Our Team

Abundant Beginnings Co. was founded by the expertise of two women who have a combined 16+ years of both professional and personal experience in all phases of surrogacy. Our loyal dedicated staff are ready to support and guide you through each phase of the surrogacy process.

Julie Allgood

Julie Allgood

Co-Owner

Julie began her career as an early childhood specialist in Chicago, and continued her studies while raising her own children, receiving an MA in psychology with additional training as a mediator. Continually developing skills, she is a strong communicator and has unique insight into people.

Julie makes it a priority to educate people about infertility, surrogacy and this new path to parenthood. Her gentle approach makes her a strong, yet safe touchstone in the sometimes challenging and confusing process of surrogacy, offering hope and guidance to clients all over the world.

Nicole Lawson

Nicole Lawson

Co-Owner

Nicole and her husband chose surrogacy as their route to parenthood after many years of struggling. Now a mother to two daughters, born via surrogacy, Nicole is a compassionate companion to those embarking upon the surrogacy journey. Nicole is extremely relatable, and Abundant Beginnings Co. clients are a top priority in her life. She understands the strong desire to be a parent, and with each interaction she brings personal experience, knowledge, and understanding. Nicole is also the Co-Founder of the Baby Question Foundation, which is a non-profit organization offering grants to those struggling with fertility treatments.

Emily Rotter

Emily Rotter

Case Manager / Intake Coordinator

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Life. With over a decade of experience as a case manager specializing in foster care and child advocacy, Emily offers immense compassion with a keen knowledge of logistics across the entire surrogacy process. Helping intended parents achieve their goal of growing their family fuels her passion and commitment to Abundant Beginnings Co. Emily resides in Los Angeles with her husband, 3 children, and labradoodle, Lucy.orld.

Stacie Adler

Stacie Adler

Case Manager

Stacie began her career with a Bachelors degree in Health Education with an emphasis on Family Planning. Through working for more than 15 years in Women’s Healthcare, she has developed an understanding and sensitivity to the unique needs of those dealing with pregnancy and infertility. Her extensive communication and listening skills have enabled Stacie to support surrogates and intended parents through the journey of creating the families they so deeply desire. She is a great communicator who helps the intended parents and surrogates develop the positive and open rapport that is so necessary in the surrogacy experience.

Leyla Bilali

Leyla Bilali

BS, BSN, RN

Leyla joins us from New York, where she has been working as a fertility specialist for many years.  She  founded a fertility consulting & nursing services business, Fertility Together, to bridge the gap between clinic & patient, between fertility treatment & personalized care.

“I believe that a nurturing, knowledgeable partner can make all the difference in each individual’s unique path to fertility.  I provide what’s often missing in this field – personalization, continuity of care, proper education & endless encouragement.”

Leyla has a passion for helping intended parents find the perfect surrogate and is excited to be working with Abundant Beginnings. She thoroughly reviews every surrogacy candidate’s medical history and provides a detailed medical summary to help expedite the matching process.

Desiree Melchiori

Desiree Melchiori

Surrogacy Intake Assistant

Desiree has been in the medical field for over 15 years and recently gave birth as a surrogate for a very lucky family. She loved every aspect of her surrogacy experience. Desiree is really passionate about surrogacy, and is excited to continue to be involved as a Surrogacy Intake Assistant for Abundant Beginnings. She has a lot of wisdom to offer, and we are grateful to have her on our team.
 
Desiree and her husband have 4 handsome boys and their Great Dane named Ellie. They love all things outdoors and have a very active lifestyle. Desiree is so organized and keeps things moving in her busy household!!
Heather Tonkins

Heather Tonkins

Certified Nutritionist

My name is Heather Tonkins, and I am a Certified Nutritionist and a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coach. As a Certified Nutritionist, I specialize in working with adults and teens. I have extensive experience working with women who are going through the fertility process, who are pregnant, and/or postpartum. I am passionate about and dedicated to improving the health of all the individuals I am fortunate enough to work with as a Nutritionist.  I’m happy to be supporting women who are willing to be surrogates with Abundant Beginnings Company.

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