Our Newborn Care Specialists

Ellen Marie Roeser, Nanny, Founder and Owner of North Star Newborns

I am a 58 year old healthy and active mother of three, grandmother of three and resident of St. Louis Park, MN. When my last child left for college, I accepted a nanny position with a family in Plymouth and they are still very dear to me. As a grandmother I have rediscovered my true calling: providing the best care for not only the newborn, but supporting the family as well.

    • CPR Certified
    • DONA Postpartum Doula Training/Current Member
    • Newborn Care Specialist
    • Certified Happiest Baby Educator by Dr. Harvey Karp
    • Ten plus years as a professional nanny
    • Past La Leche League Member and Leader
    • Current member of Newborn Care Specialist Association which promotes higher standards of care through ongoing education in newborn care.

Overnight Infant Care Specialists

Mary E Slattery

Greetings! My name is Mary Slattery and I reside in the Twin Cities with my husband and children. I am a classical musician by trade but am currently pursuing a masters degree in nursing. I am almost halfway through the program and hope to work as a neonatal intensive care nurse. I was inspired to return to school after spending time in the NICU with two of my babies. I was deeply touched by the experience and by the care we received. I truly believe that there is no greater gift than the life of a child and I am humbled by the gift of my own children and the gift of each and every child I encounter. 

Anna Maria Jude

North Star Newborns is happy to announce another newborn/infant nanny joining our excellent staff! We welcome Anna Maria Jude ~ mother of ten, and grandmother of five. Anna Maria and her husband Peter are extraordinary parents. Anna Maria brings with her the experience, trust, and gentleness your baby needs.

Anna Maria has always been drawn to the miraculous gift of new life. It is second nature to her to care for little ones both having come from a large family and raising one herself. She is thoroughly enjoying her ten children and five grandchildren. She is fascinated in the way a child discovers the world around them and thrives through love, trust, touch, observation, as well as verbal and playful interaction. Anna Maria continues to explore the social and emotional development of children while raising a child with special needs and appreciates the opportunity to learn from many medical professionals. Anna Maria is looking forward to supporting mothers in life’s most important work – the care of their children.

Hannah Marie Struck, RN

Hannah is currently a Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum skilled nurse working in  Labor and Delivery at United hospital in St. Paul.  Hannah has a strong passion in guiding mothers and families with their experience in the miracle of birth.  That passion carries over into working with newborns.  Hannah is, “incredibly excited to get started” with North Star Newborns.

Hannah is experienced in providing safe and compassionate care.  She is a strong advocate for breastfeeding and helping mothers with infant latch, position, pumping, and feeding a newborn.  She is also an educator of newborn care and changes in life with parenthood.

  • Minnesota Licensed Registered Nurse
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider
  • Basic Life Saving (BLS) & First Aid Certified

Jenna Farley

Jenna has a Bachelors degree in Child Psychology and Masters degree in Human Services: Marriage and Family Therapy. She is certified in child and adult CPR and First Aid and has completed 30 hours of postpartum doula training through DONA.

Jenna lived abroad in Honduras for 5 years and volunteered at an orphanage of 500 children during the first year of her stay. She learned the Spanish language while there and is bilingual.

Jenna’s passion and heart has always been to work for and serve families. She has done full-time nanny work for a total of 5 years, and this has included work with infant twins and an infant singlet beginning at two weeks of age. While volunteering for 13 months at the orphanage, she worked mainly with children ages 1-4 and was surrounded by children of all ages. She has also worked as a caseworker for families in domestic infant adoption for 3.5 years. As a postpartum doula, she has worked with 6 different families in varying capacities during the “4th trimester” following birth. Additionally, she has worked in education for a total of 3.5 years and in mental health counseling for a total of nearly 2 years. The infant care journey is her next step in supporting parents, children, and families!

Alyssa Skarda, RN

Alyssa is a Labor and Delivery nurse at the Mother Baby Center and also works in recovery and postpartum care. She adores her job of being able bring little lives into the world. Alyssa is excited to start with North Star Newborns and feels honored to help moms through the postpartum/newborn period.

Before she became an RN, Alyssa was a nanny for several years for many different families – including twins!

    • CPR/BLS certified
    • NRP certified
    • Early breastfeeding class experience

Lisa Elinger

Lisa is a mother of 3 lovely elementary-aged kids. She has a Bachelors degree in Sociology and took many courses in Psychology. In addition to her personal parenting experience, she recently completed a Newborn Care Specialist class and is CPR certified.

Lisa breastfed her children and also used cloth diapers. One of her sons needed to change to Neocate formula due to allergies, so she has personal experience with both ways of feeding a newborn.

After staying home to care for her kids for 5 years, she is excited to enter the work world again. Prior to staying home she managed a home with 8 developmentally disabled adults/children. Before that, she was a PCA for a young boy with DiGeorge Syndrome.

Lisa has always had a passion for helping/caring for people, especially babies! It all started when she was 4 years old at home with her mother during the days. Her mom took care of a neighbors baby and Lisa was by her side helping with everything.

Lisa is very excited to work with the North Star Newborn clients and support them through this new and exciting time of life.

Anne Skoglund

Anne has always loved kids of all ages, but she especially loves those under 1 year old because they change, learn, and grow so quickly. She was previously a teacher and also trained to be a postpartum doula before switching to full-time nannying.  She has worked for over 100 families in the Twin Cities area in the last 25 years, and has extensive experience working with infants, including many sets of twins and a set of triplets.  Babies are soothed by her calm, gentle demeanor, and she adores holding them close while on a walk, reading to them, or speaking in French.

Sara Johnson

Sara is a mother to one elementary-aged daughter. She holds a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and is a professionally trained postpartum doula and newborn care specialist who is CPR certified.
Sara has been a full-time nanny for 14+ years. This has included work with premies, newborn twins and newborn triplets. She has also cared for children ages 1 to 5.
Sara has worked as a postpartum doula for almost a year, helping families during the “4th trimester”.
She has always had a passion for caring for children, especially babies! She comes from a family of 6 children and helped to take care of younger siblings at a young age!
Sara is very excited to work with the North Star Newborn clients.

Mary Kesler-Clements

Mary has 25 years of experience with newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and is a mother of 3 boys. Her middle son was born with gastroschisis, so she comes with lots of experience with preemies and special needs newborns and infants. Mary has worked in daycare centers, public schools, and as a nanny for many great families before and after she had her own children. Mary holds her CDA, Child Development Associate, and is certified in First Aid and infant and child CPR. She has also received training on the prevention of SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Infants and young children have been Mary’s passion since the age of 7 when her baby sister was born and she couldn’t get enough of her. That passion has followed Mary into adulthood and she loves to nurture and help babies learn and grow.


Jennifer Sondergard

I have 14 years experience working in the family birth center as a CNA and currently going to school to become a RN. I absolutely love my job and being part of bring little lives into the world. I have worked with many different families as a nanny including family’s with twins. I am very excited to start with North Star Newborns and feel honored to help moms through the postpartum/newborn period.

Lindsey Peterson

As a young child I always had the desire to take care of children, whether my own or other kids.  I have had many opportunities to do that through my career in nursing.  I have been a Labor and Delivery nurse since 2006. I have been married to my husband, Eric, since 2008, and we have beautiful twin girls (which was my dream).  I have a lifetime of working with kids and multiples.  I enjoy the entire infant spectrum.  My children have taught me patience, multitasking, and of course, compassion.  I am certified in BLS and NRP.

Nicole Anderson Jude

Nicole heads up our website development and oversees all social media.  Nicole is a wonderful mother of three and resident of St. Louis Park (her children can be seen on all the NSN marketing materials!).  Nicole is a great resource since she understands clearly what our clients need.  Nicole also works part time for Lakes Sotheby’s Realty in Wayzata.

We make a great team, and are ready to serve you and your family!