About Our Agency:
In business since 1990, the owner and founder of
Nannies from the Heartland is a
nationally recognized industry leader who combines her experience
and skills to
provide outstanding service to families and nannies in the Twin Cities
metropolitan area. We are experts in recruiting and referring, selective
screening, and qualifying applicants and families.
Owner/President: Mary O'Connor
Mary has a Master's Degree in Education with ten years of teaching
experience. Prior to starting Nannies from the Heartland in 1990, she worked six years for a
corporation where she recruited, trained, evaluated and supported a part-time work force
of over 1000 persons in a multi-state area. From 1992 to 2002, Mary served on the Board
of Directors of the International Nanny Association (INA), the oldest, largest and best-known professional organization for this industry. She served as chair of the INA's annual
conference for four years, and as President of the INA from June 1997 through June
1999. In 2015, she received the INA 25 year Service Award. Mary was also awarded
the INA Meritorious Service Award in recognition of her volunteer commitment to
the INA. Twin Cities Professional Nannies recognized Mary as an Honored Business
Member in 2011. In 2000, Mary was honored as one of six finalists for the
"Women of Achievement" recognition award sponsored by the Twin West Chamber of
Commerce. That program recognizes many years of volunteer service to a variety
organizations. More recently she has provided volunteer leadership to the
University of Minnesota campus YMCA, where she served on the Community Board for six
years, two of those as Board chair. In 2007 Mary was honored as a
recipient of both the U-YMCA Ethical Leadership and Honoring Our Leaders Awards.
Mary and her husband Bob are the parents of two
adult daughters. When the girls were young, the O'Connors
employed nannies to care for their children over a ten year period.
Additional office staff assist families and nannies with basic
questions, take messages and perform clerical duties.
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