NAPO-NY Board of Directors

 

President

Rachel Sager, ReSTART with Rachel

With a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College and a M.S.W. from Hunter College, Rachel began her career as a social worker, both as administrator and clinician. Rachel comes to this position with a dynamic personality and great people skills along with enthusiasm for and knowledge of the profession. As a leader, Rachel is ready to give back to NAPO-NY.

Vice President

Deborah Gussoff, CPO, In Order, Inc.

Deborah brings years of corporate and personal experience to professional organizing.  She maintains that her devotion to organizing stems from being raised by a “terminal pack-rat” with hoarding tendencies.  The house she grew up in was chaotic, and Deborah recalls spending weekends organizing the closets in her childhood bedroom as a way of rebelling!

Deborah received her BA in Psychology (cum laude) and her MBA in Marketing from New York University.  Prior to starting her business, In Order, Inc., in 1994, she spent over a decade as a corporate executive, marketing and coordinating events for multi-million-dollar consumer brands. Much of her job involved planning, organizing and keeping many balls in the air simultaneously!

In April 2007, she became part of the inaugural class of Certified Professional Organizers®, one of only approximately 200 organizers in the country to achieve this designation. In addition, she is a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and holds certificates of study in Chronic Disorganization, ADD and working with the Elderly. Deborah also holds certificates as a Residential Specialist and in Workplace Productivity through NAPO.

Deborah has always been a passionate volunteer both with NAPO-NY (3 terms as Treasurer), NAPO-NNJ (Treasurer, VP, Director at Large), and NAPO National (Ambassador, Conference Committee 2017). She is excited about returning to the NAPO-NY board after a hiatus of over 15 years.

Secretary

Paizhe Pressley, Happily Organized After

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, Paizhe has been in the industry for 2 years.  Prior to that she served as the Program Officer and Grants Manager for the Starr Cancer Consortium where she oversaw the logistics of a $10-20 million annual grant competition, planned and produced internal and external events, and developed the Visiting Fellows Program.

As a dedicated volunteer, Paizhe served as the adoption contract coordinator for two dog rescue organizations, and as the Treasurer on her Co-op’s Board of Directors.  She used her organizing expertise to orchestrate the clean-out of a junk-filled 2,200 sq. ft. basement, turning it into storage room with 65 individual storage spaces.

Paizhe is a clear and articulate communicator and a creative thinker who lives by the phrase "No what-ifs."  Her no-nonsense approach to difficult situations has served her personally and professionally to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

“I think it is important to contribute to my professional community.  Additionally, serving on the Board will provide me with an opportunity to develop new skills as well as build upon my existing experience and knowledge.”

Treasurer

Sarah Weingarten, Happy Spaces

treasurer@napo-ny.net

With a degree from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade before launching Happy Spaces a year ago. She managed both hotels and luxury apartment communities. "What I loved most about working in hospitality was the opportunity to help others. I also gained valuable experience managing financials, budgets, and working as part of a team, as well as leading a team."

As a volunteer, she donates an organizing session of up to 6 hours each month to a member of the COPE Organization and was a committee member for the Camp Hill Relay for Life from 2009 to 2011.

"I love working with numbers and creating budgets! I appreciate how helpful NAPO NY and its members have been in growing Happy Spaces and I would love to give back."

Director of Professional Development

Klara Carames, Klarify Co.

Klarify Co. was founded by Klara Carames in 2006. Prior to founding Klarify Co., Klara worked at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for 8 years as the executive assistant to the president. The Brooklyn Chamber, the largest chamber in New York City. Due to her strong organizing and multi-tasking skills, during her tenure at the Chamber, Klara also took on the roles of office manager, human resources administrator and coordinator for special events. Prior to working at the Brooklyn Chamber, Klara was a circulation director at Simmons-Boardman Publishing. She handled the circulation, with a staff that she managed in New York City and Omaha, Nebraska, 4 railroad magazines, a banking magazine and a marine magazine.

Klara's business includes working with busy executives and individuals experiencing personal transitions such as the death of a loved one or divorce. Klarify's professional organizing service and daily money management develops customized systems to efficiently handle digital and paper clutter, and space congestion in homes and offices. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, the Association of Daily Money Managers and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Though born in New York City, Klara grew up in Mexico City. When she was 12 the family moved to Michigan. She attended Oakland University and received a BA in Journalism. Klara lives in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn with her husband, 15-year old son, 1 dog and 2 cats.

Director of Membership

Dan Loya, Spaces Transformed

Dan Loya is a recent transplant from Philadelphia and a Los Angeles native, and he is excited to join the board of NAPO-New York! After attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, he also earned his Master of Science degree in Organizational Psychology. Along with his education, he incorporates experience as a former public school and college instructor, corporate trainer, and higher education recruiter into his practice as a professional organizer. Relying upon his vast background, Dan founded Spaces Transformed in Philadelphia in 2011.

While managing his business, he has been an avid volunteer with NAPO since he joined almost 6 years ago. As the Marketing Director for NAPO-GPC, he coordinated many successful events from Philly Home Shows to GO Month Expos. Nationally, Dan also serves as a NAPO Ambassador.

As Membership Director of NAPO-NY, Dan plans to streamline new member integration, while ensuring that our veteran members continue to discover the many invaluable benefits of membership.

Business Partner Director

Lon Epstein, The Junkluggers

Lon's overall ability to connect and engage with others is one attribute that makes him more than qualified for this position. He is extremely personable, adaptive, innovative, forward thinking and above all always open to new ideas. "Questioning the norm is something I often find myself doing because in anything, there's ways to improve and add more value. This is something I do on a daily basis in not just business but also life, how can we improve?"

Lon would like to get more involved and use his knowledge and experiences to add value in building the Business Partners group-- keeping contact information updated, helping to increase the variety of solutions for professional organizers to leverage and recommend to their clients, and also helping to act as a resource; a go to.

"I've built great business relationships and more importantly friendships that will last a long time. Everyone's been so welcoming and open to having discussions. I never would have thought this group would play such a vital role in The Junkluggers business. Since joining as a Business Partner, NAPO-NY has been an instrumental part of our success and that's well before I was involved."

Director of Marketing

Priti Patel, Simple Organizing, LLC

marketing@napo-ny.net

Priti began her career in corporate America overseeing online marketing operations for market research companies. She has repeated success in owning and driving strategy across various channels, including display, affiliate, search, social, and mobile. She is a big-picture strategist with international business exposure in roles requiring high attention to detail and adaptability. 

Priti considers herself a change and growth catalyst who excels in newly created positions in startup, expansion, or turnaround situations. She knows that her ownership mentality and comfort level in results-driven roles will allow her to make a valuable contribution to the NAPO-NY Board.

Priti has been an active member of NAPO-NY since she started her organizing business in 2015 and has been managing its newsletter for the past year. Given her past career and volunteer experience, she would be natural fit for this role and is ready to give back in a bigger capacity.

Director of Communications & Technology

David Saphier, David's Tech Concierge

technology@napo-ny.net

David is the Founder of David's Tech Concierge and Triton Technologies, a software development firm. He has worked on many teams, in business and as a volunteer, as a positive, constructive contributor. He is a Volunteer Advocate with Crime Victims Treatment Center, an advocacy and treatment group for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. He serves as a Co-op Board member, and has formed a neighborhood advocacy group to save neighborhood schools on the UWS.

As a Corporate Associate Member of NAPO NY, David finds it to be an incredibly supportive and well run group. "I would like to contribute in a constructive way."

Board Director at Large

Lisa Engstrom, LIFE MADE EASIER Organizing Solutions

A former Human Resources Director, Lisa focused on helping business leaders achieve their goals by ensuring  the right people received the right support to maximize their potential. With a passion for understanding how to make organizations and their people successful, she looks forward to applying her skills to help NAPO and our members achieve their goals.

As First Step Coordinator and Director of Membership, she has had the pleasure of meeting many new members. Lisa has enjoyed getting to know them and learning about their for motivations for joining NAPO. "I would love to apply the perspectives I have gained to benefit the broader membership in hopes of ensuring all of our members have a fulfilling experience with NAPO-NY."