• Meet Our Team

    Leslie Leamont
    Leslie Laemont

    Managing Partner

    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

    Training and 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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    Kelly Nowik

    Professional Recruiting - Skilled Trades

    Kelly rejoined the Express team at the end of 2021 after taking some time off to spend with her two young boys. With almost nine years in retail management and 15 years in customer service, Kelly's true passion is helping others. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, drawing and painting, and loves attending concerts and music festivals. She is so excited to be a part of the Express team, again!

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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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    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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    Kyle Copeland
    Kyle Copeland

    Professional Recruiting - Accounting & Finance

    Kyle joined the Express Team in June of 2022. Prior to Express, Kyle graduated from Augustana College in 2020 and landed a job as a customer service representative/account manager where he worked for 18 months. He found his passion in building/retaining customer relationships and simply helping others. Kyle represents ambivert qualities which allows him to be very flexible in his decision making and handling certain situations. In his free time, Kyle enjoys sports, playing softball, video games and working out. 

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    Carlene
    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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    Sydni Bennett
    Sydni Bennett

    Professional Talent Acquisition Specialist

    Sydni joined our team in June 2022 as a Talent Acquisition Specialist. Prior to becoming a part of our team, she previously worked as a receptionist and event coordinator for LifeChangers International Church. Sydni loves all things fashion and enjoys traveling around the world.

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    Celeste Ward

    Contract and Search 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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    Karla
    Karla Bley

    Contract and Search Specialist - Administrative

    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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    Mariah Babjak

    Division Manager - Light Industrial

    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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    Shanell Wilkins

    Account Manager - Light Industrial Division

    Shanell joined our Express team in August 2018. She started her customer service background in 2014 while attending McHenry County College to further her education.  Her passion for helping people is what drives her to be successful in her role as a Recruiting Specialist.  In her free time she likes spending time with her family. 

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    Sarah Elliott

    Account Manager - Light Industrial Division

    Sarah has been with Express since September of 2018. Sarah started off as a Front Office Coordinator for the Express office located in Bellingham, WA. In March of 2019 she moved back home to Illinois and joined our team as a Light Industrial Employment Specialist. She prides herself in building relationships with her associates and clients! During her down time, Sarah enjoys making unforgettable memories with her one year old son and shopping.

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    Alex Roman

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Alex joined the Express team in April of 2021 as an Employment Specialist, she has been working in customer service for 5 years with a passion for helping people. Before Express she started her journey at College of Lake County for Human Resources, In her free time Alex enjoys traveling, collecting sneakers, and most importantly loves spending quality time with her friends and family. She can't wait to help you find a career that is best fit for you!

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    Ruby Garcia

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    With five years of light industrial recruiting experience, Ruby rejoined our Express team in February of 2022. She is a very nurturing person, with a strong passion for helping others. When not helping associates find their perfect job, Ruby enjoys spending time with her son, watching movies and traveling.

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    Katie Smith

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Katie joined Express in January of 2022. She loves working for Express because she enjoys a challenge and new opportunities for growth. Katie is also a big people person, and loves to see others succeed! Prior to working for Express, Katie was an Activity Aide for a nursing home, and was promoted to the Activity Assistant and later the Activity director during her time there. When not working, Katie enjoys watching suspenseful Netflix shows and spending time with her 6 year old son and Deuce, her dog. 

     

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    Margaret Griffin
    Margaret Griffin

    Onboarding Coordinator

    Margaret joined our team in June of 2022 as the Onboarding Coordinator. Her role here in our office is to source potential new hires, schedule interviews, check references, as well as submit background checks. Outside of her office hours, she enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. 

     

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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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    Marcela Lopez
    Marcela Lopez

    Senior Support 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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    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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    Griselda Martinez
    Griselda Martinez

    Front Office Coordinator

    Prior to joining Express in April of 2022, Griselda worked in Sales and Customer Service for over 14 years and managing an office as an Insurance Agent for 7 years. She loves that Express offers opportunities to Grow within. She also enjoys helping people and knowing that she can make a difference in people's lives. Griselda loves hitting the trails with her husband and two boys to look for puff mushrooms, using her Cricut to craft On the weekends, and watching the Office.

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    Priscilla Martinez
    Priscilla Martinez

    Front Office Coordinator

    Prior to joining Express as a Front Office Coordinator in May of 2022, Priscilla has five years of office coordinator experience as well as a background in marketing. She loves spending time with her husband, son, three dogs and two cats. Priscilla also enjoys traveling and leading a calm and relaxed lifestyle. Her favorite state that she has traveled to so far is Montana and hopes to live there one day. Her dream state to visit is Alaska. In her free time, Priscilla loves shopping, celebrity gossip and keeping up with trends.

     

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    Christa
    Christa Cummings

    Front Office Coordinator

    Prior to joining Express Employment in July of 2022, Christa formerly worked as a Mental Health Professional at Pioneer Center at the group homes. She has always wanted to do everything she can to help others, and the idea of helping others find jobs drew her to our office. In her free time, Christa enjoys cooking, singing, listening to music, and playing with her dogs.

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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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