CHICAGO DIRECTOR

 
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JESSICA SCHWARTZ

As the Director of a Nanny agency helping families find high quality matches, she found her niche. A mom to three kids, Jessica is passionate about nanny education and understands the important role nannies play in families’ lives. She is excited to join NOUNOU to help provide a great foundation for newer nannies, and continued education for more seasoned nannies.

 
 

INSTRUCTORS

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ELLIE WEIL, RN, BSN

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Ellie is a pediatric CICU nurse at Lurie Children's Hospital. She has been working with infants and toddlers with congenital heart defects for over a year. While in school, she focused her study and experience on the development of neonates and infants as she completed her year-long preceptorship in mother-baby nursing. She has plans to attend Rush University to earn her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in pediatric primary care nursing. Ellie loves both learning new things through her work in pediatrics as well as educating families and caregivers to be able to safely care for their children at home. Through all of her experiences, Ellie has learned that teaching is a two-way street: while they are learning from us, children actually teach us through their cues and responses. This is why she loves the pediatric world. Ellie is the instructor for the Physical and Emotional Care of Children course.

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KASEY MCCORMIck apn nnp-bc

Kasey is a Northwestern Medicine board certified neonatal nurse practitioner and has been working in the neonatal ICU in major academic institutions for almost 10 years. She was attracted to the NICU due to the complex patients, high acuity, and the resilient and fascinating little patients. She worked as a travel nurse in many different cities and academic institutions. In the future, she hopes to work more towards global maternal and infant health. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the strong female team of NOUNOU. Kasey is the instructor for the Newborn Care course.

 
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CASSI STUCKMAN

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

Cassi teaches yoga at a variety of places in Chicago, where she leads classes that focus on the partnership of the breath and movement while cultivating mindfulness with a playful tone.

Cassi has completed over 1000 hours of teacher trainings and loves being a student of yoga.  Cassi has developed her personal style of yoga over the last 13 years of teaching. Cassi leads yoga classes at several preschools in the city and leads multiple Kids Yoga Teacher Trainings each year.   

Cassi also leads international yoga retreats and speaks at different conferences throughout the country.

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SARAH CUNNINGHAM

MINDFULLNESS INSTRUCTOR

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Yoga Instructor, owner of Whole Life Wellness, published author, and proud Lululemon Ambassador. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Lewis College in psychology.

As a Certified Yoga Instructor and Psychotherapist, Sarah works to combine the Western and Eastern healing approaches of psychotherapy, yoga, and nutrition. She facilitates a class experience that uniquely combines the healing benefits of the physical postures of yoga asana and psychotherapeutic techniques that challenge the mind.

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Britni De leon & KASIA BEDNARZ

FARE

While at Gibsons in 2012, Kasia and Britni met and shared common visions of healthy, clean lifestyles and flavor-forward food. In 2013, the duo officially partnered together and began their FARE journey - first serving their hearty, wholesome foods at Chicago festivals and catering jobs. Today, FARE has its first location in Chicago’s Wells St. Food Hall and is building a community of loyal followers, enticed by the menu’s wellness- focused, flavor-packed food.

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"Bridging the gap between expectation and reality."

 

CO - FOUNDERS

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Cindi Ragan

co-founder

Starting her career as a hospital clinical nutritionist, Cindi quickly moved into Healthcare Marketing to fullfill her creative spirit. Spending many years in Hospital Marketing and Medical Sales Management, she also served on numerous healthcare charities, school and arts boards. While living in London raising her two daughters, she realized how valuable her trained English nannies were to the success and happiness of her family. Once moving back to the states she knew she wanted to help families benefit from that same quality of nannies and family assistants and the concept of NOUNOU was created. Courtney was a client of Cindi's and a fast professional connection was developed and NOUNOU became the business venture they would launch together.

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courtney stern

co-founder

Courtney began her career in commercial real estate, working as a property manager for class A highrise buildings such as Willis Tower and AMA Plaza.  She decided to take a break from the corporate world when she had her first child, Sienna in January 2017.  In her search for the perfect nanny, she realized how much the industry could be improved and what her expectations were for the caretaker of her child.   While pregnant with her second child, Swade, she reunited with Cindi and began NOUNOU in an effort to better equip the people taking care of our most valuable possessions.