• Meet Our Team

    Lori Gajdzik
    Lori Gajdzik

    General Manager

    Lori rejoined the Express team in October 2016 as our Branch Manager. She comes to us with nearly 20 years of staffing experience. She loves the fast paced staffing industry, helping people find jobs and developing relationships with clients and associates. Lori serves as the Past President of Stateline SHRM. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Valparaiso University. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and cooking and baking – especially her husband and sons’ favorite things.

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    Leslie Leamont
    Leslie Laemont

    Operations Manager

    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

    Business 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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    Annemarie Heims
    Annemarie Heims

    Professional Recruiter - Skilled Trades & Engineering

    Annemarie joined our Express team in August of 2019. Prior to joining out team Annemarie worked in retail for 25 years and has 20 years management experience. With such a diverse background she has been a great addition to our Express team! Outside of work Annemarie enjoys running throughout the year and often participates in multiple races with her 2 teenage daughters, she also enjoys volunteering with a dog rescue and spending time with her husband and children.

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    Jennifer Heinlein

    Professional Recruiter - Skilled Trades & Engineering

    Jenni joined our team in June 2021. Prior to joining our team, Jenni worked at an IT Staffing firm for five years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping and spending time with her husband Kevin, dog Blue and family. She is a die-hard Cubs fan and loves Harry Potter. 

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    Kelly Nowik
    Kelly Nowik

    Professional Recruiter - 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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    Molly Shouse
    Molly Shouse

    Professional Recruiter - Accounting/Finance & HR

    Molly has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University.  She worked in retail for 15 years prior to making the transition to recruiting. Molly enjoys rooting for her favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and fishing with her husband in the summer! She also loves cooking, traveling, and watching her favorite movies in her free time.

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    Celeste Ward
    Celeste Ward

    Administrative Employment Specialist

    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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    Becca Pearson

    Accounts Receivable/Payroll Coordinator

    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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    Jesus Navarrete

    Onsite Coordinator

    Jesus joined our team in mid September of 2021. Prior to being a part of our team, he has worked in the optical industry for over 13 years. Jesus enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children. He also loves all sports, but his favorites are soccer and baseball. In his free time, Jesus likes to travel, cycle, and play soccer. 

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    Shanell Wilkins

    Onsite Coordinator

    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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    Mariah Babjak

    Light Industrial Division Leader

    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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    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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    Alex Roman

    Employment Specialist

    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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    Yehimy Morales
    Yehimy Morales

    Employment Specialist

    Yehimy joined our team in early September of 2021. Before starting with Express, she was working in the customer service department for 2 years at a printing company. She eventually decided that she wanted to get back to the recruiting role and help people find the perfect job. In her free time, Yehimy enjoys watching Netflix, cleaning, listening to music and motivational speakers.

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    Sarah Elliott
    Sarah Elliott

    Employment Specialist

    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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    Angela Bianco
    Angela Bianco

    Front Office Coordinator

    Before she began working at Express, Angela spent 20 years in management for both Health & Wellness and Retail. Angela has three grown boys and several grandchildren she enjoys playing with in her free time. Outside of work, she loves to cook, entertain, garden, and spend time with her husband. Angela also loves coffee and cookies!

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    Alexandra DeGryse
    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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