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Nanny Magazine Contributors
who are the fantastic writers and photographers Who have contributed to Nanny Magazine? learn more about them below (listed alphabetically by last name)! To become a contributor, visit our online submission portal, Submittable.
Kimi Abdullah founded Petojo Food & Catering (petojofood.com) with her brother and chef Anthony Abdullah in 2015, where they consult and create custom culinary experiences for their catering clients' events in the London and Toronto, ON areas. Petojo also specializes in prepared Indonesian foods. In a past life, Kimi led the marketing and operations team at a boutique advertising and marketing recruitment firm. She likes good food, great design and efficient service. Judge her food pics on Instagram @kimiabdullah.
Carol is a career nanny based out of Los Angeles. She works with high profile and high net worth families caring for children of all ages. She loves her job and the adventure each new day brings.
What it Takes to Nanny for a High-Profile Family (July 2017 Issue)
Adam Anton was a Sport Management major in college and is currently a golf instructor. Adam has dealt in youth sports over the years, as well as being a former youth athlete himself. Currently, Adam’s students range from junior students and teaching a child athlete the basics of a sport, to training more competitive junior golfers to play in tournaments or on their high school golf team.
Caring for a Highly Engaged Athlete (April 2018 Issue)
Valerie is a reader, writer, and social media enthusiast who is currently a full-time nanny for eight-month-old twins in Virginia. She has over six years of childcare experience, specializing in infant and toddler care with the occasional tween to boot.
She aspires to one day write children's books geared toward benefiting children with learning disorders. In the meantime, she satisfies her inner journalist by analyzing the wide and complex world of childcare and finding the perfect balance between naptime and playtime.
Chelsey has been a nanny for 12 years and has recently discovered and studied play-work. She has been incorporating a lot of the play-work philosophy into her work as a nanny to advocate for a child's right to play, which includes taking risks.
Erin E. Bailey is a MomBoss in Mt. Pleasant, SC. She has two boys who are 4 years and 7 months old. She is a Senior Assistant Solicitor (criminal prosecutor) in South Carolina. She also worked as a legal consultant on the CBS legal drama Reckless.
First Day Back to Work for MomBoss (January 2015 Issue)
Mommy Musings: Curbing MomBoss Jealousy (March 2015 Issue)
MomBoss: When your Charge has Dietary Issues (May 2015 Issue)
Mommy Musings: Money Honey (July 2015 Issue)
MomBoss Column: Car Crash (September 2015 Issue)
MomBoss: Playtime (November 2015 Issue)
Mommy Musings (January 2016 Issue)
Keyanna Barr is currently a full-time live-in nanny for one family. She cares for two children, ages 1 & 4 in Washington, D.C. She has 14 years of childcare experience, including camp counseling, special needs care, and children's ministry. Keyanna is also a credentialed member of the International Nanny Association. She is active in the online community of nannies and was nominated for the SPARK award in 2013. Keyanna recently moved to D.C. from Columbia, Missouri and looks forward to exploring the city as well as the east coast.
Amber holds a Master's in Psychology with a focus in child development and family systems from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She currently works as a household manager for a family with two children and enjoys helping the family with childcare, errands, and making dinner for the family.
Amber has spent half her life as a nanny and is truly passionate about her career. Amber also has her own business and helps families as an advanced newborn care specialist as well as a sleep consultant.
Amber lives in Seattle and in her free time, loves travel, new adventures, and trying new recipes, but most of all, she loves curling up with a good book.
Kerrie reigns from New York and although she has retired from the nanny life, she is the social media and marketing coordinator for Nanny Magazine AND LOVES it! She graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2013 and now works a full time marketing job during the week. She enjoys talking and learning from other people, being hilarious, cuddling with her cute dog, and planning her upcoming wedding!
Should You Cut Ties with Your Nanny Job (September 2014 Issue)
The Diaper Bag (November 2014 Issue)
How Well Do You Know Your Recycling Facts (March 2015 Issue)
Are You More Right or Left Brained? (July 2015 Issue)
Is it a Cold or Seasonal Allergies? (September 2015 Issue)
The Interview Questions You Have to Ask (January 2017 Issue)
JoAnna Becker has been working professionally with children since 1991 as a nanny, a home daycare provider, and a children's pastor. She holds a B.A. in Child Development and Early Childhood Education. In addition to her current nanny position with twin toddlers, JoAnna is the Pinterest Coordinator for Nanny Magazine and currently serves as the director of her local nanny group, Philly Nanny Connection.
Crafting with Older Kids (July 2015 Issue)
Dilemma: Blame it on the Alcohol (April 2016 Issue)
Must-Ask Interview Questions (April 2016 Issue)
Age-Appropriate Chores for Charges at all Ages and Stages (July 2016 Issue)
Dilemma: Time Off to Vote (July 2016 Issue)
Backyard Camping: Minimal Effort, Maximum Fun! (July 2016 Issue)
Dilemma: Personal Tablets for Kids (October 2016 Issue)
The Lowdown of Posting Pics of the Kids Online (October 2016 Issue)
Bringing Principles of Reggio-Emilia and Montessori into the Home (July 2017 Issue)
Communicating Effectively (January 2018 Issue)
Heather works for Nicole’s Nannies and was featured in our Ask an Agency column. Nicole’s Nannies is a premier placement agency serving New Jersey and select locations around the United States. Unlike other agencies, Nicole’s Nannies was founded by two former nannies with over 10 years of experience in the industry. We have an insight to both the nanny side as well as the parent side, and we use that to our advantage.
Ask an Agency (July 2017 Issue)
Kimberley Roberts has over 20 years of childcare experience (17 as a professional nanny). She is a former kindergarten teacher, reading specialist, nanny advocate/consultant, avid baby-wearer, birth and postpartum doula, and RIE-ish parent/caregiver. Kimberley has worked for High Profile families as a nanny and house manager, and enjoys working with multiples, preemies, and children with special needs. In 2014, she received the title “Mama”, and began to bring her son, Simon, to work with her. As a nanny (and a mom), Kimberley’s goal is to help the children in her care develop into wholesome, adventurous, independent, peaceful and happy adults who will aspire to change the world. She enjoys mentoring young/new nannies and staying up to date on the latest research on child development, psychology and sociology. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son in and around their home in the Chicago Suburbs.
Pros & Cons of Hiring a Nanny Mom
Why am I Kinder to my Nanny Kids?
Deena Blanchard MD, MPH is a board-certified pediatrician working at Premier Pediatrics. Dr. Deena has provided health/parenting tips for outlets such as AOL, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, The Bump, The Daily News, and appeared on CBS and CUNY-TV. She is also a regular contributor for Big City Moms, Well Rounded NY, The Stir by Cafemom, and Momtastic.
Dr. Blanchard joined Premier, after completing her residency training at Columbia University. There she served as a physician advocate for families as part of the family advisory committee and was awarded physician of the year in 2007. Prior to going to medical school she completed a Masters of Public Health at Temple University with a specific focus in health education. Dr. Blanchard attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she was awarded both Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Medical Women’s Association Glascow-Rubin Achievement award.
Ms. Bolds, a native New Yorker born in Harlem NY, comes from a family of healers and has been a resident in Hudson Valley, NY for 21 years. A graduate of Dutchess Community College and Marist College, Denise also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has prior careers as a Trauma Technologist and a Medical Social Worker. Ms. Bolds is also a self-published author and internet radio show producer/host. Ms. Bolds is a certified birth doula - Bold Doula under Bold Selah, LLC. Her goal: to bring awareness of the huge disparities of Black Maternal Health and doula as many women of color as possible.
Take Darling Photos of Your Newborn Charge (January 2015 Issue)
Saving Every Dime (October 2017 Issue)
Mimi, a born and bred San Francisco Bay Area native, has wanted a baby since she was a baby. An avid Babysitter’s Club series follower from a young age, she catapulted herself into babysitting and children’s volunteer work in high school and proceeded to as a nanny and preschool teacher’s assistant throughout her college years at Santa Clara University.
Her love for family and children led her to Westside Nannies, where she experienced the professionalism of the agency firsthand. She was placed with a wonderful family until fate prevailed and she landed a position as Westside Nannies’ Lead Recruitment Specialist in 2009. Today, Mimi has returned to her native Bay Area roots and serves as the Director of Westside Nannies in San Francisco.
Ask an Agency (January 2014 Issue)
My name is Kristen (Miller) Brown. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for eight years and have been a Nanny for a little over two years. My passion is anything that has to do with early childhood. I love writing about it, planning curriculum and spending time with my nanny kids. I completed my Child Development Associate and have attended numerous trainings over the years. When I am not with my nanny kids I love spending quality time with my family, friends and fellow nannies!
Nicole Bruno, (CD)DONA, AAHCC graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of the Arts in 2007. She pursued a certification to become a Bradley Method® Childbirth Educator following the birth of her daughter in Dec 2010. While passionate about teaching, Nicole decided she wanted to work with families one and one and became a certified Birth Doula through DONA International. She opened her business Sacred Journey Birth Services in 2012 which assists parents in pregnancy, birth, car seat safety and postpartum basics. Nicole currently lives and works in the DC area and enjoys vegetarian cooking and spending time with her husband, 3 year old daughter, and four cats.
Preparing for a New Baby: How Can a Nanny Help the Family Transition (January 2015 Issue)
Larisha founded and runs the blog, We're Parents!? It's a dedicated family blog where she shares her journey as a "crunchy mom", parenting tips, recipes, and loads of product reviews and giveaways. She is currently raising her 11-year-old daughter and enjoys spending time with her fiancé. You will frequently find her in the kitchen of their new home.
Veggie Loaded Baked Pasta (March 2014 Issue)
Pamela Chandler has been in childcare for over 15 years and is currently a full time Nanny to a 1, 2, 3 & 4 year old. She also holds a B.A. in English from Marshall University and spends her spare time writing for her blog "Nanny Pam". She loves children, books, crafts, and white wine. Recently married she and her husband are looking forward to starting their own family in Dayton, Ohio.
Heather Cherry holds a Master's in Professional Writing from Chatham University. She is a 4-H youth leader of a writing club to help inspire and shape young writers with their dreams. She is a member of the Kane Area Chamber of Commerce and the Route 6 Tourist Association, where she serves as Administrative Assistant.
Heather has spent most of her life involving herself in writing by authoring a young adult fiction novel titled Angst, authoring blogs on her website, www.cherryconsulting.net, beginning a writing and communication consulting business, reporting for her local newspapers, as well as writing a variety of articles for many different outlets.
Heather and her husband Steve live in rural Pennsylvania where there isn’t much commotion other than the rustling trees. Here they raise their son, Troy.
Meet the Candidates (July 2016 Issue)
Infuse your Water (April 2017 Issue)
Fun Food for your Charge’s Halloween Party (October 2017 Issue)
Social Media Do’s and Don’t from Nannies in the Know (January 2018 Issue)
Sterling Chillico is an attorney and managing member of Danko Law, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina. She obtained her Juris Doctorate for The University of San Francisco - School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in both California and South Carolina. Throughout law school she nannied for a wonderful family in San Francisco, which was a much-needed reminder of the innocence in the world as she studied to protect it!
Erica Christopher is currently a nanny to four energetic girls in San Francisco. She has been working with children for over ten years in many capacities from preschool teacher, to daycare worker, to nanny (and everything in between). Erica earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Sacramento State University in 2009. Erica loves to write in her spare time and currently authors all posts at her website. She writes about her fun, silly, and sometimes scary experiences as a nanny.
You Have a Crush on Who?! (January 2014 Issue)
Is My Smartphone Stealing from Me? (March 2014 Issue)
Summer “Vacation.” Must be a Typo (May 2014 Issue)
Challenge Accepted! A Nanny’s Efforts to be a Good Influence (July 2014 Issue)
Times Change…and it’s Spooky! (September 2014 Issue)
Jill has been with Nanny Magazine since 2015. She's our newsletter editor, writes for us, and manages our Instagram and Pinterest pages! Jill is currently a nanny in Baltimore. When she's not snuggling babies or chasing toddlers, you're most likely to find her outdoors - traveling, running, hiking – or snuggling her cat!
Nicole Clark has worked with kids since she was 16 years old, whether it was working at a daycare facility or babysitting. She has been exclusively nannying since 2010. She has been with the same family since she moved to New York City for my fiancé’s job and started nannying. With huge changes in lifestyles (coming from a small town in Florida), she’s learned so much about juggling children in the hustle and bustle of the big city! While caring for the children, she is in nursing school as well as working for an online fitness company.
Chelle is a West Virginia native who makes her home in Frederick, Maryland. She studied Early Childhood Education at Frederick Community College and Fairmont State University. She has been a nanny since 2007 and currently works as a live-out nanny for a family with three young children in Leesburg, VA. She has worked with her current nanny family for the past two years and truly enjoys watching the children in her care grow. In her downtime, Chelle enjoys crafting and revamping old furniture.
Adolescent Gift Guide (January 2016 Issue)
Kandice Cole is an educational writer, consultant, and first-time mom. She started working with kids in 5th grade when she started her own babysitter's club, inspired by the book of course. For the past 15 years, she has worked in childcare and education in various positions including elementary teacher, nanny, tutor, and nonprofit program manager. Kandice lives in the Chicagoland area with her daughter and husband.
Elizabeth Conner is Full-Time Nanny of 2 brothers, 15 months apart, Bear and Bug. With over 12 years experience, she has seen it all from broken arms to clingy hands that won't let go, and through it all she loves what she does. She shares her nanny adventures and passion for nanny community on her blog westseattlenanny.blogspot.com. She is just a country girl living in a city world.
Having that Puberty Talk (January 2016 Issue)
Is Your Job in Jeopardy? (April 2016 Issue)
Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Day as a Nanny (January 2017 Issue)
Haley is a junior at Indiana University, studying Journalism and Apparel Merchandising. In addition to this, she has a passion for children and nannying.
The Rise of Nanny Jobs and What That Means (July 2017 Issue)
Alli is currently a full-time nanny for a sweet toddler in Ohio. She has over 7 years of experience working with children, including teaching for a few years.
Alli has a passion for the youth of this generation. She is a youth leader at her local church, allowing her to work with 11th and 12th grade girls. She also teaches Sunday school to a handful of delightful and curious preschoolers. Last year she started her own cupcake business and has enjoyed watching that grow!
She is currently busy planning her wedding and in her spare time enjoys snuggling up and watching Netflix.
Sherryn recently graduated with a Masters in Leadership and Management from Notre Dame of Maryland. She's currently the Web Editor for Nanny Magazine and does marketing for a local gourmet food distribution company in the D.C/Maryland/ Virginia area.
Josie De Hoyos, MDS, RD is a registered dietitian with a background in educating communities on an array of nutrition topics. She currently resides in Okinawa, Japan where she enjoys creating delicious yet easy meals for her husband and two sons. Her hobbies include running, traveling and exploring new eateries around the little island she calls home.
Yes, You CAN Make Your Own Baby Food (July 2015 Issue)
Whimsical Snack (November 2015 Issue)
How to Avoid Stress Eating (July 2016 Issue)
Eating for a Healthy Glow (April 2017 Issue)
Staying on a Healthy Track While School is Out (July 2017 Issue)
Healthy Eating on a Budget (January 2018 Issue)
I am an 8+ year career nanny. I am 27 years old and absolutely adore being a nanny. I love my job and the most rewarding feeling that it gives to me every day.
The Joy of Working for Amazing Families (January 2018 Issue)
Lisa is a nanny living in Alabama. Caring for children is her passion, and she has been working in some form of the childcare field since her teens. While in graduate school, Lisa began nannying full time and cannot imagine doing anything else!
When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and blogging about anything and everything at http://ftnttslisa.wordpress.com/.
Ask an Agency (April 2017 Issue)
Alison Pipkalejs is currently a nanny for two children, ages 1 and 3, in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in writing from North Central College in Naperville, IL.
Alison has been nannying for the last ten years and been a part of some interesting dynamics ranging from a one child family where both parents worked from home to a live-in nanny in Hollywood, California.
Alison currently lives in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood and when she isn't nannying she is actively pursuing her passion for writing. You can read more of Alison's work by visiting her blog: http://nannyknowsbest.tumblr.com.
Beka is the Director of Placements at Georgia's Dream Nannies, an award-winning agency based in the Greater Atlanta Area. They specialize in connecting top household staff with terrific families. In her free time, Beka loves spending time with her family (she and her husband share 6 children and a couple of grandchildren), cooking, reading, antiquing and playing music loudly.
Over-Schedule Children: How can we, as nannies, take notice and help? (April 2018 Issue)
Ask an Agency (April 2018 Issue)
Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Grow Your Own Food Forest (April 2016 Issue)
After going to college to become a teacher, Sue found that nannying was her true calling. She started off in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and later moved to the Philadelphia area to become a live-in nanny. Her passion for the industry has let her become quite active in the nanny community. Sue has been a nanny for 20 years and currently spends her days with a 2 year old playing and having fun!! She is the organizer of Nannypalooza - a 2 day conference for nannies. More info at nannypalooza.com.
Latasha Doyle has been a nanny for over a decade, caring for children ranging from 3 weeks old to 16 years old. She lives outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband and six furkids. When she's not nannying or writing, she enjoys crocheting, Netflix marathons, and planning her next trip.
Louise Dunham is the CEO of Placement Solutions, a Kew, Melbourne based niche recruitment firm specializing in nannies and household management, set up in 1988; government approved in 2000, Just Family Nannycare Payroll Pty Ltd set up in 2011, and Nurture Training College RTO (Registered Training Organisation) set up in 2014. All businesses are set up to provide professional, screened, supported help in the home paying all outlier staff legally.
On April this year Placement Solutions are sponsoring and organizing the first Melbourne interNational Nanny Training Day together with the USA, UK, Mexico, and Switzerland. In July 2016 Louise sponsored, hosted, organized and introduced together with Sue Downey, the founder of Nanny Palooza and National Nanny Training Day, the first Australian Nanny Palooza Oz conference in Melbourne. This united the disparate Australian industry and showed the importance of ongoing professional development for Nannies. It also exposed nannies to great and relevant speakers and sponsors. Nannies is an all embracing term that covers Newborn Care Specialists, often known as night nannies, part time and full time live in and live out nannies and casual evening nannies.
Louise’s company, Placement Solutions, is the first and only Childwise accredited Nanny Agency in Australia and trains all its nannies in “Speak Up” training against child abuse. Louise served as the VP of the INA (International Nanny Association) based in America. She chaired the Ethics Committee for 5 years and was on the INA Board from 2012 to 2017. In 2001 Placement Solutions became an inaugural provider of the Dept. of Ed. approved In-home care scheme (metro Melbourne) and in 2016 the Victorian provider for the Nanny Pilot (regional). Louise served on the Senate Steering Committee that wrote the In- home care standards in 2007.
She is a passionate advocate for the need for children firstly to be safe in childcare and for those nannies to be respected and supported and recognized as childcare professionals with a valuable role to play within the greater childcare sector. Louise is extremely knowledgeable after 30 years’ experience in this sector. In early 2017 she published her book on the nanny industry called The State of The Nanny. In her spare time Louise enjoys spending time gardening, indulging in family genealogy and caring for her 2 and a half -year-old grandson as well as travelling and spending time with friends.
My Diaper Bag (January 2014 Issue)
Amanda is a NJ- native nanny. She has been a babysitter, nanny, household manager, instructional aide with special needs children, teacher’s assistant, and a preschool teacher at daycare. She has been working in childcare since she was 12 and started her own babysitting business and has been a professional nanny for 17 years. Amanda has her own blog for nannies, Diary of a Super Nanny, and has written for Care Academy, as well. Having worked in various roles since it’s creation in 2013, Amanda took over the role of Editor in Chief for Nanny Mag in early 2017. When Amanda is not writing, editing, or taking care of little ones, she can be found binge-watching superhero shows, performing on the NJ community theater stage, or singing karaoke with her friends.
Nanny Spotlight (September 2014 Issue)
Is Stress Stressing You Out? (November 2014 Issue)
Data Blitz Column (March 2015 Issue-April 2018 Issue)
Eating Healthy on a Budget: Interview with Leanne Brown (November 2015 Issue)
An Update on Obamacare and How it Affects you as a Hard-Working Nanny (January 2016 Issue)
Interview Preparedness Product Review (April 2016 Issue)
Screens Before Two: Exposing Kids to Technology: The Advantages and Disadvantages (October 2016 Issue)
I’m a Nanny, Not a Babysitter! Yes, There’s a Difference! (January 2017 Issue)
Quick and Easy Mother’s and Father’s Day Crafts (April 2017 Issue)
Nanny Mag Chats with Children’s Book Author, Florence Ann Romano (July 2015 Issue)
Moving On: When to Quit your Nanny Job (November 2015 Issue)
Raising Kids to be Caring, Compassionate, and Kind (January 2017 Issue)
How Caring for Children with Autism Made me a Better Nanny (April 2017 Issue)
Down on the Farm: A Themed Lesson (April 2017 Issue)
Planner Product Review (October 2017 Issue)
Interview with CPST, Sheri Lopez (January 2018 Issue)
Product Review: The Artful Educator (April 2018 Issue)
Leslie Kendall Dye is an actor and dancer in NYC. She has written for The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Mid, Scary Mommy, Off the Shelf, Role Reboot, Coffee+Crumbs, Mamalode, BLUNT Moms, Mamapedia, Erma Bombeck Humor Writers, and for Nanny Magazine, both online and in print. You can find her essays at hungrylittleanimal.blogspot.com.
Brighter, Darling is a place to share perspectives, riddle through the marketing hype and have a safe place to ask the most basic beauty questions. You won’t find InstaGLAM makeup looks here. You will find makeup tips, skin care reviews and style inspiration on how to take the everyday woman to her most glamorous self.
With a decade of success in marketing communications and public relations for non-profits to Fortune 100 companies, Steffanie’s true passion lies in making women feel beautiful. She has an MBA in Entrepreneurship/Innovation Management and a BA in Broadcast Journalism. Originally a Jersey girl, she now resides in Houston, TX with her husband and their two golden retrievers.
A Skincare Routine You Can Afford (April 2017 Issue)
Daniela is originally from Venezuela. Moved to the states 8 years ago and started her nanny career then. She had had an extensive experience, from newborns to teens and from special needs to multiples. Have a background in accounting and currently building next to a business partner, her own nanny agency (AZ Sitters Connection) in Arizona.
Sarah Faria has been a nanny for almost ten years now, out of New Hampshire, who found her love and passion for children studying Early Childhood Education and while working in a daycare center. Her favorite activities to do with children are the messy ones, like finger painting, that really let little minds grow and showcase limitless creativity. Hearing a child say her name for the first time or remember a special moment that was shared in the past are the little extras that make Sarah believe her job truly is the greatest job in the world. Since she's already seen and been told that many of the children she's cared for have exceptional manners and are nice to the friends and people around them, Sarah already has the validation that she's changing the world one child at a time. When she's not working you can find her watching football games. free writing, putting together amazing scrapbooks, or singing along to her favorite country songs!
Stephanie Fassler is a proud nanny and home health care CNA in Denver, Colorado. While pursuing her nursing degree, she came across an awesome family needing help with their developmentally delayed son. After starting to work with them, she realized that this was her dream job. In her spare time, she enjoys DIY projects, baking, and spending time with her husband and pets.
Why Do We Even Care? (January 2017 Issue)
Jaynie Fawley lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been a nanny for five years. She works full time as a nanny for a 2 year old girl and her infant sister. Jaynie also owns The Kalamazoo Nanny Authority, a consulting firm that facilitates strong and healthy relationships between nannies and families in Southwest Michigan. She enjoys helping families find fantastic nannies that meet their needs and working with nannies to increase their skill set to become exceptional caregivers and find meaningful employment.
Jaynie’s quirks include preferring PBS documentaries to sitcoms, watching every independent film she can get her hands on, and reading Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck once a year. She loves to decorate (and redecorate) her home. Jaynie has loved the art of writing since childhood.
Stephanie Felzenberg has worked as a nanny for more than 21 years and is the Editor of How to Be the Best Nanny blog. She was the Editor of the nanny trade publication Be the Best Nanny Newsletter for 12 years. She volunteered as the International Nanny Association newsletter Editor for 4 years and published custom newsletters for nanny placement agencies for nearly a decade. She was the editor of The Child Care Textbook by Anne Merchant Geissler in 2007.
Lauren has had a passion for caring for children from a young age. She started babysitting at the age of 11 and continued to do so throughout high school. Soon after graduating, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a nanny. She currently cares for a five-year-old boy and two-year-old girl full time. A few weekends a month she spends caring for her six-year-old, four-year-old, and one-year-old charges who she has had the pleasure of being with for three years. During her down time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her cats, Maggie and Chloe.
Jennifer is a part-time medical assistant and full-time mommy to two little boys. Her family resides in southern Pennsylvania where she also runs a direct sales business from her home. She enjoys cooking and is an avid Pinterest follower. You can find her and her husband watching Penn State football every Saturday in the fall, and battling it out any given Sunday during NFL season.
Savanna Fox is currently a full-time professional nanny for a toddler and infant in Brooklyn, New York. She has over a decade of childcare experience, varying from singletons to siblings of four. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a degree in cultural studies, she chose to become a full-time nanny. Her expertise with infant to toddler-aged children is based on years of hands-on experience along with diligent and continual research, from books on child psychology to analyzing current trends in child-related media. Savanna created a childcare blog in May of 2013, where she discusses common child-rearing concerns of interest for parents and nannies. You can follow her at www.yourbabynanny.com. Savanna is a trained postpartum doula through DONA International and is beginning her certification to become a lactation counselor.
The NannyVan: Accelerating the Movement for Domestic Workers’ Rights! (September 2014 Issue)
Melissa Franckowiak is an MFA student and writes for Traffic East magazine in Buffalo, NY. Her short fiction piece, The Very Pertinent News of Gabriel Vincent DeVil, recently placed in the 86th Annual Writer's Digest Literary Fiction Awards. Melissa set goals in early childhood to be a best-selling novelist and physician. She writes thrillers as Melissa Crickard. The daughter of an English and a Science teacher, Melissa attended Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Buffalo, and after being awarded two Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Therapy and Chemistry, she advanced toward her M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, going on to become a diplomat of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Melissa is the mother of two children, the owner of a chatty Panama Amazon parrot and a lover of all things outdoors.
Mena & Natalie (April 2018 Issue)
Christina Galetta has a MS in forensic mental health from The Sage Colleges.
Quiz: Are you too out there on social media? (October 2016 Issue)
Hailing from Southeastern Connecticut, Michelle is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University. She works as a private nanny and consultant for ages "1 - 100,” through her Senior Care, Child Care, and Household Management business. With Nanny Magazine since 2014, Michelle started with the periodical as a street team member before becoming more involved with administrative processes and contributor needs.
Not Your Typical Valentine’s Day? Change it up! (January 2016 Issue)
Rainy Day Activities: Plan a Nanny-Themed Moviethon (April 2016 Issue)
Red, White, and Blue Election Day Outfits (July 2016 Issue)
Holiday Lifestyle (October 2016 Issue)
Dolls Like Us: Tree Change Dolls (April 2017 Issue)
Quiz: What’s Your Ideal Vacation Destination? (July 2017 Issue)
Lesley has been a full-time nanny for the past ten years. She has worked for all types of families from all economic backgrounds and situations. Whether it is a high profile family, or your average family, the care a nanny gives her children should be constant and unwavering, and Lesley knows this! She specializes in newborn to pre-k, and is a certified autism therapist. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband.
Katarina is very passionate about nutrition and is currently wrapping up her last semester at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing her master's degree in nutrition and dietetics. She is especially interested in pediatric nutrition and aspires to work with kids as a registered dietitian following graduation. At a national level she is involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and also serves as the student liaison chair for the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the kitchen and creating fun new recipes for all to enjoy!
Jenn Gay has been a nanny for 22 years, and was full time for 17 years. She now still helps them out as needed as she considers them to be a part of her family. She works full time now in youth services at her local library, mainly doing children's programming. She has a huge family with lots of nieces and nephews and an adorable Shih Tsu named Myles. She loves the theater and movies.
Stacie has been a nanny since 1988 and has lived in four states. She has taken care of numerous children in that time and has loved every minute of it. She teaches her little ones sign language and speaks some French as well. In her off time she likes to travel, hike, and explore nature, quite often with her ever-present camera clicking away. She likes to read, crochet, make cards, and is generally quite busy. She has had the pleasure of walking two half marathons and the sense of accomplishment that comes with that. She believes that life is an adventure and she is enjoying the ride.
Kellie Geres is an industry leader with over 24 years of experience as a household employee. Kellie served on the International Nanny Association board of directors for over 10 years in numerous positions. She was named INA’s Nanny of the Year in 1997. Kellie is the current president of the Domestic Estate Managers Association’s D.C. Chapter. She is also past president of Association of D.C. Area Nannies, the longest running nanny support group in the country.
Kellie maintains several industry-related blogs, including www.nannygroups.com, www.AllThingsNanny.com, and www.NNRW.org. She is part of the Development Team of Regarding Nannies. She is also the owner and moderator of NannyTrainings.com and Nanny Island.
With her 24+ years as a nanny/household manager, Kellie has spent the past 15 years working exclusively with divorced parents, and she has successfully transitioned to household manager/personal assistant to a busy family with two teenagers and a dog named Riley in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Megan Gilbreath is a California college student, pursuing journalism and public relations, but occupies her time with being a nanny. The two toddlers Megan takes care keep her busy and joyful. They are also teaching Megan new ways of caretaking through their medical conditions of high functioning autism and developmental delay.
Megan combines her passion for writing and children here for us at Nanny Magazine and also on her blog, giving caretaking tips and pointers for any child with any diagnosis. You can check it out at www.chasingclarityy.blogspot.com
Farrah is an account manager and copywriter by day and attentive mom at night. None of which she could do without the help of great nannies. She is driven by a desire to be the best mom she can be and is thankful for every blessing that has come her way. When she is not chasing after clients or her children, she enjoys spending time with her extended family, reading, writing, learning new crafts and discovering new culinary heights in her kitchen. You can stay in touch with Farrah by visiting her website.
Since 1996, Marcia Hall has been working with children and families as a Certified Professional Nanny and an ACPI Certified Coach for Families. In 2011 she was named the International Nanny Association’s NANNY OF THE YEAR. Marcia is a graduate of the English Nanny and Governess School and is an INA Credentialed Nanny. She is an advocate for children in every area of her life having served as a children's ministry director, a "Big" with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and as a foster parent.
Marcia has extensive experience working with families who have children aged newborn through teen. “Her confidence and knowledge have placed her permanently on our “go to” list of those we call when we’re trying to problem-solve health issues, behavior, schedules or nutrition with our kids.” Jenny – Wauwatosa, WI
Marcia launched Strong Roots Family Coaching because she believes that all children are born with great potential. She's passionate about empowering parents to find the best ways to support, encourage and nurture their children as they build a deeper connection.
Marcia and her husband Scott, reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with their 2 daughters. In addition to being a full time mommy, Marcia is a foster mom, cares for children in her home and works part time as the Administrative Assistant at a local church.
She also works with families of any age and size as a Family Coach. Marcia teaches families in her community and around the country through workshops, one on one coaching and through her writing. She writes regularly for her blog "YOUR Parenting Questions" and "Go Nannies". Her first book Parenting Responsively co-written with 11 other ACPI Parent Coaches came out the summer of 2011.
Clancy Harrison MS, RND, FAND is a Pediatric Registered Dietitian and the award-winning author of Feeding Baby. With over 20 years experience, Clancy transforms the way parents and healthcare professionals approach childhood nutrition. Clancy believes food should be fun, not stressful or complicated. Dedicated to teaching children to be adventurous eaters, Clancy challenges outdated feeding practices and is a a frequent guest on WNEP Live Morning Show. She is also a TEDx Speaker and the founder of the Children Feeding Children Greenhouse Project.
Lindsay, known as The Nanny Doctor, has been working with families and their nannies for more than a decade. In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Lindsay was a well-respected nanny for over 10 years in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Now, through her nanny consulting services, Lindsay works in conjunction with families and their agencies to provide a unique specialized service to help each family in finding the best possible match for their family. She aids, not only in the interview and hiring process, but also with the important transition of introducing a new person into the household. She stands firmly beside each of her clients throughout their journey and custom tailors a plan of action for each individual family. No nanny issue is too big or small!
Lindsay is based in Beverly Hills, California but her services are available worldwide. She works with families in her Beverly Hills office, in private homes, board rooms, on set, or over the phone/Skype.
Visit her website www.TheNannyDoctor.com for more information about her services.
Emmi S. Herman is the mother of three millennials, grandmother of two perfect grandchildren, and a children's book author. When she's not writing copy at her day job, or at work on a memoir about her sister, she's in her car somewhere between New York and New Jersey. medium.com/@emmisherman
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Pamela Hodges is an elementary teacher who is currently taking a break to raise her kids. She continues to inspire a love of learning through her Facebook community Little Learning Moments and the books she sells with Usborne Books and More.
Kelsey is a girl on the go, servicing four families as a nanny. Born and raised in Southern California, Kelsey loves taking her charges to the beach and local attractions that she enjoyed at their age.
Kelsey has had a passion for caring for children since she was in her early teens. She took numerous classes and courses to begin a career in childcare at the ripe age of thirteen. Kelsey has taught Sunday school to kids ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade, been a Teacher’s aide in classrooms for students with disabilities, and is currently working on a nursing degree to become a Pediatric Nurse.
In her free time, Kelsey enjoys camping, reading and going to the beach with friends. Her favorite part about being a nanny is the freedom to be a kid again and enjoy activities like arts and crafts, exploring, and playing at the park. Kelsey loves the bonds that she makes with each child she watches.
While she may not have years of experience like other nannies, Kelsey hopes to continue gaining knowledge in the field as she furthers her career as a nanny. In early 2013, Kelsey started Nannyville, a blog about her experiences as a nanny, her push to promote healthy eating and featuring some of the fun activities she has done with her charges.
Megan Hughes has worked as a professional nanny for a little over a year and half and will be attending graduate school in the fall to pursue her Master's degree in elementary education. Megan is a book addict who is passionate about anything that has to do with promoting childhood literacy. She almost always has about fifty different kids books checked out from the library at one time. When she is not with her nanny kids or teaching swimming, she loves spending quality time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, playing sports, and looking for the next great book to read.
Sarah Hults is a registered and licensed dietitian who currently works in the field of public health with breastfeeding, post partum and pregnant women, infants, and children. Sarah has a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While Sarah enjoys her current position she also greatly enjoyed the six months she spent abroad in Spain working as an au pair for a Catalan family in a small town outside of Barcelona. The level of experience that Sarah has working with children as a caregiver and as a health professional is vast, dealing with many disease states, ages, and issues. Sarah finds the field continually challenging and ever changing. Sarah also has experience working as both a nanny and as a babysitter for over 13 years stateside, mostly in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois.
Brittany Hunt is a newborn care specialist (NCS) working in the DC metro area. Brittany started working with newborns over eight years before becoming a NCS. She has also worked with toddlers and young children as a nanny for multiple families. After working as a NCS, she noticed a severe deficit in quality training programs for the care of newborns and cofounded the Newborn Care Training Academy.
Educating others in the proper care of newborns, infants, and toddlers is a strong passion for Brittany and it has long been an important part of the work she has done with new parents as a NCS. She is excited to share her knowledge with those seeking to become certified NCS and to help guide them through the process.
Sascha Hutt is a 30-something food-loving mother of three who used to work as an art director in the magazine world but is now a proud stay-at-home Mum.
Sascha’s blog Toddler Tastes was originally born of frustration cooking for a two year old, and the search for quick, healthy food for young people. When she met with fellow Mums at playgroups, Sascha found that most conversations revolved around food and what Mums and nannies were planning to cook later that night, usually the same "old favourites". The intention of the blog was to create a library of healthy and quick recipes that everyone can share and anyone can cook. Sascha finds recipes but also cooks and photographs recipes that have been sent in from fellow Mums and Nannies.
In addition to food, we’ve recently broadened our horizons and will aim to include not just recipe ideas, but other little snippets which relate to food, creativity, little-people, and life generally.
Robert Jackson is a personal trainer and certified nutrition coach. Having spent 7 years working in a confined office, he decided to follow his passion into the fitness industry. He created Minimal FiT, which aims to help people stay fit and healthy with minimal time commitment. Follow him on Facebook for useful tips and tricks.
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Ryan has over twenty years of experience working with children and families as a teacher, nanny, tutor, and swim instructor. Her love for teaching began at an early age. While volunteering with her mother for various charitable organizations, Ryan discovered her passion for giving back to the community. These experiences, along with summers spent babysitting and peer mentoring, eventually led Ryan to a career in education.
Ryan earned a multiple-subject teaching credential and Master of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University. In addition to teaching, Ryan has spent more than five years as a full-time professional nanny for celebrities and high-profile families in Los Angeles. She has taught 1st through 4th grade, and has tutored numerous children in literacy, phonemic awareness, math, and ISEE test preparation. Known for her positive attitude and transparent personality, Ryan has been entrusted by many families to help find outstanding nannies and tutors. Now she has combined all of these talents to create her own company, Educated Nannies!
Ryan continues to work with parents to customize educational plans for families. Her ability to work with parents’ goals, understand a child’s needs, and offer suggestions based on her own experiences, has made her a valuable asset to many families. Her enthusiasm for learning, along with the joy of witnessing a child’s “Aha moment” continues to inspire her today.
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Christina is an MA student in Educational Neuroscience, has Bachelor’s in Pedagogical Studies, and has been a Nanny, Au pair, Teacher, and Educator throughout her life.
Meaghan is a former career nanny with over 10 years of experience in the industry. A passion for creativity and design, and a love of connecting with people led her to begin her own event decor and design business, Birch Affair. Meaghan currently lives in Michigan. She enjoys running, never turns down a piece of dark chocolate, and has a sweet spot for Motown music.
Kaley has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and has worked in a variety of jobs including a Health and Wellness educator at the Boys and Girls Club, and a teacher at a daycare.
Jamila is an enthusiastic home cook, baker, and amateur photographer based in London. She started her food blog pip & little blue in 2012 to combine her culinary and artistic passions and to share her recipes with others . Her recipes, a melting pot of home-cooked classics and something a little bit different, are created to make everything, healthy or indulgent, sweet or savory, look and taste like a celebration: a treat. Jamila uses fresh, simple ingredients in her cooking and is inspired by the changing seasons and her travels to different countries and cultures. She believes that there is nothing better in the world than feeding friends and family.
Check out her blog for recipes and inspiration for the busy cook or to get in touch with tales from your kitchen!
Kellie J. Knapp has been happily dating her husband for 16 years and has 3 children ages 14, 12, and 9. She has been working with children for over 20 years in many capacities from special education aide and nanny to reading and math interventionist, literacy teacher, Sunday School teacher, home school coordinator, and grade school substitute. Kellie earned her degree from New Tribes Mission in communications and linguistics in 2001. Currently she and her family reside in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but Kellie has taught (and been taught) all over the world, most recently during an eight-year stint in Papua New Guinea. Kellie is currently seeking the next adventure for her and her family!
Kelly Knowlton is a free-spirited, energetic, fun-loving, stay-at-home-mom of two little boys that are 15 months apart in age, and a 4 year old golden retriever. She earned her B.A. in History from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2006, and took a few early childhood education classes. She intends to pursue a master's degree in teaching. Kelly loves to explore and travel, bringing her boys with her everywhere and often focusing on preschool and toddler adventures. She is very hands-on and loves to help her boys learn through sensory play, books, outside play, and cooking. In her “spare” time she writes a blog that was originally intended to be a keepsake for her children, but has grown into a place that other mommy friends and nannies use as a resource for activities for their children.
Kelly also loves photography and is often found with a camera in her hand everywhere she goes. She is also a fifer for the Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga, where you will find her marching with her children. Kelly also is passionate about physical exercise, nutrition, and healthy living practices. She currently resides with her husband, children, dog, cat, and in-laws in Thomaston, CT.
Rebecca Kujawski graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Creative Writing in August of 2012. She created one of the largest creative writing workshops in Columbus, Ohio, called "Prosa: Workshop for Writers", a safe place for poets and authors to improve their work. Rebecca writes literary fiction in her spare time, hoping to obtain her master's in the craft when the time is right.
Becoming a nanny was a no-brainer for Rebecca based on her extensive work with children and the fact that a paddle ball in her cubicle kept her from going stir crazy in her office days. Nanny by day, writer by night, Rebecca considers herself an educator who hopes to inspire children for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity.
With her background as an International Nanny Association Credentialed Nanny specializing in caring for multiples, Michelle has been partnering with parents in raising their children since 1994.
With her extensive experience in newborn, infant, and child care, and with her passion for setting herself apart from her peers by providing top-notch service, Michelle is regularly called on by the most popular parenting magazines and websites to share her knowledge and expertise. She has been featured on Parents.com, Parenting.com, and BabyTalk.com and regularly contributes to ModernMom.com, Momtastic.com, and other popular parenting websites.
Michelle has contributed to TWINS Magazine and wrote a chapter for the best-selling Experts' Guide to the Baby Years. Michelle has also authored four books of her own entitled, Nanny to the Rescue!, Nanny to the Rescue Again!, Working Mom's 411, and A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists. She also coauthored Beyond Parenting Basics: The International Nanny Association’s Official Guide to In-Home Child Care.
Michelle is an active member of the nanny and baby planner communities. In 2004, Michelle was honored as the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and received accolades from President George Bush for her dedication to improving quality in-home childcare. Michelle serves on the advisory board of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals and has served on the board of directors and as vice president of the International Nanny Association. She has also served as the executive director of the International Nanny Association and as a trainer for The Academy of Coaching Parents International.
Michelle currently serves as the editor in chief of Longhorn Leads, managing the content across their portfolio of care-related sites including www.eNannySource.com, www.GoNannies.com, www.NannyPro.com, and www.4Nannies.com, in addition to serving as the executive director ofMorningside Nannies, the company’s award-winning placement agency. She is also the Lead Educator at NannyTrainings.com
Michelle is a national speaker, bringing a message of hope and empowerment to moms' groups across the nation. She and her husband Jeff reside on Cape Cod with their daughter Abigail and their son Luke.
Matthew is a career nanny with 23 years of experience, at least 10 years of which have been dedicated to working with special needs children. He's currently working full-time as a Behavior Technician in an ABA Therapy center while continuing his nanny career on his time off.
Sarah is a recent college graduate turned professional nanny. Her days are filled with babies, too many trips to Starbucks, and her overweight chihuahua. Born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in the spring of 2012. From the beginning, she always knew that babies were who she wanted to work with, but it took a few years of exploring for the puzzle pieces to start falling into place. Being able to blend her passion for working with children and her degree in the field of Communication is a dream come true! Going to work each morning is now something she smiles about ear to ear knowing she gets to spend her days loving, teaching, and exploring with Peanut, the little lady who stole her heart at first glance.
Brandy was born and raised in Ohio and received a degree in professional nanny skills from the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She worked as a nanny for over ten years and just recently left her last family where she worked for six years. She is now working full time from home as a freelance food writer and owner of the blog Nutmeg Nanny.
Brandy enjoys reading, traveling, and developing fun and exciting recipes. Her food is inspired by her small-town roots as well as her many travels around the world. She currently resides in Poughkeepsie, New York, but dreams of living somewhere warmer.
Nicole Panteleakos has written several articles for Nanny Magazine, including the first ever cover story, an interview with the authors of The Nanny Diaries. She writes novels for middle grade and young adult readers, represented by agent Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Lit. She has a background in Special Education, primarily working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She currently works in New York City with two families and is working toward her MFA in Children's Literature at Hollins University.
Ashley Pletcher is a 27 year old living in Pittsburgh who has a heart for fashion, healthy living, cooking, cupcakes, and coffee. Ashley, while an accountant by trade, wanted an outlet to showcase her passions and creativity; hence, the blog Afternoon Espresso was born.
Fashion and food blogs that Ashley has followed have inspired her to create outfits or try new recipes. Compliments from friends and colleagues encouraged her to push boundaries and bring her own imagination to life in multiple facets of each and every day. Her favorite feedback is hearing her husband’s coworkers rave about the newest cupcake flavor she sent with him to the office.
Ashley realized the best way to connect with others who share her passions was to start a blog. She hopes to inspire others to live a healthy life by finding recipes that are both delicious and nutritious.
Dr. Jessica Richards is a chiropractor. She sees patients of all ages and backgrounds but specializes in pediatric and maternity care, not because she enjoys drool and other bodily fluids, but because she has a passion to ensure every child grows up to be as healthy as possible. In her spare time Dr. Jess enjoys volunteering, yoga, watching the Packers win, and hiking with her beagle, Lambeau.
One of the major organizations Dr. Jess volunteers with is Peak Potential Outreach. Peak Potential Outreach is an organization that gives free healthcare to communities in need around the world. On her trips she performs full physicals, gives lifestyle advice and chiropractic care. One of the aspects she most enjoys about the trips is that most of the patients cared for are children.
Dr. Jess graduated magna cum laude from St. Norbert College majoring in Biology and Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish. She then went on to graduate magna cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa with her Doctorate of Chiropractic. She is also member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Emily Study is currently a senior studying journalism at Loyola University Chicago. She works part time as a temporary copy editor at The Chicago Tribune. Emily is also the managing editor of Loyola’s student newspaper, The Phoenix. Prior to becoming the managing editor, she was the news editor for one year.She worked during summer 2013 as a copy editor intern at The Chicago Tribune, and has worked for the previous three summers as a reporter intern at the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of Loyola’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and earned Loyola’s “Outstanding Journalism Award” during her junior year in college.
Stef Tousignant is a mom, professional nanny, and blogger helping caregivers of babies and toddlers on AskaNanny.com by cutting out the trial and error of the first years with customized answers to the most perplexing questions. Just real useable advice, as soon as possible! Find her on Facebook or Twitter (#thenannyisin).