Steven’s role at Nurture Life focuses on operations, customer experience, customer acquisition 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.
Our Leadership Team
Jennifer’s work at Nurture Life is focused on marketing, customer experience and business development. Prior to Nurture Life, Jennifer spent 17 years in the tech industry, most recently as vice president of marketing at Engine Yard, a high-growth, cloud technology startup. She previously ran marketing at a media software company and cleantech startup. 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 the mother of two incredibly loving, energetic, enthusiastic boys and loves spending time taking them to local parks, chasing them around their home and cooking with them.
With 20 years in various senior operational food production positions, Ryan brings distinct expertise to his role as Vice President of Operations. His understanding of large scale natural and organic food manufacturing allows him to ensure Nurture Life constantly improves on its high production standards as it continues to scale and grow. He brings particular experience in streamlining functions and improving the performance of sourcing, planning, execution, product innovation and life cycle management. As the father of six children, Nurture Life’s mission holds very near and dear to his heart. Ryan loves that he can help deliver this mission to other families by making nutritious food easier for all.
Katie combines her passions—family, food and healthy lifestyle choices—with crafting a personalized experience for Nurture Life customers through all aspects of marketing. She has over 13 years of experience in business, communications and event planning, having previously co-founded the successful event production company Reinventing Events. Katie’s diverse background allows her to effectively combine communication and organization skills to develop, plan and deliver results. Katie attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. When she’s not spreading her cheer at Nurture Life, Katie can be found spending time with her daughter, running marathons and co-hosting a horror movie podcast with her husband.
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.
Our Board of Advisors
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.