by admin on 22 Jun, 2015
President / Owner
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I took over as the President of The Nanny Network in 2006. At that time, I had experience in the business world but more importantly, I had experience as a working mom. As a result, I had a sincere interest in helping other busy parents find quality childcare, a challenge that I knew firsthand. The stress of leaving your child(ren) at home in someone else’s care can be overwhelming, and finding someone who you can trust sometimes seems like an impossible task. I am happy to say I have employed wonderful nannies (found through The Nanny Network!) that have provided excellent care for my own three children.
Before buying the agency, I worked in the investment management industry as a research analyst, and also worked for a recruiting company. I analyzed a lot of different businesses during that time before realizing that I wanted to run a company of my own. My background as a team captain (Colgate women’s lacrosse!), and my ensuing passion for supporting women in business, made The Nanny Network the perfect fit. Here I get to help parents each and every day to pursue their career goals, knowing that their children are safe and well cared for. And that gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
I was honored to be named to the APNA board in 2015 and am a loyal volunteer at the Kennedy Krieger Institute here in Baltimore. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate and an MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania. I love the outdoors, I love sports, and I love spending time with family and friends. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, I’ve lived in Baltimore now for 13+ years with my husband, and have added 3 kids and 2 dogs to the mix in the meantime.
Kara Van Wyngarden
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I joined The Nanny Network team in 2010 as the agency’s Placement Director and switched roles in 2016 to become the Recruiting Director. The Nanny Network and I are a natural fit, having assisted children and parents for over 20 years. Coming from a large extended family, with many older and younger cousins, I’ve always been intrigued with a child’s development; so much that I studied Human Development and Family Resources at Illinois State University (go Redbirds!). While in college, I worked with a nanny agency as an on-call sitter, after-school caregiver, and a substitute teacher in various child care centers. This was my first experience with a nanny agency, and I was attracted by the level of professionalism.
After moving to Maryland, I had the amazing opportunity to interview with The Nanny Network, initially as a sitter, and then months later I joined the team as a Placement Counselor. My prior six years in customer service, combined with my child care experience working with numerous different families, allows me to work closely with our clients and understand their varying needs. I truly have a passion for working one-on-one with parents to assist them in finding the best care for their children. My experience working in a large day care setting has also helped in arranging and organizing group child care for special events. Currently I reside in Towson with my husband, son, Nolan, dog, Maxx, and cat, Allie. I’m a huge Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, originally coming from the Chicagoland area. However, occasionally I’ve been known to support the Orioles.
Director of Permanent Placements
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Originally from England, I moved with my husband and three children to the U.S. in 2012. I obtained my degree in Early Childhood Education from Manchester University in the UK and from there embarked on a career in Early Years Management. Managing a preschool initially led to a role in training and development of daycare staff.
In 2003, I began working in the childcare recruitment industry as a Placement Manager and eventually as Director of the Northwest Branch of Tinies, the leading childcare recruitment agency in the UK. On moving to the U.S., my recruitment career continued at Camp Tall Timbers, one of the top 50 residential camps in the U.s., assisting in the recruitment of seasonal staff.
Combining my experience of being a working mom with 13 years in the recruitment field, I am passionate about guiding parents through their childcare decision making process. It is our goal at The Nanny Network to make this process as straightforward and trouble free as possible and to refer only the best caregivers.
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I joined the team at The Nanny Network in early 2016, working in the Back-up Care department. After using my business degree to work in management for several years, I switched careers to become a full-time childcare provider. During this time, I realized my passion for being around children and watching them grow and develop. I went back to school to become a teacher and received my Master of Arts in Teaching from Towson University. I had the privilege of teaching first and third grade outside of Washington, D.C. before moving out of the area and joining The Nanny Network. My background in business and education combined with over twenty years of childcare experience has given me the skills and expertise necessary to help The Nanny Network grow.
I have recently become a mom and love taking care of our baby girl, Kendall. Because I believe that every child deserves a forever family, I passionately serve on the board of Bethany Christian Services, a nationwide adoption agency. When I am not working, I enjoy being outdoors, staying involved at church and spending time with family and friends. Even after living in Baltimore for over ten years, I have remained a faithful fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers – allowing me to give my co-workers and husband a difficult time during football season!
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I recently joined The Nanny Network family as a Staffing Specialist in the Back-up Care Department. I have always had the desire to work with children and have been doing so for over 9 years. My experiences working as a nanny for wonderful parents, and nurturing children with a range of cognitive abilities, have taught me the importance of quality childcare. I am passionate about helping others and am thrilled to play a role in helping families connect with nannies.
I was born and raised in Frederick, MD, and came to Baltimore to attend Towson University in 2010. I have fallen in love with the city and love to explore it any chance I get! I also enjoy cooking, playing the ukulele and spending time with my dogs, Brutus & Nessie.