• Meet Our Team

    Lori Gajdzik
    Lori Gajdzik

    Branch Manager

    Lori rejoined the Express team in October 2016 as our Branch Manager. She comes to us with over 15 years of staffing experience which contributed to her strength in leading the Crystal Lake team to success in 2018 by hitting Platinum. Holding a Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University, Lori also volunteers at Stateline SHRM and is currently serving as President Elect. In her spare time, she likes cheering for the Green Bay Packers and her sons' high school hockey teams.

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    Kelly Gillespie
    Kelly Gillespie

    Territory Manager

    Kelly has been with Express since January 2012. Before she became our sales shark she worked as a Project Administrator at Prater, an Executive Assistant at AT&T and as a Marketing Consultant at Coverall. There she generated over $300,000 in new business revenue for the Chicago Regional Support Center. Kelly holds an Associate's Degree from the College of DuPage. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and friends, preferably over good food and wine. 

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    Leslie Leamont
    Leslie Laemont

    Operations Consultant

    Leslie joined out team in 2017 as our Operations Consultant, serving 4 Express Employment Professional's offices. She is responsible for leading our teams 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 Rudd
    Amy Rudd

    Administrative Employment Specialist

    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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    Kelly Nowik
    Kelly Nowik

    Technical Recruiter

    After graduating high school, Kelly decided to take a leap and started working as a Customer Service Representative at a local video store. After being promoted to an Assistant Manager, she realized her love and passion for movies, customer service and helping people. In 2018, Kelly left as a District Manager, overseeing 15 locations and with 9 years of experience in retail management, recruiting and training. After a few months of working for an automotive financial institution, Kelly spread her wings once again and joined our Express Team as an Employment Specialist. A few short months later, Kelly moved into the role of Technical Recruiter where she continues to help our associates find work, growth and opportunities. Express has helped to challenge Kelly and create a rewarding career by helping others.

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    Maria Khan
    Maria Khan

    Onsite Manager

    Maria started her career in the staffing world right after high school, as a receptionist, for a staffing company. With 10 years of staffing experience, Maria joined our team in August of 2017 as an Onsite Manager. Since then Maria has been contributing to the growth and expansion of Express and helping us to hit Platinum in 2018. Currently, Maria is in the process of obtaining her Associates Degree in Business Management and continuing her education at McHenry County College. In her spare time, Maria likes to spend time with her kids and loves to volunteer time to her church and community.

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    Jennifer 2019
    Jennifer Kupitz

    Onsite Manager

    Jennifer joined our team in September of 2018 as an Employment Specialist for our North Kane location. During her time there, Jennifer was able to gain the skills and insight to become a success member of our Express Team and transferred to our Crystal Lake location. Soon after arriving, Jennifer became an Onsite Manager and continues to grow within our organization. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Prior to joining Express, she worked for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice for almost 5 years helping rehabilitate youth who were victims of circumstance.  In her free time she enjoys hanging with friends and family, reading, and playing with her puppy. 

     

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    Mariah Babjak 2019
    Mariah Babjak

    Light Industrial Employment Specialist Team Lead

    Mariah came to Express in November 2015. Before becoming a Staffing Consultant and then Onsite Manager, she spent 6 years as an Assistant Store Manager in retail. Mariah's incredible insight and professionalism has earned her the current title of Team Lead for our Employment Specialists. Helping to teach and train our successful Crystal Lake Light Industrial staff to once again bring us to Platinum! Currently, Mariah is in the process of obtaining her Associates Degree in Business Management and continues her education at Columbia College of Missouri for her Bachelor's Degree. In her spare time she likes to read, exercise and spend time with her two sons.

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    Becca 2019
    Becca Pearson

    Payroll Assistant

    Before starting at Express Becca worked at Family Video for six years. She found her passion of wanting to help others through her work in customer service and retail and joined the Express team in April 2017. As an Onboarding Coordinator, Becca helped to support our Onsite Managers and grew quickly into an Employment Specialist Role. After a few short months, Becca got the calling for the Payroll Department and began her journey in January 2018.  This role includes many hats and keeps her very busy but she loves that she gets to help people every day. Outside of work, Becca enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog Tinker Bell!

     

     

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    Marcela Lopez
    Marcela Lopez

    Employment Specialist

    Marcela joined our team in September 2018 as an Onboarding Coordinator however, with her background in recruiting and customer service Marcela quickly found herself in her current position of Employment Specialist. Helping others has always been a passion of Marcela's and working at Express helps her to live her passion. During her down time, Marcela enjoys rock-climbing, nutrition and the gym.

     

      

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    Sarah Elliott
    Sarah Elliott

    Employment Specialist

    Sarah joined the Express team in September 2018 as a Front Office Coordinator in Bellingham, Washington. During her time there, Sarah was able to expand her knowledge base of Express allowing her to hit the ground running after joining our Crystal Lake Office in March of 2019. Coming to us with a Bachelors Degree in Communication, Sarah began her journey as part of our Employment Specialist Team. Together with the team, Sarah continues to grow with Express as they take on the next challenge of hitting Platinum again in 2019! When Sarah isn't working she enjoys hangout with friends and family!

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    Yisel Carbajal
    Yisel Carbajal

    Front Office Coordinator

    Before starting as a Front Office Coordinator at Express in April of 2018, Yisel received her Associates Degree in Science from McHenry County College. In addition to her degree, Yisel holds a Personal Training Certification from American College Sports Medicine and is also a licensed insurance producer. For 3 years prior to joining Express, Yisel trained clients in Health and Fitness.  In her spare time, Yisel enjoys spending time with her family and continuing to do physical activities and health.

     

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