• Our Staff

    Phill Powell - Vice President of Operations
    Phill Powell

    Vice President of Operations & Managing Partner

    Phill graduated from Southeastern University in 2001. After five years in leadership at a church, he joined Express Employment Professionals. Powell has worked at Express under owner Mike Heffner's leadership for the past 15 years and has extensive recruiting, sales and leadership experience. He started with Express as an Employment Specialist and focused on Administrative staffing. He moved into a leadership role as the Inside Sales Manager and now oversees operations for Indianapolis South and Columbus.

    Phill is actively involved with Mount Pleasant Christian Church. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Shannon and his 2 kids- Taylor and Drew. Phill hopes his experience can help make an impact on the Express staff, job seekers, and the businesses we serve.

    Powell says, "I'm thrilled to join the ownership of this well established and high impact company that consists of an extremely talented team of people all working to make a difference. For over 14 years, I have been blessed to work with Mike and this team to help build this small business into one that consistently inspires hope in those job seekers we meet, in our client companies, and in turn our community. I'm grateful to my wife and family who have encouraged me along the way. Express is part of our family.

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    Erin Ricke (Director of Specialized Recruiting Group)
    Erin Ricke

    Director of Specialized Recruiting

    Erin has been with the Greenwood office since it opened in 2005. Prior to holding her title of Business Development Specialist, she was the Senior Employment Specialist for the Industrial Team. She graduated from University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor's focusing in communication. Erin currently resides in Whiteland with her husband and two boys. In her spare time, her family enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching/playing various sports! 

    "I realize losing a job and finding a job can be life changing. It is very rewarding to help an individual who has struggled finding employment, find a great job."

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    Emily Bogue (Business Development Area Manager)
    Emily Bogue

    Director of Business Development

    With a background in community engagement and business development in various industries, Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in French from the University of Indianapolis. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, coaching youth sports, and serving in youth ministry at her church. Starting with Express in 2014, Emily wore many hats over the years before being promoted to the Business Development Area Manager. Emily strives to serve companies and associates in south-central Indiana. "I feel like my job truly can help change lives! I want to help companies with their challenges and help our associates find their next great place to work."

    Outside of the office, Emily loves spending time with her family and their dog. When she's not cheering her kids on in sports and other school activities, you can find her reading a good book, unwinding at a coffeehouse, or spending time outdoors.

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    Bob Schafstall, Business Development Specialist
    Bob Schafstall

    Business Development Specialist

    With an extensive background in many different professional roles, Bob brings a wide variety of experience to our Express Columbus team. With years of experience as the Membership Director at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, he has a deep understanding of the business community in south-central Indiana. Bob and his family are very excited to be back home in Columbus where he has always enjoyed investing in our community, connecting with local businesses, and helping others succeed.

    Bob was born and raised in Columbus. He played baseball at Columbus North High School and then went on to graduate from Purdue University. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Reds, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to his wife Heather and has two kids along with two golden doodles! Bob really enjoys working with people to create positive outcomes and has a passion for creating relationships and providing businesses with the tools they need to succeed.

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    Erin Pardue (Marketing and Recruitment Manager)
    Erin Pardue

    Operations & Marketing Manager

    Erin is a proud graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Communications & Marketing. She started her career in the Marketing department at a local casino where she gained experience in advertising, direct mail, promotions and database management. Erin started with us in 2012 and manages all marketing & recruiting efforts for the Indianapolis South and Columbus offices, covering 7 counties in south central Indiana. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, IU basketball and being outdoors. Erin resides in her hometown of Indianapolis with her husband Josh, her daughters Maggie and Alaina, and her dog, (Calbert) Cheaney.

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    Blake Williams (Marketing Coordinator)
    Blake Williams

    Marketing Coordinator

    Blake is a proud graduate of Franklin College with a degree in Public Relations and Business. After college, he worked at two local radio groups where he gained experience in marketing, sales, and event planning. Blake's responsibilities as Marketing Coordinator include digital marketing, media relations, maintaining the website, and event planning for the Indianapolis South and Columbus offices. FPS shooters, disconnecting with a run, and appreciating local beer fill his time between keyboard clicks. Attending every NBA arena is on his bucket list! 

      "I am most excited to join a family-like work environment and help make a difference in Johnson and Bartholomew County."

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      Anna Kruger, Professional Recruiter
      Anna Kruger

      Operations & Office Manager

      Anna, born and raised in nearby Scipio, is a Specialty Manager for Office Services and Professional career opportunities in south-central Indiana. She joined Express in May of 2014 and has worn a variety of hats over the years - Employment Specialist, Team Lead, Professional Recruiter, and more! Prior to Express, Anna graduated from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI with a B.A. in Music Education. Anna is passionate about music and serves as a music leader at Athens Church. She also loves riding horses with her husband Geoffrey and their daughter Ellie.

      When asked about working at Express, Anna said, "We get to a play a role in changing lives! I love watching our internal team grow and develop, and I love playing a part in helping individuals find their next career." Her favorite quote is "No book is a chapter, no chapter tells the whole story, no mistake defines who we are.  Hope makes our lives page turners." -Bob Goff 

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      Kristen Krockenberger - Professional Recruiter (Skilled Trades & Advanced Manufacturing)
      Kristen Krockenberger

      Professional Recruiter – Maintenance, Engineering & Industrial Leadership

      Kristen has worked with Express in several different roles in her time with us. She started as a Marketing Intern, then joined us full-time after graduating college as a Marketing Coordinator doing marketing and recruiting for our offices. She left Express for a brief period of time and now we are excited to have her back in this new role.

      Kristen was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from IUPUI's Kelley School of Business. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, attending concerts, and traveling. Traveling to each state at least once is high on her bucket list!

      Kristen says, "I'm most excited about my role at Express because I will have the opportunity to connect with people and help make a difference!"

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      Brittney Jacobson, Skilled Trades Recruiter
      Brittney Jacobson

      Skilled Trades Recruiter

      Brittney earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration-HR from Purdue University Global and went on to excel in HR and Talent Acquisition roles, specializing in recruiting, onboarding, and payroll. With five years of service in the United States Navy, she brings discipline and dedication to her work.

      Originally from Gainesville, FL, Brittney now resides in Greenwood with her husband, Christian, and their two lovely kids. She cherishes her spare time, exploring historical landmarks in Greenwood and taking refreshing walks. Passionate about connecting with people, she finds fulfillment in linking job seekers with suitable companies, ultimately helping everyone succeed. Additionally, Brittney actively volunteers at Mt. Auburn Church in Greenwood, demonstrating her commitment to making a positive impact on her community.

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      Julie David - Professional Recruiter (Accounting & Finance)
      Julie David

      Professional Recruiter – Accounting & Finance

      With a background in higher education, Julie graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. After living half of her life in Tennessee, she's back home again in Indiana where she was born and raised.

      Starting with Express in 2021 as a Professional Recruiter, Julie strives to support and serve as the premiere resource for Accounting and Finance careers in South-Central Indiana. When asked about joining Express, Julie said, "I strive to make a positive impact in the lives of job seekers, local businesses, and the community in South-Central Indiana."

      In her spare time, you will likely find Julie outside enjoying nature with her dog Apollo, a rescue German Shepard, or spending time with her family and friends. 

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      Nikki Perkins, Sr Employment Specialist
      Nikki Perkins

      Recruiting & Account Specialist

      Nikki, born and raised in Edinburgh, joined our Express family in 2018 and has been a vital member of our team ever since. Prior to Express, Nikki received her B.A. in Human Resources and A.A. in Business. In her role as a Sr. Employment Specialist, Nikki said, “I love being able to help make a match between an associate and client to help them both find the right fit! I love helping people and being able to make a difference!”

      Outside of Express, Nikki loves spending time with her husband Garan, their 2 daughters, and their 3 cats! She enjoys coaching cheerleading, watching IU basketball, and cheering her daughters on in cheer, basketball, and volleyball. She also enjoys volunteering for her hometown’s bantam football program.

      Her favorite quote is, "Spread love whenever you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa

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      Bri Stroup, Career Specialist
      Brianna Stroup

      Recruiting & Account Specialist

      Brianna is proudly from Hope, IN and graduated from IUPUC with a B.A. in Business Management. She joined our Express family in 2018 and said, “I am grateful and excited about the opportunities to come from working here.” Bri is an Employment Specialist on our Light Industrial team where she helps both clients and job seekers with their employment needs.

      Outside of work, Brianna loves going to the dirt track with family and friends. She loves any type of racing and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys playing softball and volleyball. Bri’s favorite quote is, "Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."

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      Kaci Wheat, Recruiting Coordinator
      Kaci Wheat

      Recruiting & Onboarding Specialist

      Kaci was born and raised in Greenwood but recently moved to Columbus with her family. She graduated from Vincennes University with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and brings experience in customer service/management to our team. She said her favorite part about her previous positions were taking care of the customer and being able to help someone have a better day.

      She played volleyball and softball growing up, and was a 10-year 4H member showing horses, cattle, dogs, doing shooting sports and sport fishing! In her spare time, she loves reading and working with horses and dogs. She also loves video games. Her and her family have 7 dogs and 1 horse!

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      Alyssa Curry Front Office Coordinator
      Alyssa Curry

      Front Office Coordinator

      Alyssa is a passionate business professional from Columbus. She graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business in 2022, and she also holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Ivy Tech. During college, Alyssa worked in Career Services, assisting students with resumes and organizing events. After graduation, she gained experience as an Assistant Manager in retail before returning home to Columbus.

      Family-oriented and community-focused, Alyssa is a proud big sister to Lydia and actively contributes to events and fundraisers at Flintwood Wesleyan Church. She is a self-proclaimed Chick-fil-a enthusiast and considers it a strong personality trait! In her free time, she enjoys creating music, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends. Alyssa is excited about her career at Express and is passionate about helping others.

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      Shannon Price (Front Office Coordinator)
      Shannon Price

      Front Office & Business Administrator

      Shannon grew up in Minnesota before living in the beautiful Rocking Mountains of Colorado for a stint. After moving to Indiana, her and her husband Rich of 18 years feel this is home. Shannon brings a customer service, support and administrative background to our team. She has an Associate of Arts degree from Normandale Community College along with 4 years of theological study. When asked about working at Express, Shannon said, "Searching and applying for a job can be challenging today and I am blessed to assist our job seekers in helping smooth out that process." Outside of the office, Shannon enjoys cooking for others, nature, needlework, and animals. She loves spending time with her husband and their chocolate lab mix rescue named Maggie.

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