Each client at Briefcase Coach receives personalized attention from our founder, Sarah Johnston, who collaborates closely with a dedicated team of North American executive writers. Team members bring not only excellent communication skills, but best-in-class expertise and academic qualifications from renowned institutions such as Emory, Washington University, UNC Chapel Hill, and Columbia.
Those who hire us appreciate being able to tap the wealth of experience our writing, HR and career transition experts have gained during successful careers in fields including executive search, medicine, law, federal grant writing, and public relations. Current team members include:
Sarah Johnston, a former corporate recruiter and founder of Briefcase Coach, has globally empowered job seekers. Holding an A.B. in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia, she’s been celebrated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career sector.
Sarah leads business development, marketing, and operations at Briefcase Coach, with prior roles at notable institutions like Boston Children’s Hospital. A Georgia Tech alumna, she’s an active volunteer, currently serving as treasurer for Fernbank Elementary Foundation.
Nicole Eshelbrenner, a former NYC PR professional and Abbott Nutrition’s Public Affairs specialist, has been a key writer for Briefcase Coach since 2019. With a background in media and communications, she holds a degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Christina, a former teacher and editor with Pearson Education Canada, has a PhD in American Literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She now leverages her expertise and global experiences to guide clients in showcasing their stories during job searches.
Ani Govjian is a senior executive resume writer with a background in business and over 14 years of teaching experience. She holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and won the Tanner Award for Excellence in 2019.
Susannah Baker Khayat, an attorney with a passion for writing, is Briefcase Coach’s specialist for legal narratives. A Rutgers and Emory Law alum, she brings extensive legal experience and is an active Georgia bar member.
Katherine Bonner, a Client Manager with over a decade of experience serving Fortune 100 companies, holds a BBA in Human Resources from Boise State University. Balancing her passion for optimizing business with a love for the outdoors and baking, she ensures each client interaction is marked by strategic dedication.
Lisa Southorn, PHR, formerly leading corporate recruiting at Korn Ferry, now serves as the Senior Career Branding Strategist at Briefcase Coach. With a Boise State University degree, her extensive experience extends from empowering job seekers to pioneering inclusive hiring practices.
Steven Gaultney, a Senior Executive Resume Writer and acclaimed playwright, translates stories into standout resumes. With roles in The Theatre of Others and a background Off-Broadway, he’s an MFA graduate from Columbia and a Davidson College alum.