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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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