Meet Our Team

Kate Jakubas

Founder, COO
kate@meliorameansbetter.com

Kate first asked the question of "what's in our cleaning products" while studying for her Masters of Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in 2012. After winning the Quinlan School of Business's Sustainable Enterprise Competition in the spring of 2013, Meliora was born! From the beginning, Kate's vision has been to use business as a tool for change for the better. Using better ingredients and disclosing 100% of them - as well as our recipes! - has been a cornerstone of Meliora Cleaning Products from day 1.

Kate started asking how things worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying Materials Science & Engineering.  After graduating, she spent several years in the plumbing products and biking industries, working on material specifications and compliance with increasing regulations around what goes into the products we use everyday. She pursued and attained her Six Sigma Black Belt certification in 2015 to make sure our operations are efficient and use a minimum of natural resources. Born and raised here, she's proud to call Chicago home.

 

Mike Mayer

Co-Founder, President
mike@meliorameansbetter.com

Watching his then-girlfriend Kate working on a seemingly innocent school project, Mike was excited to see this seed of an idea grow into something more substantial. Seeing their clothes come out clean after a flag football tournament's worth of dirt, sweat, and other stuff using the first batch of what would be Meliora Cleaning Products' Laundry Powder, he agreed with Kate - she might have something here worth sharing!

Mike started deconstructing his toys since before he can remember, which logically led to studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He spent over a decade in New Product Development in areas ranging from office supplies, medical equipment, and plumbing products. He then went on to get his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, which led him to work in global supply chain strategy in Chicago before coming on to join Kate's vision of making "Meliora" a household word.