Our Egg Donor Program Staff
Amy Stewart Kaplan
"The experience of donating my eggs and contributing to the creation of new families, has been one of the most rewarding events in my life.”
– Amy Stewart Kaplan, Founder/President
Amy Stewart Kaplan began her career in reproductive medicine in 1990 and has since devoted her life to the field. Amy got her start at a Southern California IVF center. It was there she began to realize her passion for reproductive technology as well as a desire to assist others in this worthy pursuit.
Amy has worked in various roles in the field throughout her career, including Practice Manager for the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine under the direction of Robert E. Andersen, M.D. Amy was also greatly involved in the development and management of the Southern California Institute for Reproductive Sciences, an IVF embryology laboratory that is currently utilized by four IVF centers in Southern California. She also was instrumental in the development of a donor embryo program.
Reproductive medicine has played a significant role in Amy’s personal life as well. After having her son Tyler, she required the assistance of a reproductive endocrinologist to become pregnant again with her daughter Mia, who was born in 2002. At this time, Amy chose to leave her management position to be a stay-at-home mom. She didn’t stay away from the field for long, however, and she soon resumed her career as a consultant for a surrogate/egg donor agency, working closely with intended parents, surrogates, attorneys and psychologists
In 1990, Amy donated her eggs for two couples, resulting in the births of three children. While one of the donations remains private, the other family has welcomed Amy and her family into their lives, resulting in a special relationship that continues today. It would be 15 years later that Amy would realize a longtime desire to become a surrogate mother. Amy calls the experience of carrying twins as a surrogate, as well as being an egg donor, “life altering”, creating experiences that “had a profound impact on who (she is) today.”
Amy is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Resolve, and Fertile Hope and has been a guest speaker at Whittier Law School on the topic of surrogacy law and ethical guidelines. She is also a member and former instructor for the NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), which uses therapeutic horseback riding for the benefit of individuals with physical, emotional or learning disabilities.
In addition to her work at West Coast Egg Donation, she is also a trained birth doula and has attended numerous births including home births, hospital births, and those at birth centers with a midwife.
“I have always had the desire to help people and I am lucky enough to be able to do that in my profession as well as in life”
– Laura Davis, Director
Laura came to West Coast Surrogacy as a surrogate mother in 2008 and then began working there in 2012. Laura has worked closely with surrogates, intended parents and egg donors. She is the main person of contact for West Coast Egg Donation from the initial screening and application, pairing egg donor and IP’s, through the embryo transfer, providing support alongthe entire process to both egg donorsand intended parents. Laura thrives in her role and is thrilled to have the opportunity to not only work with egg donors, intended parents and surrogates daily, but to have been a surrogate and egg donor herself.
A married mother with two children of her own, she and her husband knew they were finished having children of their own. Laura was passionate about sharing the amazing gift of being a parent with others. This passion brought Laura to the decision to become an egg donor, then a surrogate and finally to continue helping others by making this her career.
Laura treasures the new and rewarding experiences she has gained each time she has been an egg donor and surrogate, and loves being a part of building families both personally, and for others working with WCS and WCED.
It is Laura’s passion to help people and has done so in many other positions before coming to WCED. Laura worked as a job coach helping high school students with disabilities learn valuable employment and life skills so they may become self sufficient after graduation. She also worked in a young girl’s group home as residential counselor, providing supervision, activities, and support to girls age 10-13. Laura also worked for many years helping ex-offenders reintegrate back into society after parole from prison, in particular those who had HIV and needed help with essentials such as housing and food but with seeking services to continue their medical care and therapy outside of prison.
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Laura graduated from CSU Fullerton with a BA in Psychology.
“Working with West Coast Surrogacy and West Coast Egg Donation has opened my eyes to the possibilities of creating the families that people want and that they deserve.”
– Tyler Zion, Administrative Assistant
Tyler joined the family business (his mother is West Coast Egg Donation President, Amy Kaplan) in January 2013. He will be that first friendly voice many people hear when they get in touch with WCED. Tyler, although not a surrogate or egg donor himself, has firsthand experience with his mother as a surrogate and an egg donor. “It was great to see my mom go through that and to see her develop these strong relationships with the families,” says Tyler. “I have a half-sister who is really close with the family. It’s amazing to have that part of our lives joined together.” This first-hand knowledge has informed his work at WCED and allows him to speak about surrogacy and egg donation from a unique, personal perspective. “I’m looking forward to finding more ways to be part of the growth of the agency.”
“Raising a family and watching them grow into beautiful adults with children of their own, is the most fulfilling experience a parent could ever hope for. Being a part of West Coast surrogacy and Egg Donation and the process of bringing families together is truly a blessing.”
– Melissa Memmott, Financial Coordinator
A newcomer to West Coast Surrogacy and Egg Donation, Melissa Memmott joined the company in March 2014.
Prior to relocating to Southern California in 2005, Melissa owned and operated a nationwide roofing management company in the Napa Valley with her husband since 1991. Melissa's role in the company was managing and maintaining the day to day operations of the company's financial department.
Melissa brings with her a wide range of bookkeeping and accounting knowledge with over 20 years of real life work experiences. Her position here at West Coast Surrogacy and Egg Donation gives Melissa an opportunity to apply her broad experience to working with the surrogates, egg donors, and intended parents to ensure all are provided the very best of financial care and a thorough understanding of the financial aspects and process.