Meet Our Team
Katie’s entrepreneurial spirit and love for customer service were realized at a young age. While most of her peers were busy playing Oregon Trail and watching The Goonies, Katie was cooking up her next business idea – from selling homegrown organic lettuce and starting a neighborhood housekeeping service to securing an exclusive contract at the age of 13 to bake cheesecakes for a high-end wedding facility (under oath of secrecy – no bride could know a teenager was baking her wedding cake!) There is no denying the fact that serving clients and providing an excellent product are just part of Katie’s genetic makeup. Combine this with a love for children (instilled by being the built-in-babysitter to her five younger siblings), years of experience working as a professional nanny, and a degree in Communications from Pepperdine University, it’s no wonder why now, years later, Katie is the founder and CEO of California's most successful nanny agency. Aside from her work matching amazing nannies with special families, she enjoys scouring LA for vintage furniture pieces, hosting dinner parties, and traveling as much as possible.
Heather - a Midwestern girl through and through – hails from the lovely state of Illinois. While attending graduate school at the University of Washington, she became entrenched in the nanny culture of Seattle and was a highly recommended on-call sitter through her local nanny agency. Heather developed a love for children of all ages, and has worked as a full-time nanny, summer nanny, and daycare teacher. After moving to Los Angeles, Heather secured a position as the Lead Recruitment Specialist at Westside Nannies I Beverly Hills and now serves as the Director of Recruitment and Temporary Services. She loves the process of getting to know each candidate, speaking with references, and assisting each nanny in creating the perfect portfolio. Aside form her work at Westside Nannies, you may happen to catch Heather moonlighting as Cinderella or Snow White at weekend birthday parties or taking part in a local theatre production. She is also an avid lover of chips and salsa, and enjoys running, cooking, and music!
The newest addition to the Westside Nannies team, Elyse Parzyck, is as sunny and bright as LA itself! Born and raised in Michigan, Elyse has been a top-notch, all-star nanny since 2005. While Elyse is incredibly skilled in childcare and raising happy, healthy, confident, and well-behaved children, she has recently taken the nanny agency world by storm! Elyse transitioned from the snow and wind of Chicago to the beaches and traffic of LA just last year with the original intent of pursuing a career as a nanny. As luck and fate would have it, she found herself in California's top nanny agency as the head nanny recruiter and director of temporary services. With her bubbly and personable personality, strong organizational and social skills, and passion for nannies and families, Elyse couldn't be more perfect or excited to be a part of the Westside Nannies team. Being a nanny agent allows Elyse to masterfully combine her love of children, understanding of the nannying role, and entrepreneurial mindset to ensure both families and nannies end up exactly where they belong. At the end of the day, Elyse feels fulfilled knowing she actively contributed to making yet another child happy through other nannies instead of herself (though she is happy to be working alongside people over the age of 5 for the first time in almost a decade!). In addition to finding Westside Nannies as a result of moving out West, Elyse has developed a love for hiking and Crossfit, and made a new addition to her own family, in the form of a Chihuahua! Even though the nanny world has lost one of the best nannies of all time, Elyse couldn't be a more perfect fit as a nanny agent, and Westside Nannies is lucky to have found such a well rounded, efficient, and exceptional match of their own!
Born in New Jersey but raised in North Carolina, Kaitlin McHugh has that touch of East Coast savvy mixed with the warmth of southern charm! She is the eldest of 5 - yes 5, and has shown exceptional leadership skills from an early age! She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Appalachian State University and continued her studies by earning her secondary teaching license. After completing her student teaching for 10th grade Civics & Economics, she relocated to Los Angeles, and worked as a substitute teacher for a year, before deciding to pursue a more non-traditional career in education and became a professional nanny. For the past 10 years she has been working as a full-time nanny through Westside Nannies and loving every minute of it. Now ready for the next adventure, Kaitlin has joined the Westside Nannies team and is taking the “nanny recruiting” world by storm! She is one of our lead recruiters and is in in charge of meeting and vetting nanny candidates so that we can bring you best of the best! Aside from her work in the office, Kaitlin enjoys reading, hiking, arts and crafts, gardening, and picking up infant babysitting jobs whenever she gets the chance (she will always be a nanny at heart)! She is exceptional in all aspects and is making a FANTASTIC addition to the Westside Nannies team.
Matilda, affectionately referred to as "Tildy," is a native LA resident with a wags to riches background. Tildy had 'ruff' beginnings, living abandoned on the streets of East LA, until she was adopted by WN's own Heather Rash in September 2012! As the official Westside Nannies mascot, Matilda can often be heard in the background of our phone calls (trying to say hello), and is usually the first to welcome new nannies into the office. Her friendly disposition, excellent discernment skills, and stress-free attitude make her ideal in the nanny world. When not at the office, Matilda enjoys hiking Runyon, visiting the dog park, playing with her Yorkie friend Luci (from the office next door), long walks on the beach, eating socks, and chewing on noisy bones in quiet moments. She is skilled in high jumping, and has an aversion to people in uniform (perhaps her stance against corporate America). She looks forward to meeting you! Woof!