American Bell Family Company originated from Lindsay Bell, our Founder.
Lindsay is from small town Ohio, where family and family values reign supreme. As the oldest of five girls, Lindsay learned early on about responsibility, leadership, and the importance of being a great role model. Her strong family network is the foundation for her fun-loving nature and love of children, and the base of the Bell Family brand.
In 2005, she moved to New York City with $300 in her pocket, and began doing what she knew best: babysitting. Then Lucky Lil’ Darlings was born. Lucky Lil’ Darlings since expanded to include hundreds of terrific families and the best family-care providers in the business. After growing to be one of the largest sitter referral services in New York, Lindsay purchased New York Nanny Center in 2013, and the two sister companies merged into American Bell Family Company, LLC.
Bell Family has a well-established, solid reputation for quality, excellence, and care. Each family care provider has been carefully selected through our unique process, which includes a national background check, interview, reference checks, social media screening, and a mandatory direct referral.
Bell Family is a tight-knit, loyal network; every family must be referred and pass through our screening process before joining.
Why would I choose Bell Family?
- Bell Family’s core mission is to provide the highest quality family care in a convenient & efficient manner.
- Bell Family’s sitters and nannies are the best in the business and become true, long term role models for your children.
- Bell Family’s GoodHire Background Check Process provides parents peace of mind that their little ones are always in great hands.
- Bell Family’s comprehensive suite of offerings reduces daily stress for today’s busy families.
- Bell Family Membership is a loyal and genuine local community.
- Bell Family is licensed, bonded & insured.
Lindsay Bell, Founder and President
Our Owner. Lindsay Bell learned early on about responsibility and leadership as the eldest of five girls she grew up babysitting. After graduating from college in Ohio, Lindsay landed her first job in NYC with the Radio City Rockettes (one BIG family). She most notably executed the production of the 75th Celebration Edition of the Radio City Spectacular Book and coordinated The Rockettes in The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade all while babysitting for a handful of families on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After three years, the babysitting became more and more demanding, and that is when she saw the opportunity and need for the business. Lindsay officially founded Lucky Lil’ Darlings in 2009, which at the time placed only on-demand evening babysitters, it was later renamed Bell Family Company in 2014 placing all family care needs. In 2013, Lindsay lead the acquisition of NY Nanny Center which merged with Bell Family. Bell Family currently with over 1,000 nannies and sitters, continues to expand and serve as a leader in the family care space. For the last 10 years Lindsay has focused on pursuing her passion for complete, trusted family care, establishing an unmatched network of reliable family care providers, interacting with America’s finest families and aligning herself with the best in family brands. Lindsay resides in Manhattan with her husband and her son.
Meredith Hamler, Sitter Services Manager
Meredith Hamler has been with Bell Family Company since the Lucky Lil’ Darlings days (the company’s first name). First as a babysitter, then a full time nanny, a coordinator and now as sitter services manager. She is originally from New London, CT, Meredith graduated from FIT with a degree in International Trade and Marketing concentration in business development and growth. She has a strong understanding in fashion/product law and product safety for children. She started her career as a full time coordinator in the fashion industry, but in 2013 decided her heart was with children and she was offered a full time nanny position for two children in Brooklyn, NY. Meredith has over 15 years experience working with children of all ages, newborn to teens, both personally and professionally, as a lifeguard, summer sitter, full-time nanny, babysitter and pre-school teacher's aide. As an aide, she also worked with special needs children planning out their curriculum and schedule for each week. In her leisure time, Meredith enjoys running, yoga, reading, and growing an urban garden. She's fun, flexible, energetic, sweet, and CPR certified!
Lauren Kruk, Nanny Services Manager
Lauren Kruk is our Nanny Services Manager, she handles all day-to-day operations for nanny placements. She previously worked as a Digital Media Supervisor for Horizon Media, preceded by a full time nanny position for a set of twins from ages birth to four years old in Jersey City, NJ. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and she has a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University with a focus in English and Professional Writing. Lauren has over 10 years of childcare experience and still babysits today. Lauren’s experience as a full time nanny, babysitter and communications professional have prepared her perfectly to help manage the busy lives of families and pairing them with trustworthy nannies across the USA. Lauren is also Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and First Aid Certified and coaches our childcare providers in our quarterly CPR training seminars. She resides in Hoboken with her fiancé.
Christine Bell, Recruiting and Retention Coordinator
Mama (Christine) Bell as known throughout BFC grew up in a traditional family in the burbs of northeast Ohio with three younger brothers who she inevitably babysat. After graduating from college her childhood obsession of playing school became a 35 year career as did motherhood to five (yes 5, including Lindsay, founder of BFC!). During her middle school teaching career she spent her free time developing & coordinating a girl’s gymnastics program as well as a Behavioral Placement program assist children with special needs. She also volunteered on various educational committees and for a handful of summers was an airline ambassador assisting children that were traveling solo. Now an empty nester with her husband & recently retired she still substitute teaches while maintaining her role as BFC’s Chief Screening and Retention Manager as well as a frequent blog contributor.
Courtney Bell Garvey, Sitter Services Coordinator
Courtney, the second oldest of the Bell Family is a graduate of Bowling Green State University majoring in Interpersonal Communications. Courtney spent two years after college in Columbus, OH working in sales where she learned her great attention to detail and follow up. She later moved to Manhattan to live with her sister where she babysat for Lucky Lil’ Darlings when it first began. She worked for dozens of families ages infant to teens where she helped with evening, daytime, weekend and travelsitting. While babysitting on-demand Courtney worked full time at Harrison & Starr in Chelsea in their finance department. Courtney currently resides in Medina, OH with her husband and two adorable twin daughters who’s pictures are all over the Bell Family site.
Taylor Bell, Marketing and Social Media Consultant
Taylor, or more commonly known as Baby Bell, is the youngest sister in the Bell Family. Taylor grew up alongside Lindsay, founder of BFC, in small town Ohio. While attending school at The University of Findlay in Ohio, she interned with BFC, assisting with the marketing and public relations outreach. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to New York City, where she was a Student Associate in the Creative Sales department at The Madison Square Garden Company. Since 2011, Taylor has been apart of the BFC team through part-time babysitting and now as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. Taylor currently resides in Washington, DC, where for the past three years, has continued her full-time work as a graphic designer.
Ali Sheppard, Family Consultant
Meet Ali Sheppard, our Nanny Services Director and former nanny with over 20 years of related childcare experience. Ali relocated to NYC in 2011 after completing her Master of Social Work (MSW) in North Carolina. She was placed through NY Nanny Center and worked with former owner Carol Solomon, LCSW. In 2013, Ali joined our Nanny Placement team and now works directly with Lindsay Bell and our Nanny Services team to recruit, vet and train all potential nanny candidates. She is a NY State Licensed Master of Social Work and has extensive experience working with a variety of family dynamics with a specialty of working with children and families with special needs and emotional/behavioral challenges. Ali has worked in the both the school and home setting as a Private SEIT, Behaviorist, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, and Parenting Consultant. Ali earned her BA in Human and Community Services from Queens University of Charlotte in 2007. She has a comprehensive background in Early Childhood Development, Sociology, Psychology and Contemporary Parenting. Additionally, she is certified to teach the 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Program, created by Dr. Phelan, to parents and caregivers alike. As our Nanny Services Director she brings insight, positive solutions and effective strategies leading to happy families and caregivers placements.
Holly Rogers, Bookkeeper
Holly Rogers is our Finance Manager. Holly is a certified public accountant with an MBA from the University of Kansas. She recently moved to New York City from the Kansas City, Missouri area where she worked for John Knox Village, a continuing care retirement community, as their financial analyst for 13 years. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city, especially the theatre district, and of course loves to spend time with kids.
Gregory Shafiro, Technology Consultant
Immigrating to this country at an impressionable age, Greg’s passion led him to a career in web development and graphic design. Recognized as a “Technology Evangelist” by his peers, Greg continues to work and experiment with developing technology. In addition, Greg is also an entrepreneur, having founded FLAREnyc his first year at the University at Albany, providing technical assistance and marketing expertise to nonprofits and start-ups within the capital region. He is also an accomplished photographer, having been exhibited at the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club and has had his photographs featured in a number of publications. Gregs’ current passion includes his four year old son and two year old daughter, and their 9 o’clock bedtimes.
Miles Spencer, Board Member
For over twenty years, Miles has distinguished himself as a creator of ideas, a builder of businesses, and a leader of organizations. His angel group, Vaux les Ventures, has interests in over a dozen companies where he helped form the original team, provided the original capital, or both. Miles' vision, combined with Lindsay's expertise and enthusiasm, was the spark that became Bell Family. Capital events following his efforts have realized over a billion dollars of value for shareholders, including notable successes in digital media like Register.com, Operative, Cellufun, Mojiva, Mocean mobile, AppTaris and TrustCloud. Miles is a rookie dad, with two kids under two years old.