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.

Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman

Executive Director

I joined The Nanny Network in September 2020 as the Sales and Marketing Director. This opportunity was a natural starting point, matching my corporate marketing and communications experience with my previous work in child care. I am passionate about connecting people and helping others develop their career.

In May 2021, I became Executive Director, reporting directly into Dulany, our CEO, and managing our team’s day to day operations while thinking long term goals and vision for TNN. Joining the team and then becoming Executive Director felt like a full circle moment of all my experience and interests. I am grateful for the opportunity to bring reliable, exceptional child care and support to families in the communities we serve.

Prior to joining The Nanny Network team, I worked in corporate philanthropy at Goldman Sachs, communications and events marketing at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and more recently, on the community team at WeWork. In 2019, I shifted to television for a brief moment and worked as Chief of Staff for a daytime television host.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish from the University of Delaware. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, I spent 10 years living in New York City and Philadelphia before moving back to Wilmington in September 2020. I love cycling, pop culture, travel, and quality time with friends and family.

Kara Van Wyndgarden

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Human Resources
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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.

Brittany Garrett

Brittany Garrett

Recruiting Manager

I joined the Nanny Network in 2020 as a Recruiting Assistant. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and moving to Virginia in 2017, I worked for almost 3 years with K-12th grade students in different elementary schools across the state. I also have experience with school-age children through my volunteer work. I have had a passion and heart for people and connection for as long as I can remember, and my personal experiences as well as my professional experience in administrative roles and working with children make working at the Nanny Network very rewarding. I know first hand the impact a nanny has on children and families and my goal is to assist in that pairing the best way possible. I am currently a military spouse living in Virginia with my husband, Isaac, and my dog, Fitz! I love volunteering, going on adventures with my husband in our little RV, and participating in any recreational sports I can find. I love the uniqueness of people and I believe strongly in the power of relationships.

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.

Ashton Bentsen-Bush

Ashton Bentsen-Bush

Staffing Specialist

I joined The Nanny Network in the Winter of 2020 as a Staffing Specialist. I am a Massachusetts native,
but attended school in South Carolina. I graduated from the University of South Carolina (Go
Gamecocks!) in 2019 with a B.S. Tourism Management and relocated to the D.C. area shortly after.
I have experience in a variety of client based roles and I believe that my ability to have a positive impact
on the lives of others is a huge motivator for me. As a former nanny myself, I have always enjoyed
working with families and children, which brought me to the friendly folks at The Nanny Network!
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, practicing yoga, and playing with my two fur babies: Nellie, my chunky
kitten, and Poppy, my sweet pup.

Kelly Gardner

Kelly Gardner

Staffing Specialist

I joined The Nanny Network in the spring of 2021 as a Staffing Specialist in the Back-Up Care Department. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in the winter of 2019 with a B.A in Communications & a Minor in Environmental Studies. However, I am a Maryland native and have lived in the Baltimore area my entire life. I appreciate effective communication which is why I’m excited to aid clients and providers in using Nanny Network services. I’ve worked with families and children as a virtual tutor which has led me to the Nanny Network! In my personal time, I enjoy binging Netflix, supporting local restaurants and spending time with my animals Summer & Oliver.

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.