US Nanny Association

The US Nanny Association strives to advance nanny skills and elevate the profession of childcare with nationally recognized standards, credentials, resources, professional development, events, and networking opportunities.

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Leadership Teams

 

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 info@usnanny.org.

Mirella Alexis
Director of Advocacy, US Nanny Association

Mirella Alexis has been working with them 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, tutor, 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.

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. 

Pending
Director of Government Relations
Angela Johnson
Director of Nanny Services, US Nanny Association
The Third Parent and Ask the Nanny

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.

Syma Latif
Co-Director of Agency Services, US Nanny Association
Bay Area Sitters

As the owner of Bay Area Sitters, Syma Latif brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Director of Agencies, West. With a degree in International Marketing Communications from London, England and over 10 years of experience in advertising, she is able to help agencies understand the importance of branding and combining their passion for excellent, professional childcare with good business practices. Syma is dedicated to bridging effective communication gaps between agencies and nannies so that, ultimately, families throughout the US can benefit from high-quality childcare.

Emily Louange
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.

Elizabeth Malson
Executive Director, US Nanny Association
US Nanny Instituteinfo@usnannyinstitute.com

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.

Stephanie McGraw
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. 

Heather Pentz
Co-Director of Agency Services, US Nanny Association
Nicole's Nannies

Heather Pentz, the owner of Nicole's Nannies, is dedicated to helping families and nannies with employment that provides fair wages, benefits and recognition of professional childcare providers. In addition to her many years of assisting families and nannies, Heather has over 10 years of experience as a nanny and a background in Childhood Education and Child Psychology. Heather is dedicated and passionate about changing the way agencies and nannies are viewed and is committed to being a part of the change within the industry.

Alisha Wiles
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

Kim Benakovich
Advocate
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.

Susana Caracas
Advocate
OC Nannies Latinas

Susana Caracas has been a Nanny for 15 years and a Postpartum Doula for 2 years, where she's had the blessing of being part of amazing families around Orange County, CA. Susy would love to inspire other nannies to educate themselves to be able 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.

Shawn Marie Hilger
Advocate

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.

Melissa Rose Mansfield
Advocate

Melissa Rose Mansfield is an enthusiastic, thoughtful nanny with 15 years of experience working in various childcare settings.  Melissa is a certified Montessori teacher for birth to age 3.  After teaching early childhood for 10 years, she became a career nanny. Melissa is truly passionate about educating and caring for young children in a way that promotes independence, mindfulness and compassion. 

Martha Reddick
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
Advocate

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
Advocate

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 Social Media Team

Valarie Bridgeman
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. 

Mandi Criag
Social Media Administrator
Greenlake Nanny

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.

Katherine Levitt
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.

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If you are interested in the social media administrator volunteer opportunity, please contact info@usnanny.org.

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