Owner, CEO and Head Coach

Lorraine Rise

M.S., CPRW, CPCC, SHRM-CP

From her very first job out of college, Lorraine has built her career on the practice of coaching others to succeed. Her career began in the health and weight loss industry, coaching hundreds of clients to reach their weight loss goals. As a Director and Regional Trainer for Jenny Craig, she gained valuable experience in hiring and mentoring dozens of employees in the areas of sales, customer service and management.

In 2013, she was laid off and would encounter several more separations throughout her early career. Lorraine took these opportunities to make a career change into Human Resources. She has since supported the recruiting efforts of numerous firms in the Washington DC area including Lockheed Martin and Integrated Intel Solutions.

In 2015, she made another career change and founded Career UpRising. Now, her personal experience and professional experience can be put to work for you!

Lorraine and her team have served over 400 clients in dozens of industries, both public and private. Many Career UpRising clients come from some of the most recognizable firms in the country including Microsoft, Amazon, Fannie Mae, Coca-Cola, IBM and more.

Career UpRising, LLC is located in the Washington DC metro area but serves clients all across the globe! Listen to Lorraine’s inspirational podcast, Career UpRising, on InFlowRadio.com, iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and more!


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Our Team

Melissa Kelley

Career Coach and Resume Writer

Melissa is a TORI-nominated writer and coach who offers more than 10 years of successful resume and LinkedIn development on behalf of U.S. and international clients. She has been on the staff at Career UpRising since 2017 and she enjoys working with a range of clients from students, career changers, and blue-collar professionals to C-suite executives.

Melissa also has expertise in federal, military, and military-to-civilian transition resumes, as well as curriculum vitae. Her unique niche is working with autism spectrum and AD(H)D clients. A versatile "Jane-of-all-trades,"​ Melissa’s own career background includes education, customer support, purchasing, automotive, project/program management, editing, writing, and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, English and Education from Alma College.


Alexis Ankersen

Career Coach and Resume Writer

Joining Career UpRising in 2020, Alexis Ankersen is a writer and coach whose versatile perspective strengthens her resume writing and career coaching practice. She has professional experience in both private and federal sectors and has been an entrepreneur and employee within diverse industries, making her an excellent choice for understanding and expressing on paper the nuances of complex or unique career paths.

With a history writing and editing everything from Standard Operating Procedures to professional biographies, Alexis combines formal techniques with a passion for creative writing to create compelling, unique products for her clients.

Growing up in a military family, Alexis was exposed to a variety of cultures and interesting people which gave her an appreciation for everyone’s story. She believes everyone has qualities and achievements that make them stand out and aims to highlight those in professional branding documents.