Our Leadership Team
Steve Minisini Co-Founder
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 Chow Co-Founder
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Christina Kline Chief Marketing Officer
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.
VP of Finance
Brent Berger VP of Finance
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.
Director of Operations
Joe Esposito Director of Operations
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.
Food & Nutrition
Pediatric Registered Dietitian
Lara Field Pediatric Registered Dietitian
Lara has been working with Nurture Life since its inception, collaborating with the culinary team on the creation of all menus and recipes to ensure they are nutritionally appropriate and correctly proportioned for every age and stage of a child’s development and providing pediatric nutrition expertise to Nurture Life customers. Lara is the owner/founder of FEED—Forming Early Eating Decisions, a nutrition consulting practice specializing in pediatric nutrition and digestive diseases. Lara has over a decade of experience in clinical practice at two of the top ranked pediatric hospitals in the country, Lurie Children’s Hospital and University of Chicago Medical Center. Lara received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. and dietetic internship from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Lara truly enjoys the process of eating (and feeding!), from procuring the ingredients at various grocery stores and farmers markets, to organizing her pantry/refrigerator at home to make it easy to select healthy options, to preparing balanced meals with her children. Whether it be a decadent treat to a hearty, home-cooked meal, there is no greater satisfaction for Lara than enjoying food with her family.
Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs Manager and Registered Dietitian
Rachael Janas Nutrition & Regulatory Affairs Manager and Registered Dietitian
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.
Research & Development Chef
Imaide Steverango Research & Development Chef
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.