Our Staff

  • Our Team

    Afiya Latham - Owner

    Afiya has been a long-term resident of Southwest Michigan and she’s been with the Express team since January 2016. Her passion is helping people reach their career objectives and perform at an optimal level of professionalism. Her goal is to go home every day knowing that the efforts she put in throughout the day mattered.

    Afiya provides administrative, commercial and professional placements, and consistently maintains a positive rapport with both her clients and local businesses. She is a "match-maker" in a sense, supporting the community by helping local businesses find great people, and by providing people with suitable jobs to help them move forward with their career goals. In addition to these duties, Afiya facilitates an educational program through Express called Job Genius, which is designed to teach young adults how to successfully enter the workforce. With an ever-present smile, Afiya is changing lives and careers one person at a time!

    Ryan Smith - Owner

    Ryan joined Express Employment in August of 2015, after 6 years in the Fitness Industry. As a Professional Recruiter, it will be Ryan’s task to provide our clients with the service and expertise of recruiting and attracting top talent for job openings that could include: Engineering, Accounting, Sales, Management, Office Personnel, and Skilled Trades. Ryan knows the value of having Quality Employees who are skilled in their field. 

    Before Express he managed and lead an organization from 1 employee to more than 15 who provided fitness consulting services to more than 5 locations in Western Michigan. Without the right people, no business can be successful. It’s all about connecting the right people with the right position at the right company. Ryan is excited to tackle the recruiting challenge many of our companies face daily. He is passionate about helping local companies find great people no matter where they might come from.

    Ryan enjoys raising his 4 children with his wife Rebecca, and in his spare time he enjoys playing sports, video games, and board games with his family and friends. 

    Laura Martin - Marketing & Recruiting Manager

    Trisha Lorencz - Front Office Coordinator

    As a Director of First Impressions, Trisha keeps the daily flow of the office in order. She explains to job seekers the Express hiring process, calls applicants, schedules appointments while maintaining a clean and friendly environment. Trisha makes sure both associates and clients receive professional service and attention by connecting inbound phone calls to other staff and handling inquiries about Express. 

    Elena Rockette - Staffing Consultant

    Elena joined the Express team in August 2016 as a Staffing Consultant. Before joining our office, Elena worked for Express Headquarters in Oklahoma. Elena's primary goal is filling job orders from clients, connecting with associates to find their ideal work environment based on their work history and skill set, while making sure her clients are satisfied with our services.  

    In her free time, she loves being around her family and friends. She is an advocate for women in her community and is the leader of a Ministry called Restored to Love. She feels blessed to be a part of the Express family in St. Joseph, MI. 

    Angel Pruiett - Staffing Consultant 

    Angel joined the Express team in June 2017, where she enjoys helping people find good jobs, and companies find top talent. Angel's goal is to help make a difference in the community by serving those in need of a lifelong career. The determination from Angel is a skill that benefits our clients and associates by assuring the best fit possible for their culture. Angel enjoys skydiving, kayaking, skiing and beach days with her husband, 2 children, and 3 dogs. 

    Candace Harte - Staffing Consultant

    Candace joined the Express team in August 2018 as an Intake Coordinator.  

    Kelly Butler - Intake Coordinator