Family Source Consultants’ staff is comprised of three former Intended Mothers, as well as several former Gestational Surrogates and Egg Donors; 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.
CEO & Co-Founder
Staci Swiderski, CEO and Co-founder of Family Source Consultants has more than 15 years experience in Third Party Reproduction. Staci oversees the company to ensure values are applied consistently from top to bottom, across all departments by implementing the agency’s vision, mission and overall direction.
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 Griswold began her journey into the world of Surrogacy in 2002 as an Intended Mother. She and her husband welcomed our beautiful boy/girl twins in the summer of 2003.
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 at Family Source. She has made it her life mission to help others achieve their family building dreams through Surrogacy and Egg Donation.
Surrogacy Program Director
Sara has a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and she completed two years of a four year MD program at The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In 2006 she opted to discontinue her medical studies to spend more time with her growing family, but has stayed current in the medical/scientific fields by doing consulting work for a leading biotech company for the past 12 years.
Sara has always had an interest in childbirth and third party reproduction, and is grateful that we live in an age where medicine, science, and societal acceptance allow individuals and couples from all backgrounds to grow their families. Working in a professional capacity in the surrogacy world is a perfect fit for Sara’s passions and background.
Sara lives in Iowa with her husband and six kids. She enjoys reading, organizing, and cheering for her children in all of their academic and extracurricular activities. She feels that her greatest calling in life is that of a parent, and it brings her great joy to play a role in helping others become parents themselves.
As Surrogacy Program Director, Sara is responsible for overseeing and managing our entire Surrogacy Program; working closely with our Surrogacy Program Coordinators, Surrogate Support and Intake Managers.
Client Relations Manager
After struggling with infertility for many years, Avani and her husband turned to FSC to guide them through the surrogacy process. In 2015, they welcomed their daughter with the help of a wonderful surrogate.
Having gone through this journey to build her family, Avani wanted to help other couples make their dreams come true and joined FSC as a Client Relations Manager. In her role, Avani is the first point of contact for prospective parents and guides them through the initial stages of their journey.
Prior to joining FSC, Avani worked as a Human Resources Manager. Avani graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Business Administration. She also received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Avani lives in Illinois and loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog as well as her extended family and friends. She also enjoys exercising, reading, shopping, seeing musicals, traveling, and trying new restaurants/cuisines.
Director of Asian Operations
Vicky earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Music from Northern Illinois University. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to the United States in 1991, and joined FSC in 2014.
Vicky resides in Illinois with her husband Jerry and two lovely children, Annie and Raymond. She enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, shopping and spending time with family.
As a native speaker of the Chinese language, Vicky is the first point of contact for prospective parents from Asia and assists them throughout their journey with FSC.
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Director of Client Development
Spanish International Coordinator
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Peterson moved to the United States in 2000, joining FSC in 2007. As a mother of two daughters, Ana understands completely the desire to be a parent.
Ana feels a special connection to Family Source Consultants as her daughter was the Egg Donor for Zara (Co-Founder) and her husband that resulted in boy/girl twins in 2003.
Ana lives in Rhode Island with her husband and together they enjoy traveling.
As a Spanish speaking Intended Parent Coordinator, Ana’s role is to not only translate the Spanish language, but also to serve as the liaison between different cultures, and effectively mirror the factual details of what Intended Parents want and expect. Ana guides clients as they sort through their feelings and emotions and ensures that Intended Parents are comfortable with all aspects of their journey.
Senior Program Coordinator
Megan Steinecke graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA with a Bachelor Degree of Music Education. Throughout her course of study, Megan learned that her true passion is for children. Upon graduation, Megan accepted a position as a Toddler Teacher at Early Head Start, where she worked for almost 3 years. Megan left her position as a Toddler Teacher to welcome her first baby girl in March of 2008, then a second daughter in January of 2011.
After the birth of Megan’s second daughter, her sister-in-law shared with her the possibilities of not being able to carry a pregnancy. This issue became very near and dear to Megan and she then began researching Surrogacy in depth, ultimately finding FSC and beginning the first of her three surrogacy journeys.
After completing a sibling journey for her Intended Parents in February of 2015, it became apparent that Megan wanted to pursue a career in the surrogacy field on a more professional level and accepted a position with FSC in March of 2015. Megan completed her third surrogacy journey in 2016 delivering a baby boy.
As a Program Coordinator, Megan works closely with Intended Parents and Surrogates throughout their journey to ensure that they have a positive, supportive and successful experience.
Ronda was informed from an early age that she was adopted and has always had an interest in alternative options in family building; therefore, the decision to become a Gestational Surrogate was the perfect opportunity for her.
Ronda’s first surrogate journey resulted in beautiful and healthy boy/girl twins for a wonderful couple in France. Ronda had a positive experience and moved forward with a second surrogacy journey for parents in Spain, resulting in a beautiful baby girl. Ronda is currently assisting her [second] Intended Parents in a sibling journey.
After becoming a Surrogate, Ronda chose to pursue her involvement within the surrogacy community and joined FSC as a Program Coordinator.
Ronda has a wonderful husband who is 100% supportive of her Surrogacy involvement. She has two very active children of her own as well as two wonderful step children. Between the four children, her family is constantly on the go with practices, games, concerts and events. In addition, Ronda has three fur-babies and thoroughly enjoys cooking and baking.
As a Program Coordinator, Ronda works closely with Intended Parents and Surrogates throughout their journey to ensure that they have a positive, supportive and successful experience.
Nicole Czerwinski earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. After 12 years in the medical supplies manufacturing and distribution industry, Nicole was interested in changing to a career that she could feel more passionate about on a personal level.
Nicole lives in Illinois and loves spending time with her two amazing children Addyson and Austin, her husband Mike, and their dog Ava. Nicole is an avid reader, enjoys spending time outside, and enjoys attending concerts.
As a Program Coordinator, Nicole works closely with Intended Parents, Surrogates and Egg Donors throughout their journey to ensure that they have a positive, supportive and successful experience.
After coming to the decision that her own family was complete, Danielle felt the strong desire to help other families grow. She began her first of three surrogacy journeys in 2010 for an Intended Parent in Chicago. After delivering a healthy baby boy she went on to her second journey and delivered a set of healthy boy\boy twins for a couple in Iowa in 2012. With some contemplation, Danielle realized that she was not ready to end her time as a surrogate and completed one last journey for an amazing couple in Chicago, resulting in a healthy baby boy in 2015. All three of Danielle's journeys were with Family Source Consultants, so she has a long history of being an FSC Team member!
Danielle is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Capella University. While working on her degree it became apparent that she wanted to pursue a career in the surrogacy field to use her knowledge to help families achieve their
Danielle lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends by the Lake, reading, and taking her dog, Scout, for walks.
As a Program Coordinator, Danielle works closely with Intended Parents and Surrogates throughout their journey to ensure that they have a positive, supportive, and successful experience.
Director of Egg Donor Program
Jessica Anderson 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.
As a former FSC egg donor herself, Jessica quickly became passionate in fulfilling the dreams of intended parents in building their family and joined Family Source Consultants in 2009. Jessica thoroughly enjoys working closely with fellow reproductive colleagues and professionals in the field of reproductive medicine.
Jessica lives in Illinois with her two, very spoiled cats. She enjoys exploring Chicago restaurants, spending time with family, especially her niece and nephew and attending music concerts.
Jessica interviews egg donors, schedules and coordinates with potential and current intended parents, and assists Staci with daily operations.
Alyssa Martino joined Family Source Consultants in 2013. Alyssa plays an integral role in assisting prospective Egg Donors and Surrogates with complete guidance through the application process and provides them with quality, individualized and compassionate care.
Alyssa has earned her certification as a licensed makeup artist and stays active in the makeup industry. Alyssa lives in Illinois with her adorable little boy, Sonny. She enjoys spending time at the zoo as much as possible and exploring toddler friendly restaurants.
Alyssa assists with all tasks related to Egg Donor and Surrogate screening; including the collecting and reviewing medical records, writing and editing profiles and organization of completing the entire file. In addition, Alyssa manages the Egg Donor database on a daily basis.
Surrogate Intake & Outreach Manager
Gina graduated from Northern IL University with a B.S in Psychology and North Park University with a Master’s in Human Resource Management.
Gina joined FSC after delivering two beautiful girls via surrogacy for Intended Parents in Spain. She is also a former Egg Donor.
Gina enjoys gardening, long walks, bike riding, water activities, traveling, karaoke, home improvement, eating and family night BINGO! She also enjoys spending quality time with her son and her dog “Bella”.
Gina has a passion for helping people and making them laugh. As part of our Intake team, Gina’s responsibilities include assisting surrogates during the intake process, connecting with and educating potential surrogates and egg donors, and representing FSC at conferences and other public events.
Egg Donor Intake Coordinator
Kaylee knew from a young age she wanted to help change the world and had big dreams of helping build homes for the homeless and having foster children or adopting. At 19, she heard about egg donation and contacted FSC, then patiently waited 2 years to begin her egg donation process.
After her first donation resulted in twins and she saw the impact it had on her IP's, she knew she had found her calling. She has now donated to 4 additional families resulting in a total of 7 miracle babies!
Kaylee felt her impact could be bigger and, knowing how much of a need there was for surrogates, she began a surrogacy journey for a lovely couple from Spain.
Kaylee joined TeamFSC as an Egg Donation Intake Coordinator in 2018 and hopes to continue to help families build their dreams in any way she can.
Kaylee is married and has a son and a step daughter. Her family enjoys outdoor sports like motocross, biking, baseball, volleyball and running 5ks.
In her role as Egg Donor Intake Coordinator, Kaylee guides potential egg donors through the intake process to prepare them for their egg donation journey. She conducts meetings with egg donors, assists in processing pertinent paperwork and records and helps to complete their file to join our egg donation program.
Carrissa is currently studying Ultrasound Technology and hopes to specialize in infertility treatment.
Carrissa originates from Rhode Island and she and her family moved to Florida to support her husband’s law enforcement career. She has two young children and one puppy. Her family enjoys going to the movie theatre, playing at the park, and more than anything- they love froyo. Carrissa also enjoys couponing and swimming.
Carrissa assists in obtaining and processing pertinent records and paperwork for potential candidates, enabling them to complete their file to move on to the matching process.
Surrogacy Support Manager
After a long struggle with infertility, Denise turned to FSC to assist in building her family. Denise was aware of other agency choices, but the ability for her and her husband to meet their potential donor with the guidance of the agency made Denise feel drawn to Family Source Consultants.
Aside from having her own daughters, Denise felt that nothing made her feel more complete than helping another couple to make their parenthood dreams come true through Surrogacy.
Denise knew instantly from the first time meeting with her Intended Parents that they were truly the perfect couple for her. In August of 2013, Denise gave birth to a beautiful girl for the family.
As the Surrogate Support Group Manager, Denise provides ongoing support to the surrogates in our program. In addition to continuous support via emails, texts, phone calls and online communication, Denise meets twice a month with other FSC surrogates who share questions, stories, tears and laughter.
Surrogate Outreach & Support
Susan Taylor LM, CPM is a Licensed Homebirth Midwife and is the founder of Taylor Made Midwifery in Fort Worth, Texas. Susan worked alongside an experienced LM, CPM for the first four years of her midwifery career.
Surrogacy was laid on Susan’s heart not long after her fourth baby was born in March 2012. She went on to deliver her first surrogate baby, a boy, in January 2015. Not long after her first Surrogacy journey, Susan knew that she wanted to help another family. It was at the beginning of that journey when she learned about Family Source Consultants.
Susan delivered her second surrogate baby, another boy, in May 2017 in her home. Her journey was more than she could have ever asked for or imagined and she knew instantly that she not only wanted to stay in the surrogacy world, but wanted a part of the FSC team. Susan appreciates FSC’s sincerity and desire to create meaningful matches.
Susan’s combination of love and passion for pregnancy, birth, babies, and helping families brought her to both midwifery and surrogacy. She is grateful that through the birth of her own four children, Christian, Kadyn, Rylie and Finn, that her heart was opened to helping others in these ways.
When Susan is not working, she enjoy spending time with her husband, Chris, and their beautiful children in Texas. She also enjoys laying by the pool, traveling, reading, and going to the movies.
As the Surrogate Support and Outreach Manager, Susan educates potential Surrogates and provides continuous support for FSC Surrogates located in Texas through monthly support meetings.
Director of Internet Operations
Matt Wisemantle is CompTIA A+ certified and a technology enthusiast. He is currently enrolled in college for Computer Information Systems and Networking Specialty.
Matt lives in Illinois and enjoys auto shows, creating videos and anything that supports technology.
As the Director of Internet Operations, Matt maintains FSC’s client contact database. Matt also works closely with our staff to obtain valuable information for newsletter content.
Christopher Boyd joined the Family Source team in 2012. As part of FSC’s communication team, Chris contributes to FSC’s media and community outreach, agency marketing material, and provides content throughout online platforms.
Chris is a lifelong Illinois resident and in his spare time he enjoys attending car shows with his grandfather and father, watching any sports team (college or professional), is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and spending time with his family and fur-companion, his dog, Benji.
As Communications Coordinator, Chris builds the profile and client base for the company through strategic marketing, recruitment, and communications.
Fertility Nurse Educator & Clinical Liaison
Connie Stark, RNC. C.P.C., is the Fertility Nurse Educator and Clinic Liaison for Family Source Consultants. Connie brings 27 years of work as a nurse in reproductive medicine with her to this role. She has firsthand knowledge and understanding of infertility treatment options, and is committed to helping FSC’s clients achieve a successful journey.
Connie serves as a liaison between FSC’s clients and the reproductive clinics they are utilizing, effectively forming partnerships with these clinics to increase understanding of the process for all patients, reduce stress loads, and minimize emotional health struggles.
Connie is the owner of The A.R.T. of Wellness, and integrates her work with FSC and A.R.T of Wellness to provide FSC’s client’s personalized fertility coaching services and education – all with support, understanding, and compassion.
Social Media Specialist
Stephanie Carmichael is the Social Media Specialist for Family Source Consultants. She has more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience - with a strong emphasis in digital marketing and medial across the past five years.
Stephanie also works as a Marketing Director for a commercial real estate firm in the Quad-Cities area.
Previously, Stephanie was the Digital Marketing Manager for 12 Hy-Vee grocery stores in the Iowa/Illinois area. She also is very involved in the community through Junior League, Young Professionals Network, the Lead(h)er Mentoring Program, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Stephanie joined the FSC team because she wanted to be able to give back those in need. She has seen many friends struggle with infertility, and she understands the importance of the work being done at FSC.