Meet the Move Makers

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The Move Makers team members are passionate about helping clients in the Portland, Oregon metro region successfully navigate the process of moving. Whether it is a simple organizing project or a full move management project, each team member brings positive energy and an abundance of experience to each move so that no detail is left undone.

Carolyn

Founder and Owner of The Move Makers

Carolyn founded The Move Makers in 2013 because of her passion for creating systems to move projects forward.

With a goal to bring systems to one of life’s most challenging organizing projects – moving – Carolyn wanted to transform that difficult process into a simple, less stressful experience. 

Carolyn brings extensive experience to The Move Makers from her background as a professional organizer, project manager and systems developer. She has worked with nonprofits, small businesses, estates, executives and busy families and is a past board member for the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), where she also has earned a SMM-C Certification.  Carolyn is a Past President of the National Organization of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), Oregon Chapter, and is always striving to improve business systems and standards.

When she can find time, Carolyn enjoys landscape design, home renovations, travel, and entertaining family and friends.

Rachael

Operations Manager

Operations Manager Rachael is another of our organizing specialists.  She loves helping clients meet their goals of downsizing, organizing or moving through a stress-free process. Rachael spent twenty years managing at a youth mentoring program. She is a native Oregonian who enjoys being in nature, hiking, skiing and traveling with her husband and two children.

Lisa

Client Services and Marketing Manager

Lisa brings her experience in both the moving industry and English teaching career to her position with The Move Makers.  She respects The Move Makers commitment to helping people during a challenging time by relieving the stress that can come with a housing transition.  She is a Maryland native and enjoys antiquing, road trips, baking and writing.

Sue

Office Manager

Once a team member and now our Office Manager, Sue knows that moving can be a difficult transition in a person’s life, and loves making  the process smooth and enjoyable for our clients. Sue has the distinction of being the first woman in the northwest to be in the Oregon Army Reserve. She has also managed an inn on the Oregon coast.

Paivi

Project Manager

Paivi is a project manager originally from Finland, where she developed a background in sustainability and textiles.  She loves using her special talents and positive energies to help people in the move process. Paivi recently earned the SMM-C Certification with NASMM, a rigorous program that demonstrates an expanded knowledge of senior move practices. Paivi is also a Feng Shui practitioner who enjoys creating a healthy home environment with balanced, positive energy.

Gabrielle

Project Manager

Gabrielle enjoys assisting people during their housing transition, and brings her extensive experience with this to our team.  She loves helping people get through the rough spots to a smooth move into their new home. Her recreation passions are hiking, chamber music, knitting and gardening.

Patrick

Materials Coordinator

Patrick is our Materials Coordinator and the driver of Timmy, The Move Makers van.  Having started with us as a Team Member, Patrick continues to use his skills to help our community of clients, and really likes the feeling of helping our less physically-abled clients.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading and walking.

Jill

Organizing Specialist

Jill is an organizing specialist originally from upstate New York, and enjoys working for The Move Makers because of the company’s commitment to improving customer service.  In her spare time, Jill enjoys gardening, cooking, and searching for the best breakfast spots in Portland.

Cathy

Organizing Specialist

Another of our talented organizing specialists, Cathy is also a retired US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant.  She enjoys being a part of the camaraderie and efficiency of The Move Makers team. She loves being active and enjoys walking, swimming, bicycling, Zumba and yoga.

Mira

Team Member

Originally from Finland, Mira has lived in several countries and has lots of experience downsizing household goods for a move.  She enjoys the tasks of the organization, and she draws on her customer service experience in her work with the Move Makers clients. In her free time, Mira enjoys running, needlework, and travel, and exploring her new hometown in the Pacific Northwest.

Cynthia

Team Member

Cynthia’s eclectic background includes  working in real estate staging and the healthcare field.  She believes the two are related in that a home can have a healthy flow, through organization and the principles of Feng Shui.  She enjoys using these skills with The Move Makers. A native of upstate New York, Cynthia enjoys outdoor adventures like snowboarding and bike riding, and heading to the coast.

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Nancy

Team Member

Growing up in the Midwest, Nancy moved to the east coast for several years before settling in the Pacific Northwest.  With these moves, she learned to organize and downsize, and discovered she liked it!  Nancy has worked in marketing and sales, and enjoys the idea of working as a team to help others.  In her free time, she enjoys thrift shopping for resale, and kayaking from her floating home.

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Paige

Team Member

Paige has a background in nursing and healthcare and is excited to bring her skills from that fast-paced world to The Move Makers.  She strives in learning what people need help with and takes action to get it done well.   Paige lives in northeast Portland with her husband and daughter and takes walks with friends in her spare time.

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Susan

Team Member

Susan’s experience with managing sustainable energy programs and as a proprietor of a naturopathic clinic is a natural fit with The Move Makers. Our clients benefit from her problem-solving and organizing skills. In her spare time, Susan enjoys spending time at home with family and friends, cooking, and jazz singing.