A glass of bubbles with Melany Bartok

Melany Bartok

One half of the dynamic duo, Melany Bartok co-founded Nurture with Tertia Albertyn in 2008.

Nurture’s general manager and a former donor herself, Mel is fiercely protective of her donors and will take on people several times her sizes to protect their interests!

Get to know the fabulous Mel below – from her superpower to her ideal picnic basket, and the question she would most like answered in the world.


What’s your official title at Nurture?

General Manager

Describe in 10 words or less what you do at Nurture.

Overseeing that Nurture runs efficiently and delivers outstanding service.

What does a typical day at Nurture look like for you?

Responding to emails and phone calls from donors, clinic staff, and the team.  Meeting and interviewing donors.  Planning ahead, strategising and coordinating between our team, donors, recipients and clinics.

What is family to you?

Quality time with people who can laugh, listen, advise and know whether I need a coffee or a glass of bubbles!

What has been the highlight of your Nurture career?

Reaching our 10th birthday!

What was your day job before Nurture?

Operational Avis employee.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question – what would you ask?

Why do children die?

What is in your picnic basket?

Champagne and more champagne! (Sounds like the perfect picnic basket to us!)

What’s your superpower?

I am a woman – say no more!

What is the one piece of advice that you have for a new egg donor? 

This could be a life-changing experience for you.

Describe the average Nurture egg donor in five words. 

Responsible, informed, communicative, honourable, unselfish.

What gets you going in the morning?

My five huskies howling for breakfast!

What is your proudest achievement?

My two-legged daughter who is strong willed, independent and determined.

What are you doing when you’re not at work?

Saving huskies! Bonding with friends. Yoga’ing!

What do you think the future holds for Nurture?

With our planning and goals – MANY more babies around the globe.