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NAPO-NY Board of Directors

 

President

Rachel Sager

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.

Secretary

Erin Eggers Hayes

Hailing from the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Erin Hayes has been an organizer since she was 9 years old. She would move from room to room of her family's home, purging and defining spaces. Little did she know that a whole industry existed to feed her addiction. Now a professional organizer and busy growing her own business, she also spends time collaborating with and assisting fellow organizers in various projects around the city. "I love getting to know people by learning what they cherish most. People's needs and spaces vary, but no matter how much room we find, everyone is happy when everything has a home."

"I am honored and excited to serve as NAPO-NY secretary."

Treasurer

Sarah Weingarten, Happy Spaces

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. 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

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 for three years, she had the pleasure of meeting many new members as they volunteered for workshops and sorting events. 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."

Director of Communications & Technology

David Saphier, David's Tech Concierge

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."

Director of Marketing

Cyndi Shattuck, Cyndi Shattuck Archiving

Cyndi worked as an Art Director and Creative Director for 10 years, first at the "Philadelphia Weekly" and then at "The Wall Street Journal", and WSJ.com and Barrons Online. She conceived, art directed and created original info graphics, illustration and photography for print and web at all publications. She has worked in 4 different time zones in a single day and spent a decade trying to "sell" stories to readers and help them understand the news in a clear and interesting way. She worked with some of the top journalists in the world writing headlines, captions, doing research, designing graphics and editing copy late into the night, managing up to 12 people at a time in 2 different time zones! Cyndi was a contributing member of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Cyndi deeply believes that what we do at NAPO is so important. She has seen the dark side of human nature up close as a journalist and knows that any bit of relief, space, empathy and help we can provide in the world is so essential. She has been honored to be part of an organization that is so supportive of these ideals, working alongside so many professionals who have built and are building wonderful businesses.

Cyndi managed the NAPO-NY Business Resources list, helping to add more categories, add more content and verify existing content. She has also managed the NAPO-NY Google Group since it started a few years ago. She is dedicated to NAPO-NY and loves the community and feels this is a position she could naturally help with, using her background in writing and journalism.

Associate Member 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 CAM's 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 Corporate Associate Member, NAPO-NY has been an instrumental part of our success and that's well before I was involved."

Immediate Past President

Collette Shine

Collette Shine founded Organize and Shine, LLC after joining NAPO-NY in 2008. A strong believer in volunteering and education, Collette started volunteering as webinar chair.  She soon moved to the NAPO-NY Board as Professional Development Director, a position she held for four years. 
 
Having served three years as President of the chapter, Collette looks forward to continuing to bring her energy and excitement to NAPO.  She is committed to strengthening NAPO's community of professional organizers and trusted colleagues in a professional yet supportive way as well as supporting the NAPO-NY Board.
 
Collette specializes in residential organizing and especially enjoys working with photographs and photo projects.
 
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) and the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO).