Marion, Illinois Office

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.

Lindzey Barger

Lindzey Barger

Business Development - Southern Illinois
Team Member since December 2014

Lindzey grew up in Sevierville, TN and started in sales at the young age of 14. Over the years, she has become passionate working in the field of Business Development. Now, with a little over 20 years in sales experience and specialization in Event Coordinating and Business Development, she brings her knowledge and experience to Priority Staffing Group. Lindzey is an active member of the community, being a member of the Marion, Herrin, and Harrisburg Chambers of Commerce, a committee Member of the Southern Illinois Chili Cook-off, Co-Founder of the Annual Lusk Creek BBQ Festival, a member of SIPMA (Southern Illinois Professional Management Association), and the Board Director for Southernmost Tourism.

Celesta Bowers

Celesta Bowers

Finance Manager - Marion, IL
Team Member since April 2017

Celesta grew up in Marion, IL and was the first in her family to graduate college. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Masters of Accountancy, Audit/Systems from Southern Illinois University. Before joining Priority Group, she worked for three years as a Cost Accountant and three years as an Accountant for doctors and hospitals. 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. When not in the office, Celesta enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, volunteering at the Boyton Street Community Center, traveling and taking pictures.

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.

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.

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.

Stephanie Nguyen

Stephanie Nguyen

Front Office Coordinator - Marion, IL
Team Member since July 2018
Angela Tessone

Angela Tessone

Account Manager - Marion, IL
Team Member since June 2016

Angela grew up in Southern Illinois and studied education at John A Logan College. She worked three years in the medical field before deciding to transition her career into the manufacturing workforce. She gained several years of knowledge in management while working with a diverse population. Bringing her experience and passion for helping others and working with the public to Priority Staffing Group, she is now preparing individuals for the workforce. Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters when she’s not at work.

Leah Tinault

Leah Tinault

Director of Safety & Benefits - Marion, IL
Team Member since November 2014

Leah brings 10+ years of direct healthcare administration experience to Priority Staffing Group. Previously a Program Manager, she gained extensive knowledge in multiple state and federal programs including the Affordable Care Act. Her experience as an Affordable Care Act Navigator with Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation paired with many training hours has given her an expertise in very complicated areas of business. Outside of work, Leah enjoys spending time with family and attending her children’s sporting events.

Vandalia, Illinois Office

Kara Metzger

Kara Metzger

Director of Operations - Vandalia, IL
Team Member since August 2014

Kara graduated Eastern Illinois College with a Bachelor in Education. She spent 10+ years teaching and then two years working as an adviser at the college level prior to joining Priority Staffing Group. She brings her experience working with a diverse population and she excels at preparing our youth for the workforce. Kara is acting secretary for the Rotary Club of Vandalia, an executive board member of the Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, and the United States Bowling Congress. When not busy with work and community events, Kara enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee Office

Liz Sawyer

Liz Sawyer

Director of Operations and Marketing - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since January 2017

Liz is a Middle Tennessee State University alumna with a Bachelor degree in Journalism. She uses her experience in writing and communications to promote our company and lead our corporate marketing department. She also provides our applicants with resume revisions, job interview tips and coaching. Her background in management, combined with her passion for helping people, contributes to her efforts as Director in Priority Staffing Group’s Tennessee office. Outside of work, Liz loves traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband, Matthew, and their Great Danes, George and Violet.

Angel Davenport

Angel Davenport

Business Development - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since March 2018

Angel, originally from the outskirts of Nashville, embraces her southern roots and values genuine hospitality, making her an expert client relations specialist. She received her degree in cosmetology, then pursued her administrative/business education at Middle Tennessee State University. Angel has been working in sales and business management for the past seven years in a wide variety of industries, including beauty, creative arts and real estate. She enjoys spending time with family, exercising, reading and serving at her church and other local ministries.

Ally Farlow

Ally Farlow

Account Manager - Murfreesboro, TN
Team Member since January 2017

Ally, originally from Southern Illinois, is currently pursuing a degree at Middle Tennessee State University. She brings six years of sales and customer service experience to Priority Group and loves that her time in insurance and event sales led her to this opportunity, where she’s able to meet people from so many different walks of life. Outside of work, Ally spends her free time with her husband and their two sons. They enjoy traveling and having new experiences together.

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 customer service experience. While working at Nordstrom Rack, Julie won 4th Quarter All-Star for providing outstanding service to every customer. As Front Office Coordinator, Julie plans to transfer her exceptional service experience to Priority Group’s clients and employees. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Hunter, and their dog, Rebel.