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Meet the Staff

Our dedicated, professional staff are one of the many things that set us apart. Meet some of our key players:

Ruth Ferry

Ruth Ferry, Senior Vice President and Director of Au Pair in America

Ruth Ferry is senior vice president and director of Au Pair in America. With over 35 years of international cultural exchange experience, Ferry is the responsible officer for the Visitor Exchange Program of the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the United States Department of State. She has been director of Au Pair in America since 1998 and prior to that was assistant director for seven years.
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Jean Quinn

Jean Quinn, Deputy Director Au Pair in America

A mom of three active boys (including twins), Jean has been with Au Pair in America since 1999, and before that worked at another au pair program. Her roles at Au Pair in America have focused on all aspects of the program – from community counselor development, program curriculum development, screening, training, and operations management. Jean started working in the field because of the way it tied together her career passions of Cultural Exchange and Education. Jean was an elementary school teacher in New York and in London. She holds a BS in Education and an MS in International Education. Jean lives in Forest Hills (Queens, NY) with her husband and three boys. She loves to camp, travel, see extended family/friends, play guitar, shop at Flea Markets and be a part of her kids’ school functions whenever possible. As a working mom, Jean understands how having the right childcare to fit your family means everything to making all of the pieces of your life fit together! She is a host mom to her third au pair. Two of her three au pairs extended for a second year and have been and still are part of her family!

Lorraine Somma-Mates

Lorraine Somma-Mates, Placement Manager

Placement Manager Lorraine Somma-Mates is passionate about cultural exchange, and with experience working in different areas of our placement team, she brings a unique perspective to her role. Lorraine manages our placement team and our registration team. This entails: the host family application process, the matching process, walking families through what to expect, and so much more. She worked as a Regional Program Manager, as well as the Rematch Supervisor, so she has worked closely with families and au pairs and understands their needs and concerns. Her team's mission is helping families find the right child care, and providing the best customer experience possible.
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Lynn Gilbert

Lynn Gilbert, Program Services Manager

Lynn Gilbert is passionate about cultural exchange and offers a unique perspective in her role as Manager of Program Services as she was an au pair herself! She manages a team of staff who monitor the community counselors and handle problem-solving for participants on our program. This includes lots of ongoing training, guidance and advice. Our goal is to provide the highest possible level of support so we can enhance the program experience for au pairs and host families.
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