• Meet Our Team!

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    Amy Martin

    Training and Development Manager

    Amy joined the Express Team in June 2017 as an Office Services Recruiter and now handles the internal training for our team and external trainings for our Clients and Community Partners. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University, and was a teacher for many years.  Her experience includes retail management recruiting and training and NPO business development and event coordination. Amy loves melding her previous experience into her role with Express. With community service being a passion, she proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Turning Point and Stateline SHRM, sits on planning committees for the McHenry County Disability Job Fair, McHenry County Mfg. Pathways Consortium and Annual SHRM DEI Roundtable, and participates in community trainings through MCWN Step Forward program, MCC LIGHT transition education, PADS of Elgin, Pioneer Center, and several school districts. Amy's very favorite thing to do is spend time doing anything outdoors or crafty with her family, they are the foundation of everything for her.

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    Marcela Lopez
    Marcela Lopez

    Office Manager

    Marcela joined our team in September of 2018 as an Onboarding Coordinator. However, with her background in recruiting and customer service, she quickly found herself in the position of Employment Specialist for the Light Industrial Division, where she spent close to 3 years on that role before transitioning to the Leadership team as an Office Manager. Marcela spends a significant amount of time juggling between audits, meetings with team members, and successfully implementing new strategies to better improve the productivity of our office. Helping others has always been a passion of Marcela’s and working at Express helps her to live her dream. When she is not working, Marcela enjoys reading and spending time with her dog, Archie, family and friends.

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    Debbie Cronin

    Front Office Coordinator

    Debbie came to Express in January 2016 as our Front Office Coordinator and has become a staple to our North Kane office. In addition to being our Front Office Coordinator, Debbie helps to keep us organized and on track. Before Express, Debbie was an Assistant Manager for 10 years at AmeriCenter Executive Office Suites. In her spare time Debbie likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to travel, read and golf.

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    Carrie Michelsen

    Professional Recruiting - Accounting & Finance

    Carrie joined the Express team in February 2022. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Trinity International University.  Prior to joining Express, she was working as a Purchasing Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her husband, 2 sons, and her golden doodle, Finley.

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    Kyle Copeland
    Kyle Copeland

    Professional Recruiter - Engineering

    Kyle joined the Express Team in June of 2022. Prior to Express, Kyle graduated from Augustana College in 2020 and landed a job as a customer service representative/account manager where he worked for 18 months. He found his passion in building/retaining customer relationships and simply helping others. Kyle represents ambivert qualities which allows him to be very flexible in his decision making and handling certain situations. In his free time, Kyle enjoys sports, playing softball, video games and working out. 

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    Carlene Choinski

    Professional Recruiting – Accounting & Finance, HR

    Carly joined the SRG team last Summer and comes from a professional background in sales, operations and management. Carly loves to multitask and stay busy which is a perfect fit for the recruiting field! She is passionate about creating relationships with both her candidates and clients to find the best possible outcome for both parties.  In her spare time, Carly likes to travel to new places, spend time with friends and family, get outside, and be active.

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    Ruby Garcia

    Professional Recruiting - Industrial Leadership

    With five years of light industrial recruiting experience, Ruby rejoined our Express team in February of 2022. She is a very nurturing person, with a strong passion for helping others. When not helping associates find their perfect job, Ruby enjoys spending time with her son, watching movies and traveling.

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    Jim Scott

    Professional Recruiting - IT

    Jim joined our team in 2023 as a Professional Recruiter in our Specialized Recruiting Group. He is responsible for direct placement/full time IT placement on the SRG team. He has extensive IT recruitment experience in his former positions, helping individuals find work both locally and nationwide. Jim is passionate about placing the right person into the right culture; always focused on a long-term win-win for client and candidate. Outside of work, Jim enjoys sports, exercising and spending time with his family.

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    Adam Turner

    Business Development - Skilled Trades

    After 13 years in Atlantic City as a poker dealer and supervisor, Adam wanted something different. He moved to Illinois to live with his girlfriend after two years in a long distance relationship. Wanting to expand on his customer service background, he applied with Express on a whim, unaware of even the existence of staffing firms. He was drawn to the position of employment specialist because it mentioned the ability to help people. Since starting this position in June of 2021, he is extremely pleased he stepped into a career with so much potential for growth. He has actually been a rapper putting out music for the past 4 years, too! He enjoys reading, working out, especially running, and playing Xbox with his girlfriend.

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    Kelly Kontaxis

    Specialized Recruiter - Skilled Trades

    Kelly rejoined the Express team at the end of 2021 after taking some time off to spend with her two young boys. With almost nine years in retail management and 15 years in customer service, Kelly's true passion is helping others. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, drawing and painting, and loves attending concerts and music festivals. She is so excited to be a part of the Express team, again!

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    Celeste Ward

    Search and Contract Specialist - Administrative

    Celeste comes from a professional staffing and recruiting background, but has dabbled in retail and sales. Her passion is serving customers and solving problems. Celeste aims to leave our clients and associates satisfied after each interaction, whether in-person or over the phone. When Celeste is not serving our office, she is mothering two children, singing or advocating for mental health awareness.

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    Karina Alegre
    Karina Alegre

    Employment Specialist - Light Industrial

    Karina started working for Express in April of 2022. She was previously working in the recruiting field for over a year prior, and came to work for our company to continue to learn, grow, and help others. In her free time, Karina likes traveling, spending time with family, and binge watching new shows on any stream platform. 


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    Jeici Magana

    Recruiting Specialist/Onboarding Coordinator - Light Industrial

    Jeici joined our team in September 2021 as a Light Industrial Employment Specialist. She just recently moved into our Recruiting Specialist/Onboarding Coordinator role and is such a huge asset! She enjoys helping people. She targets to develop her personality and knowledge with Express in order to help others and become a better version of herself. Jeici likes spending time with her family and friends. She also loves art in addition to eating and watching movies.

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    Becca Pearson

    Accounts Receivable/Payroll Administrator

    Becca joined the Express team in April of 2017. Prior to starting at Express, Becca worked at Family Video for six years. There she found her passion of wanting to help others. Starting off as an Onboarding Coordinator at Express, Becca helped to support our Onsite Managers and quickly grew into an Employment Specialist. After a few short months, Becca found her true calling in the Payroll Department and began her payroll journey in January 2018.  This role includes many hats and keeps her very busy but she loves that she gets to make a difference every day. Outside of work Becca enjoys reading and playing with her dogs, Tinker Belle & Pepper Oni.


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    Sarah Elliott

    Key Accounts & Marketing Manager

    Sarah has been with Express since September of 2018. Sarah started off as a Front Office Coordinator for the Express office located in Bellingham, WA. In March of 2019 she moved back home to Illinois and joined our team as a Light Industrial Employment Specialist. In January of 2023, she took on the Key Accounts and Marketing Manager Role. She prides herself in building and maintaining client relationships and satisfaction. During her down time, Sarah enjoys making unforgettable memories with her two year old and shopping.

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