Meet our design specialists at Chicago Closets:

Tim Duren: Owner and President

Tim graduated from Glenbard North High School in 1985 and earned his associate’s degree from the College of DuPage. He is married and has a daughter pursuing her degree in nursing at NIU.

As both a designer and installer, Tim pays enormous attention to detail and takes great pride in each project he’s involved in. He has completed more than 5,000 closet projects.


Lisa Côté: Designer

Lisa’s fascination with organization began at an early age when she categorized the dolls and drawing supplies in her childhood room. That eventually led to reorganizing her clothes by length, type and color, and as an adult, she parlayed this talent into her first full-time closet organization job in 1986.

A mother of three artistic, creative children, Lisa has also organized kitchens, home-schooled her kids and dabbled in office work. Her passion remains organizing home interior spaces and creating peaceful, tranquil places. 


Jenny Rushizky: Designer

Jenny, who has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, started her own business as a professional organizer in 2007, though she’s been organizing all of her life. She belongs to the National Association of Professional Organizers.

She believes a professional organizer can help you bring order and control to your home, save money and get more done in less time.


Laura Gramann: Designer

Laura owns Pieces into Place. Since her 2014 start, she has helped hundreds of clients live and work more efficiently through organization, making time for the important things in life.

She also partners with ShelfGenie, providing custom storage and organizing solutions. Before starting her organizing career, Laura worked at Google’s people operations — human resources — department. She graduated with a degree in management and HR from University of Wisconsin-Madison and grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin.


Missy Putnam

Missy Putnam is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and started her business, Clearing Spaces, LLC in December of 2005. She has been a Designer for ShelfGenie since April of 2011. Missy lives with her husband, Bob, in Delavan, WI. Her favorite activities include golf and volunteering with their therapy dog, Divot.