 4 years, too! He enjoys reading, working out, especially running, and playing Xbox with his girlfriend.

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    Josh Trujillo
    Joshua Trujillo

    Professional Recruiting - Skilled Trades

    Prior to joining the Express team in May 2022, Joshua spent the last four years in the mortgage industry. He has a passion for helping people achieve their dreams. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys listening to music, playing with his puppy, and enjoying every moment of life.

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    Jeici Magana

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Jeici joined our team as of early September 2021 as an employment specialist. She enjoys helping people. She targets to develop her personality and knowledge with Express in order to help others and become a better version of herself. Jeici likes spending time with her family and friends. She also loves art in addition to eating and watching movies.

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    Karina Alegre
    Karina Alegre

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Karina started working for Express in April of 2022. She was previously working in the recruiting field for over a year prior, and came to work for our company to continue to learn, grow, and help others. In her free time, Karina likes traveling, spending time with family, and binge watching new shows on any stream platform. 


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    Amairani Nevarez
    Amairani Nevarez

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Amairani joined our team in May 2022 as an employment specialist. She is looking forward to working with Express to gain more work/life experience and help people succeed. Previously, Amairani has worked in customer service for over three years. She enjoys learning new things, likes to spend time with friends and family, and play board and video games.

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    Niki Bennett
    Niki Bennett

    Professional Recruiting - Human Resources

    Niki rejoined Express team in January of 2022.  Prior to being a part of our Crystal Lake office, she previously worked at the North Kane location. She has her bachelor's degree in Human Services and has 10 years of experience in staffing and recruiting. Niki has 3 adult children and has been married for over 25 years.  She loves getting to know new people and in her spare time loves to travel, go to different restaurants and shop online. 

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    Carrie Michelsen

    Professional Recruiting - Accounting & Finance

    Carrie joined the Express team in February 2022. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Trinity International University.  Prior to joining Express, she was working as a Purchasing Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and her golden doodle, Finley.

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    Carlene Choinski

    Professional Recruiting - Legal Administration

    Carly joined the SRG team last Summer and comes from a professional background in sales, operations and management. Carly loves to multitask and stay busy which is a perfect fit for the recruiting field! She is passionate about creating relationships with both her candidates and clients to find the best possible outcome for both parties.  In her spare time, Carly likes to travel to new places, spend time with friends and family, get outside, and be active.

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    Celeste Ward

    Search and Contract Specialist - Administrative

    Celeste comes from a professional staffing and recruiting background, but has dabbled in retail and sales. Her passion is serving customers and solving problems. Celeste aims to leave our clients and associates satisfied after each interaction, whether in-person or over the phone. When Celeste is not serving our office, she is mothering two children, singing or advocating for mental health awareness.

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    Guadalupe Frias
    Guadalupe Frias

    Search and Contract Specialist - Administrative/Accounting & Finance

    Guadalupe rejoined Express in 2022 after taking some time to pursue real estate in the northwest suburbs. After recently moving to Lake in the Hills, she rejoined the Crystal Lake office to continue serving people and truly impacting lives. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and fur baby Charlie the Chihuahua. She is always planning her next vacation since one of her other passions is traveling to tropical places. Guadalupe is so excited to do amazing things at Express Employment! 


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    Karla Bley

    Administrative Sourcer

    Karla joined Express in May of 2022. Prior to this she worked in the retail industry for five years, as an office manager at a law firm, and most recently spent time as a full-time barn hand at an equestrian facility. Karla strives to make a positive impact on her teammates, and her passion is to help others achieve their goals and find success. Outside of work she enjoys listening to music, gaming, and spending time with her boyfriend, her horse Pippa, and her bearded dragon Roran.

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    Becca Pearson

    Risk Manager

    Becca joined the Express team in April of 2017. Prior to starting at Express, Becca worked at Family Video for six years. There she found her passion of wanting to help others. Starting off as an Onboarding Coordinator at Express, Becca helped to support our Onsite Managers and quickly grew into an Employment Specialist. After a few short months, Becca found her true calling in the Payroll Department and began her payroll journey in January 2018.  This role includes many hats and keeps her very busy but she loves that she gets to make a difference every day. Outside of work Becca enjoys reading and playing with her dogs, Tinker Belle & Pepper Oni.


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    John Martinez

    Payroll/Office Assistant

    John joined the Express team in January 2022 as a Payroll/Office Assistant. John is happy to be working with Express because he enjoys helping people succeed. He began his background in customer service working in bars and restaurants in 2017 while completing his Associates Degree at McHenry County College. When not working, John spends his time furthering his education, hiking with his dog Bugs, or with family.


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    Alexandra DeGryse

    Marketing Coordinator

    Alexandra joined our team in June of 2021. She is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She loves graphic design which she always incorporates into our social media marketing. Alexandra's attitude is very energetic and compassionate, with an enthusiasm to learn new things with what she does. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family.


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