Family Makers Surrogacy Team

Our Founder & President

Prior to becoming an Intended Parent, Ashlee Hammonds and her husband had been trying for their first baby. On Mother’s Day, they announced to their family that they were expecting.

The following week, Ashlee miscarried.

As the years went by, multiple attempts of IVF were unsuccessful and four pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. Ashlee became immersed in the infertility community and began supporting others who had experienced similar struggles. While advocating for her own fertility answers, she was put in touch with two specialists who finally provided a solution. They both confirmed that Ashlee was not able to maintain a pregnancy, and recommended surrogacy as the best option to grow their family.

While researching and saving for the process, Ashlee and her husband pursued adoption as a path to parenthood as well. While the first attempt failed almost immediately, the second adoption attempt seemed promising. The prospect of bringing home the baby ended abruptly however, when the birth mother unexpectedly miscarried a baby boy at 25 weeks.

It was immediately apparent that there was a lot of money, time and risk involved in both adoption and surrogacy. They persisted. After significant time, tears and expense, Ashlee and her husband finally matched with a special woman who safely delivered their twins.  They remain friends to this day, and they even get a Facetime call each year on the twin’s birthday to watch them blow out their candles – if she can’t join them in person.

Five years later, a good friend approached them offering to carry their last baby.  At the time, they had two embryos left.  On transfer day, they nervously waited to hear how the embryo chosen had thawed.  Their physician came out to let them know that it had indeed not survived the thawing process.  They put all their hopes into the one little embryo they had left, which thankfully did survive thaw.  That embryo thrived, and nine months later a perfect baby boy was born.  Ashlee and their surrogate remain very close friends and visit each other a couple of times a year.

After navigating her own path to become a parent, Ashlee understood the importance of education, financial responsibility, empathy, and ethics for everyone involved. Although her own journey was a successful experience, she realized how risky the process could be, and how much better it could have been with the right agency guiding them.

By combining best practices from agencies and fertility practices throughout the United States, Family Makers Surrogacy has quickly become an agency known for working with incredible Gestational Surrogates, following ethical practices, and maintaining a personalized approach to each and every individual we support. Ashlee serves as Agency Director and is our Intended Parents’ primary contact with Family Makers from beginning to end. She collaborates daily with our experienced Surrogacy Coordinators to ensure each journey is a smooth and happy one. She is also a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and a member of the Society of Ethics in Egg Donation and Surrogacy Grievance Committee.

Ashley C, Case Manager

Ashley describes herself as a “born and raised Pennsylvania girl”. She is the mother to two beautiful children and a wife to an amazing husband of 7 years.

Ashley holds an associate’s degree in Graphic Design. Art has always been a driving force and passion in her life. She loves to create in all faucets! An accidental meeting created her second passion – farm life and everything that comes with it. She currently have a small “farmette” that consists of dogs, cats, lizards, fish, goats, chickens and a goose! She also loves to garden, can food, sew clothing, cook and bake! Ashley is a true “Jill of All Trades.”

Surrogacy is something that was on her heart for years after a close family member battled infertility. In 2021, she completed a successful journey and delivered a healthy baby to a deserving set of intended parents.

Ashley says that standing witness to a set of parents seeing their child’s face for the first time was an experience she will never forget. Now being a case manager, she has the opportunity to help so many more deserving couples become parents.

To contact Ashley directly, email achristman@familymakers.com.

Ashley Lawrence, Case Manager

Ashley L, Case Manager

Meet another Ashley – yes it’s our favorite name – she is a two time surrogate who loves to talk about surrogacy. She is very active on social media and has dedicated pages for surrogacy advocacy. She is a mother to one spunky little girl and a devoted wife to her husband of 10 years.

Ashley has a background in hospitality and her most recent work history includes Human Resources. She loves all things Disney and even worked for Disney prior to Covid. In her spare time she loves to get lost in a good book and doing her own nails.

Since 2018 Ashley has been active in the surrogacy community and has a strong drive for teaching about surrogacy and ethical practices. She also really loves TikTok, and makes content regularly just because it’s fun.

Ashley is a familiar face to Family Makers as one of our former Intake Managers. She has decided to return as one of our fantastic Case Managers!

To contact Ashley L directly, email alawrence@familymakers.com

Samantha Oetting, Case Manager

Samantha, Case Manager

Samantha is a three time gestational surrogate with over a decade spent in the surrogacy community. She was raised by a family of state public servants and learned first hand to care for those most vulnerable. Samantha is mother to a teenager who shares her kind heart and brings home school awards for his empathy. Bonus, he isn’t too cool to give his mom the best hugs.

Born and raised in the City of Fountains, Kansas City, Missouri. She loves a good nature and history documentary. Samantha is newly married to the love of her life. Together, they love watching all things Marvel and their hometown sports teams: The Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC (for better or worse).

Questions about working with Family Makers? Email Samantha, samantha@familymakers.com

Family Makers Surrogate Intake Manager

Ashley G., Surrogate Intake Manager

Meet Ashley – yes, another one – a devoted mother of two girls. Celebrating a decade of marriage with her high school sweetheart, Ashley isn’t just a dedicated mom but also a three-time surrogate. Her passion for surrogacy shines through as she guides and supports others on their surrogacy journey.


Ashley’s heartwarming approach involves forming personal connections with surrogates during the intake process. Beyond her professional role, she channels her creativity into crafting, whether it’s mending clothes for loved ones or crocheting thoughtful gifts.
As a dedicated homeschooling parent, Ashley is well-acquainted with hard work. Her mission within our team is clear: to ensure every surrogate feels valued, included, and educated throughout their transformative journey. We’re fortunate to have Ashley enriching the lives of those she encounters with her kindness and expertise.”


Questions about becoming a surrogate? Email Ashley agullifer@familymakers.com

Our Staff

Ashley

Ashley is our Surrogacy Case Manager, and is one of the first people our newest Gestational Surrogates meet when beginning their journey with us!

Her responsibilities include onboarding our newest applicants, while also supporting our current Surrogates from beginning to end of their journeys.

In addition to being a wife and mom of three little girls, Ashley is a MOPS chapter leader, bookclub enthusiast, and has a bit of a Disney obsession.

Ashley is an experienced surrogate who delivered a little girl for her South Carolina based Intended Parents. She has matched with Intended Parents based in Georgia for her second journey and looks forward to helping them grow their family in this unique and amazing way!

Tonya

Tonya is our Surrogacy Intake Coordinator, and assists our new candidates complete all of the steps it takes to become approved and matched with amazing Intended Parents!

Her responsibilities include welcoming new applicants to our agency, educating and interviewing prospective surrogates considering a journey, and supporting our Surrogates postpartum who are interested in donating breastmilk to new Parents or the Premie Milk Bank.

Tonya is a mom of two boys, and an experienced surrogate who delivered a baby boy for her Atlanta based Intended Parents. She plans to pursue a second journey one day, and hopes to match with a same-sex male couple wishing to grow their family!