Shortly after Peggy Fleming became an Olympic champion, in an interview on Russian television, she remarked that the happiest people in the Soviet Union were the children. College student Rita Katselnik was amazed by what she had heard. Despite her upbringing in a fiercely patriotic family, she was well aware of the social and political problems inherent in the then Communist society. If she could not envision a future for herself in Russia, what could it possibly be that made Soviet children so happy? It wasn’t until 1977, when Rita and her husband Ark emigrated to the United States with their five year old son Leon that she understood what Fleming meant.
“I hadn’t thought about Peggy Fleming in years” says Rita, “until I came to this country. Parents in Russia can avail themselves of excellent nursery schools where their children receive three meals a day, learn a foreign language, get physical education and have supervised play time. All at no charge to the parents.”
As a new immigrant, Rita found it necessary to work to supplement the family income, and was shocked that there were no facilities where she could leave Leon during the day. “There was a woman in my neighborhood who sat dogs. I asked her if she would like to babysit my son because I had nowhere to leave him.”
As Ark’s English improved, he soon established himself as a civil engineer. Rita, meanwhile, forced to abandon her teaching profession, embarked on a data processing career, eventually attaining management positions at such firms as Ernst & Young and Cornell University Medical College. However, she never let go of her dream to be of service to other parents.
When Leon graduated from Boston University, Rita established Working Solutions, an innovative child caregiver placement agency catering to the needs of working parents.
Gradually Working Solutions had extended their services and today Working Solutions not only places full-time and part-time, live-in and live-out experienced Nannies, but also expertly places top notch Housekeepers, Laundresses, Chefs with degrees obtained from the finest Culinary Schools, Gourmet Family Cooks, experienced Chauffeurs, Personal Assistants, multitasking Housemen and other domestic staff.
Years after being confronted with the problem and finding the working solutions for
her family, Rita Katselnik and her staff keep finding working solutions for many,
These days Rita is a proud grandmother of three boys, and is a first-hand witness of
the needs of todays busy families. Rita is very much in tune to the hectic,
high-paced lives that families are living, and knows exactly how to help them!