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.
JENNIFER LAND, MANAGER, OPERATIONS & CLIENT SERVICES
Jennifer is a native Californian, with a degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. She has a successful history of residential architectural design and construction project management that serves her well in the role of Manager, Operations & Client Services. Jennifer is highly organized, an excellent communicator and is client focused. Her attention to detail, process and big picture vision make her a vital part of the Changing Places Home Office team. Favorite organizing item and why: Clear, weathertight totes & bins. Our family stores keepsakes, off season items and overflow items from the house in these bins. The lids keep items dry and dust free, they stack easily and we can see what is inside them! Favorite room in her home and why: The dining room! It is the hub of our house. It’s where our family gathers and where life happens: meals, game nights, conversations, art projects, working from home, schooling from home, even folding laundry.
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.
CHRISTINE NEUBERT, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Christine has extensive Bay Area, national, and international experience managing and executing creative client-centric solutions across a range of industries including media, retail and most recently, real estate. At Polaris Pacific, she employed her trademark capacity for simplifying and tailoring complex installation timelines to serve the unique requirements of discerning clients. Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Favorite organizing item and why: Believe it or not, my 4-Step Stool from Frontgate. It’s a game changer to have a lightweight, slim profile folding ladder for easy access to higher-up storage or lovely open shelving for display. It avoids overcrowding the contents of lower level cabinetry. Favorite room in her home and why: The porch, of course!
LYNDA BUTLER, OFFICE COORDINATOR
Lynda joined Changing Places with over 20 years experience in Office Management and Professional Organizing. Throughout her life, Lynda has been passionate about décor, design and keeping all things organized and has managed to incorporate that into her life as an adult. She has been organizing homes and offices for many years and began her organizing company ‘Peace of Mind Organizing’ in 2009, adding a level of creativity and efficiency to every office she has managed. Favorite organizing item and why: My label maker and bins/baskets because I believe everything should have a name and a home. Favorite room in her house and why: I love my pantry because I can be very creative while also being organized.
KELLEIGH ALDRIDGE, 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.
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.
SAMANTHA AMOROSO, ASSISTANT 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 t for what we do. Samantha’s spirit, humor, and attention to detail shine through in everything she does. Between delivering first-class service to our clients as well as her own organizing business (now called “Hella Organized”), Samantha is a tour de force and we feel incredibly lucky to have her on our team! 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!
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.