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Collette Shine has been a member of NAPO-NY since 2008. A strong believer in the importance of volunteering and education, Collette right away volunteered as webinar chair. She soon moved onto the NAPO-NY Board in the role of Professional Development Director (PDD) where she served for four years.
Currently serving in the role as President of the chapter, Collette looks forward to continuing to bring her energy and excitement to NAPO-NY. She is committed to strengthening NAPO-NY’s community of professional organizers and trusted colleagues in a professional yet supportive way as well as supporting the members of the NAPO-NY Board.
When Collette dove into the world of professional organizing, one of the important things she discovered was that getting organized is not so much about the stuff as it is about helping people. That realization led Collette to start Organize and Shine, LLC. Collette specializes in residential and office organizing and especially enjoys working with photographs and photo projects.
Collette’s prior business experience in both marketing and project management in the specialized furniture and fashion industries helped her develop skills that fit perfectly with professional organizing. Collette has an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a MBA from Fordham University.
In addition to being a member of NAPO, Collette is a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) as well as the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO).
Alyssa Younger, President of Master Plan Organizers, has been organizing New York residents and businesses since 2004. She not only helps individuals get organized in their homes and businesses but she also teaches time management and goal setting skills. She has served at the chapter’s Membership Director since 2007 and received her certification as a Certified Professional Organizer that same year.
Alyssa is also a member of the Institute of Chronic Disorganization. She uses many of these skills when working with her clients who struggle to manage extraordinary circumstances such as Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys traveling to other countries where she often volunteers her time to those in need and enjoys sharing her organizing skills.
Rebecca Wood is the founder of rebeccaREorganize, specializing in paper and data management, whose mission is to help people simplify their systems and data to make room for what’s truly important in their lives. She’s known for her attention to detail and reliability and infuses each client session with fun and creativity. She has lived in New York City for more than eight years during which she gained valuable insight and experience through her work at various financial firms and non-profit organizations.
Rebecca originally hails from the Washington, D.C. area, has a background in the creative arts, and earned her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Though she joined NAPO just last year, it became very clear how beneficial this organization and the NY chapter are to professional organizers. She’s excited and honored to serve on the board as secretary.
Tonia Gaudiuso is the Founder of Cut the Chaos Consulting, a company that works with small businesses, social, and creative entrepreneurs to create financial and operating structures for their business so they can focus on their passion. The core focus is to empower entrepreneurs to transform their lives to be financially free and happy by providing simple solutions. The company values passion, simplicity, accountability, integrity, honesty, excellence, joy, and being in service to their clients.
A graduate of Pace University with a Bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in psychology, Tonia was raised in Brooklyn and is currently living in Manhattan. She’s worked in an office environment managing for over 10 years. Through her years working she discovered the natural ability to create unique solutions to business issues that result from disorganization, lack of time, stress, etc.
Creating Cut the Chaos Consulting was a way to combine her desire to help people with her passion for creating systems so entrepreneurs and small businesses can thrive. The mission is to make people aware of the benefits of being better organized so they can free themselves up to do what they love to do. There is no better feeling than completing a job and seeing the smile and sense of relief on a client’s face.
Director of Professional Development
Sandra began her organizational journey as a young girl. She was constantly rearranging furniture, decorating and organizing in order to transform her environment. Sandra’s mom didn't always appreciate these organizational whims and never knew if/when the furniture or cabinet contents would be in the same place when she returned home from the office. Professional Organizer, Linda Parks responded quite differently to Sandra’s talent. She immediately put Sandra to work for her Chicago based company, Clear Your Space. Sandra was a natural and quickly became an invaluable team member.
After 5 years of organizing, staging and managing moves for hundreds of clients, Sandra followed her heart to NYC and pursued a dream of making television.
She went on to become an award-winning Producer, working with national and global brands including Disney, Nickelodeon, General Mills, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble. Sandra also worked with dozens of schools, film festivals and small businesses to develop children’s production workshops and classes. Although her endeavors within the arts were rewarding, Sandra feels there’s nothing like the immediate satisfaction of transforming a physical space and helping clients on their journey towards organized living.
Sandra returned to her roots, recently partnering with her mentor Linda Parks to open Clear Your Space East. She travels between Chicago and New York to clear clutter one space at a time. Sandra is a NAPO member and currently serves as the NAPO-NY Director of Professional Development.
Director of Membership
Anna Lieber has over four decades of experience in organizing, design, publishing, and marketing. She founded Organized Space Works, NYC in 2007 as a Division of Lieber Brewster Design, Inc. to help individuals, entrepreneurs and corporate clients leverage their time and space for greater results. As a Professional Organizer, Coach and Home Stager, her work centers on clients in transition. Her areas of expertise include project management, business productivity, estate clearing, space planning, downsizing, organizing and relocation.
Anna brings a strong design sensibility, business background, and passion to organizing, interior design and antiques, believing that both form and function contribute to the good life.
Anna presented on time management at NAPO-NY’s conference “Organize with New York Style” in 2011 and has written press releases for the NY Chapter for three years. She is proud to be a member of NAPO’s Golden Circle.
Anna is also a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and often works with individuals challenged by chronic disorganization, ADD and hoarding disorder. In 2014, she assisted with a clear out on TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Anna is currently writing a book on hoarding disorder, her experiences with clients, causes, complications and remedies.
Anna previously operated Lieber Brewster Design, Inc., a marketing design/ communications company founded in 1988 to serve top-tier corporations and nonprofits. She was featured in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” as one of five women business owners bouncing back after 9/11.
Anna is an accomplished speaker, writer and teacher. She has taught courses in marketing, competitive intelligence and internet copywriting at NYU. She has taught time management at FIT’s Enterprise Center. Her articles on time management, business risk and brand strategy have been published in the NY Enterprise Report and online.
As Membership Director, Anna’s goals include developing effective processes, expanding the Membership team, and improving Membership web pages.
She hopes to continue to channel her entrepreneurial spirit into her role as Membership Director, encouraging members to make their own unique contribution to the growing organizing industry.
Director of Communications & Technology
Marcia Morante is the owner and CEO of New York based Productive Organizing. She has been a small business owner for 12 years and shares with her small business clients all that she’s learned about working productively, managing time, using technology and above all, achieving results. Prior to founding her own business in 2001, Marcia worked for 20+ years in technical and managerial capacities with search and content management software companies.
Marcia joined NAPO in 2011. She wrote for the NAPO-NY newsletter and currently serves on the Board as Communications and Technology Director. She is also a Director of the non-profit Human Spirit Initiative and has served on the Executive Committees of the Information Architecture Institute and the New York chapter of the Usability Professionals Association.
Director of Marketing
Become Organized was founded in 2008 by Jessica Decker. She graduated from George Mason University with her MBA in 2009, after completing a BS in Marketing in 2005. To augment her formal education, Jessica completed classes in time management and Feng Shui. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), active in the New York chapter, and is working towards her accreditation as a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO). Jessica trained with a professional organizer and brings hundreds of hours of organizing experience to each project.
With her experience in childcare, Jessica specializes in organizing for families, adopting a tailored approach to suit each family’s individual needs. She believes that an organized home reduces stress for all family members by creating an environment of order and harmony. With endless patience and understanding, she works with children to organize their space – which increases accountability, improves concentration, and builds self-esteem.
Jessica has more than 10 years of business experience, managing and coordinating projects, resources, and people. This corporate background makes her adept at managing time, communicating issues, solving problems, and organizing filing systems to make retrieval effortless.
Jessica has a natural affinity for organizing and loves working with her clients to maximize space and minimize stress.
Associate Member Director
Colleen Lonergan is the owner and operator of Colleen Lonergan Studio. A design firm that incorporates all of the expert skills she has acquired over the years working as a fine artist, professional painter and Feng Shui/energy efficiency consultant to create the most beautifully efficient interiors that support healthy creative living.
Her services include expert color consulting, interior design solutions, relocation services and professional painting.
Colleen’s background is in Fine Art. She received a BFA from Hunter College in 2001. She has also studied Feng Shui and is LEED Green Associate Certified.
Immediate Past President
Stephanie Shalofsky is the founder of The Organizing Zone whose mission is to help small companies and individuals transform their combat zones into comfort zones. Since 2008, she has used her creativity and passion for organizing, honed over 20+ years in corporate management and operations, to create customized solutions for her clients so that they are more productive, less stressed and have more time in their day. As a New York City resident and home-based business owner, Stephanie has experienced first-hand many of the same challenges facing her clients.
Stephanie has been a member of NAPO-NY since 2007 and recently completed her second term as President of the chapter. Her prior service to the chapter includes 3 years as Marketing Director and stints as Newsletter Ad Sales Manager and PR Coordinator. Stephanie is also a Golden Circle member.
Director at Large
Lydia Thomas founded Power Thru The Clutter, LLC in 2013 as a result of helping friends and family through the years as they moved, downsized, reorganized or just cleaned out.
Throughout her corporate career, she set up executive offices, organized and maintained meeting and travel schedules, oversaw the management systems for a sales team that represented 80% of the corporation’s business and developed marketing strategies for their largest clients. In subsequent years, Lydia earned her Master’s Degree in Education Science specializing in Learning Disabilities while teaching children with special needs in afterschool programs. While working for a large, private not-for-profit organization in Manhattan, Lydia was the manager of volunteers where she recruited, trained and developed the program content. Most recently, she was the director of a department in the same not-for-profit organization, managing numerous events concurrently to maximize fundraising potential.
Lydia has been a member of NAPO and NAPO-NY since 2013. She has been the committee chair for GO Month for the last two years.