Liane Cooke | Vice President
Liane is a German native, born in Oberhaid, and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the daughter of founder and president of A Natural Difference, Christine Cowheard. She joined the team soon after it was founded in 1989 as Vice President, and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite part about working for such an established company, is building relationships with clients and continuing to provide outstanding customer service. Her favorite product thus far, is the oxygen treatment, as it is ideal for all skin types. This treatment provides the necessary oxygen to keep skin healthy and youthful. Liane oversees all international business as well as their corporate headquarters in Charlotte. Aside from being super mom and vice president, you can usually find her relaxing with a fine glass of wine and her dog, Toby and cat, Simba most nights of the week. She enjoys traveling back to Germany to see her family, and will hopefully be back soon.
Irene Stuckey | Director of Education
Irene is from Wilmington, Delaware but has lived in several cities throughout the United States such as Texas, Colorado, and New York City. Always fascinated with make up and skin care, Irene became a makeup artist for Barney’s New York in the 1990’s and her love for make up and skin care quickly evolved into a passion. In 2002, Irene joined the team of A Natural Difference skincare to educate other aesthetician’s about the benefits of using the right ingredients, protocols and products to produce results. Her love for teaching is apparent in her sought after classes that are taught around the country. Recently we asked Irene to tell us her favorite product from A Natural Difference skincare line and this is what she had to say” That’s really hard as I love everything! However most women spend far too much on skincare that has almost no benefits. I think it’s about working with your aesthetician to find those few products that are right for you so that desired results can be achieved. OK but one product? Cobra eye serum and Retinoxyl Elixir together!” Irene currently resides in Delaware with her husband, three children, one cat and full travel schedule teaching for A Natural Difference.
Kayla Johnson | Educator
Kayla is an esthetician and nail tech from Cleveland Ohio. She grew up in a small town treating herself and her sisters to mini spa treatments, without even knowing what an esthetician is. Once she discovered the field, it was love at first sight! Kayla chose the skincare industry initially to help those with acne, as she suffered herself with the condition until she found A Natural Difference’s Acne Kit. The best parts of her day in the spa are when a client falls asleep during a facial, or leaves saying “That was incredible! I feel amazing and am ready for bed!” Kayla chose to be an educator for AND because she is passionate about natural and organic ingredients in products. She likes the ever growing holistic approach to skincare, and loves the results AND gives! Her favorite AND product is our Cranberry Facial Scrub. She loves the gentleness, yet abrasiveness of the zeolites and jojoba beads, the fresh cranberry scent, and how her skin is left feeling super soft, smooth and glowing! Outside of work Kayla loves to dance. She grew up taking ballet for many years and now enjoys branching out to other styles like swing and salsa!
Wendy Birkner | Educator
Wendy was born and raised in a small town in central New Jersey. She practiced as a Registered Nurse for 16 years prior to relocating in 2007 to Waxhaw, North Carolina. Shortly after her move to the Charlotte area, Wendy was introduced to A Natural Difference Skincare by her esthetician. After being impressed like never before with the visible results she achieved from using A.N.D. products, combined with her passion for holistic health and skincare, Wendy was graced with the opportunity to become a representative of the company. After becoming passionate about the skincare industry Wendy continued her education by attending an esthetics program at The Academy of Nails and Esthetics in Charlotte, North Carolina. She now provides continuing education throughout the southeast to other professionals as an Educator with A Natural Difference and continues to work as a part-time esthetics instructor at the school she attended. She also has her own skincare practice where she very much enjoys seeing her clients experience those same results she did after being introduced to A Natural Difference. Outside of work, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, and her rescued stray dog, Riley and cat, Checkers. She also enjoys spending time at the beach, exercising outdoors, and has recently taken up tennis and yoga. Most of all, Wendy enjoys practicing a healthy lifestyle and is always finding new ways to seek optimal health for her and her family.
Terri Pack | Educator
Terri has been an aesthetician for 4.5 years. She is a respiratory therapist for over 25 years. She decided to pursue a career in skincare when she lost her friend to skin cancer. She has a long standing career in marketing home medical equipment and due to economic changes, decided to change my career path to something that had meaning. She love what she does. She truly believes in A Natural Difference results! “It has changed my business.” She a Master Aesthetician certified by A Natural Difference and has dreamed of being an educator with A Natural Difference. “I can’t wait to see what changes I can make in my territory.”
Sonja Zoeller| Customer Relations
Sonja was born in Vienna Austria and graduated from the Handels Akademie. She attended the University of Vienna where she literally bumped into her future husband who was a visiting American soldier. They were soon married and Sonja moved to his hometown of New York City before moving to the Chicago suburbs and then to South Florida. Her extremely full life includes raising a family and conducting a successful career in the banking segment. After retiring from banking, she began working part time with A Natural Difference. Fast forward 14 years ahead and you will find Sonja working full time to process your orders smoothly and address any problems or concerns that may arise. Her extensive finance experience makes her an eagle eye for details and follow-up and her corporate business demeanor ensures that all customers have a pleasant experience.
Katie Cooke | Director of Marketing
Katie was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout her childhood, she spent most of her years playing sports and traveling. Katie traveled to 32 states and 7 countries before she turned eighteen years old, and she plans on continuing to see the world. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University, with an extensive background in Marketing and Hospitality Management. After several jobs and internships, she quickly realized she wanted to use her capabilities and join the team. Katie is the third generation to be a part of A Natural Difference, and since she has seen the company grow over the last twenty years, she is excited for the adventures that are ahead. Outside of work, she enjoys Crossfit, napping with her dogs, and cheering on her beloved Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.
Alex Karakosta | Director of Operations
Alex was born and raised in Naples, Florida, where he learned how important sun protection is to fair skin. He attended Florida State University to pursue his love of Chemistry and Bio-Medical Engineering, and is the most recent member of our team. With his strong habits of organization and commitment, he is a tremendous contribution to the company. Outside of work, he is a Crossfit junkie, which constantly encourages him to live a healthy life.