Staffing Homes Nationwide Since 1984

About Heartland

Heartland Estate Staffing is a full-disclosure agency where integrity counts.

Your domestic service needs are unique to your home, estate, or ranch. Each position requires a detailed job description and precise qualifications. Plus, your ideal candidate must offer a wide range of skills, experience, and professionalism.

Our mission

Our mission is providing employers and candidates with the best choices possible, so you can make an informed decision. To that end, we’ll provide you with an exceptional selection of private service professionals, so you can make the right choice the first time.

Whether you need a house managerdomestic couple teamestate managerranch manager, property manager/caretaker, nannycaregiver,  or other staff, we respect that you are bringing someone into your private sanctuary and entrusting them with the care of your family and home.

Experience our heartfelt commitment to domestic service. As a national domestic staffing agency, we have placed live-in and live-out private service professionals in homes, estates, and large ranches throughout the country for over 35 years. Our candidates are thoroughly screened, highly skilled professionals who are committed to service.

We are so much more than a simple resume. We search our large pool of candidates and start a special search for your specific needs. We thoroughly interview candidates and their references to ensure their experience, personalities, and career goals match your needs. You receive detailed profiles of select candidates – only after they pass our exhaustive screening process. We are able to refer the best-qualified candidates due to our sterling reputation, large national database, networking abilities and, most of all, our heartfelt commitment to service.

Executive Housekeeper cleaning
Beautiful estate well cared for by groundskeeper
Domestic Couple team cooking dinner

A note from Owner, Nina Corelli

For more than 35 years, we have staffed the finest homes in America – and we continue to strive for excellence and be deserving of our clients’ trust. In 1984, Karen Walker Ryan started Heartland Nannies as a nationwide nanny placement agency. As our services broadened, we changed our name to Heartland Caregivers. Today, our name – Heartland Estate Staffing – reflects the wide variety of professional private service staff we place with our clients.

With 13 years of recruiting experience, I have worked with candidates and clients around the country to fulfill their staffing needs.  Starting my career in recruiting locally, working with an agency in Missoula, Montana called Work Force Inc.  Then I came to work for Betsy Needles, here at Heartland Estate Staffing.  Together with my two partners, Ted and Larry Bowman, we are carrying on Betsy’s legacy as the most recent owner/operators of Heartland.

Through the years, our name changed and our services expanded. But one thing has remained constant: Heart. Whether you need a nanny for your children, a companion for your elderly parent, a household manager who creates an elegant living environment, or an estate manager who oversees your homes and ranches, we understand what’s at the heart of the matter: You need a professional service provider who is compatible, capable, and trustworthy – and will transform your home into your vision of a private sanctuary.

In addition, we put our hearts and souls into every placement we make. We care deeply about our clients and our candidates. We listen carefully to fully understand our clients’ staffing needs. And we strive to make the right match, the first time. We believe heart makes all the difference. And this explains why we’re a leading private service agency in the country.

As our clients’ needs evolved from nannies to house managers, companions, personal chefs and more, our staffing capabilities evolved as well. Today, we offer a nationwide database of highly trained, professional candidates. Popular requests now include couple teams, estate managers, ranch managers, personal assistants, and private chefs. Our clients place their trust in Heartland again and again for their estate staffing needs. They know they can rely on our honesty, integrity, experience, and attention to detail. And they appreciate the high level of care we invest in every placement, so we can meet their precise staffing needs.


Our goal: Find the right staff for you, the first time.


We follow a detailed process, honed through the decades. First, we’ll discuss your specific staffing needs, listening carefully to thoroughly understand the job requirements, service standards, family needs, and other important factors. Next, we search for potential matches in our nationwide database of stringently screened candidates, as well as new candidates who register with us daily. We go beyond the resume by conducting in-depth interviews with potential candidates, seeking the best match possible. We present extremely detailed profiles of the best candidates to you – and we continue to present candidates until you determine the perfect match. Our exhaustive screening process ensures you hire the right employee with the specific skills you’ll need for the long term.

We take great pride in our work and have a passion for the service we provide to you – our loyal long-time clients, our new clients, and our dedicated candidates across the country. We promise to treat you with kindness and respect, and we’ll strive to meet your needs with care and integrity.

Est. Since 1984

Passing the torch: A note from Karen Walker Ryan

After 25 successful years as CEO of Heartland, I made the difficult decision to retire. But this was made easier when Betsy Needles – a 12-year member of our team – expressed her desire to purchase the agency. Now at the helm, Betsy embodies the Heartland ethic and spirit. Over the years, our clients have relied on Betsy’s commitment to make the right match. If you’re a new client, you’ll appreciate these traits as well as her desire to provide the best possible candidates for your estate staffing needs. I could not have left Heartland in better hands.

Our Team

At Heartland, we have always operated on the basis of honesty, integrity, full-disclosure and Heart. Founded by former educator and writer, Karen Walker Ryan, in 1984 as a nanny agency, Heartland is now one of the oldest and largest national full-service domestic referral services in the United States. Karen retired in 2010 and passed the torch on to her long time, loyal assistant, Betsy Needles. With 15+ years of experience, Betsy embodies the Heartland ethic and spirit and has continued to help and advise families across the country on how to hire and retain long-term staff for their homes or estates.

Whatever your staffing needs may be we understand what’s at the heart of the matter: You need a professional service provider who is compatible, capable, and trustworthy – and will transform your home into your vision of a private sanctuary.