NAPO-NY Board of Directors

 

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 behaviors.  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 has earned three NAPO Specialist Certificates: Residential Specialist Workplace Productivity; and Life Transitions Specialist.

Deborah has always been a passionate volunteer both with NAPO-NY (3 terms as Treasurer, 1 term as VP), NAPO-NNJ (Treasurer, VP, Director at Large), and NAPO National (Ambassador, Conference Committee 2017). She is excited to serve as President of NAPO-NY and help grow the chapter to new heights.

Vice President

Bari Goldstein, Let's Get It Done! LLC

Bari spent her corporate career as a senior retail executive working for Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales.  Throughout her career she managed people, processes and projects.  She was known for her team building abilities as well as her strong organizational and project management skillsets. 

Bari founded Let’s Get It Done! in the spring of 2017 as a way to blend her innate and acquired skills with her passion for organizing. Bari’s organizing “career” began with her Barbie doll.  Playing Barbie for Bari was sorting like items into categories and assigning them homes in the Barbie Dreamhouse. Little did she know at the time that she was employing basic organizing concepts.  Bari uses her natural instincts and fashion aesthetic to create calm and inviting spaces for her clients. She has earned both the Residential and the Workplace Productivity Specialist certificates.

“I attribute NAPO-NY (NAPO) as being the corner stone of my business.  From the very beginning, I wanted to get involved and volunteered as a hospitality host and then became the hospitality coordinator. I believe in the power of collaboration and teams. I would like to give back to NAPO-NY by contributing my time and energy to the NAPO-NY executive board.”

Secretary

Paizhe Pressley, P Squared Away, LLC

Paizhe Pressley is the owner of P Squared Away, LLC, a professional organizing and move management company servicing New York City and the Hudson Valley.  She specializes in residential organizing and uses client-specific criteria, including attention to design preferences and household functionality, to create customized, easily maintained organizational solutions that are both practical and beautiful.  Paizhe believes an organized home saves time and money, reduces stress, and increases happiness.

“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

Lisa Engstrom, CPO, LIFE MADE EASIER Organizing Solutions

treasurer@napo-ny.net

Lisa's initials, LME, represent not only her name, but also her mission of Life Made Easier for clients and colleagues.

In her previous corporate life at a global consulting firm, Lisa managed global programs and budgets. She focused on running processes with maximum efficiency, minimum drama and full transparency. With a passion for understanding how to make organizations and people successful, she is excited to help our chapter and our members achieve their goals.

Lisa's previous volunteer positions with NAPO-NY include First Step Coordinator, Director of Membership and Director at Large. She looks forward to turning her attention to the Treasurer position to ensure the chapter continues our tradition of financial stability and investing wisely to maximize member benefits.

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

Angela Kantarellis, CPO, AKorganizing, LLC

Angela is the founder and owner of AKorganizing, LLC (AK), which she started in 2006 – the same year she joined NAPO-NY. She is a native New Yorker with a background in residential real estate and has a deep love of NY living with a keen sense of how to organize a NYC home. This passion has fueled her organizing business and inspired AK’s specialization in residential organizing, moving and unpacking. AK provides a team approach to organizing helping busy New Yorkers get unpacked and set up in their new homes quickly and beautifully.

Angela earned her undergraduate degree from New York University and her Masters in Psychology from the New School for Social Research. She is honored to have achieved the distinction of Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) and to be a member of NAPO’s Golden Circle.

Angela believes that NAPO is the gold standard in the organizing industry offering unparalleled resources, networking and education. She is a past Board member of NAPO-NY (Secretary 2011 – 2013) and since 2012 has served as the Prospective Member Ambassador. In this role she has the privilege of educating new and aspiring organizers about the profession and the benefits of chapter membership. She is thrilled to now join the NAPO-NY Board as Director of Membership to continue this tradition of excellence.

Business Partner Director

Cyndi Shattuck, Cyndi Shattuck Archiving

partner@napo-ny.net

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 Vic