2015 APPO National Conference: Speakers

APPO National Conference | April 8- 11, 2015
The Caribe Royale | Orlando, Florida


We are pleased to offer an impressive speaker lineup filled with passionate experts and certified photo organizers. With topics ranging from remote digital photo organizing, demystifying client management, building your brand, and everything in between, we're excited to offer an educational lineup that meets the needs of today’s astute photo organizer.

Intensive Keynote

                        about Glen

Intensive Trainers

about Julie
about Jenn

about Daina
about Lisa

Breakout Speakers

about Ann and Mollie
about Darla
about Deena
about Jill

about Sherra
about Rita
about Deborah
about Sylvia

about Ali
about Christie
about Sara

General Sessions

about Cathi
about Julie
about Dawn
about Lisa

about Nick
about Lisa
about Tamara

About our Speakers

Glen Meakem
Glen is a successful entrepreneur and business leader who has founded and built a number of companies, but his passion for preserving important information and memories goes back to 1991 when he returned from serving as a U.S. Army officer in the First Gulf War. That summer, Glen and his wife, Diane, recorded videos of their grandparents talking about their lives and values. Ever since, Glen has thought about how to permanently preserve and share those videos and other family treasures. After many years, these thoughts led to the founding of Forever in May, 2012.
Between 2005 and 2012, Glen founded and led a successful early-stage venture capital firm called Meakem Becker Venture Capital. Glen’s entry into the venture capital industry was preceded by his widely chronicled role as Founder, Chairman and CEO of FreeMarkets, which was the leading provider of internet-deployed software and services for automating the sourcing processes of Global 1000 companies. Glen founded FreeMarkets in 1995, took it public in a record setting IPO in 1999, and then sold it to Ariba in 2004.

Glen earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Diane, have been married for twenty-five years and have five children.

Julie Morgenstern

Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author of Time Management from the Inside Out. Julie Morgenstern is one of the country’s leading experts on organization, business productivity and time management. The author of five best-selling books, a consultant to large corporations and a sought-after speaker, Morgenstern has appeared on Oprah and NBC’s The Today Show, and helped thousands of people transform their homes, businesses, and attitudes about every kind of clutter. The New York City-based Julie Morgenstern Enterprises has been successfully in business for over 20 years.

Coach Jenn Lee
National Speaker, Small Business Consultant and TV contributor Coach Jenn Lee is on a mission to get America's business owners back on track, moving forward and making REAL money! Obsessed with helping entrepreneurs with sales, marketing, branding and social media strategies, she is unapologetic with her straight forward "lets get this going right now" approach. Right to the point with a good dose of humor, Jenn’s go-getter attitude and creative strategies quickly landed her a regular spot on Orlando’s FOX Morning show, a regular guest on BLOG talk radio shows and has been featured in publications like Redbook, CBS MoneyWatch, Entrepreneur and SUCCESSMagazine and was recognized as A Woman to Watch by Orlando Womens’ Magazine.

Daina Makinson
Daina is the founder of Snap Shot Solutions. She joined APPO in November 2011 and in Spring 2012 became Certified Photo Organizer. After qualifying for the Ontario Self Employment Benefit Program she launched her business in September 2012 with the help of the Guelph-Wellington Business Centre.
Since then she has been recognized for delivering excellent customer service with the 2013 Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre Awards for Outstanding Customer Service and Outstanding Consulting Business as well as the 2013 Guelph Tribune’s Readers Choice Diamond Award Most Attentive Owner. Recently Snap Shot Solutions was featured in The Globe and Mail in the Report on Business Section. She will also be on CBC TV’s national prime time show Doc Zone later in 2014.

Lisa Montanaro
Lisa is a sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, through which she offers productivity consulting, success coaching, business strategizing, andspeaking to individuals and organizations. Her online learning platform, www.LMGUniversity.com, provides programs globally to improve people’s lives, businesses, and careers. Many business owners have taken her business coaching and mastermind programs through LMGU, so be sure to visit her table in the Expo and learn about her offerings. Lisa’s business has successfully been through every expansion taught in the pre-con workshop! Her professional organizing division, LM Organizing Solutions, was founded in 2002. It thrived under a one-to-one hands-on organizing model, team members organizing model, niche/service offering expansion, and product and program expansion. Lisa then expanded geographically by relocating from NY to CA, and adopting a virtual/global business model so she can live the life of a suitcase entrepreneur running her business from anywhere. Lisa is an inaugural Certified Professional Organizer® and a Golden Circle member. She is honored to have served as the Moderator of the Ask the Organizer Panel at the National NAPO Conference for 3 years, and to be a speaker at every NAPO Conference since 2008 and countless regional organizers’ conferences and chapter professional development programs.
Ann Matuszak and Mollie Bartelt
Ann and Mollie have been helping families remember the times of their lives and have a combined 20+ years of experience working with photos and people who need help getting started. They founded Pixologie in 2013 because they love photos and the stories that are captured in them - and on the premise that lives can be improved when people can enjoy their photos celebrating traditions and connecting generations.

Bringing a wealth of non-profit business leadership, management and social service experience, Mollie and Ann believe the photo organization and management services field offers individuals and families the tools to preserve the past through photo scanning, digitization (slides, negatives, film, video and treasured memorabilia) as well as the support to manage their memories through one-on-one consultation, education and workshops.

Their mission statement is to help get photos out of chaos and back into life to be celebrated and shared. Pixologie, the study of life through your photos!

Darla DeMorrow

Darla's award-winning business and blog, HeartWork Organizing LLC, helps people lead more peaceful and productive lives. Darla helps people find their keys, their calendar, and their sanity. 

Darla holds an MBA from Temple University and brings over 20 years of business experience. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and APPO. She’s a certified Re-Designer, and a home stager. She earned the coveted Certified Professional Organizer® designation… but even her kids still leave toys on the floor. 

She is the author The Pregnant Entrepreneur, which she calls "a business book wearing maternity clothes.” It was the first book to help women navigate their physical, emotional, and financial baby bumps while running their own business. She included her one-page business plan in her book, which she’ll be having you complete today. 

She’s been running her profitable business for the last 10 years, doing motherhood for the last 8, and wrestling social platforms for the past 5 years. But she’s loved pie longer than any of that. 

Please welcome Darla DeMorrow, who will show you how to Bake in Small Business Profits.

Deena Coutant

Deena is a Denver-based professional genealogist who uses modern technology to facilitate successful search, storage and sharing strategies for family historians in the digital age. She is passionate about teaching classes and workshops that combine genealogy and technology to uncover the stories of generations past, and willingly shares her knowledge on numerous genealogical boards in roles focusing on education, communication and publicity. A self-proclaimed digitization fanatic, she founded DigiDeena Consulting to offer technology services, including coaching, training, scanning, marketing and research.

Jill Yesko
Jill, CPO of Discover Organizing Inc., has been organizing professionally since 2003. Beginning as a small one-woman company, the business grew to become a 6-person firm practicing in multiple states in 2008. Jill also operated a organizing retail store and productivity center for three years, from 2007-2010, and launched a specialized line of greeting cards (Clearly Noted Cards) geared just for Professional Organizers and Photo Organizers in 2009. Discover Organizing, while maintaining a general practice organizing service for homes and offices, specializes in photo and memorabilia organizing.

Jill has been featured in several local and national magazines, and has been a guest multiple times on the CBS affiliate KDKA Pittsburgh Live morning show, and has been a professional speaker since 2004. Jill speaks at Pittsburgh based corporations and has spoken at national conferences for various associations.

Jill is a member of NAPO, APPO, NSA, and NAIPC. She is an avid scrapbooker, and is her family's most enthusiastic (and only) archivist.

Sherra Humphreys
Sherra has built a career based on helping women succeed in small business. Her philosophy is to learn the business, do the work, and then help others do the same. Her comprehensive background in business coaching, training and website design means you get real life experience from this business owner. She has been helping women for over 20 years find their passion and turn it into a business that gives them freedom and flexibility. Her life’s work revolves around storytelling through photographs so she is passionate about the photo organization industry. She currently operates two businesses in tandem: Big Picture Coaching and Simple Photo Stories. She and Rita Norton are APPO authorized trainers and they are co-founders of My Workflow Studio, a premium training resource for photo organizers.

Rita Norton
Rita has built a career based on helping people share stories with their photos. Her creative talents resulted in a very successful on-line business designing custom photo invitations. Her next adventure took her to the professional photography industry where she primarily photographs youth athletes in both indoor and outdoor sporting events. Keeping the camera in one hand, and staying true to her passion, she expanded her services by working in the photo organization industry. She has 16 years of photo and story-telling experience and operates two businesses, Digital Picture People and Photovation. She is also co-founder of My Workflow Studio, a premium training resource for photo organizers.

Deborah Cabral

Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity & Efficiency Coach Deborah J. Cabral, CPO® launched her company, The DeClutter Coach, in 2010. Growing demand led to the rapid expansion of the business to include DC Efficiency Consulting, Organization Motivation!, and Organized in :60 Seconds - all are subsidiary companies under Cabral Enterprises, LLC., a NY State, National & Federal Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise. 

As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers & the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Deb lends her knowledge of professional productivity, efficiency, time management and organization to residential and corporate clients through one-on-one consultations, community workshops, corporate training & wellness programs, a weekly television show and news segment, a monthly column, magazine articles and TV and radio interviews. 

Deb is a wife, mother of three & active community volunteer. The recipient of the 2012 SBA Excellence in Small Business Award and the 2013 Key4Women Achieve Award, Deb is also the author of DeClutter Your Life NOW! Most recently, in March 2014, Deb was published in her first national magazine, A Better Homes & Garden Specialty Publication called Secrets of Getting Organized. She co-authored the article, ‘What’s Your Organizing Personality’ with Contributing Editor Brian Kramer.

Sylvia Cuillo
Sylvia is a certified photo organizer who specializes in digital photo management. In 2011 she started her own business, PhotosOrganized, with a focus on remote services, and joined APPO. Prior to that she worked for 20 years in the field of social services, in supervisory and quality assurance roles. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in psychology and lives in Florida with her husband of 21 years and their 5 children and Chihuahua.

Ali Craig
Fun, lively, and very direct- 3x bestselling author Ali Craig always shares with her audiences real world advice that just won’t help them create a pretty brand, but create a powerful one. Since 1999, this dynamo has been speaking, consulting, and sharing her branding wisdom across various media platforms in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

Christie Gelsomino
Christie is the owner and operator of Vision to be Organized since 2006 and Scrapbook Designer since 2003. She is a Professional Home Organizer, a Certified Personal Photo Organizer, a Certified Home Movie Expert and a Personal Scrapbook Designer. Christie is also growing her business to include workshops, speaking presentations, business coaching and genealogy studies. Along with being a NAPO National Member, Christie is also a NAPO Los Angeles Chapter Member, a NAPO Virtual Chapter Member and a NAPO Golden Circle member. Christie serves as Marketing Director and the Chapter Historian for the NAPO-LA Chapter and is on the Professional Development Committee for NAPO Virtual Chapter. Christie is also a member of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) as a Certified Personal Photo Organizer.Christiefocuses her organizing business on residential home organizing while specializing in photo organizing. She will declutter your home, set-up an organized system and create an organizational flow through your home space. She will also help you to organize, sort, scan, preserve, save, and share your photos and memories. Christie has also assisted as a Professional Organizer on the A&E show "Hoarders.”

Christie loves to scrapbook her dog, Foxy and her 8 nieces and nephews.

Sara Anastasia

As a story architect and content crafter, Sara Anastasia can whip up a boring statement and it turn into a mouthwatering meal that will have readers savoring every bite while reaching for more. It’s all about the ingredients! 

By mixing the right words, within the perfect context – with a dash of imagery and a dollop of emotion – she’ll teach you how to have potential clients ordering "Company Awesome” (your company) each and every time. 

Typical menu items include: Humor-Drizzled Headlines, Bacon-Wrapped Bios, Cupcake-tastic Content, Secret Ingredient Email Openers, and for you wine connoisseurs, Cab-licious Calls to Actions.

Dawn Brolin
What’s black and white with a scoop of hilarity and a dash of rockstar energy? Dawn Brolin (the hilarity and rockstar) crunching your numbers (the black and white) entrepreneur on a mission to make your business a fine-tuned, money-making machine. You won’t find that stereotypical, boring accounting process with this gal. She was born with this innate ability tomake accounting fun, useful, and rewarding – just asks her mom. She said she popped out with an abacus and a laugh track – she made that ER a cash cow by the time she was 5 hours old! When speaking in front of accountants, business owners, entrepreneurs and managers, she has the ability to entertain while educating which is one of her greatest speaking characteristics and features.

Cathi Nelson
Cathi founded the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) as an answer to the growing challenge of our digital age – an easy solution for organizing printed photos, digital photos, videos and everything in between. Some five million photos are taken every day and in a world where technology and camera shutters move too quickly for people to catch up, families and organizations find it increasingly difficult to sort through, organize and preserve precious memories. APPO provides a solution by connecting trained small business owners with clients who require photo-organizing services. Today, APPO serves hundreds of members throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. As a pioneer of the growing photo-life management industry, Cathi has spoken at various industry conferences and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Success Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Better Homes and Gardens.

Nick Kelsh
Nick is a nationally known photographer and instructor. His passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography tips in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style has earned him the following of thousands on his How To Photograph Your Life website, How To Photograph Your Baby Facebook page and popular Basic Photography Course.

Lisa Kurtz
Lisa is the Director of Operations and Training at APPO and a seventeen-year veteran in the photo industry. Prior to APPO, Lisa owned and operated her own Photo Organizing business. Formerly a top-level leader in the Canadian market for Creative Memories, Lisa provided sales training and leadership coaching for a large, top performing team and was a frequent speaker and trainer at numerous National and Regional Conferences.

Tamara Lackey

Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is praised within her industry and published internationally. Tamara’s work has been featured in a myriad of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, PBS’ Need to Know and NBC’s The Today Show.



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