NEST is the brainchild of six close friends who grew up together in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Joining the growing influx of young professionals moving into Center City, the idea for Nest hatched once life with kids in tow added new perspective to city living. Finding themselves dragging weary kids all over the city through a decentralized maze of birthday parties, playdates, and music classes, the group decided that they needed one destination where parents and kids can do it all, and NEST was born.  

Our experienced program directors and instructors have designed unique and creative class curricula; catered to meet your child’s interests and abilities. With the support of our team, your child will have the opportunity to build confidence and express their individuality in any one of 40 classes offered.

Joanie Nolen
Director of Early Enrichment / Parent Education 
Joanie is a highly regarded child development specialist and parenting educator and the Enrichment Program Director at NEST. She has been teaching parenting classes in Center City Philadelphia and the Main Line for over 23 years. Joanie is a former Parent Educator at Hal Mercer, a division of Pennsylvania Hospital, and a former elementary and preschool teacher. Joanie is the proud mother of three grown children, and a new grandmother! They are lucky to have such an amazing and supportive influence :) 
For additional parental support, those currently enrolled in an enrichment class may contact Joanie directly at 

Amy Myers
Program Development
Lead Instructor - Art & Enrichment

Amy is a long-time resident of Philadelphia, having moved from Chicago to pursue a degree in Children's Theater from Rowan University and later a secondary degree from Temple University, specializing in pediatric behavioral psychology.  Teaching in a variety of schools, Amy has been lucky to work with students from a diverse set of ages and backgrounds always focusing on the creative learning process and celebrating the joy of childhood wonder.  Not only teaching, but choosing to raise her family here in Philadelphia has given her a unique understanding of the rewards and challenges of having children in the city and she is excited to be sharing what she's learned with the wonderful families here at NEST!
Amy loves to hear from families on how to make the most out of being a part of the NEST community - contact her anytime at! 

Julian Freedman
Programs Manager
Lead Instructor - Movement, Gymnastics, Sports & Music

Lead Party Host
Front Desk Support
Julian is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and has been actively working with children for the past ten years.  He has experience as an overnight camp counselor and high school lacrosse coach. Julian has instructed children of all ages at My Gym and NXT Sports Cradle Lacrosse. He graduated from Temple University in May of 2015 with a B.A. Degree in Adult and Organizational Development. As President of the Temple University Lacrosse team Julian lead the Temple Owls to a National Title, finishing with a 21-0 perfect record. He is looking forward to bringing all he has learned to Nest!  

Caleb Diaz
Party Coordinator
Lead & Assistant Instructor - Language, Enrichment, Music & Movement

Front Desk Support
Originally from McKinney, Texas, a small town in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Caleb Diaz is a country boy at heart, but disguises himself as a city boy to others. He is a proud graduate of Temple University in his final year majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience, and plans on continuing into Graduate School in Clinical Neuropsychology. Currently, he has taken an interest in developmental cognitive neuroscience, and hopes to expand and better define child learning and development at the neurological level. In his free time he enjoys running, hanging out with friends, and reading a good detective novel. Feel free to say hello, he will most certainly greet you with a “hey y’all!”

Krista Chen
Lead & Assistant Instructor - Movement, Dance & Enrichment
Lead Ambassador

Krista Hafler is a new resident of Philadelphia and is happy to be part of such a vibrant scene! A graduate of Temple University and Cabrini College, Krista has taught dance for 7 years and elementary school for 3 years. Teaching at NEST has been a great opportunity for Krista to share her love of dance and movement with the wonderful students and families here in the city. She loves the energy and creativity that comes along with working with young students.

Kyra Reger
Lead Instructor - Dance & Movement  
Lead Party Host
Camp Lead

Kyra grew up in northern New Jersey and began her passion for working with children in high school. Kyra is a graduate from Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Dance with a concentration in Creative Art Therapies. In addition to her academic studies, Kyra was the Head Teacher/Assistant manager at Kidville in Montclair, New Jersey, where she was in charge of the enrichment curriculum and managed the daily operations of the center. She has also taught dance for the past four years at a various dance studios around New Jersey. Kyra recently moved to Philadelphia and is attending graduate school at Drexel University to obtain a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, focusing on children with special needs. She is very excited to continue enriching and sharing her love of the arts with the children at NEST!

Vicki Spaeth Nyce 
Lead Instructor - Music
Party Entertainment

Vicki is a professional musician and songwriter who sings and plays guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, glockenspiel, piano and bass. Vicki is devoted to preschool age children. She has taught preschool music extensively throughout the Philadelphia area with a variety of highly esteemed organizations including instituting her own program at the Bache Martin Pre-School and the Germantown Friends Nursery. She was thrilled to join the staff at NEST in 2012. When not working with children, Vicki performs and writes all of the songs in her band, Victoria Spaeth & The Spaeth Cadets.
Ms. Vicki is currently on maternity leave but will join is again this Winter 2017!

Pamela Vail, Psy.D
Lead Instructor - Early Enrichment / Parent Education 
Dr. Pamela Vail is a clinical psychologist in private practice in center city specializing in children and families, women’s issues, and parenthood.  She has a BS degree in Human Development from Cornell University and a Master and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Vail completed her internship and post-doctoral training at Pennsylvania Hospital and served on their staff for 5 years.  Dr. Vail is a mother of 2 children and lives in Center City.  She enjoys helping new mothers transition to motherhood and cope and adjust to this exciting new phase of life.

Naeemah Maddox
Party Entertainment
Naeemah Maddox is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA, that loves to share the joy of music. Throughout her life, music has been the source of so much joy, discipline, and self exploration. She loves the challenges and rewards that come with learning music, and especially love sharing the experience and knowledge with children. Neeemah has taught kinder music to children ages 0-4 for nine years. Throughout those years, Naeemah has literally entertained thousands of children, and has loved every minute. 3 years ago, Naeemah created a kindergarten music curriculum that she teaches throughout the school year at Discovery Corner in Cherry Hill. Naeemah also teaches private guitar lessons at Friends Select School (K-12), and will be starting her 5th year this Fall. Naeemah is very excited and enthusiastic to be a part of the NEST Family, and really looks forward to connecting with the children as they reach their early milestones.
In addition to being a music educator, Naeemah performs professionally with her band and many other musical projects. (visit for more info.) 

Keiko Kimball Gouty
General Manager
Keiko has had many roles at NEST from Member Services Manager to Marketing Director to General Manager. She is so grateful to have spent the last few years learning the ins & outs of the business. Keiko grew up just north of NYC in Westchester County, NY, attended boarding school in the Berkshire Mountains, graduated with a BBA in Marketing from Berkeley and has called Philadelphia home for the past 6 years after living in Atlanta. She loves that no day at work is ever the same and seeing the cute, happy faces that come into NEST. Keiko lives in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia with her husband, Chris (who you make have seen at NEST events making delicious food as he's a Chef with Starr Events) and dogs, Cleo & Keeper, and enjoys yoga, traveling, and being a foodie.
You may directly contact Keiko at if you have any questions about careers at NEST, events, marketing or any comments/concerns.

Emma Rosen
Front Desk Supervisor
Emma is a formally educated Graphic Designer, and received her Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in June 2014. While she’s originally from New York, Philadelphia has become her second home for about 6 years now. Emma has used her retail, restaurant, and customer service experience in her post-grad careers in PR and Marketing. Taking those skills to NEST in November 2015 was the perfect marriage of a little bit of everything she’s passionate about; graphic design, marketing, communication, and kids of course! Emma is a people person to her core and gets to know every family that is a part of NEST. Even though she has more of a “behind the scenes” job, she doesn’t let that stop her from getting involved in every aspect of the business that is NEST. 
Feel free to contact Emma at for anything front desk related including membership and client accounts! 


Mariah Scarafone
Stylist at the NEST Salon
Front Desk Support

Mariah grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia & recently moved to the Art Museum area of Philadelphia in 2015. She is a 2012 graduate of Lansdale School of Cosmetology where she received her Cosmetology License.
Since the beginning of her career, Mariah has specialized in children’s hair cutting among other fun services geared towards and created for kids. She showcases her talents Face Painting & creating Beauty Bars for birthday parties and various events including the very special Tutus & Tiaras Event here at NEST.
Growing up with a younger brother with Autism gave Mariah the opportunity to understand children on the spectrum and embrace them with kindness, compassion and quiet understanding.Her strengths lie in the thoughtful and patient way she approaches how a haircut can be an overwhelming and daunting experience for some, making sure they feel safe and secure in her chair.

Randolph Butler
Master of the Custodial Arts