Tracy Colleran, owner of Straighten Up, Inc., graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising. Her real passion in life, however, is organizing.
Tracy started her professional organizing company in 2007 to help circumstantially and chronically disorganized individuals feel more in control of their surroundings.
She works particularly well with people going through life changes, including death, divorce, job loss, relocation, marriage, and child birth. She also works with hoarders, mentally- and physically-challenged individuals and those in addiction recovery.
Straighten Up also offers bookkeeping, office management and QuickBooks training services for home-based and small businesses. January, being National Get Organized Month, is naturally her busiest time of year! She works well under pressure and adapts well to her clients’ deadlines, particularly related to income tax preparation. Tracy strives to work in conjunction with her clients’ accountants to keep costs down and communication open.
The relationship that is formed with a professional organizer is very personal. Straighten Up takes this to heart; we are insured and adhere to a code of ethics, as indicated by our membership in the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and NAPO of South Florida. Tracy consistently strives to stay on top of trends within her local professional organizing community.
Not everyone that hires a professional organizer is particularly thrilled about doing so. There can be a negative stigma attached to needing the help of a “stranger.” But we all have our different strengths, and Tracy really loves what she does. She has truly turned her obsession into a profession!
When Tracy is not traveling, visiting family in Massachusetts, or going to concerts, she enjoys working on decor projects at her home Estero, Florida.
Kristi graduated from Mercer University with a BA in management and marketing. After graduation, she returned to Fort Myers and began working as a branch manager for SunTrust Bank. She then took some time off to work at her hardest job yet… being a mom.
When it was time to return to work, Kristi knew she didn’t want to join the corporate world again. An improvement in her family’s health, fueled by diet, lead Kristi to become a certified health coach. She owned her own health coaching practice for three years.
However, Kristi is a numbers nerd and organizational girl at heart! She returned to her love of numbers. Kristi now supports business owners getting their accounting books and other administrative items in order so they can spend more time doing what they love. On a professional level, Kristi is a QuickBooks Online Certified Pro Advisor, and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Outside the office, Kristi loves cheering on her two kids on the field or on the stage and working in the yard with her husband David. Kristi can be found running – alone or with her dog, Milly, reading a good personal development or health-related book, or working out in her home gym.
Kate BonDurant is a graduate of Indiana University.
She has been organizing her entire life, from homes, to the classroom, to her parent’s work place. She has eagerly sought out opportunities to help others by creating an organized and efficient environment.
Kate first joined the National Association of Professional Organizers while attending college living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her areas of interest included assisting with moves, storage, sorting, and staging homes.
For the last 10 years, she has pursued her other love – fashion design. Her expertise in this area has provided a unique niche, of great benefit her residential clients.
Kate currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida. She enjoys traveling and giving her cat, Isa, lots of love!
Melanie Black Amato
Born in Barberton, Ohio, Melanie A. Black graduated with a bachelor of criminal justice degree from Kent State University (Ohio).
From 1998 until 2006, she worked as an investigator for the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.
In 2007, soon after moving to Florida, she began working for the Florida Department of Children & Families, as a child abuse investigator and before the end of 2008, Black accepted a position with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as a research planner and crime prevention specialist.
By 2010, Melanie decided to strike out on her own as an independent contractor/consultant. She worked on a variety of consultant projects. In February 2012, Melanie was hired by Drug Free Collier and was soon named the executive director. In April 2016, Melanie decided to pursue other areas, including her lifelong passion of organizing.
Active in the Naples community, Black is a member of the Unity of Naples Church, where she has served on several committees.
An avid gardener, she enjoys reading, learning and outdoor activities. She makes her home in Bonita Springs with her husband, Ciro Amato.