Mary Anderson, VP Ottawa
Mary Anderson completed her B.Sc. at Queen’s University in Computer Engineering. After over 10 years, working in the private sector, she decided to leave her role as Software Engineer to find a better work/life balance for her family. As a mother of 3 children, ranging in age from 8 to 4, Mary understands first hand what parents are looking for in a care giver. Every babysitter that she adds to the Ottawa roster is someone she would feel comfortable caring for her own children. Her ultimate goal is to create an amazing group of babysitters to match with busy Ottawa parents.
Liz McClintic, Social Media Manager
With a degree in Communications and experience as an editor and freelance copywriter, Liz jumped at the opportunity to work with Datenight Babysitting on their social media platforms in June 2017. Liz first became fascinated with social media over a decade ago while blogging and later tweeting about her experience living in South Korea, and she continues to relish the process of figuring out what catches a person’s attention in the sea of social media information. Hailing from southern Michigan, Liz is settled in Toronto with her Canadian husband and 18-month old daughter.
Elize Shirdel, CEO/CTO
Elize Shirdel holds two engineering degrees from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Computational Biology from the University of Toronto. Trained as a Computer and Electrical Engineer, Elize enjoys delving into technical problems, troubleshooting and building great businesses and tech. She’s a mom to two boys, a wife to one husband and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Kate Burgess, Head of Babysitter Onboarding
Kate Burgess is a freelance writer and graduate of the Early Childhood Education program from Fanshawe College. She has over 20 years of experience working with children of all ages. She has previously worked as a nanny, preschool teacher, children’s program instructor, facility program supervisor, and assistant director at a youth drop-in centre. A passionate advocate for the field of Early Childhood Education, she was previously awarded the AECEO award for Advocacy for the Profession. She is the organizer a large parenting group and book club in Toronto and is devoted to connecting Moms to resources in the community and to each other. She enjoys reading, planning date nights with her husband, writing parenting articles, volunteering, and exploring parks and museums with her toddler daughter.
Chiara Pastrello, Data Analyst/Digital Marketing
Chiara’s inquisitive mind was nourished through a training in molecular biology and a residency in medical geneticist at an Italian university. Fascinated by bioinformatics, data and network analyses, Chiara came to Toronto – where two lovely boys made her quickly become a busy and exhausted mom. Having first hand experience of the nightmare that being without family in a foreign city can be, Chiara welcomed Datenight’s idea with open arms, and is now trying to help the team gain insights from digital marketing data analyses.
Meaghan Esser, COO
Meaghan is a serial entrepreneur having built two businesses from the ground up. She has worked in a variety of roles including sales for a an international supplement company, consulting and business coaching for bricks and mortar retail, as well as franchise ownership. Besides overseeing operations for Datenight Babysitting, she leads sales for Datenight’s parent-company Helm. When she isn’t in growth and planning mode she is spending time with with her two boys.