The Team



Dulany Dent - President / Owner

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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 Wyndgarden

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Recruiting Director
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After moving to Maryland in 2009, 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. In 2016 I switched roles 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.

My prior six years in customer service, combined with my child care experience allows me to work closely with our caregivers. My time 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, our son, and two pets (a dog and cat). 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.

 


Clare Riley

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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 worked as a Nanny in my free time. Upon graduation I embarked on a career in Early Years Management. Managing a preschool eventually led to a role with the same organization in the 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.

I joined The Nanny Network in 2016 as Permanent Placement Director and am able to combine my experience of being a working mom, with 14 years in the childcare recruitment field to really understand what families need. I am passionate about guiding parents through their childcare decision making process to ensure that it is as straightforward and trouble free as possible and to refer only the best caregivers.

 


Katrina Mull

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Staffing Specialist
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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.

 


Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Weekend Staffing Coordinator

I joined The Nanny Network in 2018 as a Weekend Staffing Coordinator in the Backup Care Department. I graduated from Towson University where I received a degree in early childhood education and family studies. I then spent over 10 years working as a nanny. Both my educational and professional backgrounds have provided me with extensive experience in child care and household management. I truly understand how important it is for families and caregivers to work together to create a balance of home life for their children. I am honored to be a part of The Nanny Network helping families connect with our wonderful caregivers. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Currently I reside in Towson with my husband and son.

 


Jessica Smith

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Staffing Specialist

I joined The Nanny Network in late 2018 as a Staffing Specialist in the Back-up Care Department. I bring over 12 years of administrative experience in high-volume customer focused environments. I graduated from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 2007 where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

As a mother of six children, I can truly understand and appreciate the need for exceptional childcare. I have personally been in situations where caregivers were untrustworthy or your job is on the line because the babysitter canceled and you’re unable to find back-up care. I am very passionate about helping others connect with great caregivers and believe that it is very important for families to feel safe and comfortable regarding their childcare needs.

I have been a resident of Maryland all of my life. My family and I recently moved from the Baltimore area to Southern Maryland, near Washington D.C. I love baseball (go O’s!), Halloween, and being outdoors. I enjoy arts and crafts, baking and volunteering with my children’s local sports organizations. I strive to provide a positive and healthy work-life balance and I am thrilled to be a part of The Nanny Network!