OUR TEAM


MARGARET WALSH, CEO, OWNER
A Minute with Margaret
Enjoy A Minute with Margaret

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
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
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.

Madeline
MADELEINE CORTNEY, OFFICE MANAGER

Madeleine joined Changing Places in 2015. She has 14 years of experience in organizing office operations and procedures, including running a busy architectural firm. Madeleine’s passion for maintaining office and process efficiency is vital to Changing Places. She is a former fashion model who traveled the world and therefore understands the nuances of our clients’ international moves.
Favorite organizing item and why: 3-tier rolling carts from Michael’s, Container Store, Target or Amazon. We have two –one for my daughter’s drawing supplies and the other for my makeup cart.
Favorite room in her home and why: My bedroom and glam station. I love getting ready; it transports me back to my past life.

Christine
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!

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.

CYRINA ANTHONY, PROJECT MANAGER

Cyrina is one of Changing Places’ most veteran project managers and organizers. She worked for Margaret Walsh when the business was still called “Rent-A-Wife”, before branching off to form her own business, The Art of Organization. Cyrina returned to CP in 2019 as a project manager. She attended College of Marin and Diablo Valley College, and completed design courses with famed San Francisco interior designer John Wheatman. Before becoming an organizer, Cyrina managed the food and beverage departments at luxury hotels including The Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons in San Francisco, where her passion for delivering impeccable customer service began.

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 the style and design guru on the CP team, and we also call her the “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 in staging real estate for 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.

Changing Places Office Manager
ALLI WEISSLEDER, OFFICE ASSISTANT

Alli joined Changing Places in 2014 as a project-based organizer and transitioned into her current role in our home office in 2018. Alli offers invaluable project and clerical support to the company.  Prior to her time at Changing Places, she had a diverse career in entertainment working at Comedy Central and the Rolonda Talk Show before she transitioned to the world of retail wholesale with Sally Spicer Handbags.  Alli was born and raised on Long Island, NY and has a degree in communication studies from the University of Kansas.  She lives in Novato with her husband and two children.