Steven’s role at Nurture Life focuses on operations, finance and human resources. Steven is an accomplished executive with 30 years of operating experience in the technology industry. He has held senior executive roles at both startup and public companies including i2 Technologies, a supply chain management software company where he played a significant role in its revenue growth from $50 million to $1.2 billion resulting in a market capitalization of greater than $40 billion at its peak. Prior to co-founding Nurture Life, Steven was CEO of Marketron Broadcast Solutions, one of the largest software companies in the media industry. Steven attended the State University of New York at Oswego. Steven’s love for fresh, wholesome food began at an early age when he spent summers helping his grandmother tend to her vegetable garden. Steven is the proud father of five.
Jennifer’s work at Nurture Life is focused on product development and innovation, customer experience and strategy. Prior to Nurture Life, Jennifer spent 17 years in marketing and product development roles in the technology industry, most recently as vice president of marketing at Engine Yard, a high-growth, cloud platform startup. She previously ran marketing at a media software company and cleantech company. Jennifer has also worked in marketing and product management at the two largest business software companies SAP and Oracle Corporation. Jennifer received her B.S. in Economics and MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer is a lifelong foodie having been raised by a mother who was a registered dietitian in a food forward home. She is the mother of two loving and energetic little boys who also love food and love to cook with her.
Christina’s role as Chief Marketing Officer focuses on leading brand strategy, acquisition, customer lifecycle marketing, social media and public relations. With her experience in various marketing leadership roles and the consumer packaged goods industry, Christina understands how to coordinate each of these channels and accelerate Nurture Life’s growth. Prior to joining Nurture Life, Christina was the Chief Marketing Officer of Analyte Health, a platform that connects patients to diagnostic services. Earlier in her career, she led marketing at a key business unit of Career Education Corporation and held various marketing roles at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and Porter Novelli. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a BA from John Carroll University. As a mother of two with a love for food, Nurture Life ties directly into Christina’s personal interests, and she’s excited to be part of a company with such a direct impact on the health and well-being of children in the United States.
Brent’s role at Nurture Life revolves around the day-to-day and strategic financial operations of the company. He provides fact-based, data-driven insight that drives operational action. Brent is an accomplished finance professional with broad global operations, finance and accounting experience, primarily focused in the consumer products industry. During his 20 year career, Brent has made lasting and significant contributions to iconic personal care brands such as TRESemme®, Nexxus® and St. Ives® as well as category leading food brands Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farms ® and Ball Park® Hot Dogs. He has held critical financial roles in both private and public companies including Boca Burger® prior to its purchase by Kraft Heinz Co. Prior to joining Nurture Life, Brent handled global cash flow forecasting in Corporate FP&A at Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate conglomerate. Brent received his B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.
As Director of Operations, Joe manages our manufacturing operations from procurement through production and fulfillment. With experience in operations, plant management and logistics, Joe focuses on ensuring excellence and efficiency while delivering quality and consistency in all our products. In every position he’s held, Joe has improved operational variances and is excited to do the same at Nurture Life. Prior to joining Nurture Life, Joe held operations management roles at Lawrence Foods, Taylor Farms and Aryzta and began his career in food manufacturing at Hostess Brands, responsible for the development and analysis of the key performance indicators where he learned the fundamentals of the industry. Joe is excited to bring his skills in operational excellence and growth to a business providing wholesome, real food for kids. Joe received his B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University.
As Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs Manager and a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Rachael helps design Nurture Life’s well-balanced menu that meets nutritional needs for all ages. With a strong foundation in clinical nutrition and a keen interest in flavorful food, Rachael brings an essential perspective to Nurture’s Life’s meal development. Her passion for incorporating whole foods and creative cuisine while focusing on age-specific nutrient needs of children ensures that our meals delight children and parents alike. Beyond Nurture Life, Rachael’s interests include creative cooking at home, using a variety of ingredients, spices and herbs for a unique meal each night. She truly believes nutrition and food should be enjoyable and that all food can be enjoyed in moderation.
As a Research and Development Chef at Nurture Life, Imaide is in charge of developing nutritionally dense, culturally diverse meals for babies, toddlers and kids. Her goal is to create delicious meals that balance protein, veggies and complex carbs in dishes that celebrate flavors and ingredients that might not otherwise be introduced into the home. She loves the challenge of making veggies more kid-friendly, especially when she finds a way to showcase them at the forefront of a meal. With a Bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition and a concentration in clinical dietetics, Imaide brings a balance of culinary expertise and nutrition knowledge. In her previous position as Executive Chef and Food Service Director at a childcare center, she was in charge of feeding children from 6 months to 6 years old. This allowed her to gain a strong understanding of what flavors, textures and ingredients kids love. Imaide’s passion for food is rooted in its power to bring people together—food lets children learn about diversity and how what we eat can help us accept each other’s differences.
Rob is responsible for the daily ordering and receiving of the highest quality products and ingredients for Nurture Life meals. Rob is a skilled culinary professional, recognized for his comprehensive knowledge of international cuisine and innovative approach to working in high volume restaurants. Rob spent the last eight years as executive sous chef at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Rob also worked as a sous chef for 3 years at Rosewood Restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois. Rob is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Kendall College. When Rob is not attending to his duties at Nurture Life, he can be seen at major sporting events around town, wake boarding or educating his 3 year old niece on the finer things in life. He also loves visiting industry colleagues and friends throughout the city.
As Production Manager, Saul ensures that meals are plated, sealed and labeled up to Nurture Life’s high standards so that the final product is ready for delivery. He also controls product inventory, making sure that we create the proper quantity of meals. With over 18 years of experience in the food manufacturing industry, Saul has a unique understanding of producing food in large quantities while maintaining food quality and sanitation standards. He hopes to use his experience to take Nurture Life to the next level as it scales its food production.
Jackie ensures that Nurture Life’s food receiving, preparation and storage processes adhere to Safe Quality Food (SQF) guidance under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as well as all USDA and FDA regulations. With a degree in Food Science and Technology from Texas A&M University and years of hands-on training in PCQI, HACCP and GFSI certifications, Jackie loves exploring the science behind food safety. Before joining Nurture Life, she held a number of management-level positions in auditing, inspecting and consulting for some of the largest food producers in the world. Jackie loves that Nurture Life puts food safety first and is excited to continue growing in a way that keeps our kids healthy and safe.
Tim has over 25 years of experience building venture capital backed technology companies from inception through IPO, with extensive expertise in ad tech, and a strong emphasis on corporate development and strategy. Tim is currently the head of corporate development at Donuts, the world’s largest registry of new domain extensions. He is a former partner at Fair Chase Advisors, where he invested in early stage companies. Tim is the former chief executive officer of mSnap, Inc, where he built the country’s largest broadcast-based mobile ad network. Following the acquisition of his company by Marketron Broadcast Systems, he served as chief strategy officer and head of corporate development. He is also a co-founder and former executive vice president of leading advertising technology company Mediaplex, where he helped guide the company to a market capitalization in excess of $4 billion. Tim has been involved in the funding, development and operation of numerous other venture backed technology companies and currently sits on the board of several early stage companies.
David is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Immediate Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Founder/Director of the True Health Initiative. He directed the development of the Overall Nutritional Quality Index® used in the NuVal® nutritional guidance system, the world’s most robustly validated nutrient profiling system. David is the Founder and CEO of DQPN™, LLC, a start-up company developing a highly innovative approach to assessing dietary intake, and providing dietary coaching. He earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College, his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health. He completed sequential residency training in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health. David has received two Honorary Doctorates and holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He holds 5 U.S. patents with additional patents pending, and has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine, and nutrition.
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is an entrepreneur, board director, advisor, angel investor, author and public speaker. She has established herself as a pioneer, leader and deal-maker in digital commerce, retail, merchandising, sales, business development and marketing. Alexandra is the Co-Founder and CEO of NYC based startup Fitz, the in-home service that organizes your closet, edits your wardrobe, helps you build outfits and shop for what you need. Alexandra is Co-Founder of GLAMSQUAD, the leading mobile beauty services company. She was CEO of the startup and led the company through rapid growth and raised $24M in venture capital. In 2007, Alexandra and a founding team built the ecommerce sensation, Gilt. As Co-Founder of Gilt, she became a prominent leader in what was one of the fastest periods of hyper growth in Internet history. Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages and has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe and Japan. Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International. She has served on the non-profit boards of Dress for Success Worldwide, The National Retail Federation Foundation, Women’s Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International.