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NAPO Chicago, a chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals

Board of Directors for 2017-2018


    


   


   

   

  


 

      

  


  


    


  


   





PRESIDENT
Laurie Neumann

Laurie has officially been an organizer since 2011, but she has essentially been organizing all her life. Laurie became a Professional Organizer when she realized that she could use her gift and passion for organizing to help others simplify and reduce stress. When not organizing, Laurie enjoys physical fitness, nature, travel, and spending time with friends and family.



VICE PRESIDENT
Anita Birsa






MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Susan Bailey

In navigating the new world of multiple family members with multiple food allergies, Susan realized sometimes you need a little help. She wanted to be the person helping those new to a life of managing food allergies and Celiac Disease. From this idea came Cygnet Organizing LLC. She has learned that simplifying other aspects of your life frees up time for you to focus on having safe good food for you and your family to enjoy. When not organizing or cooking, Susan enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, parade float building, and is training for her first 5K.


SECRETARY
Mackenzie Scott

After graduating with honors from the University of Missouri in the Spring of 2015, Mackenzie moved to Chicago Illinois to start her career in advertising. By fall however, she had begun pursuing her lifelong passion for organizing and in January of 2016 she had found her perfect fit as an associate of Mission 2 Organize. Mackenzie loves working on the M2O team doing hands on organizing and educating others through the M2O Facebook page, blog and monthly videos. Mackenzie loves continuing her education recently achieving her NAPO certificates in Residential Organizing and Workplace Productivity.




TREASURER
Kerry Dexter

After retiring from 30 years in the business world, Kerry wanted to use her experience to help others. Kerry and her husband moved frequently in support of their jobs and Kerry learned the importance of being organized at both home and work, and how to quickly set up new teams, offices, and households. She loves helping others create order out of the chaos that change brings. Kerry has been helping people get organized since 2013. When she's not organizing you can find her riding horses, reading, hiking, exercising, and taking pictures.





DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS PARTNERS
Elaine Quinn

Elaine has been organizing as a member of NAPO, since 2001 and for 25 years before that in every job she ever had. Elaine decided to become a Professional Organizer when she realized that her skills that she took for granted were not a part of everyone's skill set and that small business owners who are disorganized are making life harder than it needs to be. When not organizing, Elaine enjoys learning about Ancient Egypt.



DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY
Caroline Guntur
technology@napochicago.com

Growing up in small-town Sweden, Caroline used to organize and create inventories for her extensive My Little Pony collection. After moving to the U.S. in 1999, she kept organizing on a volunteer basis for several small businesses, and in 2009, the hobby finally turned into a career. Caroline specializes in remote digital organizing of photos, files, and other digital media, and loves to teach others how to be more productive. She currently divides her time between the United States and Sweden, and when not organizing, she enjoys traveling, singing, reading, and practicing archery.




DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Michelle Kinney
administration@napochicago.com

After trying on several other careers, including gallery manager, librarian, web designer, marketer, and fundraiser, Michelle decided to pursue her dream to be a professional organizer in 2016. She is the founder of Bloom Organizing LLC, specializing in helping busy families find more time and space for the things they love. When she’s not organizing, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, nine year-old daughter, and four cats.





DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Paula Ripple

During Paula’s corporate career as an accountant and financial system developer, she was an organizer of dollars and data. For fun, she organized the closets and kitchens of friends. Her company, Organizewell, was born in 2011 out of Paula’s own struggle to regain her former levels of organization after her battle with breast cancer. As the mother and the spouse of Type 1 Diabetics, Paula understands first-hand how life challenges can be overwhelming and create chaos at work and home. Working as an organizer, she is grateful to help her clients reclaim their lives by cutting clutter and finding new approaches to productivity. In her free time, Paula enjoys stand up paddle boarding, wakeboarding with her kids and gardening.


DIRECTOR AT LARGE
Elesheva Soloff

After many years of organizing friends’ homes, Elesheva opened Soloff Space Solutions in 2010 in Boston, MA. In 2014 she moved to Chicago as her home-base and sometimes travel to clients. She loves working with clients to convert their frustrations into customized solutions. In her spare time she's exploring Chicago, running by the lake front or climbing.





DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
OPEN

This position is currently open. Please contact President@napochicago.com until further notice.



NAPO Chicago, a chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals

A 501(c)(3) Organization
P.O. Box 409157, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 847-750-NAPO (847-750-6276)

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