Board of Directors

 

PRESIDENT
Ginger Swift (ginger@abcnannies.com)

Ginger Swift

Ginger is the founder and CEO of ABC Nannies Inc.® in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from college with a psychology degree, she worked for many years in the clerical placement industry and then as a recruiter for a hi-tech software company. Ginger started ABC Nannies Inc.® because she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and nothing is more important than finding a caring person to take care of your children. Ginger has employed wonderful nannies that provided excellent care for her two children. ABC Nannies, Inc. was the recipient of the 2001 APNA Agency of the Year Award.

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT / CONFERENCE LIAISON
Jami Dennis (jami@abcnannies.com)

Jami HeadshotJami is the President and co-owner of ABC Nannies & Domestics, Inc.—a full-service, boutique placement agency in Denver, Colorado.  She has worked in the staffing industry, in a variety of capacities, for nearly 15 years. Since joining ABC Nannies in 2003 she has spearheaded all divisions of the company, including backup care, temporary and long-term placements. By focusing on high-quality customer service, placement of only the best nannies and household staff, and listening to the ever-changing needs of families in Colorado, ABC has continued to grow under her direction. As a full-time working mother, Jami also employs a wonderful ABC Nanny to care for her two children. There is no doubt that her experience, education (BA and MA from University of Colorado), and her leadership skills have helped make ABC Nannies the top domestic placement agency in Colorado.  

SECRETARY
Erin Krex (erin@firstclasscare.com)

Erin Krex

 

Erin has worked with local parents for the past 8 years giving them guidance and advice on childcare decisions and she wanted to be able to do even more! Erin is a Certified Baby Planner and received her training at The International Maternity Institute and is a member of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals as well as the International Baby Planner Association. Erin is an active member of APNA (Association of Premier Nanny Agencies) and was on the INA (international Nanny Association) Board of Directors for 4 years. Erin has been an award recipient of the Leading Mom’s in Business 3 years in a row and also holds the title of 2010 APNA Agency of the Year winner. As an agency owner and working mother with domestic help, Erin frequently writes and speaks on subjects related to employee best practices for both families and employees. Erin is Bump Club Chicago’s resident Childcare expert and provides classes to families about how to hire a nanny and more.

  

TREASURER
Kim Winblood (kim.winblood@mbfagency.com)

Kim WinbloodKim Winblood, Vice President of Mom’s Best Friend for Dallas and Ft. Worth, bought the north Texas franchise in July of 2000 and the Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen franchise in 2012. Originally from Houston, Kim received her bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University and then went on to achieve her Master’s degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Before purchasing Mom’s Best Friend of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Kim was a household manager and subsequently a teacher for 10 years where she taught Health and coached soccer. She has been an integral part of the growth of MBF Dallas. Her leadership abilities and tremendous communication skills have helped to make MBF Dallas/Ft. Worth the top household staffing agency in the Metroplex and have made her a leader in the industry. Kim serves as Membership Chair of the Dallas chapter of the Domestic Estate Management Managers Association (DEMA). Kim is married to Jim Winblood, President of Mom’s Best Friend Dallas/Ft. Worth, and they have two beautiful school-aged daughters.

 

HISTORIAN
Denise Collins (dcollins@auntanns.com)

Denise Collins

Denise Collins, CEO of Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing and Aunt Ann’s Homecare is a third generation owner of the oldest Nanny agency founded in 1958 in San Francisco. She has been an active lobbyist for Trustline, agency standards, background screening tools, consumer protection laws, and wage and labor laws for the industry. Aunt Ann’s Agency is recognized as one of the top 100 Largest Women Owned Companies in the SF. Bay Area. Denise is a founding member of APNA and it’s first co-president, she produced the 1st and 10th APNA conference and is an industry speaker.

ETHICS
Judi Merlin (judithlangermerlin@gmail.com)

Judi Merlin

Judi Merlin founded of A Friend of the Family Home Services in Atlanta, Ga in 1984. Judi has been a member of the International Nanny Association since 1986 and was a founding co-president of the Alliance of Professional Nanny Agencies in 1994. In 1998, she helped originate National Nanny Recognition Week. As Ethics Chairperson, Judi helped to create  the APNA Standard of Ethics and to define the process whereby ethics violations concerning members could be handled in a fair, but professional manner.  Along with Barbara Seigel, Judi created the Agency Advantage Program, a free on line training program for APNA members. Working with a dedicated committee, Judi helped to develop the first APNA Honors Awards of 2014. 

A Friend of the Family is the only two-time winner of the  APNA Agency of the Year Award, winning in 1999 for Caregiver Support and in 2004 for Professional Business Practices.  Judi received a bachelors of science in Secondary Education from Memphis University. As a former special education and preschool teacher, she works to promote continuing education for nannies and caregivers. Judi is the proud mother of four fabulous adult children and seven precious grandchildren.

 

MEMBERSHIP
Barbara G. Kline (barbara@whitehousenannies.com)

Barbara G. Kline is founder and president of White House Nannies, Inc., a full service child care placement agency serving the Washington D.C. metro area. Ms. Kline received her BA in Spanish and French. She went to graduate school for Spanish literature in Madrid. As a working mother, her need to find qualified child care led her to found White House Nannies in 1985. In 2005, Ms. Kline wrote White House Nannies. She was interviewed on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN, NPR, and was a “Power Player of the Week” on Fox Sunday News. Ms. Kline lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband Richard who runs the financial side of the business.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Katie Vaughan (katie@westsidenannies.com)

Katie Vaughan

Katie Vaughan is the founder of Westside Nannies, a boutique staffing agency with offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, that specializes in placing professional and educated nannies. Because of their high standards and discretion, the agency is known for placing nannies with high profile and celebrity families, and has been featured on programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil and E! News.

  

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS 

Wendy Sachs (wsachs@nannyagency.com)

Wendy Sachs is the CEO and founder of  The PhilWendy_Sachs_FullS_Finaladelphia Nanny Network, Inc. (TPNN)  She has been a member of APNA since 2011 and is a founding member of the International Nanny Association (INA).  For APNA she is Chair of the Legislative Committee and a member of the Care Coalition, a national advocacy group working collaborating on care industry issues related to quality care, safety, labor rights and support for families.  For INA she has served as a board member and executive board member: Secretary, four term President and two term Co-President. During her career, she has lobbied on Capitol Hill regarding the au pair programs, become a nationally recognized expert on child care and has given more than 500 interviews to network television, national magazines and leading newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, NBC, CNBC and CNN, the Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. As an active industry participant, she has presented workshops for agencies, parents and caregivers.  Currently, she is a consultant to new start up agencies and her agency is the premier resource for hiring household help in the Philadelphia region as well as the primary provider of Corporate Back Up Child Care, servicing over 50 corporations and universities, and employing 60 “Staff Nannies” and “Senior Nannies”.  Sachs earned her undergraduate degree from Simmons College and her MBA from the University of Miami. She is also an alumni scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses entrepreneur program.  Though her children are grown,  when they were young, she was a nanny employer.

MARKETING

Carrie Hillen (carrie@tandcr.com)

IMG_9258b Carrie Hillen, co-owner of Town and Country Resources is joining the APNA board of directors as the Marketing Chair.  She and her husband Jens purchased Town and Country Resources in 2008. Carrie brought to Town and Country her experience in consulting and client service as well as her personal experience as a working mother of two who has hired assistance in her home.  Prior to owning Town + Country, Carrie worked for Price Waterhouse, PHB Hagler Bailly, Charles Schwab and Charles River Associates. Carrie holds a BA from UCLA and and MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  Town + Country is the Bay Area’s largest full service domestic employee placement and referral agency, helping families find and hire professional candidates for a wide range of permanent and temporary positions.

 

GENERAL COUNSEL
Bob King, Esq. ( info@legallynanny.com )

bob kingBob King is APNA’s General Counsel and the founder of Legally Nanny®, a company that handles all the legal and tax needs of household employers and represents domestic employment agencies in a wide range of legal matters. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, studied at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, on a Rotary International Fellowship, and received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Bob and Legally Nanny have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The New York Daily News, and California Lawyer Magazine, among other publications. Bob also contributed to the book “How To Hire & Retain Your Household Help,” and was quoted extensively in the book “Help!! How To Find, Hire, Train & Maintain Your Household Help.”

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Kellie Geres (  kellie.apna@gmail.com )

The APNA Seal
Look for the APNA seal. Only the most professional Nanny Placement Agencies in the country belong to the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies.
Get Connected