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NANNYGUARDS and MANNYGUARDS is the world’s first category-creating hybrid nanny/manny with security training offered only by Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide. We provide nannies and mannies with an unparalleled level of situational awareness through our intense training held at our training centers. Our nannies and mannies learn skills that take their level of expertise to a new level. Not only does a nanny or manny go through an extensive background investigation by our contracted private investigation firm, but they go through an intensive basic course that teaches them skills to provide above-average ability to protect the children in their charge.
NANNYGUARDS are trained in several disciplines, including Situational Awareness, Advance Planning, Travel Security, Security Protocol in-house, Safety around the children, Evacuation with children, and many other Security-related drills and topics directly related to the protection of children in their charge. They work for Royal families, celebrities, sports stars, CEOs, traveling families, and everyday average families who understand the need for a NANNYGUARD goes beyond celebrity status.
Denida Grow is the co-founder & managing partner of LeMareschal. She is an International Executive Protection and Intelligence Specialist with over 20 years of experience working in different countries and cultures. In 2002 she founded Athena Worldwide & Athena Academy in Greece. A training and placement company dedicated to female security professionals.
In 2008, after working on many security details with HNW families and working security details for children and teenagers, she decided to create Nannyguards. A hybrid service that combines child care with protective services. During her twenty years of experience, she has been leading from different positions such as Executive Protection Operative (both Covert and Overt), Security Consultant, and Intelligence Analyst for international clientele in countries such as India, Greece, France, Italy, Albania, and the USA, Instructor for different security training academies, Investigator for Law Firms and Financial Institutions, Auditor and Business Administrator as well as Project Manager for other security companies.
Denida is trilingual (English, Greek, Albanian), holds a BSc in Counselling and Psychology from Teesside University, and is trained in various Executive Protection methodologies by British, American, and Israeli organizations. For the last ten years, she has been focusing on Behavioral and Intelligence Analysis, OSINT, HUMINT, and Non-Verbal Communication.
Chris Grow is the co-founder & managing partner at LeMareschal LLC and is the Operations Director for Athena Worldwide and Nannyguards since 2018. He has 34 years of experience in Senior level Executive Protection, Covert Executive Protection, High Threat, Advances, Surveillance & Counter surveillance, threat/risk analysis & mitigation, asset securing & transport, weapons training, etc. His team leadership and project management experience come from military, civilian, and corporate training and real-time work throughout his career, both domestically as well as internationally. Chris served with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Bttn. in the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as spent several years as a private military contractor with Constellis (Blackwater and Triple Canopy).
He is a former firefighter/EMT/Rescue and has attended numerous private schools/academies for various courses of training. His clients have included the US Dept. of State, US Dept. of Defense, Corporate VIPs, Dignitaries, Foreign nationals, Fortune 500 executives, Saudi Royal family members, and numerous other HNW/UHNW private entities. He has also been an Executive/Personal Assistant for numerous clientele while providing a security mindset. He has extensive multi-cultural experience and works extremely well in diverse circumstances. With his progressive exposure to national and international security, Chris can design and execute risk & threat assessments and implement security plans and strategies to mitigate risk and enhance clients' security.
Nannyguards Subject-Matter Experts
Dr. Mary Beth Wilkas Janke
Dr. Mary Beth Wilkas Janke has over 30 years of psychology, security, and investigative experience and is a highly respected professional in the Executive Protection industry. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. She has spent the past 20 years practicing psychology as a therapist and, for four of those years, serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at the George Washington University, where she taught Abnormal Psychology and the Psychology of Crime and Violence. Mary Beth regularly facilitates mental health trainings, stalking awareness discussions, and is a mentor for women worldwide.
Diana (JD) Elkin
Diana (JD) Elkin has more than 20 years of experience in the security and intelligence fields. She is a highly experienced physical security and cybersecurity specialist with a long history of management and leadership. Her passion is in process and methodology creation and development and in blending unconventional disciplines in response to the ever-changing realm of security challenges faced by organizations today. She has been working as a Regional Crime Analyst with Law Enforcement and as an Intelligence Analyst with the Canadian Forces. Since 2014 she is serving as the Founder and Managing Partner of Method Intelligence Ltd.
Kelly Sayre is a Situational Awareness Expert. She is trained in FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team program, the Department of Homeland Security’s Active Shooter Preparedness Workshop, and Texas A&M Extension Service’s crisis communications. She is a licensed instructor for Prevention & Awareness at 500rising and a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, TeamWomen, and the Tri-County Humane Society. Kelly provides realistic advice on how to tackle emergency action planning for private businesses, as well as educates women about situational awareness skills to improve their personal safety.