Gabi Hegan – Founder 

Gabi Hegan, a Munich native living in NYC since 1999, founded CityKinder in 2010 to serve expats and their families living and working in the New York City metro area. What started as a one-woman-show has since grown into 2 platforms, a magazine and the annual ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR.  It is our mission to support and accompany, guide and help German-speaking expats to settle in their new environment.



Melanie Grossmann – 

Melanie joined the CityKinder team in 2017. She is happily married to a NYC native. They have moved numerous times between Germany / USA and one year in France. She is a true moving-pro, after returning to the U.S. for the third time. The couple settled (for good now) at the Jersey Shore, where their 12 year old daughter, who was born in NJ, attends school.

Melanie worked last at Kloster Eberbach situated in the beautiful Rheingau area and is always on the hunt for a good Riesling or a German Bratwurst. She is a big formula one fan and can always be found at the Steuben parade or any Carnival festivity.


Conny Gaertner – Graphic Design

Conny and her husband had always dreamt about going abroad together and they were given the chance to move to the US by his company in 2015. As a freelancer she had established her own graphic design and photography business serving a variety of customers across a diversity of industries including R&D and higher education, politics, renewable energy, and engineering in Germany. After getting settled in the US she started working again and joined CityKinder in 2017.

In her spare time Conny can be found at the volleyball court or hiking through New Jersey’s woods.


Kathrin Tartler – CTO

Kathrin and her husband Reinhard moved to New York from Nürnberg in autumn 2013. After completing her degree in computer science in Germany, Kathrin worked for five years as a software developer in a marketing company.

Her responsibilities included the development of CRM solutions, bonus programs and webshops for clients like SportScheck, Charles Vögele and John Deere.

She joined CityKinder in 2014 and is responsible for everything that has to do with digital, including the website and online-mailings. Kathrin was promoted to CTO in 2017 and oversees the online promotion of CityKinder, HEIMAT abroad and ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR.



Daniela Guderle – Organization ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR

Daniela moved with her husband and their two kids from São Paulo to New York in July 2018. She comes from a German family, which has relocated as expats to various countries worldwide. She spent most of her life in South America, without ever losing touch with her German heritage. Daniela joined the team recently and is happy to be on board, helping to organize the ICH BIN EXPAT FAIR 2019.

Her last job was assisting the Marketing Team in Bayer CropScience in Argentina until moving to Brazil in 2009, where she dedicated herself full-time to her family.

She loves playing tennis, skiing, traveling and is looking forward to exploring all the beautiful places that the USA has to offer.