Annual Conference

Tonya Sakowicz

Tonya Sakowicz

Tonya is a college educated, INA Credentialed Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist and Parent Educator who does both consulting and in-home sleep conditioning for her clients, teaches Nationally and Internationally and mentors new Newborn Care Specialists. Tonya attended CWU, has over 30 years of experience as a Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist and business owner.  She is a proud wife and mother of two.  She is a certified Eco-Maternity Consultant and Green Birth Educator and founded Baby Go Green, Inc. in 2012. She is a founding member and serves on the advisory board for The Baby Dream Team, a group of dedicated Newborn Care Specialists who offer their services as volunteers to families around the country experiencing the birth of higher order multiples. Tonya serves as an Executive Board Member for the INA as well as chairing their Newborn Care Specialist Committee and serving on the Member committee.  She is a local chapter co-President for DEMA and a supporting member of APNA.  Tonya was voted the Professional Childcare Provider of the Year in 2003 and nominated for the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year in 2004.  That same year, she was deeply honored with a nomination by her peers for the National Association of Nannies Harriette Grant Memorial Award.  In 2016, DEMA honored her with their Educator of the Year Award. Now, Tonya has taken her love of teaching others and turned it into a full-time business and her company, Newborn Care Solutions, dedicated to the training of Newborn Care Specialists and helping families adjust to life with their newborn baby, has taken off! Her company offers training for those just starting out as a Newborn Care Specialist all the way through to their Master NCS program. In her spare time, Tonya loves to read, cook, knit and scuba dive around the world.


Megan Metzger

Megan Metzger

Megan Metzger, Founder and President of Preferred ChildCare, turned her hobby of babysitting into a successful business with one of the largest temp. divisions in the nation. Today she employs over 200 on-call and part-time nannies as well as places traditional full-time nannies. Megan is a mom to three children, Hunter age 8, Lily age 4, and Emma Grace, age 2 and finds her business more useful now than ever. Megan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she previously acted as Vice President of the Alumni Board. She is a founding member of the North Carolina Board of Entrepreneurship and serves on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors. Megan also owns Megan Metzger Consulting and provides consultation services for numerous nanny agencies and other entrepreneurs, she is passionate about helping others grow their businesses. Megan is honored to be invited back to speak the International Nanny Association (INA) conference and looks forward to helping others continue to grow and learn.




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Joanne Briese

Joanna has been caring for children since she was 12 years old. She began as a neighborhood babysitter and has since evolved into a professional nanny, then newborn care specialist, postpartum doula, NCS trainer and agency owner. She currently is transitioning to more of a teaching role and plans to focus more on her agencies, though she still loves snuggling babies from time to time. She also enjoys traveling, both with clients and on her own and hopes to open more businesses in the near future.





deborah-250Deborah is overjoyed with the response to her passion to create awareness of the critical importance of optimal early brain development. She has an ability to easily communicate this valuable understanding in a way that inspires. She is an author, international speaker, educator and parent. As a Brain Development Specialist and founder of Brain Insights LLC, Deborah has developed the unique Brain Development Series and Naturally Developing Young Brains activity packets. She has also published Transitions for Infants & Toddlers and Transitions for Preschoolers brain packets in collaboration with Redleaf Press. Additionally, her Love Your Baby brain packet is included in the Kaplan Early Learning Company, New Parent Kit. She has been seen in several national publications, heard on radio interviews and webinars worldwide and receives rave reviews for her engaging and insightful presentations. Her enthusiasm is considered to be contagious.


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Cortney Gibson

Cortney Gibson is a newborn care specialist, sleep consultant, and educator for parents and caregivers. She has been working with families since 1997 and founded Gibson Newborn Services in 2004 to support parents with new babies. Cortney has spent over 80,000 hours nurturing babies and caring for young children all over the country. She continues to be a leader in the industry and enjoys teaching and mentoring caregivers.




Stacie Steelman

Stacie Steelman

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 chid 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’s experience as a a mother of three boys along with her corporate background enables her to offer a unique perspective to the in-home care industry. Today Stacie and the Crunch Care team offer an effective assessment and recruitment process that meets the needs of individual families, corporate benefits programs, and organizational partnerships. Crunch Care services 7 major metropolitan markets in the US and is mom inspired and operated by professionals from the corporate recruiting and human resource industry. They are experts in interviewing, evaluating, screening, and helping families with their in-home care needs.


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Susan Labadi

Susan Labadi believes that education is the solution to many world challenges, and through her company, Genius School, Inc., she develops teachers and administrators, counsels’ boards for private parochial schools, and designs curriculum content for the Halal industries. Recognized as a notable instructor, administrator, public speaker, and coach, she is a leader orchestrating the ISNA Education Forums in Chicago and LA. Susan’s other company, in which she collaborates with her husband, is Actionnet Trade, Inc., which specializes in reverse logistics and exports. She is project coordinator of the American Halal Association, managing their website, social media, editing and writing for HalalConnect magazine. Susan also edits for Thomson Reuters, handles press releases and articles for the American Muslim Consumer Consortium, and writes for ISNA’s Islamic Horizons and her blog at It’s A Halal Life.


Rosalind Prather

Rosalind Prather

Rosalind Prather is a Trusting Connections Co-Founder, a nanny placement agency and sitter service based in Tucson, Arizona. She helped grow Trusting Connections from a small 2-woman operation to a growing full-service agency of over 65 employees and oversaw the agency’s expansion into the Southlake, Texas market. She currently serves as the Marketing and Client Relations Director and travels between Texas and Arizona to head the marketing and sales efforts of both locations. The agency recently on Service Firm of the Year in Tucson, an award that was presented by the mayor. Rosalind owned her first business at the age of 22 and comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs. She is a business consultant as well and through her coaching has helped many agency owners grow their businesses. Rosalind is above all, the proud mother of two girls and has a deep understanding of the joys and struggles of family life and parenting.  As a successful “momtrepreneur,” Rosalind is very passionate about sharing her insights with woman business owners to inspire them to believe that being a mom and a business owner is a beautiful possibility. Rosalind has been an INA Conference speaker in Los Angeles, Louisville and Washington DC and also spoke at the APNA conference on perfecting your sales call. She has made appearances on News 4 KVOA in Tucson as a local child care expert and is also the author of the Trusting Connections blog where she shares parenting advice and inspiration.


Janeen Hayward

Janeen Hayward has been working with children and families since 1998. Early in her career, Janeen provided play therapy to young children in school-based settings. This experience solidified her passion for helping parents nurture healthy and happy children from the very start. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2001 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Shortly thereafter Janeen pursued Gottman Educator training to expand her knowledge around supporting couples as they transition to parenthood. In 2006 she founded swellbeing, a parenting consultancy that focuses on helping parents navigate the difficult terrain around sleep, as well as a host of other developmental issues including potty training, positive discipline and sibling preparation. Outside of work, Janeen has the delight of raising two young daughters with her husband.


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Kathleen Butler

Drawing on her lifetime love of all things newborn, Kathleen Butler has turned her passion for babies into a rewarding career. With over 5 years of serving families in the Washington, D.C. area, Kathleen has become a highly sought after Elite Newborn Care Specialist. Her desire to help new families thrive has allowed her to combine her previous background as a mental health professional with her knowledge and skills about babies. Kathleen’s love of learning has her constantly taking workshops and certifications to stay at the forefront of evidence-based care for newborns. She is currently trained as an Advanced Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula and Infant Sleep Specialist. She is honored to serve as a Bereavement Doula to families who suffered the loss of a child. Kathleen started Your Baby Butler, LLC in 2016 to be able to expand her lactation practice as she completes her certification as an IBCLC, as well as to better serve families. When not caring for babies, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her husband, their four sons and a variety of exotic birds. She is a New York City native who currently resides outside of D.C.


Alisha Smith

Alisha Smith

Bright Horizons has been home to Alisha Smith for over three years, during which she has enjoyed getting to know many child care providers and nurturing their professional success in the Back Up Care space. Prior to joining the BH Team, Alisha’s career in corporate real estate allowed her to successfully manage relationships with vendors, real estate agents, and clients. Alisha was born in the mountains of Colorado, where her childhood was spent in the outdoors with fresh air, scraped knees and scrappy friends. Today, she still enjoys hiking, reading and delights in discovering Denver’s newest restaurants.




sara-s-250Sara Sladoje specializes in private consulting for parents of 0-12 year olds with passionate focus on helping children and parents nurture optimal relationships and development in these critical early years to secure a solid foundation to build from for the years ahead. Through developmental guidance and specific interventions, parents are able to promote healthy coping behaviors for their child, create tools for nurturing growth, and use parenting skills that benefit the entire family even in difficult times of divorce, loss, illness or behavior challenges. Sara is also a Co-Founder of GRASP group, a unique mother/infant support group that provides a nurturing environment for new moms to explore the changes motherhood brings and share developmental information regarding their babies. Sara also is an avid lecturer on Child Development issues and issues for families coping with divorce/death and illness. Sara has a BA in English and Psychology from UW-Madison and a MS in Child Development from Erikson Institute. She completed a graduate internship at University of Chicago Comer Children’s hospital. Sara is also a Certified Child Life Specialist through the National Child Life Council who credentials professionals for work with children and families in providing developmental, social/emotional and educational support services particularly in medical and clinical settings. Sara lives in the Chicago area with her husband and 2 children.

Bob King, Esq.

Bob King is an attorney and founder of Legally Nanny, the leading law firm providing legal and tax advice to household employers and domestic employment and home care agencies. Bob is a former INA Board Member and has shared his expertise as a contributing writer for INA newsletters and as a speaker at INA conferences. Legally Nanny represents nanny agencies nationwide from start-ups to the most well established companies. Bob handles a wide variety of employment, litigation and business law issues. He is an acclaimed speaker and author on household legal issues and known for his informative, witty and interactive presentations.




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Jacalyn Burke

From 2004 Jacalyn S Burke has worked as a Manhattan nanny and an industry advocate. Her debut book “The Nanny Time Bomb: Navigating the Crisis in Child Care” (Praeger 2015) is one of the first to draw attention to the systemic pitfalls of an unlicensed industry, and the disparity in child care standards and child care practice through-out the U.S. Jacalyn is dedicated to raising awareness around issues related to in-home private child care.




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Jim Fitzgerald

Jim Fitzgerald founded Taradel LLC in 2003 after decades of successful print industry management experience. Prior to Taradel, Jim held executive sales and marketing positions with International Paper and American Paper Group. In less than 13 years under Jim’s leadership, Taradel has grown from a home-based startup, to an eight-figure entity. Over this time Taradel has successfully transacted with over 10,000 businesses and delivered over 100 million offers on their behalf. He has created strategic partnerships with two national postal services and multiple international corporations. Jim was recently honored for building one of Richmond, VA’s “Top 25” companies for the third time and has led Taradel to Inc. 5000 status for nine consecutive years.



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Tracey Chipps

Tracey Chipps, a Professional Teaching Nanny specializing in birth to age five care with expertise in Positive Potty Training and Kindergarten Readiness, works primarily within the Duke University Hospital family of doctors in Durham, NC. In 2015, the International Nanny Association awarded Tracey the INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pin for twenty years and in 2013 was nominated for the Spark Award for Excellence in Nanny Care through NannyBizReviews. Established in 2000, Tracey founded Triangle Area Nanny Group or T.A.N.G. which successfully ran for thirteen years. She is the owner of Nanny919, LLC, offering consulting to parents and professional development for Nannies. In addition to her years of service, Tracey has recently become an Intern Newborn Care Specialist trained through Newborn Care Solutions. She has hosted two National Nanny Training Day events and continues to mentor Nannies new to the profession. Tracey attends annual nanny conferences to remain current on trends and growth in the nanny industry, has been quoted in the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter, local newspapers and is a guest blog writer for Regarding Nannies. She is the proud Godmother of her very first charge whom she has watched grow from an adorable one-year-old to a beautiful young woman. Tracey actively volunteers in her community and is a pit bull lover and advocate. She enjoys cooking, spending time in nature, re-purposing projects and travel.

Carli Lintemuth

Carli Lintemuth


Carli Lintemuth has been a full-time, professional nanny for the past 20 years. While he career has spanned all of childhood, for the past 6 years she has exclusively worked with older children. Her current full-time position encompasses full household management duties, and includes children ranging in age from 12-20 years old, including two young me in college. Carli has completed NCS training through the Alexandria School, and uses that education and knowledge to stay current with young children through casual babysitting and overnight care.



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Helen McCarthy


Helen McCarthy is a Qualified British Nanny with over 24 years’ experience as a Nanny, Maternity Nurse and Childcare Consultant and the 2016 INA Nanny of the Year. Helen has devoted her career to the care of children at all stages of life, with all levels of needs. Over the course of the past 15 years, Helen has developed an exclusive focus on caring for newborns. As one of the pre-eminent Maternity Nurses in London and Florida she has amassed a deep understanding of the needs and development of newborns including premature infants, twins, triplets and babies with allergies. Helen is also a Director of Bexhill Community Playhouse Ltd, a member of both The Association of Birth and Baby Professionals, and the International Nanny Association.


Stacie Gebeke has been a nanny for 27 years and currently lives in New Mexico. She began my career in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She currently cares for her third set of twins, and has cared for children as young as two days old through 14 years old. She enjoys cuddle time and getting to know babies and toddlers so that she can follow their lead and interests. Stacie has been successful in helping eight young children learn to read, after they asked her for help. She is also known in some circles for teaching children to say and use “big” words. Stacie utilizes sign language with infants and toddlers and speaks enough French to be able to read some children’s books, counting, colors, body parts, and a little beyond. Stacie feels that children benefit from being exposed to language and music, movement and stillness, books, puzzles, activities, and even a little boredom. She is an advocate for children being allowed to play in all its form with little interference from adults, and firmly believe that if we give them a multitude of experiences they will find ways to bloom and follow their interests and to learn.

Bethany Stuart, “Nanny Beth”, has been a nanny for over 10 years in the historical city of Boston. She holds a BA in Communications and has continued her studies with various childhood development and communication classes. As the first person in her family to graduate college, the pressure was on to attain a lofty position at a well-known company. So when she broke the news that what she loves to do is child care and child development, it was less than well received. Beth could not ignore the fact that she found how a toddler (or teenager) could go through five distinct emotions within 60 seconds, fascinating. Beth has dabbled in other fields of work though and given it all a fair go- promotions intern at Bristol Production Studios, personal insurance agent at Liberty Mutual, behavioral specialist at Rochester Middle School, ESL teacher in Bogota, Colombia and a 3rd grade teacher at Tri-City Christian Academy. During her first year as a 3rd grade teacher, she was chosen to attend a workshop for Christian educators in Pensacola, Florida. Of the teachers she observed, there was one engaging and even spoken teacher that she found particularly inspiring. She implemented both structure and fun in her classroom with such ease that it left Beth in awe. She longed to return and put her methods to work in her own classroom and it worked. With a few boundaries, firmly in place, it now allowed for all the ‘in bounds’ to be fully enjoyed for both teacher and child! Beth is convinced that having boundaries is wonderful and even necessary for a child to have more fun and less stress.

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Kelly Smith

In 2005, Kelly Smith was a single 19-year-old living in Hawaii with a friend, unsure of what she wanted to do with her life. She was up late one night and decided to search the internet, how to become a nanny. Always loving the idea of being like Mary Poppins and having spent her teenage years babysitting and teaching Sunday school, within a week had her first live-in nanny job and was on a plane to New Jersey. Kelly had no idea what to expect or even how to be a nanny, and ended up only staying a few months with a family that didn’t end well. Flying home to Washington, and not sure what to do, she found another live-in nanny position, this time in California. That job and that move, completely changed her life. When it was over and she again moved back to Washington, she started working for the YMCA as a site leaser and then site director as part of their after-school program. Through the YMCA and CDA classes, Kelly learned how to curriculum plan and returned to nannying temporarily in 2010, feeling more confident in her role as nanny with the new tools and skills she had learned. In 2012, she returned to nannying permanently. Curriculum planning has completely changed the way she nannies. She now owns her website called The Planned Nanny where she shares her planning ideas organized into months and weeks.

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Kellie Geres

With 28 years in private service, Kellie Geres has taken her love of all things social and her passion for the nanny industry, and combined them into a business serving today’s agencies and small businesses. Her work in the nanny industry as a nanny specializing in working with divorced parents, transitioning to household management and working with nanny organizations including the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA), Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA), and the International Nanny Association (INA), and managing several blogs including Regarding Nannies, and, Kellie understands the needs of nannies, families and the businesses that serve them. Kellie was named the 1997 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year, and in 2014 was honored with the Domestic Estate Management Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Kellie has presented at several industry events including Nannypalooza, INA, and National Nanny Training Day and has been interviewed for television, print and radio. Kellie resides in the Washington, DC metro area. When not wearing her many hats in this industry, she enjoys traveling, reading and a really good glass of wine.


miranda-250Miranda Kerns is a licensed CPA and currently works as a Financial Statement Auditor with RSM US LLP, the 5th largest public accounting firm in the United States. Prior to working in public accounting, Miranda kept the books of a small company for 10 years while also working for her father’s company. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, first with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and then with a Master’s degree in Accounting. Miranda is the mom of a very sweet and energetic 5 year old, Levi. In her spare time, Miranda loves to read, travel, spend time with friends, and try new adventures.





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