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Election Results for NAPO-WDC’s 2015–2016 Board of Directors

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Congratulations go out to the new NAPO-WDC Board of Directors.

  • President – Vanessa Seifert, Squared Away Living, LLC 
  • Vice President – Mary Malmberg, Mary Pops in Organizing, LLC
  • Secretary – Janet Bloom, The Wise Organizer
  • Treasurer – Christine Fopma, Clutter to Clarity
  • Director of Administration – Cara Bretl, Re:Solutions by Cara, LLC
  • Director of Communication and Technology – Cecilia Anderson, Splendidly Organized
  • Director of Membership – Linda Pray, Organization Rehab
  • Director of Marketing – Suzette Smith, White Space 
  • Director of Corporate Partners – Lori Krause, Building Bridges Partners

The incoming board will take office on May 15th, 2015, but are already training for their new positions and planning future chapter meetings and events. Please volunteer your time and talents to a board member, join a committee and learn more about chapter leadership.

GO Month 2014 NAPO-WDC Style

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

NAPO-WDC started the New Year off right by jumping in with a huge GO Month project. Our chapter members don’t shy away from an organizing challenge and this one fit the bill. On Saturday, January 4th over 30 members of NAPO-WDC and 4 chapter Corporate Partners reorganized the warehouse of Women Giving Back. WGB is a non-profit group from the building industry that supports homeless women and their children with clothing to help them enter the workplace. Women Giving Back is an all volunteer group that services 100 shelters and programs each month, distributing over 50,000 items of clothing.

GOMonth1Altogether, including NAPO-WDC members, friends and family, more than 50 people participated in the event. And who knew? Virginia’s Governor-Elect, Terry McAulliffe stopped by to see what we were up to. NAPO-WDC chapter President Eileen LaGreca and GO Month Chairperson Maria White had a chance to speak with Governor McAulliffe about NAPO and our Get Organized project.


The day was filled with sorting donations, purging off-season clothing, setting up a more efficient work flow within the warehouse and of course labeling bins, tables and work zones so the Women Giving Back volunteers can more effectively service their clients. We worked tirelessly to great reviews, “WGB is looking fantastic! I feel like I can think and process so much better in there now! Yay!!! Thank you (NAPO-WDC) for bringing in the professionals .”



May Newsletter Is Here!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The May 2011 newsletter has been posted. It is fabulous! Check it out here.

February newsletter is posted!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

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September 2010 Newsletter Posted!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

That’s right! The September 2010 newsletter has been posted. Check it out here!

From the President, Janet Schiesl
After a long hot summer, I am glad to welcome everyone back to the NAPO-WDC chapter. I hope you had a profitable summer and are ready to get back into the swing of chapter activities.

During our summer break your board of directors met for two, day-long retreats. We worked to promote the chapter and the professional organizing industry, and to provide interesting and challenging activities for our members.

You can see the evidence of our efforts already. Have you been to our website lately? We now have a modern, easy to navigate site with great plans to expand it further this coming year. All of this work was done by our awesome Director of Technology Nealey Levi. Please join me in thanking her for all the time and energy she put into this massive effort.

Through the continuing work of Jackie Kelley, our director of membership, we had a net gain of two new members since our June meeting. Jackie is continuing her efforts with membership renewal going on right now. Please make Jackie’s day and renew your membership before the end of September. Our chapter is now 110 strong and we would like to continue to be a growing and vibrant group.

In addition to our new chapter members, we welcomed a new Corporate Partner over the summer. Susan Perez, our director of corporate partners, is launching a new effort to reach out to new and different professions that can
help us serve our clients.

In a little more than a month we will be hosting the 12th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Professional Organizers. Countless hours have been spent this summer to pull this event together. I’d like to thank all who helped, and are helping, including our conference committee chairs Judy Parkins, Deb Lee, Lauren Halagarda and Cris Sgott-Wheedleton. I must include a thank you to the numerous volunteers who have helped to plan MARCPO. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

This chapter is run totally by the volunteer efforts of its members. I’d like to invite all our new chapter members to step forward and volunteer to help. I promise you that you will receive more than you give.

For those of you who are returning, Welcome Back. If you are new to the chapter, I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming chapter meeting. Here’s to another great year.

Check us out in NAPO News!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Check us out in the Chapter Buzz section of the NAPO national newsletter!