My mother, Johanna, wears many hats. Friends
know that they can come to her for help, for organizing
an event, throwing a party, or moving to a new home. She
is great at keeping track of details and has always been
She attended Chicago's Goodman Theatre School and then worked
for several years as road manager for a traveling repertory
When pregnant with me, she taught herself natural childbirth
techniques from a library book. Later she set-up her own
Lamaze training course for other expectant couples.
In 1977 she and her husband began creating independent video
programs. They have produced two series for PBS television,
How Then Shall We Live? and Reaching Out.
In 1994 Johanna and I founded Family Packers, fulfilling
our dream of running a family business together. Her happiest
hours are those spent playing with the youngest members
of our family, my nephews Spencer and Desmond.
daughter, Janna, is a first class organizer. She
takes on the challenge of bringing order out of chaos with
zest and enthusiasm. Early training in backstage theatre arts
helped her develop spatial relation and design skills. Later,
she spent two years working as a carpenters apprentice where
she learned household construction from the ground up.
Janna has always been the friend who people called on for
help when a move was pending or when they needed to set up
their new home or workspace. It was a natural next step for
her to apply her skills and experience to the co-creation
of this business of providing packing and unpacking services
to people throughout the Bay Area.
Janna lives in Berkeley where she leads a very busy life engaged
with family and friends. Her free time is spent with Gomez,
her cat, working in their year-round organic flower and vegetable