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 16+ years with my husband, and have added 3 kids and some dogs to the mix in the meantime.

Kara Van Wyndgarden

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Executive 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. In 2019, after 9 years with the company, I am now managing the day-to-day operations as the agency’s Executive 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 two children, 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.

Katrina Mull

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Recruiting Director
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I joined The Nanny Network family in 2016 as a Staffing Specialist in the Back-up Care Department. In 2018, I was named Recruiting Director. I have always had the desire to work with children and was a nanny 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 dog, Nessie.

Anna Timmons

Anna Timmons

Staffing Specialist

I joined The Nanny Network as a Staffing Specialist in the Back-up Care Department in November 2018 shortly after moving to Pasadena, MD with my boyfriend who serves in the United States Navy. Being a Dance Instructor for 10 years in both recreational and competitive programs was my favorite part of living in my small hometown. I also worked as a Marketing Coordinator for a local Real Estate business before graduating from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

Caring for children has always been a passion of mine. Having over 15 years of childcare experience has given me many opportunities to build lasting relationships with children as well as their parents. The Nanny Network’s core values immediately reminded me of my upbringing which has shaped who I am as a person and influenced how I interact with others in both personal and professional situations. I am grateful to be a part of a team who is truly dedicated in helping families find excellent caregivers.

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!

Kelly Spooner

Kelly Gregory

Permanent Placement Manager

I joined the Nanny Network family in 2019 after five years working as a nanny. I graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2012 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After graduating from NDMU, I went onto become the Director at a YMCA Before and Aftercare program, where I worked for 3 years with a variety of school age children. Throughout my career I have dedicated my time to helping children learn and grow. I have always loved caring for children and creating happy memories for them. In my opinion, nannies are an extension of your family; the trust you have in them is important and you always want a quality candidate. As a previous nanny with the Nanny Network I was matched with two wonderful families! Now that I have joined the office team I look forward to helping other nannies and families find what I found with those previous matches!

I was born and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland. My husband and I have two cats named Nessy and Midnight. I have always loved swimming and boating and I take any chance I get to be in or on the water! I love Christmas, singing, cooking, and organizing! I have a passion for helping others and love doing so in my spare time.

Roxann Dean

Roxann Dean

Placement Assistant

I joined The Nanny Network family in the fall of 2017. Early on in my career, I worked in the pediatric medical field, for a number of years, and then took some time away to start my family. I then got into a space in which I am very familiar and have the pleasure of providing service in matching up our families with our amazing caregivers. My desire is to assist in pairing the best fit possible for each nanny and family.

As a mother of four, (and a Golden Retriever named Hazel), I know how precious those little ones are and take this role very seriously. I am Midwestern girl. My husband and I stay very busy with our kids and enjoy cheering them on in sporting events, volunteering at school and church functions and continue to value this precious time in life.

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.