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Steve Marcum, Founder

Steve Marcum is the founder & CEO of TopStack Resume and owner of its parent-company, SJM Ventures. He started writing resumes, organizing mock-interviews, and advising students on post-graduate career opportunities at the Marriott School of Management in 2010. In 2018, he brought together a team of resume writers and formally launched TopStack Resume.

Steve oversees TopStack Resume's resume writing process, customer satisfaction, and business operations. He also advises clients on job applications and interview preparation. Steve earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University and resides in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters. 

Chanelle Baker, Senior Resume Writer

Chanelle Baker is a resume writer with TopStack Resume with over five (5) years of professional writing experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Professional Writing at Francis Marion University in May 2014. Chanelle's professional experience extends across multiple industries, including: project management, non-profit administration, communications, and sales. She specializes in content development (resumes/cover letters), soft skills training (career consulting/interviewing), and personal branding (LinkedIn profiles).

Chanelle currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

Haley Kilmartin, Senior Resume Writer

Haley Kilmartin is a resume writer for TopStack Resume. In 2018, she started writing resumes in her spare time while she worked as a personal trainer. She is now a full-time freelancer and has completed over 400 resume projects. Haley specializes in writing resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn makeovers. 

She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and Health Promotion from Morrisville State College. She also has plans to pursue her NCRW in the near future. Haley is originally from upstate New York but has recently moved to Arizona with her fiancé and two pups.

Kas Burrow, Senior Resume Writer

Kas Burrow is the longest-tenured resume writer for TopStack Resume. She has over a decade of experience in reviewing resumes and making hiring recommendations based on applicant resumes. She has experience in a wide-variety of industries, ranging from marine work, higher education, food service, and financial services. Her abilities include taking ordinary skills and work duties and spinning them to be more appealing to hiring managers.

Kas lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with her service dog, Vida. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, and exploring the outdoors.

Kelsey Moreng, Senior Resume Writer

Kelsey Moreng is a resume writer at TopStack Resume. She has worked in Human Resources and specialized as a Corporate Recruiter for the past 10 years. She has focused in healthcare but has worked with clients from all fields. She started critiquing and writing resumes and cover letters as a recruiter. She also enjoys coaching candidates in interviewing, job searching, and positively branding themselves through social media.


She has led many trainings for companies on interviewing for hiring managers and has an adept understanding of what companies are seeking in candidates. She has presented at large conferences on resume writing as well. Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Organization Management at Colorado State University and resides in Colorado with her husband and son.

Leanne Lemke, Senior Resume Writer

Leanne started writing resumes while working in higher education and has been writing for almost a decade.  As a Regional Career Services Director, she worked with students and businesses towards post graduation goals.  Leanne then went onto staffing and recruiting where she writes resumes for her candidates and is speaking with hiring authorities daily; giving her precise knowledge of what employers are looking for.

Leanne lives in Nebraska with her husband, son, and three corgis.  Between baseball, football and soccer practices and games, she is a runner, enjoys being outdoors with friends and family and of course like any Nebraska girl loves the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Go Big Red!

Lindsey Mattinson, Senior Resume Writer

Lindsey Mattinson is a resume writer at TopStackResume. She brings with her nearly 10 years experience in Career Consulting. She began her career as an Employment Counselor and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Utah back in 2009, eventually transitioning into School Counseling. She now works as a full-time freelancer offering career advisement services.

Lindsey earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology and Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Utah State University. She specializes in employment essentials including resume writing and interview preparation. She resides in Utah with her husband, two daughters and soon-to-be baby boy. She enjoys camping, boating and spending quality time with her family.

Sabrina H., Senior Resume Writer

Sabrina H. (MA, CPRW) is a Professional Resume Writer who works with diverse groups of individuals to support them in landing a new job and reaching their potential. Sabrina believes that a well-written resume should read like a “Career Story” and deliver accurate information while proving value. Recently, 66% of Sabrina’s clients secured their ideal target job within 60 days of submitting their new and improved Resume. Sabrina is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) through the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Sabrina also holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies as well as a Graduate Human Resources Management Certification.

Samantha Arnold, Senior Resume Writer

Samantha Arnold is a resume writer with over four years of professional writing experience. She graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in English and Classics, where she found a passion for helping students apply for jobs, internships, and advanced degree programs. Her experience spans across industries and she loves working with individuals to build their confidence in interview settings.


Samantha resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her cat, Dante, where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree at Harvard University in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management. She loves reading, creative writing, running, and exploring the woods and fields of New England from the back of her horse, Sam.

Aimee Melton, Resume Writer

Aimee Melton is a resume writer, success coach and highly motivated entrepreneur with over 25 years of coaching and consulting experience.  She has worked as an educator in public schools and at the community college level, served as a behavior specialist for 11 years, enjoys opportunities for public speaking and facilitating professional development workshops, has had significant success as a grant writer and is now a full-time freelance writer and success coach.  Aimee also has experience interviewing potential job candidates and can help you polish your interviewing skills.  She is passionate about bringing value to the lives of others by helping them to recognize and believe in their fullest potential and achieve their highest and most desired goals.  


She currently resides in Utah and enjoys spending her free time hiking, camping, skiing, reading, listening to music and traveling.  She is also an avid photographer.

Alicia Mitchell, Resume Writer

Alicia Mitchell is a resume writer at TopStack Resume. She has over 5 years working in human resources writing job descriptions, screening resumes and conducting interviews. She started writing resumes after seeing how many people were unsure of how to write about themselves.

Alicia earned her bachelor's degree in Health Care Administration from Northeastern State University and is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. Originally from Oklahoma, she resides in Georgia with her husband and son.

Alyssa Dahlgren, Resume Writer

Alyssa Dahlgren is a resume writer with experience in corporate level recruiting and operations management. She is now a full time freelancer that specializes in resume optimization for effectively reaching ambitious career goals. She also works on small business administrative organization, consulting with companies to analyze and optimize their processes to create a foundation for growth.


She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, son and daughter.

Amanda Rifenbark, Resume Writer

Amanda is a resume writer and career coach, making a career of helping others find their dream jobs. A stay at home mom to two, Amanda uses her free time to write and edit resumes, cover letters, educational CV’s, LinkedIn profiles and help others navigate the world of job-hunting.


Her career started over 12 years ago in Human Resources in the Army National Guard. Having been on the hiring side of the business for many years gives her an insider view of the applicant process. While she writes resumes of all kinds, her niche is military-to-civilian and modern resumes, really learning about an applicant to provide a personalized experience. Amanda resides in Illinois with her husband, daughter and son.

Charissa Ferguson, Resume Writer

Charrisa Ferguson is a resume writer at TopStack Resume. She has over 4 years experience working as a Career Services professional helping adult learners by teaching career development workshops, writing resumes and cover letters, offering job placement assistance, and conducting mock interviews. Charrisa earned her Master's degree in Psychology from Capella University and is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches and a Certified Professional Resume Writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and son but is an Arkansan (Go Razorbacks!). In her spare time, she likes to play volleyball, read, spend quality time with her family and shop.

Danielle Powelson, Resume Writer

Danielle P. is a Certified Resume Writer with over a decade of experience in Resume Writing & Career Portfolios. She also is a Certified Career Coach with a Director-level background in HR/Recruiting. Danielle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Literature and Language.


Presently, Danielle is located in the oilfields of Montana & North Dakota, with an in-office location in North Dakota.

Deanna Stuart, Resume Writer

Deanna is a resume writer for TopStack Resume.  Her background includes an MFA from Arizona State University and five years of expertise as a professional business writer.  Equipt with a versatile portfolio showcasing strengths in human resource directives, content development, corporate documentation, and grant proposal composition,  Deanna has channeled her skills into a satisfying career as a fulltime resume freelancer specializing in key-word optimization, transformative re-writes, cover letters, and LinkedIn overhauls.   When she isn't writing Deanna loves reading, painting, and spending time with her husband and two sons at their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dusty Petersen, Resume Writer

Dusty Petersen is a resume writer at TopStackResume. He brings with him nearly 4 years of diversified experience in outreach services and meeting with clients to discuss career preparation (career & major exploration, resume reviews, networking opportunities, etc.). He began his career as a Territory Manager/Recruitment Specialist for Utah State University back in 2016, eventually transitioning into Career Advising. He now works as a full-time Career Advisor at Southern Utah University.


Dusty earned his M.Ed in Instructional Leadership and B.S. in Public Health from Utah State University. He specializes in career services including career and major exploration and resume writing. He resides in Southern Utah with his wife, two sons, and miniature schnauzer. He enjoys fishing, watching the TV series Psych, and spending quality time with his family.

Elizabeth Latall, Resume Writer

Elizabeth Latall is a resume writer with TopStack Resume.  Elizabeth began writing resumes by accident when a job unexpectedly fell in her lap 8 years ago.  Since then, she has become a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and gained experience creating resumes for clients in a variety of career fields, including the STEM, customer service and healthcare industries, postdoctoral researchers and transitioning military, among others.

In addition to her CPRW certification, Elizabeth has a B.S. Degree in Chemistry.  She lives in a small town in southwest Missouri with her three children and, when not writing resumes, can often be found creating recipes for her allergy-friendly cookbook, enjoying a movie with her family or disassembling and repairing her washing machine (again).

Jamal Smith, Resume Writer

Jamal Smith is a resume writer for TopStack Resume. He has Bachelor's degree in Journalism from St. John's University in Queens, NY.


One of his main goals is to help people become empowered to work. He believes in meeting people half way in order to effect positive change. By allowing them to identify their full potential in a self-discovery manner it teaches them the skills to manage their development successfully. Furthermore, his extensive training has equipped him with a well-rounded skill set including problem solving skills, interpersonal communication, and career development; in addition to resume writing and interviewing skills.

Jeneen Jefferson, Resume Writer

Jeneen is a Certified Professional Career Coach and Resume Writer, with years of experience in Career Development in multiple industries. She prides herself on being passionate about helping individuals achieve their professional goals through mentorship. This is achieved through career and professional development workshops, seminars, and 1-1 coaching. She's built strong relationships by exercising fearless and effective networking, growing and maintaining solid business connections and employer relations.

Johanna Livingston, Resume Writer

Johanna Livingston is a resume writer with 15+ years of professional writing and copy editing experience. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Journalism and later earned her Master of Business Administration from Webster University.  Johanna began her career working in public relations for Walt Disney Attractions, followed by BMW North America but soon found her passion in the nonprofit sector where she worked for 10+ years. Today, she helps aspiring, transitioning, and seasoned professionals put their best foot forward as they tackle the competitive job market.

Johanna resides in Gainesville, Florida with her two daughters and a very spoiled fur baby. When Johanna is not writing, she serves as momager/shuttle driver to her two daughters who are aspiring prima ballerinas.

Luda P., Resume Writer

Luda is a resume writer for TopStack Resume. She brings ten years of professional writing experience to the table and has worked in a range of environments including higher education, advertising, and nonprofit. Her superpower is helping others see themselves in the best light and articulate their skills and accomplishments on paper.


Luda has earned a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Literary and Textual Analysis from Bowling Green State University. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and loves to balance her screen time with outdoor adventures like hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing.

Tia Polihros, Resume Writer

Tia Polihros is a professional writer and editor with experience in academic tutoring and resume writing. She earned her Bachelor's degrees in Humanities (Triple Major: History, Art History, and English; Double Minor: Modern Greek and Creative Writing) from Rutgers University.  Her Master's from Rutgers, School of Management and Labor Relations is in Labor Studies and Employment Relations. She also has coursework in Human Resource Management, including resume writing, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. Her published work features employment manuals, worker training books, and fiction e-books on Amazon Kindle. Tia lives in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

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