who is

essential screens?

Our history

Essential Screens, founded in 2010, is a privately owned and operated consumer reporting agency (CRA) and a member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). We hold accreditation through PBSA, placing us in the top 10% of screening companies. Our company is in Grand Island, Nebraska, and services clients in all 50 states of the United States, Puerto Rico and internationally. 

Our company was created to improve the quality of each background screen. We identified that many of the screens that were being run in the industry were missing information, other CRAs were not knowledgeable about the services they offered, and the turnaround time was slow. After several years of building a network of elite researchers and implementing an easy-to-use software program, Essential Screens was launched. Our success lies in our commitment to providing high quality screens and superior customer service. Our staff are available to answer questions, solve problems and consult our clients on newly introduced regulations. 

You can work with a number of other screening companies, but why not work with the best? Call Essential Screens!

our mission

Bring the “Essential Difference” to your team

Our mission is to provide client-centric background screening solutions. Our customers count on us to provide accurate and timely screening solutions to make legal, ethical, and smart hiring decisions. Essential Screens’ success lies in its commitment to provide high quality screens and superior customer service. Our staff is available to answer questions, solve problems, and consult with when new regulations are introduced.

Core Values


Accountable to reach high standards

Meeting others needs

about work

customer Centric

Meet our team of experts

Travis Powell President & Founder

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Nicole Powell Vice President

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Dawn Hill Director of Operations

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Sadie Meharg Operations Support & Marketing Specialist

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Keely Warnick Client Services

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Connor Hyser Senior Client Relations Specialist

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Paige Nachtigal Client Relations Specialist

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Shelby Pimentel Director of Operations

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Sarah Barbour Client Relations Specialist

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Justine Uriegas Client Relations Specialist

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Hailey Orduno Client Relations Specialist

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Jamie Logue CPA, CSP, CGMA, Senior Corporate Administrator

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The essential difference

When you work with Essential Screens you will always have someone to personally speak with when you have questions. Each staff member is knowledgeable and trained to focus on providing exceptional quality data and customer service. 

Giving back to our community

Our team is dedicated to impacting lives in our community through volunteering, supporting non-profit organizations as advocates and board members, and getting involved in community events that celebrate local businesses and their successes. As a team, we donate hundreds of hours of our time each year to help enrich our growing community and surround those in it with our support. We value the relationships that have been created through community involvement and are always looking for new ways to get involved and impact lives!

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