Get to know

the dream team.

We’re home to some of the bossest mamas (and one papa) in the surrogacy industry. 

Casey

2x Experienced Surrogate

Meet our

Executive Team

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Sunshine Hanson

Founder & President
3x Surrogate

On a mission to take the mystery out of surrogacy.

Sunshine Hanson is a driven and pragmatic mama, 3x gestational surrogate, and co-founder of Surrogacy Is alongside her amazing husband, Kyle. (And, as you may have guessed, her story is just as unique as her ever-changing hair!)

Sunshine was a high school English teacher when she embarked on her first surrogacy journey, and she soon discovered that what the experience was lacking was both advocacy and direction.

After working for two very different agencies—she realized that every agency (like every surrogate!) is unique, but some agencies are decidedly better than others!

That’s where Surrogacy Is first began.

Built on the foundations of intention and community, Sunshine and Kyle brought Surrogacy Is to life and soon partnered with Casey Bojorquez to create the team and mission that’s thriving today.

Sunshine currently lives in Georgia with her family. When she’s not guiding surrogates and sharing pieces of her story online, she can be found floating in the pool with her daughter or trying a new spot for brunch in Savannah!

Casey Bojorquez

Founder & Vice President
2x Surrogate

Everyone needs a mama, and at Surrogacy Is… that mama is Casey.

Casey Bojorquez is a big-hearted wife, mama, two-time surrogate, and both Co-Owner and Vice President of Surrogacy Is. . . which really means she’s the go-to lady for anything and everything related to surrogate connection and community.

Casey joined forces with Sunshine and Kyle at the end of 2020 with the goal of providing a more comprehensive surrogate outreach and community focus to the company. Since the start of the partnership, she’s shifted the entire direction of Surrogacy Is and created a space where surrogates are truly advocated for and supported—every step of the way.

When Casey’s not making waves for surrogates, she can be found spending time with her family, at the beach, or trying a new hiking trail!

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Kyle Hanson

Founder, CEO, & CMO
Husband to 3x Surrogate (that counts, right?)

Skeptic-turned-unabashed-surrogacy-cheerleader 📣 at Surrogacy Is…

Kyle Hanson is a dedicated father, husband, and ‘wizard behind-the-curtain’ of everything you see at Surrogacy Is. Motivated, logical, and hardworking, Kyle is the original surrogate-skeptic-turned-biggest-advocate (and we love him for it!).

As he’ll often share, he initially thought his wife, Sunshine, was crazy when she first said she wanted to be a surrogate. . . but after seeing the impact of surrogacy and the lives that were truly being changed, he was on board. And since then, he has tirelessly helped build a company that advocates for the integral part of surrogacy—the surrogates.

Kyle lives in Georgia with his incredible wife, Sunshine, their daughter, Jasmine, and their dogs, Dee Dee and Adora. When he’s not putting out tech fires, creating automations, or jumping on Zoom calls with the team, he can be found telling jokes (that rarely land), on a boat cruising coastal Georgia rivers with his family or playing the drums on any available surface.

Breana Jaeger

OPERATIONS MANAGER
2X EXPERIENCED SURROGATE

Breana is as much a dedicated professional as she is a family-loving mama. She’s a two-time surrogate, a wife, and a mom to two boys, plus her troublemaking puppy Copper who’s almost like a third child.

Breana started her family young and soon realized she could help others become parents too. Her journey as a surrogate in 2013 and 2016 was a deeply rewarding experience that led her into the surrogacy field professionally. She began at an agency, working her way up from intake to become a supervisor, thanks to her commitment and hard work.

Her passion for surrogacy led her to take on a new challenge as an Operations Manager at a busy fertility clinic. Seeking a more hands-on role, she eventually moved into the medical side as an IVF coordinator. For three fulfilling years, she was directly involved in the process of assisted reproduction, deepening her appreciation for surrogacy.

Outside of work, Breana cherishes her time with family. Whether it’s a peaceful day tubing on the river or a dusty trail ride on the quads in the desert, she enjoys making memories with her boys and Copper. Breana embodies a wonderful balance of professional dedication and a joyful family life.

Meet our

Surrogate Advocates

Kristina Shrewsbury

Advocacy Program Manager
Experienced Surrogate

Kristina is an experienced surrogate-turned-advocate after recognizing her innate desire to support other women in her shoes. She is a married mother of 2 and will be completing a sibling journey for her second Surrogacy in 2024! 

Kristina’s role at Surrogacy Is began after researching surrogacy for her own journey.  After encountering  unfriendly and unhelpful comments in the ‘Wild Wild West’ of Facebook groups, she found Surrogacy Is and the supportive, connected community. After relentlessly growing her understanding of surrogacy and passion for helping other surrogates, she leapt at the opportunity to join the team at Surrogacy Is. And to this day, feels like her position as an advocate was MADE for her!

Kristina resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and when she’s not commenting in Facebook groups or leading empowering conversations with other surros, she can be found adventuring out of the house with her kiddos, shopping at her favorite places for the best deals, or trying out a new local spot to sate her appetite for good food!

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Morgan Gray

Advocacy Program Manager
1st Surrogacy Journey

Morgan is a dedicated Lead Surrogate Advocate whose main focus is helping surrogate candidates understand their goals, values, and options. 

A momma to one little girl, with another sweet baby on the way, Morgan is self-described as ‘obsessed’ with surrogacy. After the pursuit of her first surrogacy journey in 2021 (with the help of Surrogacy Is!), she decided she needed to put all of her knowledge about the process to good use – by advocating for other surrogates! 

Morgan is a very connection-driven individual and puts such an emphasis on creating genuine friendships with all surrogates. She is constantly inspired by the outpouring of love found within the Surrogacy Is community, both between S.I. colleagues and S.I. Surrogates alike. 

When she’s not advocating for and educating hopeful surrogates, she can be found reading books, crafting, or singing on the worship team at her church.

Vanessa Bowman

Surrogate Advocate
Experienced Surrogate

Vanessa has been married to her high school sweetheart for 11 years. She is a momma to 2 amazing kiddos and 3 fur babies. 

At a very young age, Vanessa knew she wanted to become a mother and this quickly became the most important part of her life when she delivered her daughter as a teen mom. After being able to conceive and deliver her children so easily, she started hearing more and more stories of other people who were struggling to get pregnant or unable to successfully carry to full term. This absolutely broke her heart.

In 2013, at a Thanksgiving dinner, her aunt introduced her to the idea of surrogacy by sharing stories of her 3 journeys. This is what would lead to a beautiful delivery of twin boys in 2016. The ending was absolutely perfect with the boys being born on Father’s day to their wonderful daddies! Vanessa has always dreamed of being able to help another family, but life has other plans and she has not completed another journey – yet! She absolutely adores helping other women through the process as a Surrogate Advocate and staying involved by attending local meet-ups and being active in facebook groups.

In her free time, she enjoys going to the lake, antique hunting with her daughter, watching Netflix and going on adventures with her husband!

Courtney Sumner

Surrogate Advocate
Experienced Surrogate

Courtney is married to her husband, Michael for 17 years. He is in the military so they travel often either with the military or for fun! They have 2 girls and 2 furbabies!

Courtney is a 1x experienced surrogate and loved the journey so much. She is on her 2nd journey waiting for a match! She has always loved helping others and giving what she can to ensure everyone is happy! She knew quickly after her first surrogacy journey started she was hooked and wanted to help everyone she could learn more about surrogacy. After having her girls she knew she was done with her family and couldn’t wait to help someone start theirs. Giving a baby to someone is life changing and something she is so glad to have been able to experience. She started her first journey hoping to help a close family friend, but it didn’t work out and that lead her to find her IP and form a life long addition to her family. She delivered her first surrogate baby in Nov 2022, and has since then started to work towards her 2nd journey!

Courtney is constantly on the move and loves doing almost anything! She is always up for a new adventure and enjoys new things whether it is traveling, trying a new restaurant or helping someone! She enjoys all the places and travels the military has taken her and is so thankful for the life they have!
Courtney has a degree in psychology and sociology. Her passion is to always help whenever and wherever you can!

She is so thankful to have found Surrogacy IS and have the opportunity to reach out and help other women have the joy she had during her surrogacy journey!

Bekah Colonna

Bekah Colonna

Surrogate Advocate
Experienced Surrogate

Bekah is a loving and dedicated mother of two beautiful children, Finn and Alora. She and her husband, Nick, moved their family from sunny San Diego to the beautiful mountains of Colorado, where they enjoy getting outdoors, playing at the park, going hiking, and spending time together.

Bekah is a surrogate advocate who has gone through the Surrogacy Is process herself. She found the journey to be fulfilling and discovered a passion for the world of surrogacy. Bekah is eager to aid others in their journeys and offer the support and insight that she gained from her own advocate at Surrogacy Is.

If you’re looking for a surrogate advocate, Bekah is excited to embark on this journey with you. She is passionate about helping others and is looking forward to connecting with all the wonderful souls who are interested in surrogacy.

Renee Rogers

Surrogate Advocate

As a proud mother of two active kids in a modern family, my journey into motherhood began through the process of intrauterine insemination (IUI). Embracing the joys and challenges of parenting, I’ve found much fulfillment in raising my children and creating a loving home.

In addition to being a devoted mother, I’ve had the unique experience of being a one-time surrogate, and I’m now embarking on my second surrogacy journey. Serving as a surrogate allowed me to contribute to the joy of building families for others, emphasizing my belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the love and warmth of a family.

At the core of who I am is a commitment to always doing the right thing and following the golden rule. I believe in treating others with kindness, empathy, and respect, fostering a sense of community and support. This philosophy extends to my role as a mother, where I strive to instill these values in my children as they grow and navigate the world.

My passion for the importance of family and the belief that everyone deserves the chance to experience the joys of parenthood drive my actions and decisions. Whether as a mother or a surrogate, I am dedicated to making a positive impact and contributing to the happiness of those around me.

Meet our

Agency Options Advisor

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Megan Rubsam

Lead Agency Options Advisor
Experienced Surrogate

Megan is a dedicated, loving, and hardworking mother whose main goal in life has always been to help others in every way she could. With her degree in psychology and a background in social work, she strives for people to feel safe with and around her.

After having her first child, she discovered Surrogacy Is and realized that there was nothing more loving and empowering she could do for someone else than to give them the gift of parenthood.  Megan completed her first surrogacy journey in May of 2022, delivering a beautiful baby girl to amazing parents. Now she’s matched with her new agency, and just matched with a new set of intended parents! 

After becoming a surrogate, Megan knew that the missing piece she had been searching  for was right in front of her—that’s why she became a Surrogate Outreach Specialist–working with other women, and empowering them through their own journeys! And she couldn’t be happier. 

Outside of her work, Megan loves to spend time with her family, test out new recipes, escape in a good book, or obsess over the show Surivor (which she hopes to be on one day!)

Alicia Gruber

Agency Options Advisor

Alicia is an up-beat part of our Agency Options Team! She has been married to her husband, Kurt, for over 12 years and they have two amazing kids – Ruby & Gus. As an Active Duty Coast Guard family, they move approximately every 3 years, which has given their family so many amazing experiences and adventures.

In 2018, with two young kiddos, Alicia stumbled across the surrogacy community by accident. What started as a unique adventure to help her family financially transformed into a beautiful, life-changing journey. As a 3-time surrogate, Alicia has given birth to three lucky boys for three different sets of amazing intended parents.

With over 20 years of experience in high-level administration, Alicia is beyond excited to support and empower other surrogates as they navigate their agency options, and cheer them on through their own powerful journeys.

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Surrogate Outreach Specialists

Ash Semione

Surrogate Outreach Specialist
Experienced Surrogate

Ash is a 1x surrogate and a loving, silly, and motivated momma to two rowdy boys. She has been married to her husband Ryan for 15 years ( not high school sweethearts, they actually met white water rafting).

She found surrogacy after close family struggled with infertility so she began researching, and there was no looking back! She delivered a perfect little one in May 2023, to the most wonderful parents. She was so thankful to have Surrogacy Is during her own journey, and really appreciated the support and empowerment that she received throughout. So, she was ecstatic to join the Surrogacy Is team and be able to help others in their journeys.

When she’s not having conversations about surrogacy; she is usually hiking with her family, attempting a new hobby, or kayaking around the lake.

Christine White

Surrogate Outreach Specialist
Experienced Surrogate

Christine is a devoted wife to her husband, (high school sweetheart) Ryan, and loving mother of their two adorable kids, Logan & Brody. Being a 2x surrogate, Christine knows that no two journeys are the same when growing a family. Layered by family, love and inspiration, Christine aims to provide comfort and motivation for surrogates and families along their journey to growing a family. On the weekends you can find Christine in the roll of “Team Mom” in all her children’s sports, DIYing, crafting or baking with the family.

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Journey Management Team

Alicia Dodson

Manager of Journey Coordination

Alicia is a dedicated mom of two boys, and an avid supporter of their sports endeavors, particularly football and baseball. You’ll often find her on the sidelines and the practice field, offering spirited encouragement and sharing in their wins! She even helps coach occasionally. Her passion doesn’t stop at the sports field. She’s a culinary enthusiast, creating healthy and delicious meals that even her kids can’t resist. They live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and try to take advantage of the beaches and mountains being so close as often as they have time to go explore. Their dog is like the 3rd child in the family and being part hound, she has long goofy ears!

Her journey into surrogacy began after experiencing the profound joy of parenthood herself. The desire to give the gift of a new life to another parent ignited within her, leading to not one but two surrogacy journeys in 2022 and 2023. And hopefully more to follow! These life changing journeys brought so much joy and purpose into Alicia’s life that she continues to immerse herself in all things surrogacy as often as she can. Whether it is talking about it to people who are curious and properly educating them on what to expect or even responding in social media groups and sharing her experience when others may have questions. She loves to be a guiding light when people need it. Surrogacy has become more than just a journey; it’s her calling, a cause she holds close to her heart.

With over a 10+ years of experience in client services and project management and working with Fortune 500 companies, she possesses a unique talent for ensuring everyone is well taken care of and things run smoothly. She is eager and excited to be on the team at Surrogacy Is while passionately sharing her skills and dedication in the surrogacy community.

Stormy Chapman

JOURNEY COORDINATOR
4X EXPERIENCED SURROGATE

Stormy Chapman, a devoted mother of two, stands as a beacon of compassion and expertise within the realm of surrogacy. With an impressive track record of successfully completing four surrogacy journeys for intended parents both in the United States and overseas, Stormy embodies warmth and empathy in her approach to connecting people.

Her journey in Surrogacy Intake and Surrogacy Case Management has been marked by a deep-seated passion for aiding new surrogates on their path. Holding a license as a Psychiatric Technician since 2000, Stormy’s career boasts extensive experience working with diverse populations. She had the honor of spearheading the opening of a dual diagnosis teen unit and serving as a charge nurse in a private mental health facility.

Originally hailing from Southern California, Stormy relocated to Virginia in 2016, where she resides happily with her loving husband, children, a cheerful cockapoo puppy, and an affectionate white Persian kitty. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in simple pleasures like coffee, shopping, and solving puzzles. An active licensed foster parent, Stormy remains deeply committed to supporting families and children within her community.

Her unwavering dedication to the well-being of others, combined with her wealth of experience, makes Stormy Chapman an invaluable asset to the Surrogacy Is family.

Amber Lawson

Journey Coordinator
2X Experienced Surrogate

Amber is a compassionate individual residing in North Carolina with her husband, Jonathon, and three cherished daughters. She is not only a dedicated mother but also a two-time surrogate, driven by her profound passion for facilitating the creation of families and fostering love through the remarkable process of surrogacy. Amber’s journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to making the dreams of parenthood a reality for others, characterized by her boundless empathy and genuine desire to spread joy. Outside of her altruistic endeavors, she finds solace and happiness in exploring the great outdoors with her family, indulging in adventures like kayaking that bring them closer together and create lasting memories. Amber’s life is a testament to the power of love, compassion, and the transformative impact of selfless acts of kindness.
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Kaylee McKee

Kaylee Mckee

JOURNEY COORDINATOR
5x Egg Donor & 4x Surrogate

Kaylee is a five-time egg donor and four-time surrogate, a wife and mama to two spirited kiddos, as well as four great danes.

In College Kaylee became part of the industry first as an egg donor in 2013. She quickly found out the real need for surrogates and followed her last donation in 2016 with a surrogacy journey shortly thereafter, with subsequent journeys in 2019, 2022 and now 2024. She began working professionally within the industry in 2017, where her passion really began to evolve. She started out in recruitment and has held many positions within the industry giving her a vast wealth of experience and knowledge to assist Surrogates, Donors and Intended Parents through their journeys. Kaylee is currently obtaining her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and truly hopes to use her degree to further assist her clients.

Kaylee and her family enjoy watching Iowa Hawkeye Football, Basketball and Wrestling, camping, kayaking and riding dirtbikes. She loves to garden and read books and spend time with her grandparents and friends. Kaylee believes in the good words of Roy T Bennett, “Be the reason someone smiles, Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness of people”.

Crystal Fink

journey coordinator
Licensed Midwife

Crystal Fink is a passionate mama of 6 children, midwife, and surrogate intake specialist. She lives in the mountains of SW Virginia with her husband, 3 youngest kiddos, 2 dogs, and 4 cats. She has children in preschool and college! Crystal has been a childbirth professional for 20 years and has served almost 500 families as a midwife.

She fell in love with the surrogacy world in 2023. As a mother of 3 children she did not carry in her womb, and a woman who has struggled with infertility and loss herself, she deeply values the amazing gift that surrogates are providing intended parents. She is excited to be a part of a team that shares her desire to spread love, empathy, compassion, advocacy, and support to every surrogate and family they serve.

Crystal Fink Surrogate Intake Specialist

Dessiré Fisher

PARALEGAL

As the pioneering paralegal at Surrogacy Is, Dessiré Fisher brings a wealth of experience and passion to the realm of surrogacy law. With four years dedicated to the intricacies of surrogacy, Dessiré is a seasoned professional who found her true calling after commencing her career in family law.

At Surrogacy Is, Dessiré assumes a crucial role, meticulously reviewing contracts to ensure that the benefits promised are accurately reflected. Her keen eye for detail and unwavering commitment to the surrogacy process make her an invaluable asset to the team.

A graduate with Associate’s Degrees in Paralegal Studies and Legal Administrative Assistance from St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas, Dessiré’s educational background solidifies her expertise in the legal intricacies of the field.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dessiré’s favorite aspect of working in surrogacy law is the profound connection she forms with surrogates and intended parents as they navigate their unique journeys. An enthusiast of heartwarming moments, Dessiré eagerly awaits the joyous culmination of these journeys – baby pictures!

Residing in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two cherished “fur-babies,” Dessiré infuses her life with diverse interests. When she’s not immersed in research, you’ll find her engrossed in a good book, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, enjoying the latest movies, or pursuing her newfound love for running. Remarkably, she has triumphantly completed three half marathons to date!

Dessiré Fisher is not just a paralegal; she’s a dedicated professional with a genuine passion for making surrogacy dreams come true, one contract at a time.

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Meet our

Surrogate Intake Team

Dawn Gerold

Manager of Surrogate Intake
Experienced Surrogate

Dawn is passionate about helping people, plain and simple. In all aspects of her life, she strives to be the person that quietly steps in to help anyone and everyone she crosses paths with. Sometimes it’s the little things, like carrying groceries to an elderly shopper’s car, and other times it’s big things, like carrying twins as a surrogate.

As a Surrogate Intake Specialist, Dawn loves sharing her experience and insight with women; educating and guiding them as they embark on their surrogacy journey. She has many years of experience in various healthcare and leadership roles and has always been called to positions where she can serve others.

Dawn has been happily married to the love of her life, Jason, for 28 years, and could not be prouder of her 2 adult children, Jaeger and Makenna, who are both pursuing Doctorate degrees in biology and chemistry. Her children and family are the focus of her world, and she loves that she can help to build families and make dreams come true through her work in surrogacy as well.

Dawn has lived in Minnesota all her life, but dreams of moving anywhere else someday (as long as it’s warmer)! Her hobbies include boating, gardening/canning, archery, watching MMA and enjoying craft brews and spirits.

Grace Gross

Surrogate Intake Specialist
 Experienced Surrogate

Grace is a one time experienced surrogate, a wife, and mother of two beautiful babies. Grace stumbled into surrogacy almost by accident and after much research she fell in love with the idea that she would be able to help another family receive one of the most beautiful things in the world: a baby. The connection she had with her intended parents was a wonderful gift that continues to this day. After that journey ended, Grace knew she wanted to be a part of surrogacy at a deeper level and left her medical field job to pursue a career in surrogacy. Finding Surrogacy Is was like finding the jackpot! Grace is ecstatic to be a little part of other women’s surrogacy journey and support them every step of the way.

When Grace isn’t busy being a Surrogate Advocate, she enjoys spending time with her family in the beautiful countryside of Texas. Hiking, camping, and doing anything outdoors is always a family favorite. 

Raechel Franklin

Surrogate Intake Specialist

Raechel is a dedicated mother of two, a two-time surrogate, and a former teacher with a heartfelt passion for surrogacy. Her journey into the world of surrogacy has been transformative, inspiring her to be a beacon of support and guidance for others navigating this incredible path.

Having been a surrogate twice, Raechel has experienced firsthand the joy and fulfillment that comes from helping others create their families. This profound connection with the world of surrogacy has ignited a passion within her to make the journey brighter and more accessible for both first-time and proven surrogates.

Beyond her role as a surrogate and advocate, Raechel has a love for farm life. Nestled on a farm surrounded by horses, goats, chickens, and a friendly goose, she finds solace and joy in the simplicity of country living. When she’s not immersed in the world of surrogacy, you’ll likely find Raechel with a good book in hand, indulging in her love for reading.

Join Raechel on this incredible journey of compassion, support, and the magic that surrogacy brings. Whether you’re considering surrogacy for the first time or are already a proven surrogate, she’s here to be your ally, offering the support and guidance you need to make your surrogacy journey as bright and beautiful as possible.

Raechel Franklin

Katie Tucker

Medical Records Specialist

Katie brings a unique blend of personal experience and empathy to the world of surrogacy. As a devoted single mother for 18 years, she has navigated the intricate path of parenthood with resilience, dedication, and unwavering love. Her journey into the realm of surrogacy was deeply influenced by her own aspirations to become a surrogate. Despite facing medical constraints, she found herself drawn to supporting others on their own surrogacy paths.

Surrounded by a circle of family and friends who have embarked on their own surrogacy journeys, often as a surrogate support person, Katie has gained intimate insights into the emotional and logistical complexities faced by both surrogates and intended parents. Her personal connections have provided her with a unique understanding of the hopes, fears, and joys that accompany the surrogacy process.

With a deep sense of empathy and a wealth of personal experiences, she channels her passion for surrogacy into her role at Surrogacy Is. Her dedication to guiding and supporting surrogates and intended parents is fueled by her own longing to contribute to the creation of families.

Outside of work, Katie can be found baking, cooking, crafting, gardening, spending time with her family and friends, and working towards her goal of being a golden girl, she just needs to find a bridge club!

Meet our

Intended Parent Coordinators

Cassie Brown

lead matching coordinator
EXPERIENCED SURROGATE

Cassie Brown is a wife, mom, experienced surrogate, and Executive Administrator of Surrogacy Is! She loves working with surros, sharing her personal story, and helping to provide a community built on trust. 

Cassie lives in the small town where she was raised (where everyone knows everyone and the entire town closes down on Fridays for high school football games!), and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she’s not working with surrogates, Cassie can be found chasing her kids to and from their activities, woodworking, gardening, and spending every free minute with her family in the California sunshine.

Susan Taylor

Intended Parent and Clinic Relations Manager

Susan is a wife, mom to four kiddos, and a two time gestational surrogate. She quickly knew she had a passion for helping others build their families through gestational surrogacy.

Susan has served in various roles at multiple surrogacy agencies from a Support Coordinator to a Director of Intake and Matching and as a Surrogate Program Manager. She also previously hosted a podcast regarding various ART topics. Susan’s experience enables her to understand and care for intended parents and gestational surrogates on various levels.

Additionally, Susan is a Licensed Midwife, with a small practice in Texas. She has a big heart for women who have experienced infertility and for the LGBTQIA+ community. Occasionally her two worlds will collide, and she can be a Midwife for gestational carriers and their intended parents.

When Susan is not helping educate surrogates and intended parents about Third Party Reproduction, you can find her cheering on her kiddos at various musical events, cheer competitions, or baseball and football games. You will also often find her laying by the pool with her three mini pigs.

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Meet our

Content Marketing Team

Alex Boreiko

Video Marketing Specialist

Alex is a passionate photographer and video editor, and alongside his wife, Ivanna, brings a keen eye for detail to all of the video content for Surrogacy Is!

As a Video Marketing Specialist (with a background in Information Technology), Alex brings precision, logic, skill into his video content. He doesn’t just create videos; he tells stories. 

Outside of his work for Surrogacy Is, Alex is a prolific photographer in Lexington, KY, helping families and individuals discover their own beauty and document their lives. He also mixes a mean cocktail. . . but his lattes are the real deal! If he ever offers to fix you a drink, cocktail, coffee, or otherwise, you’d be wise to say yes!

Ivanna Boreiko

Marketing Project Manager

Ivanna brings a sharpness, passion, and a strong work ethic to the Surrogacy Is team! She has a background in service management, but soon discovered her true passion is far more creative. As a Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist, Ivanna maps and builds out all of the social media content for Surrogacy Is, coordinates and guides Ambassadors, and cracks the whip on Sunshine to keep the Reels, TikTok, and YouTube Shorts coming.

She also works alongside her amazing husband, Alex, to interview both Surrogates and Intended Parents who generously share their stories with us! 

Outside of her work for Surrogacy Is, Ivanna is passionate about animal and human rights, loves photographing people and exploring new cities, and is an incredible full-time plant mama, with a green thumb like you wouldn’t believe! Her dream is to have a small farm one day where she can grow her own food and give a home to rescued animals.

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Sam McConnell

Social Media Specialist
Experienced Surrogate

Sam is an experienced surrogate, mother of 3, and part-time prenatal and kids yoga, mindfulness, & holistic wellness guide. She is devoted to creating a loving space for others in any and all of the work she does. 

The joy Sam found as a result of carrying and witnessing the moment her intended parents and surro baby became a family motivated her to research ways to continue to be a part of the magic of surrogacy. . . and through that research she found Surrogacy Is! 

Her commitment as a Surrogate Advocate is to empower women with knowledge and support throughout their surrogacy journeys and to authentically nurture the connections they create together. Due to the lack of agency advocacy in her own surrogacy journey, she holds a deep desire to create what she longed for— and what Surrogacy Is provides for other women. She is dedicated to making sure women exploring surrogacy feel fully supported and inspired.  

When Sam’s not supporting families and women, you can find her wilderness foraging, hiking, volunteering at animal shelters, writing her children’s books, cooking up delicious vegan food in the kitchen, or, of course, simply being a mama bear to her busy cubs!

Marissa Chalamet

Digital Designer

Residing in the Midwest with her husband and two young children, Marissa is a one-time experienced surrogate with a passion for design.

While still attending a university for Computer and Multimedia Graphics, she took it upon herself to chase after her dreams of being a graphic designer for MTV’s The Buried Life, boldly approaching them with the request after a 24+ hour drive across the country to meet them. There’s something to be said about making things happen for yourself!

Since that day, Marissa has been blessed with the opportunity to create graphics for some of the country’s most prominent and influential faces and shows, including Letterkenny, Justin Bieber, Jamie Lee Curtis, Darren Criss, Kygo, Tori Kelly, Scooter Braun, and of course The Buried Life, and has crafted artwork for businesses such as Target, Space X, Winc, My Hand In Yours, Inkbox, Spiritual Gangster, and Life is Good.

With a great amount of experience in the publishing space, Marissa has designed the cover of not one, but five books, two of which are New York Times Best Sellers. She even recently designed a book in its entirety from cover to cover for the very first time. Accomplishment!

After a successful embryo transfer in July of 2023, Marissa knew that she wanted to shift her career focus to the surrogacy world. One unexpecting day she saw a job listing for Surrogacy Is, and the rest is history! Marissa could not be more thrilled to finally be combining her love of digital design with her passion for surrogacy.

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You may not realize it, but your body’s ability to create a healthy baby AND bring it into the world isn’t just amazing — it’s rare.

You may not have felt special as you struggled to see your feet and you stopped fitting into your bras, but we promise: you really are so, so freaking special.

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