... 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 owner and founder of Creative Family Connections. She founded Creative Family Connections on the principle that “everyone can build a family.” Diane grew up in a family of six children, so family has always been an important beacon for Diane. She began her family as a single mother, so she has always championed the non-traditional, e.g., single and LBGTQ+ parents.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland Bars, Diane’s diverse background and hands-on management approach allows her to offer guidance and support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers from both a legal and personal perspective.

For Diane’s full bio and personal background, click here.

LEIGH POUNDS – OPERATIONS 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 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.

ASHLEY FRYE – OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Ashley is an Operations Associate. Her job is to support the Operations Manager and the entire team. She joined CFC after working as a professional in the hospitality, healthcare, and legal industries. Ashley is excited to bring her business background to CFC. Personally, Ashley is the mother of two boys, a runner and yogi, and avid home chef!

JENNIFER MCGILL – DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES & GESTATIONAL SURROGACY

Jen is the Director of Legal Services & Gestational Surrogacy at Creative Family Connections, and has dedicated nearly her entire career to Assisted Reproductive Technology. Joining CFC in 2010, Jen brings over a decade of experience and care to clients eager to build or expand their family through Assisted Reproduction. She has extensive experience in a variety of Assisted Reproductive Technology matters, including gestational surrogacy agreements, anonymous or known sperm agreements, egg donation agreements, embryo donation agreements, parentage matters, and second parent adoptions. She also brings a unique and positive perspective as a former egg donor and former surrogacy case manager, recognizing the complexity and intimate nature of a surrogacy journey.

Jen is a fellow with the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and co-chairs the Standards Committee with the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Committee on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Jen is admitted to practice in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2009 and received her BA from the University of Maryland in 2006.

Jen spends her spare time with her husband, John, in Arlington, Virginia, and loves being a mom to two sweet and very active little boys (Jack & Max), and being a dog mom to a crazy beagle (Luca) and dachshund (Lucy).

CIARA BEAULIEU – ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Ciara joined CFC as an Associate Attorney in 2021 after completing a legal fellowship with the Legal Services Corporation. Her prior legal work centered the voices of women and gender diverse persons with disabilities, ensuring their rights to exercise complete reproductive autonomy. She continues this work today as a volunteer Disability Rights Advocate for the Women’s Major Group, a participant in United Nations efforts to achieve sustainable development. Ciara received her J.D. and M.A. in International Service from American University and her B.A. in Sociology from Connecticut College.

At CFC, Ciara supports our legal portfolio by drafting and negotiating contracts, assisting with court filings and petitions, and conducting ongoing legal research. Ciara resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner and their dog. She is an active member of the local LGBTQ+ community and enjoys gardening, yoga, and learning new languages (currently: International Sign). 

DESSIRÉ FISHER – PARALEGAL

Dessiré has been a paralegal at Creative Family Connections since July of 2019. After five years of experience in Family Law, and having just moved to Maryland, Dessiré wanted to step out of her comfort zone and venture into the exciting frontier of “Happy Law,” also known as surrogacy law.

As a paralegal at CFC, Dessiré assists our attorneys by drafting the firm’s contracts and parentage documents. Dessiré assists with CFC’s US Surrogacy Map updates as well.

Dessiré obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. Dessiré currently resides in Maryland with her husband and their cat. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, crochet, and exploring fun events in Maryland and D.C.

NICOLE RENSLOW – SENIOR MANAGER OF SURROGATE RECRUITING & MATCHING

Niki is the Senior Manager of Surrogate Recruiting and Matching. Her team recruits and screens Gestational Surrogate Candidates, and then matches them to our Intended Parents. Niki oversees the Recruiting & Matching team. With the support of her team, Niki reviews surrogate applications, speaks to surrogate candidates and references, and performs many of our gestational surrogates’ in-home visits. You may also experience Niki’s warm presence and enthusiasm for check-ins after the journey, as Niki and her team complete the post-delivery calls for our surrogates.

Niki offers a unique perspective as she was 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.

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.

Niki lives in Virginia with her husband, 3 children, and 3 fur-babies. 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. She is passionate about guiding new surrogates on their journey, as well as sharing the experiences of surrogates and intended parents through social media management. 

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 the queer community on a professional and personal level. Robin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys yoga, hiking, and studying the world of wine.

NICA CARLSON – MANAGER OF SURROGATE RECRUITING & MATCHING

Nica joined CFC as our 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 one of CFC’s surrogate recruiting managers, she is the main point of contact for surrogates as they onboard for their journey.

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.

AMANDA ZONAS – SENIOR CASE MANAGER & INSURANCE COORDINATOR

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. Along with being our senior case manager, Amanda is also our insurance liaison for intended parents and surrogates for their insurance needs during their journey.

Amanda currently holds a degree in Health Science, and will be finishing her Bachelor’s in Business Management with a Health Care focus this year. 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.

KATHLEEN GREGORY – CASE MANAGER

Kathleen provides support to intended parents and gestational carriers throughout their journeys. She brings her passion for surrogacy and how it truly helps build families by having a personal experience as a two-time surrogate and her previous work in the surrogacy field as an intake coordinator and case manager.

Kathleen graduated with honors and summa cum laude for her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Photography and Communications degree in June of 2021. She has used her experience as a surrogate and her photography skills to documenting births, families, and donates her time to provide remembrance portraits to parents that have suffered loss. She has been able to use these skills and experiences to provide guidance and a deep understanding of what it is like for intended parents and surrogates during their journey.

Kathleen is originally from Idaho, but moved to the beautiful Southern California area with her two boys, her husband, and their dog. Aside from taking photographs whenever she can, Kathleen spends plenty of her time at the baseball field watching her youngest son play and family bike rides to the beach. She loves gardening, cooking, and finding ways to use her creativity.

CAMERON GLAHE – CASE MANAGER

As a Case Manager for Creative Family Connections, Cameron provides loving and humorous support for intended parents and gestational carriers through all stages of their journey towards parenthood.

Cameron joined CFC after working with school aged children and their families for her local health department. She has always had a passion for helping others, but this is where Cameron truly developed her deep love and appreciation for all families. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communications from Virginia Tech.

Cameron resides in Virginia with her husband, two boys, and their many animals. Her family loves to spend time outdoors and plays numerous sports, including hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.

JACLYN CRAFT – CASE MANAGER

Jaclyn became a case manager with Creative Family Connections in September of 2021 after relocating from Houston, Texas to Minnesota.

As a part of the case manager team, Jaclyn provides direct support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their journey. Jaclyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She has spent over 15 years working within the education field, most recently as school director before joining the CFC team.

Although Jaclyn loves working with children, she finds her true passion lies within the field of surrogacy. Jaclyn thinks the process of helping create families is simply magical and is a two-time gestational carrier herself. This experience allows for an in-depth approach to her case management style. Jaclyn resides in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and many animals. In her free time, she enjoys building and remodeling, as well as making custom apparel.

CARRIE JORDAN – CASE MANAGER

Carrie comes to CFC with 20 years of experience in education. Though passionate about teaching, Carrie knew after being a two-time gestational carrier with CFC that she wanted to be a member of the CFC team and continue being an integral part of helping people build their families through surrogacy.

As a Case Manager, Carrie plays a key role in providing guidance and support to intended parents and gestational carriers throughout their surrogacy journey. Surrogacy was a life-changing experience for Carrie. She and the families from both of her journeys maintain a close relationship to this day.

Native to California, Carrie and her husband have made Oregon their home with their son, daughter, and two dogs. They all enjoy exploring the beauty of their home state. Carrie also enjoys reading, running, baking, and watching her children play sports.


DIANE HINSON – OWNER & FOUNDER

Diane is the owner and founder of Creative Family Connections. She founded Creative Family Connections on the principle that “everyone can build a family.” Diane grew up in a family of six children, so family has always been an important beacon for Diane. She began her family as a single mother, so she has always championed the non-traditional, e.g., single and LBGTQ+ parents.

A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland Bars, Diane’s diverse background and hands-on management approach allows her to offer guidance and support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers from both a legal and personal perspective.

For Diane’s full bio and personal background, click here.

LEIGH POUNDS – OPERATIONS 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 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.

ASHLEY FRYE – OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Ashley is an Operations Associate. Her job is to support the Operations Manager and the entire team. She joined CFC after working as a professional in the hospitality, healthcare, and legal industries. Ashley is excited to bring her business background to CFC. Personally, Ashley is the mother of two boys, a runner and yogi, and avid home chef!

JENNIFER MCGILL – DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES & GESTATIONAL SURROGACY

Jen is the Director of Legal Services & Gestational Surrogacy at Creative Family Connections, and has dedicated nearly her entire career to Assisted Reproductive Technology. Joining CFC in 2010, Jen brings over a decade of experience and care to clients eager to build or expand their family through Assisted Reproduction. She has extensive experience in a variety of Assisted Reproductive Technology matters, including gestational surrogacy agreements, anonymous or known sperm agreements, egg donation agreements, embryo donation agreements, parentage matters, and second parent adoptions. She also brings a unique and positive perspective as a former egg donor and former surrogacy case manager, recognizing the complexity and intimate nature of a surrogacy journey.

Jen is a fellow with the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and co-chairs the Standards Committee with the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Committee on Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Jen is admitted to practice in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2009 and received her BA from the University of Maryland in 2006.

Jen spends her spare time with her husband, John, in Arlington, Virginia, and loves being a mom to two sweet and very active little boys (Jack & Max), and being a dog mom to a crazy beagle (Luca) and dachshund (Lucy).

CIARA BEAULIEU – ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Ciara joined CFC as an Associate Attorney in 2021 after completing a legal fellowship with the Legal Services Corporation. Her prior legal work centered the voices of women and gender diverse persons with disabilities, ensuring their rights to exercise complete reproductive autonomy. She continues this work today as a volunteer Disability Rights Advocate for the Women’s Major Group, a participant in United Nations efforts to achieve sustainable development. Ciara received her J.D. and M.A. in International Service from American University and her B.A. in Sociology from Connecticut College.

At CFC, Ciara supports our legal portfolio by drafting and negotiating contracts, assisting with court filings and petitions, and conducting ongoing legal research. Ciara resides in Washington, D.C. with her partner and their dog. She is an active member of the local LGBTQ+ community and enjoys gardening, yoga, and learning new languages (currently: International Sign). 

DESSIRÉ FISHER – PARALEGAL

Dessiré has been a paralegal at Creative Family Connections since July of 2019. After five years of experience in Family Law, and having just moved to Maryland, Dessiré wanted to step out of her comfort zone and venture into the exciting frontier of “Happy Law,” also known as surrogacy law.

As a paralegal at CFC, Dessiré assists our attorneys by drafting the firm’s contracts and parentage documents. Dessiré assists with CFC’s US Surrogacy Map updates as well.

Dessiré obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas. Dessiré currently resides in Maryland with her husband and their cat. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, crochet, and exploring fun events in Maryland and D.C.

NICOLE RENSLOW – SENIOR MANAGER OF SURROGATE RECRUITING & MATCHING

Niki is the Senior Manager of Surrogate Recruiting and Matching. Her team recruits and screens Gestational Surrogate Candidates, and then matches them to our Intended Parents. Niki oversees the Recruiting & Matching team. With the support of her team, Niki reviews surrogate applications, speaks to surrogate candidates and references, and performs many of our gestational surrogates’ in-home visits. You may also experience Niki’s warm presence and enthusiasm for check-ins after the journey, as Niki and her team complete the post-delivery calls for our surrogates.

Niki offers a unique perspective as she was 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.

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. Niki lives in Virginia with her husband, 3 children, and 3 fur-babies. 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. She is passionate about guiding new surrogates on their journey, as well as sharing the experiences of surrogates and intended parents through social media management. 

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 the queer community on a professional and personal level. Robin lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado and enjoys yoga, hiking, and studying the world of wine.

NICA CARLSON – MANAGER OF SURROGATE RECRUITING & MATCHING

Nica joined CFC as our 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 one of CFC’s surrogate recruiting managers, she is the main point of contact for surrogates as they onboard for their journey.

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.

AMANDA ZONAS – SENIOR CASE MANAGER & INSURANCE COORDINATOR

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. Along with being our senior case manager, Amanda is also our insurance liaison for intended parents and surrogates for their insurance needs during their journey.

Amanda currently holds a degree in Health Science, and will be finishing her Bachelor’s in Business Management with a Health Care focus this year. 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.

KATHLEEN GREGORY – CASE MANAGER

Kathleen provides support to intended parents and gestational carriers throughout their journeys. She brings her passion for surrogacy and how it truly helps build families by having a personal experience as a two-time surrogate and her previous work in the surrogacy field as an intake coordinator and case manager.

Kathleen graduated with honors and summa cum laude for her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Photography and Communications degree in June of 2021. She has used her experience as a surrogate and her photography skills to documenting births, families, and donates her time to provide remembrance portraits to parents that have suffered loss. She has been able to use these skills and experiences to provide guidance and a deep understanding of what it is like for intended parents and surrogates during their journey.

Kathleen is originally from Idaho, but moved to the beautiful Southern California area with her two boys, her husband, and their dog. Aside from taking photographs whenever she can, Kathleen spends plenty of her time at the baseball field watching her youngest son play and family bike rides to the beach. She loves gardening, cooking, and finding ways to use her creativity.

CAMERON GLAHE – CASE MANAGER

As a Case Manager for Creative Family Connections, Cameron provides loving and humorous support for intended parents and gestational carriers through all stages of their journey towards parenthood.

Cameron joined CFC after working with school aged children and their families for her local health department. She has always had a passion for helping others, but this is where Cameron truly developed her deep love and appreciation for all families. Cameron has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communications from Virginia Tech.

Cameron resides in Virginia with her husband, two boys, and their many animals. Her family loves to spend time outdoors and plays numerous sports, including hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.

JACLYN CRAFT – CASE MANAGER

Jaclyn became a case manager with Creative Family Connections in September of 2021 after relocating from Houston, Texas to Minnesota.

As a part of the case manager team, Jaclyn provides direct support to Intended Parents and Gestational Carriers throughout their journey. Jaclyn earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She has spent over 15 years working within the education field, most recently as school director before joining the CFC team.

Although Jaclyn loves working with children, she finds her true passion lies within the field of surrogacy. Jaclyn thinks the process of helping create families is simply magical and is a two-time gestational carrier herself. This experience allows for an in-depth approach to her case management style. Jaclyn resides in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and many animals. In her free time, she enjoys building and remodeling, as well as making custom apparel.

CARRIE JORDAN – CASE MANAGER

Carrie comes to CFC with 20 years of experience in education. Though passionate about teaching, Carrie knew after being a two-time gestational carrier with CFC that she wanted to be a member of the CFC team and continue being an integral part of helping people build their families through surrogacy.

As a Case Manager, Carrie plays a key role in providing guidance and support to intended parents and gestational carriers throughout their surrogacy journey. Surrogacy was a life-changing experience for Carrie. She and the families from both of her journeys maintain a close relationship to this day.

Native to California, Carrie and her husband have made Oregon their home with their son, daughter, and two dogs. They all enjoy exploring the beauty of their home state. Carrie also enjoys reading, running, baking, and watching her children play sports.