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INA President Cortney Gibson

Cortney Gibson

Welcome to the world of nannies, nanny referral agencies, nanny educators and those who provide special services to the in home child care industry. Our mission at INA has to do with educating the public about who a nanny is and the purpose she/he serves in the family. We are also charged with the expectation of promoting the healthy development of children and families through quality in home child care.

To that end, the Board of Directors are representative of the membership, consisting of nannies, newborn care specialists, educators, agency owners, parents and industry service experts. We are confident that this group of individuals will make decisions that will benefit our association and will be very mindful of the individual interests of our members as well as our mission.

The Board of Directors wants to hear from the membership and individuals who are interested in our industry and the association mission. We encourage you to contact us with your ideas.

Additionally, the Association’s Board of Directors communicates regularly by means of the INA Weekly Brief – we encourage you to subscribe and stay up to date with our Association, our industry and our members.


2015-2016 Board of Directors

President,  Cortney Gibson –(Dallas, TX). Newborn Care Specialist Committee Chair. Cortney Gibson is a newborn care specialist and owner of Gibson Newborn Services, an exclusive nationwide newborn care, consulting and placement service. She has been working with families and providing in-home care since 1997, when she began her career as a professional nanny. She began exclusively working with newborns in 2004. Cortney specializes in the care of preemies and multiples, as well as early sleep teaching and parent education. Cortney has spent over 60,000 hours nurturing babies and caring for young children. She holds a certificate in newborn care from Alexandria School. Cortney has been an INA member since 2004 and joined the Board of Directors in 2007. In addition to being President she serves on the Newborn Care Specialist Committee, assists with securing conference speakers and donations, and works with the Mentor Program.

1st Vice President, Marcia Hall – (Milwaukee, WI). Nanny of the Year Selection Committee Chair and Nanny Mentor Program Chair. Marcia Hall has been working with children and families for that past 18 years. She is an INA Credentialed Nanny, an ACPI Certified Coach for Families and in 2011 was named the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year. Marcia is a graduate of the English Nanny and Governess School (1997) and of the Academy of Coaching Parents International. (2010)  In 2014 she opened Nanny Coaching Team which endeavors to connect industry professionals with those who want to learn. Though Marcia’s full time job currently is mommy to her three amazing children, she will forever be a nanny at heart. Marcia has been an INA member since 2005 and joined the Board of Directors in 2011.  She currently is the chair of the Nanny Workshop Selection Committee and assists with both the Mentor Program and the Nanny of the Year Program.

Second Vice President Louise Dunham – (Melbourne, Australia). International Membership and Ethics Committee Chair. Louise is the Managing Director of Placement Solutions, a Melbourne, Australia based niche recruitment firm celebrating its 25th anniversary. In 2001 Placement Solutions became an inaugural provider of the Australian government approved in-home care program. In addition to her work with Placement Solutions, Louise served on the National Steering Committee which composed the Australian Interim In-home care standards within the in-home childcare industry in Australia. She is a passionate advocate for the need for in-home childcare to be developed, and recognized, as childcare professionals have a valuable role to play within the greater childcare sector. Louise is extremely knowledgeable after 25 years experience in our industry. Louise has been an INA member since 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.  She is the Chair of the Ethics Committee and works with the Membership Committee.

Immediate Past President, Kathleen Webb – (Sterling, VA). Governmental Affairs. Kathy co-founded HomeWork Solutions Inc. in 1993. Her business provides payroll and payroll tax services to families who employ nannies, housekeepers, elder care providers and other private service professionals. Kathy took her company online in 1995 at 4nannytaxes.com. In 1996 she launched NannyNetwork.com, the first search-able national database of nanny placement agencies. Kathy has authored numerous articles, and is consulted frequently by national media on nanny industry issues and is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College. Kathy lives with her husband of 30+ years in Northern Virginia. She is the proud mother of 3 young adults, and mother in law to 2 others, and “Grammy” to a beautiful girl and boy! Kathy has been and INA members since 1993 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.  She is currently is the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

Treasurer, Stacie Steelman – (Carlsbad, California). Membership Committee Chair. Stacie began her career in the corporate staffing industry but quickly worked her way up to corporate management, taking a leadership role as a Division Manager. After many years in the corporate workforce she had her first child and made the decision to be a stay-at-home mother. Recognizing the obvious need in the San Diego market for reliable, trustworthy, “on call” in-home care solutions, Stacie began her new venture by founding Crunch Care, Inc. which specializes in the recruitment of babysitters, nannies, and caregivers for newborns, children, the elderly and postsurgical patients. Her experience in the corporate recruiting industry hiring over 500 professionals, and as a mother of young children in the San Diego area allow her to bring a unique approach to the in-home care industry. Stacie has been an INA member since 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.  She is currently the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.

Secretary, Sheri Lopez – (Scottsdale, AZ). Sheri celebrates 32 years as a professional, career nanny in 2015. She has a love for her chosen career path and feels blessed to have touched so many lives through the years.  She has cared for children of all ages, but currently specializes in the younger years, and has worked for professionals, sports figures and celebrities. Sheri recently opened The Bella Grace Nanny Placement Agency in Phoenix, AZ. She continues her education in early childhood development, safety training, CAN/EMT and has become very active in her community in a volunteer capacity with organizations that help children such as ChildHelp, Special Olympics, Child Crisis Center, just to name a few. Sheri has been an INA member since 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in 2012.  She is currently the Chair of the Nanny of the Year Committee, the Mentor Committee and is Co-Chair of the Membership Committee

Angela Riggs – (Louisville, Kentucky). Education and Exam Committee Chair. Angela is the Director of the Early Childhood Education Department at Sullivan University on the Louisville, Kentucky where she has been employed for nearly 14 years. She has a master’s degree from the University of Louisville, where she specialized in early education and focused on mathematics. Before coming to Sullivan, Angela was an Elementary teacher with Jefferson County Public Schools. In 2014 she opened her company Personalized Educational Adventures providing educational travel services by planning and facilitating customized adventures for children aged 4 to young adult.  Angela is eager to help develop resources and serve others in this career field, and looks forward to sharing her experiences, knowledge and joy of early childhood education with INA members. Angela has been an INA member since 2000 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She is currently the Chair of the Education and Exam Committee

Amanda Schultz – (Baltimore, Ohio). Amanda attended Fairfield Career Center and holds a certification as an Activity Therapist and a certificate from the Alexandria School as a Newborn Care Specialist. After high school Amanda worked at a daycare facility in the toddler and infant rooms. She quickly knew that caring for babies was where she was happiest. She started her nanny career within the year. As a professional nanny, Amanda has worked with all ages from newborns to age 12 years old, premature babies, twins, triplets and quintuplets. Soon she found that she was able to help many mothers that needed help and guidance on caring for their multiples. Amanda speaks at parent meetings about childcare and what to expect when having multiples. Amanda has been an INA member since 2011 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014.  She currently works with the Raffle and Donation Committees

Caroline Malkin –  (Tucson, AZ) Caroline is a Trusting Connections Nanny Agency Co-Founder, a full-service agency with locations in Tucson, Arizona and Southlake, TX. She has been in the childcare industry for over 10 years- first as a professional nanny and later became a Certified Postpartum Doula. She has also shared her knowledge and expertise as an instructor and group facilitator and has taught numerous classes. Caroline primarily runs Trusting Connections Tucson location and manages their skilled team of over 75 employees. She provides TC clients with exceptional nannies and sitters who are trained, experienced and professional. As Trusting Connections’s official “matchmaker” Caroline provides parents with support, guidance and personalized child care solutions and skillfully connects families with compatible nannies. Caroline has been an INA member since 2011 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  She is currently working with the Ethics and Governmental Affairs Committees

Alice Shaffer – (Apex, N.C.). Conference Donations Coordinator. Alice Shaffer has been a career nanny for over 16 years and currently resides in Apex N.C. After graduating Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Social work in 1995, she started her career as a professional nanny. In 1996 Alice connected with nanny industry pioneer Eva Harkness who mentored her as she started a nanny support group. She was elected to the ADCAN Board of Directors where over the course of eight years she served as president, vice president and treasurer. Alice has earned the title of the INA “Raffle Queen” where she raises funds for the INA Endowment and Conference Charity. Alice is a co-founder of the popular blog Regarding Nannies. Alice has been an INA member since 2006 and joined the Board of Directors in 2010.  She is currently the Chair of the Raffle Committee, Endowment Fund and Conference Donations.

Tonya Sakowicz – (Phoenix, AZ) Newborn Care Specialist Chair. Tonya is an INA Credentialed Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) and Parent Educator who does both consulting and in-home sleep conditioning for her clients. Tonya has 29 years of experience as a Nanny and NCS. She is a certified Eco-Maternity Consultant and Green Birth Educator and founded Baby Go Green, Inc. In 2003 Tonya was voted the Professional Childcare Provider of the Year and a year later nominated for the INA Nanny of the Year. That same year, she was nominated by her peers for the NAN Harriette Grant Memorial Award. Tonya is the founder of Newborn Care Solutions dedicated to the training of Newborn Care Specialists and helping families adjust to life with their newborn baby. Tonya is a proud wife and mother of two. Tonya has been a member of the INA since 2001 and joined the board in 2015.  She is currently the Newborn Care Specialist Chair.

Greta Schraer – (Batavia, OH) Public Relations Chair. Greta has been in the childcare industry for over 20 years. She began working with children at age 12, after becoming a Red Cross Certified Babysitter, and has loved it ever since. In 2010, Greta was the recipient of the International Nanny Association’s Nanny of the Year award. Starting as a local community for nannies in Cincinnati, Ohio, Greta founded CincyNanny in 2009. Greta has a passion to coach nannies as they navigate their career, face challenges in their job, and seek to excel in the industry. She feels privileged to guide families as they navigate their way through quality care choices for their children. Greta has written for Regarding Nannies, as well as articles for the INAVision. Greta has been a member of the INA since 2009 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.  She is currently the Chair of the Public Relations Committee.

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