Hilton Head Nannies
The Lowcountry's Gold Standard
for Childcare since 2007.
Meet The President
Meet Jennie Krogulski, Founder and President of Hilton Head Nannies, the woman who wears many hats and is the Director of Fun. Often, when you call our office, you may end up speaking directly with Jennie as she is very hands on in the day-to-day operation of Hilton Head Nannies. Jennie has been in the professional nanny industry for more than 2 decades and spent years traveling around the country working for families with a wide variety of needs as a professionally trained, career nanny. Jennie moved to beautiful Hilton Head Island to work for an amazing family in Sea Pines. It didn't take long for her to fall in love with the Lowcountry, the people here, and become well-established in the community she cares so much about. She is still very close with the family she moved here to work for (those children are now grown!) and has also become known as "Jen-Jen" to many other children in the area over the years. A significant health challenge required a slow down in pace as well as an early retirement from her full-time nanny career. Because of her love for the industry and her desire to stay in it, she founded Hilton Head Nannies in 2007 and a rewarding journey began. Over the years, Hilton Head Nannies has served many thousands of families, tens of thousands of children, and our team has built meaningful long-lasting relationships with our clientele. Jennie is a firm believer that Hilton Head Nannies is all about the people: the nannies, the children and the parents. They are family to her!
In addition to serving as a nanny, Jennie has worked as a dorm parent, elementary school teacher, missionary, parent coach, freelance writer, board of directors member for the Professional Nanny Association of Atlanta, founder and co-president of the former Association of Professional Nannies (APN) - a national educational group for nannies, children's church teacher, youth pastor, and Sunday school teacher. Jennie is active in the community and has volunteered her time in various ministries including senior citizen & shut-in outreach, homeless ministries, child advocacy organizations, a home for unwed mothers, and children's after school organizations. She has been a member of NAN (National Association of Nannies), INA (International Association of Nannies), and Christian Nannies, a group of women who come together to pray for and support one another in their roles as nannies. Jennie has been called on by national media regarding the vacation nanny industry and her expertise in it. She has worked locally and nationally with family court systems as a specially trained supervisor for parents who through court order cannot be left alone with their children. She has worked with Social Services, CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates), family therapists, child psychologists, and guardian-ad-litems. Jennie is also a founding partner of the business Hilton Head Companions, an in-home Senior Caregiving service dedicated to the same standards of love, compassion, professionalism and excellence that Hilton Head Nannies is known for. Hilton Head Companions will be launching in 2023.
Jennie has spent her life advocating for, nurturing and protecting children. This background and experience have aided her in choosing the very best nannies to join the Hilton Head Nannies team. She has personally provided care to over 900 children ranging in ages from premature newborn to teenagers and specializing in multiples, discipline and behavior modification issues, grieving children, children of divorcing parents, and special needs children. The Hilton Head Nannies' team is an extension of Jennie's calling on her life - serving families, caring for children and making safety the priority. She personally interviews and hand-selects each nanny who joins the Registry to ensure that the people Hilton Head Nannies refers to nannies is the very best.
Hilton Head Nannies was the first and remains the only wholly locally owned and operated,
full-service childcare agency in the area. A portion of all of Hilton Head Nannies' profits is distributed to local and international charities that benefit children and families.
Meet The Executive Assistant
Meet Coco Jozic, the Executive Assistant at Hilton Head Nannies. Coco has a strong background in working with children and has a Master of Early Childhood Education Degree from the University of South Carolina. She serves as the Director of Admissions for Ivybrook Academy, which is a part-time preschool in Bluffton. She also served for ten years as Director of PlayCare, a popular, church-based preschool located in Bluffton. Before moving to the Lowcountry in 2011, she taught at a Montessori school and started a Pre-K program for a public school. Coco and her husband have two teenage children who are active in sports. In her free time, she loves attending her children's games, going to the beach and being outdoors. She truly loves living in the Lowcountry and being a part of our community.
Meet The Administrative Assistant
& Lead Nanny Recruiter
Meet Lucinda Hudgins, an Administrative Assistant and the Lead Recruiter for Hilton Head Nannies. Lucinda and her husband moved to Bluffton from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, their home for 24 years. They owned and operated the longest running specialty natural food store and cafe where they employed hundreds of students over the years and worked with many exchange students from around the world. This provided Lucinda with an opportunity to mentor many young people and build relationships that have lasted through the years. She has delighted in being involved in the lives of these young people and has especially enjoyed seeing them have families of their own. Lucinda is a Certified Instructor and National Trainer for the International Network for Children and Families. Through this position, Lucinda facilitated training programs and support for thousands of parents, educators and health professionals for more than a decade. She developed the largest network of trained professionals in the country. She is a proud mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother of seven. During her free time, Lucinda loves being around the water, traveling, and learning new things.
Meet One of Our Nanny Recruiters
Meet Shelley Schryba. Shelley has a history of extensive Private Service that spans over 10 years. She has managed several high net worth households across the country, gaining tremendous experience and providing superb service. Jennie met Shelley when she interviewed her for a Household Management position. She quickly recognized that Shelley's abilities would make her a fantastic part of the Hilton Head Nannies Recruiting Team. Shelly serves as our Lead Recruiter and does all of the preliminary work with nannies, including the initial interviews with candidates.