Kathy Blair (she/her/hers) was born in San Antonio, Texas and has called Austin home since 2004. She married her college sweetheart in 1994, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1995.
After spending several years practicing social work, Kathy began a new season in her life as a stay-at-home mom. She has three wonderfully unique kids and two silly dogs. As her children have grown and transitioned from homeschooling to a part-time school, Kathy's passion for organizing has also grown from a hobby and a way to help her friends and family into a business that she's crazy proud of. She believes that order in one’s outer environment leads to inner calm and focus, and loves sharing that feeling of peace with her clients! Kathy started her volunteer role in NAPO Austin as the Director of Professional Development. She began her term as the NAPO Austin President in 2020. She earned her Certified Professional Organizer, CPO®, credential in November of 2020.
Kathy also enjoys reading, napping, chocolate, wine, thrift shopping, camping, and browsing Pinterest for new organizing ideas.
Jeff Julia (he/him/his) joined our Board in May of 2021 for his first term as Vice President. His personal mission is, "to make the complex simple," and to ensure all of his clients spend their weekends doing what they love most.
Born and raised in central Connecticut, Jeff earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. From there, he began a career in energy efficiency and eventually published an award-winning book in 2017.
A career pivot led him to professional organizing in 2019. His background in efficiency engineering plays a critical role in how he organizes. Placing strong emphasis on design principles and workflows, he believes professional organizing is the bridge that reconnects people to activities they love most, but have been disconnected from.
Jeff married his wife, Abigail Hunter Julia, and moved to Austin, TX in 2015. When he's not organizing, you can find him on a bike ride around Town Lake or relaxing by the pool reading a nonfiction book.
Melynda Weiland (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Arizona and has now been a proud resident of Austin, Texas for 11 years. In 1999, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University and is a former, licensed Interior Designer with 7 years experience. Melynda is a trained professional organizer and a member of The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) where she has completed training on various organizing systems and techniques. She has a Residential Specialist Certification from NAPO and is currently working toward her CPO certification.
In her past experience as an interior designer, Melynda’s duties reached far beyond the cosmetic decor of a space. Designing and organizing went hand in hand naturally while working a client’s needs and desires into a finished project. Melynda says she has always been organized, but it wasn’t until taking care of her son and household, while her husband traveled for work, that she was challenged to a whole new level of keeping her life in order. It was then that she uncovered her passion for organizing. Order to Everything was created out of Melynda’s love of interior spaces and the joy that comes from keeping it all in order. Today, she is able to combine what comes naturally to her in her everyday life with helping and encouraging others to create spaces they truly feel comfortable in.
Attention to detail and label makers make Melynda light up and her passions and hobbies of organizing, scrapbooking and wine with friends will take her straight to her happy place.
Lindsay Palmgren (she/her/hers) was born in southeastern Michigan to a family of entrepreneurs. Her childhood frequently involved spending many days at her parent’s workplaces, often assisting with various office tasks like faxing, filing and organizing office supplies, in exchange for a McDonald’s apple pie and a crisp $5 bill! Lindsay obtained her Bachelors degree from Northwood University in Michigan and majored in Advertising, Marketing and Business Management.
What followed next was whirlwind of a career in marketing and advertising in various industries, such as print media, and market research. Lindsay enjoyed creating new ways to improve efficiency and productivity wherever she went, and frequently found herself in front of spreadsheets, leading meetings about database efficiency, and color-coding files. Several years later, after juggling the corporate business world, getting married, having two children, and moving to Texas in 2010, it should come as no surprise that Lindsay became a Professional Organizer and started her own business, 3e Organizing. Lindsay values her time with clients, and has a reputation for making sure each person she connects with feels honored and respected in the process of getting organized. She aims to provide everyone with the 3e’s: Energy, Empathy, and Empowerment.
A self-proclaimed education junkie, Lindsay enjoys being a member of NAPO and taking advantage of all the classes and learning opportunities she can find. She has completed several organizer training programs, the NAPO Household Management Certificate, NAPO Residential Organizing Certificate, and is currently working on coaching courses through Coach Approach. Lindsay is very active in her community, and believes in forming community through volunteer work with various organizations, including her children’s school PTAs, service and social groups. Eventually, after winning the award for “Most Meetings Attended” (twice!), the Austin NAPO Chapter finally persuaded her to join the board as the Treasurer this year, and she is excited and proud to serve in this role.
When she’s not glued to her computer or a label-maker, Lindsay can be found binge-watching reruns of “Friends”, exploring Austin with her husband and two kids in search of the best breakfast tacos, growing her plant collection, or doing crafts. She has also been known to ‘get down’ to 1990’s R&B and eat chocolate while hiding from her kids."
Shawn (she/her/hers) is relatively new to professional organizing. She loves finding new, interesting, practical, and attractive ways to use space - especially helping women in transitions to reclaim, refresh and shift the energy in their space.
She’s always been a geek about home organization, though readily admits that her nerd shows up more in what’s behind a closet or cabinet door or drawer than what’s in plain view - reorganizing her own pantry or closets is something she does to unwind! “My sister in law used to give people tours of my closets and cabinets when I’d have guests over”, she tells. The creativity of combining beauty and function to create spaces that welcome, serve and inspire, sparked Shawn to start her business, Home Style Harmony.
Shawn grew up in the Seattle area, and detoured through Santa Monica before relocating to the Austin area, where she’s at home in what feels like a Seattle sister-city. She earned a degree in Technical Arts and a Bachelors in Marketing Management, and her background includes teaching in adult education as well as over a decade of corporate marketing and sales consulting. She joined NAPO Austin shortly after moving to Cedar Park in July 2019, and joined our Board as Director of Marketing in May 2020.
Ryan Lanier (she/her/hers) is a transplant Texan who grew up in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation in 1993, she went "out there" and did a volunteer year in Robstown, TX, to teach 3rd and 4th grade at St Anthony's Catholic School. Following that she made her way to Austin, reuniting with her college sweetheart and taking a Spanish teaching job at St Stephen's Episcopal School.
Ryan started her business in 2017 under the name Love Your Space Organizing and fell head over heels with NAPO, NAPO-Austin, and working side-by-side with clients in their homes. She has done some speaking for area groups to address downsizing and paper clutter. In 2020, and the onset of all things COVID-19, she not only changed her name to Organizing4Good LLC but also has pivoted her business into the online space with virtual organizing and coaching groups to address the needs of her clients' focus issues.
She joined the NAPO-ATX board in 2019 as Vice President and is now in her third term, currently serving as Director of Membership. Ryan loves contributing to the success of the Chapter with her wild enthusiasm and general positivity!
Jamie Steele first fell in love with productivity and efficiency after reading Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. Getting things done in pockets of time where she was standing or sitting around with nothing to do became an obsession of hers. There is always something to do you just have to be prepared to do it became her motto.
Jamie's passion for technology also started at a young age. Her parents are programmers. They taught her to be respectful but not afraid of technology. She helps her clients utilize their technology to automate tasks that would take hours to do otherwise. She teaches them to be brave and explore what their technology can do for them.
Before opening her organizing business, Jamie worked as an administrative manager at a busy Austin restaurant where she was responsible for creating and maintaining systems to help the restaurant run more efficiently. These systems included time and space planning to aid in the number one goal of guest satisfaction. Jamie also has a background in retail management where she initially learned the importance of managing time and space through proper scheduling and and maintaining store displays and stock rooms.
Jamie lives in Pflugerville, Texas with her husband and son. She is an animal lover with two dogs, a leopard gecko, and usually a foster dog or two . To unwind and find space in her day, she enjoys walking her dogs, reading, and playing video games with her son.
From a very early age, Christina Miser has been interested in effectiveness, productivity and organization. Christina (she/her/hers) grew up making it a hobby to organize different areas of her house, whether it was a kitchen drawer, a linen closet, or her siblings’ rooms. Though she didn’t immediately jump into the profession, she always knew organizing would be a big part of her life.
Christina grew up in Hartford, CT, went to high school in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, when she and her family moved there in 2002, and then attended Northeastern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with a minor in Spanish. During that time, she became interested in event planning at the University’s student center and jumped into the hospitality industry after graduating. She worked at a downtown boutique hotel for 5 years, wearing many different hats and after 10 years in Boston, she decided it was time for a change. In 2015, she moved to Austin, TX, where she worked in a couple of different hotels and finally landed herself at an Event Planning agency.
An opportunity to start Checkbox Consulting opened up for Christina in 2020. While she hadn’t had her own company prior, family and friends had hired her throughout the years to organize their wardrobes, home offices and storage, to coordinate moves, and to manage estate transitions. She knew it was time to embrace this new venture with open arms!
Christina has transitioned many times in her life, from Connecticut to The Netherlands, to Boston, to Buenos Aires and finally Austin in 2015. She appreciates, understands, and has a passion for those who are dealing with life changes, whether it’s a move from home to home, a divorce or new marriage, a death of a loved one, a birth of a child or retirement. She has a special interest in making these transitions simple and manageable for her clients by assisting them in organizing their life, one checkbox at a time.
Christina lives in Hutto, TX, with her partner, Matthew, and dog, Dexter. She loves to socialize with friends, travel the world, and keep herself fit through exercise. To unwind, she’ll spend time cooking, trying out new recipes, and snuggling up with Matthew to watch a new movie and enjoy a glass of wine. In her own home and through working with other people, she is keenly aware that productivity and organization are keys to enjoyable and successful living.
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