About Us

Our carefully-assembled core team is a collection of the brightest young stars of our industry.  With over 52 combined years of nanny experience, we pride ourselves in our innovative recruitment, communication, and successful matchmaking strategies.  Our team has backgrounds in a wide spectrum of fields, including early childhood education, special education, business, education reform, psychology, and conflict resolution.

Adventure Nannies does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. We encourage our families to follow EEO practices when interviewing and selecting candidates for their positions.

Brandy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Brandy founded Adventure Nannies after 8 years of working as a travel nanny herself.  As a nanny, she went cliff diving with kids in Italy, worked on a farm in Southern France, attended Burning Man, and learned survival skills in the Rocky Mountain wilderness.  These experiences combined with Brandy’s background in education reform and gender studies led her to creating Adventure Nannies. As the original Adventure Nanny, Brandy’s passion for active families and dynamic visionary leadership has propelled Adventure Nannies from its infancy into the high-touch worldwide boutique nanny agency it is today.

When Brandy isn’t at the office or at home with her family and their three dogs, she’s out on the road with her husband’s band, The Lumineers.

Shenandoah

Chief Operations Officer

Shenandoah joined Adventure Nannies in 2016 as Chief Operations Officer after being initially hired on as a small business consultant. She has presented at both the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) and the International Nanny Association (INA) conferences and is on the APNA board of directors. In a past life, she was the marketing director and brand manager for a popular restaurant and bar group in Seattle. Shenandoah holds a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and English and, as a touring musician, has performed in Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Italy, the UK, and many other places. She is also on the board of directors for Notice a Need, a non-profit that provides bags of dry goods, sundries, and hygiene supplies to keep stocked in their vehicles to disperse to members of the community who are in need. Shenandoah lives in Seattle with her dog Georgie.

 

Emily

Recruitment Director

Emily joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2016. As the Recruitment Director and Office Manager, she is the main point of contact for nannies and private educators. She conducts screening calls, assists candidates in completing their applications, and ensures that every candidate is carefully vetted. Recently she presented at the International Nanny Association (INA) conference in Chicago, IL.

Emily was raised in a small central Oregon town where she grew up hiking, rock climbing, and camping. After earning a BFA in theater she co-managed several non-profit theater organizations in Seattle, Washington and served as an associate artistic director. She possesses a background in Montessori, nannying, and touring as a teaching artist throughout Washington. Emily is also a professional voice over artist and actor. Currently, Emily splits her time between New York and Seattle.  

Contact Emily:

emily [at] adventurenannies [dot] com

Christina

Placement Director

Christina possesses a double BA in Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the Adventure Nannies team, she was a high school teacher in Spain, the national account manager for Caffe Vita, and a business development consultant.  In addition to residing in Spain, she has traveled to the UK, France, Italy, Morocco, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Mexico.  Christina’s many hobbies include road trips, motorcycle rides, cooking, yoga, flower arranging, and vintage shopping.  She lives in Seattle with her sweet pup named Chicken and her motorcycle, Little Bird.

Contact Christina:

christina [at] adventurenannies [dot] com

Eriika

Lead Placement Counselor

Eriika joined Adventure Nannies as a Placement Counselor in 2015. She brings her impressive skills as a news producer and event planner to match families with their dream nanny.

Eriika was raised in a small northern Californian town where she grew up riding horses, sailing and playing outside.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has over 17 years of childcare experience. She’s been called the twin whisperer after spending years caring for two sets of twins. Additionally, Eriika is a certified yoga instructor, and loves pulling poses while traveling the world!

Eriika lives north of the Bay Area with her wonderful husband, their cute baby Kennedy, and two cats Goose and Whiskey.

Contact Eriika:

eriika [at] adventurenannies [dot] com

Nina

Recruitment Coordinator

Nina joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2017. After earning a BA in psychology, Nina began her career as a nanny in the Bay Area, then eventually transitioned to a local Bay Area nanny agency as a recruiter and executive assistant.

Nina’s brief hiatus from the nanny industry included three years as a corporate executive assistant, as well as a 6-month international trip with her husband, visiting places such as Peru, Thailand, Bali, Australia, and New Zealand. Upon her return from traveling, Nina had a new appreciation for adventure, and a strong desire to return to the childcare industry, making her role at Adventure Nannies a dream come true.

Nina now lives north of the Bay Area with her husband, and also owns a home bakery. When she’s not working, she can be found running, hiking, or cheering on the San Francisco Giants!

 Contact Nina:

nina [at] adventurenannies [dot] com

 

Danielle

Director of Communications

Prior to her role with Adventure Nannies, Danielle has worked with local and national businesses on developing their branding and marketing through social media, blogging, and SEO. Danielle has also been a classroom assistant for K-12, and a Newborn Care Specialist with over 15 years of childcare experience.

She possesses an unlimited sense of optimism, loves a hearty challenge, and has the uncanny ability to find wi-fi in the most unlikely places. Danielle takes on the occasional freelance writing project whenever possible, and in her spare time volunteers with underserved members of the community.

Danielle lives in Seattle with her incredible husband along with their dog Arlo, and cat Babette. Please contact Danielle for all media and press inquiries.

Contact Danielle:

danielle [at] adventurenannies [dot] com

Ethel

Intern

Ethel joined the Adventure Nannies team when she was 8 weeks old. Her specialties include taste-testing office supplies, customer relations management, and keeping office morale at an all-time high.

When not in the office, Ethel enjoys playing fetch, sleeping, playing fetch, eating, and playing fetch.

 

How We Hire

Only the best nannies are invited to join our team. Our vetting process is designed to ensure that every Adventure Nanny upholds the highest level of professionalism to exceed the expectations of our families. Our screening process is competitive and thorough, and sets us apart from other agencies.

The following steps outline the process nannies and private educators face when applying to Adventure Nannies. After each stage of our screening process, the applicant is re-evaluated before being invited to move on to the next step. Each nanny is asked to:

  1. Submit an initial, online application.
  2. Submit an extensive, in-depth written application, assessing professionalism, experience, personality, and childcare values.
  3. Complete an in-person interview (in NYC, Denver, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle) or Skype interview to determine if the nanny is a personality fit for our company.
  4. Complete a follow-up, job-specific interview over Skype with another member of our team for a second opinion.
  5. Provide at least (3) childcare or education related references, which we contact directly.  Written reference summaries for each candidate are provided to families considering hiring them.
  6. Complete and pass a professional background check and E-Verify to ensure they are permitted to legally work in the United States.

We run our background checks through PFC Information Services, and provide our families with the full report before they hire a nanny. Our standard background checks include criminal history, driving records, wants and warrants, and are run in every county in which the candidate has lived. Families have the option of adding additional criteria to their background checks a la carte as well.

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Our Nannies have Superpowers

Medical Training

This nanny goes above and beyond CPR certification. Many of our nannies are nurses, Wilderness First Responders, and EMTs. If someone in your family requires special medical attention, we can help you find a nanny with just the right experience and training.

Teaching

A nanny with this teaching power has a degree in teaching and/ or classroom teaching experience. Many of these nannies have extensive experience including Teach for America, overseas teaching, private tutoring, and advanced degrees in specialized education fields.

Special Needs

This nanny has a degree in special education, or two or more years of experience working with children with special needs. If you’d like extra attention for your child with special needs, rest assured, our nannies can help.

Language Skills

Nannies with the language superpower are anywhere from conversational to fluent in a language besides English, or have a degree in speech pathology. If you have concerns with language development in your child, or would like to travel with someone who can speak a specific language, we can find just the right nanny for you.

Multiples

This nanny has two or more years of experience or training working with multiples. Do you need an extra set of hands… or four? These nannies are well-equipped to take on the task juggling it takes to care for multiples!

Infant Specialist

This nanny has three or more years of experience working with infants, or is a certified infant care specialist, postpartum doula, or sleep specialist.  The first few years come with a range of new challenges, and our nannies can help!

Travel Pro

These are our world travelers. Nannies with this superpower have spent extended periods of time in popular and exotic travel destinations, and are extremely adaptable. They know how to pack, how to plan, and how to make the most of any situation. These are a few of our candidates that can make your family vacation a true vacation for everyone.

Creative

These are our artists, our crafters, and our creative educators. If you want your child in the care of someone who sees the world through an artist’s eye, we can find just the nanny for you.

Discretion

Discretion is a core value at Adventure Nannies. Each of our clients and their families are provided with the assurance that their privacy and safety are in good hands with us. Once a nanny or educator applies to our team, they are be required to sign an NDA and are properly trained to maintain discretion throughout their employ and beyond. Our training protocol has been taken from our own experience working with high-profile clients whose safety and privacy is of paramount importance. **Note: We have received written permission from the parents/ legal guardians of all of the children featured on our website and social media pages.

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