Our Team

All the experience you need under one roof
All the compassion you want standing beside you

Family Creations: Our dedicated people

Family Creations has the industry's most experienced and knowledgeable experts. We choose to work with people who have our passion for this very special kind of sharing. Each of us here at Family Creations is committed to providing the very best assistance to each of our clients. and address all your concerns – every step of the way. We look forward to being a part of your donation experience.

All the experience you need under one roof
All the compassion you want standing beside you

Family Creations: Our dedicated people



Family Creations has the industry's most experienced and knowledgeable experts. We choose to work with people who have our passion for this very special kind of sharing. Each of us here at Family Creations is committed to providing the very best assistance to each of our clients. and address all your concerns – every step of the way. We look forward to being a part of your donation experience.

Family Creations Team

Julia Alkire,
Founder, CEO
 
" I am amazed by the miracle's of Third Party Reproduction and have found so much fulfillment in the work that I am blessed to do. I am grateful to be involved in this truly incredible process in which new families are created every day!"

As Founder and CEO of Family Creations, Julia leads Family Creations' team.
She developed Family Creations' standardized procedures to ensure delivery of professional and compassionate agency services to each of our clients.
Her devotion for family and children along with her extensive management experience is a unique blend that gives her the ability to compassionately guide intended parents, surrogates and donors through this incredible journey.

Along with her role as a visionary CEO, Julia is married to her husband Keith and is the mother of two beautiful daughters.
Julia was named one of America's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under the age of 30 by INC. Magazine and was also honored in ForbesWoman Magazine in an article titled Success at Every Age.
Marla Soriano,
Surrogacy Program Director
 
"Choose a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life." 

Prior to joining Family Creations, Marla worked as a legal assistant doing contract work for a major law firm specializing in Third Party Reproduction and Family Formation Law. As she became more familiar with the surrogacy process, preparing the pleadings for the finalization of parental rights, Marla's passion grew stronger to become an integral part of the surrogacy journey itself. Her determination is what ultimately led her to Family Creations.

Marla initially joined our team an Administrative Assistant and was quickly promoted to Surrogate Case Manager. Marla’s growth within the company continued to flourish as she advanced to Director of Case Management, overseeing our Egg Donor Case Managers, while also continuing to independently manage each of our surrogacy cases.


Today, as Surrogate Program Director, Marla manages the surrogacy team, in addition to matching our Intended Parents and Surrogates. Marla fosters the relationships between our Intended Parents and Surrogates during the matching phase of their journey. She is sympathetic and compassionate to the complexity of the surrogacy process and all that it entails. Her commitment, enthusiasm, reliability, and professionalism, makes Marla an exceptional Program Director.


Marla was born and raised in Southern California and is married with two amazing adult children. She graduated from California State University Northridge, and holds her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.
Jered Mercer,
Egg Donor Program Director
 

"It is such an honor to be a part of this momentous, scary, beautiful moment in the lives of a family."

Jered has returned to the Family Creations team after working in the past as the Director of Development in our San Francisco branch. He has held every title in the Egg Donor program at one time or another. His current role provides support to the Egg Donor team as well as the intended parents as they embark upon this journey.

Jered is from San Diego and comes to us by way of San Francisco and Dubai! He is thrilled to be working in our main office here in Los Angeles.

 

Andrea Muehlhaus,
Surrogate Case Manager
 

I have personally been a surrogate twice before, and I understand the process because I have lived it.”
 
Andrea takes her job and responsibilities personally and has first-hand knowledge of the process as an experienced surrogate for two wonderful same sex couples in 2012 and 2014. Andrea and her family remain close and connected to these two families to this day. Andrea shares her experiences with intended parents and surrogates as they embark upon this delicate journey. 
 
Prior to joining Family Creations, Andrea was a surrogacy Case Manager for the past five years with another large agency in Southern California.  She coordinated and supported many successful surrogacy journeys throughout the years. Andrea prides herself on her integrity, ethics, compassion, and support as a surrogacy Case Manager.
 
Andrea has been featured on the Dr. D. Radio Show, the Orange County Register, and has been a panel moderator at a national surrogacy conference.  Andrea was born and raised in Southern California and is married and raising two beautiful school age children.

Joann Stewart,
Senior Egg Donor Case Manager
 
“Being able to assist those on their journey to having a family is something which I find very fulfilling. Children are an absolute blessing.”

As Egg Donor Case Manager, Joann guides each client and egg donor through the donation process while providing personal attention and care. She also works directly with clinics and attorneys to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Originally from New York, Joann earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Society at SUNY College at Old Westbury and has taken subsequent courses to continue her education. She is the mother of two wonderful children. 
Mary Dunn,
Egg Donor Case Manager
 
Mary joins Family Creations after nearly 20 years in the Entertainment Industry. Her online search for a career change began with the words “Jobs that help families.”


 

As a mother of a 6-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy, Mary knows what a gift it is to have a child. “Being a mom is the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I love that I’m now a part of this special company where I can help make family dreams come true."

 

Mary was born and raised in Wisconsin, studied filmmaking, and moved to Los Angeles for graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts. She previously worked for the Dr. Phil show for 13 years as a Digital Producer. 

Ashley Garrett,
Surrogate Coordinator
 

“At the end of the day, some prefer TV, while others prefer wine, for me: the best thing is to hear my daughters laugh and see their beautiful faces when I walk through the door.”
 
As Surrogate Specialist, Ashley guides each potential surrogate through the steps of surrogacy and works with her one-on-one with compassion and sincerity. Throughout the process, Ashley makes sure each candidate understands the delicacy and commitment of a surrogate, as well as the beautiful gift each surrogate can give. Ashley lives with her husband and their three daughters.





 


 

Liliana Rodriguez,
Egg Donor Coordinator
 

“Family is everything to me, and children are the most precious gift a family can receive. It is very rewarding to see this process come together, beginning with an application, and ending with the happiness and excitement of a family who has struggled to receive their gift. I have a passion for helping others and I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful experience where I can see so many people’s dreams come true.”

Liliana expertly guides prospective donors through the application and interview process. Family Creations is very selective in the donors they invite to join their program, and Liliana's role is to facilitate the applications to ensure only the most qualified donors are approved. Only after Liliana personally interviews each prospective donor, are they invited to join Family Creations' program.

Liliana does a fantastic job of getting to know each donor while assessing their maturity level and commitment to the process. Liliana educates each prospective donor about her responsibilities going forward in the process so each donor knows exactly what to expect once she is selected by Intended Parents. Liliana takes pride in her work and feels inspired by these incredible young women every day.

Liliana was born and raised in Southern California and is actively pursuing a degree in Child Development.

 

Ashley Neal,
Administrative Assistant
 
  

"The gift of a child's unconditional love is priceless"

As administrative assistant Ashley has an integral role of assisting each of our departments to ensure a smooth and seamlessly running office. She handles a high volume of calls and processes a large volume of applications.

Ashley is also in contact with each of our egg donors on a frequent basis ensuring that their information is up to date and accurate. She is the heart of our office and handles everything from answering phones to collecting medical records and everything in between.  
Danielle Dryer,
Bookkeeper


“Having and raising my daughter has been my dream come true, and it means so much to me that I am affiliated with an organization whose mission is to help others make their dreams come true.”

Danielle is the Family Creations bookkeeper and handles the recording of all financial transactions for all branches of the program.

Danielle was born and raised in Southern California and is married with a beautiful daughter. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she holds her Bachelor Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting.