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 has adopted 4 Strategic Goals for the association’s growth over the next 2 years. We encourage you to read about them.
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.
President, Marcia Hall – (Milwaukee, WI). 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.
First Vice President, 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 Co-Chair of the Newborn Care Specialist Committee and NCS Workshop Committee.
Second Vice President, Megan Metzger – (Jamestown, NC). Megan is the owner of Preferred ChildCare, a guaranteed babysitting service and nanny placement agency that works with families, businesses and churches throughout North Carolina. She began her career in the industry 20 years ago as a nanny then started her business to help families connect with other qualified childcare providers. As a Mom of three young children, Megan finds her business more relevant than ever. Megan is passionate about mentoring agencies across the world to helping them grow their businesses to create more jobs. Megan has been a member of the INA since 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She is currently the chair of the Business Membership Support Committee, Agency Workshop Committee, and Chair of the new Ambassador Committee.
Secretary, Caroline Wesnitzer – (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 TC’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.
Treasurer, Stacie Steelman – (Carlsbad, California). Membership Committee Chair. Stacie Steelman, Founder and CEO of Crunch Care, Inc., began her career in the corporate staffing industry. Starting out as a Corporate Recruiter, she interviewed and placed hundreds of accounting and financial professionals for Adecco Corporation, a $5 billion dollar global recruitment leader. Stacie oversaw the Los Angeles region for the Accounting and Financial division and led her team through a large scale acquisition during those years. In l2001, Stacie relocated to La Jolla, San Diego and worked for a boutique recruiting firm. Shortly after having her first child she resigned from the corporate world and began her entrepreneurial adventure. 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. in 2006 which specializes in the recruitment of babysitters, nannies, and caregivers for newborns, children, the elderly, and post-surgical patients. Her experience in the corporate recruiting industry has lended her the opportunity to hire and source candidates at a high volume while managing teams of recruiters and sales professionals over the years. Stacie has been an INA member since 2007 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
Director, Cortney Gibson –(Dallas, TX). 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. She serves as Co-Chair for the NCS Workshop Committee and the NCS Committee and is Chair of the Accreditation Development Committee.
Director, Joanne Barrow – (New York, NY) Joanne is the CEO of Nannies by Noa, LLC in New York City. Born and raised in England, Joanne moved stateside in 1991 to participate in a 12 month Au Pair program which later developed into professional nanny career spanning more than 2 decades. Throughout that time, her love of private service drove her to study formal household management and butling, children’s etiquette and numerous educational, safety and child development courses, as a way to provide the very best service to the families in her care. In 2013, Joanne was awarded INA’s Nanny of the Year. Marriage, motherhood and a well timed transition into agency life and recruitment followed, where Joanne is excited to further focus and develop nanny education, elevating industry standards and providing an experts ‘insider’ point of view to crafting successful placements for both families and nannies. Joanne has been a member of the INA since 2013 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.She is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee.
Director, 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 Volunteer Steering Committee Meritorious Service Award Committee.
Director, Rachael Lubin is a classically trained and highly educated Certified Professional Governess. She is an INA Credentialed Nanny, and a graduate of the English Nanny and Governess School. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters, before moving to China to teach English for 15 months. She has been in professional childcare for 5 years, and has worked with families across the United States and Canada. Rachael’s specialty is working with families going through transitions- from bringing home new babies into established homes, to divorce and child custody changes, to cross-country moves- her desire is to learn a family’s culture and customs before the major life change, and then be able to replicate it as much as possible during and after the family’s transition. Rachael has been a member of the INA since 2013 and joined the Board in 2017. She is Co-Chair of the Nanny Workshop Committee and Chair of the Public Relations Committee.
Director, Tatiane (Thaty) Dias de Oliveira is a Career Nanny and Childcare Specialist in the Boston area, working with children and families for nearly 20 years. Thaty holds a Master’s of Education in ESL/Bilingual Education, a Master’s of Management in Leadership and Coaching and a Bachelor’s degree is in Multidisciplinary Studies (majoring in Early Childhood Education). In addition, Thaty is also a certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator, Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, Parent/Family/Professional/Life coach, to name just a few. An industry leader and advocate, Thaty is involved in numerous projects, providing support, networking, and professional development for the nannies in the greater Boston area. She is the founder and facilitator of the Massachusetts Nanny Breakfast Club and the National Domestic Radio, the co-author of the Professional Nanny Series Class on Care Academy and has helped organizing – in addition to present – Boston’s National Nanny Training Day since 2013. Thaty has been a member of the INA since 2011 and joined the Board in 2017. She is the Co-chair of the Nanny Workshop Committee, is the Education Chair, Co-Chair of the Exam Development Committee, and Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Director, Laura R. Schroeder has been working with children for more than 25 years. She is a mom to 3 grown children, two of whom are autistic. After completing her degree in developmental psychology and while working as a social worker, life took her in a different direction. She operated a successful licensed family daycare for 6 years in NJ, while also becoming trained as an ABA therapist. When her children grew older she shifted to nanny care. She has been with her current nanny family since August when her previous family of almost six years move d out of state. Laura has been credentialed by the International Nanny Association, is certified in Connection Centered Discipline, and is a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She founded the popular Charleston Area Nanny Network in 2014, and is very active in the nanny community in her area. Laura has been happily married for 30 years and loves living near the beach in beautiful Charleston, SC.
Laura has been a member of the INA since 2015 and joined the Board in 2017. She is the Chair of the Caregiver Mentor Committee, Co-Chair of the Exam Development Committee, and Chair of the New Member Advantage Committee