Board of Directors for 2021-2022

Anita Birsa

Anita has been creating beautiful places and organized spaces for over 12 years. Her path to Professional Organizing grew from Interior Design, helping clients improve function and style of their spaces, and managing remodel projects. Her experience also includes corporate communications, marketing and broadcast journalism. She has served on the NAPO Chicago board since 2016, as Director at Large and Vice President. Anita finds creative inspiration in music and the arts, and enjoys Chicago's many immersive cultural performances and celebrations. Her favorite downtime involves snorkeling and beach sunsets, and friends around a fire pit!

Schae Lewis, CPO®

Schae Lewis is a Certified Professional Organizer® who co-founded Mission 2 Organize in 2010. Not only has her work been featured on nationally televised Hoarders on A&E, but her “How 2” videos have been viewed on YouTube over one million times. She previously served 4 yrs as NAPO Chicago Marketing Director and is the chapter's current Vice President and BCPO® Liaison. In her free time, Schae enjoys traveling the world with her husband, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and dancing.

Mackenzie Scott, CPO®

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.


Kelly BraskCPO®

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, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


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.


Phaedra Studt

After being pigeon-holed into administrative job after administrative job, Phaedra looked for an alternate career. Realizing that applying to another corporate job was the exact definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result), she searched for other ideas. Based on her past experience in both the corporate and performing arts worlds, she knew she had a strong organizational skill set. From there she decided to share her skills with creative people who were stuck in similar dilemmas: working traditional jobs to make ends meet while balancing the many areas of their home life. She established Practical Possibilities in January of 2019.


Elesheva Soloff

Elesheva Soloff started Soloff Space Solutions in 2010 helping clients to improve their space’s flow to save them time and stress. She loves working with clients to convert their frustrations into customized solutions. Elesheva is happy to return to the NAPO Chicago board as Director-At-Large for 2021-2022 year. In her spare time, she's outdoors whether urban gardening, biking, climbing or running. 


Yuzu Byrne, CPO®

Yuzu Sasaki Byrne is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the owner of NEATOPIA Coaching & Organizing Services. Yuzu helps busy ADHD families and individuals who struggle with executive functioning challenges get more productive and organized at home and office. She offers ADHD friendly-productivity and organizing strategies to help her clients bring more calm, balance, and peace to their lives. She loves traveling, learning, and reading, and gardening.


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.


Michelle Cicirello

As a former CPS high school teacher and Executive Director at National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Michelle spent over 15 years honing the skills of organization and productivity. Nothing could have more finely tuned those skills than becoming a mother of two. She founded Momentum Organizing with the vision of helping others reclaim their spaces and systems. She finds enjoyment in organizing spaces and schedules, and truly believes life is much richer and more fulfilling without physical and mental clutter. Being kind to the Earth is something she tries to incorporate into everything she does, and she approaches organizing jobs through that lens. She is an avid student of the robust continuing education provided by NAPO University.

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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