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A Father's Example

Diane Judd credits her father’s example and her oncologist’s advice for her passion in helping clients get their affairs in order. Shortly before his retirement, her father told Diane and her brother, “Your mother and I don’t mean to be morbid, but there are some things you need to know.”  He had a small black journal with the contact information for his accountant, trust attorney, and bank, and showed them it was in the top right-hand drawer of his desk.  Several years later when he died suddenly, they fully appreciated how much he loved the family by having an up-to-date will and trust, pre-paid burial arrangements, and lists of his assets and accounts.  Diane realized he had protected them by being prepared and responsible.

An Oncologist's Advice

Years after her father’s death, while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Diane asked her oncologist’s recommendation on what she should be thinking.  The response was to go home and get her affairs in order “because if you have a recurrence you won’t have to worry about it, and if you don’t have a recurrence you won’t have to worry about it.”  Cancer, like many other health and personal crises, is not something you schedule or necessarily prepare for.  As part of what is known as the “Sandwich Generation,” Diane was juggling the responsibilities of raising a teen-age son as a single parent, caring for her elderly mother, and fulfilling a demanding career.  Hospital support services focused on the physical and psychological aspects of cancer treatment and recovery, but one was left on one's own for the practical aspects of organizing personal affairs.  The experience of organizing her own affairs in the succeeding years inspired Diane to focus on assisting the critically ill, seniors, and their caregivers in getting vital documents and final affairs in order.

Career

Prior to being a professional organizer, Diane was an executive assistant to CEOs of several Bay Area publicly traded and privately owned companies.  Her past responsibilities for administrative support, office management, filing systems, coordinating complex arrangements, and confidentiality in all matters provide a solid foundation for the work she does now in professional organizing.

Qualifications

Diane holds a BA in history from Holy Names University, Oakland.  She is an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and chaired the planning committee for the chapter’s 2007 regional fall conference.  Diane is a member of NAPO's Golden Circle which acknowledges the expertise of members who have been engaged in the business of organizing for at least five years.  She is also a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and holds its Level II Specialist Certificate in Chronic Disorganization (the certificate represents a minimum of 30 hours of study and passing a proctored exam).  She enhances her ongoing education by regularly attending the NAPO and ICD annual conferences, special training sessions sponsored by the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and monthly meetings of the Sonoma County Section on Aging.

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