Kathy Blair 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.
Ryan Lanier 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 second term and loves contributing to the success of the Chapter with her wild enthusiasm and general positivity!
Melynda Weiland 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.
Merilee opened Clutter Concierge in 2014 with the desire to help others reclaim their spaces in an organized and stylish manner. With an eye for design, Merilee strives to bring out the beauty in clients' homes while helping them organize what's important in their lives and eliminate the unnecessary. Her goal is to develop efficient, easy to maintain and beautiful solutions to keep her clients' lives and homes organized, allowing them to spend more time doing the things they enjoy with the people they love.
Merilee has lived in Austin since 1976. After spending several years in banking, she left the corporate world to help her husband build several business from the ground up. She has experience in bookkeeping, office management and customer service. Merilee has four children and two furry friends. In her free time she enjoys reading, decorating, and spending time with friends and family. She also maintains an Etsy store and an Ebay business for friends and clients looking to part with things while making a little extra spending cash.
Shawn 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.
Erin Morper has always loved organizing stuff, especially other people’s stuff! Her earliest organizing memory is from a family reunion - becoming so absorbed helping a cousin organize her room, that she was surprised to learn after dark that she had organized the day away!
After graduating with a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico, she explored various people-focused career directions, from bartending to marketing to real estate, but true inspiration came from helping friends and family organize various aspects of their lives.
Realizing that her innate gift could actually help people was one of the most gratifying and liberating discoveries of Erin’s life. Eventually her passion for people and organization led her to pursue organizing as an occupation, and in 2013 she started her business, Start Somewhere Organizing and Coaching, and joined The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO).
Erin joined the NAPO Austin chapter in 2017, stepped onto the NAPO Austin Board as Director of Marketing in 2018, and was awarded the President’s Award in 2019. Erin loves the sense of community and camaraderie that comes from engaging with this incredible group of professionals, and as the current Director of Membership, delights in welcoming new members to the chapter.
Erin specializes in working with people who have ADHD and relentlessly continues to build awareness and knowledge with memberships in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the Attention-Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA). With her partner for life, their two dogs, Wilbur and Zoe, and a cat named Khaleesi, she's right at home in Austin where she can stand up paddle board on Ladybird Lake, listen to live music any night of the week, and enjoy simply hanging out.
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.
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