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.
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 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 and is now a Placement Counselor 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 excited to be a part of the Westside Nannies team, as it 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 by finding them a wonderful nanny. Beautiful and sunny California has seen Elyse has develop a love for hiking and Crossfit, and made a new addition to her own family, in the form of a Chihuahua! 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 the Head of Recruitment and is ensures Westside Nannies represents the best of the nanny industry! 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 a FANTASTIC addition to the Westside Nannies team.
Hailing from Wisconsin, Libby is the newest addition to the Westside Nannies team. Like most of our team, Libby has worked as a nanny, and used to care for 5 boys all under the age of 5! As the Recruitment Assistant, Libby is meeting and vetting new nannies each day. She loves working with people and is excited to work in a job that allows her to meet new people every day! Spunky and bright, Libby always strives to stay busy, and when she isn’t working, she can be found baking delicious treats, hiking, or doing yoga. She also loves to travel, and often goes to visit her sister in Singapore or brother in China. Libby loves working with children, and understands what it takes to be a top-notch nanny and the often complex relationship between a nanny and a family! An all-around wonderful addition to the Westside Nannies team, Libby brings her infectious smile, humor, and happiness to our office each day!
Born and raised just north of Manhattan, Elena recently traded in the hustle and bustle of New York for the sunshine of Los Angeles! She has been actively involved in childcare since she was a teenager and has worked as a babysitter, nanny, mother’s helper, and teacher. With a background in Musical Theatre, she was able to mesh her two passions together by working at youth theatre programs throughout the northeast. She worked with children between the ages of 5 and 15 and shared her knowledge of theatre through lessons in acting, singing, dancing, and improvisation! As a Junior Recruitment Assistant, Elena is vetting and processing nannies every day, helping each nanny find a perfect fit. Creative and active, Elena loves the arts, hiking with her dog, Heidi, and playing her ukulele, Jude! She absolutely adores the matchmaking process of pairing the perfect nanny with the perfect family and smiles knowing she has assisted in the process!