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    Emily Merritt

    Front Office Coordinator 


    Emily was born and raised in Columbus, IN. She is currently pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Business & Administration at Ivy Tech and has long term goals for a career in Human Resources. Prior to joining the Columbus Express team, Emily worked as the Front Office Coordinator at the Terre Haute Express office. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her four children and her husband, camping, fishing, and attending Hoosier Wranglers wheeling events.

    “I am so happy to be here and a part of the Columbus team. I think this company is great and I plan on spending a lot of time here! I enjoy being able to be an important resource for the community and help people improve their lives.”

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    Emily Bogue

    Employment Specialist- Commercial Staffing


    Emily is originally from Sheridan, Indiana but currently resides in the Franklin area with her husband, two children, and three dogs. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in French. Previous to being hired on at Express, Emily has held positions as a Loan Assistant, a Talent Resource Leader, and a Sales Manager.

    “I am excited and honored to be a part of this Express team and am looking forward to finding top talent for our clients! I also look forward to providing our associates with opportunities to grow in their careers,” said Bogue.

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    Elaine Pesto

    Business Development Manager


    A team member since 2008, Elaine is a Hoosier by birth growing up in Bloomington but ventured out-of-state to earn a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky. Elaine currently resides in Greenwood with her husband Robert and two children and where they are parishioners at Our Lady of the Greenwood Church. She is a current Board of Director for the Johnson County Community Foundation and a recent past Board member for the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.  She’s has been very involved in our community volunteering for several non-profits including the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Johnson County and Girls, Inc.

    Her passion for and involvement in the community makes her a dynamic sales leader for Express Employment Professionals. “I love working with companies helping them grow their business by finding them amazing people.”

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    Tera Vogl

    Payroll Administrator


    Tera was born in Florida and grew up in Indianapolis. She attended and graduated from IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. Her previous work includes medical billing and payroll. Tera lives in Franklin with her husband and daughter. She enjoys coloring with her toddler, baking/cooking, crocheting and taking spontaneous trips to new places! On the weekends, she spends her time crafting and watching Netflix with the family!

    Tera says the thing that most excites her about her job with Express is “being able to help people find work!” She continues, “The people who tell you their lives have been changed, who love their jobs and who are so happy when we find them a position are why we do what we do! I love being a small part of such a big change for our associates!”

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    Anna Kruger

    Employment Specialist


    Anna was born and raised in nearby Scipio, Indiana.  In 2009, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Choral and Instrumental Music Education Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She then moved to the Columbus, Indiana area where she currently resides with her husband, Geoffrey, and their two dogs.  Before coming to Express, Anna worked as a General Manager for a local restaurant and has years of customer service experience.

    “I feel blessed to be working for Express!  I’m most looking forward to helping people find employment with local companies so they can experience mutual success.”

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    Erin Pardue

    Marketing Manager


    Erin is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a focus in Marketing and Advertising. Erin started her career in the Marketing department at a local casino for 3.5 years, where she gained experience in advertising, direct mail, promotions and database management. She has been with us for over 4 years now and helps manage all marketing efforts for the Indianapolis South and Columbus offices. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping and being outdoors. Erin resides in her hometown of Indianapolis with her husband, Josh and her dog, (Calbert) Cheaney.

    “I have really enjoyed working with local companies in the Greenwood area to provide them with the staff they need to be successful. I also enjoy working with the other Chamber businesses to market our products and services.” said Pardue.

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    Phill Powell

    Operations Manager


    Phill graduated from Southeastern University in 2001. After five years in leadership at a church, he joined Express Employment Professionals. 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  Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.

    He hopes his experience can help make an impact on the Express staff, job seekers, and the businesses we serve.