Helping people expand their families is more than a job to me, it is my calling. My work is infused with personal connections, from the loss of my son, which motivated me to begin my program, to my six years of infertility treatments, to my wonderful resolution with the birth of my twins through ovum donation. There is not a moment in my many years of facilitating when I haven't felt privileged to be able to help people at such a defining moment in their lives. Choosing a donor is one of the most important and deeply emotional experiences one can face. My superior staff and I understand the nuances, stresses, and blessings people experience at this pivotal time. As I look back at the faces of the lovely couples we have helped, the darling babies who have been born, and finally the tremendous women who have given such gifts, I know that I have spent my career in the company of angels and witnessed miracles of science and the human heart. I have a master's degree in psychology from Antioch University and am licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California since 1993. In my former careers I was a model and an actress.
I am originally from Michigan. I entered this field of Surrogacy through a friend. I never dreamed of moving into this type of job. Nor did I realize what a blessing it would be. I didn't know how extraordinary it was to be a Surrogate. In the short time that I have been here I have seen such wonderful people trying to have babies that for one reason or other are unable to but have so much love to give a child and so desperately try and try again with such hope and faith. The process of matching a Surrogate to a couple is so amazing. The thought, love, selflessness, passion, soul, and heart that goes into this sometimes long process of bringing a life into this world is astounding. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing, miraculous journey for all involved. Every day I am reminded of how precious life is and that we should not take our lives or being able to bring a life into this world for granted. I look forward to your journey.
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I grew up in Maryland and went to Towson University where I majored in music and acting. I moved to California to find work in the entertainment industry. For a few years, I worked in animation and the music industry but realized that I really wanted to help people. My love of helping others inspired me to become a massage therapist and eventually go to grad school. I received my M.A. in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2009 and am currently working towards getting my license. I discovered Shelley's agency through Christi and Carolyn whom I had known for years. I originally thought that this would be something to do while I did my therapist internship. In the time I have been with the agency not only has the staff has been beyond wonderful to work with but I am honored and blessed to witness the miracles and relationships that form between parents and surrogates. I stumbled upon this amazing career path and I hope and plan to continue to work with couples who need egg donors and/or surrogates even after I have received my license. I am also blessed to live with the love of my life, Jeff and our wonder dog, Lenny.
I was born in Paris, France and grew up in Spain, daughter of an amazing painter and artist Salvador Maron and famous 60's model & designer Willy van Rooy and younger sister of an amazing designer who still lives in Madrid, Spain. I moved with my parents to Los Angeles when I was 13 to pursue modeling. I have been an entrepreneur for a large part of my adult life and my major interests are fashion and art. I am married to a wonderful man and have 3 children. I can only imagine the thrill of a couple being able to attain their dream of starting a family through this wonderful program, I am now part of this great team of women and most of all I am able to see Shelley Smith do what she does with so much passion and love which is to guide and help these amazing people.
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I'm a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and completed my Gold Award organizing a series of seminars and support groups to promote positive body image and eating disorder awareness for young men and women. My career experience has been rooted in customer service, management, and operations. My husband and my children are the greatest loves of my life. My dream has always been to find a job that I could be passionate about and at the end of the day know that I had done my part in making a difference in the world. My grandmother used to say that if you saw someone in need and you thought there was even a small chance that you might be able to help then it was your duty to try. Knowing that there are wonderful people in the world who desperately want and deserve to be parents but for many reasons are not able to do it alone inspired me to become a surrogate mother. From the moment I met with Shelley I knew that her agency was different from all the others. I had the honor of being a gestational surrogate for a lovely couple with the support of Shelley's amazing staff. Shelley has a gift for matching couples and surrogates based on real compatibility. I'm proud to now work with Shelley's agency and be a small part of the incredible work that they do. I feel whole knowing that I am playing a part in a process that gives couples the most wonderful gift in the world: the gift of family.
I have been working with Shelley Smith for some time now and I can honestly say it has been one of the most heartwarming experiences for me. Originally from a small town in the Western US, I grew up in a large family. It has always been, "family first". So now, working with The Egg Donor Program, it is an amazing thing to help people create their families. They call me "Butters" in the office because I am always concerned about everything going well for people. (Hence the photo!) I am married to a wonderful man and we have an incredible daughter. I have a BA in Theater Arts. I've been an Herbalist for twenty years, am a Reiki Master and am also in the middle of recording an "Earth Consciousness" CD. Basically, I love my life and being a part of The Egg Donor Program has allowed me to watch the joy of life itself unfolding.
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