• Our Staff

    Phill Powell, 2018, Director of Operations, Express Employment Professionals, Columbus Staff
    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 Pardue
    Erin Pardue

    Marketing & Recruitment 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 our office in 2012 and manages all Marketing & Recruiting efforts for the Indianapolis South and Columbus offices. 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 daughter Maggie and her dog, (Calbert) Cheaney.

    "I love everything about working for a small business in the Greenwood community. There are so many individuals who need our services and we try to help everyone we can. Connecting strong companies with the employees they need to be successful is very rewarding!" said Pardue.

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    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
    Emily Bogue

    Business Development Area Manager- South Central Indiana

    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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    Sam Lavelle Business Development Specialist
    Sam Lavelle

    Business Development Specialist

    Sam is a business professional that was born and raised right here in Columbus, IN. After graduating from Columbus North High School, Sam attended Manchester University where he played soccer for two years before transferring to IUPUC and earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Before joining Express, Sam worked as a PE Teacher at a local elementary and outside of the office, Sam enjoys coaching soccer at Columbus Express Soccer Club. While working in sales and coaching, he found his passion for cultivating relationships through his communication, teamwork, and networking skills.

    As a Business Development Specialist, Sam looks forward to helping people find jobs and helping local companies find quality people to work for them. His favorite quote is, "There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do" -Derek Jeter

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    Anna Kruger
    Anna Kruger

    Specialty Manager, Office/Professional Services & Light Industrial

    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, 2021
    Kristen Krockenberger

    Professional Recruiter- Skilled Trades & Advanced Manufacturing

    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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    Julie David, Accounting Professional Recruiter 22
    Julie David

    Professional Recruiter- Accounting and 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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    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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      Nikki Perkins, Columbus, Employment Specialist
      Nikki Perkins

      Sr. Employment Specialist- Light Industrial Team

      Nikki is from Edinburgh and received her bachelor's degree from Franklin University in Human Resources. Over the last 18 years, she has worked in Retail Management for multiple companies - from Kids clothing, to home décor, to even underwear. Nikki and her husband have been married for over 7 years and have two daughters, Aria and Lyla. Plus, a 12-year-old cat named Marvin! Outside of work, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family. The majority of her weekends are spent supporting her daughters at dance, cheer, and other activities. She is also a huge sports fan! Favorites: IU, Pacers, Colts, and Reds.  

      Nikki said, "I am excited about working at Express because I love helping people and look forward to helping them find jobs!" 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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      Brianna Stroup

      Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

      Brianna is proudly from the small town of Hope and is currently a junior at IUPUC pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Management.  Prior to this position, Brianna spent the last five years working retail at the Edinburgh Outlet Mall. She also works at Developmental Services, Inc. where she works with clients who have intellectual disabilities. Outside of work, Brianna loves going to the dirt track with family and friends. She loves the outdoors and any type of racing. She also enjoys volleyball, softball, and hiking!   

      When asked about Express, she said, "I am grateful and excited about the opportunities to come from working here." Her favorite quote is, "Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." 

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      Kaley, 2021 FOC
      Kaley Henry

      Part-Time Front Office Coordinator

      Kaley was born and raised here in Columbus, IN. She graduated from Columbus North High School and is currently studying Business at IUPUC. Prior to joining our Express family, Kaley worked as a substitute teacher at a local pre-school. Outside of work, Kaley enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

      She said, "I am most excited about working for Express because it is finally a job where I feel like I am a part of the team and I enjoy being able to help people."

      Her favorite quote is, "You have to have the bad days so you can love the good days even more." 

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      Taylor Jones, Recruiting Coordinator
      Taylor Jones

      Recruiting Coordinator

      Taylor was born in Brownsburg, IN and recently moved to Columbus to peruse career and educational goals. She's currently enrolled at Ivy Tech where she is studying Business Administration. Before joining our Express family, she worked as a HR Coordinator where she managed 13 facilities and 30 employees.

      When asked about joining Express, she said, "Working with Express is so much different than any other company I have ever worked for. Express has values and goals that they truly try to stick with each day in the office. Those values create a stronger connection and trust between every employee."

      Outside of the office, you can find Taylor spending time with her family, friends, and her three cats. 

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      Connie Brackett, Payroll Administrator for Express Employment Professionals Columbus, 2018 Columbus Staff
      Connie Brackett

      Payroll Administrator

      Connie was born and raised in Hammond, IN and relocated to the Greenwood area roughly 2.5 years ago. Connie attended Oakland City University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in HR Management and minored in Business. Before joining the Express team, she worked at a Career Center where she held the title of Workforce Specialty, which is very similar to the role of our Employment Specialists. In Connie's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Miniature Dachshund and granddaughter! 


      Connie says what excites her the most about working with Express is that, "she is able help make a difference in people's lives!"

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