Meet the Team!

Meet the friendly folks who will make your next project a Graceful Transition!


Christine Smart

Christine Smart - President

Hello, my name is Christine Smart, and I started business plans for Designing Moves LLC® in the Fall of 2008. I have lived in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area for over 25 years. I received an associate degree from Kirkwood Community College in Interior Design and Business. I have free-lanced and worked at design oriented furniture stores in Cedar Rapids. I enjoy volunteering to help other women grow. I trained with Barbara Morris in February 2009. Barbara owns Smooth Transitions®, the largest growing senior move management company in the United States. She is also co-founder of NASMM. I am also a member of the Cedar Rapids Elderly Consortium and Cedar Rapids West Rotary, P.E.O.
Launching Designing Moves LLC® has given me a sense of living my life on purpose and making a difference in other peoples lives. We are all here for a reason and as I look back over my life, many experiences I have encountered since I was a child have prepared me for Designing Moves LLC®!

Deb Paulsen-Hogue

Deb Paulsen-Hogue - Office Manager

Hi, I am Deb Paulsen-Hogue and I am a life-long resident of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. It has always been important to me that my work has a positive impact on the world, whether it is in providing guidance in the organization of documentation or assisting others in life-changing transitions such as remodeling, preparations for aging in place, downsizing or estate dispersal.

My career focus has always been in client service, largely in working directly with clients and forming trusting and long-term relationships. I have found great joy in helping others to organize paperwork, rooms, and systems to improve their living and working environments.

Wherever I have worked, the most important thing to me is in providing significant value and support to clients and co-workers, as well as to our families and our community. I love working for Designing Moves LLC because each member of the team has similar goals.

Patty Strickland

Patty Strickland -
Project Assistant
Hi, I am Patty Strickland and I have lived in Cedar Rapids most of my life. I began working for Designing Moves LLC in May of 2014. I was working for a lady who had hired Designing Moves LLC for her project. After I had witnessed what a caring staff this was I thought this was a company that I wanted to be a part of. I have enjoyed working with the staff and meeting the clients and fulfilling their needs. I love organizing their items as part of the project, and enjoy seeing the clients’ faces when they arrive at their improved home.
LorieASmith-PictureLorie Smith-
My name is Lorie Smith and I manage Designing Moves LLC finances; from bookkeeping and billing to payroll and payroll reporting and taxes. I have Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Accounting with a minor in IT and also am an Adjunct Instructor at Kirkwood Community College. Additionally I am also a Board Certified Health Coach currently in school with additional health practitioner training. I’ve been associated independently as an accountant with Christine and Designing Moves LLC since the beginning days. It has truly been a blessing to see the growth that has occurred and is an honor to have come on board as an accounting employee in 2014. I’ve worked with a variety of industries over the years to set up bookkeeping systems, train on accounting processes and provide payroll processing and reporting assistance but my favorites have always been the personable service industries often owned/operated by families and classified as small businesses.

In my personal world, I’ve been an empty nester since 2004 and since 2011 have been a caretaker for my elderly parents (my dad, a WWII Normandy Vet is 91 and cares for my mom who is 87 handicapped rarely leaving the house.) I am blessed to have them both around and my sisters and I help out whenever/wherever we can to enable them to live in their own home. The elderly and persons with special needs have always captured my heart and I feel it is important to put forth extra personal care to ensure needs are met and joy is felt in their hearts. At Designing Moves LLC we are a professional team that truly cares for those that we serve. Each team member brings their own unique qualities to the mix and together we bring to the public personalized, professional services graced with integrity and focused on providing top quality client services, completed in an efficient timeframe.


Designing Moves LLC® is fully insured and follows NASMM guidelines.