About Us 2018-07-17T19:37:57+00:00

The Agency for Superdonors

The Egg Donor Program was established in 1991 by Shelley Smith, a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. Our Egg Donation agency is among the oldest and most respected of its kind. Our highly qualified gestational surrogate mothers all reside within the United States 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 greatest purpose in life. As a Board-Certified Physician in both Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility I have had the honor of helping countless clients become parents. Third Party Reproduction is a wonderful option for those struggling to conceive to match with the best egg donor and surrogate candidates and make their dreams a reality. There is not a moment in my many years of practice when I haven’t felt privileged to be able to help people at such a defining moment in their lives. Through over 20 years of experience, we understand the nuances, stresses, and blessings people experience at this pivotal time. We take pride in helping a diverse clientele including recipients from around the world, single parents, and same sex partners.

I completed my fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill with a focus on InVitro Fertilization and Third-Party Parenting (Ovum donation & Surrogacy). In 1993, I made the move to Los Angeles to join the Pacific Fertility Centers of Southern California (PFC) and in 1998 became the Medical Director and sole owner of the Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles. Through my IVF practice I have blessedly performed over 8000 IVF procedures and made possible the birth of over 5000 babies all over the world. I have also worked with many patients with advanced maternal age including postmenopausal women seeking infertility treatment through egg donation, including the oldest woman on record to have given birth to twins at the age of 67. Over the last decades, I have been closely involved with the LGBT community and helped over 1000 gay couples achieve their dream of parenthood.

As I look back at the faces of the many parents whom we have helped, the sweet babies who have been born, and the tremendous contributions and sacrifices from our donors and surrogates, I feel privileged and fortunate that I am spending my life in the company of angels and continue witnessing miracles of science and the human heart.

Meet Some of Our Staff

Egg Donation Team

Alex Maron
Cycle Coordinator
I was born in Paris, France and grew up in Spain, daughter of a master painter and artist Salvador Maron and famous 60's model & designer Willy van Rooy and younger sister of a talented 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 awesome children. I can only imagine the thrill a couple feels being able to attain their dream of starting a family through this wonderful program. I have been part of this great team of women for a number of years now and am grateful to have seen our founder Shelley Smith do what she did with so much passion and love up until the day she retired. There is no better reward than to see how she has touched so many lives and know that we continue her legacy. Now with a great new leadership under Dr. Sahakian, I am honored to be part of this wonderful process and see these lovely families grow through our program.
Vanessa Abreu
Match Coordinator
I am originally from Northern California, and I moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating college with a Degree in Film & Television. In early 2007, I was given the wonderful opportunity to begin working with Shelley Smith. Being a part of such an amazing staff and seeing couples achieve their dreams as parents is very satisfying. Last year I was able to successfully donate stem cells for my ailing brother. Having been able to help him, and knowing I have the chance to work in an environment where I can help others is incredible. It is wonderful to witness the complete journey people experience through our Surrogacy Program, and work with the most selfless donors and recipients in The Egg Donor Program. There is something truly amazing when for us as the journey ends with the birth of a beautiful child, and we know the couple is just beginning their experience.
Sidney Wilson
Egg Donation Coordinator
I am originally from the Pacific Northwest, I have always possessed a zest for life. Coming from a big loving family, I have always been surrounded by an overwhelming amount of support, encouragement and love. I have taken all of these tools and carried them with me especially while making my move to L.A. I have pursued writing, and acting while out in the big city. Volunteering for organizations that benefit women and children has been close to my heart and inspired me to work for Shelley Smith and The Egg Donor Program. It is amazing to see what endless love these families have in their hearts and the continuous fights that they go through to become parents or expand their families. When it all comes full circle, it is truly a miracle that I am fortunate enough to be a tiny part of.
Sue Lynn
Records Administrator
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.
Dana Blenkin
Accounting
Having grown up in Calgary, Canada, I moved to Los Angeles in 1997. Though my family remains there, it was an easy decision to make: after multiple pilgrimages with my family to Newport Beach, Hollywood, and Disneyland, the freeways of Southern California were almost as familiar to me as the Trans-Canada Highway (and even today, travel remains one of my favorite pastimes!). Originally, I moved to follow the dream of so many "acting". While waiting for that elusive break, I began working alongside an accountant at a small firm. That job lasted over eight years, and the career much longer, sustaining me through one adventure after another. My passion turned from acting to history, and in 2008 I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in History. The experience and relationships I culled in accounting over the last 12 years have been invaluable, and eventually lead to the opportunity to work with Shelley Smith. It is truly inspirational to see Shelley, and everyone else here, help breathe hope into dreams almost forgotten. I feel fortunate to work in a place where generosity and graciousness abound, and gifts of happiness to loving couples are a daily occurrence.
CJ Circo
Egg Donation Financial Coordinator
Originally from Maryland, I had an opportunity to move out to California and never looked back. I am a perennial student and currently have a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Music Business and a minor in Theatre, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and am currently working on my Bookkeeping and Graphic Design certificates as well as taking studio art classes when I can. I started in the IVF field 8 years ago through a friend and ended up on the accounting side of it through a series of interesting events. I enjoy working on the financial side of third party reproduction, and find great satisfaction that comes from successfully complying with sound accounting principles. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by the most wonderful co-workers on this planet while helping to create and build families. I am also lucky to be married to my Husband, who’s my favorite person and loves dogs almost as much as I do. We have a sweet, but spazzy dog that we got from the shelter.

Our Surrogacy Team

Carolyn Meyer
Intended Parent 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
Surrogate Match Coordinator
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I'm a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, proud Girl Scout Leader and Gold Award Recipient. My career experience has been rooted in customer service, management, and operations, and I am pursuing my degree in Psychology. I have had the joy of devoting the last six years of my life to working in third party reproduction and I look forward to many more ahead. 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, and I count myself very lucky to have found this field which is so close to my heart. 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 found The Surrogacy Program, I knew that this agency was different from all the others. I had the honor of being a gestational surrogate for two lovely couples with the support of an amazing staff. My firsthand experience as a surrogate inspired me to pursue my dream career in this field at the most loving program for surrogates and intended parents alike. We focus on matching couples and surrogates based on real compatibility so they enjoy this unique journey together. I'm proud to work with an exceptional team of experts and be a part of the incredible work that they do. My husband and two beautiful children are the loves of my life. 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.