Our Staff

Marion, IL Office Staff

Here to assist you, every step of the way.


Gail Barger

Owner & President

Gail was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She has a 25-year background and passion for sales and professional business services. She gained knowledge and understanding by working in sales, retail, wholesale, distribution, employee leasing, professional employer organization, payroll services, and employment service industries. In 2010, she joined her two partners and opened Priority Staffing Group with much success. In 2012, they added Priority Payroll Co. and in 2015, she added Priority Professional Group to her portfolio as well. Gail excels at building relationships and is a very active member of the community, including memberships in SIPMA (Southern Illinois Professional Management Association) Executive Board and Marion Chamber of Commerce.
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Emily Melvin

Director of Staffing - Marion, IL

Team Member since September 2013

Emily is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor in Education. Emily’s past teaching experience transferred well to Human Resources by providing coaching and mentoring to our applicants on interview and communication skills. Emily’s ability to prepare our applicants for their future career paths establishes a higher quality applicant for our clients. She has also been able to use her experience to manage our staffing team in the Marion office. Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, photography and relaxing summer days on her Grandmas front porch.
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Megan Zeller

Human Resources Director

Team Member since May 2015

Megan grew up in Carterville, Illinois and started her first professional job soon after high school. She quickly worked her way up the ranks to a career in Human Resources. Megan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Development and has spent the last 25+ years working in the field of Human Resources. Megan obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2003 and later obtained her SHRM-CP certification as well. She now has a broad range of experience in many industries such as banking and finance, manufacturing and engineering, as well as health care. Megan is involved in numerous organizations in Southern Illinois and is committed to working in out community.
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Brandy Clarida

Account Manager

Team Member since June 2014

Brandy is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Masters in Social Work. Brandy brings her knowledge and experience for understanding situations that relates directly to Human Resources. She has a passion for helping individuals succeed in the workforce and using their acquired skill sets to better our communities, so she excels at providing top talent for multiple industries and in the field of her expertise. Her background in Social Work allows her to really connect with our employees and successfully place them in job matches. When she’s not assisting others on their career path, Brandy enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends.
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Lexi Goins

Account Manager

Team Member since September 2019

Lexi was born and raised in Southern Illinois in the small town of New Grand Chain. Before coming to Priority Staffing Group Lexi worked in the health insurance industry ensuring quality service. When coming to Priority Staffing Group Lexi brought that attribute with her and moved from the Office Coordinator position to an Account Manager role within a year. When she is not working she likes to spend time with her husband and two dogs, Emmy and Nala.
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Danielle Elam


Danielle was born on a military base in Europe but has lived in Marion, Illinois most of her life. Before joining PSG, Danielle spent the last 10 years in a variety of healthcare settings. Danielle enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends. She loves to travel, the beach and being a sports mom and enjoys helping others.
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Cashmere Hutson

Office Coordinator

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