Marion, Illinois

Gail Barger Lannom

Gail Barger Lannom

President, CEO

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.

Heather Goines - Evans

Heather Goines - Evans

Vice President, COO

Heather is a Southern Illinois native with a passion for career development and strategic placement with 15 years of recruiting experience. After many years in the industry, she become a business owner and partner of Priority Staffing Group, LTD in 2010. Success from that allowed her to expand with Priority Payroll Company in 2012, then again in 2015 with Priority Professional Group. Heather has worked with many different industries, becoming versatile in a wide range of professions, including Accounting/Finance, Engineering, Management, Manufacturing, and Operations/Logistics. She is a member of the Illinois Department of Labor Advisory Board since 2013 and she received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Certificate from Southern Illinois University in 2009.

Carlos Tanner

Carlos Tanner

Secretary/Treasurer, CFO

Carlos works with other officers to manage total business operations.He is a Certified Public Accountant and manages all finance business as well as governmental reports and tax preparation. He oversees all bookkeeping and financial needs. Carlos is President of Tanner, Cagle, & Johnson LLC.

Emily Melvin

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.

Staci Gooden

Staci Gooden

Director of Client Relations - Marion, IL
Team Member since November 2018

Staci is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Carbondale with a Bachelor degree in Workforce Education and Development. She uses her experience in human resources and marketing to build lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with clients. Staci’s background in workforce education, paired with her passion for helping people, enables her to assist Southern Illinois industries to grow, expand and compete in the labor market. In her spare time, Staci loves to refurbish furniture and spend time with her husband, Zach, and their five pets, Toby, Boomer, Ruger, Remington and Maleficent.

Megan Jones

Megan Jones

HR Director/Direct Hire Placement Manager - Marion, IL
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 and has spent the last 17 years in the field. She now has a broad range of experience in many industries such as banking and finance, manufacturing and engineering, as well as health care, which helps her manage our Direct Hire Placement department at Priority Staffing Group. Megan is involved in numerous organizations in Southern Illinois and is committed to working in our community.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

Finance Manager - Marion, IL
Team Member since November 2019

Jessica has deep roots in Southern Illinois as a Marion native. She attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2010. Before joining Priority Group, she worked for three years as a Compliance Auditor for a local healthcare conglomerate. Prior to her time in healthcare, Jessica worked alongside her family in the automotive industry. She brings this experience to Priority Group to help further the growth of the business. She chose this job because it keeps her close to home with her family, while helping her community that she loves. When not in the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls, reading, traveling and being a sports mom.

Brandy Clarida

Brandy Clarida

Account Manager - Marion, IL
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.

Ashley Carr

Ashley Carr

Account Manager - Marion, IL
Team Member since January 2020
Gabby Williams

Gabby Williams

Account Manager - Marion, IL
Team Member since April 2019

Tonya Slater

Tonya Slater

HR Assistant - Marion, IL
Team Member since May 2019
Lexi Helm

Lexi Helm

Front Office Coordinator - Marion, IL
Team Member since September 2019

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Julie Simpson

Julie Simpson

Front Office Coordinator - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since September 2017

Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design from O’More College of Design in 2014. She worked in retail for three years where she gained experience providing outstanding service to every customer. As Office Coordinator, Julie transfers her exceptional service experience to Priority Group’s clients and employees. She also brings in her design background to help develop our candidate marketing strategies. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, Hunter, their dog, Rebel and cat, Fancy.

Lisa Tracy

Lisa Tracy

Account Manager - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since November 2019

Lisa has deep roots in the Middle Tennessee area. Originally from California, she has called Murfreesboro home for the last 20 years. As the Account Manager at Priority Staffing Group, she is thrilled to be part of an industry where she can pour into the people and businesses of Middle Tennessee. Immediately out of high school, she began a 12 year career in restaurant management and operations, discovering the personal and professional rewards of investing in people, of all ages and backgrounds, for a common goal of success. Her innovative approach and growing knowledge in hiring engagement, training, development, and retention of staff, allow her to serve as a long lasting partner to applicants and companies. Lisa and her husband enjoy music and creativity - often writing, recording, and performing musical projects with family and friends.

Liz Pitmon

Liz Pitmon

Director of Client Relations - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since July 2019

Liz grew up in Dickson, just outside of Nashville. She studied Elementary Education at Austin Peay State University. While in school, she worked as a Relationship Manager in the financial services industry and discovered her love for working with people. That pivoted her career to brand marketing in the automotive industry for 10 years and project management in the print industry for 12 years. After two years in operations management in the financial services industry, she came to Priority Group for a job with more client focus. Liz loves helping others, which makes her an excellent Director of Client Relations. She is married and has a 17-year-old son.

Candice Crane

Candice Crane

Account Manager - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since January 2020

Candice was born and raised in the small town of Pulaski, TN, about 80 miles south of Murfreesboro. She comes from a blended family with three sisters and two amazing sets of parents. She moved to Murfreesboro for college, and ended up making it her home. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Business Management. Most of her work experience has been in leasing and restaurant management. She thrives in work environments where she can connect and engage with people.

Candice is getting married in October. Her and her fiancé, Jacob, have two dogs, Max and Beau. On her time off, Candice is studying to be a yoga teacher and providing ESL (English as a Second Language) to children in China. She also enjoys reading books, cooking, and making her own soaps and lotions!