Meet Our Team at Express in Kent

  • Our Express Kent Team

    We're here to help you succeed in your career or in your company, and we know the only way to do that is together. Our team collaborates with each other and with you through each step of the hiring and placement process to help you be successful. We don't charge Job Seekers for our services and Employers who partner with us only pay when we make successful placements. No matter what you need in work, a workforce, or HR guidance/training, contact us today for no-obligation consultation with a team you can count on.

    Kent Express Employment Professionals

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  • Dawn Colston
    Dawn Colston

    Managing Partner

    Since 1997, Dawn has been a driven part of our team working hard to build an environment in which employees are diverse, passionate, and team oriented. Before coming to our Express office, she was a NCAA Women's Division I Volleyball Coach. With Dawn's competitive nature, she enjoys working at Express because she get to build great teams and leaders while helping people feel successful.

    While Dawn has lived all over the U.S., she grew up in South King County and decided to move back after earning her degree. She is very passionate about her local community and has served on several board of directors over the past decade. Currently, Dawn runs an elite youth volleyball program that competes nationally. When she isn't hard at work, Dawn enjoys traveling and experiencing different international cultures.

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    Elisha Arunga
    Elisha Arunga

    Partner / Managing Director - Industrial Division

    Elisha has been working with the Express Kent office since May of 2006. In June of 2016, he took a two year hiatus to lead our Anchorage team to success. Elisha values honesty and hard work. His fun-loving, yet competitive, nature shows proof of a good worker through his success in both offices.  

    When he isn't doing a great job running our industrial division, Elisha enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons as well as watching sports, playing basketball, reading, kayaking, and swimming.

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    David Lowe
    David Lowe

    Partner / Managing Director – Professional Services Division

    Since March of 2007, David Lowe has been striving for success here at Express! He came to us with four years of prior sales and sales management; however, his favorite part about working with Express has to do with, not sales, but matching great companies with great employees as well as working alongside our fantastic team!

    David has lived in Kent, WA his entire life and had even grown up just five miles from our office! When he isn't at home with his beautiful wife and kids, David enjoys to golf and following the stock market. He also spends time as a member of the Transportation Club of Seattle as well as the Transportation Club of Tacoma.

    David's strong will to succeed and refusal to fail makes him the perfect candidate for our office! 

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    Liana Nelson
    Liana Nelson

    Director of Office Services

    Liana has been an upbeat member of our Kent team since January of 2012. She came to us with 24 years of prior experience in the professional staffing industry, and has proven to be a valuable asset to our office ever since! Liana is a social butterfly. She believes that when it comes to her fellow co-workers here at Express, going to work is more like getting paid to hang out with friends. She believes the most heart-warming aspect of working with Express is when she gets contacted by past Job Seekers she had placed and hearing that they are still at the same job, but in a higher position, making her feel as if she is doing something right.

    Liana is anything but a homebody. When she isn't in the office or working with the Kent Chamber of Commerce, she enjoys traveling with her husband to places such as France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Together, they also take their boat or motor-home on getaways to places such as Desolation Sound and British Columbia.

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    Sharon Van
    Sharon Van

    Safety, Benefits, & Payroll Coordinator

    Kent employees would describe Sharon as Detail-oriented, diligent, personable, organized, and overall, friendly! Her previous customer service, retail, management, and HR experience has made her a very valuable member of our Kent staff since May of 2007.

    Originally born in Denver, Sharon moved here right before her entrance into the 6th grade. When she isn't busy as an Express Employee, Sharon enjoys to travel.

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    Kathleen Davis
    Kathleen Davis

    Business Developer

    Kathie has been working at Express since August of 2018.  She was a Realtor before becoming a Business Developer, and knows that dedication and hard work are essential for success .  What she loves about working at Express is that it is a family oriented atmosphere, and a fast paced company. 

    Kathie was born and raised in Southern California, where she earned her degree in Psychology from UCLA before moving to the PNW.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, taking long walks and attending sporting events.  

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    Daniel Brickman
    Daniel Brickman

    Skilled Trades Manager

    Daniel is a born and raised Kent/Covington resident who decided to join us here at Express Kent because he liked the idea of working in a fast paced environment and being able to help people find a job that will help them further in their lives. Daniel is a very hard working individual, he is dedicated to achieving results and enjoys working in an environment where he can have fun. Before joining our team, Daniel had 7 years of experience in the management department of Costco as well as 6 months of merchandising with Pepsi.

    Daniel is an admirer of the summer when he can enjoy various outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, longboarding, swimming, and bbqing.

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    Leleana Fleming
    Leleana Fleming

    Industrial Employment Specialist

    Leleana also known as Lilly, has been with Express since August of 2020. She is a Californian native who has made the climb up north into Washington State for the last 8 years. Lilly attended Olympic College in Bremerton, WA where she went to school for Legal Studies. Her prior history in Business Administration and her passion for helping others have directed her into the staffing/recruiting world. 

    When Lilly is not in giving interviews or scheduling shifts, she enjoys hiking in the great outdoors and snowboarding! Did we mention Lilly is a excellent baker? Ask about her cupcakes and she might just make some. 


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    Charles Mowrey
    Charles Mowrey

    Brand Manager

    Charles is sort of a swiss army knife. Filling in wherever he can has made him into a go-to person for Express. He started at Express in February of 2021. He mainly focuses on the marketing / digital marketing fields, but has a hand in a little of everything. Charles is a Washington State native who spent his first 23 years here before packing everything up, selling his cars and moving to Hawaii. Years later after his return back to Washington State, a couple of his friends convinced him to give Express a shot and to this day he has remained with the company!

    In his free time Charles enjoys traveling, snowboarding, camping, building cars, mountain biking, and pretty much anything outdoors in warm beach like weather. 

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    Lizette Harris

    Front Office Coordinator

    Lizette sits front and center in our office as the front desk office coordinator greeting and assisting our associates. She has lived in Washington for the past 21 years and just recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Social Work. With a passion for helping anyone and everyone she spends her time volunteering with youth groups and social activist committees.

    When Lizette is not working or doing homework, she likes to spend time with friends and family, create art, read and travel the world going as far as Germany and Switzerland.


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    Patti Gitaka
    Patti Gitaka

    Recruiting Specialist

    Patti is the newest addition to the Kent Express Family. She started in August of 2021 with zero background in the staffing/recruiting world. Her amazing attitude and bubbly personality have allowed Patti to grow exceptionally and make personable connections with all of our staff and employees. Patti attended Everest College in Tacoma where she went to school for Massage Therapy and has been able to apply therapeutic tactics in her everyday life.

    Patti enjoys going on random road trips with friends, Listening to afro-beats and reggae music, and visiting the Asian Countries of Japan and South Korea. Did we mention Patti is fluent in English and Swahili? 

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