... Because Everyone Can Build a Family

MEET THE TEAM

At Creative Family Connections, our staff functions as a team. Our individual processes are all just a part of one greater whole – the surrogacy journey. While we may each play a different role in your journey, we do not function independently. We are all invested in each and every case, and we are all here to help you at any time.


DIANE HINSON – OWNER & FOUNDER

Diane is the founder, owner and senior partner of Creative Family Connections. Her diverse background and skills – and that of her team – enables Creative Family Connections to offer the necessary legal expertise to help Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogates make the complicated decisions that arise throughout the process of Collaborative Reproduction.

For Diane’s full bio, click here.

LEIGH POUNDS – OPERATIONS MANAGER & CLIENT INTAKE

Leigh oversees CFC’s daily operations. You will likely meet her during your earliest contact with CFC. She takes calls from Prospective Clients to give them an overview of our services, and arranges Prospective Client Meetings. Leigh is an integral part of the on-boarding process for new clients at CFC, and works behind the scenes on a daily basis to keep all of the various facets of our operations running smoothly.

JEN AHERN – Director of Legal Services and Gestational Surrogacy

Jen serves as the Director of Legal Services and Gestational Surrogacy at Creative Family Connections. She joined CFC in the fall of 2010, after completing a clerkship with the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. She is a 2009 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

Jen received her BA from the University of Maryland, where she was a psychology major. In her role as Associate Attorney, Jen drafts and negotiates contracts, assists with court filings and petitions, represents our clients in court, and provides ongoing legal research.

MICHELLE MISLER – SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY & CASE MANAGER

Michelle is the Senior Associate Attorney and Case Manager on the CFC team. She came to CFC from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she worked with a team of attorneys in the Office of Research Administration. Prior to JHU, Michelle was an attorney for the 20+ Faculty Physician Practices at the University of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2007 with the goal of working in the health care industry. She has a special affinity for working in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology, as it was a frequent topic of conversation at the dinner table during her formative years.

Michelle was especially interested in becoming a part of CFC because she believes in its mission that everyone deserves the opportunity to build a family. Michelle and Jen share the duties of drafting contracts and preparing court pleadings. Michelle also works as a Case Manager, supporting our Gestational Surrogates and Intended Parents throughout their surrogacy journey.

NICOLE RENSLOW – SENIOR MANAGER OF SURROGATE RECRUITING & MATCHING

Niki is the Senior Manager of Surrogate Recruiting and Matching. She was previously a case manager with CFC for 2 years. Her role is to screen and recruit Gestational Surrogate Candidates to prepare to be potentially matched with Intended Parents. Niki reviews surrogate applications, calls references, fields questions from candidates and completes many of our gestational carriers’ in-home visits. Niki offers a unique and special prospective as a former surrogate herself, carrying twins for a same-sex couple. She brings profound understanding of the process and is highly attuned to nurturing a relationship with potential gestational carriers. Niki’s passion for surrogacy and building families is contagious. You may also experience Niki’s warm presence and enthusiasm during the journey for check ins and after the journey, as she completes all post-delivery calls for our surrogates.

Before joining the CFC team, Niki worked for 12 years in the mortgage industry-and thus is skilled in juggling many moving pieces and attending to minute details. On a personal note, Niki lives in New York with her husband, 3 children, and 3 fur-babies, where she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and doing yoga.

ROBIN HINSON – SURROGATE RECRUITING & MEDIA MANAGER

Robin Hinson first came to work for CFC to conduct research for our Surrogacy Law Across The United States map. After working as a case manager for 3 years, guiding intended parents and surrogates through their surrogacy journeys, Robin joined our Surrogate Recruiting Team in February of 2019. 

Along with her regular role in surrogate recruiting and social media management, Robin often travels to conduct in-home interviews with our surrogate candidates, prior to a candidate becoming eligible for matching with intended parents. Post-interview, Robin writes a detailed report which is submitted as part of a candidate’s package when she is presented to her potential Intended Parents.

Adopted by a single parent, Robin understands the importance of accepting and welcoming families and people of all kinds. Just as CFC supports many families from the LGBTQ community, so too does Robin strongly believe in equality for individuals. Robin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, and cooking in her personal time. 

LAUREN SWYERS – ACTING SENIOR CASE MANAGER

Lauren is a Clinical Social Worker who, as part of the Case Management team, provides direct support to our Intended Parents and their Gestational Carriers. You will likely meet her halfway through your pregnancy as she will assist you in developing a hospital birth plan and works closely with the hospital, Gestational Carrier, and Intended Parents to ensure a smooth and beautiful birth experience. Before joining the CFC team, Lauren dedicated herself to building families through Foster Care and Adoption, as well as has significant experience in mental health and hospital settings.

Lauren has always been passionate about issues surrounding nontraditional family-building, infertility, and LGBT rights. Lauren wholeheartedly believes in the beauty of gestational surrogacy and the belief that everyone has the right to have a family. Lauren resides in Maryland with her husband and three adventurous children.

MORGAN MARANDOLA – CASE MANAGER

As a Case Manager with Creative Family Connections, Morgan provides direct support to our Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their surrogacy journeys.

Before joining the CFC team, Morgan was an applied behavior analysis therapist for children with disabilities in the D.C. foster care system and D.C. school system. She originally found her passion for building and helping families through her studies at University of Maryland, where she studied Sociology, with a concentration in family science. She has a strong educational background regarding surrogacy, including the psychosocial, financial, and clinical aspects of a surrogacy journey. 

Morgan resides in Virginia with her fiancé and dog, and enjoys baking, skiing, and fostering animals in her personal time.

JENN LANGE – CASE MANAGER

Jenn became a case manager with Creative Family Connections in September of 2018 after completing her own journey as a gestational surrogate for gay intended parents. As a part of the case manager team, Jenn provides direct support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their journey. Jenn earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and spent over 10 years working as a registered nurse in various areas of healthcare, including nursery and postpartum care before joining our team.

Jenn has always had a passion for helping others, both as a registered nurse and during her own journey as a gestational carrier. This passion for helping others build their families has carried over into her professional career as she loves sharing her firsthand knowledge of surrogacy with her clients! Jenn resides in Maryland with her husband and three children and loves to run in her free time. 

AMANDA ZONAS – CASE MANAGER

Amanda brings over 10 years of experience in OBGYN, third-party reproduction, and gestational surrogacy to the Creative Family Connections team. Amanda has first-hand personal experience with egg donation, which is where her passion for the fertility field began. As a case manager with CFC since January of 2019, Amanda provides her warm, friendly, and professional support to intended parents and surrogates during their journey from matching to delivery.

Amanda currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Health Science, and plans to return to school to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Her experiences in the fertility field include case management for egg donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy. She has also assisted during in-office fertility procedures. Amanda uses her unique skill set and knowledge of the fertility field to provide guidance to intended parents and surrogates on their journeys.

Amanda resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking and exploring the local history in New England.

DOMENICA CARLSON – CLIENT COORDINATOR

Nica joined CFC as their Client Coordinator in March of 2019. Her passion for the fertility industry began in 2015 when she became an egg donor for an international gay couple for the first time. She was working in banking at the time, but knew that the fertility field was where she needed to be, having found a true passion in assisting others in achieving the dream of parenthood.

As CFC’s Client Coordinator, Nica provides support to Intended Parents during the first part of their journey, prior to their match to a Gestational Carrier. She is the main point of contact for Intended Parents during this time, holding their hands through the beginning stages of the journey via weekly check-ins and updates. She is always available to address questions or concerns and has the honor of presenting surrogate candidate packages when a potential match is proposed.

Nica obtained her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and is currently working toward completion of her MBA at Central as well. Nica resides in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, baking, and gardening.


DIANE HINSON

Diane is the founder, owner and senior partner of Creative Family Connections. Her diverse background and skills – and that of her team – enables Creative Family Connections to offer the necessary legal expertise to help Intended Parents and Gestational Surrogates make the complicated decisions that arise throughout the process of Collaborative Reproduction.

For Diane’s full bio, click here.

LEIGH POUNDS – Office & Client Intake Manager

Leigh oversees CFC’s daily operations. You will likely meet her during your earliest contact with CFC. She takes calls from Prospective Clients to give them an overview of our services, and arranges Prospective Client Meetings.

Leigh is an integral part of the onboarding process for new clients at CFC, and works behind the scenes on a daily basis to keep all of the various facets of our operations running smoothly.

JEN AHERN – SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY & DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES AND GESTATIONAL SURROGACY

Jen serves as the Senior Associate Attorney & Director of Legal Services and Gestational Surrogacy at Creative Family Connections. She joined CFC in the fall of 2010, after completing a clerkship with the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. She is a 2009 graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.

Jen received her BA from the University of Maryland, where she was a psychology major. In her role as Associate Attorney, Jen drafts and negotiates contracts, assists with court filings and petitions, represents our clients in court, and provides ongoing legal research.

MICHELLE MISLER – ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY & CASE MANAGER

Michelle is an Associate Attorney and Case Manager on the CFC team. She comes to CFC from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she worked with a team of attorneys in the Office of Research Administration. Prior to JHU, Michelle was an attorney for the 20+ Faculty Physician Practices at the University of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2007 with the goal of working in the health care industry. She has a special affinity for working in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology, as it was a frequent topic of conversation at the dinner table during her formative years.

Michelle was especially interested in becoming a part of CFC because she believes in its mission that everyone deserves the opportunity to build a family. Michelle and Jen share the duties of drafting contracts and preparing court pleadings. Michelle also works as a Case Manager, supporting our Gestational Surrogates and Intended Parents throughout their surrogacy journey.

NICOLE RENSLOW – SURROGATE RECRUITING MANAGER

Niki became our Surrogate Recruiting Manager in June 2018 after working as a case manager with CFC for 2 years. Her role as surrogacy recruiting manager is to screen and recruit Gestational Surrogate Candidates to prepare to be potentially matched with Intended Parents. Niki reviews surrogate applications, calls references, fields questions from candidates and completes many of our gestational carriers’ in-home visits. Niki offers a unique and special prospective as a former surrogate herself, carrying twins for a same-sex couple. She brings profound understanding of the process and is highly attuned to nurturing a relationship with potential gestational carriers. Niki’s passion for surrogacy and building families is contagious. You may also experience Niki’s warm presence and enthusiasm during the journey for check ins and after the journey, as she completes all post-delivery calls for our surrogates.

Before joining the CFC team, Niki worked for 12 years in the mortgage industry-and thus is skilled in juggling many moving pieces and attending to minute details. On a personal note, Niki lives in New York with her husband, 3 children, and 3 fur-babies, where she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and doing yoga.

ROBIN HINSON – SURROGATE RECRUITING ASSOCIATE & MEDIA MANAGER 

Robin Hinson first came to work for Creative Family Connections to conduct research for our Surrogacy Law Across The United States map. After working as a case manager for 3 years, guiding intended parents and surrogates through their surrogacy journeys, Robin joined our Surrogate Recruiting Team in February of 2019. 

Along with her regular role in surrogate recruiting and social media management, Robin often travels to conduct in-home interviews with our surrogate candidates, prior to a candidate becoming eligible for matching with intended parents. Post-interview, Robin writes a detailed report which is submitted as part of a candidate’s package when she is presented to her potential Intended Parents.

Adopted by a single parent, Robin understands the importance of accepting and welcoming families and people of all kinds. Just as CFC supports many families from the LGBTQ community, so too does Robin strongly believe in equality for individuals. Robin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys teaching yoga, hiking, and cooking in her personal time. 

LAUREN SWYERS – CASE MANAGER

Lauren is a Clinical Social Worker who, as part of the Case Management team, provides direct support to our Intended Parents and their Gestational Carriers. You will likely meet her halfway through your pregnancy as she will assist you in developing a hospital birth plan and works closely with the hospital, Gestational Carrier, and Intended Parents to ensure a smooth and beautiful birth experience. Before joining the CFC team, Lauren dedicated herself to building families through Foster Care and Adoption, as well as has significant experience in mental health and hospital settings.

Lauren has always been passionate about issues surrounding nontraditional family-building, infertility, and LGBT rights. Lauren wholeheartedly believes in the beauty of gestational surrogacy and the belief that everyone has the right to have a family. Lauren resides in Maryland with her husband and three adventurous children.

MORGAN MARANDOLA – CASE MANAGER

As a Case Manager with Creative Family Connections, Morgan provides direct support to our Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their surrogacy journeys.

Before joining the CFC team, Morgan was an applied behavior analysis therapist for children with disabilities in the D.C. foster care system and D.C. school system. She originally found her passion for building and helping families through her studies at University of Maryland, where she studied Sociology, with a concentration in family science. She has a strong educational background regarding surrogacy, including the psychosocial, financial, and clinical aspects of a surrogacy journey. 

Morgan resides in Virginia with her fiancé and dog, and enjoys baking, skiing, and fostering animals in her personal time.

JENN LANGE – CASE MANAGER

Jenn became a case manager with Creative Family Connections in September of 2018 after completing her own journey as a gestational surrogate for gay intended parents. As a part of the case manager team, Jenn provides direct support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their journey. Jenn earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from York College of Pennsylvania and spent over 10 years working as a registered nurse in various areas of healthcare, including nursery and postpartum care before joining our team.

Jenn has always had a passion for helping others, both as a registered nurse and during her own journey as a gestational carrier. This passion for helping others build their families has carried over into her professional career as she loves sharing her firsthand knowledge of surrogacy with her clients! Jenn resides in Maryland with her husband and three children and loves to run in her free time. 

AMANDA ZONAS – CASE MANAGER

Amanda brings over 10 years of experience in OBGYN, third-party reproduction, and gestational surrogacy to the Creative Family Connections team. Amanda has first-hand personal experience with egg donation, which is where her passion for the fertility field began. As a case manager with CFC since January of 2019, Amanda provides her warm, friendly, and professional support to intended parents and surrogates during their journey from matching to delivery.

Amanda currently holds an Associate’s Degree in Health Science, and plans to return to school to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing. Her experiences in the fertility field include case management for egg donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy. She has also assisted during in-office fertility procedures. Amanda uses her unique skill set and knowledge of the fertility field to provide guidance to intended parents and surrogates on their journeys.

Amanda resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys hiking and exploring the local history in New England.

DOMENICA CARLSON – CLIENT COORDINATOR

Nica joined CFC as their Client Coordinator in March of 2019. Her passion for the fertility industry began in 2015 when she became an egg donor for an international gay couple for the first time. She was working in banking at the time, but knew that the fertility field was where she needed to be, having found a true passion in assisting others in achieving the dream of parenthood.

As CFC’s Client Coordinator, Nica provides support to Intended Parents during the first part of their journey, prior to their match to a Gestational Carrier. She is the main point of contact for Intended Parents during this time, holding their hands through the beginning stages of the journey via weekly check-ins and updates. She is always available to address questions or concerns and has the honor of presenting surrogate candidate packages when a potential match is proposed.

Nica obtained her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Central Connecticut State University and is currently working toward completion of her MBA at Central as well. Nica resides in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, baking, and gardening.