The International Au Pair Exchange (TIAPE) recently appointed Julie Scherer as its new director. Scherer will be leading the company in its mission to create life-enriching opportunities by combining cultural exchange with quality, flexible, and affordable childcare.
Scherer joins TIAPE with 15 years of experience in the au pair industry. She has spent a large portion of this time providing support to more than 1,000 families and au pairs in the greater Seattle area. She also has experience in other cross-cultural exchange programs including leading tours in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, hosting language immersion programs for visitors from Korea and serving on an international service team to Romania.
With a business background from the University of Washington’s School of Business Administration and her extensive experience, Scherer brings the knowledge and experience required to succeed in this industry.
“Julie Scherer is the leader we needed in the director’s seat. She brings the marketing and business experience we need to make this program a successful venture,” TIAPE co-founder Jason Ankeny said in a press release. “More importantly, Julie shares our vision for the au pair program. I am confident that she, along with our phenomenal staff, will make this program a success.”
Headquartered in Bellingham, TIAPE is a U.S. Department of State designated au pair program. As a designated sponsor, TIAPE places young adults age 18 to 26 from other countries with families in the United States looking for childcare. TIAPE works with carefully selected international partners to screen and match qualified au pairs with their host families.