Family Source Consultants’ staff is comprised of two former Intended Mothers, as well as four former Gestational Surrogates and a six-time Egg Donor; combined, our staff represents a passionate and dedicated group of individuals who are uniquely qualified to provide assistance in all facets of creating a family using assisted and third-party reproduction techniques.
Being a former Intended Mother herself, as well as a known egg donor twice, Staci has the passion, knowledge and personal experience related to reproductive medicine and family building.
In her free time, Staci enjoys reading, spending time with family, traveling and keeping up with the latest technologies.
Zara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. As a former high school English teacher, her passion for educating and supporting others, along with her personal interest in Surrogacy and Egg Donation, are what inspired her to write the book, Surrogacy Was the Way: Twenty Intended Mothers Tell Their Stories, published in 2006.
Zara has been fortunate in being able to continue her dedication to Family Building via Third Party Reproduction in her position as Director of the Gestational Surrogacy program at Family Source. She has made it her life mission to help others achieve their family building dreams through Surrogacy and Egg Donation.
Jessica graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Family and Child Studies, with an emphasis in Family and Individual Development, and a minor in Psychology.
Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband, her two adult sons as well as her dogs and four parrots.
Leslie has a passion for crafting, reading, cooking and baking in her free time.
Vicky is very happy to have joined the FSC team and to assist more and more Chinese speaking Intended Parents build their families.
Mariana previously worked as a Human Resources Recruitment & Selection Manager and also owned her own business for many years in Mexico. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and holds a degree in Business Administration.
Mariana has been married since 2005 and has two amazing sons, Alex and Mateo. She enjoys being with family, has a passion for cooking and exercising, however, Mariana’s favorite activity is anything with her two boys!
I also have a special connection to Family Source Consultants, as one of my daughters donated her eggs to Zara and her husband in order for them to have their children. I am extremely proud of my daughter, as I believe she has done a wonderful thing by helping to create a family.
When I was approached to help Family Source Consultants with interpretations for Spanish speaking Intended Parents, I felt it was a perfect fit for me. I am a Spanish teacher, and I enjoy helping those who need assistance in navigating through this process.
While my role is to translate the language, this is only one portion of what I do here. I am also a liaison between different cultures, and I create a translation that effectively mirrors the factual details of what Intended Parents want and expect. I help them as they sort through their feelings and emotions, and ensure that they are comfortable with all aspects as they begin what will likely be the most important journey of their life time.
I am pleased to be a part of the Family Source Consultants team, and I look forward to helping more and more Spanish speaking Intended Parents build their families.
I graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA with my Bachelor of Music Education. Throughout my course of study, I learned that my true passion is for children. After graduating, I accepted a position as a Toddler Teacher at Early Head Start, where I worked for almost 3 years. I left my position as a Toddler Teacher to welcome my first baby girl into this world in March of 2008. Her sister would follow in January of 2011.
After the birth of my second daughter, my sister-in-law and I talked about the possibility of her not being able to achieve pregnancy. This broke my heart and began my search into surrogacy. In my search to find a local agency, the closest I found was out of Chicago. I decided to reach out to Family Source Consultants and begin my (hopefully) many journeys through surrogacy.
I look forward to helping guide other surrogates through their own journeys and providing support to intended parents along the way. I know I will enjoy helping others achieve their dreams in growing families!
In my first surrogate journey, I delivered boy/girl twins for a wonderful couple. I am now in my third journey, which is a sibling journey for my second set of Intended Parents.
After becoming a Surrogate, I wanted to become more involved within the surrogacy community. As I am nearing my age limit for Surrogacy, being a Program Coordinator here at FSC allows me to be involved in the Surrogacy community to work closely with fellow Surrogates in assisting them, along with their Intended Parent(s) through their own journeys.
I have a wonderful husband who has been 100% supportive of me being a Gestational Surrogate. I have two very active children of my own as well as two wonderful step children. Between the four children, we are constantly on the go with practices, games, concerts and events. In addition, we have three fur-babies and I thoroughly enjoy cooking and baking as well.
I am originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, so cabin vacations, hot dishes, and Scandinavian traditions are in my bones. However, I quickly found a home for myself in Chicago in the Fall of 2013. I am thrilled by what a big city has to offer! I try to keep up with the trending restaurants and attractions, though I am easily satisfied with staying home and entertaining guests with my roommate. In my free time, I enjoy reading modern fiction, watching reality TV, traveling around the world, sending and receiving snail mail, and exploring the many awesome neighborhoods of Chicago.
Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. In her free time, Nicole loves spending time with her amazing children Addyson & Austin, her husband Mike, and their dog Ava. Nicole is an avid reader, enjoys spending time outside, and loves going to concerts.
However, my urge, my need, to continue out helping someone who wanted a child so badly kept me looking into what surrogacy was and how it worked. After having my own two children, who are the light of my life, I could not imagine life without them which made me realize I NEED to help those who could not create their own family.
About six months into my gestational surrogacy journey, I realized this is something so inspiring to me and I knew that I would forever hold a place with surrogacy! It truly is a dream come true to be able to work with the FSC family, and to continue my journey helping others!
After having my twin girls with the help of FSC and our wonderful donor, I decided I wanted to give back and become a surrogate. We initially looked into international couples to help, but after speaking to Staci and Zara, they felt there was a couple here in the states that would be a great match based on my personality.
When we met, I immediately felt this was the couple I wanted to help. I was matched with a truly perfect intended mommy (and daddy!) for me. We instantly became best of friends with a great deal of mutual trust and respect between us. I could not have been matched or had the whole process handled more perfectly, all thanks to Staci and Zara at FSC. In August of 2013, I gave birth to a beautiful girl and helped create a family.
Besides having my own girls, nothing made me feel more complete than being able to help make a couples dreams come true. I was then asked by Staci and Zara to help guide surrogates through their journeys as well. As the Surrogate Support Group Coordinator, I enjoy the wonderful experience of meeting monthly with other surrogates who share questions, stories and laughs with each other. It is something I look forward to every month!
In addition to being the Surrogate Support and Outreach for Family Source Consultants, I am also a Licensed Homebirth Midwife. It is a combination of my deep love and passion for pregnancy, birth, babies, and helping families that brought me to both midwifery and surrogacy. I am grateful that through the birth of my own four children, Christian, Kadyn, Rylie, and Finn, that my heart was opened to helping others in these ways. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Chris, and our beautiful children. I also enjoy laying by the pool, traveling, reading, and going to the movies.
Alyssa has also earned her certification as a makeup artist and is very active in the makeup industry.
Alyssa enjoys being a mom herself to her little boy, Sonny, who is the light of her world!
Matt is CompTIA A+ certified and a technology enthusiast. He is currently attending school for Computer Information Systems to become a Networking Specialist.
As Communications Coordinator here at FSC, Christopher builds the profile and client base for the company through strategic marketing and communications.
Christopher joined the Family Source team in 2012 and thoroughly enjoys working together and assisting potential candidates. In his free time, Christopher enjoys watching any Chicago sports team as a die-hard fan.