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 gets 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

    Director of Account Development| Industrial-Partner

    Elisha has been working with the Express Kent office since May of 2006. Elisha's passion for Express led him to take a hiatus in June of 2016 to lead one of our Express franchises 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

    Transportation & Logistics Division Director | Partner

    David has been working with Express since March of 2007. He came to us with four years of prior sales and sales management experience. He works with the Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain division of our Specialized Recruiting Group . 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 grew up just five miles from our office! When he isn't at home with his beautiful wife and kids, David enjoys golfing and following the stock market. He also spends time as a member of the Transportation Club of Seattle and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.

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    Liana Nelson
    Liana Nelson

    Manager - Kent | Office Services Division Director

    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 hears 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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    Kelly Rosso

    Managing Director | Director of Sales & Operations

    Kelly Rosso started her career with Express as a member of the Platinum Level Kent, WA office nearly 10 years ago. She held a variety of roles within the Kent team with a primary focus on associate recruitment, retention, marketing, and relationship building. In 2015, she began working as a Developer Rep for Dawn Colston in the successful Pacific Northwest Region with a focus on operations, marketing, inside sales, and recruiting. In 2021, she began her role as Managing Director of the Seattle Metro SRG team and Director of Sales and Operations for the Kent, Seattle, and Seattle North territories. Kelly is passionate about building brand loyalty by creating a great associate experience.

    When Kelly isn't at work, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter and her husband. 

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    Sharon Van
    Sharon Van

    Payroll, Safety, & Benefits Manager

    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 traveling.

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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 has 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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    Leleana Fleming
    Leleana (Lilly) Fleming

    Employment Specialist – Skilled Trades

    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 has directed her into the staffing/recruiting world. 

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

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    Yasmine Gody

    Front Office Coordinator

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    Michael Lara

    Industrial Employment Specialist

    Michael has been working at Express Kent since October of 2021, as an Industrial Employment Specialist. He joined our team with a background in Management and has a bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Washington.


    Michael's great people and communication skills have had a huge influence on his path to success as an Employment Specialist here at Express. When asked what his favorite part about working with the Express Kent team he said, "My favorite part about working here is getting to meet and build relations with all types of people and personalities".


    When Michael is not at work he enjoys hiking, competitive gaming, and playing music. 

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    Patti Gitaka
    Patti Gitaka

    Lead Recruiting Specialist

    Patti joined our Express Kent Team 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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    Cindy Rickett

    Administrative Coordinator

    Cindy is our newest member of the Kent Team; she joined our team in February 2022 as the Administrator Coordinator. Cindy came to us with over 8 years of Administrative and Accounts Payable experience.

     Cindy was born in Missouri; however, she was raised in Kent. When she is not working hard in the office, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family. Fun Fact, Cindy makes the BEST breakfast burritos! She loves people interactions, so make sure to stop by and say Hello!

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