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Meet Our Team

We strive to provide our clients with the highest standard of care in the surrogacy industry!

Founder and CEO

Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker is the owner of US Surrogacy, and much of her enthusiasm for surrogacy comes from Dawn's experience as an infertility patient prior to having her second son and the belief that no matter what walk of life you come from, the inherent desire for a family is in many of us. She brings significant work experience from the legal field to US Surrogacy, having worked first as a legal assistant and then as a paralegal for over 20 years. She entered the legal profession after having served in the US Army for five years with an emphasis on communications. Dawn is committed to providing a transparent, caring environment for both Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers. Her background in the legal field and her experience with her own infertility makes her uniquely able to navigate the process of surrogacy.

Dawn attends conferences in the surrogacy field regularly and is a member of ASRM. She is also on the membership committee for SEEDS, of which she is also a member. Dawn has spoken about the surrogacy journey around the world, including China. She has also attended events in Europe to continue spreading the joy she finds in building families. She continually spends time learning about reproductive technology and the industry in order to best serve the clients of US Surrogacy.

An ardent supporter of the ability to have a family, she became interested in surrogacy through an acquaintance and soon became an advocate for others to help build their families. With the amazing science of reproductive technology, we are blessed to have the means in our society to realize that desire. She is passionate about the ability to work in an environment whose core existence is the growth of the family.

Dawn and her husband enjoy spending time with their family of three beautiful children, the oldest who works in technology and the younger two who are currently attending college. She has many nieces and nephews and loves living close to her extended family.

Case Manager

Katie Sheffield

Katie is the proud mom of a 17 year old son. She lives in Las Vegas. Katie had 7 years of experience working as a IVF clinical coordinator at a fertility center before she came to work at US Surrogacy LLC. I absolutely love working for US Surrogacy LLC and helping families achieve their dreams. Working with surrogates is amazing. They are very special people who have such a great passion for helping others.
Intake Team Lead

Amy Griffin

Amy is married, has a 6 year old son and lives in Oklahoma. Amy had ten years of experience working as a medical assistant at an OBGYN clinic before she came to work at US Surrogacy LLC. She also has two years of infertility experience where she was an IUI coordinator, IVF coordinator then moved up to third party coordination helping intended parents, surrogates and egg donors. Her passion is helping others. Working for US Surrogacy has been the most rewarding job to her by far with helping families grow and getting to be a part of such a big time in these families lives.
Social Media and Digital Marketing Manager

Gennifer Rose

Gennifer is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked in marketing for large corporations in San Francisco. She and her husband relocated to Sacramento to start their family, and they now have two young children. She has been working with US Surrogacy LLC for two years and enjoys helping families fulfill their parenthood dreams.
Intake and Egg Donor Specialist

Jessica Baker

Jess started with US Surrogacy LLC as an Administrative Assistant, prior to her current responsibilities related to gestational carriers and egg donor admissions. Focusing on the personal aspect of the family building journey is at the center of how Jess approaches her day-to-day role – she relates well to those she comes into contract with each day! Jess brings over seven years of administrative and customer service experience to US Surrogacy LLC. In her free time, she is a huge fan of the beach and living the northern California lifestyle – a great compliment to her passion for women’s volleyball, as a past Division II women’s volleyball player. In addition to Jess’ work with US Surrogacy LLC, she is a third-year student at Cal Poly, Humboldt, majoring in Communications and resides in Arcata, California.
Case Manager Team Lead

Junior Velasquez

When Junior Velazquez learned that US Surrogacy was seeking a Spanish-speaking professional to coordinate Surrogates locally in the US and international Intended Parents, he was excited to apply. Bringing the perfect personality, skills, and experience for the job, Junior was welcomed into our case manager’s team, providing surrogacy coordination services.

Junior moved to Las Vegas nineteen years ago with his family, where he continues to live alongside his husband, raising their son.
His son, Elliot, is the life of his world, and he wants others to experience parenthood in any anyway possible, just as he is.
Junior is a strong advocate for gay surrogacy and parenting, as well as for all couples and individuals who need third-party reproductive services to grow their families via Gestational Surrogacy. His personal experience and compassion makes him an ideal liaison for parents needing surrogacy coordination in the United States.

Before joining US Surrogacy as a coordinator, Junior worked in healthcare as a liaison for the LGBTQ+ community in Las Vegas, NV, by assisting with healthcare and contagious diseases, educating the community, and bringing care to patients through available services to them by the state.
After meeting his husband, Romain, Junior had the gift of becoming a stepfather to Elliot, but the word “step” is meaningless to him as he does not see DNA in order to be a father to someone he loves more than anything in this world. Elliot is his life!

Junior loves Las Vegas. It’s so easy to have a family in Las Vegas, NV. It’s calm, it’s quiet, and he has a house and backyard where they play and enjoy their time as a family. His husband also works in the fertility field. Junior recently found a passion for CrossFit with his husband, so health is a big part of his life. His typical day is cooking for his family, helping his son with homework and school projects, and taking him to sports practice such as soccer, gymnastics, and tennis.

As you can see, apart from his job providing surrogacy coordination and managing our Las Vegas office, spending time with his husband and their little boy is Junior’s greatest joy.

Junior and his husband, Romain, are considering having another child and might start the process again next year.

Executive Assistant

Stephanie Shakh

Stephanie is happily married to her best friend, and together they have an adorable 6-year-old little boy. Her Husband and son are truly the biggest joy in her life. Stephanie with her husband can both truly relate to the struggle in family building as they currently face the challenges and heartbreak of fertility. Stephanie is located in the foothills of Northern California, where she was also born and raised. In Stephanie’s free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hitting the gym, cooking, and has a love for interior design and home décor! Stephanie has been with US Surrogacy for almost a year; however, she has an extensive background in clerical and administrative positions for level C executives. Stephanie is very passionate about family building and growing families via surrogacy, she truly believes this is the most rewarding experience to work in.
Case Manager & Surrogate Recruiter

Jamie Mallah

Jamie is married and has 3 beautiful girls, ages 2, 6 and 13. Her children are her world and she’s a proud mama. She currently lives in Henderson, NV. She also began her surrogate experience in 2017, and gave birth to a baby boy for a family in 2018. In November 2018, Jamie worked as a case manager for another surrogate agency before she came to work at US Surrogacy LLC. She is currently on her 2nd journey to help another family!
Her passion is helping and caring for others. Working for US Surrogacy LLC has been a life fulfilling job that I never want to end. I love seeing the faces of the families when they get their babies in their arms. It's the best feeling knowing we can do amazing things together like this!
Bookkeeper & Escrow Specialist

Melissa Bagneschi

Melissa has been with US Surrogacy LLC for over 3 years and came to us with over 10 years accounting and bookkeeping experience. Originally from the Bay area, she has 2 teenage children and now resides locally in our small town community of Loomis. She has always had a passion for children and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development for teaching. She enjoys outdoor activities from paddle boarding to hiking and campfires. She loves being part of our small family style atmosphere and loves seeing families come together through the work we do each and every day.
Program Manager

Kimberly Hennessy

Kimberly joined the US Surrogacy team with over 20 years experience in Third Party Reproduction. Most of her experience has been in two of the top fertility clinics in the US with her primary focus helping clients grow their families with egg donation and gestational surrogacy. With her medical background and passion for helping others, she brings a deep understanding to the complexities and need for a team approach and a problem solving outlook.

Kimberly enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and traveling. She absolutely loves being a parent to her daughter and is so grateful for that opportunity after years of struggle to have a child. She has a true understanding of being able to count on the people helping you.

Director of Marketing

Jo Ann Levitan

Jo Ann Levitan, Director of Marketing at US Surrogacy LLC, is not only a seasoned marketing professional but also a courageous cancer survivor. Overcoming an aggressive form of cervical cancer, she navigated years of fertility treatments, resulting in the joyous arrival of her daughter Skylar in 2011. This personal journey ignited Jo Ann's passionate commitment to fertility advocacy.

Since 2017, Jo Ann has played a pivotal role on the SEEDS Society For Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy committee, contributing to ethical practices in the field. With a hands-on approach, she boasts 8+ years of global marketing experience, specializing in strategic partnerships, and demonstrating expertise in customer acquisition and retention. Her extensive 15-year background involves consistently surpassing expectations in both B2B and B2C settings while cultivating enduring client partnerships.

Jo Ann stands out as a relationship-builder, dedicated to understanding target audiences, earning their trust, and surpassing expectations in the dynamic field of fertility advocacy.

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