Board of Directors for 2019-2020


 


    


  


   


   

  


 

      


  



  



    



 




  

   

PRESIDENT
Anita Birsa

Anita has been helping people re-design, remodel and organize their spaces for over 12 years. Her professional background includes corporate communications and project management. She has previously served NAPO Chicago as Vice President. 




VICE PRESIDENT

Schae Lewis, CPO®

Schae Lewis is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the Co-founder of Mission 2 Organize. She officially started organizing in 2010 and since then her work has been featured on nationally televised Hoarders on A&E and her “How 2” videos have been viewed on YouTube nearly one million times. She served NAPO Chicago as the Marketing Director from 2012-2016 and has also proudly volunteered nationally for NAPO. In her free time, Schae enjoys cuddling with her cats, dancing with her friends and traveling with her husband.




DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Laurie NeumannCPO®

Laurie spent nearly two decades in the engineering and manufacturing operations before founding The Innovative Organizer, LLC in 2011. During her corporate career, she developed and implemented improvements to enhance productivity, improve quality, and reduce costs. In addition, she excelled at organizing and making information accessible. These skills translate directly to the organizing and productivity services she offers her clients in their homes, offices, and with their treasured family photos and memorabilia. 




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, CPO®

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

Kelly BraskCPO®

treasurer@napochicago.com

Kelly Brask is a Certified Professional Organizer® and has been a member of NAPO since 2011. She specializes in office and paper organizing projects. Kelly currently serves the NAPO Chicago board of directors as Treasurer, and was the Director of Administration from 2014-2017. In 2019 she had the pleasure to co-create and present the workshop "From IKEA to Death Cleaning - Swedish Organizing Concepts" at NAPO's annual conference. When not organizing, Kelly enjoys watching Eurovision, travel, and spending time with friends and family.




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

Tara Whitaker
technology@napochicago.com

After working as a meeting planner and website content manager, Tara started her own book editing business in 2013. She has since expanded her business into teaching others how to start and organize their own work-from-home businesses. She firmly believes the key to success is consistent action, no matter how big or small the implementation. Tara has also earned her NAPO certificate in Workplace Productivity. When she's not editing and organizing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter, catching up on Netflix, and inevitably ends up with her nose in a book.






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 OF MARKETING

Megan Spillman

marketing@napochicago.com

After experiencing several life transitions—including motherhood, career transitions and multiple moves—all within a short period of time, Megan needed her home to feel peaceful. While unpacking a box in 2017, she rediscovered Marie Kondo’s book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”and after finally fully implementing the KonMari™ Method in her new home, she wanted to help others to do the same. In 2019, she started her company Peace and Tidy.


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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