LILLIE & PINE TEAM
FOUNDER + PRODUCT MAKER
After an exciting decade of volunteering in Americorps, Peace Corps, teaching in Japan, and working in Chicago - Katy returned to her native Iowa, where she grew up on Pine Street and Lillie Avenue.
She saw Nathan Miller across a room and asked the person next to her "is he single?" Over the few years, Katy and Nathan married, Lillie & Pine unintentionally became a business and their wild + beautiful daughter, Sadie, was born.
Katy creates and makes by hand all of the recipes and is her own biggest customer.
Fact: Katy has been proudly listening to Rod Stewart since high school and totally had a mullet growing up.
After 25 years working at St. Ambrose University, Kathy 'rewired' in February 2018 to join her daughter, Katy, at Lillie & Pine. Kathy brings the organizational and management skills she learned at St. Ambrose to her new, lovely smelling workplace.
Always a life-long learner, Kathy is quickly absorbing from Katy the art and science of producing, packaging and shipping their bath and body products. She is grateful for the family and friends who support Lillie & Pine.
Inspiration: You can do anything for a day
As Lillie & Pine has grown from a hobby taking up one shelf in their kitchen to a wholesale operation, Nathan's role as Katy's mentor and supporter has been central to their success. He has had countless products tested on him and frequently finds himself in spontaneous team meetings at random.
Whether replacing hard drives or advising on everything from what smells great to process improvements, Nathan is all in on this venture. His steadfast and constant belief in the brand keeps Katy pouring products.
Fave LP Product: The Shave Tube
Fun Fact: Nathan was born in Ethiopia, raised in El Paso and grills out even in freezing temps.
A former UPS professional, Steve brings logistics into our operations. If you receive a bar of Lillie & Pine soap it has likely been inspected and hand beveled by Steve.
As a natural craftsman he can build a large stenciled soap mold with latches after a quick trip to the hardware store. That college lettering class finally paid off.
Fave LP Product: Blue Mountain Bar Soap
Hobbies Include: Being Sadie's Grandpa
Eric, a resident of Idaho, is our natural resources consultant. He will graduate this May with his Masters in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. He has advised us on important decisions, such as going palm-free. His current project is researching eco-sustainable packaging. Today he advises his sister on the eco-friendly practices but she has been learning from him her whole life.
As the family introvert, his little sister thought it would be fun to post a picture of Eric in a challenging situation: holding a microphone.
Resume Highlights: Goat Farming on a Norwegian Island and a decade with Americorps NCCC.
This little Soap Boss ensures daily quality testing to ensure that our soaps are gentle enough for her bath ducks and our bath bombs are totally foamy. Our English Lavender Scented Rollerball brings sweet dreams each night to our little boss.
Talents Include: Eating massive amounts of blueberries and watching Moana without blinking