Our Staff

  • Our Team    

    Lucas Priestley is a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 2004-2008 as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate. While stationed in San Diego California, he met a young lady who would become his wife. Lucas and Nichole have been married for 11 years, and have an 11-year-old daughter together. Her name is Charlotte. Since completing his service to the Navy, Lucas gained valuable experience in a variety of business and industry. From operating a Bed and Breakfast in his native Colorado, to developing a Coffee Company that now delivers to over 13 countries. 

    Lucas cites the time with the Coffee Company as one of the most pivotal in changing his business mindset. “I was blessed with the opportunity to work with, and learn from some heavy hitters in business. Being able to work with Mr. Smith (Rod Smith; Two-Time Super Champion with the Denver Broncos and self-made multi-millionaire), changed my entire mind set. Mr. Smith introduced me to the concept of ‘working harder on yourself than your job’. I did not really understand this at first. But it started the learning process for me, and I began to delve into self-development. I started studying, at Mr. Smiths’ suggestions: Napoleon Hill, Darren Hardy, Les Brown among others. And as the upgrade in my skills/mindset began to come through, a noticeable upward spike in our Coffee Business began to happen.”

    On August 7th 2017, Lucas joined the Express Employment Team here in Forest Lake. “The reason I decided to become a part of this team is the Leadership. Every organization rises or falls on Leadership, and this office has a phenomenal Owner that cares a great deal about people. And that’s important, because we’re looking to create impact within the community we live. We get to do that every day; by bringing together great Associates with great Local Companies. Every day, we help to create long-term solutions that impact our Team Members and our Businesses for the better. We treat our Associates as Team Members, not “temps”. My favorite part of every week; is handing out paychecks … and announcing ‘Associate of the Week’. We care a great deal about our Team Members, and my favorite aspect of this business … is celebrating them.” 

    Nichole Priestley has been with Express Employment Forest Lake since April of 2017, when she started as a Staffing Consultant. She later grew into a management role, and recently decided to pursue her love of recruiting again and become our office’s first Skilled Labor and Direct Hire Recruiter.

    Nichole says she loves what she does because, “I get to spend my time and effort truly making a difference in people’s lives. I really love both sides of what I do, from interviewing candidates to building relationships with the companies we work with, I get to help two separate entities achieve their goals. It’s so rewarding.”

    A Midwest native, Nichole grew up and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School in St. Croix Falls, WI. After spending 10 years living in CA and CO, she and her husband decided to plant roots for their daughter. They live nearby in Osceola, WI, where they enjoy family time at home and at their cabin near Frederic, WI.

    “I’m a local girl who loves serving her local community. If you’re in the market for a new career or you’re an employer looking for your next superstar employee, give me a call! I look forward to meeting you!” -Nichole Priestley

    Shauna Lasiuta spent the majority of her career running businesses, specifically financial institutions. She also had a stint running her own business called "Get Cooking", a make and take meal company with two locations.  Eventually Shauna sold out to her business partners and went back into banking, where she managed different locations for both Banks and Credit Unions.

    Shauna brings a good perspective to Express, relying on her years of management and understanding of employee needs.  She enjoys the challenge and satisfaction that comes from helping people find a position that is right for both them and the employer.

    Shauna and her husband Matt live in Chisago with their 5 kids.  In her free time Shauna and her family are extremely active with local sports and youth, specifically running the traveling basketball program and the Varsity Boys Basketball Booster Club. Shauna and Matt also enjoy Harleys, car rides and car shows in their Mustang, and boating, when time permits.

    Michael Lundgren enjoys the ability to help people become the best person they can in their career. Through his many different life experiences, Mike has learned that he appreciates the human element of companies the most.

    His favorite part of his job as Recruiting Specialist is learning about the interesting aspects and experiences of the different candidates he speaks with.

    Mike lives in Forest Lake with the mother of his children, Lisa, and their three kids. Mike enjoys playing hockey in a rec league, spending time with kids and family, and, when he can, watching Netflix. 

    Carlea Franzen joined Express in October, 2018, as the Front Office Coordinator and Payroll Specialist. Carlea’s background is in Human Resources and Customer Service. She also has a part-time gig selling Pull Tabs in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.  

    Striving for the best, Carlea’s bubbly personality and warm welcome will make you feel right at home here at Express. As "Office Quarterback" at the front desk, Carlea thoroughly enjoys helping others.

    “The face to face contact I get to have with our associates is valuable, especially on Friday’s when I get to hand them their paychecks that they worked hard for. Catching up every week with the same faces - and new ones - makes it all worthwhile.”

     Carlea, Drew, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sage, recently bought a house in Columbus, Minnesota. Carlea was born and raised up North in Brainerd, Minnesota. Carlea moved to Hugo 8 years ago and attended White Bear Lake Area High School, where she graduated in 2015.