Meet the Team – Our Professional Organizers
At theNeatNiche, we know life can be messy. But piles and overwhelm don’t have to be your norm.
You can have laughter, love, and a life focused on what matters to YOU.
You just have to let go of what’s holding you back. That’s exactly why we’re here.
Erin Leigh began her organizing journey at the ripe old age of five, meticulously organizing the stuffed animals on her bed each morning. She continued to keep a strict eye on her family’s spaces throughout her childhood, continuously rearranging and organizing the medicine cabinet, pantry, and living room furniture. But it wasn’t until years later, following her graduation from The College of William & Mary and a stint in corporate America, that she discovered her entrepreneurial talents.
Today, Erin stands as the proud founder of theNeatNiche, supporting and guiding her team as they transform clients’ spaces and lives. Her goal is theNeatNiche’s mission: to offer those frustrated and overwhelmed by stuff a way out of the chaos and into a more vibrant, fulfilling life.
Though an entrepreneur at heart, Erin values downtime tremendously. Outside of work, she spends her free time reading Harry Potter, practicing yoga, traveling the world, and running obstacle course races with her husband, Kev.
For Organizing Specialist Heather Gagnon, being an organizer is a dream come true. Highly aware of the visual impact of clutter, Heather excels at turning chaotic spaces into soothing retreats. She loves working collaboratively with clients to identify systems and organizing solutions that support their goals.
A Lees-McRae College graduate and a mom of three, Heather has plenty of real life experience in creating and maintaining organized spaces; her clients appreciate her empathetic and practical approach. Her supportive nature extends beyond her tNN role, too: Heather and her husband own their own business, PuroClean, where she works behind the scenes, ensuring smooth operations.
Having successfully navigated over a dozen moves in just ten years, all while parenting her three boys, Organizing Specialist Sofia Owen brings an abundance of hands-on experience decluttering, organizing, and rearranging homes to the tNN team.
Sofia currently serves organizing clients in both RVA and the Bryce Resort area in Shenandoah Valley.
Her eye for design and flow combines beautifully with her goal-oriented approach to make Sofia incredibly effective at organizing stuff and streamlining spaces. But her gifts don’t stop there. In addition to applying her skills with tNN clients, Hunter College graduate also runs her own photography and design company, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to create stunning visual content (including photography and website design) that supports their brand.
With a unique background teaching children and adolescents with behavioral health issues how to organize their spaces and schedules, Organizing Specialist Lauren Mead is well aware no two minds are alike. She enjoys working with neurodiverse people, sharing unique ways to use structure and systems to support their overall wellbeing.
When she’s not helping others tame their chaos, Lauren is an avid cyclist, writer, and artist who enjoys getting in the creative flow. She also loves spending time with her three kids and their tortoise!
For Organizing Specialist Lauren Larsen, it’s all about supporting others. After 10 years managing the RVA West End Farmers Market, Lauren joined the tNN team ready to share her love of clear, organized spaces as a new way of helping others grow, evolve, and excel. Today, this VA Tech grad applies her skills as a compassionate, patient, and supportive tNN organizer, happy to meet clients where they are and guide them to reach their goals.
In between organizing sessions, Lauren’s husband, two teenagers, and their dog keep Lauren on her toes. When she’s not watching soccer games or attending cross country meets, you’re likely to find Lauren practicing yoga, walking, or playing games with friends and family.
As a mom of two littles, Organizing Specialist Emily Sterrett appreciates the challenges (and stuff!) that come with living a busy life, but she doesn’t let them slow her down. Thanks to her background as a scientist, Emily values order and systems and brings an eye for detail into her work. Another William & Mary grad she loves how the organizing process transforms clients’ lives and homes by creating purpose in each room while instilling a sense of calm.
Emily puts her skills to work on theNeatNiche team, but she also enjoys organizing her own spaces! In addition, she’s into cooking, reading, and spending time in the great outdoors.
Handyman & Structure Specialist
An organized house is a well-maintained house, and theNeatNiche makes it easy to do both. Our resident Handyman Specialist, Jerrell Moten, takes the stress out of keeping your home looking and feeling exceptional.
Known for his quality workmanship and ability to surely and steadily see projects through to completion, Jerrell holds a degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, is general contractor certified, and has his certificate in masonry as well. He is happy to undertake small and large projects including: assembling items ordered online; designing, building, installing or rearranging wall-mounted shelving; installing or replacing door locks, light switches and outlets, ceiling fans, and light fixtures; hanging pictures; and much more.
Jerrell also enjoys the design and creativity of larger projects; he recently renovated the third floor of his home. In his spare time, he loves golfing, motorcycling, and spending time with family.
Karen Seiferth Hicks
Client Care Coordinator
Karen Seiferth Hicks is the voice behind tNN’s office phone line. She works hard to ensure everyone who contacts tNN feels welcomed and supported. Whether that means answering questions about tNN services, coordinating vendors, or scheduling new organizing sessions, Karen fully believes in tNN’s life-changing work.
Her passion comes partly from her own experience: Karen began as a tNN client! She overcame her challenges, and now she encourages others to do the same.
Director of Operations & IT
As Director of Operations, Kev Michaels keeps tNN running smoothly from behind the scenes. With over 25 years’ experience in IT and a knack for systems and automations, there’s no doubt tNN’s operations are in good hands.
And if that doesn’t ease your nerves, his voice will: Kev is also a voiceover actor! He produces and edits audio recordings for video games, commercials, and more through his voice acting company, aVoiceaHead.
Though Amanda is currently pursuing international work, our About page wouldn’t be complete without her! Amanda Barbe joined the tNN team in 2015 and, as many of our clients can attest, quickly found a natural fit on our team with her inherent skills for organization and her desire to serve.
Today Amanda supports theNeatNiche virtually through her tNN YouTube series, Ask the Organizer, where she shares answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about organizing. When she’s not producing awesome and helpful videos, Amanda also enjoys running, writing, and spending time with her husband, Josh.
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areas we serve
Located in Richmond, Virginia, our professional organizers serve RVA (including Henrico, Chesterfield, and the city of Richmond) and the surrounding areas, including Glen Allen, Short Pump, Goochland, Hanover, Mechanicsville, Highland Springs, Chester, Iron Bridge, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell. Don't see your area listed? We travel! Please get in touch.