Kathy (Waddill) Downs is currently serving a second term as President of
the NAPO San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NAPO-SFBA). Kathy was instrumental in promoting a new
website for the chapter, illustrating how it would save the
chapter money over time and ease communication; accurately
depicting it as an investment and an ongoing resource.
Her easy style has fostered cooperation and
teamwork throughout the chapter. The number of hours she devotes
to the chapter has no doubt impacted her business and her
ability to market her own book, The Organizing Sourcebook:
Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life.
To promote harmony in the chapter, an
"Operating Agreement" was published at Kathy's instigation. It
is placed on each table at meetings and is available on the
NAPO-SFBA website. Thanks to these efforts, we have overcome the
tense times and taken great leaps forward as a professional
Kathy oversaw the development of several
task forces and as a result, NAPO-SFBA re-structured our dues
for more flexible payment options, changed the structure of the
Board, evaluated our newsletter in light of newly-available
technology and incorporated the Leadership Team Building Day's
brainstorming results, with input of the membership at large.
She single-handedly designed a
comprehensive database to meet the needs of members and the
public, while continually tracking the progress and quality of
Kathy was also one of the founders of the
New England Chapter and will now be serving as Parliamentarian
for the NAPO-SFBA Chapter.
Kathy's philosophy is that NAPO should
operate in an inclusive, rather than exclusive manner. Although
Kathy has been interviewed in the media, both for her book and
for her organizing services, she always takes the opportunity to
promote NAPO. Her attitude is that we all benefit whenever NAPO
is given public recognition and that's the most important aspect
of a publicity opportunity.
Submitted by NAPO members,