BETH GIBSON LILJA
Founder and Owner
Beth Gibson Lilja has specialized in professional organizing for over 20 years. Through her company, BGL & Associates, LLC, Beth brings order and peace of mind to individuals and groups. She organizes home offices, photographs and events.
As an independent consultant to and adviser for direct-sales photo preservation companies, Beth has helped hundreds of people preserve and showcase their histories. She is certified by the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. Beth also plans and hosts countless photo preservation events and hobby retreats.
As a home and office organizer, Beth saves clients time and simplifies personal and professional lives. Her help makes days run more smoothly. Beth specializes in assisting busy professionals who lack the time and/or skills required to get—and stay—organized. Beth is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Beth has served as president of Minnesota Business Women and in positions at local, state and national levels. Her accomplishments place her in demand as a trainer and inspirational speaker. Currently, Beth serves as a board member of Minnesota Business Women and the National Association of Professional Organizers – Minnesota.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Beth lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband Patrick and their dog Caribbean (Cari). She loves to travel and has always been a natural organizer.
A self-professed “communications expressionist,” Teresa Day has a portfolio career which includes cloud coordination, word processing, administrative support, marketing, travel & tourism, broadcasting, therapeutic massage, and barista. This diverse background makes her a great multi-tasker. It also means that she finds interest in every endeavor she undertakes.
Teresa has spent the better part of 25 years as a stage manager/floor director for live sporting events. No, she cannot get you tickets but she could tell you some amazing stories of personalities and events. Additionally Teresa continues to work towards a master’s degree in Technical Writing. So not only can she make documents look good, she can make them sound good.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Teresa resides in South Minneapolis where she has been slowing remodeling her small home, watches more sports, does yoga, listens to a lot of music, and spends quality time with friends and her cats (all three). Yes, she is a self-professed cat lady!
Public Relations Manager
Margie Simon, principal of Simon & Associates Public Relations, is an award-winning marketer with a 30-year history of converting quiet people and companies into household names. She works with entrepreneurs, Fortune 100 companies, ad agencies and nonprofit organizations. Her work has won international, national and state-wide honors for writing, videos, brochures and media relations.
Clients have included corporations such as 3M, International Paper and other global manufacturers, B2B companies, individuals and the internationally acclaimed Happy to Be Me doll. Margie has served on numerous boards of directors and is a contributing author for a marketing communications text book. She has also guest lectured at several Minnesota universities.
For fun, Margie is percussion section leader in the Calhoun-Isles Community Band. She is also a volunteer usher for the Minnesota Orchestra, and a volunteer cashier for the nonprofit Good Grocer. An avid dog lover, Golden Retrievers and Labradoodles will find no better friend than Margie. Finally, she relishes time with her siblings, five of whom live in the Twin Cities area, and invigorating walks or bikes around Lake of the Isles, in Minneapolis.
Photo Operations Specialist
Laura Richters has been an avid scrapbooker for over 25 years now and loves both traditional and digital scrapbooking. Through the years, she has completed multiple scrapbooks for her children, as well as nieces and nephews. But she now focuses on making digital scrapbooks, along with many different gifts that are possible with digital photos.
Having worked in retail for over 20 years, Laura is a good problem solver. Most recently she was the seasonal manager while running the green house in her local farm store. This included planning, set-up, ordering, and maintaining throughout the planting season. One of the things she loves most about the work environment is maintaining great communication between co-workers and management.
Laura is married and lives in Luverne, a small town in southwest Minnesota. She and her husband have four adult children and now two grandsons. She loves spending as much time as she can with family. Laura also loves flower gardens, and she is looking forward to helping you save and organize your family legacy.
Chief Morale Officer
Caribbean joined BGL & Associates, LLC on December 5, 2009 to provide support in team morale.
Cari, as she likes to be called, is a natural-born motivator, overseeing all in-studio workshops as well as offering advice on design and content development. Her skills include effective listening and time management.
Originally from the Cats Meow Dog Bark Rescue Organization, Cari holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Barking, a Master’s in Nickname-Acquiring, and a Doctorate in Booty Shaking.
Cari’s free time is spent engaging squirrels in active conversation, visitor welcomes, and short walks around the neighborhood. She has also been featured as the May 2017 Sidewalk Dog Media Facebook Page Cover Dog and on Twin Cities Live for the four-legged Halloween costume fashion show in October 2016.
Check out Cari’s modeling career on Sidewalk Dog’s Facebook page.