Thursday, December 08, 2016
About UsMeet the "GO" Team
  Dana Bilbray
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In May, 2009, Dana joined Get Organized! as a part-time assistant and in October, 2013, has become the company’s first full-time employee. Her role as Executive Assistant utilizes her organizational skills, attention to detail, and passion for the growth and success of our company.
 

Dana started her career with a graphic design degree and an interest in advertising. This led first to the design of billboards, then managing designers in a print shop, and to her last job as a production manager at a book publishing company. She currently uses her organizing strengths to work full time for Get Organized!, assist a company handling graduation supplies for high school seniors, be an active volunteer presence in her community, and thrive as a mom and future grandmother.
 

Dana loves to manage people and processes. This allows her to be effective whether helping with scheduling organizers, assisting with event plans, or editing contracts or marketing materials. As Get Organized! continues to grow in territory coverage and breadth of services, she will use her leadership and organizational skills to protect the Get Organized! brand and push GO to the next level.


Dana Bilbray - Executive Assistant
Dana Bilbray, Executive Assistant


Dana is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to a grandson. All are college graduates, focused, organized, and involved with family. With a clear vision (her amazing eyes are not Photoshopped in this picture) for protecting and promoting the mission of Get Organized! and its founder, Dana has been and will continue to be a huge asset to the company.

 
 
    
  Melissa True
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Melissa joins Get Organized! to assist in the office and train to become a professional organizer for our business and residential clients. She obtained her degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and spent 13 years working in corporate accounting and finance. Although her experience is in a detail-oriented industry, Melissa also has the unique ability to see the bigger picture. Her goal is to help our clients whether in their office or their home.
 

With experience in managing her own household, Melissa is enthusiastic about organizing all areas of the home with particular strengths in organizing budgets, household finances, paper management systems, kitchens, child bedroom/play areas, and garages. She is handy with tools, a skill needed for assembling furniture, installing shelves, and hanging artwork for clients. She also offers a wealth of insight and wisdom on how to tackle the overall management of the home environment.
 

Melissa is an active listener. She quickly identifies functional needs in a space and efficiently moves to solutions and accomplishing necessary tasks. There is no organizing challenge too big and her attention to detail will ensure that nothing is overlooked.


Melissa True - Office Manager
Melissa True, Office Manager


Besides organizing, Melissa’s other interests include baking, reading, and spending time with young people. She has an active family with 2 young children. She spends much of her time volunteering at her church in the youth department and is an excellent elementary Room Mom.

 
 
    
  Kym Calloway
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Kym has a natural ability for creating functional and beautiful spaces for her clients. Giving items a home, developing organizing systems, and helping clients be more productive with the time they have is her passion. Her goal is to assist others in eliminating clutter, getting organized, and staying organized through space planning and process implementation.

If you need someone handy with tools, Kym is your DIY girl, able to install shelves and put together bookshelves and other organizing products. IKEA furniture building is no problem, and Kym has configured many great storage systems with IKEA products.

As a task oriented person, Kym has skills in the areas of organizing closets and dressing rooms, managing household bills and paper clutter, and going paperless. She also has firsthand experience with planning, organizing, and installations in spaces of new homes including appliances, closets, décor, and more.


Kym Calloway - Affiliate/Organizer
Kym Calloway, Affiliate/Organizer


On April 3, 2012, Kym and her husband’s home was hit by an F-2 tornado. Being organized and prepared, Kym grabbed her families’ emergency kit and headed for the safest place in her home. Her home was destroyed by the storm, and since that day she has been rebuilding her home and life literally from the ground up. This experience places Kym in a very unique and gifted position of not only helping her clients plan and organize a new home, but to also include a sense of preparedness when organizing her clients. She wants her clients to be prepared for unexpected disastrous situations.

On a personal note, Kym is married, has a daughter who is 10 years old, and is a dog lover. She loves hunting for treasure at garage sales and thrift stores. Kym has a background in both Windows and Mac, and has been in the organizing industry since 2006.

 
 
    
  Cathy Page
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Cathy came to Texas via Albuquerque and is happy to be here. She has been a home organizer for the last twenty years after ten years of working as a secretary honing her filing, payroll, and data entry skills. Cathy's friends say organizing is her forte!

She has used her natural abilities as a customer service office manager, in accounting, and as a coordinator for a co-op of over 200 families. Cathy homeschooled her children for fifteen years while managing her household and became familiar with the college application and planning process. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, baking, and has excellent time management skills.

One of the most important characteristics that Cathy brings to Get Organized! is the wisdom of running and managing a home and family for many years. She knows what a family needs to function efficiently and will apply that knowledge to organizing your space and improving your life.


Cathy Page - Client Manager/Organizer
Cathy Page, Client Manager/Organizer


Once Cathy evaluates the scope of the job she will quickly formulate a plan of action and is skilled at keeping the client and the team focused on the overall goal.

 
 
    
  Karla Koehler
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Karla began her career in the airline industry as a reservation agent for American Airlines, and then worked as a corporate travel consultant for over 15 years. Her life experiences from domestic and international travel greatly influenced her decorative tastes and broadened her abilities to visualize, organize, and combine various approaches to design.

With great creativity and an eye for color and style, Karla can visualize improvements for any space whether for organizing or décor. She is not afraid to get in the trenches in the messiest of areas and will purge, organize, simplify, display, arrange, and beautify all aspects of your home or business. One of the comments we often get is that Karla can turn closets into boutiques; making closets that are both beautiful and organized.

Karla is excellent at setting up a new home, staging for the quick home sale, and is one of our lead Christmas in-home decorators. She can turn any home into a Christmas wonderland. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail allow her to reach her goal of “magazine perfect”. Karla’s down to earth, approachable personality makes her easy to work with and she gives each space the function, flavor, and style it deserves.


Karla Koehler - Organizer
Karla Koehler, Organizer


On a personal note, Karla is bilingual in English and Spanish and enjoys yoga, world travel, reading, gift wrapping, and entertaining. She lives in north Plano with her two wire fox terriers, Forrest and Tiffany.

 
 
    
  Dorrie Rayburn
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Dorrie is an Indiana native, but now calls Wylie, Texas, home. She started her working career in new home interior design, followed by years in banking and then the cellular industry. Dorrie owned her own interior design business for several years until she decided to focus on raising her family.
 

As Dorrie and her husband, Brian, a law enforcement officer, raised their family, her organizational skills helped her effectively run their household and home school their two children. While managing her home, Dorrie has also acquired financial experience as a bookkeeper and active board member for a national non-profit organization.
 

Dorrie is a crafter at heart and enjoys scrapbooking and crocheting blankets. This passion brings the experience necessary to create functional storage systems for any craft room.


Dorrie Rayburn - Organizer
Dorrie Rayburn, Organizer


Dorrie is detailed and disciplined, and has excellent project management skills. She has proven her ability to execute a project from beginning to end by coordinating events from weddings to estate sales.

 
 
    
  Theresa Byrd
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Theresa is a native Oklahoman but has called Texas her home for the last twenty five years. She has a business degree in Marketing and a law degree from Texas Tech. Passionate about kids, she put her business and legal skills to work for a nonprofit job program for at-risk youth, organizing and implementing work programs that provided teens with the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Theresa has also worked contract jobs organizing digital evidence into a storeroom, and creating a database to manage both clients and digital media. Her business experience makes her an ideal consideration for small business organizations.

After relocating to Dallas, Theresa dedicated herself to raising her four children. There she was able to apply real life home organizing skills and systems within her own family environment. She is skilled at teaching others to organize their time and schedules, keeping the chaos to a minimum.

With the secret heart of an interior designer, Theresa prides herself on her ability to spot a "diamond in the rough". She has refinished old, trashed pieces of furniture into works of art. She is willing to tackle almost any home improvement project and loves to make a client's space beautiful as well as functional. With experience in retail fashion and store layout, she can transform your closet into a dream space.


Theresa Byrd - Organizer
Theresa Byrd, Organizer


“Do not let her love for fashion fool you, as Theresa does not mind getting dirty. Organizing garages and storage rooms are some of her favorite projects. Additional skills and interests include painting, packing and unpacking, building furniture, working with tools, and shopping at estate sales. Theresa enjoys animals and her Bible study.

Theresa is a hard worker with an eye for the details that make a project pop. She excels at managing a project from planning to implementation, and will de-clutter, organize, and accessorize your space beautifully.

 
 
    
  Susan Davis
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Susan is a native North Texan with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She used many of the skills she developed studying as a teacher in raising her family as a stay-at-home mom. A natural love for order and beauty, along with years of managing and maintaining a household, has given Susan a great deal of experience in real life organization.
 

She loves entertaining and has a special interest in home staging and décor, kitchen organization, and space planning. She also feels right at home organizing craft rooms, children’s rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, pantries, closets, and cabinets.
 

Working with seniors is another of Susan’s strengths. She understands the often difficult and emotional challenges that come with downsizing, purging, and decision-making by seniors and their families.


Susan Davis - Organizer
Susan Davis, Organizer


In addition to organizing and her ability to gracefully work with seniors, Susan has enjoyed working as a decorative artist, teaching the art of creating handmade greeting cards, and spending time with her adult children and their spouses, and her fantastic grandchildren. Other areas of interest include cooking and baking, reading, attending live theatre, and singing in her church’s Chancel Choir, where she also serves on the Music Ministry Council.

 
 
    
  Laurie Gunn
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Laurie comes to Get Organized! with high level skills in both residential and business organizing. She graduated from Baylor University with a BBA and MBA, and SMU’s Southwestern Graduate School of Banking. Laurie’s long and successful career in banking with experience in commercial lending and credit and portfolio management, enhanced her abilities as a leader, organizer, trainer, and teacher.
 

Because of her financial and business background, Laurie excels in helping clients organize systems for paper management both in the home and office, teaching and organizing a household budget, finding solutions for a business environment, and managing a project from consultation to end result. Many of her references have said Laurie can see things that others cannot. She is passionate about home décor and decorating for Christmas and has a side of “handy” when it comes to hanging items, and she organizes with a focused mind, a detailed eye, and a compassionate heart.
 

As a world traveler, Laurie has a relaxing but rich taste in décor and uses uncommon items to wow a room. Her work experience along with managing her home and raising two grown children, allows her to take charge of difficult organizing challenges and create practical, sustainable solutions.


Laurie Gunn - Organizer
Laurie Gunn, Organizer


Laurie has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 30+ years, and together they have raised a daughter and son who are accomplished young adults. She gives back to the community by serving on boards and advisory committees of non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Personal interests include travel with family, active service in the community, hosting dinner parties with friends and family, and bargain shopping for unique treasures.

Having put corporate America in her rearview mirror, Laurie looks forward to having a positive impact on the lives of our clients’ homes, businesses, and lives.

 
 
    
  Jennifer Wallace
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Born in East Texas, Jennifer moved back to Texas after living in Monroe, Louisiana for 25 years. As a young stay-at-home mom of three, she was highly involved with volunteering in both her local school and church. After raising her children, Jennifer turned to helping others at a small clothes closet outreach ministry through her church.
 

Jennifer volunteered for two years, then took over as Store Director of the growing Thrift Store managing 14 employees and 50 volunteers for eight years. She successfully took her vision for a thriving store to an end product that serves others on a much larger scale.
 

Jennifer’s references used a lot of the same positive words to describe her work ethic: organized, compassionate, and detail oriented. Additionally, while working and overseeing all aspects of the Thrift Store, Jennifer also managed the church benevolence program.


Jennifer Wallace - Organizer
Jennifer Wallace, Organizer


She is task oriented, strong in paper management, handy with tools for assembling bookshelves and other organizing products, has excellent project management skills, and can break a large job into smaller steps to complete the project. She has first-hand experience at purging and downsizing, which she recently put to the test when moving to the DFW area from her home of 22 years in Louisiana.

Jennifer’s hobbies include cooking, baking, gardening, water sports, and spending time with her family and friends. She has had many life experiences that will be beneficial to our Get Organized! clients, not only with organization, but with purging, family management, and working with seniors.

 
 
    
  Toni Grockowski
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Toni, a real people person, comes to Get Organized! via the piney woods of East Texas. With a degree in Interior Design from Texas Christian University, she brings a love and knowledge for space planning, design, and beauty, as well as creating organized spaces that function well.
 

Growing up as a coach's kid, followed by a decade as a Navy wife, Toni brings firsthand experience in packing/unpacking, setting up a new house, staging to sell, and serious clutter control. One of her strengths is that she thrives on creative solutions and seeing options outside of the box.
 

Toni loves shopping for organizing products that will help our clients. Her favorite organizing store is IKEA, located in the DFW area, and she is willing to travel to do research and stay up-to-date on current trends. Building furniture or purchasing products to organize a home from IKEA or other stores in the Tyler area is where the job often begins. Toni says, “Clients need to have the right products to get their spaces organized, whether that is repurposing what they have or buying new.”


Toni Grochowski - Organizer
Toni Grochowski, Organizer
Serving Tyler, Texas Area


Painting and repurposing old furniture are other skills that Toni will bring to her clients. She enjoys working with families of young children, downsizing seniors, and reading. Toni lives with her husband and three children just north of Tyler.

 
 
    
  Elaine Oosthuysen
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Originally from South Africa, Elaine is proud to call herself an American citizen. She traveled the world, but has called Tyler, Texas home for the last seven years. Her past packing and unpacking experiences make Elaine a master packer for those who are moving or downsizing, and with a background in finance and accounting, she is meticulous and detail oriented.
 

A natural born artist with a passion for decorating, Elaine studied at Sheffield School of Interior Design in New York where she cultivated her creative style for any space. She has a flair that will create amazing looks for staging homes for resale, unpacking and accessorizing homes when moving in, or adding that wow factor to finish an organized space.
 

With Elaine’s design background, organizing spaces was the next step. She can turn closets into dream boutiques and kid’s areas into something you would pin on Pinterest. She is also a do-it-yourself kind of girl who is handy with tools and knows how to build shelving/organizing products and hang pictures and window treatments.


Elaine Oosthuysen - Organizer
Elaine Oosthuysen, Organizer
Serving Tyler, Texas Area


Elaine's favorite pastime is working in her garden where she becomes recharged and ready to tackle whatever life brings her way. As a Christian she has a high moral compass and feels honored to take care of her clients as if she was serving the Lord.

 
 
    
  Jeanice Kett
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Jeanice is a Nebraska native, but has made Texas her home since 1987. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice and worked in this field for ten years before starting her family. She has been blessed with a loving husband that works in the aviation field and has enabled her to stay home and raise their two beautiful girls.
 

While raising their family, Jeanice has worn many hats including working as a scrapbook coordinator and substitute teacher in public and private schools. This led to many volunteer hours teaching Entomology to 4-H’ers, attending events as a Girl Scout mom, as President of a local PTA, helping complete Eagle projects, and within her church.
 

Over 29 years of marriage, Jeanice and her family have moved 13 times. With these moves Jeanice has developed an exceptional understanding of eliminating clutter and staging a home for resale so potential buyers can mentally move in. Her moving experiences taught her to de-clutter before packing, pack efficiently, and to coordinate all aspects of moving.


Jeanice Kett - Organizer
Jeanice Kett, Organizer


Jeanice has a passion for the preservation of memories and has assisted clients for the past ten years as a Scrapbook Coordinator developing traditional and digital scrapbooks. “A family creates memories every day. To savor and enjoy those memories should be a blessing you can bestow on the generations to come by sharing your handwritten stories of today!"

As a professional organizer Jeanice is gifted in other areas to help our clients. Her personality makes her quick to step out and take charge of a large project and get things done. She can build furniture and organizing tools and knows her way around a sewing and craft room. When asked her favorite place to organize, Jeanice said that she loves to organize a kitchen and make the pantry into multiple work centers such as baking, drink, spice, and breakfast.

 
 
    
  Benita Swan
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She has a flare for decorating and interior design. Benita likes to use what the client has, but is happy to shop with the client or for the client, helping them select products with the right style and function. She is skilled at making floral arrangements, especially working with fresh flowers, garlands, and wreaths. Her love for arrangements benefits her clients especially during the Christmas season where she was born to decorate. Not only can she light and decorate stunning Christmas trees, but using one of her biggest assets, her 6’1” height, a step stool or ladder is oftentimes not necessary. She laughs at this quality and claims it saves lots of time on decorating and organizing jobs.

 


Benita began her life in Alabama, but has become a Texan with great knowledge of her community and school district. She played softball in Junior College and finished her education with a degree in Medical Technology from Mississippi State University, graduating cum laude. Benita worked in a clinical laboratory for several years until motherhood called. After taking several years off, she returned to work part time providing health screenings to pre-school and school aged children throughout DFW. As many seasons bring change, a friend of Benita’s suggested she look into becoming a professional organizer to take advantage of her numerous talents. Benita joined the Get Organized! team in the spring of 2016.

A natural at organizing, she is quite comfortable in a garage, where she is skilled with tools and building/installing organizing products. She is just as adept in kitchens and laundry rooms, and especially likes organizing papers whether in a home or business. Benita is a forward thinker and one who will research a solution if she does not already have one. In fact, those who know Benita say, “she would do anything for you, she gets things done, and she can multitask well under stress.”


Benita Swan - Organizer
Benita Swan, Organizer


As an active volunteer, Benita has served on numerous Boards of Directors for various organizations since college graduation. These years of service have helped her understand various personality types and interact effectively with them.

She has been married for almost 25 years, and she and her husband enjoy raising two teenage girls, a sophomore in college (which makes her good at dorm and small space organization) and a sophomore in high school. Benita and her family are avid travelers who enjoy seeing other parts of the country/world, but have a strong affinity for the beach.

 
 
    
  Lisa Blake
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Lisa is a Massachusetts native and has called Dallas home for the past three years. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in Sociology, she worked as a geriatric social worker for the first five years of her career for both non-profit and private agencies. She later transitioned into property management and worked for a Boston based firm as a Senior Property Manager and managed residential portfolios in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida. After relocating to live on Hilton Head Island, SC, she took a position working as an International Recruiter and recruited nurses in the Middle East for US nursing placements.
 

Lisa’s professional and personal experiences have led her to the field of professional organizing. She has a passion for home staging, décor, and creating and implementing organizational systems for any household. She and her husband, Mark, have moved over 10 times during their 17-year marriage giving her vast experience and understanding for clients that are moving, including packing and unpacking. Lisa has also designed and managed extensive renovations in several of their homes.
 

Lisa is a self-described minimalist and loves to help clients “declutter” their lives in order to restore peace and harmony in a household. She enjoys working with a variety of clients including organizing young families and assisting busy professionals with home organization and has a heart for downsizing seniors.


Lisa Blake - Organizer
Lisa Blake, Organizer


She is a mother of three active little boys, Mason, Hunter and Wyatt. She serves as a room mom and coordinates flag football, soccer, and baseball teams for all three of her sons. Lisa has a passion for travel and has been to over 20 different countries and many areas throughout the United States, which gives are a great taste for art, photography, and furniture design.

 
 
    
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