Our Staff

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    Shelley Nilsen & Nathan Nilsen


    Express Employment Professionals of Eureka, CA is owned by Shelley and Nathan Nilsen and has been in operation since 2000. Shelley runs Express while Nathan runs Nilsen Co.'s Eureka store and feed mill. Shelley and the fabulous Express Team are dedicated to providing quality staffing services and human resource solutions to businesses and job seekers in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.  We are passionate about giving back to our community and search out opportunities to support workforce development.  

    Our vision:  We make a difference, one person at a time!

    Our values:  Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Customer Service, Impact

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    Shelley Nilsen
    Shelley Nilsen


    Shelley holds a Master's degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Development and Administration. Understanding winding career paths, her own has taken her from a non-profit private sector developmental disabilities agency to public sector mental health, child welfare, and health and human services and back to the private sector as a business owner! Her future vision is to help lead the effort and build up the Wabash neighborhood into a sparkling gem of Eureka and to travel extensively in between. Shelley is a Board Member for Humboldt County Workforce Advisory Board, Northcoast Employers Advisory Council, Redwood Acres Junior Livestock Auction Committee and Arcata FFA as the Job Interview Team Coach. In her time off, she enjoys spending it with her hubby, giant puppy and one plump office-cat-turned-house cat, who get along like siblings. Her best advice for living a happy, healthy life, never stop learning! Deliberately make time for learning and be very intentional about what you seek to learn, make it count!


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      Leif Kamrud
      Leif Kamrud

      Operations Manager

      Leif is dedicated to working at Express Employment Professionals as our Operations Manager and comes with BA degree from Humboldt State University in Organizational Leadership.  He likes to be part of a dynamic company  whereas he can utilize his education and experience to make a difference in the work force and community. Leif also serves as Board Member of the Arcata Chamber of Commerce. When not working you can find him enjoying and spending time with his lovely wife and two sons.  Outdoor adventures include hiking and fishing the great outdoors and in his relaxing time he is watching movies.

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      Chad Kaul

      Business Developer

      Chad finds satisfaction working as the Business Developer for Express Employment Professionals and is very at ease in the role when meeting business owners and understanding their workforce needs. He graduated with BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University brings over a decade of experience developing business opportunities in the Silicon Valley to his work in Humboldt County. Chad also is a proud board member of Food for People. As a former chef, Chad enjoys cooking, especially outdoor on the grill, smoker, or pizza oven. Residing in Blue Lake with his family he enjoys taking it all in when exploring the night sky with his young daughter.

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      Olivia Wilma
      Olivia Wilma

      Payroll/ Accounts Receivable Coordinator

      Olivia started working at Express Employment Professionals almost straight out of college with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is our Payroll and Accounts Receivable Specialist. With her strong attention to detail and ability to assist with running the front desk when needed, she has been an excellent addition to our team. Oliva enjoys working alongside her extremely supportive team members to ensure that our associates get paid accurately and on time. In her time off, she enjoys her home improvement projects, watching movies, and going on hikes in our beautiful redwood forests and beaches.



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      Jackie Martinez

      Recruiting Specialist

      Jackie has found her nitch as a Recruiting Specialist! Previously she also worked as an Employment Specialist and understands the hiring and interviewing process while navigating the candidates through the recruiting process as smoothly as possible while also being bilingual in Spanish and English, makes her a huge asset to her role. Jackie enjoys listening to music, reading books, learning and her endless love for everything chocolate.

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      Luis Ramirez
      Luis Ramirez

      Senior Employment Specialist

      Luis has longevity with Express Eureka as the Senior Employment Specialist as an employee since May 2016 and has worn many hats while he is experienced and knowledgeable in all departments. Being bilingual in English and Spanish makes him even more valuable to the team. His future aspirations are, to be a business owner, in the automotive industry. If he could vacation anywhere, it would be at Bora Bora and Tahiti and recommends, the best advice for living a happy, healthy life is to live stress free, enjoy every moment you have with friends, family and make the best with what you have.

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      Lori Atherton

      Director of Impressions

      Lori is right where she belongs working at Express Employment Professionals as the Director of Impressions, coordinating our front office and our marketing activity. With many years’ experience working with a variety of demographics in the hospitality, real estate, and property management industries, she finds pride in accommodating and helping others while bringing her big and outgoing personality to her role.  In her down time, she likes to volunteer, be outdoors, go adventuring, travel, watch movies and hang out with her Goldendoodle Luna. 

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