Nesel Packs

Meet the Founders

Nesel Packs has a dedicated group of emerging professionals whose unique backgrounds and skills make for a dynamic group as they seek to help children on the autism spectrum.


autism backpackMartha Pietruszewski is our fearless CEO. She was born and raised in Minnesota and is a senior at the Carlson School of Management majoring in Supply Chain and Operations as well as Entrepreneurial  Management. In  high school, Martha volunteered at summer orchestra  camps and swim  camps. In college, she tutored through America  Reads helping students to  learn how to read and improve their literacy.  Martha has a passion for start-  ups and working through the process of  building your own company. In her  very little free times, she likes to watch Netflix, write on her travel blog (although the traveling has mostly stopped), and read Game of Thrones. Contact her at
autism backpackJake Portra (Chief Innovation Officer) grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota before attending the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first experience working with students with special needs was at age 15, volunteering as a Peer Behavior Model for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has a passion for finding new ways to solve complex problems, as well as improving the lives of populations facing adverse situations. Aside from professional and educational aspirations, Jake enjoys playing guitar, singing, and playing basketball. Contact him at                                                                                                                                      
We also want to thank co-founders Larry Lorbiecki, Cole McCloskey, Will Radke, and Rosebert Altianas!