• The Express Employment Professionals Team

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    David Robb

    Director of Operations

    David Robb joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Operations. David initially joined Express as the Director of Marketing; overseeing all marketing, recruiting and communications. In 2020 he moved into the role of Director of Operations where he works closely with Janis Petrini, Owner/Operator, to run the business and oversee daily operations.

    Prior to Express Employment Professionals, David was the Director of Data Analysis at a top digital advertising agency, where he worked to provide customized marketing solutions to clients around the world. David is a graduate of Calvin College with Degrees in Marketing and Economics.

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    Casey Jankoska, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Director of Client Relations

    Casey Jankoska joined Express Employment Professionals in 2008 as the Client Relationship Manager. It is her goal to understand the needs of companies and to find specific solutions. Casey has previously served on the Board of Directors with the Association for Human Resource Management (AHRM) as President and is involved in many other community organizations. She received her PHR and SHRM-CP Certifications as she has a passion to help leaders in the Human Resource field.

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    Nic Dampier

    Marketing Manager

    Nic Dampier joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2020 as the Marketing Manager. As the Marketing Manager, Nic oversees and manages the Express brand for our local recruiting divisions, local training/consulting division, and online training presence. He is also responsible for the strategic direction as well as the development and implementation of marketing components and is responsible for the research and implementation of new marketing tools, resources, and platforms. In 2020 he moved his family back to Grand Rapids from Charlottesville, Virginia where he was employed as a Creative Arts Pastor for a large multi-site church. Nic also has a decade of experience free-lancing as a brand manager/content creator for several local and national clients.


    Nic is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Degree in Communication Management and is also a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Religious Program Specialist Petty Officer Second Class. His passions include his family, creative southern cooking, song-writing, deep belly laughs with friends, and developing/connecting people to their purpose in life.


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    Melissa Brandt

    Client Relationship Specialist

    Melissa Brandt joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2021 as the Client Relationship Specialist. She values her personal and professional relationships above all else and has spent over 10 years connecting with organizations across West Michigan and beyond to assist them with their sales, marketing and recruitment efforts. 


    Melissa is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Writing. In addition to her private sector work experience, Melissa is an active volunteer in the community, having served on committees for several non-profit organizations over the years.


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    Lorraine Medici

    Director of Training and Development

    Lorraine Medici joined Express Employment Professionals in 2014 as the Director of Training and Development Lorraine has extensive experience as a coach and workshop facilitator in the areas of leadership and team building, working closely with companies to strategize solutions that will impact long-term results in engagement and retention. She has successfully launched  Purpose-Driven Leadership Training , a series targeted at helping develop managers and leaders at all levels in manufacturing and other industries. Additionally, she facilitates the on-going training series,  Breakfast with Purpose, to bring current and relevant education to organizations. As a professional development coach, Lorraine also works alongside leaders and teams to overcome interpersonal or performance challenges. She is certified to train DISC, Situational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0), and an Associate Certified Coach and Master Practitioner for the ELI Assessment.

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    John Keuning

    Director of Manufacturing Training

    As Director of Manufacturing Training, John Keuning has a passion to put his 30 years of manufacturing and leadership experience to work for companies by providing both classroom training, virtual training, and on-site consulting. His goal is to help develop better leaders, engage workers, lower cost of goods, and increase profits for companies by arming teams with the tools necessary to be great agents of change. John's favorite place to be is on the plant floor working side-by-side with teams and leaders to find solutions to manufacturing questions.

    He has extensive experience in Lean manufacturing theory and implementation as well as helping new and advancing leaders understand the day-to-day work of being a leader. John has served multiple industries as a supervisor, Lean leader, product launch leader, production manager, plant manager, and director of manufacturing.

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    Ryan Williams

    Team Development Specialist

    Ryan Williams serves as a Team Development Specialist at Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids. He is a certified Everything DiSC facilitator and has his master's in organizational leadership from Cornerstone University. Ryan brings a wide variety of cross cultural leadership experience, having worked previously in Hong Kong and with Native American populations in Alaska. Most recently, Ryan has worked in higher education, developing and implementing training curriculum and programs across the organization.

    Ryan's passion and focus is for everyone to love the place they work. People who love their workplace, work harder and perform better. He brings a unique perspective in helping organizations evaluate their organizational culture, understand cross cultural dynamics, and implement strategies to create better leaders.


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    Lary Shoemaker

    Industrial Education Specialist Skilled Trades and Apprenticeships

    Lary Shoemaker has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the precision machining and advanced manufacturing industry and over 15 years working as an instructor in these areas. He is an expert trainer in the areas of precision machining, manufacturing basics, CAD/CAM, CNC, and Pre-engineering. 

    He began his career with Paragon Die and Engineering as a machinist apprentice and later became a journeyman machinist and master machine builder. Lary later held the position of Plant Manager at Highlight Industries where his responsibilities grew to include the management of mechanical and electrical engineering, purchasing, inventory, and quality.  During this time, Lary worked with the U.S. Dept. of Labor to develop the company's registered apprenticeship programs for machinist and welding.

    In 1997 Lary was hired by Grand Rapids Community College, Business and Technical Training group as a Training Specialist of manufacturing and precision machining. Since 1999 Lary has been teaching industrial education at Byron Center High School.  He was hired to teach and develop the fledgling industrial education program. He was instrumental in planning the new facility, specifying precision machines, CAD/CAM software, and curriculum development. His teaching load includes CAD, CAM, CNC, Drafting, Blueprint Reading and Pre-engineering.

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    Heather Merrick, MBA, SHRM-SCP

    Managing Director for Specialized Recruiting Group, an Express Employment Professionals Company

    Heather Merrick has over 15 years of experience in human resources related roles, with strong experience in talent acquisition, organizational and workforce development, employee engagement, HR policy development, and HR strategy. She joined Express Employment Professionals in 2015 and currently serves as the Managing Director for Specialized Recruiting Group, an Express Employment Professionals company to partner with client companies in providing HR solutions for recruiting and retaining top-notch talent, including training, workforce development, and recruitment strategies. Heather also provides consultation on HR policy development; best practices for employee engagement, organizational development, talent acquisition, and succession management; Veteran hiring, onboarding, and retention initiatives; and HR strategy for business success. Her recruiting experience includes manufacturing leadership, engineering, skilled trades, human resources, accounting/finance, sales & marketing, information technology, project management, administrative, medical, government, and non-profit roles.

    In addition to her private sector work experience, Heather served 7 years on active duty in the United States Army and is a certified SHRM Foundation Inclusion Captain for Veteran Hiring, Onboarding, and Retention initiatives. Her education includes a bachelor of business administration degree with a double major in human resources management and marketing; a master of business administration degree with a concentration in human resources; and she is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.

    Heather is also an active volunteer in the community, having served on the AHRM Board of Directors in Grand Rapids in a variety of roles since 2013 including being selected as President for 2022, Vice President for 2021; serving as the Director of Workforce Readiness for the MISHRM Council for 2020 and 2021; and serving on a Board Committee for Family Promise of Grand Rapids in 2020 and 2021. Previous volunteer experience includes Michigan Blood; American Red Cross (Board Committee); Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids; and Mosaic Film Experience.

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    Mina Stallworth

    Professional and Administrative Recruiter - Managing Director

    Mina Stallworth works in a cross-functioning capacity as the Managing Director of the administrative team as well as serving clients and candidates as one of the Professional Recruiters in the Specialized Recruiting Group.

    Mina joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2015 with over 10 years of retail management, administrative support, and administrative recruiting experience. While with Express, Mina has received multiple certifications in strategic recruiting techniques with an emphasis in accounting and finance and has been recognized as a top Administrative Recruiter out of over 800 offices worldwide.

    Mina is an enthusiastic and well-established recruiter with over 8 years of experience across a broad range of industries. Her recruiting experience includes operational leadership, accounting and finance, human resources, sales and account management, digital and traditional marketing, editorial, graphic design, hospitality, property management, project management, administrative, government, and non-profit.

    Mina takes pride in fostering relationship and successfully leading effective strategies to improve retention and cultural awareness through talent acquisition and management, behavioral interviewing, process improvement, strategic planning and individual development and coaching. 

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    Administrative & Medical Recruiter

    Grace joined the Express Employment Professionals team in January of 2020 as an administrative recruiter. She brings 8 years of call center experience, including staffing and management, as well as 4.5 years of medical office coordination. With a total of 12 years in customer service, matching people with potential careers is something that allows her to utilize her natural skillset. With her wealth of knowledge and love for helping people succeed, she actively works alongside her candidates to help transition them into entry-level administrative or customer service roles. Her mission is to empower candidates to grow in their career, and hopes to provide them with the tools and opportunity to do so. 

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    Kaylee Cooper

    Managing Director of Skilled Trades Recruiting and Apprenticeships

    Kaylee Cooper joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2020 as a Skilled Trades Recruiter, specializing in Industrial Maintenance, to help our clients identify top maintenance talent and solutions. She has over 5 years of experience working in human resources and has focused her career in recruiting for industrial maintenance in manufacturing from entry-level technicians, through licensed electricians, and maintenance leadership. Kaylee comes to Express from a Fortune 500 company where she was responsible for identifying maintenance talent for 25 facilities nationwide and has prior experience working in third party hiring as well. With a passion for manufacturing and processes, Kaylee's goal is to help our clients grow their maintenance teams to the next level with the best workforce, structured apprenticeships, lean consultation and strategic solutions. Kaylee completed her bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management locally at Davenport University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Lean Manufacturing from Kettering University in Flint. She is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer through the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

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    Wendy DeVries

    Talent Management Consultant

    Wendy DeVries joined Express Employment Professionals in 2005 and currently serves as a Talent Management Consultant.  Wendy's goal is to provide excellent customer service for the candidates and clients she serves. Wendy started with Express as the Front Office Coordinator and also was in charge of payroll for five years before moving into the Talent Management Consultant role. This experience enables her to take a lead role in helping our clients determine the best fit with the assessments that are used in qualifying candidates. Wendy's strong customer service orientation is supported with her background in owning a retail business for 10 years and working in ministry before joining the Express team.

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    Tracy Golden-Sanchez, CSP

    Talent Resource Partner

    Tracy Golden-Sanchez has been a valued staff member of Express Employment Professionals since 1998. She has served in various capacities, and is currently a Talent Solutions Specialist. Tracy has gained experience in staff management, sales, employee relations and recruitment since joining Express. Previously, she spent fifteen years in retail management and purchasing for a large national retail chain. Tracy has a passion and a heart to help people succeed. It gives her great satisfaction to know she has played a role in making a difference for both the company's and the employee's future. She motivates candidates as a job coach and draws upon her industry knowledge to help client companies find the right fit. Tracy has served on the Employer Advisory Board and volunteers with the Women's Resource Center. She also volunteers at several non-profit organizations conducting mock interviews, and providing coaching and mentoring for job search techniques. Tracy is a recipient of the Champion of Hope Award from Express Employment Professionals. This is a prestigious award given to those that embody the Express culture of community involvement and having a caring passion for people.

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    Workforce Solutions Specialist

    Theresa Drost joined Express Employment Professionals in 2007 as a Workforce Solutions Specialist and also serves as the Wellness Coordinator. Theresa brings a wealth of experience in Operations Management due to her many years of experience in the retail industry. Theresa's strong attention to detail and project management allow her to excel with custom orientations for clients and to ensure that candidates are set up for success. Theresa has participated with the 101 Best and Brightest Wellness Companies Award for Express Employment Professionals for the past seven years. She is chair of the Wellness Committee with a passion for health and fitness and helping people to be their best self. Theresa is motivated by helping people and companies to become healthier.

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    Zach Behling

    Talent Solutions Specialist

    Zach Behling joined Express Employment Professionals in 2006 and currently serves as a Talent Solutions Specialist. His goal is to help our candidates have the best customer service experience while looking for a job and putting them at ease. Zach is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a strong customer service background. He has experience of over ten years in the service industry and restaurant management. Zach is always willing to help and is a great asset to the Express Employment Professionals team.

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    Isaac Vis

    Talent Solutions Specialist

    Isaac joined Express Employment Professionals in 2019 as a Talent Solutions Specialist. Isaac brings over 5 years of staffing experience to the team. He also worked as a Career Counselor at a trade school and alternative high school as well as a Resident Director at Calvin University. Isaac considers helping people find meaningful employment his passion. His overall goal is to make sure each person he talks to has the right tools, coaching, and resources to be successful in whatever they are doing.

    Isaac is a 2011 graduate of Calvin University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. In his free time, Isaac enjoys singing and playing piano, playing golf and hockey, and is part of an improv team here in Grand Rapids.

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    Abby Long

    Talent Solutions Specialist

    Abby joined Express Employment Professionals in 2019 and currently serves as the Front Office Coordinator. For over 15 years, Abby has specialized in hospitality and customer service including Restaurant Management and Event Coordination. Over the years she has grown to love a fast pace environment that provides an opportunity to genuinely connect and serve those around her. Her goal at Express is to partner with candidates throughout the application and employment process to give them the best possible experience. She also serves on the Associate Relations Team, working to make sure all Express associates feel valued and appreciated. Abby has a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Photography from Madonna University and has also completed coursework from the Kendall College of Art & Design.




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    Avery Van Ess

    Talent Solutions Specialist

    Avery Van Ess joined the Express Employment Professionals team in 2021 as a Talent Solutions Specialist. She values a coaching and partnership relationship style with the candidates she serves. She enjoys being able to develop others and sees the potential to become more. She has spent the past 3 years dedicated to working with individuals with disabilities and college students. She also is an Americorps Alumni where she worked with 6th-8th grade students tutoring them in English and writing skills in Wilmington, Delaware.  Her main goal is to find creative, innovative solutions to be a bridge between the client's needs and associates' needs. 
    Avery is a graduate of Alma College with a degree in Communication with a focus on Community Outreach, Program Development, and Intercultural Relations. In addition to her service-oriented background, Avery enjoys group fitness, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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    Ana Nichols

    Training & Event Coordinator/Client Relations

    Ana Nichols joined Express Employment Professionals in 2017 as the Training and Event Coordinator/Client Relations. She has ten years of experience planning conferences, meetings, and special events for a Board of Directors from a non-profit organization. She started her career in 2007 after earning a Bachelor in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Resource from California State University of Fullerton. Her project management, along with strong organization skills and attention to detail have allowed her to be successful in planning hundreds of events. Ana's goal is to provide clients with the utmost professional care when attending an Express Training or Event.

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    Dee Brown

    Employee Engagement Coordinator

    Dee Brown joined Express Employment Professionals in 2018 as the Employee Engagement Coordinator. As a member of the Express Employment Professionals team, Dee's focus is working with community partners, associate relations, marketing and recruiting. Her goal is to provide resources to local organizations, manage promotional content, assist in attracting, engaging, and assessing potential employees. Dee is currently serving on the Board of Directors with Grand Rapids Young Professionals (GRYP), Business Leaders Linked To Encourage New Directions (BL²END) and is a mentor through Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation (GRCCT). With seven years of experience in sales and customer service, she has true a passion for helping others. Dee also gives back to the community through programs like Break Away and Bethany Christian services, helping to inspire youth to be their best.

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    Grant Stevens

    Recruiting Coordinator

    Grant joined Express Employment Professionals in 2019 as the Recruiting Coordinator. As a member of the Express Employment Professionals team, Grant serves the community by managing recruiting on all platforms. Grant received his bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Davenport University. He has several years of customer service and leadership experience and he exhibits a passion for helping people on and off the job. His goal is to be a leader in every area of his life and to spread love and positivity to the people he meets.

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    Olivia Flores

    Recruiting & Marketing Specialist

    Olivia joined Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids in 2021. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and has extensive experience in customer service, a passion for great and effective communication, and a commitment to helping people find success. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and watching football.

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    Melissa Peerbolt

    Front Office Coordinator/Guest Relations

    Melissa joined Express Employment Professionals in 2014 in the position of Front Office Coordinator / Guest Relations. She loves meeting new people and helping to create a Five-Star welcome for both our Clients and Associates. She brings over 20 years of experience in Customer Service and her career has included jewelry wholesales, HVAC office administration, and managing a premier salon and spa. Melissa is co-chair of the wellness committee and she brings a passion for celebrating life, health and all areas of wellness.

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    Alexis Barajas

    Front Office Coordinator

    Alexis joined Express Employment Professionals in 2021 as a Front Office Coordinator. She has several years of customer service and administration experience. Prior to Express Employment Professionals, she worked in the Commercial Real Estate industry in Dallas, Texas. Alexis is enthusiastic about working closely with members of the Grand Rapids community, providing them a first-class concierge experience. Her goal is to work hand in hand with the Staffing Consultants to find the best opportunities for our associates, ensuring they leave the office with a smile on their face and a new career.


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    Jeani Ransom

    Business Office Manager

    Jeani Ransom joined Express Employment Professionals in 2010 and is currently the Business Office Manager. Since working at Express, Jeani has experience working with our associates and clients as the Front Office Coordinator and Payroll Specialist with a goal to deliver exceptional service. Currently, her Associates Degree in Accounting helps her assist the owner with the activities of running the business. She has an extensive background in customer service and finances, having worked in the banking industry for over 12 years. She currently is very involved in her church youth program as well as the schools her children attend.

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    Aryn Warpehoski

    Payroll Coordinator

    Aryn Warpehoski joined Express Employment Professionals in 2015 as Payroll Coordinator Prior to working for Express, Aryn gained an extensive background in sales, finance, and customer service from working in various fields of the banking industry. Aryn is a graduate from Davenport University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. She also serves as the Board President for her neighborhood association and holds a Real Estate license. Aryn's goal is to provide clients and associates with accurate payroll and deliver exceptional service.

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    Tricia Szymanski

    Executive Assistant

    Tricia Szymanski serves as the Executive Assistant to the owner at Express Employment Professionals. She has a business degree from Davenport University and many years of administrative experience. Tricia's main priority at Express is to assist the owner in all aspects of the business.

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