Co - founder
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.
Co - founder
Jennifer Chow Co - founder
Jennifer is a lifelong foodie and mother of two little boys whose passion for helping families through childhood nutrition led her to start Nurture Life. As she works towards setting a new standard for the kids food industry, Jennifer focuses on new product development and innovation, customer experience and strategy. Prior to Nurture Life, Jennifer spent 17 years in marketing and product development in the technology industry, most recently as vice president of marketing at a high-growth, cloud platform startup. She previously ran marketing at a media software company and cleantech company. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Economics and MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Operations
Joe Esposito Vice President of Operations
As Vice President 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Lee Leiderman Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Lee manages all aspects of finance and accounting. Lee has extensive financial and operational experience in both large multinational public and private companies, primarily in manufacturing businesses. Lee started his career in public accounting at Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) and has held senior finance and accounting roles at Caterpillar, where he was the CFO for its Manufacturing Logistics segment, RR Donnelley where he was the VP of Finance overseeing its $1.2B variable print business and OSI Group, a private, multi-billion food manufacturer, where he was a VP of Finance and CAO. Lee received a B.S. in Accounting and International Business from Susquehanna University and a CPA from the Pennsylvania Board of Accountancy. Lee is married with two daughters.
Chief Marketing Officer
Frank Chen Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Frank is building Nurture Life into the leading brand in better for you kids food and driving breakthrough growth. Prior to Nurture Life, Frank worked as Vice President and Head of Marketing for The Spice House. Prior to this, Frank was a Brand Manager at Tyson Foods leading their Jimmy Dean Delights and Hillshire Snacking brands and Buyer of Infant and Toddler Toys at Target Corporation. Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
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.