GG Team

I wanted to thank you all for making my experience as a surrogate so amazing!  It exceeded my expectations.  Very few things in my life turn out better than I expect or imagine. TonyaSurrogate

GG.

We are Growing Generations. But, if you like, you can call us GG.

Our team is crazy about what they do. They strive to have the best lives they can and we expect nothing less of them.

They believe in family, they believe in their team, and they believe in being of service to others by helping you to fulfill your dreams.

Put simply, they seek to deliver a service that you will treasure forever.

Stuart Bell : Owner

Stuart Bell

Owner

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Stuart Bell is the co-owner of Growing Generations, the largest surrogacy and egg donation company in the United States. Prior to joining Growing Generations, Stuart spent over a decade in executive level positions in both profit and not-for-profit companies. As a writer with a strong emphasis on gay rights issues, his work has appeared in numerous publications over the past 20 years. He is the author of Prayer Warriors, a memoir published in 1999 by Alyson publications. In February, 2008, Stuart and his husband welcomed their son into the world who was conceived through surrogacy and egg donation. He is active as a donor and volunteer with local and national organizations including currently serving as Co-Chair of the Honorary Board of the American Fertility Association. A native of Tennessee, Stuart holds a degree in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1992.

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Dr. Kim Bergman : Owner

Dr. Kim Bergman

Owner

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Kim Bergman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, is co-owner of Growing Generations, one of the largest surrogacy agencies in the world. She has specialized in third party assisted reproduction and LGBT parenting since the early 1990s. Dr. Bergman is an expert on the historically groundbreaking topic of parenting by choice, particularly within the LGBT community. She provides psychological services to hundreds of Intended Parents from around the world to assist them in the complex, extraordinary assisted reproductive process.

Dr. Bergman is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Fertility Association, American Psychological Association, California and Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.

Dr. Bergman is a national emeritus board member of the Family Equality Council. She writes, teaches and speaks on ethical family building internationally. She has coauthored "Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood", (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). She has multiple research projects in process, designed to further our knowledge, understanding and ability to serve this ever-growing population.

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Teo Martinez : CEO

Teo Martinez

CEO

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Teo Martinez graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Later he earned an executive MBA from Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he was inducted as a Beta Gamma Sigma honoree. Teo began his career with Growing Generations in 1999, and is considered an authority in the field of surrogacy and egg donation administration, as well as cost analysis. As CEO, Teo oversees the Strategic Development of Growing Generations and is the executive officer in charge of customer care and satisfaction. Teo is also an active board member with the American Fertility Association and serves on its executive board as Treasurer. With his educational background, volunteer work and 15 years of experience in the industry, Martinez is one of the most experienced and accomplished professionals in the field.

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Erica Bowers : President

Erica Bowers

President

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Erica Bowers graduated with honors from Central Washington University with a B.S. in Business. In 2003, she began her career at Growing Generations as a college intern. Erica's role in the company has expanded significantly since 2003, and now--as President--she oversees all departments that manage care for intended parents, surrogates and donors. Erica also serves on Family Equality Council's Board of Directors. She and her husband, Marek, have two children: Gavin and Jack. Both boys were conceived with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. As a strong advocate for all families, Erica is passionate about helping people realize their dream of becoming parents.

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Heidi Gast : Vice President

Heidi Gast

Vice President

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Heidi joined the Growing Generations family as a Client Services Coordinator in the Ohio Valley office and was promoted to Client Services Manager. Heidi attended Kent State University where she majored in Child Psychology. Prior to coming to Growing Generations, Heidi spent the previous 16 years working in the Social Service field. She spent 8 years at a Residential Treatment Facility working with at risk youth, as well as 8 years providing Early Intervention Services for families in need of Child Development Education and Social Service Support. Heidi is married and has one daughter. Heidi enjoys time with her family, lounging by the pool, reading, and watching reruns of "Friends".

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Vanessa Leon : Client Development Manager

Vanessa Leon

Client Development Manager

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Vanessa is the Client Development Manager, having begun her career as an Administrative Coordinator and working as a Client Services Coordinator. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, she attended college in Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in 2004 from Emerson College. Vanessa enjoys talking with surrogates, egg donors, and clients about this amazing journey. This Los Angeles transplant can be found exploring Southern California in her free time.

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Erica Benda : Admissions Specialist – Egg Donor

Erica Benda

Admissions Specialist – Egg Donor

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Erica joins Growing Generations as a Client Services Coordinator for the Client Services Department. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication and minor in Theatre from Ithaca College in 2008. She has a wide range of previous experience from hospitality service to assisting on grant proposals to provide broadband internet to rural regions in West Virginia. Erica enjoys musical theatre, antiquing, spending time with family and friends, singing in her car, and quoting the TV show FRIENDS.

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Lisa Wippler : Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

Lisa Wippler

Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

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Lisa joined Growing Generations in 2011 with 15 years of experience in the surrogacy community. In addition to her 15 years of professional surrogacy experience, Lisa has been a surrogate 3 times as well as an Egg Donor. In 1996 she gave birth to a baby boy for a couple in Connecticut, in 1998 she helped a couple add a baby girl to their family, and in 2002 she finished her surrogacy journeys with a baby boy for a couple in Maryland.

"I will never forget the day my first surrogacy ended with the birth of my couples' son. The intended father was up at my head trying to be respectful and my husband, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, reached across my stomach with his hand extended to the dad and said, "Come here dad, you only get one chance to see your son be born". It finally hit me then, what we were doing was much bigger than I ever imagined. It was then that I got involved in surrogacy full time.

Lisa resides in Alabama with her husband of 20 years, John a retired Marine. She is a former Marine and has two sons John, 1, who is currently serving on active duty as a U.S Marine and Zachary, 18, a freshman in College. In her free time Lisa and her husband operate an all-volunteer Non-Profit dog rescue, saving dogs from High Kill shelters in her area.

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Anna Stewart : Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

Anna Stewart

Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

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Anna is a previous surrogate of twins with Growing Generations and had a wonderful experience! She has come to Growing Generations to help other women realize their dreams of helping others. Originally from Texas, she has been a stay at home mom and bringing up her brood there for the past few years. With this new opportunity she is very excited to share her experience as a surrogate and mom with other women. In her free time Anna likes to explore historical districts, read, cook and play card games. Hanging out with family and friends is a great pastime for her too.

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Danielle Stewart : Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

Danielle Stewart

Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

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Danielle is a 2009 graduate of West Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Social Work. She has joined the team at Growing Generations to put her passion for helping others to work in a positive atmosphere. She feels blessed with the opportunity to play a small part in the incredible journey of surrogacy and to help others achieve the happiness of building a family. Her experience includes years of activism and involvement in the LGBT community, fighting for equality, and promoting acceptance of LGBT youth and families. In her free time, Danielle loves working out, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with her partner and their mischievous pups! She is also an avid supporter of local and organic farmers and always looks forward to the markets that spring up during the warmer months.

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Alisha Burns : Case Specialist

Alisha Burns

Case Specialist

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Alisha happily joins the Growing Generations family as an Admissions Coordinator. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work with the concentration of Children, Youth, & Families from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Over the past 5 years, Alisha has worked in the social service field providing case management and therapeutic services with "at-risk" youth as well as foster children and their families. She is proud to be a part of a team that helps intended parents fulfill their dream of becoming a family. Alisha enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and two dogs. In her free time, you can often find her cooking, baking, outdoors, traveling, and making improvements to her home. She is passionate about animal rescue and is an active volunteer with a dog rescue organization.

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Nicholas Wells : Admissions Specialist – Intended Parent

Nicholas Wells

Admissions Specialist – Intended Parent

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Nicholas joins Growing Generations after previously working in the environmental industry. Originally from Orange County, California, Nicholas obtained his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2007. Nicholas enjoys traveling and is always down for a random, spur of the moment road trip. Nicholas enjoys taking in all that Los Angeles has to offer, and is quite honored to be working for a company that helps people of all walks start their families. In addition, Nicholas enjoys cars, music of all sorts, pretty much anything to do with the Hollywood Bowl, and spending time with family and friends and eating Mexican food at levels quite higher than the national average.

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Jessica Junyent : Director of International Relations

Jessica Junyent

Director of International Relations

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Jessica was born and raised in Spain and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law in Barcelona. She, also, proudly holds a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Jessica practiced law for six years and specialized in probate and litigation. Her passion for travelling and exploring different cultures led her to live in several European countries and to be fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and her native Catalan. Her professional background also includes years at the executive level in the entertainment industry and in real estate, where she was recruited by the Beverly Hills North Office of Coldwell Banker, the #1 office in the United States. Jessica loves everything related to the culinary arts and is happiest when among friends in a great restaurant!

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Carrie Sylvester : Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

Carrie Sylvester

Admissions Specialist – Surrogate

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Carrie joined Growing Generations shortly after her first surrogacy and with a big commitment to helping people fulfill on their desire of being parents. Once the surrogacy had completed she found the experience to be more rewarding than she even imagined and jumped at the chance to join the Growing Generations team.

She comes to us with an extensive background in working with people and providing customer service. From the 10 years she spent as a Registered Animal Nurse and then 10 years as a Wildlife and Environmental Educator, providing educational programs to children and families with live animals, she has always loved helping people. During her time as a Wildlife Educator she also founded a wildlife and environmental education non-profit organization that educates thousands of people every year about the importance of the animals, the ecosystems and green living!

In addition to her careers and being a surrogate, she likes to help children with cancer by donating her hair every two years to Locks of Love. Carrie has been with her husband for 18 years and together they have a beautiful 4 year old daughter. One of the ways she loves to spend her spare time, besides playing with the bouncy 4 year old, is socializing with family and friends. She also likes to watch movies, site-see, travel and do gardening.

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Lacey Locke : Case Specialist

Lacey Locke

Case Specialist

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Lacey joins Growing Generations as a Client Services Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Specialized Studies with concentration areas of Social Work, Health, and Psychology from Ohio University and recently received her Master's Degree in Social Work. Lacey comes to Growing Generations with seven years of experience in the Social Services field, as well as experience in the Hospitality Field. Lacey has a strong desire to help enrich the lives of others. She enjoys relaxing in the sun, going for walks, and spending time with friends and family.

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Mary Delozier : Case Specialist

Mary Delozier

Case Specialist

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Mary joined Growing Generations in January of 2011 starting in the Operations Department and soon thereafter joining the Client Services team in her most current position as a Client Services Coordinator. Mary attended college in Philadelphia while working in the fashion industry and most recently is completing her studies in political science at West Virginia University. Mary plans to attend law school and continue to work in the surrogacy and reproductive rights field. In her free time Mary likes to relax with her family and do all things crafty.

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Jennifer Chang : Case Specialist

Jennifer Chang

Case Specialist

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Jennifer has enthusiastically joined the Growing Generations team as a Client Services Coordinator. Prior to graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Media Studies, Jennifer had the opportunities to study abroad in Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China. She loves traveling, learning new languages, and exploring other cultures. Although she started at Growing Generations with a limited knowledge of surrogacy, she has learned something new every day and feels lucky to have the chance to help build happy families. In her spare time, Jennifer likes to spend time with her family, friends and pets, as well as watch Law and Order: SVU. She tries to visit a new eatery every week, so feel free to discuss food recommendations with her anytime!

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Jamie Lutz : Client Account Manager

Jamie Lutz

Client Account Manager

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Jamie is the Client Expense Account Manager and has worked in finance support roles in the banking, customer service and medical fields. She has struggled with infertility for many years and therefore can relate to many of our clients. After 2 rounds of IVF with Dr. Bradford Kolb at Huntington Reproductive Center, Jamie and her husband welcomed their first child Noah in 2011. She feels very blessed to have him in their lives, and for working for a company that allows others the same possibility of making their dreams come true. She hopes that by sharing her story she can help others that are struggling with the same issues and be an inspiration to them as well. Jamie loves reading, watching movies, shopping, dancing, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Nicole Cattran : Finance Specialist

Nicole Cattran

Finance Specialist

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Nicole joins Growing Generations as a Financial Coordinator. She studied accounting at The University of Akron and has over six years of experience in finance. She loves spending time with her family and is very proud to be part of a team that creates new families each and every day. In her free time, you can find Nicole spending time with her family and friends or listening to music. She also enjoys traveling and being introduced to new places and people.

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Craig M. Conley : Operations Manager

Craig M. Conley

Operations Manager

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Craig is the Operations Manager, having begun his career as an Operations Assistant before moving to the Finance Department as a Finance Coordinator. Craig is a graduate of Marshall University in West Virginia, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and son, watching and attending sporting events, golfing, snow skiing, playing ice hockey, cooking and relaxing with friends and family.

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Cody McCormick : Finance Specialist

Cody McCormick

Finance Specialist

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Cody joins Growing Generations as a Financial Coordinator in our Ohio Valley office. He recently graduated from The University of Akron in Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Cody enjoys spending time with loved ones and staying active. Both of these are accomplished while chasing his 16 month old nephew!

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Stephanie Remke : Admissions Specialist – Egg Donor

Stephanie Remke

Admissions Specialist – Egg Donor

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Stephanie joins the Growing Generations team as a Donor Development Coordinator in the Ohio Valley office.

She comes to Growing Generations with a strong background in business and durable medical equipment with over 10 years experience in the field.

Stephanie is an active member in her hometown, church and community and always looks forward to lending a helping hand. In her free time you can find her in the kitchen baking, kicking back watching movies, traveling, shopping and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Valerie Folden : Operations Specialist

Valerie Folden

Operations Specialist

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Valerie happily joins the Growing Generations team as an Operations Coordinator.

She brings to Growing Generations an extensive background in working with people and providing customer service. She joined Growing Generations to put her passion of helping people to work.

Valerie feels blessed and honored to have the opportunity to play a role in helping others achieve their dreams of building a family. Being a single mother herself, she understands what it means to value and assist individuals and couples who want to have and raise children, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

Valerie loves spending time with her teenage daughter. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking for her friends and family. She enjoys reading, music and loves to watch classic black and white movies.

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Valerie Kong : Case Specialist – Asia

Valerie Kong

Case Specialist – Asia

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Valerie was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and some Japanese. Prior to joining GG, she was a fashion stylist turned project manager for a Los Angeles based Health and Beauty Company, where she had the unique opportunity to coordinate a surrogacy in its entirety. This experience ignited her passion in the field and led her to GG. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city and indulging in everything related to culinary arts and fashion with her boyfriend. When it is beautiful out, she can be seen hiking with her beloved dog, Rocksford. She is also an avid fan of the Bar Method and Ballet in which she works out 5 times a week. Valerie has just celebrated her 10th year living in Los Angeles!

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Jennifer Kappas : Finance Specialist

Jennifer Kappas

Finance Specialist

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Jennifer is excited to join the Growing Generations team and brings with her 4 years of experience in the administrative and customer service fields. She always looks forward to meeting new people and making new friends. In her free time, Jennifer loves being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys reading and listening to music.

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Kelly Enders-Tharp : Admissions and Marketing Specialist

Kelly Enders-Tharp

Admissions and Marketing Specialist

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Kelly joined Growing Generations in 2012 after three amazing surrogacy journeys with GG. In 2008 she gave birth to identical twin girls for a couple in northern California, in 2010 she carried twins again, giving birth to a baby boy and girl for a couple in southern California and in 2012 she gave birth to a baby boy for an Australian couple. Kelly is well known in the surrogacy community for her blog, I’m not the Mom, I’m just the stork! , where she tries to help educate the public about gestational surrogacy. Kelly is an advocate for Surrogates and has spoken both domestically and internationally.

Kelly graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Health Science and a minor in Human Sexuality. She later received her teaching credential in Health and Psychology and her Masters of Arts in Education (with multi-cultural emphasis). She taught Health at the high school level before having her first child and then taught Human Sexuality at American River College for over a decade.

Kelly resides in northern California with her wife Erin, her children Ruby, Preston and Sawyer and her stepson Charlie. Kelly loves spending time laughing and cuddling with her family and is lucky enough to still have relationships with all three of her Surrogate families. Kelly’s “Surrogates Deliver Dreams” keychain boasts her GG Surrogate baby numbers . . . 679, 680, 903, 904 and 1045.

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