Express Employment Professionals – Mohawk Valley, NY | 118 Columbia Street, Suite 103 The Landmarc Building Utica, NY 13502


Our Team

John Calabrese


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The Mohawk Valley Express Employment Professionals office was opened on August 12, 2013 by owner John Calabrese and his wife Lori. John has over 20 years of business experience locally, as well as in the U.S. and in International markets. He has extensive experience in building teams and new organizations in the U.S., Asia, Eastern Europe and Emerging Markets. His passion is developing people and highly engaged teams.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to come back home and work in the community in which Lori and I live with our children. It is our mission to serve the local businesses and people of the Mohawk Valley with the highest level of service and professionalism. Our team is fully dedicated to helping as many great people as possible to find jobs and helping our outstanding local businesses find the workers that they need to support their operating plan goals.”


Lori Calabrese

Owner - Staffing Consultant

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Lori was born and raised in Utica, NY and attended Notre Dame High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. John Fisher College and has over twenty years of experience in both the Public and Private sectors. Lori is the co-owner of the Utica/Rome Express Employment Professionals franchise. She began her career with the New York State Department of Labor and the Workforce Development Program, where she assisted workers in finding good jobs and local businesses with identifying talent. She also spent over ten years in city government as a Economic Development Specialist and has strong ties to the local business community.

Most recently, Lori established herself as a strong grant writer and community developer, working with organizations such as Utica College and Faxton-St. Lukes Hospital. She brings strong local business experience to the Express team. Lori currently resides in New Hartford with her husband John and three sons.

Jacki Vitullo

Client Consultant

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Jacki was born and raised in Utica, NY and attended Proctor High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Cortland and began her career as a Campaign Manager for then Oneida County Executive Raymond Meier’s successful run for NY State Senate. She spent the next three years campaigning and fundraising for Senator Meier and also ran two successful $4M campaigns for the United Way. In 1999, Jacki transitioned to the Pharmaceutical Industry as a Senior Sales Representative. She spent twelve years in the industry and earned several awards for sales excellence and new product launches.

Most recently, she was the Director for the Go Red For Women Campaign and Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. Jacki currently resides in New Hartford with her husband John and two children.

Cathy A. Beane, PHR, PRC

Senior Staffing Consultant

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Cathy A. Beane, PHR, PRC has over 15 years of recruiting experience. She received her AIRS Professional Recruiter Certification in 2012.  She also has held a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR) since 2006. She moved to Express Employment Professionals from the Utica National Insurance Group. She is a member of the Mohawk Valley Society for Human Resources as well as a national member. Cathy is a graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College and resides in New Hartford, New York with her husband and two children.


Janet Desens, BSN, RN

Healthcare Recruiting Consultant

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Janet Desens, BSN, RN – recently joined the Express Employment team as a Healthcare Recruiting Consultant. Janet holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Utica College and an Associate Degree in Nursing from MVCC. Her nursing career began at Faxton-Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse. Janet earned designations as Certified Disability Management Specialist and Certified Case Manager while working in the insurance field. She recently dedicated ten years of her nursing career at Utica National Insurance as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She is currently employed in School Health Services at OHM BOCES and is a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. Janet is a member of the Utica College Alumni Council, American Nurses Association, and Mohawk Valley Wellness Council and brings a wealth of experience in the field of Nursing to the Express team.


Stephanie Bush

Staffing Consultant

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Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Syracuse University in Hospitality and Food Service Management. After college, Stephanie became a Manager in the hospitality industry. She then decided to go in a different direction and entered the Human Resources/Recruitment industry. Stephanie has worked in the staffing industry for seven years and she came to work for Express in December 2015.

John Calabrese Jr.

Staffing Consultant

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John Jr. was born and raised in New Hartford, NY and attended New Hartford Senior High School. He recently earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SUNY IT. John Jr. started working at Express when it first opened in 2013 and he was recently promoted to Staffing Consultant.

Jeffrey Pierce

Staffing Consultant

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Jeffrey was born and raised in Clinton, NY and attended Clinton Senior High School. He recently earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Utica College in Business Management. In August of 2015, Jeffrey began his internship at Express which later led to a full time position as a Staffing Consultant.

Lisa Orlando

Front Office Coordinator

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Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Robert Morris College in Business Administration/Administrative Management. After college, Lisa began her career as a Sales Representative at Nabisco. Her sales career continued for an additional nine years as an Account Executive at Kraft General Foods. After returning to work from raising her children, she came to work for Express in 2015.

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