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.

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 Zeller

Megan Zeller

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.

Isabel Frassato

Isabel Frassato

Director of Client Relations - Marion, IL
Team Member since September 2020

Isabel is a Southern Illinois Native born and raised right here in Marion. In high school, Isabel learned customer service skills at a young age while working at a locally owned pet food and supply store. Isabel went away to college at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee where she majored in Business Administration and has a minor in Music Business. While at Belmont, Isabel interned at two different large companies in the entertainment industry. She also was very involved in student leadership on campus and held multiple leadership positions in different student organizations. Isabel moved back to Marion after college and started working at Priority Staffing soon after that. When she is not working she loves to travel, read, and write for her personal blog.

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

Ashley was born and raised in Carterville Illinois and currently resides there with her husband and two children. She moved away for six years while her husband was in the Navy in California. After returning, Ashley was a head bank teller for a local bank. She then worked in the health industry for five years before coming to Priority Staffing Group. Ashley is an animal lover and has an 11 year old Miniature Pincher. In her free time, Ashley is kept busy keeping up with her daughter’s year round travel softball.

Lexi Goins

Lexi Goins

Account Manager - Marion, IL
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.

Samantha Vicenzi

Samantha Vicenzi

Office Coordinator - Marion, IL
Team Member since September 2020

Samantha was born and raised in Jonesboro Illinois. Her and her husband recently moved to the Lake of Egypt area. Before coming to Priority Staffing Group she worked in the medical field as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Samantha brings many of those same qualities to Priority Staffing Group like customer service and organizational skills. She is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in Health Information Management at Purdue University Global. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, spending time with her four pets, going on walks/running and reading.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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.

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!