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Our Professional Team

Inspire Careers Professional Team

Thank you for your interest in working with us at Inspire Careers. Our professional resume writing and career coaching team is committed to our shared mission, which is to:

inspire new hope and confidence in your unique abilities,
illuminate the path toward fulfillment of your goals, and
ignite personal commitment, determination, and persistence in all that you do.

Beth W. Stefani, MBA, Ed.M., JCTC, CPRW
President, Inspire Careers, Inc.
Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC)
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Reach Certified Personal Brand Strategist
Certified Online Networking Strategist

Beth is an executive career transition/job search coach and personal branding strategist offering a wide range of career services including:  Career profiling/assessment; resume, biography, and cover letter writing; job search coaching (from launch to landing); social media and LinkedIn profile development; federal resume writing, KSAs, and job search coaching for federal job applications, including Senior Executive Search (SES) opportunities; and corporate outplacement/career transition services.
Beth holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, at Grove City College.

Carla M. Gauthier, MBA, CPRW, CJSS
Executive Career Coach / Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS)
Reach Certified Personal Brand Strategist
Certified Federal Resume Writer

Carla is an executive job search and personal branding strategist offering executive career transition and personal marketing services; resume writing; biographies, executive and online profiles, and cover letter writing.  She is an experienced job search coach, social media and LinkedIn strategist, and long-standing member of the ExecuNet Marketing Team, with expertise in job search planning and implementation and online marketing campaigns.  In addition, Carla offers expertise in federal resume writing, job search, and KSA writing for federal job applications - including Senior Executive Search (SES).

Carla holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hartford, and has completed graduate-level certification in Human Resource Recruitment and Industrial Relations at Southern New Hampshire University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Melissa McCann, CPRW

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

Freelance Writer


Melissa is a certified professional resume writer (CPRW) with nine years of professional experience as a freelance writer and environmental chemist, and superior writing skills; offering the development of professional and executive resumes, biographies, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles for upwardly mobile professionals and executives.

Melissa has a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Winnipeg, and completed a Pre-Master’s degree in Zoology at the University of Manitoba.

Georgia Whitney, MFA

Professional Resume Writer / Memoir Writer

Georgia is a professional resume writer and career consultant with more than 20 years experience writing for Fortune 50, health care, and human service organizations.  She offers resume, biography, and cover letter writing; guided autobiograpies; life reviews; and career coaching services to individuals at all career levels.
Georgia holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and a B.S. in Communications from St. John Fisher College. She has completed Guided Autobiography coursework under gerontologist James Birren
Carolyn Phinney Rankin, MFA Film; BA English Literature
Professional Resume Writer / Career Coach
Advertising, Public Relations, Branding, Marketing Consultant
Carolyn is a professional resume writer and career coach who brings a wealth of successful experience in branding and communications in all media to individuals ready to advance in their careers. Carolyn offers her expertise in professional resume and cover letter writing; personal branding; presentation skills; and job search coaching to professionals and executives in all fields.


With a B.A. in English Literature and post graduate study in Higher Education Administration and Fund Raising at the University of Rochester, Carolyn completed her MFA in Film at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She has won numerous professional awards for excellence in public relations, special events, communications, public information, organizational development, and film and video programs.


Shannon C. Draves, B.S. Education

Professional Resume Writer and Career Coach


Shannon specializes in working with college students, recent graduates, and early professionals.  Shannon is highly talented at uncovering her clients’ unique skills and abilities, developing their “brand identity,” and clearly communicating their value to prospective employers.


While completing her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University, Shannon was captain of The Ohio State Women’s Swimming Team.  Despite the rigorous training schedule of Division I sports, Shannon earned numerous academic honors, and is now completing a  Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Teaching at Capital University. 


Janet J. Harszlak, Ph.D.
Business Communication Consultant
Career Coach / Writer

Jan is a business communication consultant offering expertise in interview coaching; resume and cover letter writing; and business management consulting in the fields of communication and medical education. She is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where she received the Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award and the Carl Naish Award for outstanding teaching and mentoring abilities.
Jan holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and a B.S. in Liberal Studies, magna cum laude, from Medialle College.

Nancy-Pat Scanlon, M.A.

Professional Writer and Editor

Nancy-Pat is a professional writer specializing in editing and proofreading. She works with clients to polish and perfect documents, papers, essays, and presentations – from simple to complex, and from non-technical to technical in nature.   
Her educational credentials include an M.A. in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut, with a specialization in Organizational Communication; an ABJ in Journalism from The University of Georgia; and a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Mercyhurst University. 

Kimberly Maras, B.A.

Executive Assistant

  Kimberly Maras joined Inspire Careers in 2011, bringing diverse administrative, customer service, and teaching experience to her role as executive assistant. Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Buffalo State College (SUNY) and an Associate’s degree in Music Business from Villa Maria College.

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Today's Motivational Quotes

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
– Danny Kaye

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
– Henry David Thoreau

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Client Notes

Thanks to your help, I have found a new career. You may remember that you worked with me on a resume and sent it to a list of retained recruiters... this week I signed a contract to become Chief Operating Officer [of a leading manufacturer] in Anaheim, CA. Your help was invaluable.
– S. Carroll

...I wanted to share my results to date. I have been contacted by three retained executive search firms, having been placed on their "A" list, and have been contacted by a fourth retained firm for a position interview.
– R. Baker

You do an excellent job of listening to your clients' needs and articulating their experience in an effective mannor. You helped me write in a style that allowed my authentic voice to come through.
– E. Valaitis

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e-Book for the Savvy Job Hunter

Know Thyself: Career Assessments for the Job Search, by executive career coach Beth Stefani, president and founder of Inspire Careers Inc. (Copyright 2012)

Find out which top career self-assessments are used in the employment marketplace today... and record the results of your own personal “journey” of self-knowledge on the worksheets provided at the end of the e-Book.