Regina F. Lark, Ph.D., CPO®
- Expert professional organizer and productivity specialist;
- Humorous speaker, story-teller;
- Ten years’ entrepreneur and business owner;
- Ten years’ leadership experience in university and college administration;
- Sixteen years of community college and university teaching experience;
- Establish and foster relations with external communities, community leaders, and local elected officials;
- Excellent public speaking and networking skills;
- Responsive to the needs of a multicultural and diverse academic community;
- Outreach and development skills;
- Create, implement and evaluate outreach activities and events;
- Analysis of policy and organizational systems;
- Recruit and motivate staff, instructors, and volunteers;
University of Southern California
Ph.D., History, August 1999
Certificate in Gender Studies, August 1999.
Fields of Study: History of U.S. Immigration/Ethnicity; Women’s History, Asian American History. Dissertation Title: They Challenged Two Nations: Marriages between Japanese Women and American GIs, 1945 to the Present
California State University, Northridge
Master of Arts, History, 1992
Emphasis: Modern European Women’s History
California State University, Northridge 1990
Bachelor of Arts, History (magna cum laude) 1990
Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills
Associate of Arts, 1988
President and CEO, A Clear Path: Professional Organizing and Productivity [founded 2008]
Regina Lark, Ph.D., is founder and President of A Clear Path: Professional Organizing for Home, Work, Life. As a Certified Professional Organizer, she has been featured in the nationally syndicated TV show, "Hoarders," the Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. She specializes in working with people with chronic disorganization, ADHD, hoarding disorders, and productivity. Dr. Lark is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on issues ranging from hoarding, time management, and women’s leadership. She is the author of Psychic Debris, Crowded Closets: The Relationship Between the Stuff in Your Head, and What's Under Your Bed (2014, Purple Books, 3rd.ed.). She is currently serving a 4-year term as Member Director on the Board of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).
CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING (Institute for Chronic Disorganization – ChronicDisorganization.org)
- Specialist Certificates: ADHD (April 2012); Hoarding Disorder (September 2012)
- Certification of Professional Organizing in Chronic Disorganization (September 2013)
- Certification of Professional Organizing (October 2011)
- ADHD Organizational Coach Training.
WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES (representative sample – additional information, including references, available upon request)
- Professional Fiduciary Association of California, “Help for Hoarding: It Takes A Village” (scheduled June 2018)
- Webinar [Zoom] 6-week course: “Psychic Debris and Closet Clutter: The Relationship Between the Stuff in your Head and What's Under Your Bed” (January-February 2018)
- Building Owners Management Association: “De-clutter 101: From Chaos to Clarity (2017)
- Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors: "Psychic Debris and Closet Clutter: The Relationship Between the Stuff in your Head and What's Under Your Bed" (2016)
- Professional Fiduciary Association of California: “Psychic Debris, Crowded Closets: Adding Up What You Know About Hoarding” (2016)
- National Association of Professional Organizers: “The Chronic-ness of Chronic Disorganization” (2014/2015)
- Los Angeles County Psychological Association: “Help for Hoarding: It takes a Village” (2014)
- ADHD Coaches Conference, “Women and ADHD: Knowledge is Power” (2014)
- Benjamin Center Cancer Resource Center, Various Topics, ongoing since 2013
- UCLA Emeriti and Retiree Association: "De-cluttering and Organizing for the Next Phase of Life" (2011/3 lectures)
- California State University- Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSU-ERFA): "De-Clutter 101" (4/2012)
- UCLA Professional Development Program: "A Clear Path: My Journey into Junk" (12/2011)
- UCLA Campus Human Resources: "A Clear Path: Organize and De-Clutter your Workspace, your Life" (ongoing)
- De-Clutter U. Boot Camp, "The Mind Mechanics of Clutter – Sort the Mess with Six Mindful Steps (1/2013)
- Talks on the above themes at various senior assisted living communities throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.
University of California, Los Angeles – 2001 to August 2008
Program Director: University of California, Los Angeles Extension Humanities, Social Sciences, and Languages (August 2005-present). Duties include:
- Responsible for producing over 300 courses per calendar year which require outreach to the UCLA campus for instructors and collaborators; work extensively with dozens of campus departments, administrators and staff in the College, the International Institute, and School of Public Affairs to implement programs and events.
- Establish online learning curriculum for UCLA Extension Languages program in Chinese, French and Spanish languages;
- Increase nearly 45% on-line courses in humanities/social sciences;
- Work with disability advocates and scholars to incorporate adaptive technology for accessible and successful learning outcomes.
Event Planning and Organizing:At Extension and in my previous UCLA positions, I have been responsible for organizing numerous events from conferences for 200 to professional dinners for 12; most of these events were hosted at UCLA, allowing me familiarity with UCLA services.
Manager and Volunteer Coordinator:I am a talented administrator of a six-member staff and infuse the workplace with trust, respect, and a good dose of humor. I enjoy recruiting and working with volunteers, especially the “Friends of Extension.”
Streamlined and systematized direct operations for five self-supporting cost centers that generate approximately $2 million annually in fee income. Developed and implemented procedures for maintaining the quality of continuing education programs, conference/seminars offerings and custom programs (making sure they comply with UCLA and UCLA Extension guidelines).
Assistant Director/Graduate Advisor/Manager: UCLA Center for the Study of Women/UCLA Women’s Studies Program (August 2001-August 2005)
Improvements to the graduate and undergraduate student organizational structure: Streamlined (then codified) the new program in Graduate Studies so that admitted students have access to campus faculty, financial awards, campus visits prior to actual start date. A graduate student website, and formation of the Women’s Studies Alumni Association were also founded and organized under my direction; fundraised (and established) the UCLA Women’s Studies, “Renaissance Award” for non-traditional students; created annual “friend-raising” dinner to raise awareness of and funding for graduate student funding opportunities; directing, with the Chair, professional development grants for Women’s Studies graduate students.
Restructured the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Research Scholars and Visiting Scholar’s Programs by making each more viable for new, continuing, and visiting scholars. Worked with donors to establish the “Tillie Olson Award” created solely for UCLA CWS Research Scholars; upgraded CSW’s Visiting Scholars program in terms of office space (include internet connection and supplies) and formal and informal access to campus faculty and other avenues for networking and campus involvement opportunities.
Established networking relationshipwith the International Institute; developed informational sessions for visiting scholars across the disciplines, as well as public dignitaries seeking information UCLA Women’s Studies Programs and the Center for the Study of Women.
Program and curriculum development:Organized the largest fundraiser known to Center for the Study of Women and Women’s Studies Program, with Senator Sheila Kuehl as honored award recipient, and hosted by Patricia Ireland; created and taught two new WS courses.
Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA – 1997-1998
Director, Women’s Studies Program, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA. August, 1997-1998
Was the first Directorof this nascent program which maintained curricular relationships across the disciplines to include the physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities; established Women’s History Month events; created and taught new courses. Organized an advisory board of campus academics and administrators at the Chalon campus with significant outreach to the Sisters of the downtown campus.