Board of Directors for 2018-2019













Laurie Neumann

Laurie spent nearly two decades in the engineering and manufacturing operations before founding The Innovative Organizer, LLC in 2011. During her corporate career, she developed and implemented improvements to enhance productivity, improve quality, and reduce costs. In addition, she excelled at organizing and making information accessible. These skills translate directly to the organizing and productivity services she offers her clients in their homes, offices, and with their treasured family photos and memorabilia.

Anita Birsa

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.

Mackenzie Scott

After graduating with honors from the University of Missouri in the Spring of 2015, Mackenzie moved to Chicago Illinois to start her career in advertising. By fall however, she had begun pursuing her lifelong passion for organizing and in January of 2016 she had found her perfect fit as an associate of Mission 2 Organize. 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.


Kerry Dexter

After retiring from 30 years in the business world, Kerry wanted to use her experience to help others. Kerry and her husband moved frequently in support of their jobs and Kerry learned the importance of being organized at both home and work, and how to quickly set up new teams, offices, and households. She loves helping others create order out of the chaos that change brings. Kerry has been helping people get organized since 2013. When she's not organizing you can find her riding horses, reading, hiking, exercising, and taking pictures.

Elaine Quinn

Elaine has been organizing as a member of NAPO, since 2001 and for 25 years before that in every job she ever had. Elaine decided to become a Professional Organizer when she realized that her skills that she took for granted were not a part of everyone's skill set and that small business owners who are disorganized are making life harder than it needs to be. When not organizing, Elaine enjoys learning about Ancient Egypt.

Caroline Guntur

Growing up in small-town Sweden, Caroline used to organize and create inventories for her extensive My Little Pony collection. After moving to the U.S. in 1999, she kept organizing on a volunteer basis for several small businesses, and in 2009, the hobby finally turned into a career. Caroline specializes in remote digital organizing of photos, files, and other digital media, and loves to teach others how to be more productive. She currently divides her time between the United States and Sweden, and when not organizing, she enjoys traveling, singing, reading, and practicing archery.

Michelle Kinney

After trying on several other careers, including gallery manager, librarian, web designer, marketer, and fundraiser, Michelle decided to pursue her dream to be a professional organizer in 2016. She is the founder of Bloom Organizing LLC, specializing in helping busy families find more time and space for the things they love. When she’s not organizing, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, nine year-old daughter, and four cats.

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.

Elesheva Soloff

After many years of organizing friends’ homes, Elesheva opened Soloff Space Solutions in 2010 in Boston, MA. In 2014 she moved to Chicago as her home-base and sometimes travel to clients. She loves working with clients to convert their frustrations into customized solutions. In her spare time she's exploring Chicago, running by the lake front or climbing.

Jackie Mendelsohn

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University with a Bachelor’s in psychology, Jackie decided to pursue her passion for organizing. She founded Om Your Home in 2016 and has been using her knowledge of psychology and her organizing expertise to help others lead a more organized, stress-free life. When she is not organizing you can find her spending quality time with her friends and family, playing with her dog Ernest, traveling, and volunteering for animal rescues.

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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