The Premier Program for Loving Families

The Surrogacy Program was established in 1991 by Shelley Smith, a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. Our Surrogacy agency is among the oldest and most respected of its kind. Our highly qualified gestational surrogate mothers all reside within the state of California and we provide excellent matches. We are the premiere agency in the United States, having coordinated and facilitated the journeys of couples wishing to build their families for over 25 years.

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. 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 and am licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist in California since 1993. In my former careers I was a model and an actress.

Meet Some of Our Staff

Our SurrogacyTeam

Carolyn Meyer
Surrogacy Coordinator
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.
Shoshannah Ingersoll
Surrogacy Associate
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.
Janice Chavez
Surrogacy Accounting Associate
I was born and raised in Sacramento and moved to Los Angeles with my Husband in 2011. In March of 2015 we adopted our first little one, Jasper, a 7 month old Australian Sheppard – and he is sweetest pup! Though I miss my immediate family in Sacramento, I’ve embraced sunny Southern California, as I enjoy an active life with my little family: hiking in the local mountains, going to the dog beach, practicing yoga and sharing barbecues with friends. I came from an accounting background with Sutter Health in Northern California, which translates nicely to my current position at The Surrogacy Program! I feel fortunate to be a part of a team that gets to help families in such a profound way. It’s a blessing to work with Shelley and her team, who are all not only intelligent and driven, but also so passionate in helping build families through the surrogacy process. I feel very fortunate for this opportunity and am so thankful to come into work each day at the program.
Tammy Bottita
Office Manager
I was born in Western New York but grew up in Arizona. I relocated to Pasadena with my fiancé David four years ago and we’re enjoying all that California has to offer. As the oldest of five children, being a nurturer and juggling multiple roles has always come naturally for me. I thrive by finding a way to always be useful. My past careers include many years in the music industry and office management in the accounting field. When the opportunity arose for me to join the league of exceptional ladies at The Egg Donor Program I jumped at it. Being a part of this team is extremely fulfilling as we get to help loving recipients from start to finish on their quest to become parents or expand their families. My pastimes include reading, volunteer work, hanging out with my nieces and nephew, spending quality time with my Fiancé and our fur baby Atlas who is a Chihuahua mix.