Cris likes to think of herself as a nomad. She was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the US at the traumatic age of 15. She has lived in several states and driven cross country twice. She loves road trips, and to watch independent/weird movies that nobody else seems to enjoy. Whenever she has time, you can find her riding her road bike, hanging out with people, or of course organizing something at the house! She is also a self-professed “Education Junkie”, as you can tell by her long bio. She watched the movie “Yes, Man” with Jim Carrey, and says the movie changed her life. Lately, she is fascinated by the “Tiny House” Revolution, a show on the FYI Network.
Cris is a Certified Professional Organizer, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, Certified Senior Move Manager, productivity consultant, speaker and business success educator dedicated to helping individuals and businesses become productive, organized, and successful. Cris holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Marketing with a minor concentration in Business Management from Old Dominion University ~ Norfolk, VA. With years of experience, Cris has spent many successful years in the corporate world.
She is an active subscriber of The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) formerly NSGCD attending weekly teleclasses on the subjects of Chronic Disorganization, Aging, Life Transitions, Learning Modalities, Hoarding, and Students. In 2011, she received her Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization – CPO-CD® designation. Below is a list of ICD certifications and certificates she has received. She is proud to have served ICD by chairing the 2014 ICD Conference in Nashville, TN. She served from 2015-2017 on the Board of Directors as Director of Marketing.
LEVEL I CERTIFICATE OF STUDY:
- Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization (CD)
- Basic ADD issues with Chronic Disorganized (CD) Clients
- Chronic Disorganized Clients Administration
- Understanding the Needs of the Elderly Chronic Disorganized (CD) Client
- Learning Styles and Modalities
- Life Transitions
- Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the Chronic Disorganized (CD) Client
- Basic Hoarding Issues with the Chronic Disorganized (CD) Client
- Basic Physical Conditions Affecting the Chronic Disorganized (CD) Client
- Understanding the Needs of the Student Chronic Disorganized (CD) Client
LEVEL II CERTIFICATES:
- Chronic Disorganization (CD) Specialist
- ADD Specialist
- Hoarding Specialist
- Aging Specialist
LEVEL III CERTIFICATE:
- Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) Graduate 2011
LEVEL IV CERTIFICATE:
- Program Mentor Graduate 2013
LEVEL V CERTIFICATE:
- Master Trainer Graduate 2014
Cris is a 2011 Organizer Coach Graduate from the Coach Approach for Professional Organizers. The Organizer Coach foundation program is a 20-week coach training designed for professional organizers, who want to help clients find their own way of being organized. “Professional Organizers who have learned and are using coaching skills in their organizing client work have better results. Their clients become clearer about what they want from their lives and from the organizing work. They partner with the Organizer Coach in the creation of new structures and systems. Because clients are more engaged in the process, the transfer of skills and commitment to maintenance is greater. Follow-up and accountability are built into the relationship.” ~ Denslow Brown, Coach Approach for Professional Organizers.
Cris is involved in the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO-National) which includes attending conferences. She was the original Hostess of The Ask The Pro an industry Think Tank group by NAPO, which is a quarterly expert panel discussion on a topic of interest to the organizing and productivity industry.
In 2017, she was nominated by her peers for NAPO Founders Award, one of the highest honors in organizing industry.
In 2011, she received her Certified Professional Organizer – CPO® designation. She is qualified to help with NAPO-in-the-Schools and Quantum Leap both volunteering arms of NAPO.
She is involved with NAPO-WDC serving on the Board of Directors for three terms from 2009-2012. In 2011, she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by her chapter colleagues.
In 2010, she was awarded the Key Leader Award by the chapter president. She chaired the 2011 & 2012 NAPO-WDC MARCPO Conferences.
She is a member of the International OCD Foundation, which includes attending conferences focusing on their hoarding research.
Cris is a member of CHADD, which includes co-contributing articles to their Attention Magazine, as well as speaking at their national conference ADHD on Time Management topics. She is co-chairing the International Conference on ADHD with Ari Tuckman to be held in November 2019 in Philadelphia.
In 2011, she was selected to provide aftercare support for the Virginia participants of the A&E show – Hoarders.
In 2009, she earned a Certificate in Senior Move Management from eSMMART. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.
In 2019, Cris was awarded the Senior Move Manager~Certified (SMM-C) credential by the National Association of Senior Move Managers® .