Sahiba Bassi (she/her/hers) was born in Jaipur, India. Her father served as a doctor in the Indian Army and her family has lived all across the country, moving every 2 years. With moving so often, packing, unpacking, decluttering and organizing were important skills she mastered quite early in her life!
However, her interests at that time lay elsewhere and she got her Bachelor's degree in Architecture and worked in that field for a while. Soon though, looking to grow professionally, she went on to pursue an MBA in Human Resources and worked in that field for a couple of years before meeting the love of her life, which brought her from India all the way to Boston in 2019.
Struggling to find a job in a similar field in Boston, she decided to put her passion (and skills!) for organizing to use and started her own business as a Professional Organizer in 2020. She has been a member of NAPO since then. Having had enough of Boston winters, she and her husband decided to move to Austin at the end of 2021 and she has been running a successful organizing business in Austin since then.
Today, she has worked with a lot of different clients all across Austin while adding residential organizing, household management badges, as well as Coaching to her repertoire. Her clients love working with her and are amazed at how she transforms not only their spaces but also their lives by having clutter-free, thoughtfully organized homes and offices!
Sahiba started volunteering with the book club, part of the membership committee at the national level at the beginning of 2022. She loves photography, trying out new restaurants and cafes with her husband and spending time with her pup.
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.
Lilly moved to Austin in 2019 with her cat, Moustache. Her background is in editing (grammar, punctuation), and she holds a B.A. in English. Lilly keeps busy running an online Etsy shop selling Scrabble items, Letters by Lilly; and by journaling about every day of her life since 2015!
She discovered her passion for organizing after working with her church, family, and downsizing a company, and finally made the leap from an unfulfilling corporate job to creating Revise Your Space, specializing in decluttering and organizing for busy professionals, where she's able to nurture her love of interacting with and helping people and working toward her dream of traveling the world.
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."
Director of Marketing
Amélie [Ah-meh-lee] Saint-Jacques (she/her/hers) is a TCK who grew up in Canada, the U.S., and China. She settled in Montreal, Quebec, for university, where she studied biology, psychology, journalism, and translation. (She would like it noted that education is subsidized in Quebec!)
She jumped right into a career as a translator (English-French), first writing subtitles for DVDs, then branching out to other types of written documents, both for the layperson and for specialized audiences.
A move to San Antonio eventually led to a career change, and she became a professional organizer specializing in home organizing, both in person and virtually. She had always enjoyed TV shows like Clean Sweep (2003) and loved applying what she saw in her own home as well as in her family members’ homes. Making organizing a career was a logical next step. She then became a Certified KonMari Consultant in 2021 to further help her clients.
Amélie volunteered with the NAPO Austin social media committee before becoming the Director of Marketing in 2022.
She now lives in San Antonio with her husband and their two children.
Amélie is a lactose-intolerant foodie who also enjoys knitting, reading, and travelling.
Director of Membership
Carol Jones (she/her/hers) created A Jones For Organizing in 2009 when she realized that she had been happily organizing her friends and family all her life. She has a talent for space design, and enjoys the Tetris-like aspect of improving storage efficiency in the closet-challenged mid-century homes of Austin. Carol became a professional organizer because she is a bit of an impatient slob, and she doesn't like to struggle with managing her own things. She helps her clients set up personalized systems that they can easily maintain, so that they can enjoy their home and belongings.
Carol's background is in tax work at the Internal Revenue Service, where she served as a technical specialist, curriculum developer, class instructor, and meeting facilitator. She went back to school later in life to briefly attend UT's School of Architecture, but decided that she didn't get along with calculus. She pivoted and graduated summa cum laude from Texas State University with a degree in History. She spent several years as a space planner at the Container Store before starting her business. Carol is a native Texan from San Antonio, has lived in Austin since 1985, and has been married to her husband for over 30 years. She served as NAPO Austin's Director of Membership from 2013 to 2020, and is happy to be back in her favorite Board position. When she's not helping her clients, she can be found letting Excel do the math for her, cooking, and reading a variety of books.
Director of Professional Development
Reba Bassett was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas (go Jayhawks!). She has a B.S. in Sports Medicine from John Brown University (Arkansas) and a M.Ed. in Exercise Science (Kansas), and moved to Austin, TX in 2010 to pursue a career in healthcare as an Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Through watching her first episode of Hoarders, she learned that all her organizing skills and tendencies could actually be of service to others in the Professional Organizing industry, but wasn't quite sure how to make that happen. After marrying her husband, Brent and starting a family, she realized the demands of her career were not conducive to her new family life, so she ended her 12 year healthcare career and launched her business Revelation Organizing in 2021. Reba loves working with families and individuals in creating systems and processes that give time back for what matters most - the people in our lives. She also loves the unique problems her clients face and finding Tetris-like solutions that meet their individual needs. This is Reba's first Board position and she is delighted to be serving such a quality and generous organization!
When not organizing or sleeping, Reba loves camping, hiking, exercise, spending time with her family, and hosting friends and neighbors in her home and backyard.
Immediate Past President
Kathy Blair, CPO® (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 one silly dog. As her children have grown and transitioned from homeschooling to a part-time school and beyond, 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 served as the NAPO Austin President from 2020-2023 and is currently serving as the Immediate Past President. She earned her Certified Professional Organizer, CPO®, credential in November of 2020 and is also a NAPO Golden Circle Member.
Kathy also enjoys reading, napping, chocolate, wine, thrift shopping, camping, and browsing Pinterest for new organizing ideas.
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