Meet Our Board of Directors
The US Nanny Association Board of Directors represents the diversity in our childcare community and is comprised of professional nannies, business leaders, parents, and nanny agency owners. The Board of Director’s are volunteers and do not receive a salary or compensation for services. The Board of Director's have significant experience in the childcare industry or teaching and may be employed by or own childcare related businesses. Potential conflicts of interests are disclosed in the Board of Director biographies.
The US Nanny Association has open positions. As a new organization, we wanted to have a few seats open to broaden our leadership team. If you are interested in volunteering with the US Nanny Association, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Advocacy, US Nanny Association
Mirella Alexis has been working with children for more than 18 years. Chicago-based, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Columbia College with honors studying Music Business Management & Marketing, as well as Early Childhood Education. She furthered her education with a Masters degree in Internet Marketing. Mirella has been a professional nanny, daycare provider, nursery attendant, camp counselor, ECE teacher (birth-2nd grade) and Newborn Care Specialist (birth-18months). She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and is trained in Child Nutrition, Positive Discipline, and baby Sign Language.
Kimberly C. Brown
Director of Family Services, US Nanny Association
Nanny Kim on the Go
For over two decades, Kimberly Brown has supported parents, by nurturing, guiding, and inspiring their children as a career nanny. She is a foster parent and an adoptive single mother. Kim obtained her Advanced Nanny Certification in 2009 from Alexandria School for Nannies, Ohio. Working with some of the industry's top placement agencies, helping train new nannies, she has solidified her career as a Newborn Care Specialist and mentor. Kim is also the owner of Nanny Kim on the Go, a parent consultant agency in Northern New Jersey.
Director of Community Affairs, US Nanny Association
OC Nannies Latinas
Susana Caracas has been a career Nanny and Postpartum Doula for nearly 15 years, during which she's had the blessing of being part of amazing families around Orange County, CA. Susy strives to inspire other nannies to educate themselves in order to help their kids and families with more professional and better quality service. This was her motivation for creating the Facebook group "OC Nannies Latinas", which is where she focuses on promoting and helping her Spanish-speaking nanny community with available resources, classes, job offers, and professional development opportunities for nannies.
Dr. Lynne Hartman
Director of Education, US Nanny Association
Doctor Hartman has been an educator for over 25 years. She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kean University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has been a teacher of both regular and special education from PreK – 8th grade, principal, director, vice president and president of for profit and non-profit educational institutions and organizations with local and national reach. She has built, opened and run schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Her background includes design and implementation of special education programs for urban school districts.
Known to most families as “The Third Parent” and in the nanny community as “Ask The Nanny”, Angela Johnson Sutherland has worked professionally in the childcare industry for over 30 years as a Home Daycare Provider, Preschool Teacher, Nanny, Nanny Mentor, Baby Sign Language Instructor, New Parent Educator and more recently as a Newborn Care Specialist and Lactation Educator. Angela studied Business Administration/Accounting at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, minoring in Special Education at Prince George’s Community College.
Director of Employment Services, US Nanny Association
Via The Village
Emily Louange offers unique insights as a former nanny and a working mother who has relied on nanny care for her two young children. She is passionate about leading innovation for nannies and families. Emily is the Founder of Via The Village, a nanny-specific childcare networking platform that helps families find trusted, quality childcare with ways to make it more affordable while empowering the nanny profession by enabling ways for nannies to earn higher wages. Emily has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology from Western Michigan University.
Executive Director, US Nanny Association
US Nanny Institute,
Dedicated to supporting childcare providers and families, Elizabeth Malson is an executive leader with over 20 years in medical technology and education. Elizabeth is the Founder of the US Nanny Institute, an online college for nannies. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.
Volunteer GC and Director of Ethics, US Nanny Association
Shook, Hardy & Bacon
Stephanie McGraw is a litigator with the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon. She is also a mother of two boys and has extensive experience with the childcare industry. Stephanie holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and received her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
Director of Agencies, US Nanny Association
Windsor House Care, Windsor House Nannies
Rebecca Pearcy has over 15 years of experience working with children, from being a nanny, babysitter, and teacher's assistant to working as a child care professional in a Child Development Center, Youth Center, and Teen Center and starting a children's theatre company. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Theatre Arts and achieved her Child Development Associates. She co-founded Windsor House Care, a corporate back up care agency and the award-winning nanny and babysitting agency in Austin, Texas - Windsor House Nannies.
Director of Marketing, US Nanny Association
Marina Shafiro is a Digital Marketing leader with over 15 years of integrated marketing experience. She has managed and spearheaded global marketing campaigns across Higher Education and has lead several marketing teams specializing in lead generation/performance. She is also a mother of two, has experience working with nannies and has worked as a camp counselor. Marina earned a BA from Michigan Staten University in Communications; she now lives in Central New Jersey with her family.
Director of Social Media, US Nanny Association
New Mexico Nanny and Parents, The Nanny Love, The Nanny Loft, NYC Nannies
Alisha Wiles co-founded the New Mexico Nanny and Parents and has been an active administrator for The Nanny Love and NYC Nannies social groups. Alisha is a Veteran who started working with children in the hospital during her time as a Medic in Pediatrics. She later worked as an ESL teacher in Japan where she discovered her passion was nannying and newborn care. Alisha uses social media platforms to advocate for nannies, families and children. Alisha has earned her Newborn Care Specialist and is Sleep Training Certified.
Meet Our Advocates
Nanny Know How Consulting
Kim Benakovich has over 20 years of childcare experience (18 as a professional nanny). She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Joseph's College and is a former kindergarten teacher, reading specialist, newborn care specialist, and a certified birth/postpartum doula. Kim has worked for high profile families as a nanny and house manager and enjoys working with multiples, preemies, and children with special needs. Kim is also the Nanny Expert for Via The Village, and the owner of Nanny Know How Consulting.
Shawn Marie Hilger
Shawn Marie Hilger has worked as a career nanny for nearly 30 years and has had the privilege to help raise children from newborn through the age of 18. Shawn believes that there is truly no greater job than helping parents to bring up healthy, happy and well-adjusted human beings. She is also a strong believer in community and learning and growing her profession through mentoring and connecting with fellow nannies.
Matthew Lister has worked with children for 26 years and is currently a Registered Behavior Technician, helping families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorder, OCD, and/or problem behavior and aggression. Matthew believes that every child, no matter what their challenges or abilities, and no matter what their family situation, deserves the very best child care possible from someone who is trained and prepared to handle whatever situation arises.
Kelly Denisse Rodas
Kelly Denisse Rodas is a Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist with 11 years of progressive experience in nurturing and developing children of different ages.
Kelly has a special talent helping moms and treats children with kindness, empathy, and dignity while maintaining discipline. Kelly believes education and experience allow nannies to provide a high level of care. Kelly is bilingual (Spanish-English) and was a middle school teacher when she lived in Guatemala.
Meches Rosales-Maupin has been a nanny and newborn care specialist for over 20 years. She also worked as an au pair in France and Ireland. Meches studied education at Mesoamerican University in Guatemala and has been living in New York City for the past 15 years. Meches is a community leader and domestic rights advocate.
Chronicles of Nannya
Martha Reddick has been a nanny and teaching artist in the Chicago area for over seven years. She loves working with children and is both grateful and excited to blend her love of theater and education into her day job. Martha has her Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee, and, after a brief stint in formal education, discovered nannying young children to be her passion! She loves finding new activities and adventures to engage children as they develop, and she has created a new podcast called The Chronicles of Nannya to share her ideas with other nannies.
Tatjana Srbinovska has over 5 years of experience in the nanny field and both her grandmother and mother were professional nannies. She has worked as an au pair, in-home preschool teacher, and nanny share nanny. Currently, she works as a full time nanny in the Chicago area. Tatjana’s goal is to gain maximum knowledge in the way children’s brains work, as she believes that’s the key in successful communication with children. She also dreams to be part of the nannies who fight for the nanny profession to be a respected, valued industry in the US and around the world. Her native language is Macedonian. She is also fluent in English, Spanish and Serbian language.
Carrie Zich is a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator, and Newborn Care Specialist. Throughout her 16 years working as a professional Nanny, Carrie has cared for children from infants to teenagers. She runs several Chicago-based nanny and NCS/Postpartum groups. She has built her career caring and advocating for children, their parents, and the professionals who care for them through mentorship, community, and continuing education. Carrie is a mentor and advocate who spends her free time volunteering and traveling all over the world..sometimes both at once.
Meet Our Marketing Team
Artie Calton is a passionate digital marketing professional with 10+ years experience in digital and traditional media. Artie is a father of two young boys! Artie has helped established brands and startups across education, finance, recruitment and many other verticals, delivering targeted and relevant campaigns that achieve set objectives. Artie has coached and officiated youth basketball for many years and loves watching Disney movies with his boys like The Lion King. Artie graduated from Stockton University with a BS in Business Studies/ Marketing.
Meet Our Social Media Team
Social Media Administrator
The Nanny Love
Valarie Bridgeman has been a nanny in the Dallas area for over ten years. Valarie is an administrator for The Nanny Love and a moderator for Dallas Area Nannies social groups. Valarie uses her creativity and strong organizational skills to aid families in ensuring their busy lives run as smooth as possible. She has a passion for helping fellow nannies find the courage and strength to advocate for themselves and the nannying profession.
Social Media Administrator
Based in Seattle, Mandi Craig is a nanny with over 10 years’ experience in childcare. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Mandi worked in the corporate world for 3 years before returning to school for Early Childhood Education. Mandi worked as a preschool teacher for three years before entering the nanny industry. Mandi uses her skills and passion in child development and education to help children grow to be their best selves while advocating for parents in their hardest profession yet - parenthood.
Social Media Administrator
The Nanny Love
Katherine Levitt has over nine years of experience in teaching, mentoring and being a nanny. With a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Art Education, Katherine has an intense love for learning and advocates for nannies and children. Affectionately nicknamed the “word wizard”, Katherine is able to advise nannies on the best ways to communicate with their charges and employers, encouraging them to be their best selves and assisting nannies in figuring out what is developmentally appropriate for their charges.