Staff Feature: Erica Horton

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Erica Horton, President of Growing Generations, initially joined GG as a Marketing intern in the summer of 2003. It was a choice that would shape her life many times over for years to come.Says Horton, “I started to look for an internship for the summer and came across an ad that said “Marketing Intern Needed for Gay Surrogacy Agency.”  I mean, who wouldn’t be intrigued?!  I have a Business Degree with a specialization in Marketing, I’m Bisexual and my Dad is a gay man. The stars aligned and I became aware of something that was never really on my radar before.”


By the end of that summer internship, Erica was hooked. She returned to school and then joined the company full time in June of 2004.  Now, as President, her duties include client development, egg donor and surrogate admissions, case management, finance and operations.

All intended parents are encouraged to complete a financial consult with Erica during the admissions stage of their surrogacy. She also gets the exciting opportunity to conduct initial consultations with prospective intended parents, as well as host match meetings between those IPs and their future surrogate.

Those match meetings top the list of Erica’s favorite part of her job. Horton says, “It’s such a big milestone for surrogates and intended parents and it’s a privilege to be a part of such an important milestone!” She enjoys making continuous improvements to the GG business approach, both internally and externally.

Erica is also proud member of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) family, too. After her internship with GG, Erica decided to become an egg donor. Later, Erica would again turn to ART to create her own family. She became the parent of two boys through IVF and the help of a sperm donor. Erica marks becoming a parent as her proudest life achievement. 
 
From the beach to cycling, yoga, skiing, and hiking, the Horton family is highly active and enjoys spending time outdoors all year. Erica is also highly involved with the Family Equality Council, an advocacy group for LGBTQ families. She currently serves as Chair of The Family Equality Council, a role that allows her to give back to LGBTQ families all over the country.
Erica and her family enjoy travel, and have a lengthy “bucket list” of places they’d like to see. Included on her list are South America, Africa, and many United States National Parks.

Erica holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a Specialization in Marketing from Central Washington University.
Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.