Connie is also a past member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers. NASMM is a 501(c)(6), not-for-profit, professional association of organizations dedicated to assisting older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes.
Certification...In June 2008, Connie earned the designation Certified Professional Organizer-CPO® from the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers an Affiliate of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. The CPO® designation is awarded to candidates who successfully pass an exam, can document a minimum of 1500 hours of paid work experience, and who agree to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers.
In October 2008, Connie earned the designation of Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist-CRTS (TM) from MoveSeniors.com . While she no longer does actual move jobs, please be aware working with an Organizer in advance of a move can be very beneficial. Not only can the amount of items to be moved from the old house be reduced, but it will be easier to get settled in at the new location. Several of her clients were saavy enough to call her 6-9 months prior to the actual move to help them pare down. Then, for those moving locally, most called her in to organize the new home since she was familiar with the family's household goods and how the family functioned.
Education and Background...Connie earned her B. A. in Psychology from California State University, East Bay. She completed her Masters degree in Human Resources and Organization Development at the University of San Francisco.
Her primary work background is in Information Technology. During her varied 20 year career at Pacific Bell (now AT&T), she held positions such as Systems Analyst, Data Communications Network Engineer, Project Manager, and Technical Trainer. After AT&T, she managed a variety of IT projects at organizations such as The Gap, Fujitsu, Community Hospital of Monterey, Legacy Partners, and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.
Special Training...Connie is a past member of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization NSGCD (now known as the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, ICD) and has earned 9 of their Level I Certificates of Study and both of their Level II Certificates:
LEVEL I Certificates (5-6 Seminar hours each):
LEVEL II Certificates (Seminar hours plus a General Exam for each certificate):
- Chronically Disorganized Specialist Certificate
- ADD Specialist Certificate
Connie in the News...
- "Moving Sale" an article on preparation for a garage sale. In the Oakland Tribune/Tri-Valley Herald, Sunday March 21, 2004.
- "Cleaning Garage a Matter of Making Decisions" an article on reorganizing the garage published in the Oakland Tribune/Tri-Valley Herald, Saturday April 30, 2005.
Connie's Public Speaking Events and Appearances...
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland (Healthy Aging Class). On April 8, 2009 Connie spoke to the seniors on "Organizing for Life Transitions."
San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Connie was one of four Chapter members on a panel of experts. Her focus was on organizing for the seniors. Check out San Francisco NAPO Chapter Upcoming Events for other exciting organizing topics each month.
Amador Valley Network. ("When Your Clients or Customers are Disorganized").
Senior Support of the Tri-Valley ("Organizing Tips for Family Caregivers")
Fremont Branch of the Alameda County Library; a joint presentation of the Alameda County Library and Tri-City Elders Coalition ("Organizing Tips for Seniors").
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, sponsored by the LLNL Employee Assistance Program ("Organizing Tips for Family Caregivers").
KQED Pledge Drive. Connie and other members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) support KQED.
City of Fremont, Circles of Caring Support Group for Caregivers ("Organizing Tips for Family Caregivers").
Organizer to the Rescue Helps the Community... Organizer to the Rescue believes in community involvement. As a business, one of my favorite things to do is to donate 3 hours of professional organizing services to silent auction fundraisers that benefit good causes. If you represent a local charity and are planning an upcoming fundraiser, please contact me if you are interested in a donation. The item will definitely get you some high bids because everyone wants to get organized and what better way to begin to get organized and, at the same time, support a favorite charity!
Here are the charity fundraisers that Organizer to the Rescue has donated to:
- Taylor Family Foundation "Day in the Park" (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013)
- Valley Children's Museum "Big Hands Helping Little Hands"
- Habitat for Humanity "An Enchanted Garden"
- Dublin Senior Foundation "A Classic Affair"
- Livermore Winegrowers "Fantastic Wine Adventure"
- Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy "Concert for a Cure"
- Pleasanton Partners in Education "Creating Educational Opportunities"
- Meals on Wheels "Annual Crab Feed"
- Valley Children's Museum "Big Hands Helping Little Hands 2"
- Habitat for Humanity "Lights of Hope"
- Greenbrook Elementary (Danville) Home Tour Fundraiser
- College Park High School Athletic Boosters Crab Feed
- Soft Coated Wheatens of Northern California Specialty Raffle
- Horizon of Hope (Breast Cancer research)
- Bay Area Crisis Nursery "Fall Gala"
- John Knox Presbyterian Church Holiday Tea
- Valley Christian Schools (Dublin) "Road to Excellence" Online Auction (2010)
- Walt Disney Elementary School (San Ramon) Online Auction (2014)
And here are non-profits that have benefited from Organizer to the Rescue's donation of direct time or materials:
- Sutter Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Concord
- Vallecitos Center for Education and Training of Hayward
- Senior Support of the Tri-Valley (2003, 2007)
- Danville Chamber of Commerce
- 7th Annual Mills-Peninsula's Women's Luncheon & Lecture (2008)
- Recycle for Breast Cancer (E-waste recycling)
- Shepherd's Gate (Thrift shop serving battered women and their children)
- Salvation Army
- Hospice of the East Bay