About

Meet our Team

We are a unique agency in many ways, but one thing that sets us apart is that 100% of our staff has needed/will need help, or has assisted others in creating their families through surrogacy, egg donation or adoption. Each person has been brought onto our team because of their compassion, attention to detail and the emotional pull to help others. Here’s a bit about each of us…

Kathryn Kaycoff, MA
Co-Owner & Co-Director
Kathryn Kaycoff, MA
Co-Owner & Co-Director
Email: kathryn@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 818.568.8622
Fax: 818.688.0555
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About Kathryn

Motherhood didn’t come easily to me. Starting in 1999, my (then)-husband and I went through 6 fresh IVF cycles, 3 frozen cycles, over 100 embryos, 3 miscarriages, two Gestational Surrogates, and an Egg and Sperm Donor to create our family. Thanks to their help, my identical twin sons were born in 2003. It was a heart-wrenching, expensive, lonely, 4-year journey and I wished that I had met others who I could have leaned on and received support from.

The Fertility Agency (formerly Agency for Surrogacy Solutions, Inc.) was created in 2004 and was inspired by my own challenging experience and the desperate need in the fertility industry for compassion combined with professionalism for each person involved. Along with Lauri de Brito, we have created an agency that is world-renowned for its ability to offer support and provide professional expertise and services well above most other agencies, while still maintaining a personal touch.

I adore being a mother (the greatest gift I’ve been given in life) and l love helping others. Prior to starting The Fertility Agency, Lauri and I were both friends and television producers. We agree that producing babies is much more rewarding than producing television. Beyond my children, I enjoy traveling, painting and snow skiing.

Kathryn is an active member of Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS), American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Men Having Babies (MHB), Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED), RESOLVE, the American Bar Association (ABA), and as a former TV producer she is also a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She has appeared on The Today Show, Voice of America, numerous documentaries, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Wired Magazine, iParenting, Vogue and many other publications.

Lauri Berger De Brito
Co-Owner & Co-Director
Lauri Berger De Brito
Co-Owner & Co-Director
Email: lauri@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 301.717.0071
Fax: 818.688.0555
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About Lauri

I was 37 when my then-husband and I decided to start a family. My first daughter came easily and when she was born we immediately started trying for number 2. Six and a half years, countless infertility treatments (including IUIs, IVFs, ZIFT, Donor Egg/IVF, heparin, immune testing and more), all I had to show for it was 8 heart-breaking miscarriages – so I turned to surrogacy.

I interviewed many top agencies but they were all about the money with no regard for my emotional state. We eventually “settled” for an agency and our Surrogate was wonderful, but our agency was not. We turned to my friend Kathryn (who by now had started her own agency) for support. Our first Surrogate gave birth to Kira, next came our son, Wyatt. In 2013, with different Surrogate and new Egg Donor, we added one more son, Shane, to our family. My kids are everything to me and it’s hard to remember that at one time, I was so depressed about my infertility that I could barely get out of bed.

Prior to joining The Fertility Agency in 2005, I was a TV producer. I am now living proof of ‘do what you love, love what you do’. I don’t go to ‘work’ every morning – to me, creating families is not a job, it is truly a passion. When not helping make babies, I like to try new recipes, garden, travel and help my kids grow up to be the best adults that they can be.

Lauri is an active member of Society for Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy (SEEDS), American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Parents Via Egg Donation (PVED), RESOLVE, Men Having Babies (MHB) and The Directors Guild (DGA). She has appeared on, Voice of America, numerous documentaries, plus she has been featured as an expert in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, ABC Evening News, Vogue and many other publications. She is a sought-after fertility/infertility expert at conferences around the globe.

Heather Hutchins
Director of Surrogate Coordination
Heather Hutchins
Director of Surrogate Coordination
Email: heatherh@thefertilityagency.com
Cell: 714.878.3568
Fax: 818-484-2897
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About Heather

My passion for children and families began when I started working with special-needs children after graduating from high school. I spent 8 years working my way up at a corporate preschool from a teacher to the assistant director. Eventually I decided to open my own home daycare.

In 2010, I married and had 2 children of my own. I knew I wanted to be pregnant again but was not ready for another baby at home. That’s when I remembered that a mom from my daycare center told me she was a surrogate. A light went off and I knew that’s what I had to do.

My surrogacy was an unbelievable experience and as soon as I had my embryo transfer I knew I was ready for a career change and wanted to help others experience the same. I delivered a baby boy in 2014 and have been working in the industry ever since. Now, I enjoy helping others pursue their dream of surrogacy and spending time with my husband, (now) 3 children and pets.

Pat Hurtado
Director of Case Management and Operations (Spanish speaker)
Pat Hurtado
Director of Case Management and Operations (Spanish speaker)
Email: pat@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 818.963.3369
Fax: 818.827.4737
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About Pat

Para hablar con Pat en español llamar el número telefónico: 1.818.963.3369

Before beginning work with The Fertility Agency, I was looking for new employment opportunities. I remember visiting my hairdresser and sharing my reluctance about returning to the corporate world. I longed to find a job where I felt good about what I was doing, and was making a difference. I could see his wheels turning as he listened and said, “I have the perfect job for you”. He told me about one of his clients who worked for a surrogacy agency and how much she loved it. He referred to it as the “baby job.” Knowing how blessed I was to have a son that I had adopted as an infant, and how precious children are, I knew I would totally love helping couples/individuals have them!

Two years after he mentioned the “baby job” to me, I received a call from Kathryn letting me know that a position as Case Manager had opened up with their agency. She asked if I was interested. I was thrilled and I immediately jumped at the opportunity!

When I’m not helping creating families, I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends.

Jessica Sutton
Director of Egg Donor Division & True Match™ Specialist
Jessica Sutton
Director of Egg Donor Division & True Match™ Specialist
Email: Jessica@TheFertilityAgency.com
Cell: 918-625-3338
Fax: 818-827-4737
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Jessica is an experienced surrogate who has also worked in the world of creating families for many years, finding the work to be very fulfilling. She first joined the The Fertility Agency team in 2017 first as a Surrogate Intake coordinator, working with potential and current surrogates, helping them understand the process from beginning to end. Working her way up she is now the Director of the Egg Donor Division where she works with intended parents, guiding them through the journey of building their family via egg donation. She strives to show her passion for the fertility industry in the work she does with our clients every day, utilizing the knowledge gained from both being a surrogate and having worked in the industry for several years.

In her free time Jessica enjoys reading, hosting foreign exchange students, and traveling around the world with her husband and three daughters.

Michelle Davis
Case Manager
Michelle Davis
Case Manager
Email: michelle@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 818.516.6464
Fax: 818.827.4737
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About Michelle

In the summer of 2016, I moved to Portland, Oregon with my teenage daughter, 2 older dogs and one cat. Having worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California for over 20 years, in the fall of 2015, I found myself yearning for a new adventure. Up until that point, I had been content with collaborating on projects that educated and/or entertained the public and now I wanted to impact people’s lives on a more personal level.

Over the years I watched many of my friends struggle with the challenges of infertility so I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to join The Fertility Agency. I saw it as an amazing avenue to work with the most incredible people from every imaginable walk of life, and help them create loving families. The journey to becoming a parent is different for everyone and I have personally have benefited from all the advances in reproductive medicine and am grateful every day for the gift of my wonderful daughter.

I find it an honor and a privilege to be able to share the surrogacy process with Intended Parents, Surrogates and reproductive specialists from around the world. As Charles Dickens once said “Tis love that makes the world go ‘round, my baby” and I hope to continue the chain of love and babies for many years to come.

Living in the Pacific Northwest, gives me the opportunity to explore beautiful new locations in my free time. I am also an avid reader, film watcher and novice gardener.

Rochelle Stern
Case Manager
Rochelle Stern
Case Manager
Email: rochelle@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 818.903.5051
Fax: 1.818.827.4737
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About Rochelle

I am a native Angeleno – born in Santa Monica and currently living in Sherman Oaks. After experiencing my own fertility issues, I was very fortunate to adopt my beautiful daughter from Vietnam in 1998. I was drawn to assist others and have been working in the surrogacy field for many years and with The Fertility Agency since 2009. This is such a fulfilling career.

Being a parent who suffered with infertility, I can certainly understand the need and desire to be a parent, and for many, surrogacy is the best choice. I am so honored to be part of the process of women giving the gift of life, and bringing joy to those creating or expanding their families.

I am an avid tennis player and animal lover. I have a small close-knit family that all live nearby. I enjoy movies, plays, music, reading a good book, seeing friends and keeping up with exercise

Brittany Sheely
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Brittany Sheely
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Email: brittany@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 717.524.7624
Fax: 818.484.2897
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About Brittany

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I currently reside with my husband. We have a wonderful blended family of 4 children – 2 girls and 2 boys; and 2 dogs – a Chiweenie named Peanut and a Multipoo named Butter. They are all the center of our world.

My introduction to surrogacy came in 2013 after my cousin’s wife had carried for a family. I knew this was something I wanted to do. In 2013, I became a Gestational Surrogate and have brought babies into the world for 2 separate families. Becoming a Surrogate was something that filled my heart with such joy and it is so rewarding to be able to do such an amazing thing. I have such a big passion for surrogacy and feel blessed and joyful to be able to work as a Surrogate Coordinator for The Fertility Agency.

In my free time I love watching my daughter play volleyball, swimming with our baby, watching the boys play baseball and vacationing with our entire family. I also enjoy taking walks in our local state park when the weather is nice.

Rebecca Gooche
Case Manager
Rebecca Gooche
Case Manager
Email: rebecca@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 410-245-1955
Fax: 818-484-2897
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About Rebecca

I was introduced to the world of infertility when friends of mine struggled to get pregnant. I wanted to help them and others like them, but how could I? Later, 2 friends of mine became surrogates. I took it as a sign! In 2018, I became a gestational surrogate and carried twins for an amazing couple. It created an amazing bond between our families and we are still in touch. That experience led me to accepting a job with The Fertility Agency. Being a Surrogacy Coordinator allows me to continue to create families and assist other women like me who want to help make that happen.

I grew up in the DMV, which to me stands for DC/Maryland/Virginia – not the Department of Motor Vehicles. . I currently reside in Pennsylvania and live in a lovely little suburb with my husband, our 3 daughters, and our Alaskan Klee Kai named Yoshi. Spending time with my family is number one on my list when I’m not working. Whether that means being a taxi for my kids to their extra curriculars, vacationing to get away for a weekend, or just snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.

Cortney Price
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Cortney Price
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Email: cortney@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 903-393-4395
Fax: 818-484-2897
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About Cortney

Hi! My name is Cortney. I was born and raised in Texas, and I currently call Oklahoma home. I have been married to my wonderful husband for over a decade now and together we have three beautiful daughters. I love volunteering in my community and helping those in need. I have been a Gestational Surrogate twice and while I have retired my body, my desire to help complete families only strengthened. This is what led to my career with The Fertility Agency and I am grateful to be here. From the initial inquiry to the final stages of your journey I am here to support you!

Rykia Lewis
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Rykia Lewis
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Email: rykia@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 205.207.9601
Fax: 818.484.2897
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I’m Rykia Lewis. My passion for surrogacy grew after meeting so many amazing couples and individuals throughout my surrogacy journey in 2021. After carrying for my intended parents, I knew I wanted to continue helping others build families. I am the mother of one son, Idris. I’m also a certified personal trainer. I love helping and empowering women to achieve their goals! In my spare time, I also enjoy reading romantic novels and writing short stories.

Alissa Miller
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Alissa Miller
Surrogate Coordinator & TrueMatch™ Specialist
Email: Alissa@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 717.916.3416
Fax: 818.484.2897
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Hello! I was born and raised in PA, where I currently reside. I have many passions that include reading, tennis, and spending tons of time with my family. My husband and I have been together since 2017 and we have one daughter, Maeve. We also have a Great Dane named Baron, a Mini Schnauzer named Lois, a cat named Grover and dozens of fish!

My husband and I both have families that were unable to conceive naturally or not at all, so we started to look around to see if we could help families like them and got into the surrogacy world in 2022. We connected with The Fertility Agency and I had my first surro baby in 2023. We have the most amazing connection with my IPs family and that’s when I decided that this is the path I was meant to go down to help others experience the amazing journey of being a surrogate.

Danielle Reinholz
Case Manager
Danielle Reinholz
Case Manager
Email: danielle@thefertilityagency.com
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“I grew up and currently live in Northeast Wisconsin. My husband and I met while I was in college and since then we got married and had 2 beautiful children who are 6 and 4 years old. In December of 2019 I began the process of looking into becoming a surrogate. While going through the process of becoming a surrogate, I had such a passion to help a family either have one or add another baby to their family. This last month (March 2023) I had my first surrobaby with the best intended parents a gestational surrogate could ask for! It was a beautiful journey and it made my desire to keep helping others that much stronger. There is just something about seeing the parents holding their baby for the first time! I hope to be able to help other Intended Parents have that beautiful first moment.”

Savannah Morrell
Case Manager
Savannah Morrell
Case Manager
Email: savannah@thefertilityagency.com
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I was born and raised in Maryland where i still reside in with my husband. We have a little boy and a cat named Codex. We have been married for almost 2 years.

I started becoming interested in surrogacy after I had met a woman at my OB’s office while I was pregnant with my son. She told me her heartbreaking story of how she had been trying for so long to have a baby and nothing was working. I started my journey as a surrogate in January of 2022 and I gave birth to a baby girl for an amazing same sex couple in October of 2022. I am on my second journey now and will be transferring in the early summer. I became interested in working for The Fertility Agency while I was on my first journey. They made my whole journey so smooth and matched me with my amazing IP’s. I love creating families and I wanted to help others create families as well through surrogacy and egg donation. I am so honored to be a surrogate and to work for The Fertility Agency who helped make my first journey happen.

My favorite things to do are spend time with my family, shop, get Starbucks, and take walks with my husband and little boy in our neighborhood.

Sophie Nir
Head of Social Media/Marketing
Sophie Nir
Head of Social Media/Marketing
Office: Sophie@thefertilityagency.com
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Hi! I’m Sophie (she/her). I recently graduated from Tulane University, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Studio Art and Anthropology.

I’ve worked in marketing since 2018 for various organizations. I live in Richmond, Virginia with my boyfriend and our kittens: Larry and Egg. When I’m not spending time with Larry and Egg, I enjoy glassblowing, horseback riding, and hiking. I joined The Fertility Agency in August 2023. I care deeply about making a positive impact on the world, and that is what drew me to this amazing organization.

Stacie Poole
Case Manager
Stacie Poole
Case Manager
Email: Stacie@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 912-963-7414
Fax: 818.979.2266
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Hello! I’m Stacie Poole. I was born and raised in West Tennessee where I raised 2 beautiful daughters and met my husband. We moved to Savanah Georgia about 7 years ago because we loved the area so much and quickly became empty nesters, besides our 7 dogs- Maggie, Marley, Layla, Lucy, Ziggy, Bruno, and Jack!

I started in the Surrogacy world in 2019 when I began my first Surrogacy journey as a Gestational Surrogate. Since that start, I’ve now had 3 Surrogacy journeys for 3 different families with 3 beautiful baby boys! Becoming a Surrogate was such a blessing and changed my life so much for the better. I have also helped many Surrogates start their journeys and walked them through their first steps! I am addicted and passionate about all things surrogacy related and am so blessed to be able to work as a Case Manager now for The Fertility Agency.

In my free time I enjoy listening to live music from local bands or even attending a concert when we can, finding new spots for great food, exploring downtown, shopping and decorating, and taking photos for families and weddings!

Stephanie Terry
Case Manager
Stephanie Terry
Case Manager
Email: stephaniet@thefertilityagency.com
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About Stephanie Terry

I am a native Texan residing in Washington State since 2016. I live with my husband, our daughter, and our giant pit bull, Kona. My journey into the fertility field is deeply personal, as I have had the privilege of being a surrogate myself. This life-changing experience ignited a fire within me to support others on their own fertility journeys. I know how much surrogacy changed my life and my IP’s lives, and I am passionate about helping others achieve the same!

With a degree in Social Work and a background as a counselor and case manager, I approach my work with a strong foundation in empathy, active listening, and a commitment to equity. As a counselor, I had the privilege
of working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, navigating complex emotions and challenging situations. In my role as a case manager, I am dedicated to providing exceptional support to surrogates and IPs, ensuring that they feel heard, seen, and empowered throughout their journey. I am honored to be part of a team that shares my values and is dedicated to helping individuals and families grow.

When I’m not working, you can find me exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my family, at the park with my daughter, or at a comic convention with my husband. And during football season, you can find me in front of the TV, watching the New Orleans Saints and obsessively checking my fantasy football app.

Jennifer Greer
Case Manager
Jennifer Greer
Case Manager
Email: jenniferg@thefertilityagency.com
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About Jennifer Greer

Hi, I’m Jen! I was born and raised in Central Illinois and met my husband shortly after graduating high school. We have two children, Kyler and Ava. We decided we wanted a change from the Midwest and moved to South Carolina in 2021 and we love it! We also have 2 dogs, Bella and Boo, who we adore.

Shortly after I met my husband, I watched his sister go through fertility struggles. It was heartbreaking to watch, but it made me think about how I could help. I started researching and came across surrogacy and thought it was amazing. By the time I had Ava and felt our family was complete, my sister-in-law was able to have children of her own. I still wanted to help people, so I completed my first surrogacy in 2019 and a second in 2023.

I am blessed that I was able to help 2 couples reach their dreams of becoming parents. I decided after four pregnancies I would retire from being a surrogate, but I still felt a pull to the surrogacy world. I am so thankful that I am able to work at The Fertility Agency so that I can help Intended Parents and Surrogates through their own journeys!

Stephanie Provo
Case Manager
Stephanie Provo
Case Manager
Email: Stephanie@thefertilityagency.com
Office: 818.386.0800
Cell: 804-380-1416
Fax: 818.979.2266
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I’m originally from New York but moved to Virginia when I was 13. My husband and I have been married since 2000 and we moved to TX in 2011 for his new job. I am a mom to six kids and Nonnie to three grandchildren. I volunteer at my kids’ schools and enjoy having the flexibility to be present in their daily lives, especially as they grow up. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping, reading Danielle Steel books, and helping people plan vacations.

I was a surrogate for twin girls in 2014 and again in 2018 for a one girl. I am able to keep in touch with both families and see the girls grow up, which is really fun. I had an amazing experience with both surrogacies and was looking for a way to use my experience to help others. I’m excited for my role with The Fertility Agency, getting to meet others along the way, and helping them on their journey to having children.

Lexi Duncan
Case Manager
Lexi Duncan
Case Manager
Email: Lexi@TheFertilityAgency.com
Office: 818-386-0800
Cell: 707-384-1482
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Hello, my name is Lexi Duncan and I live and grew up in Northern California. I currently reside in Vacaville, which is approximately 45 minutes away from both Sacramento and San Francisco. I share my home with my husband Robert and our blend of seven children and two dogs, Taco and Hazel.

My surrogacy journey began when a friend asked for my help in starting a family. Although she ultimately decided against surrogacy, it sparked my interest and I began to look more into it. I embarked on my first journey in 2016 and gave birth in 2017. Supported by my husband, we decided to continue helping others in their quest to create a family. I began another journey in 2021 and delivered in 2022. My final journey was completed at the end of 2023. Surrogacy has not only brought joy to the families I’ve assisted, but has also been a blessing for my own family. We have cultivated meaningful connections and actively engage in discussions about the misconceptions surrounding the role of surrogates. Being able to see the growth of the children we have helped bring into the world adds an extra layer of fulfillment. I love all things related to surrogacy and am excited to support Surrogates and Intended Parents throughout their journeys.

During my leisure time, I love to workout, experiment with new recipes, indulge in baking, visit with our three adult children and cherish family time.

Amanda Arttus
Case Manager
Amanda Arttus
Case Manager
Email: amanda@thefertilityagency.com
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Hello! I grew up in Wisconsin and have lived in many areas of the country after college due to my husband’s career with the US Navy. We ultimately decided to return home to Wisconsin to raise our children, a son and a daughter, who are now both teenagers. My son is a talented soccer player and my daughter participates in competitive dance. We also have a dog named Maya and a cat named Callie, who round out our family. I first became interested in surrogacy when one of my closest friends, who has had 2 kidney transplants, was contemplating surrogacy because of her own health issues and the risks associated with pregnancy. At that time, I had just given birth to my son and thought to myself how much I would love to help my friend experience the same joy I did with having a child. Fortunately, she did end up getting pregnant and was blessed with a little boy without any significant complications. That feeling of wanting to give someone the joy of a child never left and after my daughter was born I decided that surrogacy was something I definitely wanted to pursue. As a result, I have been a surrogate for 2 families, as well as donated breastmilk for a set of twins after one of my journeys. Now that my personal surrogacy journeys are complete, my passion and desire for helping others create families continues. I am honored to be part of The Fertility Agency team and provide support for both surrogates and intended parents through their entire journey.

In what little free time I have, you can find me practicing yoga, playing piano, crafting, reading, or spending time with friends and family. I am also a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, and am currently pursuing my Bereavement Doula training. You will also find me volunteering in our local NICU as an official “cuddler.”