Meet The Team!
Nanci FieldsCEO and President
Mary Jane SorrellChief Operations Officer
Andrew SmithMarketing Guy
Ashley HallingquestBranch Administrator
Barbara GreeneSafety Specialist
Cindy SwannAdministrative Assistant
Crystal JohnsonRegional Account Manager
Debbie St. MarkClient Relations Specialist
Haleigh MarcoliniRelationship Navigator
Karen SmithHuman Resources Manager
Lisa GodwinRegional Account Manager
Lori GerbrachtBranch Administrator
Smith RichardsonRegional VP of Sales
Sue EllisonPayroll/Billing Specialist
Suzanne YoungCorporate Administrator
Tamiqua HandschkeBranch Administrator
CEO and President
Nanci began working with GPS at the age of 18 as a part-time clerk while attending college. Little did she know that part-time job would turn into a life-long career in staffing. She was promoted through the ranks to eventually land as the CEO and President in 2017.
Nanci was blessed with role models who molded her into a servant leader, willing to give of herself such that others may thrive. Nanci understands the workings of GPS from all perspectives and possesses a unique ability to evaluate, understand and bridge the differences. She is an analytical driver by nature with a passion for helping and growing those around her to achieve their full potential.
Nanci currently resides in Gilbert, SC with her husband. She has a daughter, a son, and a grandson, who fill her heart and inspire her every day. She is a member of The American Staffing Association and the SC Staffing Association. She serves as a Director for Temporary Services Insurance, Ltd., Vice-Chair for Temporary Services Insurance Risk Control Committee and on the GPS Board of Directors.
Mary Jane Sorrell
Chief Operations Officer
With GPS since 1988, MJ has seen a lot of changes in those years. What has not changed is the family-first, “do the right thing” values that are at the core of GPS. After starting as a Staffing Coordinator in the Columbia branch, MJ has worked her way through various Operations/Human Resources positions to her current role as Chief Operations Officer supervising the temporary/temporary-to-hire side of GPS’ business along with our direct hire division, Gallman Consulting. MJ is a member of the American Staffing Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, Key Staff Group and the GPS Board of Directors. An Indiana native and Purdue University graduate, MJ is thrilled to have moved south as soon as she could and currently lives in Chapin with her husband, Guy, and their Boykin Spaniel, Cooper. MJ loves her Lord, her families (home, work, church), the beach, and burying her nose in a good book. Oh, and dark chocolate!
Location: Columbia, SC
Andrew grew up in a small town before making his move to Rock Hill to begin his journey through college. Here, at Winthrop University, he received his BA in marketing. Additionally, this is where he met his wife and continues to live with their Doxle, Thor. Andrew continues to adapt and evolve in the ever-changing world of marketing and strives to better himself with each day ahead.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He also enjoys playing video games online with his buddies. He enjoys putting a smile on your face. He’s willing to share his smile if you have misplaced yours 🙂
Ashley Hallingquest is the Branch Administrator for the GPS branches in Orangeburg and Summerville. Ashley enjoys helping GPS applicants become the best versions of themselves. When applicants call or come into the office with questions, she is happy to assist, bringing positive energy with her each day.
As Safety Specialist for GPS, Barbara’s daily mission is to safeguard GPS employees by sustaining a culture that promotes safety awareness. Barbara came to GPS in 2015 as a Business Developer for our Orangeburg Branch, then in 2017 she assumed the newly-created role of Safety Specialist for GPS. She has received the Temporary Workforce Safety Certification, Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council, along with her OSHA 30-hour card and is currently a Certified NSC First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor. In her personal life, Barbara and her husband, David, enjoy spending time fishing and camping with their family.
Location: Columbia, SC
Cindy joined our corporate team after 25 years of business experience in healthcare administration. She offers analytical and strategic project management and proudly works for Nanci Fields, our CEO. Cindy grew up in the Cayce area, attended the University of South Carolina, and is a Master Esthetician. She attributes much of her success to life experiences and opportunities. Cindy lives in Irmo with her husband Steve, and their fur babies. During her free time, Cindy enjoys gardening, spending time with family, and playing pinochle.
Regional Account Manager
Crystal Johnson, Regional Account Manager, with GPS since 2005, possesses an in-depth understanding of the staffing industry. She prides herself on providing superior customer service and is dedicated to meeting the needs of each client with urgency, precision, and complete professionalism. She holds a MA degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University and a BA degree in Sociology from The University of South Carolina. She is also an ASA Certified Staffing Professional.
Crystal Starks is a Sourcer for Gallman Consulting, the direct hire division of GPS, where she has enjoyed working since 2016. She identifies and pre-screens potential candidates for open direct hire positions. Through her many years excelling in the staffing industry, her simple motto “be the best” has helped her deliver exemplary results. She will deliver that blend of customer service, unstoppable energy and industry expertise to everyone she serves.
Crystal is known for her love of football and is also crazy about reading, coffee, and having her toes in the sand any chance she gets. She has three children that keep her busy managing all their school and sports activities.
Debbie St. Mark
Client Relations Specialist
Being a second-generation HR professional, Debbie was once a client of GPS. She knows firsthand the exceptional way GPS takes care of their staff, their field employees and their customers! With GPS since 1995, Debbie’s job responsibilities have included Business Development, Team Management, Operations, Administration, Sales & Marketing, Safety, and Client Relations. She loves to travel and enjoys living on Lake Murray with her husband George and doggie son Miles.
Erica Felder is the Recruiter for GPS in the Newberry area, where she helps applicants navigate their employment journey by finding assignments that fit their needs, wants, and qualifications. Erica’s favorite quote is by Maya Angelou which says, “My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some humor, and some style.” Erica strongly believes that purpose is powerful and through Christ all things are possible. In her spare time, you can find Erica playing softball and kickball with friends, and every Saturday in the fall, cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
Haleigh is the Relationship Navigator for GPS servicing multiple areas of South Carolina. Apart from maintaining meaningful relationships with present and past clients, she assists the Operations Team with recruiting and employee retention. Haleigh believes in the power of positivity and strives to make a difference each day. Her proven skills in communication and problem-solving serve as an asset to ensure GPS’ mission statement is a true testimony. Haleigh is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in Music Studies and a Minor in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the violin, piano, guitar, and songwriting.
Human Resources Manager
In the HR field for over 30 years, Karen Bedenbaugh Smith, SHRM-SP, PHR, CSP, has been on staff with GPS since 1998. She has experienced the staffing business from all sides – as a GPS client, an associate and a staff member. For Karen, HR is not just a profession – it’s a passion! In addition to handling HR for the GPS staff and employees, she is very involved in SHRM on both the state level and local level. It could be considered “Volunteeritis”. Karen is also involved in her church – singing in the choir, serving as lay assistant and for her crafty side, she makes banners when children are baptized. Almost an empty nester, Karen lives with her husband in Gilbert, SC. Karen is a proud graduate of Winthrop along with her son, Andrew. who works in marketing, her daughter-in-law, Megan, a 5th grade teacher and her daughter, Alex, who is serving in law enforcement. In her free time, Karen enjoys shopping, crafting, creating in the kitchen, and watching TV with her little lap dog, Petey.
Regional Account Manager
Being a Texan at heart, Lisa Wright relocated to Hot Springs, AR in 2010 to be closer to family and was fortunate enough to join the GPS family shortly thereafter.
As a Regional Account Manager, Lisa manages the operations of our Hot Springs office as well as our Tucson office. She has over 20 years’ experience in the staffing industry. Her main focus is to ensure that our clients are given the highest level of customer service possible and to serve as an advocate for our employees.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys being with her grandchildren, gardening, getting together with friends and travelling.
Lori is the Branch Administrator for the Tucson and Hot Springs offices. She provides excellent customer service for the Arizona and Arkansas applicants and employees and enjoys the variety of working with people from two different demographics. Lori prides herself on helping others by actively listening and providing detailed information. When not at work, her favorite things to do are spending time with her family and planning her next adventure to Disneyland.
Natale has been with GPS since 2019, starting out as a Regional Business Developer and transitioning into a Recruiter role in 2020. She truly loves helping others and strives to better serve our community!
She grew up in Wheeling, WV, right outside of Pittsburgh, PA. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football and spending time with her son, Chase.
Regional VP of Sales
With GPS since 2008, Smith has touched many facets of human resources during his career in the staffing industry, including recruiting, business development, employee relations, training and project management.
As Regional VP – Sales, Smith supervises the sales staff for GPS’ South Carolina offices. In addition, he manages client accounts, sales and growth opportunities for all divisions of GPS.
As a Recruiter within GPS’ Direct Hire Division, Gallman Consulting, his focus is on helping our clients’ save time, effort and dollars on attracting, screening, and retaining top quality candidates.
Previously, Smith worked in public relations and marketing for a well-known retail real estate development company. He is also a past Affiliate Liaison of the SCMGMA – Lexington Chapter and a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Columbia and Lexington, SC and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Sue is the Payroll/Billing Specialist in GPS’ accounting department. With GPS since May 2012, Sue enjoys working with people and solving problems. She has two children, a daughter and son, both married, along with one grandson and many grand cats and grand dogs. Sue and her husband share their home with two dogs, a silky poo and a papillon mix. When not working, Sue can be found reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Suzanne is a graduate of Midlands Technical College with an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science. After working with BellSouth for several years, she stayed at home to raise her two children. Returning to the work force, she has been with Gallman Professional Services, Inc. since 1990 on the Corporate Staff in Columbia, SC.
Suzanne has handled numerous responsibilities throughout her career at GPS. From Administrative Assistant to the President and numerous accounting functions, she now focuses on our 401(k) Plan Administration. In addition, Suzanne handles the Essential StaffCARE (MEC) Insurance Enrollment and the Affordable Care Act maintenance and Form 1095 annual distribution.
Suzanne has lived mostly in the Columbia, SC area. She loves to watch most all sports, especially college sports, following the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. She enjoys walking, hiking and traveling around the United States.
Tamiqua recently joined the GPS family as the Columbia Branch Administrator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling. Helping others is one of Tamiqua’s greatest passions in life!
Tamiqua grew up near Green Bay, WI and moved to South Carolina to get away from the cold winters there. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and exploring. She also adores spoiling her three cats Kreacher, Dobby, and Elric.