About the Staff at Organize to Excel

About Katherine

Katherine is the proud owner of Organize to Excel. She is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and of the local Los Angeles chapter. She served on the NAPO-LA Board for 5 years holding the several positions, including President. She oversaw the Los Angeles Organizing Expo and the Los Angeles Organizing Awards and spearheaded Chapter volunteer activities during her tenure. She was awarded both the Raising the Bar and Leading Edge Awards by the Chapter, the Chapter’s highest awards for service and contribution to the Organizing Industry.

Katherine is committed to providing you with the best the industry has to offer. Katherine has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She left UCLA after the birth of her daughter in 2003, and, early in 2006, Katherine founded Organize to Excel. Katherine continues her education about the organizing and productivity industry, completing CEUs in organizing and productivity provided by NAPO and by her local chapter. She trained as a Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner in New Zealand. She is also trained as an Organizer Coach through Coach Approach and is a trained Coaching Facilitator. She is an Evernote Business Certified Consultant.

Katherine is happily married with two children, living on the Westside. Katherine’s hobbies include whitewater kayaking, kayak polo and martial arts. She represented New Zealand at the 1998 World Canoe Polo Championship Games and captained the United States Women’s Kayak Polo team at the 2002 World Championships.

Lisa Tinker

About Lisa

Lisa Tinker has been an Organizer for Organize to Excel since 2019, and is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. She has rapidly expanded her knowledge base by engaging in a broad range of classes at NAPO.

She brings her productivity and tech skills from her more than 10 years of experience in RFI/RFP writing and oversight for Investment Management firms, as well as the development of Strategic Branding and Corporate Identity programs for large corporate entities. Lisa earned her Master’s Degree in Communications Design (cum laude) from Pratt Institute and her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Studies (cum laude) from the University of Utah. She is passionate about yoga and animals, and has a lovable dog named Cooper. 


“Katherine is the answer to a disorganized person’s dream!  She and her team came in and organized my office, closet and garage.  Wow!  what a difference!  The lack of clutter makes me want to work and makes me more efficient.  I highly recommend Organize to Excel.” – George

“Forget the emotional drain of continually wasting time trying to find things. Time is money!!  The cost of hiring Katherine and her crew is peanuts compared to the rewards of having a system to know where put and find everything.” – Larry

“Nicole was pretty much the best thing that happened to me this year! I have a tiny tiny 1bd apartment and she really gave me the best options for how to make my place decluttered and have more storage space. My apartment feels much more open and I’m not embarrassed to bring people over anymore. This was like hiring a gym coach, but for organizing. So thank you so much for making my place feel much much better that’s actually useful and fit my needs. Thanks, Nicole!!” – Gabby

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