Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Shenandoah joined Adventure Nannies in 2016 as Chief Operations Officer after being initially hired on as a small business consultant and transitioned into CEO in 2018. She has presented at both the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) and the International Nanny Association (INA) conferences, she is on the APNA board of directors and Nanny Relief Fund board of directors, and is an advisor to TIFFAN.
Shenandoah holds a Bachelor’s degree in opera performance and English and, as a touring musician, has performed in 12 countries spanning 4 continents. In her free time, she volunteers with Rain City Rock Camp and loves reading and preparing meals for family and friends. Shenandoah lives in Tacoma with her puppies Pawlina and Batman and rabbit Meatball.
Christina has been with Adventure Nannies since 2017 and manages our Placement Team as the Placement Director. She is an expert on long-term, travel, and specialized placements and loves working with families on finding their perfect fit. Additionally, she has spoken at International Nanny Training Day events and at several APNA conferences. 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 a specialty coffee roaster in Seattle, and a business development consultant.
In addition to residing in Spain, she has traveled to the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Morocco, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. Christina’s many hobbies include road trips, motorcycle rides, cooking, yoga, and gardening. She lives in Seattle with her husband Anthony, lovely daughter Frances, sweet pup named Chicken, and motorcycle, Little Bird.
Director of Operations
Emily joined Adventure Nannies in 2016 as a Recruitment Coordinator and quickly pivoted into the Candidate Director role. At the beginning of 2021, Emily became Adventure Nannies’ first Director of Operations.
After earning a BFA in theater, Emily co-managed several non-profit theater organizations and served as an associate artistic director, creative director, and producer. She possesses a background in teaching Montessori Early Childhood curriculum, nannying, and touring as a teaching artist throughout Washington state. Emily’s favorite activities include bike riding, practicing yoga, creating vegan recipes, gardening, and hiking.
Lead Placement Counselor
Elizabeth joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2018 after over 10 years of experience in the private service industry. She earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and certification in Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Elizabeth has enjoyed living in places like Colorado, Connecticut, and New York while pursuing a career as a high-profile nanny before working as an account executive at a domestic staffing agency for almost 4 years. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth worked as an accomplished glass artist, private tutor, and personal trainer, in addition to founding a wellness center in Westchester County.
Elizabeth is an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoys journaling and meditation. When she isn’t working or traveling towards sunshine and salt water, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter.
Elizabeth currently resides in the Milwaukee area with her unbelievably adorable Welsh terrier, Otto.
Christa joined the Adventure Nannies team after founding and running her own successful NYC-based agency, Kith + Kin, for four years. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a prenatal yoga instructor certification. Prior to her experience in the agency world, Christa worked as a Montessori teacher’s aide, reading interventionist, 2nd-grade teacher, and nanny.
Christa previously served on the board of directors for the International Nanny Association, has spoken at many industry conferences, and has over 18 years of childcare experience. She is also a staunch advocate for domestic worker’s rights and has participated in events and hearings in New York regarding protections for domestic workers, as well as being quoted in the New York Times for best practices for domestic employers regarding maternity leave. Christa is an avid hiker and traveler and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and senior dog Cookie.
As a former Adventure Nanny with 5 years of collegiate teaching experience, Emily Amedée joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2021. Emily holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication Studies with certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies, Graduate Teaching, and Creating Inclusive Excellence in higher education.
Emily is an active board/committee member and committed to being an engaged community member. Most of her service appointments center the assessment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues that inform strategic decisions and investments that enable everyone to feel welcomed, affirmed, and valued. Emily currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her partner and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Gunner. While trying to make the world a more magical place, she spends her time gardening, reading/writing, chasing waves, and finding the wilder way.
Kenna joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2018 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in cinema arts and sciences from Columbia College Chicago. Kenna approaches challenges with a sense of creativity, patience, and optimism as she counsels candidates on moving through the placement process.
Kenna is also a photographer, videographer, and musician who runs a production company called Tiny Ship Co. Kenna lives in upstate New York and frequently contributes to the local art and music scene. When she’s not in the office, Kenna enjoys engaging her adventurous side at the climbing gym.
Laura Kennedy joined our team in 2020 as our first international hire! Laura grew up in upstate NY and is now a permanent resident of Canada, where she has fostered 16 dogs in the past two years. She possesses a BS in hospitality and resort management and is currently pursuing a degree in Dutch from Toronto University.
Laura has 10+ years of childcare experience, working as a nanny and volunteering at a Montessori school in India. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world with her partner, hiking, healthy cooking, and volunteering with Rainbow Railroad, the Toronto Vegetarian Society, and Vote From Abroad.
Angela possesses a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware and worked as a program coordinator at U Penn and a non-profit that coordinated school nursing to students in Philadelphia prior to joining the Adventure Nannies team in 2019. Angela grew up in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US when she was 9 years old, and recently returned from a trip to Japan and South Korea!
Angela has a strong sense of intuition and empathy and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, ceramics, and fostering animals from PAWS (she has fostered 10 cats – not all at the same time, though!) Angela lives in Philadelphia with her dog Penny and cat Charlie.
Emily Agy joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2020 after working as a children’s theatre actor, arts educator and camp counselor for many years. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and has also worked as an experiential marketing tour manager and licensed esthetician. She is an empathic observer of character and has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and song lyrics.
Gabi joined the Adventure Nannies team in 2020 with a variety of experience ranging from nannying to museum programming and education. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and has volunteered with the Rotary Youth Exchange program since 2011.
Having spent her childhood and college years in Minnesota, Gabi now lives in Austin, Texas and volunteers for local causes she’s passionate about including HeadCount, an organization that registers concertgoers to vote. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoors including camping, biking, backpacking, and climbing and has traveled to over 20 different countries.
Amos joined Adventure Nannies in 2019 after several years of working as an arts educator to teach children the joys of performance, storytelling, and self expression. Amos helps our process run flawlessly and provides support in countless administrative ways, and brings a strong attention to detail and a sense of humor into the workplace.
Amos received a Bachelor of Science degree in theatre arts from the University of Louisville and has volunteered for numerous theatre companies in and around the Louisville area. Having recently moved from Brooklyn, New York, Amos has now returned to Louisville, Kentucky and lives with his fiancee and cats Beatrice and Iason. While he’s not assisting the team in various tasks, Amos actively participates in the theatre and film community.
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. Please contact Danielle for all media and press inquiries.
danielle [at] adventurenannies [dot] com
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 create 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 boutique nanny agency it is today. Brandy is now on the advisory board of Colorado Public Radio.
When Brandy isn’t at home with her son and two dogs, she’s out on the road with her husband’s band, The Lumineers.