Meet the NourishLife Team
Mark Nottoli, Founder, President
Mark was born outside Chicago and raised in California along with his four siblings by a free-spirited mother who taught him the benefits of eating organic, long before it was in fashion. A natural entrepreneur, Mark coupled his love of nutrition with his knack for business and carved a niche for himself in the nutritional supplement industry. He is credited with the first commercialization of CLA (conjugated linolenic acid), an Omega-6 with anti-inflammatory and fat reduction qualities. He also pioneered the “intel iside” model for the nutrition industry, and has supplied his products to hundreds of the leading nutrition firms worldwide.
As the father of five children, nutrition as it pertains to children’s development and wellness is especially near to Mark’s heart. Since founding NourishLife in 2007, he has consistently strived to bring the best possible product to market and won’t settle for anything less. He continues to explore the latest developments in nutrition and meets regularly with leading researchers.
Nottoli also believes in giving back and is known as a “businessman with a heart” due to his vast charitable contributions and for implementing NourishLife’s financial assistance program. Despite his busy work and travel schedule, Mark makes time to enjoy family life at home on Chicago’s North Shore.
Kara Bolton, Vice President
Kara relocated to the Chicago suburbs from her native state of Alabama 8 years ago along with her husband and two sons. She holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of South Alabama and worked as a Language Arts and Adult Education teacher before joining the NourishLife team six years ago. Kara is actively involved in all aspects of the company from product development and marketing to customer relations and practitioner consultation. She enjoys traveling to conferences and meeting professionals and parents in the Autism community. She loves the Chicago area aside from the chilly winters. On weekends, Kara can usually be found traveling between her boys’ many sports events, cooking for her family, or cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Malak Beneteau, Director, Professional Sales
Malak directs NourishLife’s professional division for the US and International markets working with practitioners and distributor partners at all levels. She has previously been responsible for product development, marketing and sales for another NourishLife business and has worked on various projects for the SpeechNutrients team since 2009. Prior to joining NorishLife, Malak worked for Abbott Labororatories, Pharmaceutical Products Division where she led an internal agency in developing and executing marketing and sales campaigns for the Cardiology, Immunology and Neuroscience divisions. .
Malak holds a Bachelor of Science in NeuroPsychology from the University of Illinois,Champaign and an Associate degree in Language from the Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages, Tunisia. A native Chicagoan, Malak now resides in the northern suburbs with her husband and son where they can regularly be found riding their bicylcles along the Lake Michigan bike trail and cheering on the Cubs at Wriggly Field.
Jeanine Slovak, Practitioner Consultant, West Coast
Jeanine manages NourishLife’s professional division for the western U.S. She holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University and has a strong background in sales and marketing as well as extensive research experience. She is committed to health and wellness, as well as child special education. Jeanine lives in California with her husband and two sons, Spencer and Connor.
Tricia Eckland, Parent Support Specialist
Tricia says the best part of her job at NourishLife is talking with parents and sharing their joy over a child’s first words. In addition to assisting customers, she also runs the financial hardship and social media programs for the company. Tricia studied Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She interned with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and worked for several years in public and media relations. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago, not far from where she now lives with her husband, three children and their newest addition, a King Charles Cavalier rescue.
Joanna Szymoniak, Shipping Manager, Product Development and Quality Control
Joanna immigrated to the US from Poland nearly 20 years ago. She attended the University of Krakow where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree. She has always had a particular interest in geology and nutrition. She has been with NourishLife since it began in 2007. She has a vast knowledge of nutrition and supplements as a result of several years of work in the field. She oversees all shipping and billing for NourishLife and plays an essential role in development, manufacturing and testing of all products. Joanna lives in the Chicago Suburbs with her husband, mother, daughter, grandson and their crazy beagle, “Tarzan”.
Betsy Moreno, Office Manager
Betsy joined NourishLife in 2010. Originally from the Philippines, she holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from the University of the Philippines. With more than 18 years of office management and accounting experience, Betsy manages all the accounting and human resources for NourishLife, in addition to overseeing a wide range of administrative functions. An avid gardener and golfer, Betsy can be found on the links as often as the Chicago weather allows. She maintains ties to her heritage by staying active in several local Philippine organizations. She lives in the suburbs with her husband and teenaged son and has a newly married daughter in Michigan.