Nannies from the Heartland
Caring, Supportive, Professional Placements
Serving Families and Nannies since 1990


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 of non-profit 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.

Professional and Business Affiliations:

  • Member, International Nanny Association

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