A client once said that Margaret was “a blue blood with blue collar work ethics.” Margaret Fearey Walsh, a native of Philadelphia, grew up in the legendary Chestnut Hill neighborhood. She was a debutante, skier and competitive ice skater and attended an exclusive boarding school in New England. However, Margaret has never been afraid to roll up her sleeves and work. She studied Interior Design at what is now George Washington University and began working in the design industry. She married and began buying for her husband’s family business, the House of Walsh, in Amherst, MA, and later had her daughter Samantha. Margaret returned to Philadelphia in 1971 to work for Julia Dannenbaum, a talented cooking teacher. She went on to open her own catering company, which was recognized as the #1 catering company in Philadelphia in 1980. Margaret studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in France with Louisette Bertholle, co-author of the bestselling cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” with Julia Child and Simone Beck. READ MORE
KATIE CARR, VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
Katie joined Changing Places in 2012 with a background in client relations, sales, hospitality, and event planning. A native of Indianapolis, Katie attended Miami University (Ohio) where she graduated cum laude with a dual degree in International Business and Spanish. She moved to the Bay Area in 1998 to join LesConcierges (now John Paul), the premier personal- and corporate-concierge company based in San Francisco. She went on to manage a catering and event company which brought high-profile conferences and meetings to San Francisco and then worked as a Senior Project Manager for Restoration Hardware at its Northern California headquarters. She lives in northern Marin County with her husband, two young children, a lovable Terrier rescue and a frisky Labrador Retriever. Favorite organizing item and why: The Container Store Women’s Shoe Box because it’s the perfect size to stack and neatly store so many things, in many spaces of the house. Favorite room in her home and why: Our kitchen! It’s where the family thrives.
Karen joined the team in 2023 with 20+ years of business experience working for Levi Strauss and Laurel Burch Studios in various creative and operational roles. She has a background in commercial operations, project management, financial oversight, and business development. A long time Marin resident, Karen has a passion for HOME and setting up beautiful working and living spaces. Favorite organizing item and why: Rattan baskets in all sizes are great to hold everything; blankets, sheets, linens, napkins…even my Christmas Tree. Favorite room in her home and why: My kitchen–it’s the hub of the house and the first place everyone gathers.
JULIE HORMAECHEA, PROJECT MANAGER
Julie joined the Changing Places team in June 2021 as Project Manager. She has more than 20 years of experience leading and managing projects and multifaceted events. With a double major in Art and French from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Julie spent 10 years in the visual arts industry, working for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Julie then received a degree in Visual Communications from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco. Julie then worked for Nordstrom for nearly a decade in fashion show production and event marketing, navigating the complex intricacies of the fashion events world. Following her time at Nordstrom, Julie switched gears and worked in Events and Marketing for Nelson (a staffing company headquartered in Sonoma) and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Idaho, Julie has lived in the Bay Area now for over 30 years and says she can’t imagine living anywhere else. She currently resides in Petaluma with her two sons Basil and Flynn. Favorite organizing item and why: Oversized rattan baskets. I use them as a catch all for everything – throw blankets, shoes, toys, etc. Favorite room in her home and why: My living room/dining room! It’s a sun filled space with big windows, houses all my art books and record collection, and also serves as a great space for a dance party with friends.
ANDI CARVALHO, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Andi joined Changing Places in 2022 as a Project Coordinator. She has over 20 years experience in Real Estate Staging, Operations and Interior Design. With a BS in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Georgia, Andi spent 10 years in Store Operations with the Gap, Inc. She has worked with several Staging companies in the Bay area, executing the staging of hundreds of properties. Andi is highly organized and an excellent communicator. She has a strong eye for design and the ability to bring beauty out of chaos. Additional certification in Interior Design and Master Gardener programs from UC Berkeley extension, Andi lives in San Rafael with her three sons and two fur babies. Favorite organizing item and why: Rattan baskets. I use them for everything! From laundry baskets to plant containers, they are versatile and beautiful. Favorite room in her home and why: The dining room, with a 9’ table that serves as a gathering place for family meals with plenty of project space as well.
SHELLY SAMPLES, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Shelly came to Changing Places after moving from the Big Island of Hawaii to Marin County in 2021. After college, Shelly spent 15 years doing Accounting & Administrative work for Riverside County’s Sheriff’s Department & the Department of Justice for the state of California. She spent another 15 years in the HOA Management field in California & Hawaii. Shelly is our resident researcher, problem solver, and Excel spreadsheet formatter! She has an unlimited number of skills that go beyond number crunching and we all benefit from her humor and expertise! She and her husband have 6 children and 12 grandchildren, and love exploring all the Bay Area has to offer with the kids. Shelly’s Favorite organizing item and why: I have limited closet space, so my under-the-bed roll out drawers hold the overflow and are neatly out of sight. Favorite place in her home and why: Our outdoor patio. I love to sit among the trees during the day, and among the stars at night.
KELLEIGH ALDRIDGE, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
A longtime Marin resident, Kelleigh joined the Changing Places team in 2010. Through her previous work with Birch Circle Moving, she brings packing and moving expertise to the table. She is both a Personal Coach and a Professional Organizer, and also brings past volunteer work with disabled veterans, elders and children to the company, which benefits her Changing-Places clients.
SAMANTHA AMOROSO, PROJECT MANAGER
From a young age, Samantha knew she wanted to be an organizer. Right out of high school, she started budget planning and organizing offices for her friends on a part-time basis. Her passion became a full-blown business which she officially started in 2016. In 2017, Samantha joined the team at Changing Places. Her extensive background in customer service, hospitality, and office administration made her a dream crew member and a perfect fit for what we do. Samantha’s Favorite organizing item and why: Velcro cord keepers – they keep the messiness manageable. Favorite place in her home and why: I prefer to be out in the yard in the sun & fresh air vs. indoors!
DENISE BROWNE, PROJECT MANAGER
Denise has been a senior member of our award-winning team since 2005. Her diverse creative background includes working with designers at the San Francisco Furniture Mart to overseeing the construction of Metro displays in high end retail stores featuring Le Creuset cookware. Denise’s expertise with Metro shelving has earned her the title of being our ‘garage guru’. She is highly skilled at creating organizational systems and specializes in closets and pantries. Her cheery demeanor and positive attitude make her a client favorite! Denise’s Favorite organizing item and why: I love Tadpole Tape Cutters; they cut any kind of tape with an ultra-clean line and make all my organizational projects look extra polished and professional! Favorite place in her home and why: My daughter’s bedroom, it’s filled with creativity & joy. She’s the heart of my life!!
ANA GUZMAN, PROJECT MANAGER
In 2013, Ana began working in the home office of Changing Places as the Assistant to our Founder and CEO, Margaret Walsh. Margaret immediately noticed Ana’s keen eye for detail and dubbed her a natural organizer. Within a few months, Ana was out of the home office and working in our clients’ homes, putting her talents to work. Ana is a phenomenal team player. She shows up on every job with a big smile on her face, ready to face the day. She is that person that makes the most complicated task look easy. Ana is thorough, detail-orientated, and has an amazing gift for making her clients feel at ease even in the most stressful of times. She’s also known as our most expert clothing folder! Ana’s Favorite organizing item and why: My label maker. It really helps everyone identify where to put things back. Especially in my boys’ room… 🙂 Favorite place in her home and why: My backyard. My boys and I love spending time outside grilling, playing with the dogs, and tending our little garden.
CARRIE BACHELDER, PROJECT MANAGER
Carrie was raised in Marin County and, since her youth, has held a passion for recycling and reusing reclaimed materials. This passion led her into the moving & organizing field, where she met Margaret Walsh in 1999. Carrie soon became an integral part of the CP team. Her passion also led her to found the ground-breaking Marin County non-profit The Away Station, which finds responsible ways to dispose of discarded goods, keeping valuable resources out of the landfill. Carrie lives in Novato.
JULIE HORNSBY, ORGANIZER/LUXURY ITEM SPECIALIST
Julie comes to Changing Places with over 30 years’ experience in customer service and hospitality, including years at the luxurious Gump’s. She is passionate to finding homes for our clients’ unwanted possessions, whether it’s consigning antique sterling silver or donating art supplies for kids. Her sense of organization and attention to detail make her a great asset to the Changing Places team.
MARY LEE BICKFORD, STAGER & INTERIOR DESIGNER
Mary Lee is thestyle and design guruon the CP team, and we also call herthe “Art Savant” for placing our clients’ art after a move-in. Mary Lee holds dual degrees in Interior Design Technology and Aeronautical Science, and has practiced design for over 25 years. She is skilled instagingreal estatefor sale. She enhances our clients’ homes using existing furniture,rugs and art to achieve a “staged” home for a fraction of the price of traditional staging.
ANN COOKSON, HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT
Ann is a strategic Human Capital Consultant with over two decades of broad-based HR experience including 16 years in HR management and consulting. Her specialty is advising and delivering organizational change and HR solutions for small to mid-sized companies. She has been instrumental in helping Changing Places build their human resources infrastructure creating a model specific to the organization ensuring operational and legal compliance for ongoing stability and growth.
DIANE DEMARTINI, BUSINESS CONSULTANT
Diane is a Marketing and Strategic Business Consultant who utilizes her MBA in Marketing from UCLA and her 25 years of Corporate Marketing experience to support Changing Places for the past 5 years. She has been instrumental in hiring all the office staff and helping Changing Places plan and prepare for its growth and development.